Island Search and Rescue
By Amy Ann Johnson
Dear Sister Zhan,
How is Taiwan?
Do you like the vegetables and noodles?
Have you seen or eaten any poodles?
It sounds really green
and like the people aren't too mean.
They sound rather nice
and appear to love rice.
On your bike you peddle,
handing out God's rod of metal.
You feed His Taiwanese sheep
as your covenants you keep.
Down on you He smiles
As you endure all of your trials.
He blesses you everyday
and the Spirit whispers what to say.
You ride through the rain
as you and your companion are praying
to find somebody
whose heart you can help to un-muddy.
You meet a girl on a scooter
that saw a church add on the computer.
With a song in your heart,
You begin to teach like it's an art.
You tell her of Heavenly Father's plan
and the Atonement of the Only Perfect Man.
You give her a copy of the Book
that gives truth to those that look.
You bare witness of God's love
and the Spirit descends as gently as a dove.
As your companion testifies,
tears fill the girl's eyes.
You have helped her feel the Fire,
and so to God's presence she aspires.
Within her soul burns
the desire to know and learn.
The lesson wasn't very long,
but the Holy Ghost was strong.
She wants to know more
of the Savior that stands at her heart's door.
You will meet her again in less than week
to more words of life speak.
You will teach her how to pray
and about a prophet in this day.
Because of the Light she's seen,
she will seek to become clean.
Because of the Son that our Father sent,
she will be able to repent.
Into baptism's waters she'll enter
and be washed pure strait to her center.
The Comforter will be given her as the gift
that will help to teach and her to soul lift.
She will take up a new life
that's free of old sins' cutting knife.
The Savior she will follow,
escaping the pits that wish to her swallow.
As you watch her transform,
your heart will warm.
Your soul will sing and swell
at the thought of drinking with her from the Celestial Well.
You know that you've helped to bring her peace,
and so your joy and love increase.
You feel so blessed to play a part
in the Master's healing art.
You know He's chosen you
to help His gathering to do.
He has children for you to find;
His soul has for them pined.
He loves you and those you teach,
and His arms for all of them reach.
He has given them to your charge
and has helped your abilities to enlarge.
The work is often hard,
but you haven't thrown down your pass-card.
As you have given it your best,
He's helped you to find rest.
He has put you in a place
to help His Taiwanese children find Grace.
You're engaged in His Great Work
to help them escape the evil hands that lurk.
You don't waste any time
because, for missionaries, it's a crime.
You know your mission;
You have souls for which to not just passively be fishin'.
You want to bring them to Christ's church,
so you go out and search.
Jesus freed them from death's catacomb,
but Heavenly Father wants them to come all the way Home.
Gratitude fills your soul
as you think of how Christ paid your toll.
You want the same for your Asian friends;
You want their joy to never end.
And so you go out,
throwing aside your fears and doubts.
You don't give up
because this work fills your cup.
The Savior will make up for what you lack,
so together you push forward to win more of your spirit-siblings back.