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My name is Rebekah Pearson; I'm 19 years old, and I have a heart for Taiwan.

My grandmother has been a missionary to Taiwan for most of her life - so, my dad and his siblings have each at some point lived in Taiwan, and that has remained part of the Pearson family ever since. I wasn't raised in Taiwan, and have only been there twice - but from the first time I visited at four, to when my aunt tried to teach me and my brother Mandarin Chinese and showed us Chinese cartoons and books, to my grandmother's yearly visits accompanied by Taiwanese treats and stories, and finally the time I visited by myself in March of 2016 - it has always been a part of my life. Since my most recent visit, I've thought of returning, perhaps for more schooling, perhaps to live there permanently, but until I discovered YWAM Taipei, I didn't quite have a plan in mind. 

Fisherman's Wharf at Tamsui​​​​​​

YWAM Taipei, a local division of Youth With a Mission, is located in the northwest section of New Taipei City, Taiwan, in the riverside Tamsui District. The night markets bring plenty of people to Tamsui, making it an ideal place for outreaches like the Rock Cafe. YWAM Taipei also runs a Discipleship Training School (DTS) which, unlike most DTS locations, offers a spring term as well as one in fall. That was what caught my eye - a starting date in March rather than August or September. At first I was afraid of possibly having to leave home so soon, but the thought stuck with me, and as I talked and prayed about it, I realized that it just might work. I wasn't sure that my application would be accepted when I sent it in, either, as it was already the middle of January, but it was - and now, after an interview and plenty of information sent my way, I've been officially accepted for the spring term, March 12-July 25!

However, there are still a few things I need to have before I can attend the DTS - the most obvious being money. Though I have more saved up than I thought I did, it's still only a few hundred - not enough for DTS, which will run me about $4,330 (NT $130,000) total, not counting things like food, personal items and school supplies, and my flight to and from Taiwan. Fortunately, I don't have to pay the full amount at once - though I do need to pay about half (NT $63,800) by the week of March 12, which is the first week of DTS. The second half (NT $66,200) doesn't have to be paid off until April 9th. 

So, I'm hoping that with a little help, along with the work I'm already doing in church and online, I might be able to reach my goal - and have enough left over for anything else I might need there. Thank you for reading; your prayers and support, especially from those of you who have already been praying and have helped me with this venture, are appreciated.

(Me (left), my grandmother, and our friend at Yangmingshan, Taipei)
Me and my friends in front of the Flower Clock, Yangmingshan, Taipei

Lisa M Miller

2018-03-06 21:27:55

Have a wonderful trip! We will be praying for you. Love, Ian and Lisa Miller

Sean Russell

2018-03-05 01:01:48

We are praying for you Sean & Andrea.

Joseph Preston Hale

2018-03-03 21:22:53

Joshua 1:9 New International Version (NIV) 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Jonnia Smith

2018-03-03 17:05:20

Praying for you!

Anonymous

2018-03-03 13:34:45

Jen Beckley Pearson

Rebecca J Wilson

2018-02-27 03:28:50

God Bless You Rebekah!

Rebecca Swaim

2018-02-22 23:58:40

We are praying for your trip and for the blessing you will be to those you meet. Becky & Tony Swaim

Thomas D. Oakley

2018-02-18 00:08:36

May God bless and use you mightily!!

Ekaterina Beckley

2018-02-14 01:16:28

Good luck praying for safe trip.

Kathya Singh

2018-02-10 01:09:45

God bless you on this new adventure Rebekah!

Changing Times
April 8, 2018, 11:19 am

So, I'm no longer attending Discipleship Training School Taipei. 

After a discussion with the staff last week, we mutually agreed that I wasn't ready for the commitment of DTS yet - that my heart wasn't ready for it, and that I was continuing to attend mainly because I didn't want to disappoint everyone who had supported me in this endeavor. My last day was Friday, March 30, and since then I've been busy with the transition to (for now) staying with my grandmother, as well as trying to figure out what my next steps should be.

