God has blessed me many times over. He has freely gifted me His countless provisions, unconditional love, and saving grace. Though undeserved He has founded, focused, and fulfilled me. He has enabled me to have a joyful and fulfilling career as a physician caring for people, and marry a most Godly and wonderful person in my wife as well as be truly blessed with our three God-loving and serving children and son in law. What gift or blessing could come next?
God does amazing things and always for our good. His wisdom and timing are always perfect. My heart and desire are in willingly to serve God. Whether adequately prepared and ready or not, He is more than sufficient. This began my journey to Luke Christian Medical Mission introduced to me by my daughter. I attended one of their Winter conferences in Dec. 2014 which sparked my curiosity and intentional interest. We had seen our children’s transformation through short term mission trips and ministries; but I, myself, had never been on one before. After months and even years of prayer and discussion with my wife, God answered my prayers and guided me toward a meeting with Drs. Paul Cheng and Bruce Lin, truly solid Christian colleagues of mine. They shared the Medical Student Cultural Exchange camp at MacKay Medical College with me, and asked me if I was willing to be part of the faculty. I wasn’t sure if there was anything I could offer- I couldn’t speak Mandarin, have no history or knew anything about Taiwan or have any connections to anyone there. They continually reassured me that God will have something in store for me. His plans far exceed mine. Thus, the premise I set for myself was that it was not about what I could give but what God can do.
MSCE also needed willing TAs and my son so happened to also attend that 2014 winter conference. It generated a lot of excitement and fervor in Him and his heart grew for this God given opportunity to serve Him. This was all by God’s design and both my son and I were so thankful and humbled to serve Him together.
There are so many reflections to share from this medical mission trip to Taiwan but first and foremost is God’s faithfulness. On our flight home I kept looking out the window and seeing the wonderfully amazing Taiwanese students faces as they were waving good-bye to us as they had when we left the campus by bus. They were all so welcoming, embracing, and eager to learn both about medicine and more about God. They touched and changed our lives more than anyone of us could foresee coming. I will always remember our TAs- the most gifted, talented, and joyful servants I have ever encountered. Their steadfast and tireless sharing of the gospel is a testament of how God is working in their lives. Whether it be spending time with them at Bible study or morning manna, hearing their testimonies, or teaching lessons with them- all of them demonstrated so much compassion to help people and share Christ’s love for others. I am so thankful to my fellow faculty for all their support and encouragement. Their dedicated commitment has been exemplary examples toward my spiritual growth and prayers for future mission trips.
Taiwan is truly a beautiful country with warm weather, delicious food and friendliest people. The coast is breathtaking, the mountains are majestic, and the city life is vibrant. Their hospitals are state of the art teaching and research medical centers. Their professors welcomed me on their teaching rounds and invited me to present at their educational conference. Adventuresome and rigorous mountain climbing are my best ways of describing the Alishan mountains and the Laiji tribal village. The beauty of the surrounding scenery further revealed the grandeur of God’s creation. The people were so hospitable and endearing with a winsome spirit who loved to sing and dance. My stamina was definitely tested.
So all in all I go back to asking what I could give but God answered my prayers in enabling me to receive 100 fold more than I could humanly give.
“Be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God and the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”Philippians 4:6-7
He has the power to give all that is good to all who glorify Him and His kingdom.
“I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.”Philippians 4:13
Furthermore, I was mindful of God’s sovereignty in Proverbs 3:5-6.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight.”
And lastly what this trip has revealed to me is found in
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.”Romans 8:28
In His Glorious Name,
MSCE Reflection by Cindy Wu
Wrestling Within | From the beginning, I doubted – how could a one-week “missions trip” be spiritually effective? Brief background – in this “cultural exchange camp,” American short-term missionaries (referred to as TAs in the camp) led small groups of 7-8 Taiwanese college-age students as we all participated in activities throughout the week. A day typically consisted of (optional) morning bible study, breakfast with TA testimony sharing, presentations by American and/or Taiwanese faculty and students, and many fun activities and fieldtrips sprinkled throughout. I had attended this camp three summers ago, and I can still remember clearly its impact on me (to understand God more, as I didn’t as much when I first attended) but I don’t recall its impact on my students then as much. This year, I returned because I wanted to be reminded of God’s faithfulness and work and presence in Taiwan. But first he had to work at my doubt and lack of love – as excited as I was about many things, I was nevertheless skeptical, discouraged by what felt like a lack of spiritual curiosity from my students, and even judgmental and bitter toward some of the other TAs. I prayed daily for love, for a genuine love for the students and not to view them as “projects,” I prayed that I would have compassion and patience on them as Jesus himself had for me – and every day I fought these sins.
