Taiwan Day 2 - Churches, Food, Temples & Farms

Dalin, Chiayi, Taiwan

6/27/15

This morning Cindy, a friend of Pastor Allen's, picked me up and took me to the Taiwanese high speed rail station. From there, I took an hour long train ride from Taipei to the city of Chiayi.

 Here's the view from the bullet train. We by lots of greens. 

Here's the view from the bullet train. We by lots of greens. 

 Inside the train!

Inside the train!

Chiayi County has about 650,000 residence and is home to the missionaries that I will be staying with for the next week, Mr. & Mrs. Harbour. 

As I got off the train, Mr. Harbour picked me up and took me on a tour of the surrounding city. He showed me a lot of places of worship, important buildings, and a mini history lesson of Taiwan. After that, he took me to this hole in the wall dumpling restaurant where I tried my first Taiwanese meal (besides the plane food and complimentary hotel breakfast). 

 小籠包 aka Xiao Long Bao!

小籠包 aka Xiao Long Bao!

We then drove around looking at some more new churches and some of the pineapple, banana and mango farms in Dalin.  

 Thousands of pineapples with hats over them to protect them from the sun. I still need to try one of their pineapples!

Thousands of pineapples with hats over them to protect them from the sun. I still need to try one of their pineapples!

 Rice Field! Mr. Harbour told me that his friend counted how many grains of rice were on an average rice plant which comes out to be about 100. He then made the analogy of rice producing 100 times more fruit of itself as how many offspring we can make for the Kingdom of Heaven through the Holy Spirit! 

Rice Field! Mr. Harbour told me that his friend counted how many grains of rice were on an average rice plant which comes out to be about 100. He then made the analogy of rice producing 100 times more fruit of itself as how many offspring we can make for the Kingdom of Heaven through the Holy Spirit! 

Mrs. Harbour took some kids to youth group in the afternoon and we dropped them off at their houses before dinner. During dinner, I met a coworker of the Harbours, Naomi, who works as a college bible study leader. 

 Mrs. Harbour is entertaining her youth member with her dog, Nebuchadnezzar aka Nebby. #HipsterVan

Mrs. Harbour is entertaining her youth member with her dog, Nebuchadnezzar aka Nebby. #HipsterVan

It was a blessing to hear about the city of Chiayi and the amount of effort that the Harbours and their team are putting into it. There are so many people who don't know Christ, but there are also a good handful of people who go to church now due to the work done by Holy Spirit and the missionaries here!