One phrase we sometimes use in our circles is “work hard, play hard“. Often times it’s easy to pass up fun for an extra few hours of work. That’s where it’s important to have a good habit of Sabbath resting, but I’ll leave that topic for another occasion. The month of May brought with it much play and we sure did have fun celebrating with our friends.
First was the baptism of our dear friend Mia. Mia has been attending Aroma for nearly a year now, and she has grown so much! She recently decided to give her life to God, and last month took the step to make that known by being baptized. We are so honored to have Mia as part of our community here at Aroma, but also now as a sister in Christ! Mia volunteers much of her time with our church’s children’s ministry and Kennedy has been so blessed by having Mia around.
Next up, our dear friends, Jimmy and Sandra, got married! We’ve known Jimmy and Sandra both for the better part of our time in Taiwan. Sandra is a worship team leader in our church, and Jimmy is active as an interpreter and translator for our Envision short term teams. He was also previously part of Justin’s huddle. We were able to know them both separately, walk with them early on in their dating relationship, and now celebrate that they are a married couple! Jimmy and Sandra are in our small group, and mean so much to us!
Quick fun fact: This was our first Taiwanese wedding! It was such a cool experience!
Finally, Emmi (our beloved house mate) and Mark (one of the founding members of Aroma ministries and a former church leader) got married last Sunday! It was such an emotional day – Mark was one of the very first people we met when we visited Taiwan in March of 2015, and Emmi quickly became as close as family for the three of us. To know Emmi and Mark separately, walk with them through the ups and downs of dating, and celebrate this new season with them, has been such an honor! We’re so excited to continue doing life with them and watch them grow as husband and wife!
FUN FACT: While Brittany was able to participate in Emmi and Mark’s as the maid of honor, Kennedy got to be the flower girl in BOTH weddings!
We are so thankful that God is growing our community. While not every moment is full of fun or play, we receive joy and peace knowing that he’s working through the Aroma. So we give thanks for these fun times!