SRM Update April 2018

Since I last wrote on this blog, here is what has happened:

- Christmas came and went. Merry Christmas!! April...
- New Years was uneventful but restful.
- I started and quit working for a political candidate.
- Began applying for jobs overseas with a focus on China, India, and Japan.
- Applied for a job in Taiwan (didn't even know where Taiwan was, to be completely honest).
- Got hired to do that job in Taiwan!
- Moved to Taiwan and began working at Grace Christian Academy in Taipei.

Wow! It's only April too!! This year has already been jam packed with hope, disappointments, successes, failures, and everything in between. 2018 is shaping up to be a wild ride.

That said, back in November 2017 I made a realization. That all my unhappiness and frustration was because I was not pursuing what I knew I was born to do. As a result, I became bitter and frustrated not only at God but the world He created as well. 

Seeing this, I chose to take a step back. After prayer and consideration, I decided it was time to pursue my dream and go as a missionary to the nations, specifically those on the Silk Road. I quit my promising job in the travel industry about two weeks later, began working part time for a political candidate, and began the arduous process of preparing to go overseas. That included selling, giving away, and throwing away a TON of stuff!

I made myself and others a promise. That I would be overseas by November 1st, 2018. On that date I would be on a plane whether I was ready or not. Well, the Lord had other plans. By March 1st, I had accepted a job in Taiwan and was getting my affairs in order to go.

I left pretty quickly. Too quickly for many of my friends and family. Still, I knew what had to happen. About a month before I left, I lost my grandfather (Dad's Dad). It was so hard. He and I were close despite living on opposite ends of the country. It broke my heart. Still, I pushed on. Then, about a week after arriving in Taiwan, my grandmother also passed away (Dad's Mom). It hit harder than grandpa's passing. I got to say goodbye to her but I still was broken. Already my moving away was painful.

Yet I knew that this was where I was supposed to be. Putting my hands to plow, I set myself to the work of being a Middle School Reading Teacher. I'm enjoying every minute of it. For the first time in several years I can say that I am happy. Now, being happy does not mean I am in God's will or anything. It's just a nice side effect of life right now.

Well, you're now caught up to the present day. I will try and make a habit of writing here regularly as well as making videos. So, be on the lookout for that.

Finally, summer plans coming soon! Be praying for that!

That's all for now travelers. May the Lord bless you and keep you. May he make his face shine upon you and give you peace.

See ya next time!

- Kenneth