My last week in Taiwan.
Ah, the bitter sweetness of goodbyes, preparations, and memories; the hugs, the smiles, the tears… This has been a rough year for me; but the irony of difficulty, being a Christian, is that I am SO much closer to God. He has taught me so much. I’m a slow learner, but He is gracious and faithful. A few things I have learned:
Y Getting away is not only okay, it is recommended. Schedule alone time.
Y Learn to say no without a guilty conscience.
Y Be honest and true to who you are. Remember. You do NOT have to explain yourself or your actions to people.
Y God is a lot bigger than we give Him credit for.
Y Not only are the things told to the Father completely confidential, but He is also able to solve the issue and replace the trouble with peace.
Y Remember that it’s the follower who is usually caught. Don’t do anything questionable, even if someone else is.
Y STAY CONNECTED with family and close friends. (I’m so grateful for skype!)
Y Blessing offenders is the quickest way to eliminate enemies.
Y Count your blessings. Write down answers to prayer. Keep God’s promises ever before your eyes.
Y Show gratefulness for critique, and be quick to ask forgiveness. Keep short accounts.
Y Choose your investments (time, energy, and money) wisely.
Y DO NOT forget time with God, even for a day. It is essential!!!!
Y Choose your friends with caution; because “who you spend time with you will become like.”
Y Take lots of pictures. Memory fades, but pictures last a lifetime.
Thank you ALL for your prayers, notes, care packages, and love. Without you, I couldn’t survive on the mission field. Having you behind me is what gives me strength to continue, and keeps the enemy at bay.
I will be leaving for Taipei in just two short hours. There I will spend the night, and leave the country in the morning. Tuesday will be forty hours long, as I travel BACKWARDS in time to the States.
En-route to home, I will be staying at the IBLP Headquarters in Chicago for a few days, then going to a family encouragement conference. From there, my Aunt will pick me up and take me to her home. I’ve been invited to be the “missionary” for a VBS at her church. When it is over, I will take a train home. Whew! It will take about 3 weeks.
I’m looking forward to seeing many of you, catching up, and seeing what God’s been doing in YOUR life this year.
Blessings in Christ,
Barbara Jewel Sutton