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Summer Volunteer Deborah from Taiwan
“I realized I haven’t done enough after working for Hong Kong Smart Team,” Deborah humbly admitted this was the biggest lesson she learnt during the 3-month program. Having a mission fire for the Middle East, she was not entirely a stranger to the general work of Smart Team. Followed her pastor’s recommendation while she was unemployed at that time, Deborah grabbed the chance and refreshed herself through volunteering and STM.
“I just thought I had done enough mission work by taking part in prayer meetings, STMs or sharing sessions.” Deborah described it a mind-blowing experience when she met up with MUD designer Shirley who made use of her leather crafting skills to bless a mission field. Deborah shared the same interest in leather-working but only took it as a pastime. Seeing that was a way, she confessed, “I really missed the point of connecting with missions every day.”
During her stay, Deborah made an appointment with Joe, the founder of OneLife Development, who was eager to share with her the concept of doing business for missions. “Joe’s missional visions impressed me most. As usual, we just thought missions were all about going and sending. However, we neglected the everyday livelihood that could be connected to missions. Every talent, skill or expertise has a place in missions. For instance, artistic design could be applied to package design for products or advertising,” said Deborah with a head full of new marketing ideas for missions. She used to work in marketing field with art and design.
Let No One Despise Your Youth
Never in her life learnt to paint, Deborah had to initiate a wall-painting with oil-based paints and paint brushes together with her team for a school in the Middle East at STM. Inspired by the Holy Spirit, she got an impression of “two hands holding a lump of soil with a seed popped up”. After that, a local co-worker, who received a scripture about sowing in a prayer before looking at Deborah’s work, came to tell her how the wall-painting carried such a prophetic meaning. It signified that these are not only hands from God, but hands from teachers who raise up refugee children with good soil which brings out manifold crop.
At a meeting while Deborah was playing drums, a pastor’s wife said a prophetic prayer for her that “whatever Deborah sings, play drums or is engaged in anything about creativity, there are prophetic insights inside.” Deborah was moved to tears because God has empowered her to work with faith in Taiwan and grow in confidence.
“Back home, I particularly have a burden on teens. I want to revive and inspire them. It is one of the reasons why I want to join Taiwan Smart Team. Teenagers can do a lot more. Besides, I want to keep sharing things about missions through media or other forms. It is an act of sowing in term of sharing and delivering.”
Within three months, Deborah has looked at her mission and ministry from a different point of view. “I can do a lot more!” she yelled out.