John and Jessica Williams

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A little about us.

We first met in Taiwan in September of 2008, when John was returning to Taiwan for his second time. We met at Bilingual Community Church (BCC) in Kaohsiung, and were married a year later in October of 2009.

We currently live in the United States, but have plans for returning to Taiwan and will be doing so as full time missionaries with Commission to Every Nation. We will be helping our friends and fellow BCC ministry leaders Tim and Carol Wu who serve with World Venture. Our primary focus will be on serving the local Puli Shepherd Church, and creating disciples. We know that God will use us both in different ways, but that our marriage will be one of the most powerful things God uses to influence others.

Jessica


 Jessica became a Christian when she saw a Christian drama group perform a play after she graduated from college. The holy spirit touched her heart and she decided she wanted to become a Christian, even though she had never even used the word before. Jessica struggled as a young Christian, and often felt burnt out and unspiritual due to lack of discipleship. She was later helped by missionaries serving in Taiwan, and given housing and tools to begin serving again. Later, when a team of prophetic ministers came visiting a church, Jessica went to see them. Jessica went in to see one of the old women in the group. She told Jessica not to speak, but that she would listen to God to find what God wanted to tell her. The old woman started giggling, and Jessica asked her what was funny. She replied, “God wants me to tell you, you are saved.” This had been one of Jessica’s biggest fears since she accepted Christ.

Jessica became a Christian when she saw a Christian drama group perform a play after she graduated from college. The holy spirit touched her heart and she decided she wanted to become a Christian, even though she had never even used the word before. Jessica struggled as a young Christian, and often felt burnt out and unspiritual due to lack of discipleship. She was later helped by missionaries serving in Taiwan, and given housing and tools to begin serving again. Later, when a team of prophetic ministers came visiting a church, Jessica went to see them. Jessica went in to see one of the old women in the group. She told Jessica not to speak, but that she would listen to God to find what God wanted to tell her. The old woman started giggling, and Jessica asked her what was funny. She replied, “God wants me to tell you, you are saved.” This had been one of Jessica’s biggest fears since she accepted Christ.
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Taiwan_XiEn1Later, Jessica helped two women from North America start an organization called His Hands (which is now known as Taiwan Xi En), which was developed in response to the large number of abortions performed in Taiwan each year. Taiwan Xi En focused on providing an alternative to women who felt they were in a hopeless situation. Jessica was initially playing a large role as translator, 24hr-hotline reception, counselor and advice giver to the many women who would call seeking help. Taiwan_XiEn2

“I remember many of our first dates were interrupted by phone calls from girls who needed help. We even spent one date in a hospital waiting for a baby to be born.” – John

Later when we got married in 2009, Jessica felt that her ministry involvement was too much for us as newly weds. She left, Taiwan Xi En, on great terms, and has been a big supporter of their cause ever since.

Jessica later had several jobs working as a Chinese speaking nanny in Taiwan and here in the states after we moved back in 2012.
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John

John never thought of coming to Taiwan until he began to hear stories from missionaries and others who had taught English in southeast Asia. In 2005 John began looking for opportunities to teach in Asia. He stumbled across lots of great info about the different opportunities in many countries. Japan, Korea, China and Taiwan all had positions for teaching English. However, Taiwan had a unique position as being a place that was cheap enough to live, and paid enough to still send money home to pay student loans. Later, John found a program offered by a missionary in Kaohsiung Taiwan. The missionary was David Ullstrom, and it was the OMF partners program. David would help all OMF partners find a place to rent, usually with other English teachers, and get situated in a new city.

John flew to Taiwan in June of 2006, and began training with HESS Language schools. At first he enjoyed the teaching environment, but because he was in one of the largest school branches many of the Chinese teachers were unfriendly. Later John was moved to a smaller branch, and enjoyed it until they closed it. HESS had broken his contract, but gave him the choice to either find a new school to work for, or work as a full time substitute. Driving often 45 or 60 minutes to and from work each day, John had some challenges, but was able to meet all kinds of awesome teachers. He also learned that the school branches out away from the city were more relaxed and friendly.

In the summer of 2007 returning stateside, but left Taiwan 3 days late. The authorities were not thrilled, and gave his passport a stamp that said, “can’t come back without a visa.” Then the visa office in NYC would not issue him a visa. So he drove for FED-EX a year, and got a new passport in 2008.

In September of 2008 John returned to Taiwan. He already had a job lined up, and was ready to join his old roommate Robert in helping out at the Bilingual Community Church. On his first day back, Robert took John to see Julie who was baby sitting some babies for a ministry called His Hands. JOhn_With_babies Jessica recalls seeing John there with the babies, but John doesn’t remember meeting her. It must have been the tough Jet lag from the flight over.

Soon after John and Jess met at a church party at Pastor David Lin’s house. There was a connection that first day, and soon they were doing things together when Jessica had some free time. On Oct 10th, a holiday known to foreigners as 10/10 day, John met up with Jessica in Hualien while traveling with Robert and Julie. From then on, John and Jessica dated with a purpose to decide if they should get married. JOhn_atJoy

John continued working for Joy language school and in the following year John and Jessica were married. wedding
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