Monday, August 8, 2011
Hear more about the trip THIS SUNDAY, August 14, in all four services!
(Pro tip: different members will speak in each service, so if you want to catch them all, be prepared to run around a bit)
9:00 Mandarin, Cantonese, and Youth services
11:00 English service
In addition to our team, come hear reports from Arizona, India, and China teams! God is moving around the world! :)
Friday, August 5, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Friday, July 29, 2011
Thursday, July 28, 2011
Last night a few of us had the opportunity to drive up the foothill border between Thailand and Burma next to our resort/hotel with the resort manager. It was dusk and the scenery was majestic.
Psalm 19:1-4Today we will be leaving Maesai to the orphanage in Hwei Peung. Our bags are packed and ready to load into Peter's truck right after lunch at school. It's a little bittersweet not having to teach anymore but having to say goodbye to all our students and new friends. La gon, Maesai Prasitsart, you will remain in our prayers!
1 The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
2 Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
3 They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
4 Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
In the heavens God has pitched a tent for the sun.
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
I first met her at our "Happy Camp" last Saturday. I had previously led a scavenger hunt with them, so when Chin and her friends had finished lunch, they immediately swarmed over and surrounded me while I was still eating. There were at least 10 of them (10 vs 1) and were all very patient with me as they watched me eat slowly--trying to endure the spiciness of my noodle soup. So Chin, who sat next to me, picked up my cup and refilled it with more ice water (treat #1). They were very interested in me and asked me maaany questions...about America, my age, my nationality/ethnicity, my relationship status, Caleb's relationship status, how I liked Thai food & music, if I had free time to hang out with them later, and even asked me to smile for one of them. After I finally finished eating, Chin passed out a few of her snacks to her friends and gave the last one to me (treat #2).
It was then time to rejoin everyone for our second session of "Happy Camp." But it took a while for all the students to come back together because there was an ice cream man in front of the school! Naturally, most of the students (and us teachers) bought ice cream because it was so hot! When Chin came around to the ice cream man, she asked me if I wanted any. But with a smile I shook my hand and said, "No, thank you." I sat down next to some other students with Uncle Peter, waiting to get started again. Five minutes later, Chin came up to me with two ice cream bars...she sat down next to me again and gave me her second ice cream (treat #3)! And it was one of my favorite ice cream bars, too!
With that, I am reminded of all the students who I've met here...how friendly, open, and interested they are in us.
1. Open hearts from the students
2. Caleb's testimony
3. Lillian as she talks about the 4 spiritual laws
4. Our performances:
-Lifehouse's Everything Skit
-Body Worship to Unchanging, Chris Tomlin
5. For our hearts to continue to trust in God and really be focused on Him throughout the event
May all the glory be to God forever and ever!!! If we succeed in even bringing one person to know God, then our mission's trip will be counted as a success, so PLEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAASE PRAY!!!!!!!! Thanks!!!!
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
But Yahweh Yireh or Jehovah Jireh. The LORD will provide...
"In the chaos, in confusion
I know You’re Sovereign still
In the moment of my weakness
You give me grace to do Your will"
-"None but Jesus" by Hillsong United
Monday, July 25, 2011
- ALEX- time management to use the last four days of school effectively; also for boldness, courage, and faith
- ALISA- presenting Bridge to Life at English Corner tomorrow; also pray for strength and renewal
- CALEB- giving testimony at the Evangelistic Party on Thursday, pray for the right words to stay and good preparation
- DORIS-to build good relationships
- GREG-to finish out this week strong, and looking for opportunities to share or build relationships
- JOSH- ENERGY. No hesitation
- KARA-Jump at opportunities to share with the kids I've connected with
- LORRAINE- have wisdom/guidance to lead more deep spiritual conversations with students; energy
- NOR- wisdom to lead, patience to wait on God's timing, and focus on the task at hand (and not being anxious)
- SONNY- be more personal with students
- STEPHANIE-to share the gospel with a couple of students I've become close with; pray for no more bug bites!
