An amazing evening last night ~ so many smiles and laughs, and of course, photos!
Yes, it’s the end of the school year here in Taiwan and at SJU we are gearing up for tomorrow’s graduation ceremony, and saying many congratulations – but also sad goodbyes – to our lovely graduating students. For our 4th year undergraduate students in the student fellowship, last night we held the annual much-anticipated, highlight-of-the-whole-year graduation party ~ this year on the theme of ‘復古’ ‘Vintage’. Everyone’s been busy for weeks in preparation, not least finding an outfit, vintage style ~ grandparents and parents to the rescue!
Our fellowship has 7 student members graduating, led by Vincy, who was last year’s student fellowship leader, the first girl to be elected to that position for over a decade and our first ever student leader from Malaysia. Jing-Sen was also one of the student fellowship leadership team. Pei-Ching and Mao-Ge are 2 other committed members, and Pei-ching was baptized only recently, at Easter. Here they all are – making their presentation to Jing-Ching, the current fellowship leader…
I arrived a bit late and missed the food, but in time for the party proper! We had singing, dancing, games, drama, catwalk, presentations, videos, gifts and prayers. And many many photos. So so so so much going on, all evening!
One of the highlights was the dancing ~ this is Jailhouse Rock, led by Tony and Nai-Nai…
Video No.2 features our graduating students, Jing-Sen and Vincy…
And this one features our chaplain Rev. Wu and his wife, Vicky… they certainly know how to dance!
And so to the photos – and yes the lights were flashing all different colours throughout the evening!
And a few photos taken by students, my vintage style is definitely, well, pink!
Plus the group photo….
Then, this morning, Vincy’s parents and family arrived from West Malaysia ready for graduation tomorrow, and their first stop was to visit the SJU Chaplaincy for a photo! Actually, after weeks on non-stop sun and a major lack of rain, today started 5 days of predicted heavy rain. It is absolutely pouring down out there, but still, anyway, a very big welcome to Taiwan!
We have at about 10 students in our fellowship from Malaysia, maybe more. These are most of the girls ~ they are all so amazing, so mature, and bring so many blessings to us in SJU! For the boys, well there’s Calvin and Tony, spot them in the photo album above, they bring a whole lot of life and energy to the fellowship group!
And finally a special mention and congratulations to Dong-Gua, one of our students on the master’s program, finally he is ready to graduate. He’s been here longer than most of us, and we will miss him so much. He’s the student who can always be relied on to come to our rescue whenever we need anything technical or practical, or needing muscles or clear thinking, always willing to help! Here he is posing with Rev. Wu. Ah, congratulations Dong-Gua!
I can’t be at the graduation tomorrow, so I gave the students my congratulations and best wishes last night. As always, they’ll leave a big gap that will be hard to fill, but we send them out into the world with our prayers for God’s blessing and grace to be upon them. And of course, we hope they’ll keep in touch ~ and come back and visit us very often!
MANY MANY CONGRATULATIONS AND BEST WISHES TO ALL THOSE GRADUATING THIS SUMMER ~ YES!