Humbled & In Love | I also started to pray for God to drop opportunities in my lap to share about him, for I was getting tired and weary of getting caught up in deliberately seeking these opportunities that I couldn’t genuinely enjoy my time with my students. God rarely gave me opportunities to have “spiritual” conversations with my team – instead, he gave them to other TAs. And instead of (at the end of the day, pridefully) thinking that I could be impactful and speak into the students whom God had placed directly in my group, I found myself having conversations, often not self-initiated, in places and with people I wasn’t seeking out – with students from my group during Bible study, with a TA who has been struggling with her faith, with a student on the bus who told me that he really liked my testimony sharing, with my Taiwanese roommate (late at night, when I really wanted to go to bed)… being used by God on his timing… just the thought of that is so utterly humbling. On the last night, during a time of open mic sharing, one of my students Alex shared how much he appreciated my efforts to include and engage everyone in our group – Alex and Tim cried (Tim is now going to be the new co-coordinator of the camp for next year). I don’t know why they (or others) were crying, but as students and TAs got up to share, I started to weep because I realized then that God was really knocking at the door of these students’ hearts – he was right there knocking. The students were asking for prayer and saying that they were moved during praise night and committing to participating in the campus Christian club in the fall… And in frustration and maybe more desperation I began to beg God to open the doors – for only God can! Do you see, God? Do you see? Open the doors, O God, and come in…
One Body, One Mission | My hands-down favorite parts of every day were breakfast-time when we would hear TAs share their personal testimonies of their encounters with the living God and evening debrief meetings when we would come before God and pray together as a team – TAs and faculty. These brothers and sisters that I have gotten to labor alongside this past week have been such huge blessings to me in so many ways.. even before camp as we were prepping, I had already had the opportunity to share prayer requests with a few of the TAs – the moment I met them face-to-face they followed up with my prayer requests. Even in our first few conversations, we could talk about “deep things” – doubts and fears, thoughts and reflections. There are so many things I could say about what a blessing my teammates have been to me personally – their testimonies, their genuine love for people, their eagerness to follow up and be intentional, their God-fearing prayers and honest reflections, and even their Christian dating advice (lol thanks Wui and Sherry). I could go on and on and on (and already this is extremely long), but lastly, even though this is more of a reflection and update, I do want to ask for prayer as well for the following:
- Growth | We planted a lot of seeds and maybe also watered but let’s pray that our Almighty and All- Loving God allows these seeds to grow and bear fruit (1 Cor 3:6). Specifically – we’re hoping that students will a) keep in touch in meaningful ways with the American TAs through social media; 2) get plugged into the MSCE club on campus and hopefully through these means have opportunities to engage with the Gospel; and (better yet) 3) get involved in the college’s Christian club!! We got to meet the chaplain of the school (Amber) and she is really awesome :)
- Sanctification | For the American team of TAs – that God to continue to mold and shape and grow each of us so that this is not just any experience but a sanctifying one, in which we fall more in love with God, God’s people, His mission, and the lost sheep in Taiwan.
- Love | If you’d like to pray specifically for me, please pray that I see God’s love for me and love with that kind of love, that God would soften my naturally hardened and unloving heart so that I may witness with my thoughts, actions, and whole life a good and loving God – particularly with my grandma in Taiwan these next couple of days, with my family at home, and then with my future classmates in medical school.
All in all, this short one-week camp was humbling – a reminder of my sinfulness and flaws (Romans 7:24), a recognition of God’s grace that saves (Ephesians 2:8-9), and a recommitment to the Lover of my soul (Psalm 73:25-26). And I’m still not sure if I am taking 1 Cor 12 out of context or interpreting it incorrectly, but there are some things that I struggled with throughout camp that I still don’t have complete resolve of – and in these moments of weakness I feel so humbled – and it truly is in these moments that God’s power and sovereignty and glory are so much more apparent, and he is all I want to live for (Galatians 2:20). Thank you for partnering with me, praying for me and the camp, reaching out and asking me about the camp, and/or reading this reflection right now – I appreciate you very much, and I hope we get a chance to chat or catch up soon :)