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
This 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.
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.