Hope everyone had a great and blessed Easter. We were able to celebrate the Resurrection with a live service at Enguang Baptist Church in Taichung. Even though the service is in Mandarin, the message is clear. He is Risen!
We held our first Game Night with university students this past week with great success. Enguang, our “home church”, is allowing us space in their building for a weekly game night, as they are seeking to attract university students to the Body. We have five twenty-something Korean girls living here for a few months and they are working with us on university outreach. Lots of laughs were shared by all and we ended the night with a short presentation of the Easter Story and prayer. Some of the church members are planning to attend this week. Our hope is to gradually transition this event to their lead so that Game Night continues after we are gone.
Our usual modes of transportation within this city of 2.8 million people are walking, taking city buses, and the occasional Uber for longer trips. To encourage the use of mass transportation, most city bus routes are free. Taiwan also has a very efficient high speed rail system that runs the length of the island.
We took advantage of a recent “free day” to do some more exploring around our city by bus. Our first stop was the quite colorful Rainbow Village. This “village” is actually a few surviving buildings from a much larger post-war era veterans housing complex. When one of the few remaining elderly veterans heard of plans to demolish the village, he began painting some of the buildings inside and out in multiple bright colors. Soon, people began to notice and the area became a local attraction, prompting the mayor to save the rainbow buildings from disappearing into history.
Taichung includes many city parks with well-planned and maintained landscaping, beautiful old trees, art sculptures and playgrounds. We’ve already explored several parks and there’s plenty more to go.
Another frequent sight in most neighborhoods are Taoist and Buddhist temples, with the smell of incense in the air. Fortunately, we also encounter multiple church buildings displaying crosses.
Please continue to lift up these Asian peoples lost in the darkness of ancient traditional beliefs, that they may know the Light of Christ.
-David and Sandy