Taiwan 2015

Taiwan 2015

Team Members:

  • Holly Hassman – Team Leader, Bass
  • Evan Stout – Co Leader, Drummer
  • Guadalupe Silva, Jr. – Guitar
  • Kimberly Zeinstra – Guitar
  • Chris Thompson – Guitar
  • James Lau – Keys
  • Edmund Ma – Vocals, Sound Tech
  • Kiana Pieters – Vocals
  • Daniella Darling – Vocals
  • Lindsey Walker – Vocals

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Welcome back, Team Taiwan!

Both teams are driving back to Willmar now! Keep Team Taiwan in your prayers – they’ve endured a long travel day and have another full day tomorrow of debreifing and their final concert!

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Final Update + Shoutouts! from Team Taiwan

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From Holly:

Our final week of ministry in Taiwan has been both exhausting and fulfilling. We spent our mornings at a local Jr. High school

in Er-Shui getting to know the band students, listening to their music, and sharing our music and stories with them. After lunch each day we headed to a kids camp, where we played with adorable children and tried to help when we could.

 

Each evening we played a concert at a different church. We were able to play for each of the four regional youth groups in Changhua county. On our final night, several groups of students whom we had played for previously came to see us off. It was an almost surreal experience as we realized the connections that had been formed during our time here.

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The past few days have been spent at the YWAM base in Danshui. We’ve had the chance to do a little sightseeing, visit the ocean, and debrief our experience as a team. It’s been good to rest physically and begin processing the things we have learned.

 

As we prepare to fly home my heart is full as I recount the ways in which God has been faithful to our team over the past 5 weeks. From health to team unity to amazing translators and hosts, God has provided for every need. I’m thankful for the specific instances we’ve seen God at work and for the times where we were forced to trust that He was at work even when we couldn’t see it.

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We prayed Ephesians 3:14-21 to close our last meeting, so I’ll close our final update with this passage:

“For this reason I bow before the Father, from whom every blessing in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith – that you, being rooted and established in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do far more than we could ever ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”

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Lindsey: Only a few more days of this trip! So sorry to be leaving Taiwan and my team soon but I’m excited to see my friends and family soon and see what God has in store next!

 

Daniella: I’m coming home family!!! See you in two days 🙂 Love you!

 

Kiana: Loving every day!! I am so amazed at what God is doing. See you soon 🙂

 

Kim: the last few days have been crazy busy but super legit! We can see God moving and its going to be tough leaving here but I can’t wait to see everybody again!

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Edmund: I’m coming home! I’m coming home! Tell the world I’m coming home! Can’t wait to tell you all about my experience and stories.

 

James: Crazy last few days in Taiwan, so many concerts and too many stories to post here, will see everyone back home. Hold the forts down for us, Teams Hong Kong and Honduras!!

 

Chris: Almost home. Although the food is amazing in Taiwan, needing a good ‘merican cheeseburger. As James said, “too many stories to post here.” Excited to meet you, Teams Hong Kong and Honduras!!

 

Jose: Last few days were exhausting. So many concerts. America is imminent. Bacon and milkshakes here I come.

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Holly: I’m tired, sad to leave, excited for home, and very, very thankful. See you soon Minnesota!

 

Evan: Hey everybody! I’ve been so honored and blessed to be here in Taiwan serving with such incredible people. God is good. Our time here is coming to an end and we will be making our way back to the States very soon. Shout out to our incredible translators and friends, Koala and Zoey. To Team Colombia: travel safe, we’ll see you soon! I love you friends and family. Excited to share what God had shown me.

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Update from Evan + Shoutouts! from Team Taiwan

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Hey everybody! Evan here.

 

We are doing well here in Taiwan. We have been partnering with pastor Lin in a town called  Er-Lin. We’ve had concerts in schools, churches, in the market, and in a prison. God has been working in and through us here. We are continually encouraged by the people we meet and the love we are shown.

 

We opened our encouragement letters from friends and family this week and we’re blown away by the love and community we have back home. Thank you.

 

Our days here can be long and tiring. When we reach the end of ourselves, we’re reminded that our strength comes from the Lord and that we must rely on him. This is a difficult thing to understand.

 

Sometimes I feel tired or frustrated, but I remember it is God who has commisioned me here to do his work. That is such an incredible realization that the God who created the universe is mindful of me and loves me. I am reminded of a verse:

 

Isaiah 42: 9-10 says,

“You whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”

 

What an encouragement to know that God is our help and our strength!

 

We thank you for your prayers and encouragements! Keep us on your minds and in your prayers as we approach our return to the States. Our remaining time here will be very busy with concerts and ministry and we are thankful for every second God has given us here in Taiwan. We send our love.

 

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Kim: We’ve been having such an awesome time over here! Playing lots of concerts, hanging out with kids, and eating tons of amazing seafood! Pray for strength and energy as we begin our last week here. God is faithful always. See you soon! Love you mom, dad, Billy, Brad and Lex!

 

Daniella: Hi guys! I hope everything is going well, and I hope you guys have a great time on vacation without me 🙂 I miss you guys so much and can’t wait to spend some sweet, sweet time together….and I can tell you all about Taiwan! It’s our last week here then we’re homebound #’merica LOVE YOU FAMILY!

 

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Jose: Alive and well. About to go to prison.
P.S. it’s for a concert

 

Kiana: We are loving it here! Trying new foods, meeting new people, going to new places – I can’t believe it is our last week. God is good, ALL THE TIME. Love you all!

