Victories

Chile 10.2010 Update #2

  It is hard to believe that we have been here for only 3 days and God has given us the privilege of witnessing so many different things. On Tuesday, we went to two different locations where the earthquake and the tsunami hit. I have seen a lot of pictures on the internet but there is something different about seeing it firsthand. It broke my heart to see the reality of devastation. As we visited...

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Chile 10.2010 Update #1

  After being here in Chile for less than 14 hours, I am more convinced than ever that God has truly opened this door for us as a church. God is doing some incredible things here. We are thankful that God has allowed us to partner up with Pueblo de Dios. Pastor Pete and I have been able to visit several churches and witness all that God is doing through the Body of Christ. I...

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Post-Retreat Reminders

  Photo on buckleyplanet.typepad.com       One of the things that I notice from all my retreat attendance over the years, both as a participant as well as a speaker, is that what happens after the retreat is just as important (if not more important) as to what went on during the retreat. There are many people who get jaded or cynical about retreats because after the retreat “high” they go back to their...

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Kairos Moments in Chile

  Photo by Hugo Infante/Government of Chile       It was early February 2010, during one of my times in prayer, when God placed the nation of Chile in my heart. At first it was a passing thought, but then I couldn’t get the impression out of my mind. I felt this tremendous burden for Chile. Therefore, I ended up praying for Chile – the people, the nation, and the churches in Chile. Then,...

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2010 Undergrad Retreat

        We have been blown away and humbled at what God is doing with the college students in our church and around the world. Not only has this year’s freshmen been the largest we have had in HMCC-AA’s 14 year history, but we see a new generation of students who are passionate and hungry for God. It is in these moments, I am reminded how important the mission is to reach out...

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Asia Update from Airport 9.2010

  I am at a 24-hour cafe inside Changi airport in Singapore. It is definitely one of the busiest airports in Asia. Instead of trying to go to sleep, I have decided to stay awake so that I can get back on U.S. time quicker. This trip out to Singapore and Jakarta was just awesome. I am thankful for all the things that God has allowed me to witness. In fact, on this trip, God...

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Jakarta Trip 9.2010 – Update 1

  I arrived safely to Jakarta late last night. My time in Singapore was a blessing as I was able to strengthen the believers in HMCC-SGP. Today, the one year anniversary celebration for HMCC-JKT went well. We were reminded that God blesses us so that we can be blessing. The next three days will be filled with meetings and I am thankful for the privilege of reconnecting with people. I am humbled and honored to...

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When God Goes Beyond Your Expectations

  Photo on ngm.com       There is something delightful about being a beneficiary of having your expectations blown away. In fact, it produces instant gratification and a sense of gratitude in your heart. I always experience this when I receive extraordinary customer service or when I am pleasantly surprised by someone. Whenever someone goes the “extra mile,” it always brings a smile to my face. Expectations are a strange thing. When we have...

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Leaving Indonesia

  The day is finally here. It is hard to believe that our family has been here for 12 months. As we were eating our final meal in Indonesia, the family and I spent some time sharing some memories throughout this past year. We laughed a lot and we felt so blessed that God gave us the privilege of experiencing His goodness here in Indonesia. God has truly been faithful. With all the packing and...

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The Greater Witness

        One thing great about Indonesia is the amount of holidays they have here due to religious observances. There is definitely a lot of tolerance for the various religions because everyone is trying to live in peace with one another. Couple of days ago was Ascension Day (commemorating the day that Jesus went up to heaven after His resurrection), therefore it was a national holiday. With the relationships that I have been...

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Easter in Indonesia

  Photo on WordPress       What an awesome weekend we had here in Indonesia! As I was giving more thought to it, I realized that this was the first Easter we celebrated outside of Ann Arbor in 14 years. It just felt different – in a good way. Last week, we were busy getting ready for Good Friday and Easter weekend. But in the midst of all the busy preparations, one thing we...

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Student Volunteer Movement 2.0

  Photo by The Traveling Team       I have always been inspired and fascinated with the Student Volunteer Movement. The foundation was laid in the summer of 1886 at a conference where were 251 people gathered from 89 different universities. It was the first international and interdenominational conference for students of that magnitude. After receiving the challenge of committing to foreign missions, one hundred people pledged themselves to participate in God’s mission. Then...

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HMCC of Singapore

        God is amazing. It is interesting how God rarely gives us the full picture of our lives right away. When it comes to His will, God is usually giving us little pieces at a time. It is like a jigsaw puzzle (without the luxury of having the final picture on the box to see what it is supposed to look like). Usually, just having a couple of pieces is not very...

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Testimonies of Transformation

  Photo by Freightscan       For me, this week has been a time of reflection. It is hard to believe that we have been here a little over 5 months. On one hand, it seems like we have been here longer, but then on the other hand, it seems like we have just arrived. This tension is hard to describe. It is amazing how God’s grace has carried our family and team thus...

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