April in Review

@work in review

April was all about paying it forward, quite literally.

At the beginning of the month the cafe [re]launched a pay it forward campaign to get the community educated and engaged in giving and generosity. We started strong and ended with International Pay It Forward Day (April 28th) in which both cafe’s donated 15% of their sales that day to a charity voted on by the community.

(Check out the video below that we made for our social media to promote this new idea amongst the community!)

While Aromans were paying it forward with coffee and baked goods, we also put on an event to share how Jesus paid it forward for us. Despite the Saturday before Easter being a work day for many, we had a good turn out for an egg-dying event where we presented the Gospel to patrons that came in that day.

Young and old joined us to dye and paint eggs. It’s something that is not usually done here in Taiwan.

We continue to develop relationships in our small group. We live life together, sharing meals and thoughts every week. Last week, we spent time pondering 1 John 4:20, to which one Taiwanese friend was quite taken back that the Bible was calling her a liar when she admitted to sometimes harboring hatred towards her brothers and sisters. My [Justin] favorite part to these types of questions is seeing the group come together and answer them together in love, with much grace. #goodstuff

Notes taken while our small group worked together to define true love.

@family in review

We celebrated Brittany’s birthday on April 7th. For those of you that know Brittany well, you’ll know she loves trying new things! For her birthday, we tried a fun Moroccan restaurant she found! It was so good!

April also meant one of our two roommates returned home! Emily jumped on a plane back to Minnesota to spend the summer with her family before heading off to college. She’s all grown up now! 😉

Justin is also almost finished with his first semester of Mandarin language learning. God has blessed him with an excitement and drive for his classes, which is huge considering he is usually a visual, hands-on learner.

April was a lot of fun, but we’re excited to see what May has for us, too! How was your month?

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