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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.

This is How We #Thanksgiving

We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and got to celebrate with their family and friends. One of Aroma’s values is to build community. Our church recently started three community groups, which meet at different locations after Sunday services. They are a way for our community to build deeper relationships and invite new friends. It’s [...]

By | November 29th, 2018|envision|0 Comments

Meet Angela

Justin and I have known Angela about as long as we’ve lived in Taipei. It’s was really fun and encouraging getting to know her even more this summer and I’m so excited to share her story with you! One day after school, Angela went to her friend’s church for an event they were having. At [...]

By | November 16th, 2018|envision|0 Comments

Meet Zion

It’d been seven years since I’d become a Christian, but I didn’t know anything… Zion told this to me with a huge smile on his face. It wasn’t the sort of smile one has after they’re caught sneaking the last piece of candy from a jar, or even one of those smiles people have when [...]

By | November 2nd, 2018|envision|0 Comments

Meet Jennifer

“My mom and younger brother were baptized first,”Jennifer told me. “I waited a little while longer…,” she continued. Jennifer is a young woman from Taoyuan, Taiwan. She found the Aroma Cafe in Ximen over a year ago when she and her mother were searching social media for an internship opportunity. Jennifer and her mother were so [...]

By | October 19th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Meet Andrew

Andrew is a twenty-three year old Taiwanese man who has been working for us for less than a month. He, in many ways, has been an answer to prayer. Angela, another cafe employee, was leaving us to study worship leadership and our community had prayed for the right person to come and take her role. [...]

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

Hospitality as Mission

One part of Envision’s DNA is hospitality. This a core piece of who we are as an Envision Site. But what is hospitality, and why do we want this, of all things, to be a description of who we are? Why is this characteristic up there with discipleship, ministry, and partnership, characteristics that sound much [...]

By | September 7th, 2018|envision|0 Comments

God’s Children

In Psalms 22:27, David says, “ All the ends of the earth shall remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations shall worship before you.” (ESV) Over the past week, I have seen God’s family worship Him with their talents, hard work, music, and love for one another. For the [...]

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

This Could Be You! (Part 2) “Why am I Here?”

“This is my third time to Envision: Taipei and this time I am committed for a year. I am often asked why I keep coming back to Taiwan. Is it the food? The city? The convenient public transportation system? While those things are amazing, the reason I come back is that I have heard the [...]

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

This Could Be You!

“I am excited to experience a new culture and learn a new language; I am Asian by heritage, but Taiwan is my first time stepping into an Asian country. I see my time here as an incredible opportunity for connecting with my Asian roots. I am also excited to simply be a part of what [...]

By | July 13th, 2018|Uncategorized|0 Comments

[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