| Jan 7, 2022
13 Years of Dream-Fulfilled Journey
Di-Yang, a golf coach from the Bunun ethnic group in Taitung, as he went to teach in a remote village, he became to know A-Xiang (a pseudonym) at his first grade. A-Xiang's father was a mountain guide, whose income was unstable. His mother worked as a waiter in a restaurant. The two's salary were too poor to raise the four children in the family. With the consent of A-Xiang's parents, A-Xiang began to live with the coach and his wife.
A-Xiang performed well in school sports and was willing to receive golf training, so he embarked on a 13-year learning journey. Due to the huge training expenditure, coach and his wife also ran a restaurant to support their children, but they were still struggling. Three years ago, coach and his wife joined the Mustard Seed Mission's " i-ro i-ro Children's Home", which enables children to live in the existing residential families of the church for stable life and healthy growth.
At "i-ro i-ro Children's Home", coach and his wife accompany the children all the way like a strict father and a loving mother. In order to learn to concentrate, children can not use mobile phones and play electric games, instead, they are trained to organize housework, cooking, pruning, gardening, piano, guitar, etc., all of them are versatile; pay more attention to their basic politeness and life etiquette. Mrs. coach recalled that when A-Xiang was a child, she often took his hand across the road. One day when she wanted to hold him again, A-Xiang told her, " I've grown up, so change my hand to hold you." A-Xiang is dull and reluctant to express his inner feelings. Touching the coach and Mrs. coach with his shoulders is his way of expressing love. Although his birth family doesn't always show care, the education and care that A-Xiang has received in i-ro i-ro Children's Home is full.
Due to the hard training process, A-Xiang wanted to give up several times, but he kept in mind the coach and Mrs. coach's teaching: "In the game, it is not others but himself who have to defeat." So he started to participate in many golf courses in high school. In the event, he has obtained quite a lot of achievements, and obtained the C-level license of golf coach. He graduated from high school this year and was admitted to the National Taiwan Sports University. In order to improve his family's environment, he aims to become a sports teacher and golf coach. He also actively prepares for the B-level coach's license exam. In the process of realizing his dream, he needs to continue practice, continuous registration to participate in the event, and funding. The coach and Mrs. coach also taught A-Xiang to be grateful and to continue the spirit of serving tribal children when he is able in the future, and to develop a path that can be worked hard for the future of the aboriginal children.
The program i-ro i-ro Children's Home assists marginalized children, reconstructs family systems and relationships, provides parents with good parental education, provides family support, and helps children grow steadily in the community.