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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 facilitating a weekly event called Bible Talk, providing English teaching to Aroma cafe workers, and intentionally connecting with Aroma customers. 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.

[TBT] Life Shaping Scripture

Throwback Thursday Blog Brittany and I were recently interviewed and one of the questions that was given to us was this: “What scriptures has God used in shaping your life?” During my young life, there have been a few of these scriptures. Matthew 6:33 stuck out to me during my teenage years when I was battling my own desires. [...]

By | June 22nd, 2018|envision|0 Comments


Our vision is most easily understood in the form of a coffee cup. Our cafes are represented by the cup. They provide the structure and the place. They are the first thing people see. The coffee inside the cup is the church. It’s where the aroma of Christ emanates from. It’s the reason we’re here. [...]

By | June 14th, 2018|envision|0 Comments

God’s Promises in Christ = YES!

Before I became a Christian, I was very unhappy because many areas of my life were going poorly. For example, the relationship aspect was not going well. I was very sad and started to think maybe God had forgotten me. I knew I was not good. I, however, also felt I had absolutely nothing good. [...]

By | May 17th, 2018|envision|0 Comments

Surfing to Share the Man Who Walked on Water

Editor's Preface- Our dear sister, and Aroma community member Nancy, who is doing full time ministry in Yilan, shared this personal update with us. Enjoy! "Christian Surfer’s  is an international organization. They share the gospel to the surfing community around the world. It’s growing in developing countries. CS Australia invited me to the Noosa festival 2018 [...]

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

The Devil Wants You Tired/ God Gives Hope

By Skye Bonati At five o’clock I was ready to crash. Granted, I do seem to get worn out much more easily here in Taiwan than in America, but five o’clock? An overwhelming urge to sleep washed over me, and I sought the couch for a short nap — if it would come. Waves of [...]

By | May 4th, 2018|envision|0 Comments


By Chris O'Dell   A while back I was challenged to think about the way I dealt with culture. I heard the challenge described in these two aspects that are to be held in tension: high context and low context. I’m not going to go in depth about how these cultures function. For that, I recommend this [...]

By | April 27th, 2018|envision|0 Comments

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