Thursday, September 28, 2006

this morning . . . This morning Gilby and I were taking a walk, but before we headed home, we stopped to buy some breakfast. As we (yes, Gilby and me) were talking with the storeowner, two women who had been buying fruit just down the street started running and yelling obviously very upset. They were chasing a moped that was weaving in and out of the crowded street traffic. Since they were shouting in Taiwanese (I speak Mandarin), I could only guess what they were shouting about. I was close. I guessed someone had hopped onto their moped and driven away with it. Instead, as the breakfast storeowner told me, the two boys on the moped had driven past the ladies buying fruit and grabbed their bags; thus, stealing their purses and purchases. Normally Taiwan is a very, very safe place. As a single woman, I actually feel much safer here than I do in the States. However, this is actually a problem for me. Since the Taiwanese people are so nice, friendly, and inviting, it is very easy to get lulled into “they are a good people” mentality. This line of thinking of course is very wrong, and it leads to a lack of zeal for sharing the gospel because it causes me to fail to see the lostness of the people I live among. The Bible says that “the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately sick.” I am not thankful that these two women lost some of their belongings today, but I am thankful for the reminder that the Taiwanese people are hopelessly lost without Christ. Please join me in praying for the Taiwanese—less than 3% are Christian.
google me Recent things people have googled and ended up finding me: taiwan peanut girl (huh?!?) taiwan tofu jelly (well, I have had tofu pudding, but not jelly) world's tallest 12-year-old girl (what?!?) pics of grandma's riding mopeds (they do! I just don't have a pic of it) girl cycler (I only dream about being a "real" one) amanda scary pictures (I sure hope they didn't find any here!!) where can i buy wu-long tea in texas (not sure, but try a local Asian supermart--Austin, Houston, DFW all have 'em) erhu fingering D diao (there is a clear lack of erhu resources in English online--I constantly am getting hits from people searching for info on playing the erhu) learning to say no modern toilet (for those of you who keep googling for the one in Tainan click here, it is the last store listed) (warning: bad language on page, mainly because they don't realize it's a "bad word") mcdonalds resturant taipei (I am sure there are lots of them, but I don't know well enough to blog about them because I don't live in Taipei) bread of life in taipei (never been to the Taipei one, but have visited the Bread of Life in Kaohsiung) what holds your esophogus in place? (I have no idea!) worship songs in hokkien (I do know some in Hokkien (aka Taiwanese), but they are not on my blog; to pray for the Hokkien people go here) vietnamese passion fruit icee recipe (hmm, please share if you find one--sounds delicious) At first, I'd never really thought about doing a list like this myself--mainly cuz I didn't want to lead searchers astray again by coming here and finding my silly list. But some of them just made me laugh out loud, so I had to share them!! :) So, please forgive me if you were led astray by my googled list. Oh, and, just FYI, if you google "amanda" on and ask for Chinese only results, I am currently the second one listed. Who woulda thunk it?? Have a great weekend!! I'm off to clean and welcome guests.

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