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Taiwan Trip Wrap-Up

Comments Off Written on May 28th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Athletics, Faculty, General, Missions, Students

Anyone who has ever been on a mission trip knows that it's hard to capture all that was experienced. I was showing my wife some pictures and I said, "I wish I could have captured some of the SMELLS!" (On second-thought, maybe it's best that some things can't be captured?)

3 Days Back

christ-campI've been back from Taiwan now for about 3 days and I've been trying to reflect on my experience. It's difficult to put everything into words but I walked away with at least one big thought in mind; Multnomah students are truly unique.

MU Students Boldly Sharing The Gospel

kidsWatching Multnomah students minister to others was probably the most amazing part of the trip. They boldly shared the gospel of Christ in words and actions. They ministered to groups of students from kindergarten through college and our students did an incredible job of being Christ to these students. Sometimes it was in words as they shared their testimonies, spoke with them, and laughed. Other times it was through acts of service or even a "high five" when the language barrier was too much. This group of students were capable, qualified, and passionate servants of Christ and I was blessed to be a part of their efforts.

Shameless Plug

And (to shamelessly toot Multnomah's horn), I can't help but think that God has used Multnomah to help shape their character and calling.

Personal Growth

jeff-and-jerryPersonally, I was also ministered too. I went into this trip with just a little bit of anxiety because I hardly knew any of the students. Sure, Multnomah is small enough to know who most people are, but I felt like I only knew most of them by name or superficially. It was awesome to see a group of close, tight-knit students welcome me into their team and allow me to do ministry with them. I was encouraged and felt like I made new friends.

Also, it was a ton of fun. If you have never been on any kind of short-term missions experience, Go. It's fun, challenging, and always worth the effort.

Taiwan Trip Update 4

Two More Days 

taipei-101On Thursday, we spent the first part of our day visiting the Taipei 101.  I think this is the world's tallest building.  Even if it isn't, it does boast the world's fastest elevator.  It took only 43 seconds to go up 84 floors.  It was a bit foggy, but we still had a great view of the city.  We enjoyed the chance to see some of the sights and ate lunch downtown as well.

 Youth Groups and Night Markets

night-marketAfter the Taipei 101, we went back to the Bethany Academy and led a youth group service they have on Thursday evenings.  Many of the Bethany students that we met on Tuesday were attending.  The students led us in worship and then we had two of our students speak.  After our students spoke, we broke up into small groups to further explore some of the ideas that were shared.  Once the youth group ended, many of us went down to the Shilin Night Market do some exploring. 

Ensuring The The Gospel Is Heard

Friday we spent our morning back at Christ's College.  We led their chapel service which is about an hour and a half long.  We began with two of our students singing a special song and then we showed a video that showed off our campus.  After that I spoke about Multnomah's programs and then we had two student testimonies.  Coach Bickley finished off by sharing a short story and the gospel message. 

About half of the students at Christ's College are not believers and we wanted to be sure that they had the opportunity to hear the gospel. 

zooThe afternoon and evening were spent hanging out all over Taipei with students from Christ's College.  Some students went to Danshui, some went to the Shilin Night Market, and I went with a group of students to the Taipei Zoo.  It was really great to see the city and to get to know the students from Christ's College better.  Besides that, they were great tour guides.

Colin Wyenberg
Admissions Counselor
Multnomah Bible College

Taiwan Trip Update 3

Comments Off Written on May 22nd, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Athletics, Faculty, General, Missions, Students

Another Early Start 

We left our hotel at 6:45 a.m. and took a two-hour bus ride to Morrison Academy in Taichung.  Morrison Academy is a K-12 Christian school that has a really great facility.  We showed up just in time to lead their middle school chapel.  We showed part of our basketball video and then I gave a short talk about Multnomah's programs.  Matt Campbell gave his testimony and then Coach Bickley interviewed Nick Kaamalade about campus life.

Talkin' 'Bout MBC

After chapel, I headed to their High School Counseling Center to meet with high school juniors and seniors.  I was able to speak with them during their lunch break and tell them about what Multnomah has to offer.  The basketball and volleyball teams had a chance to take a break and even swim in their pool.

 Sports Clinics And Kids

In the afternoon, we led a simultaneous basketball clinic and volleyball clinic.  It was PACKED!  We had 27 students show up for the volleyball clinic and 68 students for the basketball clinic.  Trying to manage that many young kids is like trying to herd cats.  But we had a blast and the kids had a ton of fun.  Our students did a great job working with the kids and were exhausted by the end of the clinic. 

morrison-clinic-1morrison-clinic-2morrison-game

Fortunately for me, I didn't have to play a basketball game after the clinic.  Unfortunately for our guys, they had to play a game against Morrison's High School varsity team.  Despite a long day, the guys played great!  Our Lion's beat their Mustangs 100-60 with their outstanding three-point shooting.

 Exotic Cuisine?

We took a two hour bus ride home with a quick stop at McDonald's.  Ah...the comfort of familiar food.

colin_wyenbergColin Wyenberg
Admissions Counselor
Multnomah Bible College

Taiwan Trip Update 2

Comments Off Written on May 20th, 2009 by
Categories: Alumni, Athletics, Faculty, General, Missions, Students

See the First Post and Update 1 for context.

