Ken Taylor, World Venture
It was a challenging (HS) senior year for Victoria experiencing Bola’s cancer journey and then missing her Mama. But when Victoria received her diploma she walked across the stage with her hands pointing up and screaming, “This is for you, Mommy.”
Remain Faithful in the Little Things…
Bola would always remind our children to trust and obey God by being faithful in the little things. In spite of losing her Mama during this very significant stage in her life, Victoria trusted the Lord and remained faithful in the little things.
Victoria received both the Athlete of the Year and also the Career Athlete Award. But what surprised us was that Victoria received the Honor Award which is considered the most prestigious award given to…”…one member of the senior class who is respected as a leader and outstanding role model of what CAJ desires its students to become spiritually, academically, and socially. Some qualities…. include: helping others, genuine friendliness, a daily lifestyle that brings honor to the Lord, and faithfulness.”
Anika, Luke, (and Bola) Did Show Up…
It was a joy to have Anika and Luke come back to Japan to support Victoria during this important milestone. Another very moving moment is when at the end of the graduation ceremony several parents are chosen to read a blessing passage in different languages.
Bola gave the blessing in Tagalog during Anika’s and Luke’s graduation. It was also Bola’s desire to bless Victoria as well. At the very end of the ceremony, Bola’s recording of her reading Numbers 6:24-26 in Tagalog was broadcast for all to hear.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn His face toward you and give you peace.”
It was truly a moving moment. To God be the glory!
Victoria’s Personal Letter To You…
Last Friday was the end of my 18 years at Christian Academy in Japan. And it has been an absolute blessing and privilege to have grown up in such an amazing community. The only way that it could have been possible is because of YOU all. So I thank each and every one of you for all the prayer, support, and love that you have given my family from before I was born to now.
All of you have been the ones who have allowed my family and I to stay here. While my parents spread the Gospel to the Japanese who need Him and I have had the honor of growing up in the Japanese culture, learning from an International school, and played and achieved various accomplishments in sports and school.
This coming fall, I will be attending Biola university and will be majoring in psychology. My dream job is to be a researcher in the field of introverts and extroverts.
If you should feel inclined to send a monetary gift, it would come as a great help in my plan to buy a computer for college.
Again, thank you all so much for being the reason I was able to grow up in this beautiful country and call it home.
With a grateful heart,
Victoria Megumi Taylor