Vision

Students Leading the Charge

  Photo by Michigan Daily       Fifty years ago, at 2AM on October 14th 1960 at the steps of the University of Michigan Union, John F. Kennedy gave a speech inspiring students to give up two years of their lives to help people in developing countries. From that moment on, the Peace Corps was started to mobilize volunteers to address various global issues in countries around the world. Today is the 50th anniversary...

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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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Vision Sunday 10.10.10

  Photo from cantronicsglobal.com       One of my favorite quotes comes from the French writer and aviator, Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. He wrote, “If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up people to collect wood and don’t assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.” This quote is a poignant reminder of the power of vision and passion in a person’s life....

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DIG Deep

  Photo on setanewdirection.com       As I have been trying to get back into the rhythm of ministry here in Ann Arbor, I am doing everything possible to discern God’s direction for our church. It is a temptation to jump right in and do things as “business as usual” since things are so established at HMCC of Ann Arbor. But more than any other year in our church’s history, I get this sense...

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The International Mantle

  Photo on valdosta.edu       Starting this Monday, we are going to kick off our International Operation Campus Reach (OCR). For those of you who are not familiar with OCR, every year, we challenge students to sacrifice several days of their summer break to come early to campus. We use the time to pray, prepare, and plan for the strategic outreaches that we will have for all the incoming students. We have one...

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Reflections on Asia Trip 05.2010

  Photo on WordPress       Last week was an eventful week as I made a trip out to Hong Kong and Singapore. In Hong Kong, I reconnected with some of our alumni and met up with some pastors and ministry leaders. It was an eye-opening trip as I heard about some of the great things that God is doing in Hong Kong. Even though I visited Hong Kong a few times before, for...

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Why I Will Continue to Reach Out to College Students

  Photo on zimbio.com       In the recent news of California’s $1 billion budget cuts to their state’s university system, it triggered protests by students in various California school, from Berkeley to UC-Davis. This then set off more protests in other universities and colleges nationwide. As updates are coming out, I am reading about some demonstrations turning chaotic and even dangerous. You can read up on some of most recent updates as of...

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Communicating Visually

  You have probably heard of the phrase, “A picture is worth a thousand words.” There are times when one simple and poignant picture can tell a story just as well as, if not better, than a story with a thousand words. There is something about visually seeing things that captures the imagination. Since we are all so different, we will focus in on different parts of the picture or video. We will interpret things...

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The First Follower

  I was introduced to this video by Pete Dahlem. I was reminded of an important principle in good leadership. Not only do we need the leader to show by example, but in order to start a movement one of the key components is the “first follower.” Without this person, there will be no momentum or movement. But if a leader has their first follower, then slowly others will follow – more people will join...

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Ministers of the Gospel

  Photo on www.ssa.gov       I will never forget an experience that shaped a lot of my passion and focus on the whole Transformasphere Movement. Some years ago, I was at a conference with a lot of college students. A pastor who was leading the conference gave an altar call for people who felt like God was calling them into “full-time ministry.” One side comment: I have never been a fan of calling...

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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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Intercessory Prayer

  Photo from workforjesus.co.za       Prayer has been one of the foundational stones that we laid down at the start of our church in 1996. Over the years we have seen people trained up in their prayer lives, as well as people growing in their hunger for God. Prayer should always be the lifeline of the church. It helps us to connect with God and learn the important lesson of dependence (Jn 15:5)....

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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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