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Thoughts on faith and life at Friendship Church

Michelle Ko: Return to Africa

Peter Brown

by Michelle Ko


Greetings from Taiwan. This is my most updated newsletter from Taiwan before my departure to Tanzania on Feb 21, 2019. Praise the Lord! I am able to return to Mtwara, Tanzania and continue to serve Him on African soil. “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed, says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” - Isaiah 54:10

No More Sickness

The year 2018 was a very dramatic year. In July I suddenly became ill and lost my vision temporarily. Then I endured many different medical exams and treatments in Tanzania. My vision didn’t improve, and I was very ill after a spinal tap. At that time, the African doctor highly suspected I had multiple sclerosis (MS). I flew back to Taiwan for further medical exams and to receive better care and rest. After months I had another brain MRI in Taiwan. The Taiwanese doctor confirmed and has assured me that I don’t have MS. The sickness I experienced was caused by enormous stress in Tanzania which I didn’t realize I was experiencing.

Wow! I couldn’t believe it when I heard the latest MRI result that I don’t have MS. Moreover, I was very thankful for God’s protection and believe He is using the incident to send me a message of good selfcare.

Reflect and Restart


As I reflect on my time in Tanzania (TZ), I realize it was a very tough situation when I arrived in Mtwara (see map). The weather was so HOT, and I struggled with food and transportation. On top of that, I needed to know my surroundings to look for a place to rent and to start from scratch to set up a home.

God mercifully sent a Tanzanian pastor who has a car to help me purchase and transport all the materials I needed to repair the house I rented. Thankfully, I still remembered how to speak Swahili (TZ’s national language), which helped when communicating with the workers who repaired the house.

I like challenges and strive to pursue excellence—I want things to be done timely and in my own way. At times I push myself too hard and I trust my own ability more than I trust in God’s sovereignty. The day the house was ready to move into was the day I lost my vision and the illness began.

I believe the sickness was God’s compassion for me to teach me to trust Him alone and not do things on my own. I am starting all over again learning baby steps on my spiritual journey, but I rejoice that it is never too late.

Prayer items:

• Pray for me to slow down and take time to enjoy the beautiful life God has given me.

• Thank God for His provision in everything I need and please pray He continues to supply all my needs, especially finances.

Thank you for your love, prayers, encouragements, and financial support. I humbly ask you to continue to journey with me on this mission.

In His time,

Michelle Ko

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