about amanda

Flowers in MeinongIn a Nutshell
I live in Tainan County in southern Taiwan
with my husband, Lawrance. Currently we are both working as English
teachers. We love to tell people about Jesus and look forward to the
day when we can be full time career missionaries.

I've lived in Taiwan as a tent-maker missionary for 7 years. While
here, I met and fell in love with my husband, who is Taiwanese. We got
married, however, in my home state--one of the best places in the

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My husband and I met through a mutual friend.  She basically begged him to go on "just one date" with me.  We dated for about four months before he proposed, and we married three months later.  It was one whirlwind of a year, perhaps the most perfect year of my life.

I was 30 when we married.  It was hard being single in my 20s.  I blogged about it a lot as I struggled through the process of praying and hoping and waiting, waiting, waiting.

My mom, dad, and kid brother, Sam, live near Austin, Texas.  Both my
parents are teachers, and my dad is also a bi-vocational pastor.  My
sister, Sarah, and my brother-in-law, Chad, both work for the Arlington
Police department.  Everyone in my family enjoys laughing--and laughing
loud--something I didn't realize on my own (an "outsider" pointed it
out to me).

Since my husband and I are tentmakers, we support our missionary work by
teaching English.  While, my husband enjoys teaching junior high students, I enjoy teaching college students. I teach public speaking, biz
English conversation, and English composition (the essay) regularly.  I
have also taught Songs for EFL Teaching, Movie English, Internet
English, listening, and pronunciation.

And, last but definitely not least, I am a daughter of the King. I
am saved by grace--something I of course do not deserve!  I desire for
all that I am and all that I do to bring glory to God.  I desire to
know him and make him known--this desire is the foundation of all that
I am.

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  1. Hello, Amanda and Lawrence. I was wondering if you would care to answer a few questions for me. I am trying to find a Christian ministry in Taiwan. I have a foriegn exchange student living with me. She is 17 and is going to be here for 3 more months. Then she goes back home to Taiwan. She is wanting to be saved but fears her mother who is buddhist. My question for you is can you share with me your beliefs?

  2. Hi Eric,
    We are right now in the midst of preparing for our Taiwanese wedding--it is
    THIS Saturday. So, I don't have time right now to reply.
    However, I'd like to. So, please give me about a week and then I'll get
    back to you.
    Could you please let me know a bit more specifically what you'd like to
    thanks for understanding,

  3. Hi, I came across your blog on the expat blog list site. I am also interested in teaching English in Taiwan. I wanted to ask, did you apply through a recruiting company? And if so, which one?

  4. Hi Allison,
    No I didn't apply though an agency. And, I have absolutely no experience
    with one.
    I just came and interviewed at two different colleges.
    Are you looking to work with cram schools or at a college (in other words:
    do you have a BA or an MA)?
    in joy,
    amanda :)

  5. I am from Taiwan and married to an American husband. Both of us are in Christ so we have a wonderful marriage. May you learn more of Jesus through your marriage. This is my first time to visit your blog. I will come back more when I miss Taiwan.:)


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