Hi. You probably don’t know me very well, but I’m Joel Su (蘇榮偉), a member of the SEND International Team this summer for Taiwan 2015. I am currently 24 years old and have been to Taiwan numerous times in my life, starting from when I was 6 months old. Since then, I have thoroughly enjoyed visiting Taiwan and am excited to go back again this summer. In addition to a short-term mission trip, I will be visiting my relatives—grandpas, grandmas, uncles, aunts, cousins—from all sides of the family. Let me tell you more about Taiwan.
What is SEND? I once asked the same question, but back when CCC (Cincinnati Chinese Church) sent their first team in 2012; I had just graduated from college (The Ohio State University). It’s an international commission of faithful stewards/stewardesses for the Gospel. So I would also like to spread the Gospel specifically in Tianwei, Taiwan. Taiwan is the home country of many members of our CCC team this year, which is good for those of us who aren’t as familiar with this rural area in mid-Taiwan. A tiny island, Taiwan is the nationalist “rebels’” refuge. Dominated by Buddhism or polytheism (of natural elements), evangelizing is a long process. I say this through my sister’s experience with another short-term mission trip from 2014 with Keelung Church. Finding a person on the street willing to learn more about God is a rarity. I have witnessed this myself when crossing the roads in Taiwan. Nevertheless, we can pray for those individuals and ask God’s Holy Spirit to intercede for us as He did for the Apostles. I find this truth hopeful and comforting, and I am grateful.
OUR TEAM IS A GROUP OF PEOPLE OF QUALITIES. I appreciate this greatly, especially since I am one of them. J Our team leader, Jim Wei, is a Taiwanese father of three girls. Jessica, his youngest daughter, is going. She had previously gone to Thailand in December 2014. Her mother--Leouduan Yeh—is joining her and Uncle Jim. Additionally, a few other families are bringing some of their children. For example: Rola Song has three children, but she is bringing her youngest daughter, Tabitha. Jing-huei Lee has three children, but he is bringing his middle son, David. But Rhoda Weston is bringing both of her sons, Frank and Jack. Also a previous family of our church is bringing her daughter--Vicky and Joy Chang will be joining us. Can you tell who’s missing? Here’s a hint: a CCC mother is bringing her two children—a son and a daughter. You guessed it! (Maybe.) It’s my family. J I have a younger sister, aged 18 (during the trip), and I will be 25 when the trip begins. My mom goes by “Grace” and my sister goes by “JoAnn”. This makes me very excited.
So hopefully you know us all a bit better now. I will include contact information at the end of this letter if you need it. For my own needs, I mainly want to address my spiritual readiness. I am nervous, but also excited for this trip. But it happens, and when it does, we can only cry out to the Lord for strength, love, faith, and trust. I will leave you with words from God to ponder at the closing of this letter:
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.
This is what I looked like when I was younger, and how I do now (with my sister and mom).
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