When I was seven, I told my mother she could no longer love me. I told her I was a bad girl and that I was too bad to be loved again. Together, my mom and dad, took this opportunity to tell me of God's redeeming sacrifice through Jesus Christ. I then trusted Jesus as my personal Lord and Savior. My dad baptized me on Feb 1, 1986; ten years to the day after he was baptized. I have since sought to know and make known my incredible living God.
The summer after my 15th birthday, I recommitted my life to the Lordship of Jesus Christ at a summer camp. At the time I believed that meant I was to enter career ministry. Surrendering to a career in ministry was not easy because I am a pastor's daughter and I know how draining and difficult being in the ministry can be. Nonetheless, after I made the decision, I began to think about my future.
At the time, I thought that my career in ministry would be with apartment ministry and apartment churches in an urban area in America. I spent a summer ministering in inner-city Houston in 1995. Then in college, I spent two years ministering in downtown Dallas with an after-school program and an apartment church. I didn't want to be in "churchy" ministry. I longed to meet people's practical and felt needs in order to meet their real need.
However, in 1997 a month long trip to Taiwan through my university changed everything. Although I experienced immense culture shock, I began to fall in love with the Taiwanese. I returned to the States and became active in making relationships with international students. Again, I was devoted to meeting practical and felt needs in order to meet their real need.
However, this time instead of loafs of bread and after-school tutoring, I offered friendship and help with academic essays.
I then spent my senior year in college as an exchange student in Taiwan. I loved it.
When returning to finish my last semester of college, I struggled with how to return to Asia to live and serve my Lord and pay off my school loans as well. After much prayer and consultation with people I trusted, I decided to attend graduate school and work on my master's degree in teaching English as a foreign language.
Now, I have graduated from UT Austin and live in Taiwan. I again hope to meet people's practical and felt needs in order to have the opportunity to meet their real need, which is why I am using the English language as a ministry tool.
I serve an incredible God who has shaped my hopes, dreams, and experiences to give me joy and bring Him glory. What a wonderful combination!!
(See more on why I want to live in Taiwan.)