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“We Are the Foreigners”

  Photo from Empire and Sleep       I have found myself constantly repeating the phrase, “we are the foreigners, not the Indonesians.” When it comes to doing cross-cultural missions, it is easy to see everything from a self-centered perspective. Christina and I have been feeling some of the frustrations of not being able to communicate fully in Bahasa and wondering why people cannot understand simple English. But this is when we have to...

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Basics of Relationship Building

  In many ways starting a church from scratch is completely different than being in a church that is already established. But there are also a lot of similarities as well. In the last few days, I have been pondering on what are the basics of doing church and what are some of the peripheral things that we can do without. One thing that keeps on coming back as an essential is relationships. Ministry cannot...

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Jakarta Bombing Reflections

  Within the first hour (as soon as the bombing hit), we received texts and phone calls from people letting us know of the situation and checking up on us. We are grateful for people who are looking out after us here in Indonesia. We have also received a lot of e-mails from people in the States asking us how we have been doing. We are grateful for all the prayer support. The team and...

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Flexibility is the Key

  We are planning on getting our cell phones and SIM cards this Saturday (FINALLY). It is hard to believe that it has been about a week without a cell phone. I have been temporarily using someone else’s cell phone and another alumnus has given us another phone for our team to use. After dropping Christina off, I was thinking how crazy it has been without a cell phone. With just two cell phones for...

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Independence 2009

        Since I am an Asian-American, I try my best to walk in between the two cultures. But sometimes I find myself identifying more with the American culture… I guess it depends on the situation. Even when Korea was playing the United States in the FIFA World Cup in 2002, I found myself rooting for the United States to the chagrin of many Korean-Americans in our church. I think when I started...

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To Be a Man

  Photo by Warners Bro. 300 Movie       In our society we have been conditioned to define manhood by all the wrong factors. If you ask some people to define manhood, you would be amazed to see some of the responses. Some people would define manhood by their first sexual encounter or their first drink and the list goes on and on. But Ed Cole, the father of all of men’s ministry defines...

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God’s Unborn Child

  Photo by Michael Clancy       The above picture is a powerful image which was taken in August 19th, 1999 during an open fetal surgery for spina bifida. The unborn baby was little over 5 months in the womb when the surgical procedure was performed. You will notice the small little hands that grasped for the surgeon’s hand. It is pretty breathtaking. This is not only another reminder of God’s miracle of life,...

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Greener on the Other Side

  Photo by Panoramio       I couldn’t help but to overhear a conversation at a cafe the other day. I was working on my paper and even with the music in the background their voices carried over to my ear. I was not eavesdropping… they just had very loud voices 🙂 One guy was talking about how he wanted to live out in NYC. Apparently, he visited NYC and he ended up becoming...

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Thoughts on Michael Jackson and His Death

  Photo by Sony BMG       It has been pretty incredible to see all the tribute and remembrance to a man that was known as, “The King of Pop.” In the last few days, you cannot turn a channel without seeing something on Michael Jackson and the impact he has made on the music industry. He was simply a music icon. It has been a trip down memory lane for me, as I...

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Father’s Day 2009 Reflection

        I have always wished that there was a manual on how to be a good dad. Well, in fact there are many books out there and I have read a few of them, but my conclusion has always been – it is always easier reading about being a good dad than being one! Most men learn about fathering from what they have experienced with their fathers. Some men had great examples...

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Lessons from the Movie “UP”

  Photo by Pixar       Let me first start off and say that if you have not watched the movie UP and you are planning on watching it soon, then you want to stop reading this post (this is a spoiler alert).           I don’t know about you but when I first saw the commercials for the movie, I was a bit skeptical. How can a movie about an...

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Alumni Rippling Out the Vision

  I have been so encouraged by many of our alumni in recent years, especially the international ones. Whenever I travel around the world and make some stops in Asia, it is always a blessing to reconnect with them in their “home turf.” In many ways, it brings a sense of fulfillment for me to see the alumni living out the vision and mission of HMCC in their home countries. In fact, recently, one of...

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Hope Restored

  Photo by Everyday Necessities       We live in a world where hope is so desperately needed. There is a longing and an ache in the hearts of humans to live with hope. It has been said, “A person can live 40 days without food… 3 days without water… 5 minutes without air, but not one second without hope.” Whenever you meet someone without hope, you can tell that the life is sucked...

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Midway Point in Life

  Photo by Strength For Today       Today I celebrated my 40 year birthday. I was trying really hard to allow it to slip under the radar, but to no avail because Christina threw a big 40th B-Day party with some people in church the other day. It was humbling, not only to see all the people there, but to be reminded that we have some awesome people in our church. I don’t...

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