English camp went overly well thanks to a new teaching technique Chris, our host, presented to us the night before. In summary the new teaching method used a "point" system for positive and/or negative behavior which would enable the kids into paying attention more in class. In turn our day was much easier, and class was more productive leaving everyone satisfied. In Taiwan the educators come first before the students therefor our original attempt at classroom management. Children quite frankly enjoyed class more than normal.
As the day progressed, signs of growth in wind strength was evident as we would enjoy being outside more than inside due to temperature. Typhoon Soudelor would soon be approaching in the coming days of our stay. Talk of the typhoon would go from devaluing its power to talk involving questions regarding what would happen in worse case scenarios.
Once camp was over, our group resorted to searching for an American BBQ restaurant called Saltlick. Our adventure to Saltlick involved a 35 minute walk straight through the middle of Hualien, Taiwan. 10 minutes into our stroll, rain started to fall from the sky; there was no turning back as we made our way to our final destination. Oh did I mention we were also celebrating Keely's birthday? The team planned to treat Keely well on her 18th birthday. During our dinner at Saltlick we somehow were introduced to one of the two men who owned the Taiwan-famous restaurant. He gave us 10% off our entire meal just because of our friendly attitudes during our conversation with him.
Walking back through the rain left us with the challenge of staying dry. Many of the people resorted to opening up their fresh packages encasing their new ponchos that Nancy had bought for everyone in the group. Marching down the streets clothed in yellow hooded robes. Now think about the image you're left with in your mind!
Continue to keep our group in your prayers. As I write this, I'm half trying to push procrastination away, and the other half writing to take my mind off of the events unfolding right outside the hostel we're staying at. I believe it is God's plan that we're here, and it is our job to do everything in our power to fulfill His will. My verse for peace of mind was given to me tonight from good friend Annie.