“I’m not sure if I’ll see you again…”
Those were some of the last words my good friend, Howard, said to me before he boarded his plane. Howard has longed to get away from Taiwan and travel the world for quite some time. His dream was finally becoming a reality as he boarded a series of airplanes bound for Brisbane, Australia. His plan is to work there for two years before traveling further.
If you remember, Howard was my first Mandarin teacher. He was also one of the first young men that I took under my wing and discipled. Thankfully, both Howard and I know that we’ll see each other eventually, if not on earth then in heaven. You might also remember from one of our first newsletters that shortly after we arrived Howard chose a life with Christ over his traditional upbringing that included regular temple visits, offerings, and fortune telling.
It’s funny how God puts us in the right place at the right time. Despite wanting to leave the island almost a year earlier, Howard didn’t end up leaving until a few days after my family’s two year anniversary here in Taiwan. I am most definitely not the only person to pour into Howard before he left, but I believe God placed me here in Taiwan for the Howards of Taipei.
Besides meeting, talking, and praying regularly, Brittany and I were able to bless Howard with a place to live for three months between homes (Thanks to our awesome partners!), we walked through different family/relationship issues, and even tackled some difficult questions like why God permit killing and slavery in the Old Testament, evolution versus creationism, and other queries that kept me up late searching for answers. (Thank the Lord that Holy Spirit revealed these things when needed because previously these thoughts were nowhere near the front of my mind.)
Now that Howard has left and our chapter has closed it seems fitting that my family now embarks on a short furlough. There are still plenty more young men like Howard in Taipei. I look forward to each and every one of them that God places in my path, but first we’re returning to our home country for some rest.