THANK YOU EVERYONE! We are starting our last week here, so pray that God will continue to use us effectively! Kup koon ka! :)
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I can't believe the first week of teaching is officially over now! Only being able to see these students once in class makes it very hard to believe that we will only be here a little longer.
From the very first day the bugs have been on a rampage eating their heart's out on American blood, and the itchy bites that they have left behind can get very distracting at times. However, God has been very faithful and even bug bites can't hold us back from interacting with the students and wanting to know them more. I was very blessed yesterday to be able to get to know some of the M5 girls during English Corner afterschool, and their willingness to talk to me and get to know me was so encouraging after a week of feeling like I wasn't getting through to any of them. I was able to share that God's love for me was the best gift and further explaining the meaning of my name "kara: God's mercy".
Time to go meet with the director now. Until next time frands
The biggest difference however would have to be the school we are teaching at. This school is pretty unorganized when it comes to scheduling, so everything has been kind of up in the air as far as classes go. We can never seem to get on the same page as the teachers, so that is definitely something to be praying for! We want to be a Christ like example to them, as well as the students, and so far we don't seem to be making too much progress with them.
Continue to pray for our afterschool program, and for this upcoming Saturday when we do our "Happy Camp" English day. We rarely get to see our students, so this will be a good oportunity! That's it for now ttyl! :D
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
It's funny because it was NOT like this last year. That was matt and stu..
here's a video of what it was like on the first day of school here. They had an assembly to introduce us. This is us before school started, getting stared down and staring down kids as well. Just to give you guys a taste..
and us chilling on the back of peter's truck
Yesterday, we had 36 students and sang Making Melodies, Deep Deep, and Jesus is a Friend. The students seemed to like it and had fun doing the hand motions, and later, even started to ask who Jesus was. Lillian was able to quickly explain the song lyrics... doors are slowly opening!
Today we are having discussion groups again, and tomorrow we will be sharing the gospel through the wordless book colors. God is on the move! :)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Day 1 of teaching was a little chaotic, but good. It took a little while, but everyone was soon settled into their teaching schedules and went off to meet their students. The staff is very kind and helpful, many being very fluent in English. 5baht Thai tea + 25baht seafood soup noodles for lunch = $1 USD! I love Thailand!
During lunch we sat in on the singing competition for the Foreign Language Department. It was pretty funny watching the kids sing along to Kelly Clarkson and Ingrid Michelson!
A few recent adventures...
- speed boating across to Laos
- eating dinner on the street and having torrential downpour fall on us.. then driving back to the resort in the back of Peter's truck. Everyone was soaked!
- giant dragonfly invaded my & Steph's room last night, a big lizard the night before..
OKAY! Time for our first afterschool program. It was a little rough trying to publicize this event, so pray that many students come! More updates to come soon!
KUP KOON KA, everyone!!!
Monday, July 18, 2011
We went in there without the original teacher to guide us, hence, guns blazing. It was definetly different from last year, bigger class and more unruly kids. This is our team's first access to internet since we landed in an airport with free internet. Most of our team is currently in the school's computer lab.
Pray for flexibility for the unknown, as there is plenty of that still as we began our first class of the week. Plenty more to talk about but we have another class to teach very soon..
We finally found internet! PTL! Sorry that we weren't able to update earlier but we finally were able to get online at the school we are teaching at.
The first few days have been... scenic. Our team had the opportunity to visit (the outside of) the Opium Museum, the Golden Triangle, and even take a boat across to Laos. Many random adventures courtesy of Pillian (Peter & Lillian).
And today... we have finally begun teaching! It's been kind of hectic today because we found out that class schedules were different but as with any missions trip, you have to be flexible. And now that we've met students, it's kind of exciting and challenging. Excited to meet new students but challenging in terms of the language barrier. Please continue to pray that God will open opportunities to build relationships and witness.
Alright, hopefully we'll be able to provide more updates throughout the trip. Please continue to pray for safety, good health, mosquito repellant effectiveness, and open hearts.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Monday, July 11, 2011
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Monday, July 4, 2011
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Tuesday, June 21, 2011
Our team to-do list includes:
- classroom lesson prep (we're expecting classes of 60 students each!)
