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About Jay Wirkkala

Jay Wirkkala came to Taiwan to join Envision Taipei in January of 2017 as a two-year resident. He focuses on learning Chinese and supporting The Aroma Coffee Shop and Church. Jay does this by facilitating an event called Bible Talk, and gives weekly English lessons to our coffee shop workers. He also provides support for office finances and is responsible for our biweekly newsletter. Prior to coming to Taiwan, Jay graduated from Crown College where he studied psychology and TESOL. He then taught English in China for 2 years before serving as an intern with Envision: Bangkok during the summer of 2015. Originally from Castle Rock, Washington, he is the youngest of seven, and loves learning languages, sports, board games, and Thai food.

Pay it Forward

By Brittany Siemens The past two weeks have been pretty busy for Justin and I! The marketing team at Aroma has been operating on a new schedule this year. We’re following a six weeks on and two weeks off schedule. What that means is that every eight weeks, we spend the first two looking back [...]

By | April 20th, 2018|envision|0 Comments

Envision Associate is Reminded of Why He Went to Taiwan

By Nathan Conklin Returning to the States is always bittersweet for me. America is most definitely home, but after living in Taiwan for the past two years Taipei is also definitely home. As it turns out, Taiwan is becoming home even more as I commit to an additional four-year term after accepting an associate position [...]

By | April 5th, 2018|envision|0 Comments

Your Impact in Uganda

Sweetie met the Aroma Team ten years ago, and began contributing to its cause in many ways: being a culture teacher, a translator, and a co-leader for small groups. She was already a Christian when she joined Aroma, but has since grown much closer to Jesus while learning what it means to follow Him with [...]

By | March 23rd, 2018|envision|0 Comments

Here’s Why There’s Another Party in Heaven

Our desire is for people to smell the Aroma of Christ through the different ministries and events we offer so that they may make the choice to follow Jesus and become more like Him. We would then like to teach them how to spread the Aroma of Jesus to their families, friends, workplaces, and even [...]

By | March 9th, 2018|envision|0 Comments

The Empowering Purpose of Aroma’s Existence

The Aroma exists to help others smell, become, and spread the Aroma of Christ. Every time someone from our Aroma family completes this cycle, we rejoice. This is why we are here. We were reminded of this recently as we sent out a fellow colleague, friend, and brother in Christ. Jae had already received God's calling when he first came [...]

By | February 23rd, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Taiwan’s Response to Charlie Brown

By Justin Siemens 情愛的看中文朋友們, 不好意思我們這個月會使者只用英文寫我們的Aroma News。如果你每兩個禮拜收到這封信比較習慣讀中,文麻煩你回這封 email跟我們說喔!不要客氣!祝你們每一個人新年快樂! “Well… I’ve always wanted to be called FLASH! I hate the name Charlie.” Last Saturday, a handful of people from our Aroma community put on the musical titled You’re A Good Man, Charlie Brown. One of our leaders, Jesse, came to Taiwan as a missionary after leaving behind [...]

By | February 9th, 2018|envision|0 Comments

“Your Obsession = ?”

By Emmi Hanus Recently, Chris challenged us to return to a position of being completely obsessed with Jesus. So obsessed that we are constantly longing for more of Him. So obsessed that we joyfully and urgently turn every conversation into being about Him. So obsessed that we prioritize Him, His lost sheep, and the people [...]

By | January 26th, 2018|envision|0 Comments

How to Rock a Musical

Jesse and I are thrilled by the opportunity to put on the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” at Aroma. It’s been a dream of Jesse’s for years to be able to do something like this at Aroma. It’s also been super cool for me to be able to come alongside him and help [...]

By | January 12th, 2018|envision|0 Comments

Our Father’s Business

Following one of our Sunday church services, a woman came up to me and asked if she could speak with me for a couple of minutes. I politely obliged and she started sharing: “I’m usually a pretty negative person. I get all these negative thoughts in my head, and it takes days to get them out. [...]

By | December 29th, 2017|envision|0 Comments

Love that Becomes Strength

By Sara Yeh The Aroma Cafe has been blessed by many over a long period of time. We thank God for leading a prophetic artist to us to help God speak to each person who sees her work. Today, this special story does not only impact our lives, but the artist’s as well. When she [...]

By | December 12th, 2017|envision|0 Comments