Today Started Very Early 

david-and-goliath-bethanyWe left our hotel at 6:45 a.m. to take the train to the Bethany Academy.  Our trip took about 45 minutes and it was nice to see more of Taipei as we rode. We began the day at Bethany by leading a chapel for their K-5th graders.  We had a blast.  The girls led a song and Coach Bickley spoke about David and Goliath.  One of our players, 6' 4'' Colin Henderson, played Goliath and a little kid named Ashish played David.  It was lots of fun.

 A Sobering Reminder

After the chapel, we had a Q&A session with their 9th graders about college life.  It was really interesting to hear some of their questions and experiences.  One student in particular told me about his struggle with being the only Christian in his family.  He began attending Bethany academy because his parents thought it was a good school.  He became a believer while attending school but no one else in his family follows Christ.  He was telling me how he's even nervous about reading his Bible at home because if his family knows he is a Christian, they will be upset with him.  It sure makes me realize how much I take for granted and I pray that this student has the courage to embrace Christ with very little family support.

 Basketball and Testimony

drills-at-bethanyWe also led a basketball class for their students.  Some of our players ran different ball handling and shooting drills.  After that we did another Q&A session with their 6-8th graders.  We ended our time at Bethany by attending the chapel for the 5-9th grades.  One of our players, Seth Coleman, gave his testimony and Coach Bickley spoke. 

 BBQ Squid and Mechanical Bulls

bullThe afternoon and evening were free, so many of us hit the town.  We did plenty of shopping and some of us tried some local food.  I watched one student eat a barbecued squid.  The whole thing.  Wow.  Bravery takes many forms.

On a completely random note, I rode a mechanical bull in Taipei with a couple of our students.  How weird is that!? 

colin_wyenbergColin Wyenberg
Admissions Counselor
Multnomah Bible College

Taiwan Trip Update 1

Our First Full Day In Taiwan 

Traveling here was...long.  VERY long.  It was a 10 ½ hour flight to Japan and then another 4 hour flight to Taipei.  It was 10pm here when we arrived, which is 7am at home in Portland.  Needless to say, we were tired and ready to sleep when we arrived.

We started our day by travelling on the MRT (their mass transit train) from our hotel to Christ's College.  The college is actually at the top of a hill, so we walked from the train up a very steep hill.  If you have ever been to Taiwan, you'll know that it is very humid here.  We are all adjusting to sweating a little more than normal! 

Chapel In Taiwan

We were introduced to the student body at the beginning of their chapel service.  We will be speaking at their chapel on Friday.  After chapel, we headed down to Tzu-Chiang Elementary school.  We gave away basketball cards and invited the children to the outreach event we are doing on Saturday.  The kids were VERY cute and some spoke pretty decent English.  After hanging out with them for a while, we headed back to Christ's College to have lunch with the students.

Sight-seeing And Fellowship

After lunch we had some time to explore the city.  Many members of the team headed into Danshuiwith some of the students from Christ's College.  It was very helpful to have students who are familiar with the area showing us around.  Danshui has a lot of shopping and there is a nice walk along the river here as well.  We truly enjoyed the company of our local hosts and they seemed to enjoy us as well.  They at least enjoyed our attempts at speaking Chinese!

Sports and Testimonies

bball-teamsThis evening, we met back at Christ's College to play various sports with them.  Some students played volleyball outside while the basketball teams from Multnomah and Christ's College warmed up with some competitive events in the gym.  The night ended with a basketball game.  Multnomah had a modest 99-48 victory.  Every Multnomah player hit a 3-pointer within the first half.  They played great and had fun.  After the game, Melissa Miller shared her testimony with the students via an interpreter. 

Pray

We walked back down the hill to the train in pouring rain.  At one point, Coach Bickley smirked, "So...if you want to be a missionary, this is what it's like!"  It was actually a nice cool down after the game.

Tomorrow is an early start.  We are heading to Bethany School to lead their chapel and minister to their students.  As you read this, keep us in prayer.  Pray that people would come to Christ, that we would stay healthy and safe, and that God would continue to work through each of us.

colin_wyenbergColin Wyenberg
Admissions Counselor
Multnomah Bible College

Admissions & Basketball Go To Taiwan

It is just about 48 hours until I head to Taiwan.

Wow...It doesn't quite feel real yet. I'll be going to Taiwan for 10 days with members of Multnomah's Basketball and Volleyball teams to minister to the people of Taipei. The big idea of this trip is to use sports as a means of connecting with the people of Taipei and to be able to share Christ with them. Even though I am only marginally athletic, I am VERY excited to be a part of this team. I have the privilege of joining them in their ministry efforts as well as promoting Multnomah to a number of students.

Spending Our Time

The majority of our time will be spent connecting with students from four different schools in Taipei. Bethany Academy and Morrison Academy are two Christian schools that have a large number of missionary kids. We'll be speaking in their chapel services, giving a few basketball clinics, and playing a game against their high school basketball team. Christ's College is a unique college where about half of the students are believers and the other half are not. Many students are enrolled in the English program and we will have the opportunity to share with them at their chapel services as well as play a basketball game against their team. The last school we will be working with is Tzu-Chiang Elementary school. We will be inviting them to an all-day basketball clinic on Saturday, May 23rd that will be held at Christ's College.

colin_wyenbergFollow Along and Pray For Us!

I will be blogging every couple of days and I'll be sure to include plenty of pictures! This is a great opportunity and we would love if you would join us in praying that God would grant us opportunities to share His love with the people of Taipei.

Until next time...Zaijien!! (Good bye)

Colin Wyenberg
Admissions Counselor
Multnomah Bible College
colinw@multnomah.edu