Another Country, Another Camp

July 24, 2017

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.

A gigantic selfie…yes, a selfie stick was involved πŸ˜›


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.

All smiles from the children of Alishan Mountain πŸ™‚

The boys learning how to properly step the traditional dance.

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! πŸ™‚


  • Reply Thama Judy July 25, 2017 at 2:58 am

    Wow! What an incredible blessing to see these pictures and read your account of your experiences!
    God is certainly holding you all steady and I will pray for continued energy and strength to finish your last 2 weeks strong!
    Much love,

  • Reply russell judy July 25, 2017 at 3:22 am

    Allison, as you know you are following in my footsteps as you visit Taiwan and South Korea. I love hearing you praise the people of Taiwan and their beautiful mountains as it echoes my sentiments. South Korea is a special place as it profoundly shares our faith in Jesus. I know that you all have been called to this adventure and my hope and prayers include that each of you will come away with a deeper understanding of how uniquely and specially made you are and how much you are loved. Drink in the joy of each day as the will quickly be only a memory. See you soon, love u Daddy

  • Reply Ryan July 25, 2017 at 5:28 am

    Hey sis it seems like you’re having a great time and seeing some amazing places! Share more pics I want to see more of these towns and the stuff you’re doing. Glad you’re enjoying it keep on trucking. Traveling like this can be exhausting but it will be over before you know it so enjoy every moment. Praying for you! Love you – Ryan

  • Reply Renee Thompson July 25, 2017 at 7:22 pm


    Your blogs are wonderful and are painting the picture of your mission trip and all that you are doing. I want you to.know that I am humbled by your service to the Lord. The glorification of God is clear as you and your team members remain in the service of our Lord. I continue to keep everyone in my daily prayers and rest knowing God’s protection is with you every step of the way. Love, Aunt Renee

  • Reply Maureen Yockey July 31, 2017 at 1:15 am

    Your descriptions read like poetry and bring us right into your active days and festive evenings. Thank you for sharing your heart; as your love and generosity reaches into the lives of those you are serving we are all forever changed through the demonstration of God’s compassionate care and help through you. March on, dear Allison, in the joy of the Lord – which is your continual strength. We are cheering for you!
    Love, Maureen

  • Reply russell judy August 2, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Dearest Alli,
    You are now on the final countdown! Only 4 more days there then on Monday , your journey back to us. We can’t wait to see you and hear all the details. We continue to pray for strength to finish well, and for peace as you leave those who have made such a difference in your life. We are confident God has done a mighty work through this ministry (and you!) and Christ has been glorified.
    All my love dear girl,

    1 Corinthians 15:51 “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We all shall not sleep, but we shall all be changed”

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