UK Missions Project 2018

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint, Vision, Visits


This coming December, during the Christmas holiday, a small team of fluent Mandarin speakers in HMCC-HK and I will be heading out to the United Kingdom to participate in God’s mission. I have been invited as a guest speaker for the youth program at a family camp for Chinese people, who either immigrated to the UK or are expatriated in the UK due to college or temporary employment. After this family camp, we will stick around for an extra four days to help lead another camp, but this time it will be with the Mandarin-speaking university students who are attending schools, such as Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College, King’s College, etc. Many of them do not know Christ, therefore, we will have the wonderful opportunity to share the Gospel with students who are searching for meaning and purpose in their lives.

There are close to 2.5 million Chinese people living in the 24 different countries in Europe. Out of the 2.5 million Chinese expatriates, a high percentage of them reside in the UK, France, and Germany. This is quite a harvest field and the need for the Gospel is enormous. One thing that I am constantly trying to do is to connect the dots with the HMCC-HK’s BOLD Vision and The Circle and with what God is doing all over the world.

I realized that if we can get introduced to the mission field in Europe via the UK, then we will be able to reach out to many of the expatriated Chinese in Europe, who might eventually find their way back to China in the future. Then, as we continue to focus on making disciples in global Chinese cities with reputable universities, we will be able to connect these students with a future HMCC church in China. Through a church planting movement all throughout China, we can then participate in advancing God’s kingdom in our generation for God’s glory.

The team and I will be joining many other Chinese churches from different parts of the world to partner together in order to reach this harvest field. Therefore, please keep our missions project and the team (below) in prayer. We were surprised to see that everyone came to take the missions picture wearing blue without us even mentioning anything. This is when we knew that we were one in spirit and that this was going to be a great missions project.


Reflections on China Trip – 2018 October

Author: sethskim  |  Category: Values, Viewpoint, Vision, Visits

For four days, I went to China with three other people to help teach on the topic of discipleship with our ALIVE Curriculum. It was an incredible trip filled with lots of praises and “God-moments.” I had some time to reflect on the things that God was doing in China and some convictions that God stirred up in my heart. Here are three things that God reminded me of (again):

  1. Multiply the Influence. As we were teaching the ALIVE Curriculum, I realized that the people were so hungry for biblical materials to help them grow spiritually.  The need for materials, which go beyond discipleship was evident. I recognized that if we had materials on missions, evangelism, apologetics, etc, it would have helped tremendously. Therefore, the thought about writing and creating more materials became more of a reality. This is something HMCC of Hong Kong will need to commit to for the future. But realistically, materials and head knowledge of things are insufficient. It can never replace genuine life-on-life interaction and examples. If we want to have greater influence in China, we have to go beyond just the written materials. We have to think about helping with the building of culture (i.e. prayer, a heart for the lost, community, etc). This means we have to pray that we will be able to send our own missionaries to these university campuses and cities to live out the Gospel amongst the people.
  2. Mirco-churches. With all the changes going on in China, the Chinese Church is rethinking about the structure of the church. Some of the Western influences of the mega-church and big structure might have to slowly fade away, and what brought great growth in the past through house churches (micro-churches), might have to be brought back. We went to several micro-churches on this trip and witnessed first-hand the power of simplicity and strength in small groups of Christ-followers gathering together just like the early church in the Book of Acts. It really did feel like an HMCC LIFE Group. It gave me greater confidence that we will be able to plant many churches throughout China via the micro-church movement. One big issue is the training of leaders. But if we are able to raise up people and continue to find ways to train them, then I can see many micro-churches spreading in different universities and cities all throughout China. This might be one of the most effective ways to reach the 1.4 billion people in China. Big things happen in small ways.
  3. Make Disciples. I am more convinced than ever that making disciples is one of the greatest callings that a Christ-follower has in their obedience to God’s Word regarding missions. In Matthew 28:19-20, when Jesus told us to “go and make disciples of all nations,” it was not a suggestion, but a command. It was a part of God’s greater purpose of reaching the nations with the Gospel. The calling to make disciples is something that we, at HMCC of Hong Kong has to keep on emphasizing. So often, we want to do big and great things, but we forget that making one disciple in our lives can be one of the most impactful things we will ever do. The one disciple that we invest and pour our lives into just might be the person who will impact thousands, if not millions of lives. This is why I want to continue to disciple the people that God has placed in my life. My prayer is that I will fulfill Paul’s command to Timothy of, “You have heard me teach things that have been confirmed by many reliable witnesses. Now teach these truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others” (2 Timothy 2:2, NLT).

With these realizations and convictions, I want to continue to pour my life into the BOLD Vision that God has placed in our hearts for HMCC of Hong Kong. I know that I will not be able to do this alone, therefore, I want to invite all of you to pray and decide to be a part of something greater than yourself. Let’s believe by faith that God will finish His purposes in our lives and in our church. May we continue to advance God’s Kingdom for God’s glory and fame.

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

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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

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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