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.
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!
To all my faithful MPD partners…
If you would like to get the day by day stories of what God was doing in and through us in Lipa, Philippines, please view our blog at http://lipamission2010.wordpress.com/
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.
I began writing this at 203 am, half an hour after writing my Easter Experience blog, and wanting to go sleep, and realizing I can’t because I have way too much things going through my mind. So much things that I have to write about it before I could get some rest. Finished writing this morning…
Well, Here I am. I have been sick for 4 days straight now. I am lying here on my bed wondering, “How the heck did I get to this point?!” I look back on my weekend I think I’ve found the culprit. Last friday night I stayed up the ENTIRE night working on my latest painting and in the morning I picked up the youth and headed down to set up for the Button Mashers show. Needless to say, that time of staying awake longer than 50+ hours does screw up your body clock and throws off your health for a loop. But praise God that the show was a success and God truly sustained me throughout the entire day.
Backtracking just a bit, I actually planned out my pieces weeks before hand but chose to wait till the last minute to start painting. You know the little saying, “Ehh, I get em. I’ve done this so many times. God pulled me through for me many times before…” Little did I know that little pride became the precursor to my weary health.
But going down a bit deeper, and cutting myself open (figuratively), I realized as I lye here in bed, that the reason I’m in the place where I am, is because I have NOT ordered my private world! In hindsight, I knew that I should have started to paint earlier and that I should NOT have procrastinated. Procrastination is such an artist trait, but be it as it may, I have to choose to NOT conform any longer to this pattern/trait of the world. In Romans 12:2, it says…
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
So after going through the fire (of a 100 degree fever and irritating coughing spells). God’s discipline was in line and was put in my place of repentance before my Lord.
In Hebrews 12:5 a word of encouragement is given…
“My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and do not lose heart when he rebukes you,
because the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes everyone he accepts as a son.”
and it goes onto say from the same chapter, from verses 11-13…
“No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
Therefore, strengthen your feeble arms and weak knees. ‘Make level paths for your feet,’ so that the lame may not be disabled, but rather healed.”
So I am thankful that my God loves me enough to discipline me of my shortcomings.
And also, it says in 2 Corinthians 7:10…
“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.”
So I choose to own up to my foolishness and bad decisions, but as the Word says… a harvest of righteousness and peace, and healing would come about it. So God, I claim your promises… heal me and transform me…
So when repentance is in line, it all ties in to a simple thing called Lordship. Spending my time wisely and making the most of every opportunity.
I hope that through my foolishness, it would turn others to making right decisions and not give in to procrastination, in order to be 100% healthy…
And to encourage myself (and to all who may read this), I am reminded of a book I read called Life You’ve Always Wanted, written by John Ortberg that best describes what it means to be under the Lordship of Christ… (the emphasis are mines…)
“Paul writes to the church at Colossae, as the climax of instruction on transformed living: “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.”
What does it mean to do something “in the name of Jesus?” Generally speaking, in the Bible a person’s name has to do with his or her character. So doing something in “Jesus’ name means to do it in his character. It means doing it as Jesus himself would do it if he were in your place. This flows right out of our understanding of discipleship.”
But what is striking here is the comprehensive nature of what Paul says: “Whatever you do…” Lest there be any confusion, Paul explains what he means: “Whatever you do in word or deed….” That covers it all. But again, in case we are tempted to allow for loopholes, Paul says it once more: “Whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything….”
Then Ortberg gives us questions to think about that is worth pondering over… and they are…
“What would it mean for us to “wake up in Jesus’ name?”
“What would it mean for us to drive in Jesus’ name?”
“How do we watch television in Jesus’ name?
“What does it mean to do household chores in Jesus’ name?”
“How do I work in Jesus’ name?” (pause)
“How do we spend money in the name of Jesus?”
I encourage ya’ll to humbly take stock of your life, and really see what areas of your life do you have to surrender to the Lordship of Christ…
… and as we do so, lets “do life in Jesus’ name.”
I know that it is way past Easter, but I finally had the time to write this, and I am excited to shares this little story of mine. Well, for Easter, Grace Bible Church Honolulu planned to do something special. We planned our most creative service, consisting of an awesome Word from Pastor Gregg regarding how God is creating a masterpiece in our lives, an art show (including my work and the children at children’s church),
a touching testimony from Brandon Tucay, and me painting on stage while Pastor Gregg and Brandon shared his testimony.
As one would expect, A LOT of planning had to be done, but the Holy Spirit really guided us.
Previously, I had the privilege of doing my first preaching on how we are God’s masterpiece at our youth service in Honolulu. By God’s grace I was able to preach and paint my illustration. The illustration was originally 2ft x 3ft. Then fast forward to Easter weekend, the pastors asked me to do the same illustration for the Easter sunday service. So that week, i was honestly unsure of how everything would turn out. Since Honolulu has 2 morning services and more people than our youth service, I had to make 2 pieces, and I had to make it bigger at 3ft x 4ft each! So the week went on, I started painting the panels (it took over 3 hours to “complete” one panel),
also, I coordinated with Pastor Billy on the logistics of setting up the art show, and asked Uncle Mark to build an easel to hold the panel (and he made it in one day! Thank you Uncle Mark!).
When Easter sunday came, I was excited to see how everything would turn out. I remember getting there at 6am to help setup the work with Uncle Barry and family and a few others. When the services rolled through… everything went by smoothly! The preaching was solid, Brandon’s testimony was touching, and the painting illustration went really well.
I remember coming home that Easter afternoon. Tired yet fulfilled, I looked down at my hands I noticed this…
…Crazy!!! I really was humbled knowing that all the labor was not done in vain. What I felt was a sacrifices of my talent, treasure, and time- painting these two big panels and coordinating/setting up the art show, wasn’t much of a sacrifice at all. My so called “sacrifices” can’t even compare to what Jesus did on the cross for you and me. Crazy how God would speak to us in the most simplest of moments… After looking at my hand, I couldn’t help but say, “Thank You Lord for the opportunity to use my giftings and talents to glorify You and help bring others closer to a deeper understanding of who You are…”
I hope my little story encouraged ya’ll in some way.
(Thank you Living Stones for the great illustration.)
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