English Camp Video

August 13, 2009 at 12:53 am (1)

English Camp Promo from Jason Ruggles on Vimeo.

http://vimeo.com/5561187

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Lynn’s Missions Narrative

August 8, 2009 at 11:19 am (Lynnette)

To see a full narrative & photos from my point of view, click on the link below………it’s a LONG newsletter, but I think it will give you a good glimpse of our entire trip!  Shhhhhh….!  Don’t tell me if you see any typos or grammatical errors!  Be blessed!

~ Lynnie

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Post trip prayer requests…

July 31, 2009 at 4:47 am (Lynnette)

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Please continue to pray for our team members as we are still readjusting to our regular routines.  It’s not uncommon for mission trip participants to face mild depression upon re-entry…see page on Reverse Cultural Shock & Re-entry Stress

Aside from trying to go back to our regular lives…we struggle to find the quality down time to continually reflect, process &  ponder all that’s taken hold of our hearts whilst having to brain storm & plan the next steps for us in this area of ministry.

Some of our TO DO list items … (some of which have been completed)

  • sort thru’ photos
  • make videos/slideshows etc…
  • Journal & archive trip details
  • Get thank you letters / newsletters out to supporters
  • follow up on new contacts made

~ Lynnie

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Prayer requests…

July 5, 2009 at 1:50 am (New Prayer Requests...)

Please pray…

that the places we’ve ministered at & people we’ve had contact with so far has been “affected”

for spirit of boldness & courage as we minister or when we get called upon to do something unexpectedly (we’ve had to do most of our stuff impromptu)

for those of of that seem to be  a little under the weather (Caryn, Hitomi)

for language barriers to be bridged as much as possible (Matthew is doing a wonderful job as our translator but we know things often get lost in translation)

for our final church service in Mae Sot this morning & for safety during our 8 hour journey back to Bangkok down a winding mountain

for rest as we prepare to go camping for the next three days with 80 college bound freshman or teenagers

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Mae Sot

July 3, 2009 at 1:21 am (Terry)

At the Burmese/Thai Border

At the Burmese/Thai Border

Hey Everyone!!

We made it to Mae Sot, North Thailand. It took 8+ hours to get there by truck. The team took two vehicles, a van and a pick up truck. I was in the truck. It was an adventure!!

The truck I was in was pulled over about three times. We had to show our passport. The police at the checkpoints once mistook me and a couple of my teammates as Cambodian. That was funny…but not at the time. There are Cambodians who try to smuggle drugs. 😛

The first three days was pretty much traveling, but today, Friday, July 3, Thailand time, we are doing our first missions outing. I’ll try to check back in from time to time. PLEASE KEEP US IN PRAYER!!

Sawatee Krup!!

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Our Home Chapel…

July 2, 2009 at 4:39 pm (Mission Trip Journal - June)

Our Home Chapel

Our Home Chapel

Morning Briefing

Morning BriefingThe Hilderbrands & The Okimuras

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The Cafe on the Ground floor

Bright and early after breakfast, we embarked on a 15 min brisk walk to Our Home Chapel, home base to the Foursquare Church in Thailand.   We were warmly greeted & introduced to the various staff that run the show, as well as got a taste of what was served in their brand new cafe.  From English teachers to ministry & admin personnel, everyone had a story on how his/her life came to be in Christ. The rest of the was the morning had us in a detailed briefing for the Freshy English Camp we’ll be attending & helping at next week.  Bangkok is home to the largest university in the world, with a student population of over 400,000 students: a great well &  harvest ground for outreach.  We are to  be the bridges in these relationships that we are yet to form at camp, to help connect the campers to the Thai staff & to share Jesus in a relevant way that will be meaningful to them.

We're going to the Mall!

We're going to the Mall!

We can't keep up with the young ones!

We can't keep up with the young ones!

We finally decided to hit the Mall by 3pm.  There were those who braved the walk under the hot sun & there were those to chose to go by car…however, I think we got there around the same time thanks to city traffic!

Flea Market under tents.

Flea Market under tents. Great deals both inside the Mall & outside under the tents at the flea market. There was something for everyone...I think.

Aaron ran into his boss!

Aaron ran into his boss!

We had a request for "Hawaiian Dance"

We had a request for "Hawaiian Dance"

After shopping (we caught a cab back by the way), we toured the rest of the Home Chapel Study Center where English classes for various age groups were going on.  We visited with the children & practiced speaking English with them.  A group sang the Thai national anthem while we sang ours.  We played games, asked & answered questions…& of course, laughed a lot!

Shaka!!

Shaka!!

The Okimuras & The Hilderbrands

The Okimuras & The Hilderbrands

Dinner is served!

Dinner is served!

We enjoyed a lovely home cooked meal prepared by the staff. There was Tom Yum soup, deep fried fish with green mango relish, stirfried veggies & Thai style omelette.

Dinner Fellowship

Dinner Fellowship

Sala, Rambutan & Longkong

Sala, Rambutan & Longkong

The Hilderbrands & the Okimuras

The Hilderbrands & the Okimuras

How's the Sala?
How’s the Sala?

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Going overseas….

June 30, 2009 at 8:25 pm (Hitomi, Lynnette)

We made it to airport in timely manner & for the most part were happy with who we sat with 🙂

Aloha!

Aloha!

