Wow, it’s been over a year since I’ve posted, and a world of transition has happened since then. True to the name of my website, my heart is still in Taiwan, and I’m still serving with OMF. But a little over two years ago, I met a lovely Aussie guy in Taiwan and a new storyline began.
Long story short, at the end of July, with the blessing of loved ones and colleagues, I came to in Sydney, Australia to begin preparations to be married. OMF has lent me to the team in Sydney for the time being, as Gus and I will be here for at least a year or so after our wedding to continue seeking God’s direction about returning to Taiwan and begin the application process with OMF to be sent back to the field… this time as a couple, and from Australia.
I miss Taiwan and my team there. Badly. But 2 weeks ago, I moved to an what will be Gus and I’s first home together after our wedding, and started exploring my new surroundings. To my surprise, I discovered that the neighborhood on one side of mine was so Chinese that people naturally spoke to me in Mandarin. In the neighborhood on the other side, the residents are mostly from India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Lebanon, and other middle eastern countries. And I started to think that I could love living here.
A dear friend in Taiwan told me about 52 Suburbs, a special photo exhibition on Sydney neighborhoods. One of the featured neighborhoods is Lakemba, the middle eastern one next to mine. I include below some of the photos from her website to share the beauty God has graciously put right at my doorstep.
Keeping my eyes open for glimpses of grace in Taiwan and Sydney…