I know some of you might be reading this and asking yourselves why we decided to move to Taipei. Others might not be surprised at all.
Taiwan has deep roots in my family. At the end of the day that’s how Brittany and I connected to Taipei. My grandfather served with the Navy in Taiwan. My parents would later move to the island to work with an organization called Overseas Radio & Television (ORTV). I was born in Kaohsiung which is in the southern region of Taiwan. My uncle would later do some animation work for ORTV and my Aunt and her husband also found themselves pastoring a church in Taipei.
After school we moved to Sioux Falls and it was definitely our plan B. Although I wouldn’t trade the last three years here for anything else Sufu was never where we intended to stop. Our family has come to the point where God has opened so many different doors that we felt we just had to choose one! It’s an exciting place to be and we’re relieved to have finally made a decision. (Some of you might know that we’re horrible at making decisions.)
In 2012 we inquired with Chris O’Dell, a founding member of Aroma, about life in Taiwan and if it might be some where we could work. We quickly found out it might not be the best place for us to make a quick buck and pay off our student loans so we went on our way. Luckily, despite our intentions, a seed had been planted. A connection had been made. In early 2015 when our hearts were finally ready we had another reason to contact Chris once more. This time it wasn’t simply about work. This time we wanted to see what God might have in store for us there.
While Taipei very well may not be our final destination, it’s where we’ve been called to now. Everything going forward is a reaction to that calling.