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-Summer Volunteer Joy from Taiwan
“Came to Hong Kong and took a journey to Japan…every time when people asked me, I would say I wanted to have a breakthrough in my life and get along well with God… and I did it.” Joy took the advice from her mom, a pastor of youth in Taiwan, to join the summer program in Hong Kong Smart Team in mid-June while her university summer break started. The volunteering and STM both helped shape the renewed soul of Joy. Being an introvert to keep any conversations short, Joy has now become a talkative person who enjoys sharing her encounter with God within two months.
Face No Makeup
It is typical for Taiwanese girls wearing makeup in their daily life. Joy adopted her makeup habit for more than 2 years. During STM in Iwate, Joy was asked by her team leader to have a break with cosmetics for a while. A week passed. Joy was upset. “Wanted to groom my brows and put on lipstick. I found myself too ugly to look at.” The team leader instructed Joy to have a quiet moment with God and ask God’s view on natural beauty. Never in her life has listened to God’s voice, Joy got a direct answer from God once she closed her eyes. She was inspired that “God who made everything fine in the world will never fail”. The answer touched her most. It was the very first time she ever talked to God and talked to Him in this way.
At the STM, Joy was prayed for an emotional healing while she submitted her emotions to God. In her prayer, she envisioned a maze and nothing else; a short while later, she saw a very straight road next to the maze. Jesus was over there waiting for her. The implication was very clear to Joy. “I focused all my heart on the maze and wondered where to go to find Jesus. But God indeed gave me a way. So close. Just next to it.” It has reinforced her confidence and sensitivity on listening to God’s voice.
Wounded Heart Got Healed
On the last night in Iwate, the Team prayed for the healing of the local co-worker, Hitan, who suffered from severe eczema for 26 years. Seeing the condition of the co-worker showed no sign of improvement after hours of prayers, Joy got an impression that God was intending to heal Hitan’s heart rather than the physical wound. Then Joy told Hitan through the last prayer, “Do you know God is the one who makes the blind see, the deaf hear, the lame walk? As He is, how couldn’t He heal you? For He has set His plan right.” After it, Hitan expressed that she got healed completely at heart and believed God would heal her in the right time. Back to Hong Kong after the trip, Joy received a message that Hitan’s wound at hand has been reducing in size.
A Walking Slogan
In Smart Team, Joy had lots of chances to meet up with different people and visit churches in different places. Missional messages from Ben or Kathy were her bonus. “They were building me up a mission-based foundation aglow with mission flame. Wherever I went to pay a visit, I deeply experienced what the slogan ‘One Body One Church’ really meant regardless of our nationalities or languages. I didn’t know what the slogan truly meant until I came here.”
Joy felt like being in a family when working for Smart Team. The family relationship extended all through the STM trip where a strong and one-on-one mentoring relationship between team leader and teammate derived from this family tree.
Couldn’t help smiling all the time during the interview, Joy added one more thing – “It’s worthwhile being here. I will recommend anyone around me join Smart Team for volunteering.”