a new chapter

When I came to Taiwan in June 2010, I never dreamed that I would still be here over 3 1/2 years later.  As a recent college graduate, I didn’t have any other plans so my short 3 month visit to help Taiwan Xi En quickly changed into a long-term stay. I fell in love with the work and mission of Taiwan Xi En…helping moms and saving babies, what’s better than that?

I’ve enjoyed {almost} every moment working with Xi En. Every baby, every mom, every worker who has come through the doors of Xi En has changed me. My knowledge and passion for adoption has expanded and my heart has learned a different (and greater) kind of love for these babies.

As I returned to Taiwan in July from a summer trip to the States, I felt that I needed to pray about whether I was supposed to continue to stay in Taiwan. I’ve never had a long-term visa so this thought is never too far from my mind. Soon after returning from the summer, Sara and I started fostering a baby (Sweetpea) so the thoughts of leaving were put in the back of my mind. I continued to work at Xi En as the Media Specialist and foster Sweetpea…something that became increasingly hard as she turned 12…13…14 months old. Thoughts of stepping away from my job in the ministry started popping up in my head again.

I started to pray about whether God was leading me away from Taiwan and the ministry of Xi En. After becoming a part of the Xi En team, I guess I never really thought that I’d leave. It was after much prayer that I decided it was time for me to step away from my Media Specialist role at the end of January. I have made the commitment to foster little Sweetpea so I will stay in Taiwan until her adoption is complete and her parents can travel out to get her. I might stay a bit longer than that but we will see.

What are my next steps? While fostering, I will focus on my photography and build my portfolio. I don’t know if God will lead me back to the States or onto another adventure overseas but I’m excited to see what He has planned for me!

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