Reminders from Asia Trip 2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Victories, Viewpoint, Visits

 

Photo by Duncan P. Walker
 
 
 
Whenever I spend time in Asia, God reminds me of things that He is doing around the world. This past summer God reaffirmed a lot of things we are doing as a church in trying to reach the nations with the Gospel.

The reminders that God reiterated to me are:

1) ONENESS. There is power in unity. It was huge blessing to see all our HMCC churches partner together to serve Jesus and spread the Gospel in Indonesia and Singapore. Even though we were from different HMCC churches, we had the same DNA; therefore it was beautiful to see everyone flow together in doing ministry. No wonder King David said, “How good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity! For there the Lord has commanded the blessing, life forevermore” (Ps 133:1, 3, ESV). I am thankful for the blessings that we have received because of our oneness of heart and mission.

2) OPPORTUNITIES. God is opening up many doors for us. In Indonesia, we had the opportunity to influence a whole denomination in Papua. The denomination has invited us to help teach and train their leaders, and especially their youth, so that there will be transformation in the area. It is our hope that the next generation can be reached with the Gospel. God is also opening up opportunities for us in Hong Kong. The need for the Gospel to penetrate into this global city is tremendous. In particular, there are many Chinese students from mainland China who are studying at the nine universities in Hong Kong. Some recent statistics show that about 20% of undergraduates and 80% of graduate students are from China. This is a huge harvest field. If we reach Hong Kong, we will be able to reach China and beyond.

3) OPENNESS. Everywhere we went the hearts of people were open. As we served and loved people, God used us to build bridges. We were surprised to see so many people opening their hearts up to us. It was as if God was preparing the people so that we can minister to them. I was also blown away by the number of people that I had conversations with in Indonesia and Hong Kong. They were so hungry for the Gospel message. A religious spirit always puts people in bondage, but a Gospel-centered message will set people free. God is opening the heart of people to experience genuine freedom that can only come from the Spirit of God (2 Co 3:17). People are famished for community; and they want a greater purpose in life. This is where a strong biblical community, which displays and demonstrates God’s love will be able to make a difference.

4) OBEDIENCE. If we are serious about reaching the nations, then we will need people who will obey God’s call. Too often, people have excused themselves from living out the radical message of the Gospel. But Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it” (Mk 8:34-35, ESV). For some reason, as I am meeting various people, it seems like people who have resolved to surrender their lives for Jesus and the Gospel, are the ones who are experiencing incredible things. God is building powerful testimonies in their lives about what He can do with people who are fully surrendered and obedient to His call. If we are going to fulfill the Great Commission in our generation, then we need people who will obey God’s commands.

2013 July Asia Update 1

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Visits

 

LIBERTY Mission Update #5 – 3.2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint, Visits

 
God always has a way of taking something that is familiar and giving it a fresh perspective. The Cambodian church that we visited on Sunday was singing the song, “I Can Sing of Your Love Forever.” I think I sang that song hundreds of times, but for some reason, when I heard it sung in Khmei and the people who have been rescued from sex slavery started to sing, it wrecked me.

It was at that moment, I realized (again) how a song is powerful not only because of the words and the music, but because of what it means to the person who is singing it. This is why worship is always a good indication of what is going on in a person’s heart.
 

Over the mountains and the sea
Your river runs with love for me
And I will open up my heart
And let the Healer set me free
I’m happy to be in the truth
And I will daily lift my hands
For I will always sing of
Of when Your love came down

I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever
I could sing of Your love forever

Oh I feel like dancing
It’s foolishness I know
But when the world has seen the light
They will dance with joy
Like they’re dancing now

LIBERTY Mission Update #4 – 3.2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint, Visits

 
We arrived safely in Phnom Penh on Thursday morning. Then we spend the afternoon walking around the city and observing everything that was happening around us. In the evening we did some investigative filming. It was truly eye-opening.

Then on Friday we spent the whole working with a ministry. It was a phenomenal place filled with incredible people. Even though it has only been 2 days in Cambodia, God is speaking powerfully to us. We are truly grateful and humbled by what we are seeing here.
 
 

LIBERTY Mission Update #3 – 3.2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Visits

 

LIBERTY Mission Update #2 – 3.2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint, Visits

 

LIBERTY Mission Update 1 – 3.2013

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Visits

 
We are at the airport and waiting in the lounge to catch our flight. The team and I are excited to experience all that God has in store for us. I believe that this is the beginning of greater things for our LIBERTY Mission movement.

Please keep us in your prayers as we work with various organizations that are on the frontlines of the human slavery fight. I will be updating through the trip via Twitter and on this blog.
 
 

Asia Trip 2013 Recap

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Various, Victories, Viewpoint, Visits

 
Christina and I just wanted to say thanks to all of you in Asia. We experienced tremendous love from you guys in the way you served us and honored us. It was a great privilege reconnecting with all our old friends and also, making new friends along the way. I told Christina that we should try to share a few words via video as a way of appreciating all of you.

We are grateful for all the blessings that God poured out on us at the HMCC of Singapore retreat and the HMCC of Jakarta retreat. You guys inspired us! Let’s continue to run the race with perseverance as we fix our eyes on Jesus.

It is and it will always be all about Jesus!
 
 
 

Asia Trip 12.2012 Update 1

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Visits

 

 
 
 

10.2012 Asia Update

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2012 Honduras Update 1

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Missions Project Asia 2012 – Update 3

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Viewpoint, Visits

 
We have come full circle.

We started the mission project with a recording back July 4th at Changi Airport in Singapore and now we are giving a quick recap at the same airport of everything that God accomplished in and through us in Indonesia and Singapore. I hope all of you have been following along via my Twitter feed throughout our project to Asia. You can check some of the updates with pictures there.

Throughout the trip we were assigned numbers so that we can easily count off to make sure that we have everyone before moving to our next destination; therefore for our last video update I had them share by their numbers – 1 through 5 first and then 6 through 10 :-)

Thanks for all the prayers and finance support that enabled us to have an incredible experience.
 
 

Numbers 1 through 5 sharing
 
 

Numbers 6 through 10 sharing

Missions Project Asia 2012 Update 2

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Visits

 
It has been great spending some time with Pastor Andrew (HMCC-JKT) and Pastor Ben (HMCC-AUS) here in Indonesia. Pastor Jimmy (HMCC-CHI) will be coming in a few weeks. It is always a joy to reconnect with people who are partners in the ministry. They have been my Timothys in the ministry as I have seen them grow up to be great men of God. It is a great joy to see them excel in their calling, as well as to witness their faithfulness in living out the vision of transformation.

I had Pastor Andrew and Pastor Ben share what God has been doing with the teams in the last few days here in Jakarta.
 
 

Missions Project Asia 2012 Update 1

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Various, Visits

 
We are almost there! After 20+ hours in a plane and in transit we are at Singapore’s Changi Airport. I was able to record a greeting from each of the team members. We are excited!