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Pray for Austin, Benjamin, Bianca, Denise, and other short-term missionaries from our church who are joining mission opportunities of other groups; their prep; to connect with many who will be able to pray and partner with them as they go.
Today's Prayer Focus
Monday, June 6, 2011
1. Particularly Needy People Groups:
- Children in crisis—1+ million child laborers, including 40,000+ sold into sex trafficking as a minor. Tens of thousands of homeless street children. Many are from foreign background. Children are subject to all kinds of abuse and ill treatment.
- HIV/AIDS sufferers—highest infection rate in Asia, with at least 700,000 affected. Much in part to the combination of the bustling sex trade and drugs.
- Students—many are responsive to the gospel, but backsliding is a huge challenge. Pray for the 1.3 million students who remain unevangelized.
- Buddhist monks—number 300,000+ and highly honored in Thailand. High-profile scandals and being targeted by Islamic insurgents in the south have troubled the monastic institution. Pray for Christian outreach to them—many are true seekers and open to the gospel.
- Refugees—Thailand has long been a haven for those fleeing neighboring countries. Notably, the 1.2 million from Myanmar, where many are from persecuted minorities. Most refugees are illegal and face harsh exploitation, from dangerous manual labor, to sex slavery.
Monday, May 23, 2011
a. The girls involved (typically from poor, rural families, from the NE, from ethnic minorities, from Myanmar)—trapped in the business, at high risk for mistreatment and disease
b. Those who are profiting (corrupt police/officials, traffickers, mafia, relatives)—pray for moral conviction and an end to this trade
c. The users (“sex tourists” typically from the West and East Asia, Thai men)
d. The government—officially oppose the sex trade, but little is done to discourage it.
e. Agencies seeking to minister to those in the trade—very difficult work to save individual girls and close individual brothels, but much bigger change is needed
Navajo Ministry Ministry Trip (Memorial Day weekend): the team would be effective in the three major ministry projects planned which include building projects, medical/health education clinics, and discipleship for teens. Also pray for travel safety.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Sunday, May 8, 2011
Saturday, May 7, 2011
Monday, May 2, 2011
Monday, April 25, 2011
Monday, April 18, 2011
Sunday, April 10, 2011
Pray for our missionary Joyce Jow in Japan: although she was not directly affected by the disaster, pray for her and others as they minister to the many that were affected.
It has been one-month today since the earthquake hit. Let's remember to pray for our brothers and sisters in Japan!
Monday, April 4, 2011
a) The political upheaval of 2006-2008 revealed deep fault lines among various political parties, the military and the royalty. Protests brought the country to a standstill.
b) The violent insurgency in the southern areas near Malaysia has claimed thousands of lives. It is a result of some discrimination against the predominantly Malay Muslim minority and the radicalization of the same.
c) Tensions with other neighbours, including disputes with Cambodia and more notably Myanmar, from which over a million have fled disaster and persecution into Thailand.
Saturday, April 2, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
"Missions is not peripheral in God's mind and heart. It is not the thing that his children do once they have done other more essential things. To those with obedient open hearts it is no longer a mystery. He is a missionary who shares Christ's passion, who prays for the lost of this world and who will not rest until from every lost tribe, tongue and nation there are some who call Him Lord." --Dr. Ralph Winter
Please keep our team in prayer as we plan for our upcoming fundraiser. The fundraiser will be April 10, from 12:30-2:00 in the MPB. Please come out and support! :)
Missionaries' families: Missionaries' children on the field or parents & family back home facing physical, emotional, or spiritual difficulty; God's healing & protection; His comfort to families of missionaries.
An answered prayer from Lillian and Peter's requests: They will be visiting Lillian's mother in Taiwan during the upcoming summer break!
Monday, March 21, 2011
Today's prayer requests:
1. Thailand team members-- this Sunday is the commitment meeting for our team. Praise God for those who have already signed up, but continue to pray for members as they are making decisions. We have faith that God is going to bring together everyone He needs to fulfill His purpose in Thailand.
