Saturday, July 24, 2010

thoughts from the 13th floor.


{people everywhere :: mong kok ladie's market}

As I write this, I am sitting in my 13th floor bedroom that overlooks a portion of the city. As the clock ticks close to 6:30 pm lights are beginning to shine through apartment windows and reflect off city streets....these are my thoughts:

7,000,000 + people live in this city that spans over 4 primary districts and is six times the size of Washington DC. It's a city that blends east and west and a global city rich in influence.

As I walk the people saturated streets of Hong Kong I can't help but wonder how many of them are searching for something they can't quite put there finger on. With only 5% of the population professing faith in Christ, that leaves room for a lot of speculation. Prestige, power and wealth is the fuel that runs this beautiful, tropical, urban metropolis...it's nearly impossible to miss.

I know I am here for a purpose...even if that means knowing how to pray for a place specifically. I pray that this city would awaken to grace. That individual lives would be transformed. That the Kingdom would come to the greatest and least of these. That God would continue to raise up His people in this place. There is something divinely distinctive about this place...He is ushering His Spirit into Asia and I believe this city is one of the gateways He is using to make His name famous in Asia and all the world.

The time I have spent here has served to remind me the truth that the gospel and the longing to be filled, restored and reconciled resides in all people. Regardless of who or where they are. They deserve to hear and know what is theirs in Christ. Pray people would hear, and not only hear but believe. "For belief comes from hearing and hearing from the word of God."

Pray for Hong Kong.

Friday, July 23, 2010

it's a party in the big hk

I couldn't help but steal this video from fellow team leader chase so you could get a glimpse into some of the random happenings of asia. Last week, my team was having our nightly meeting planning for the next day when our attention turned from lesson planning to the YMCA and a group of dancing asians 13 stories below us. thankfully, chase and his team snagged some video. It's long, but you can't miss the YMCA at the end.

TIA...this is Asia.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

bieber fever.

Reason #727 why I love this team.

Today was Fame Day at our school. My team dressed as celebs and put on a "concert" for our students. And as any middle-school American student would know, a Fame Day would be incomplete without the one and only...Justin Bieber. It seems that 16 year old JB has taken the world by storm and has a place in the hearts of our student's (especially our female student's) hearts.

With the help of our talented cameraman, Charlie, the lip sync stylings of our Canadian teammate Derek and a special appearance from Lady Luda, Chisom, we put together a little somethin' to end the day...You'll want to watch this.
p.s. {more updates from the past 2 weeks coming}

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

team.


this is my team. otherwise known as "cupcake dynamite"...


Derek. Charlie. Emma. Chisom. Michaela. Stephanie. Laura. Lauren. Julia. Lisa.
they've come from fresno, canada, st. louis, south carolina, connecticut etc. etc.
i can't wait to work alongside and serve these teachers in the coming weeks!





Tuesday, July 6, 2010

portion.



Before I left last week, I asked the Lord for a word for my time in Asia.

That word was “portion.”

I wasn’t sure what that meant, but I was about to find out.

Soon after I arrived I immediately began to feel overwhelmed and unsure. I am not a teacher, nor have I been to Asia before. The thoughts of leading a team of teachers in a place I had never been engulfed my mind. “Why did they let me do this?” was the question I kept asking myself. My heart literally raced for days. This, along with exhaustion from the journey over more time zones than I care to count resulted in no sleep…for 4 whole days.

During these sleepless nights and the days that followed, I resonated deeply with these words…

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever…” Psalm 73:26

He is enough. For this moment. For this hour. For this day. It is God who works in me. For his good pleasure. And I could rejoice in those sleepless nights...for it is in them that I learned this truth for myself.

I am happy to say I have been sleeping! And that I no longer am unsure of why God has brought me here. It is for a purpose. A good one. It is here, in this culture and in this context that He is making me more like Him and less like myself. And for that I am thankful.

{Quick update}
We are one day away from being finished with our training. My team is WONDERFUL! 8 girls and 2 guys...full of 10 different personalities and giftings. We have had some good times and I've experienced many a thing for the first time...hey, when in Asia right?!

I am ecstatic about this team connecting with the students we come in contact with that they may know grace, love, mercy and truth. We've all been changed by grace...and can't help but give it away.

Continue to pray for our teams, for protection, for favor and wisdom and for the hearts of people to awaken to something divine.