I've already paid off the balance due for the three weeks I spent at the DTS base, 9000 NT (about 300 USD). I do want to stay in Taiwan, at least until my visa expires in June. My experience in the weeks I've already spent here has confirmed that. So, what I would like to do for the immediate future is learn Chinese, to add a valuable and hopefully quite relevant skill to my experience - as well as simply carry on conversation with people around here!

One of my grandmother's friends introduced me to TLI, which has an affordable Chinese language learning course. I would like to take lessons there, but I'd need to use the money raised for my DTS, and since I raised it specifically for my DTS training, I don't want to start withdrawing money from this fund without ensuring those of you who donated are okay with that.

So, in short, please let me know if you are okay with the money you donated (not all of it, but definitely some!) going toward Chinese lessons, as well as my journey to general self-sufficiency. Also, if you have any questions about any of this, you can message my mom (Jenn) on Facebook, or me directly if you have my phone number or email.

Update: We're done!
March 7, 2018, 5:12 pm

Today, I received a check for the last $535 I needed - which means this campaign is now complete! There are a couple things I'll probably need a little money for in the future, but thanks to this donor and all the rest of you - I've reached my goal, not only for March 12th but for April, too, before even leaving for Taiwan.

My mother will be posting updates on Facebook here, and I plan to set up an Instagram for the younger generation to more easily follow. ; P Until then, thanks, and I'll get back to packing!

Another Quick Update
March 4, 2018, 5:36 pm

There, I changed the goal amount to reflect the amount actually remaining. So far, $1,530 has been donated through my church and other sources. I'm just blown away by how close we are to reaching the goal - and we don't even need the last half until April! 

Quick Update: HEY GUESS WHAT GUYS
March 4, 2018, 10:30 am

As of this morning, I now have $2,580.

​​​​​​That's DEFINITELY enough for March 12th! 

I can't express how grateful I am to you all for supporting me! I'm going to leave on Thursday, and spend a couple days with my grandmother who lives in Taiwan before heading off to start school. 

I gotta go to church now, might post a more detailed update later. 

Update - How do I use this site again?
February 25, 2018, 9:23 pm

As this is my first time using this site, I have yet to figure out everything about it. But, just to let you know, I have now raised more than the $895 that currently shows up on this campaign. Today, in fact, I received $500 in checks and paper money, after making an announcement about my trip at my home church. That brings my total to about $1,300 - even closer to covering the amount I need by March 12th! 

The amount due by March 12th is NT $63,800, which currently comes out to about $2,200 in USD. But the exchange rate is prone to changing, so it could come out to a little more - or less. In any case, I only need about $1,000 more to reach that goal! I really, truly appreciate all of you who have donated to support me so far. You just about brought tears to my eyes today. I don't know what else I can say, except that I'm hoping for great things to come out of this, and - well, I feel like some blessings already have.

Edit: Should I just change the goal to be lower, to accurately reflect the amount I've raised so far? I don't know...

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Amy Boggs

376 day(s), 06 hr 1 min ago


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Lisa M Miller

377 day(s), 23 hr 16 min ago

Have a wonderful trip! We will be praying for you. Love, Ian and Lisa Miller

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Sean Russell

379 day(s), 19 hr 42 min ago

We are praying for you Sean & Andrea.

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Anonymous Donor

380 day(s), 01 hr 58 min ago


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Joseph Preston Hale

380 day(s), 23 hr 21 min ago

Joshua 1:9 New International Version (NIV) 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

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Jonnia Smith

381 day(s), 03 hr 39 min ago

Praying for you!

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Jen Beckley Pearson

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Chrystle Taylor

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Rebecca J Wilson

385 day(s), 17 hr 15 min ago

God Bless You Rebekah!

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Rebecca Swaim

389 day(s), 20 hr 45 min ago

We are praying for your trip and for the blessing you will be to those you meet. Becky & Tony Swaim

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Thomas D. Oakley

394 day(s), 20 hr 35 min ago

May God bless and use you mightily!!

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Ekaterina Beckley

398 day(s), 19 hr 28 min ago

Good luck praying for safe trip.

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Kathya Singh

402 day(s), 19 hr 34 min ago

God bless you on this new adventure Rebekah!

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