2. Fundraiser-- our fundraiser will be on April 10 (mark your calendars!) and pray for our team as we plan and prepare
3. Plane tickets-- higher costs of fuel = more expensive plane tickets. Pray that we can find a reasonable deal!
Pray for Dr. Tom Eliff, International Missions Board's new president; that the Lord would help his transition into this role.
Also remember Amore team in Mexico (until Tuesday) and CSM downtown missions that is going out this coming weekend.
Monday, March 14, 2011
Happy Missions Monday to everyone! Today the prayer request is for our very own Peter and Lillian Liang who have been our missionary liaisons the past few years and will be again this year!
"Praise God for the work of missionaries Peter & Lillian Liang. Praise also for smooth transition to being under GO International; Lord would continue to provide support they need."
Below are more prayer requests from their February newsletter...
1. Pray that God would grant Peter Permanent Residency Status somewhere whether it is in France, Thailand, Taiwan, or Myanmar (Burma). He currently has a Refugee Travel Document (passport) issued in France by the UN. He does not have citizenship in any country, making it inconvenient to reside or travel in any country.
2. Peter has diabetes mellitus and hypertension that makes him a little nervous about his health.
3. Pray that God would prepare a way for Peter to continue his seminary studies.
4. May God open a way soon for Peter to go legally into Myanmar (Burma) to serve Him.
5. Pray for Peter's unsaved family.
1. Pray for both Peter and Lillian to continue to grow spiritually.
2. Lillian's blood pressure is on the rise. Peter has diabetes and high blood pressure. Pray that the Lord would grant both of them good health.
3. Pray that in our lives we will always be joyful especially as we face difficulty and trials.
4. Lillian's mother in Taiwan is 88 years old. Praise the Lord she is a Christian. Pray for her good health. Pray that the Lord would give Lillian an opportunity to visit her mom in Taiwan this April.
- As mentioned in today's meeting, the cost is now $1750 after adjusting for rising costs of gas/plane tickets
- Baptism is also REQUIRED, and applications are due April 24
- The next meeting is March 27 and is also the commitment deadline. Same time and place, H/Truth 208 from 1-3pm.
Monday, March 7, 2011
"Short-term teams preparing to go out over the next few months; meetings will make them ready for the work the Lord has for them; cohesiveness & unity among team members."
These teams include India, Thailand, HSMT (to the Navajo reservation), Amor (to Mexico), and CSM (to downtown LA). Pray for yourself to see if God is leading you to participate with one of these teams!
The next meeting is this Sunday, March 13 from 1-3pm in the upstairs Hall of Truth in Room 208. Come find out more about our team if you missed the first meeting, ask any questions, or turn in commitment forms!
For anyone available and in the area, Biola will be hosting a 3-day Missions Conference from Wednesday, March 16 to Friday, March 18 and it's free. Various speakers and organizations will be on hand to help expand your view of missions! Get more information here: http://smu.biola.edu/conference/
Monday, February 28, 2011
In case you weren't able to come to the info meeting, or if you weren't able to grab a handout, here are some of the meeting highlights:
1. To register, click here (tinyurl.com/Thailand2011-Registration). Have your passport handy and please enter everything accurately! We will later use this information when purchasing plane tickets. Note: dates are in DAY/month/year format.
2. The dates are tentatively Thurs, July 14 to Sunday, July 31. We will be teaching conversational English to high school students in Mae Sai, Thailand. The city is in northern Thailand on the border near Laos and Burma. Costs are roughly $1750, but fundraising and other support is available.
3. Baptism is necessary. The next baptism will be in June, but applications are due April 24.
The next meeting is March 13. Please let us know if you are interested in Thailand, but serving in Amor. The final date to commit to Thailand team is March 27.
If you have any questions, or would like copies of forms/handouts, contact Sonny Cheung, Noreen Lue, or John Chow.
Today was also Missions Monday! Every Monday on the church prayer calendar is dedicated to missions-related topics...
"Monthly missions prayer meetings would help our congregation connect with our missionaries; missionaries would be encouraged in prayer; more people would participate & pray for them"