I had the pleasure to lead a missions team to Tokyo in 2013. Here is the link to our WordPress page. It is a day to day update of what God did in and through us.
Click the picture below or go to http://tokyomission2013.wordpress.com to go to our missions page.
I don’t normally stay up this late, but I found myself thinking of a lot of things, and I felt like worshiping God. As I was on youtube, I came across this song, and my heart was really captured and focused on Christ. I’ve heard a lot of covers of this song, but I feel this is the best rendition i’ve heard. Please support Lynn Cifuentes, she’s an amazing worship singer. May you all who listen to this song be ever fixing your eyes on Christ and not on your present circumstances for God is bigger than all of that.
Be blessed 🙂
Introducing our Lipa Team!
Thank you God for providing for our team. Surely God works miracles Thank you so much to each and every person who have invested into our lives and most importantly seeded into advancing God’s kingdom in the Philippines. I know that our God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus. I know that God will bless and provide for you all in abundance. Please check lipamission2011.wordpress.com often to see how God is moving in and through our team and know that YOU have a part in it. I know that you’ll be blessed as you check back with us here. We love you all
To all of my faithful MPD partners…
Please check out our Flickr photo site at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lipamission2010/ to view pics of all the lives that you are touching through your faithful seedings of support through your financial giving and prayers in advancing God’s kingdom… spreading far wider than Hawaii, and even the Philippines, but into the nations of this world!
Thank you and I love you all!
This song is so beautifully written! Personally, this song really ministers to me in my current season of life. I did not realize that my last post was over 8 months ago! Just reflecting on my life now… it has been a crazy, yet fulfilling YEAR! All this craziness led up to last month, and surely, July for me was an amazing month for me. Being back home in Hawaii, after a 16 day mission trip, God was speaking to me in so much ways, but being in the “mission mindset,” there wasn’t much time to be truly still before my God and reflect. Its August now, and been a week since I have been back home, and I have been able to be still and reflect a few times now, and slowly God is revealing His will for me. Surely, big and wonderful things. But of course, it is not easy- so much uncertainty, just faith and trust in my God needs to be arised in me. Yes, blessings awaits, but the blessing is not the end all. What matters most, is not the gift, it is my relationship with the Giver, my God, my Jesus. I hope this song recalibrates our hearts and focuses us in the right direction, from focusing on the gifts and blessing, to our Giver, our God, our Jesus. I hope this song blesses you in your life as much as it has for me.
Here are the lyrics… I pray that these words would be more than just words on a screen, but powerful words and declarations from your heart, wanting Jesus more and more in your life.
God bless you all.
“I Just Want You”- by Planet Shakers.
More than a nice melody
More than the sweetest of words
This is the love I have found
and with this love I am found
I just want You Jesus
I just want You my Lord
I just want You Jesus
I just want You
Never could I comprehend
The love You so freely give
Never could I be worthy
But Your love covers all of my sin
There is no greater love than Yours
Nothing else could ever compare
And even if I search all the world
I will never find a love like Yours
This week has been one of the most craziest weeks i’ve had in my entire life. I’ve never had so much huge things planned in one week. Amongst the usual family responsibilities, I had key deadlines to meet. On friday, I had the privilege of painting a custom skate deck for an art show that would raise money to help a man with cancer. On saturday, I served at our church’s event called Overdrive, where the proceeds will go to missions. I had to complete and paint a custom Munny and do a live painting for auction, and had to plan and coordinate the live art setup, and lastly I helped coordinate/assist/setup a 25 person art show displays in a new venue. And to top it all off, amongst ministry responsibilities throughout the week, on Sunday, I had to have completed a designed/painted second banner illustration for our church series, then coordinate dedicated volunteers to help bring the vision to life.
My plate was full. I tried to take things in stride and ordered my time as best as I could.
As my week unfolded, things got accomplished, but in the end of a few tasks, I failed. Then I adjust as best as I can. After the cycle of accomplishment and failure, I can’t help but to look down on myself.
You see, this entire week I was blessed tremendously by Jeni, Robby, Stan, Micah, Greg, Royr, Phil, Anastacio, and Karen, Koak, Dodge, Eukarezt, Ohana, amongst a slew of MPD partners. They’ve lent they’re talents, abilities, and their willingness to serve beyond themselves. So much so that they’ve given of themselves and sacrificed sleep and rest in order to help finish tasks along with me.
On my drive home tonight, I was so thankful to God for these fine individuals, whom supported me greatly this past week, that I wanted to bless them with something, anything, but I lacked the resources to do so; but I tried to give as much as I could, which really didn’t amount to anything at all. I couldn’t help but to be emotionally overwhelmed with grief that I couldn’t bless them back as much they’ve blessed me. The only thing that I could’ve done was pray to my God Almighty to bless them someway somehow, even more-so than I could ever do myself.
As I continued to drive home, I couldn’t help but be overwhelmed about my life situation as well, and to top it off I was really exhausted, hungry and wondering if I had anything to eat tonight.
I got home heavyhearted, and prayed to my God about my life circumstance. I unloaded my thoughts and desires to Him, then proceeded to unload my car. I went to my kitchen. Hugged my mom who was asleep by herself at the dinner table. Opened the fridge, then my mom wakes up and says that we had chinese food from last night. I couldn’t help but smile. I micro-waved the food, sat at the table, looked at my mom whom went back to sleep peacefully at the dinner table. While eating leftover chinese food, in silence and enjoying my dinner. Tears began to flow from my eyes. I felt as if I had Jesus himself embracing me with His love and saying, “You were worried with so much, including what you would eat, and see… I’ve provided for you. Everything will be okay, I’ll take care of you. I’ll take care of your friends. I love you.”
My God is faithful.
If you are struggling in your life circumstance, I encourage you to cast all your anxiety on God because He surely cares for you. Jesus loves you so much. He will carry you thru. He will provide for you, and give you peace, and rest in the craziness of the storms.
Enjoy your Christmas season.
University of the Philippines Visayas. Lahug, Cebu City, Philippines.
June 2006, will forever be a milestone time for me. It marked the first time I left Hawaii, and my first missions trip. While in Cebu, our missions team made its way onto the UPV campus and we walked around the campus with our local friends and campus ministers. We had the opportunity to meet and befriend a bunch of students there. During our walkthrough we stopped to rest, I quickly and curiously peeked into a classroom and didn’t see anyone inside and I took a picture.
I uploaded all of my pictures to my computer when I got home to Hawaii from my missions trip two weeks later. And low and behold, this picture I took of the “empty” classroom had a young girl sitting by her lonesome in the farthest corner. IMMEDIATELY, I felt God speak to me, “This was you.”
At that moment, I flashed back to three years earlier– sitting in my art class at Leeward Community College alone. At that time, I was very introverted and emotionally scarred. I was not a Christian then. I was far from God and had the typical liberal college student mindset- being anti-church and anti-missionary mindset. And at the same time- a stubborn, selfish, prideful artist mindset.
Then I came to my senses. Humbled. Filled with grace and gratitude toward Jesus and my God, for changing me from the inside out. For the first time ever being a Christian and walking with the Lord for three years, I realized that I am not who I once was. This anti-church and anti-missionary artist kid, became a Christ following, church-going, missionary artist adult. And I’m grateful to my God for rescuing me from the overwhelming loneliness of my past, forgiving me of my sins, healing me from my past hurts, redeeming my life from the pit and crowning me with love and compassion. “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.”
Thank you God.