August 2009

Internationals Making a Difference

  One of the fascinating things that I have been discovering over the years is that there are many international students who come to the States to study. By pastoring on a college campus, I have seen many international students who represent many nations come to the States and then return to their country. In fact, at one point at the University of Michigan we had close to 122 nations represented. Wow… that is a...

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Preview Sunday Celebration

  This past Sunday we had our Preview Celebration at the location where we will be holding our church gatherings on Sunday. There was a lot of anticipation building up to the Sunday. In fact, it was a mixture of excitement and nervousness. The team and I were excited because this is why we committed our lives to come to Indonesia. We have also been building relationships with people who have been experiencing God’s radical...

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Success Cannot Measure Us

  Photo from csuohio.edu       We live in such a success oriented culture, not just in the States but even here in Asia. I think it starts when we are young. When we do well in school, in sports, and extra-curricular activities our parents and friends praise us. When we win awards and recognition, we are noticed. What is it about success? In many ways it is like a drug. It just takes...

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Back to Preaching

  Photo by Barry Dean       This Sunday, we are going to have our Preview Sunday Celebration here in Karawaci at 10:30AM. This is the service before the official inaugural launch on September 6th. The team and I are so excited to get things officially started. Even though we have started LIFE groups in Karawaci and Jakarta several weeks ago, there is something special about being able to gathering together as a whole...

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Challenging the Status Quo

  Photo by Sweetliferving       I have been amazed at the number of frozen yogurt places that are here in Indonesia. Let’s see… we have: Sour Sally, Sour Mary, Icy Blue, J. Co, Twistberry, Tutti Fruiti, Iceblazz, and the list goes on and on. On one hand, I ask myself, “Why are there so many yogurt places in Indonesia? Isn’t one or two enough?” But then, I conclude that having options and variety...

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A Memorial for a Mother

  Photo on Flickr       Yesterday I had the privilege of attending a one year remembrance memorial service for a woman who made a huge impact in Indonesia. But more importantly, the impact that she had on her family was truly inspiring. Since this lady was a prominent figure, there were many people who were gathered to remember her life and the difference she made on society. All throughout the service, I couldn’t...

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The Start of Ramadan 2009

  Photo by MLive       I was always aware of the importance of Ramadan for Muslims while I was in Ann Arbor, but for some reason it has more significance now that we are out here in Indonesia. Just knowing that Indonesia has the largest Muslim population is a strong reminder that many Muslims will be fasting and praying throughout the next 30 days. In the Islamic lunar calendar, the ninth month marks...

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Game Night 2009

  There are some things in life that are universal. What I mean by universal is simply that no matter what ethnicity or background you are from, there are things that everyone shares in common and understands. Some of those things are laughter and having fun. Tonight, we held a game night event at the guys’ apartment for the people in Karawaci. My family and I headed out there a bit later but we were...

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Celebrated Our Team’s 1st B-Day

  It is hard to believe that it has been over a month that the team and our family have been together here in Indonesia. We have already gone through a lot of things together and have become more of a family unit. We are learning the biblical principles of Acts 2 in a real and tangible way. Part of being a family unit is the joy of celebrating the team members’ birthdays together. The...

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Meeting Various Pastors

  One of the great joys I often get to experience is meeting different pastors and hearing their stories. Today, I was out in Jakarta meeting up with a pastor who was introduced to me through one of the HMCC of Ann Arbor member’s father. This pastor was the shepherd for the member’s family while they were in Indonesia. It was encouraging to hear how their church got started. In fact, it was a powerful...

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Kingdom-Minded People

  Photo by CHEC Pro       This week I had the opportunity to meet up with various people. It is always good to connect with people on a regular basis. One in meeting in particular was notably a blessing to me. I met up with a pastor of an international church here in Jakarta. In fact, I have met up with him a few times over the last year in my visits Indonesia....

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Indonesia’s Independence Day 2009

        Today marked the celebration of Indonesian’s independence from the Netherlands. On Friday 10:00AM, August 17, 1945 the official proclamation was made to the world. Every August 17th is a joyous occasion for all Indonesians. There are many festivals, parades and activities usually planned for several days to celebrate their day of freedom. They decorate pretty much everything with red and white (the nation’s colors). Since their declaration of independence is still...

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New Strategies of Outreach

  One of the biggest dangers is settling for the status quo. One phrase that we try not to use in HMCC is – “It’s because we have always done it that way.” If we get too comfort or locked into a particular way of doing things, then there is a good possibility that we can miss out on what God is doing. God never changes, but the times and circumstances do. Therefore, it is...

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Creativity in Kids

  It has been good seeing some families coming out to our gatherings. There is one family with a child that is into painting. In fact, she is only 5 years old. One day when our team walked into their home, we saw a display of all her paintings. It was pretty awesome to see. Not only was the quality good, but what struck me was the creativity. There is something about creativity that gets...

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