The past week and a half has landed us in South Korea and left us with breathtaking memories of the Taiwan Mountains. Before traveling to Korea, our team enjoyed a Taiwanese BBQ and hosted one final camp for aborigine children in the Alishan Mountains of Chiayi, Taiwan. The BBQ was a farewell party for our time in Kaohsiung. And let me tell you…the Taiwanese know how to host a party! Host family and friends joined in providing endless amount of foods cooked on transportable grills while Spotify kept the “dance floor” on fire! Conversation remained unhindered by the language barrier as we all marveled in the joy of being in one another’s presence.
Saying our goodbyes, we continued on to our 3-day camp in Alishan. Approximately 30 beginner English children participated. Classes were full of energy, buckets of laughter, and every stomach always filled with delicious food provided by the partnering church. Our team enjoyed the assistance and company of the Rotary Club (most of those who joined us were college students). We all stayed in a quaint B&B and enjoyed late night chitter-chatter, music, movies and games (Mafia got so intense!). One night, we even enjoyed a private symphony of violin and viola, beautifully played by our accompanying translators (and new friends). As a parting gift, the Rotary Club arranged an overnight camp where we feasted on traditional foods and were honored by a local performance of a village legend. It was captivating! The honor bestowed upon us was an incredibly humbling experience as we were treated like kings and queens.
We are now in Daejon, South Korea hosting the 4th day of our 7-day overnight camp at Taejon Christian International School. The days are full and the dorm life loud with 60 middle school students living on campus with us. Each student attends Yongnam Middle School and comes from a military family. All of us “teachers” are enjoying getting to know our students and seeing their ability for higher-level thinking develop. I personally teach the advanced class and have really enjoyed discussing current issues with the students.
Our whole team remains encouraged by the smiles we have shared and memories we have made. However, we have hit the half way mark and exhaustion is beginning to weigh heavy. Your prays and words of encouragement would be great renewal to our spirits! 🙂