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Farewell, My Darling

As the lyrics of “A Summer Song” go, “They say that all good things must end some day; Autumn leaves must fall.” So our 4 weeks of STM came to an end. We did some ministry, got re-acquainted with some friends, made several new ones, and learned a few things. What’s most gratifying to see is how the Lord’s work here had grown – a new church had been planted, over 15 in Grace Meal had been baptized, campus ministries got started, children’s work had grown etc., and kids we met last time now become teacher’s helpers! How fast time flies, especially when you’re having a good time. Here are a few farewell photos. What remains is one week on our own touring Taipei, as we’ve never really seen Taiwan after visiting 3 trips and living here for over 18 weeks. I suppose we will return to assist wherever needed, but until next time, “Farewell, My Dalin”!

Dalin (大林)

Dalin (大林)

Dalin, also affectionately called "Darling"

Dalin, also affectionately called “Darling”

Saying goodbye to 2 of the "little teachers". When we first met them 2 years ago they were still in elementary school!

Saying goodbye to 2 of the “little teachers”. When we first met them 2 years ago they were still in elementary school!

"Last supper" with some colleagues

“Last supper” with some colleagues

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Serendipity

Our friend took us for a prayer walk in a neighborhood next to hers, and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. The district is called Triangle Lane (三角里). Unlike other districts in Dalin (大林) which are poorer, this area is very well-kept and even touted as Xanadu (世外桃源) by some bloggers who toured Taiwan on bike. Here are some pictures of what the place looked like. The Lord gave us not only an opportunity to serve Him, but a chance to refresh ourselves while serving. Praise the Lord!

Triangle Lane is in the midst of rice fields, green in the Spring and golden in Autumn.

Triangle Lane is in the midst of rice fields, green in the Spring and golden in Autumn.

Many houses have murals. Some have large yards which are kept very clean.

Many houses have murals. Some have large yards which are kept very clean.

Mango trees. Too bad it's not the right season!

Mango trees. Too bad it’s not the right season!

Taiwan's climate is such that you find beautiful flowers everywhere year round.

Taiwan’s climate is such that you find beautiful flowers everywhere year round.

Fruits are also abundant. Bananas grow along the foot paths.

Fruits are also abundant. Bananas grow along the foot paths.

We came across a quaint "home stay" (文宿), with 3 bedrooms for rent on the ground floor and the owners live upstairs.

We came across a quaint “home stay” (文宿), with 3 bedrooms for rent on the ground floor and the owners live upstairs.

Elaborate artwork on the door leading to the backyard.

Elaborate artwork on the door leading to the backyard.

Backyard of the "home stay".

Backyard of the “home stay”.

Country road at back of "home stay".

Country road at back of “home stay”.

Fish pond in backyard.

Fish pond in backyard.

Japanese style bedroom with modern bathroom.

Japanese style bedroom with modern bathroom.

Bamboo hut in nearby park

Bamboo hut in nearby park

Sugar cane park

Sugar cane park

Home-stays are an economical alternative to hotels. This particular one is a bed-and-breakfast place with clean, modern facilities. The cost is NT$1,600 (C$64) per night for a single person occupying one room, or NT$2,400 (C$96) per night for a couple. Breakfast includes eggs laid by hens in the farm, and fresh vegetables picked from the patch at the end of the backyard. Not bad eh!

Our Home Away from Home

There’s no place like home. But when you are on short-term mission, you need to be flexible and enjoy the hospitality extended by your hosts, anytime, anywhere. We have two homes this time, Mon-Thurs in Taichung, and Fri to Sun in Dalin. Both are comfortable and have all the conveniences we needed.

Our one-bedroom apartment in the mission house, with kitchen in the corner. We cooked more than previous trip, since last time we moved around many times and did not always had the use of a kitchen.
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The dining room, which doubles as our work area. WiFi is intermittent but there is a cable, so we can take turns.
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The bedroom with en suite bathroom. Both the dining room and bedroom have air-conditioning, a necessity as summer temperatures soar to the high thirties.
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Our “country home” on weekends – the bedroom on the third floor of our hosts’ house.
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The bookshelves divide the room into two, with our work desk near the balcony.
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Our sitting area behind our work station.
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Thanks to our hosts, we also have the use of a car for travelling between towns. There’s no need to shop which gas station has the best deal, as gas prices are controlled by the government and all oil companies charge the same price for gasoline.