1. How did you first get involved with Friendship Presbyterian? I have been attending Friendship since moving to Taipei from Los Angeles in the beginning of 2015. My work had sent me to Taipei, and although I have family in Kaohsiung, I didn't know anyone in Taipei. My first Sunday in town, I attended the Mandarin side with my mom and our friend, who is the daughter of the church's former pastor. She told me about the English side, which I visited a few weeks later. I loved how friendly everybody was and so I kept coming back.
2. What do you do Monday through Saturday? I am a reporter for WORLD Magazine, a news magazine from a Christian perspective. So sometimes I travel to different cities to report on stories and interview people. That is fun, but most of the time I am on my computer researching, emailing sources, writing, and editing. During the workweek, you will likely find me working at Project 0.1, a co-working space in Shilin run by FPC's own Cordelia Lee. On Wednesdays, I co-lead a women's group called Women of the Word (W.O.W), which you should come check out if you are a woman.
3. What is something people might be surprised to know about you? In college, I was on our school's fencing team. I wasn't good and I didn't even compete, but I joined after seeing a Facebook ad that said the team needed walk-ons and would teach you how to fence. I had zero prior experience, but thought it would be fun. So I did it for a year.
4. What do you find most challenging about being a Christian today? I think the biggest difficulty is intentionally making time for God in a world full of unending distractions. Our world today provides us with a million things that we could spend our time on, and most of it is easier, more comfortable, and more "fun" than sitting down with a Bible, closing our eyes in prayer, and truly remembering what is most important in this life. I sense it in my own life as, time and time again, I choose to passively scroll through social media rather than digging into the powerful Word of God that should be my greatest treasure.
5. What is your favorite book of the Bible, and why? I like the book of James because of how real it is and how applicable it is to everyday life. I mean, by the second verse, he is already talking about how we should react when (not if) we encounter trials. I always find the book convicting as James points out how counter-cultural "God's way" is when compared to how we would naturally respond to a situation. I love knowing that what believers in the early church struggled with is the same things plaguing us today: taming the tongue, living out our faith, avoiding favoritism, and trusting God in the unknown tomorrows.