The Luggage Police

The Luggage Police

Aaron was sleeping even b4 we board....and for the most part, that was his pose all day...

Aaron was sleeping even b4 we boarded....and for the most part, that was his pose all day...

...some of us behaved us normal travelers

...some of us behaved like normal travelers

Here's Charlie's Angels in disguise...we even practiced hula...upper body motions only!

Here's Charlie's Angels in disguise...we even practiced hula...upper body motions only!

Pikake strands made of POPCORN!

Pikake strands made of POPCORN!

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Ramen stop in Narita

Korp kun Plajow sum rahp ahahn nee! (Tk U God for this food!)

Korp kun Plajow sum rahp ahahn nee! (Tk U God for this food!)

Here’s a sample list of things that went into our tummies:

  • spam musibi
  • Burger King
  • Teri chicken or Kalua curry
  • Yoghurt blueberries
  • candied ginger
  • gummy frogs
  • carob squares
  • tuna sandwich with Lychee Gel Jelly dessert
  • scallop salad
  • arare
  • Green tea (hot and cold), coffee, yuzu (citrius drink), mochi, ramen, Veggie Bologne surprise or Katsu don, ice cream, berry mousse, smoked salmon with mac salad…….

the hungry caterpillars weren’t hungry anymore….in fact tummy aches were brewing …then the TUMS came out!

Glad to be here in Thailand! Yin dee teedai yoo meung Thai!

Glad to be here in Thailand! Yin dee teedai yoo meung Thai!

Alrighty…then…we hear a rooster crowing in Thai….time to get out of bed…altho we neva went sleep yet!

~ Lynnie & Hitomi

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What a Weekend

June 29, 2009 at 6:07 pm (Terry)

Well, we’ve survived the weekend!!  It seemed like there were endless things to do, places to go, and an enemy to fight (spiritually)!!  Now the day to leave is finally here!!

We were told that if you come to Thailand with a fever, you’ll end up in quarantined for a week.  Well, I started coming down with something on Saturday night, and Sunday

There's goofy Terry on the right! ~ from Lynnie

There's goofy Terry on the right! ~ from Lynnie

morning, it got a little worse.  Well, at the end of service, I went up for prayer to receive healing!!  I tell you what, the enemy never stops playing mind games!!  Well, except for my throat, I’m feeling fine!!  My temperature is 99.2.  Please pray for complete healing!!

After packing last night, I went to bed.  At 5am, I woke up feeling a little restless, and couldn’t go back to sleep.  So I asked God what should I read.  He said Psalm 119.  You have to understand that this past week, I’ve been praying for more of a deeper love and understanding with God.  I believe that God was speaking to me through this scripture.  Once I got done, there was a sense of peace and I was able to sleep for at least another hour.

It’s time to finish some things around the house.  I hope to share all that God did there in Thailand when I get back!!

God Bless,

Terry

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Time to go!!

June 29, 2009 at 9:27 am (Rob)

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Today, after worship, Matthew Hilderbrand shared with the church a little on what it’s like when mission teams visited Thailand & how they impact them.  He also shared how the church family here can continue to pray for us while we are gone….

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– Protection

– Humility

– Impact

– Eagerness to learn

– Heart to serve

– Spiritual growth

– Relationships

– Fun!

Then we had a commissioning prayer as the team members were prayed over…

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Here are some thoughts from Pastor Rob this week…

Thailand Team,


I trust you are continuing to prepare your heart for the adventure. Here’s a meaningful and relevant passage of scripture that serves us well to reflect on and remember.

Let’s carry the Apostle Paul’s “go with the flow” attitude, appreciate the culture, find common ground and enjoy building relationships!


Blessings,


Rob


1 Corinthians 9:20-23

20 When I am with the Jews, I become one of them so that I can bring them to Christ. When I am with those who follow the Jewish laws, I do the same, even though I am not subject to the law, so that I can bring them to Christ. 21 When I am with the Gentiles who do not have the Jewish law, I fit in with them as much as I can. In this way, I gain their confidence and bring them to Christ. But I do not discard the law of God; I obey the law of Christ.

22 When I am with those who are oppressed, I share their oppression so that I might bring them to Christ. Yes, I try to find common ground with everyone so that I might bring them to Christ. 23 I do all this to spread the Good News, and in doing so I enjoy its blessings.

NLT

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Counting down the days to departure!

June 23, 2009 at 10:47 am (Lynnette)

Lifting each other up in prayer

Lifting each other up in prayer

One week to departure! The team is swamped this week, we’re doing a lot and still have lots to do before we leave…

We’ve had awesome fellowship that included prophetic prayer times, shopping  & eating together, practicing hula, music….some of us also had  the opportunity to  learn how to recognize when the enemy would sneak in to steal our joy & distract us from our task at hand…it truly is  a discipline of the heart & the mind to learn to refocus, regroup & to lean on each other for support.  We are, the many parts that make up the body…each of us bringing our own giftings.

Hitomi

Hitomi

My personal heart’s desire is “More Lord”…more boldness, more courage, more love, more annointing, more of what You want to show me or have  me do…

Jesus I believe in You, & I would go

to the ends of the earth, to the ends of the earth

for You alone are the son of God

& all the world will see

You are God, You are God…

Last but not least…check out the Hilderbrand’s June newsletter:

Hilderbrand Family June Newsletter

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