Over a year ago, Michael and I were walking around Canmore, Alberta, dreaming of the possibility of staffing Titus Project in Ukraine, and then “swinging through” Taiwan on the way home, to connect with the founder of Titus Project – Amy – who works with YWAM Taipei. Our hope was to to learn Amy’s heart for this ministry she started almost twenty years ago, and to be mentored and commissioned by her as we step into pioneering Titus Project at YWAM Turner Valley.
When we left Canada in December, the plan was to spend ten days in Taipei, with the hopes we’d be able to get a few days’ worth of Amy’s time. That plan developed into so much more. Every few years, the leaders of Titus Projects around the world meet to connect and consult about the growth and direction of Titus Project as a ministry. Because the last consultation hadn’t happened since 2012, our “swinging through” Taiwan grew into a full-on Titus Project consultation, with people joining us from the United States, Mexico, Germany, Taiwan, and Ukraine, all with a heart and vision for Titus Project! While not everyone could join us from every location (there are two Titus Projects in Africa, a couple in South America, one in Australia, and multiple others in Asia), it was a great week of discussion and so much learning on our part! We also had the opportunity to Skype in with leaders of some of the Titus Projects who were not represented at the consultation, and we feel so much more connected to Titus Project as a global ministry.
Going forward, we feel overwhelmed and inspired by all the wisdom, vision, and passion we’ve seen in our fellow Titus Project leaders (especially considering they’ve actually run Titus Projects, and we’re total rookies!), but we’re excited to start planning and implementing some of what we’ve learned as we look forward to Titus Project running in Turner Valley this January.
Over the next few days, we plan to meet with Amy more directly, and spend some time enjoying Taiwan. We return to Canada on Thursday. Though our round-the-world trip is drawing to a close, I continue to be amazed by the way God has orchestrated our trip. When we walked around Canmore in February 2015, asking God about whether we should go to Ukraine OR Taiwan, and then feeling like we just might be called to go to BOTH places, we would never have dreamed that we would receive the quality of mentorship we received in Ukraine (thank you, Angela!), and we wouldn’t have even thought of the possibility of our time in Taiwan turning into an opportunity to connect with Titus Project leaders from around the world. We didn’t dream this or think this, but God knew it all along, and we’re so thankful His dreams for our lives, and for Titus Project at YWAM Turner Valley, are bigger.