Today I want to introduce my roommate, though I have two “Kevins” in my room , but now I will only present to you the younger Kevin, Kevin Hsu. From some parts, he is such a nice person. He is an enthusiastic person and kind of humorous. He’s not a messy person because all his clothes are put away… I mean in his way. He greeted me in a special style at the first time. So my first impression from him is “funny person.” But later I found some serious parts in him, like he really likes to use a spoon to eat instant noodles. Maybe he has his own insistence, I don’t know. All above is just kidding, he doesn’t have any serious parts. But I wonder why? I really like this kind of person.
The day before yesterday, we had Bible class. We talked about the sixth commandment. “You shall not murder.” During the class, Luke said that if you hate someone, you make him into nothing, and that is a kind of murder. I was shocked! When we disrespect a human being, we express our judgement that their Creator and Judge is inadequate. God made everyone so wonderful, we shouldn’t judge others. I should learn to be more humble, because God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Only if we are humbled by the recognition of God’s sacrifice for us, can we have the salvation. Let God be God!
Today we went to the Memorial & Museum, it really made me feel amazed in a sad way. There was a case that was important to Oklahoma city so they recorded the conference that day. Unfortunately, they also recorded the explosion. Although my home stay family already told us they will have a recording of the explosion I still got shocked.
Then when I visited more in the memorial, my mood changed from sad to touched because of three images. First, there are cards from children to help the victims or their families get through it and told them to be happy. I almost cry out when I saw these. Second, there is a post card of the Statue of Liberty crying in front of Oklahoma City and at the back of it is a man wearing America’s flag. It really touched me because it tells that Oklahoma City is not facing the problem by themselves, all the people around the state, even children, were willing to help. Third those fire fighters who joined the rescue prayed for hope that they could find more alive people in the broken structure. I am speechless!
I think the best thing in the world is not anything else but when you are facing problems there are people who stand beside you and support you.
Last Sunday, we were divided into many groups. And each group went to one family’s house. We played some games, such as UNO and poker with the family. I learned some new games too. We met two Taiwanese exchanged students who we saw in church that morning. We talked a lot. There were also two Koreans. They taught us most of the games.The most important thing was there were two cats there!!! One was still a kitten so he was really energetic. he was always chasing anything that was moving. He was sooo cute!!
I like English class because it is interesting! And I think we have a good English teacher. She is a very crazy teacher. She is really very patient teaching us, and she often laughs really cute. She usually catches us when we speak Chinese, and we also have been tempted to speak. She sometimes is really bad. And she left me in the middle of the ice rink on Saturday! I thought she would teach me to skate. Fortunately, I learned after. Despite this, I really like her.
I really enjoyed park night. The weather was great and the games were fun. We played a frisbee game and it was confusing for me at first, however, I still enjoyed the game. Then, I went jogging with some girls. We did a special kind of training called “Indian run.” (maybe) Although it made me tired, I felt happy to run with them. It was great to go to the park in the evening. There is so little lawn for people to relax in Taiwan, so it was kind of a new experience for me. Lying on the lawn and feeling the wind blowing across my face was so comfortable that I thought I would do that more!
Tonight we had Thanksgiving Day! It was awesome, because we know this already.
We shared the things we are grateful for. In fact we complain every day. We can complain at any time, and it is easy. But when we want to tell what we’re grateful for, it will be difficult to think of something. In fact, we can be grateful for anything, about God or people. So we need to try to be grateful. It’s like highlight and lowlight, when we try to tell the gain is great.
Yi Mei Sun
When I entered the senior high school, I had to make new friends on my own. Actually, when I am unfamiliar with the new environment and others, I become shy to communicate with other people naturally. On the second day after entering the school, a girl sitting behind me told me that her cell phone was the same as mine. I had no idea how to reply and how to continue this topic, so I felt awkward at that moment. But as time went by, we became friends little be little. Eventually, I found that she was really an interesting and humorous girl and she always made me happy. We not only chatted with each other about everything that happened in our lives, but we also participated in the cooking club together. We kept our friendship just like we make our soup. We put dressing into our friendship soup to let it taste better, and we couldn’t leave the soup on the oven alone, which means we always keep in touch with each other and keep the friendship warm. I sincerely thank God for giving me such a good friend even though we were embarrassed during our first talking.
For a long time I didn’t have devotions at my home. In fact, I argued with God because of my hard heart. I didn’t want to change the beliefs and behaviors of my life. I had my own opinions to what the Bible says. As a result, I thought that if I was busy with something I didn’t need to do the devotion every day.
In VOICE, everyone “has to” say something during the team devotions. The most amazing thing is that God is real, and he can talk to us through the Bible! Actually, being an obedient disciple is exactly what I rejected before I came to VOICE. It is difficult for me because I have to give up a lot of things to be an obedient disciple. The devotions everyday, undoubtedly, reminds me how hard my heart is. I am praying that I can have a soft heart and have some changes in this month.
Here’s the start. I am the only one who can speak Cantonese here… which is a good experience for me because I get to know more people from other countries. My adorable Taiwanese friends are curious about my language, so I taught them some words which are very useful!
Everyone here is friendly and playful. I love having them as company. I would like to know more about them in the rest of the days. I hope I can have fun and learn things at the same time.
So far so good!
The TESOL students are so loveable. We share each others snacks and stories when we have free time. Stories are always entertaining.