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Some New Recipes | Campus Ministry Service in Taiwan

Posted by Maria Solomond on Mon, Jul 08, 2013 @ 09:49 AM

Continuing our service in Taiwan, my fellow students and I journeyed to the mountains to do work for the people living in the villages there.  We were accompanied by students from the Cardinal Tien Nursing College as well as our translators from Fu Jen University.  We split into groups there to do different service activities, and one of these groups taught the villagers several new recipes.  Saint Vincent students and Cardinal Tien students show some villagers how to make jello.April Smith was part of one of these groups, and related her experience:

"I signed up for baking because I do a lot of it at home and I wanted to be taught new recipes.  Little did I know that we were supposed to help the Cardinal Tien students teach the aboriginal women of the village to make Jello, milk pudding, and chocolate cranberry tea cookies.  I was taken by surprise, but I rolled with it.  Our Cardinal Tien leader, Amy, taught us so much even though she spoke limited English.  Using her hands, she demonstrated techniques and would let me try along with the older women.  Everyone poses with the freshly made jello












"The days were so much fun and as a bonus we got to watch the women prepare traditional dinners for us, with out treats as dessert.  At the end of both days, everyone was full and happy with the fresh air in their lungs, the mountain vista 360 degrees around us and the company of some wonderful, genuine people with nothing but love to give."

Lauren Harbaugh and April Smith show off the cookies that they made with the help of the villagers and Cardinal Tien and Fu Jen students

Topics: Campus Ministry, Taiwan, Lauren Harbaugh, April Smith

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