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.
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!
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 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.
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.”
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” -Matthew 9:35-36.
I sat in a theater for an hour and half… broken hearted. Humbly reflecting on my life and realizing how shallow the depth of my heart really is.
Watch “The Cross.”
My simple prayer is this: Thank you Jesus for loving me unconditionally. Continue to break my heart for what breaks yours. God, enlarge my heart. Burn in me the same compassion like that of your Son Jesus, as He saw the crowds. Help me to love people into Your kingdom. In Jesus name. Amen.