MEET THE TEAM
Chris & Jamie O'Dell have been serving in Taiwan as Envision Site Coordinators since 2008. Jamie came first, by accident. She was supposed to go to Turkey on a short-term missions trip but the trip was switched to Taiwan. She led the team and went back three summers while she was at Crown College. Chris was on one of those teams. He was supposed to go to Thailand, but the leaders felt God was calling him to Taiwan, so he responded. Chris and Jamie started dating and got married one year later. While praying for direction after graduating, they received a phone call from Envision, inviting them to move to Taiwan. They accepted, and have provided expert leadership and vision to the site ever since! They serve with their two sons, Enoch and Noah.
Jesse Wagner first joined the Envision Taiwan team in 2013 as a one year intern at the behest of his former college roommate, Chris O’Dell! After his first year in Taiwan, he went back to the States for a bit and then returned to Taiwan in 2015 to serve as a Site Associate. Jesse now takes tremendous care of our teams and interns. From the first inquiry form, to monthly check-ins, to final debriefs, Jesse ensures that our on-site team is well taken care of and in a healthy place to engage in effective ministry.
Sarah Mabee came to Taiwan as one of the first Envision interns in 2009 after completing her degree in cross cultural studies at Toccoa Falls College. Sarah has been instrumental in providing leadership and vision for the Aroma Church since its conception in 2012. She took on the role of Envision Site Associate in 2015 and has continued to provide her expert eye for detail in church administration and Envision matters ever since.
Nathan Conklin joined the Taipei team in early 2016 as an Envision resident after graduating from Messiah College. While Nathan was studying international business, he was exposed to the exciting world of Business As Missions (BAM) and has been hooked ever since. His two-year residency confirmed in him a calling to international work, BAM, and Taiwan, and he transitioned into a Site Associate position in 2018. Nathan is currently focused on supporting and caring for our teams and interns. In his free time, Nathan enjoys “scoot’n” around Taipei on his motor-scooter, reading a good book over a cup of coffee, and spending quality time with friends.
ABOUT THE SITE
"Taiwan is a small island off the south eastern coast of China. Taiwan has more temples per capita than any other nation in the world, and is also home to Taipei 101, one of the tallest buildings in the world. The Aroma, one of the first ever Envision sites, decided to plant itself right in the middle of where these two worlds collide. Envision Taiwan is located in the middle of a shopping center and entertainment district called Ximen (pronounced "she-men") that is also houses a large number of temples. The Aroma uses a coffee shop/church plant model with the vision of using this method to plant churches all over Taiwan.
The Aroma community would not be what is today without the support of many Taiwanese local workers and numerous churches around the world, all passionate about seeing the world transformed for the Kingdom. We are so thankful for their partnership; for YOUR partnership. People like Steven, Alexa, and Jennifer have made Aroma what it is today! Learn more about Aroma, including how you can get involved, by heading over to our website."
Business as Mission
Youth & Young Adult Outreach
Trip Cost: $995/person for a 10-day trip
Intern Cost: $1450 per month
Read more in our site manual!