Yes, you surely may!
What a month it has been – for the world. Earthquakes, storms in Myanmar, and the middle states in the USA. Just a note about all of that – my pastor was reading from Matthew 24, and it says not to be afraid, because those are signs that Jesus is planning on coming back soon. I hope you are ready when He comes!
What a month it has been for me – family visiting from Costa Rica and Seattle. My brother who is a missionary in Costa Rica came, as did my daughter and her boyfriend from Seattle. I just about wore them out, but we sure got a lot packed into the short time they were here! My students were so enamored with all of them – to be able to see foreigners here at school was so amazing for them.
I put Rachel and Matt to work, in fact I saved the M&M Math lesson for when they were here so I could have extra hands for that day. The rest of the classes all wanted to get pictures with them. It wasn’t all smiles, though! They did get to have some time to play basketball with the students.
At the bed and breakfast where they stayed while in Nanao, they had to remember to take off their shoes before entering the rooms, too! We went to the beach one morning. After enjoying the sand and waves, they walked out along the protective barrier – where they had a beautiful view of the ocean.
We had dinner Friday night with some friends, then went to their home for tea. Saturday, we went to the Home of God’s Love – and David was quick to pick up a baby and even fed some of them.
We were able to do some sightseeing in Taipei, too. We visited the zoo – even though it was quite rainy! We also took a ride on the MaoKong Gondola. We stopped for a bite to eat before heading back, then for a sampling of tea. By the time we finished, the sky and cleared, and we headed to Taipei 101. We got to see it, inside and out. We went to the observation floor – the elevator took 39 seconds to get to the top – and it didn’t even feel like we were moving! We got there in time to see the city in the day, and then to see it at night with it all lit up. The observation deck on the 91st floor was open, too, so we were able to go out there.
David left early on Monday, so Rachel, Matt, and I visited Pinglin, a city well-known for its tea production. We ate at a restaurant where everything is cooked in tea. Quite interesting! Then, that evening, I headed back to Nanao, and Rachel and Matt headed back to Seattle. What an enjoyable visit!
And also – my birthday is in May. Some of my students surprised me with a cake and some special cards. Here is one of them – a hand-made likeness of me!
I visited The Home of God’s Love orphanage on the weekend of my birthday. Many times a bakery in town will bring breads and baked goods that were not sold that day and donate them to the orphanage, which they did that night. One of the items was a birthday cake – I guess God sent me that one!
On Friday, May 23, we had a meeting with the MOE, the contact teachers from each school, and the foreign teachers here this year. The meeting was to see what could be done to make this adventure better for the next group that will be here. It was so good to see all the teachers again, and to see some of the new friends we had made in the MOE (Ministry of Education).
Some of us stayed over so we could have a little vacation. Betty (my friend who went to the Philippines with me) and Rose stayed in the same hotel, so we went sightseeing together, along with some Taiwanese friends that Betty knew in Taipei. We had breakfast at New York Bagels – I had real bacon! That was something I really miss. By the way, while I was there, my doctor from the clinic here in Nanao walked by. We were both surprised!!
We went to New York New York, which is a shopping area, with several movie theatres all together. We saw that Lady Liberty really does get around – she’s been shopping there, too, right in the shadow of Taipei 101!
We went walking around with some of Betty’s friends, and saw some very beautiful scenic spots in the area where we were staying. We also got to see the changing of the guard at the Presidential Palace. All the traffic was stopped, until the ceremony was finished. The soldiers were still marching off, but traffic was back to usual within seconds!
At night, we went to Shilin Night Market – there were people everywhere. I don’t remember seeing that many people before! I also noticed a parking lot – but it was mostly all motorcycles!!
So, this month has been busy – to say the least! The ninth grade students had their BC (Basic Cometency) Test last weekend. It covered all subject areas, including English. The grade they earn will determine which school they can attend for high school. Graduation will be June 13 for the ninth graders and twelfth graders. They are so ready to be done with school!
My plan is to head back to the States on July 15, with a visit in Seattle for a couple days, and then arriving in Arkansas on July 17. I have to be back at my school in Rogers on August 11, so I will have enough time to at least get over jet lag! And see some friends too!
Tuesday as I was heading to the train station to travel to Luodong for the English Bible Study, I was delighted to see a rainbow! I had to go back and get my camera so I could take a picture of it. I don’t know if you remember when the first rainbow was or not, but it was after Noah came out of the ark. God made a promise that He would never flood the earth again. When I see a rainbow, it reminds me that God keeps His promises – all of them. Look real carefully and you can see the rainbow!
Until next time . . .