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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 Cafes and Church. He does this by providing English teaching to Aroma cafe workers, ESL support to other Aroma events. 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. He enjoys studying Christian apologetics, playing basketball, guitar, learning languages, and spending quality time with people.

“Discipleship through Parenting”

Have you ever thought about how you lead others? Author Mike Breen says, “Christians could be called shepherds from behind, sheep from the front. There’s always at least one person who is following your lead.” We think discipleship, specifically leading someone who believes in Jesus to seek to follow Him in his or her daily [...]

By | June 14th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“Control, Culture, and Hunger: Reflecting on My Time in Taiwan”

As I look back at my time as an Envision intern at Aroma the last three months, I’m amazed at how much the Lord has shown me. Here are three of the biggest takeaways from my time in Taiwan.1. I am not in control. Proverbs 16:9 - 9  The heart of man plans his way, but [...]

By | May 18th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Coming Full Circle

"The Aroma had a mentor who used to frequently reference the verse: “I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” (3 John 1:4). Our greatest joy is also to see when our friends who come to Christ through The Aroma come full circle! This happens when they [...]

By | May 3rd, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Stand in Awe of God

During this internship I have been having a lot of ups and downs. I have had moments where I am thankful where God has me and then there are moments when I am completely lost. In these moments I just fall on my knees and start sobbing.I start questioning why God has me here and [...]

By | April 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“I have decided to follow Jesus”

Do you remember last year when we wrote about Andrew, a cafe employee who joined our team last summer during our Ximen shop’s transition? Andrew gave his life to Jesus almost one year ago; last April. He’s growing and learning a lot... In fact, his interest and desire to dive into his walk with Christ [...]

By | March 19th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“how communities are being transformed in Taiwan”

Besides a hilarious TV show and the word we use when we want to make church sound less formal, what is community? Dictionary.com calls it a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common. At the Aroma, one of our desires is to build up a community that [...]

By | March 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“The Aroma Church is not only a church, but a family.”

Aroma Church is not just a church but also my support and family. Last September, I started to teach in Washington. Before I came to America, my friends from Aroma helped me connect with Victoria (She was one of Aroma church team members) or their family and even friends who also live in Washington. It [...]

By | February 22nd, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment

“We believe great things are going to happen.”

God is constantly growing us — and often through means that are already there. We’re currently experiencing this through our pursuit to know God’s desire for our Ximen cafe. We closed the cafe mid-September to reexamine our vision, values, and strategy, and dedicated this time as being an internal review. At the end of one [...]

By | February 8th, 2019|Uncategorized|1 Comment

“And in the lowest of valleys, there is growth.”

“Over a year ago when I was studying in Ecuador, I took a class about spiritual formation, where basically we learned how to develop our spiritual lives and strengthen our connection with Holy Spirit. It's been awhile since I've had that course, but there are many things that I took away from it that I [...]

By | January 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments

“I AM Doing a New Thing”

As a new year dawns we all know that there are certain things in our lives that we would like to change, so we set “New Year, New Me” resolutions. We get ourselves a gym membership, commit to eating healthier food or working on organizing our time better. All these things are good, but I’d [...]

By | January 11th, 2019|Uncategorized|0 Comments