Speaking of learning Chinese, it is Chinese speech contest time again, but this year, I am NOT a participant. When I got the email in mid-April about the upcoming contest, I was torn. It's always nice to get some money if I win, but I have so many other things going on right now, including an online MA course. So I thought I'd give someone else a chance this year. Little did I know that one of those "someones" would be my friend from Yilan, Courtney. She's teaching there for the year and goes to my church. Well when I found out she was doing the speech contest, I was really excited, and went to cheer her on. I felt a little nostalgic as I listened to the speeches, and even a little regretful that I wasn't going to take the stage...but definitely not regretful of the hours of preparation and practice it would have taken! Anyways, Courtney made it to the final, which is this Saturday, so I'm going to go see her there. In the meantime, anyone reading this can go here to vote for her to win the people's choice award (determined by Internet Vote).
I'm too tired to write much about the other two "S's" from the title, so here's the short version. We had a staff retreat this past Monday and Tuesday, the highlight of which was hearing Jamie Taylor, the grandson of famous missionary Hudson Taylor speak. He gave both sermons in flawless Mandarin, having grown up in Taiwan. What an inspiration! Oh, the content was great too haha... I'll try to post a few notes from that if I remember.