With a slight change in plans for our day's itinerary, we ended up assisting the move of one of our hosts. She was given notice that she needed to be moved out by this Saturday. Crazy, because that's today, and she had little notice about the move. As we were moving her furniture down from the 9th floor to ground level in the street with Mark, another one of our hosts, began to inform us that one of his friends would be helping us as a driver to help move the furniture over to Caleb's house (where it would be stored).
As Mark's friend Jimmy showed up, we were greeted by an energetic and free spirited man which had volunteered to drive us. Jesse and I packed up Jimmy's Ford and set off in the direction towards Caleb's house. During the drive, Jesse began to talk with his friend. I soon jumped in and started to learn more about Jimmy's life. As it turns out, Jimmy held a very high position in HTC developing apps, along with developing apps for Apple since the second iPhone was released. Jimmy suddenly got quiet and then proceeded to explain that he was no longer working. He told us how it would shame his family due to his love for the church, and desire to pursue a career in the church after holding a high position for HTC. As we got closer to our destination, Jimmy continued to share his life story to myself and our host. Jesse spoke up in the conversation and said "Jimmy has the gift of service. He is always helping no matter what." It dawned on me how much of a living servant for Christ Jimmy was to his peers, the church, and his family no matter the circumstance. Jimmy's love for Christ allowed him to give of himself along his resources in a more humble way than I had ever seen before in one person.
Once getting to our location, I sensed an urge to pray a blessing for Jimmy as a way to speak life into his hurting world. Peace, direction, and affirmation are all things Jimmy needs in his life as he goes to tell his parents that he quit his job. I'm so thankful for the opportunity to go with Jesse today and unload the furniture with Jimmy. Without taking the opportunity to say yes to going, I never would have been able to meet such an amazing man of God who is doing big things right before our eyes. This trip has been about growing the body of Christ in Taipei, and I believe we did just that. Giving words of affirmation and supporting the newly found Christ followers of Taipei as support has allowed them to be reenergized and filled with the Holy spirit. God has done big things here and it is so apparent.
This is not the only big thing that happened on day three. We were able to participate in the Coffee Talk ministry of teaching English to people with little English skills in the community. Two girls who we met during day 2 when we sold muffins in Ximen. Another huge highlight was the trip back from Caleb's house as Jesse and I managed to find our way back with out GPS. Jesse on bike, and myself on skateboard. A huge blessing to be able to skate through the city and do something I love. Many looks of wonder and amazement from locals who clearly had never seen people skateboard through the Capital city before made the trip all the more rewarding!