 

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Edmund: I’m having an amazing time here still. Hopefully I haven’t gained too much weight from all the great food here. I am so blessed to have such a wonderful team/family. The people here are so hospitable! Can’t wait to tell you all about it in person! Miss you all!

 

Lindsey: To all my friends and family, I deeply miss and dearly love every one of you! I’m falling more and more in love with music and with Taiwan – the beautiful scenery and people and of course the food. God is proving Himself everyday and I am so grateful that He called me to carry His message here.

 

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Chris: Dad, drive my car please. Mom, keep up the good work, super cop. Maria and Eliza, wǒ ài nǐ, xiǎo mèi mei (I love you, little sisters). Pipsqueak, save me some ‘merican food XD.

 

James: About another week before we return to the States, time seems to be moving so fast here. Been having some struggles, but God and teammates have been gracious and helping me push through. Can’t wait to see what He has planned for the rest of our time here, hope everyone is doing well back home!

 

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Holly: I’ve been really thankful lately for the incredible hospitality of Ren-Ai church members, the hard work and support of our translators, and the positive attitudes of my team members. Please pray for rest for our souls and bodies as we seek to make the most of our final days in country.

 

Evan: Hello! Feelin’ great to be playing music and sharing the Gospel here in Taiwan! Continue to pray for the team and the people we will be in contact with. Miss you all back home! Dad – I’ve had a few really good ice cream cones. Excited that the round 2 teams have arrived! Looking forward to meeting you all! I send my love! See you someday soon!

 

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Update + Shoutouts! from Team Taiwan

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Hello! We arrived in Taipei safely with all of our gear intact. We’ve Stayed in Danshui for a few days and received cultural and ministry orientation. Next we traveled south to Er-Shui. We’ve partnered with pastor Liu of  Er-Shui church. Our ministry has included leading youth groups, church congregations and playing at a girls home. We have also been teaching a group of students an English song that will be recorded by the church for ministry use.

 

We are currently gearing up to travel and partner with another pastor to minister in a number of schools and churches that have never had foreigners come and minister. Pastor Liu explained that in small towns, when something new happens, everyone from the town comes to see. We are happy to be part of this strategic ministry and Pastor Liu is excited to use us in an effort to reach these people.

 

The team has been so humbled by the love and generosity we’ve recieved here. We have been encouraged by team Colombia’s photos and updates of ministry. We are praying for you guys. Our God is at work all over the world and we are blessed to be a part of it. More to come soon!

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Edmund: Taiwan is super amazing! Totally in love with the people, the food, the culture, everything! I want to let my family, my friends, and my supporters know I am doing great. God has been working miracles here and it is awesome to be apart of it all! Missing home but so don’t want to come back yet! Love y’all!

 

Kiana: Hi! Just letting you know we are all great, and God has blessed us way more abundantly than I could have ever imagined. We have had so many exciting adventures and I am loving it so much! Sending lots of joy and love from Taiwan!!

 

Daniella: Hello family! I am doing well and have gotten to experience a lot of cool Taiwanese things 🙂 Can’t wait to tell you about them! Miss you guys SO much…love you guys!!!!!

 

Kim: Hey guys! We’ve been having a blast over here meeting amazing people, playing music, and eating new foods. Taiwan is hecka awesome. God is so faithful! Miss you mom, dad and the rest of the fam!  PS. Can’t wait to see you Becs!!

 

Jose: Hey all. Enjoying Taiwan. I love the food. Lots of new things to try. I can’t wait to see what happens these next few weeks. God is definitely moving.

 

James: Great to be back in Taiwan, enjoying a new experience. Looking forward to seeing what God will be doing through us and through our music! Hope everyone back home is doing well!

 

Lindsey: To all my friends and family, I miss and love you all so much! I’m having a great time in Taiwan- I’m learning so much about God and about myself too! I’m so grateful to be here and grateful for all of your help and support!

 

Chris: Family, friends, and supporters, Taiwan is an amazing place. The food is great! Keep the team and I in your prayers, that our music will impact the people here. To my family, Wǒ ài nǐ (I love you). P.S. Stay out of trouble Pipsqueak XD

 

Evan: Hey everybody! I’m loving Taiwan and am so grateful to be here. I am excited about the ministry we’ve done and have yet to do. God has brought us here for a purpose and it is incredible to begin to see what that looks like. We are abundantly blessed by our contacts, tranlators and hosts. We have felt so loved and welcomed here. Thank you for the prayers and support. Love you all!

 

Holly: Hi family and friends! We’re doing well here – have been learning a lot about the Taiwanese culture from YWAM staff, especially our amazing translators. We’ve been able to try a lot of new food and see the beautiful countryside, as well as connect with church members, youth, and kids that we’ve met at our venues. God is faithful to provide all we need. I ask for your prayers and send my love. 

 

-Love Team Taiwan

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Update in Photos from Holly

In the week that Team Taiwan has been overseas, they initially connected with YWAM at their base in Danshui (Northern Taiwan) but have and will spend most of their time in Changhua County (Western Taiwan). Holly sent some photos in this morning – enjoy this glimpse into their ministry!

 

Taiwanese cultural briefing with YWAM staff

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Team photo with a street vendor at our first concert

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Leading music for Sunday service

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Pastor Liu making us coffee with his ginormous machine

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Leading Kids’ Club

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First in-country girls’ selfie!

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