Prayer for Swine Flu outbreaks…4/28/09

April 29, 2009 at 9:14 am (New Prayer Requests...)

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Please pray for a rapid containment of the swine flu outbreaks all over the world.

Go to msnbc.com for up to date news

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Business as usual…

April 29, 2009 at 8:50 am (Lynnette)

Watch this video of what goes on everyday, multiple times a day in Bangkok! Laugh & gasp in amazement as I did but let it be a reminder to stay focused on your path!

I’m reminded of what Pastor Bill Johnson from Bethel Church shared with us when he was in Hawaii. How do we deal with the obstacles, trials & challenges that arise or are present in our daily lives? Are we going to stay focused to our callings, ministries & Kingdom decisions, whilst allowing the Holy Spirit to help us work through those circumstances? Or do we simply get so distracted, overwhelmed & burdened by it all that our Godly purposes for His Kingdom cannot thrive & be business as usual?

On a personal note, already reports have been coming my way against traveling because of the uncertainty of the swine flu outbreaks, I allowed anxiety to set in & this “unexpected turn of events” to rattle me, I’ve really had to “turn my eyes upon Jesus, to look full in His wonderful face, so the things of the earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory & grace” ~ Lynnie

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Vision for Thailand…

April 22, 2009 at 9:45 am (Hitomi)

Check back to see post on a vision she got for Thailand…

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My Right Foot…

April 21, 2009 at 6:29 pm (Lynnette, Testimonies & Praise Reports)

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“It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; he enables me to stand on the heights. He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend a bow of bronze. You give me your shield of victory, and your right hand sustains me; you stoop down to make me great. You broaden the path beneath me, so that my ankles do not turn.” ~ Psalm 18:32-36


So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. ~ Isaiah 41:10

I have set the LORD always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” ~ Psalm 16:5-8

Stay tuned… I will tell you the story of my foot soon…most of you know that I had a really bad sprain on Friday & attended Soaking Time with Jay Iranon that night at the New Hope Diamond Resource Center at Kahala Mall…God called me out & I left still hobbling but with a prophetic word of encouragement…           ~  Lynnie

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So I sat way in the back during soaking time, completely immersed in the melodic piano expressions of Jay……..as he played, the Lord impressed upon him some of the restorative needs of his listeners……he called them out as the spirit led, & I heard “Someone with a severe pain in the left foot, on top of the foot…”  When the music drew to a close, it opened into prayer ministry time as the faithful rallied around the ones who needed prayer.  After making his rounds, Jay returned to the front where he called me out & explained that often in a situation when God highlights someone but yet healing was absent despite the presence of prayer, he’d ask the Lord for clarification as to what the real message for the person is.  He paused & then asked “Have you ever considered missions?“, to which I explained our plans.  Another pause…”You feel so unprepared, why?”, to which I expained I’m trying to study really hard (language etc) to ready myself to be in a foreign land.  The revelation he had for me was that it had nothing to do with my ailment in my left foot at all; that God was leading me on a path by my right foot (my stronger foot) & the injured left foot was merely to point out that it was something holding me back from moving forward!    He went on to share personal accounts  & experiences of others where the Lord would download pictures images during encounters with foreigners & how there would be complete understanding of what the communications were about.  He encouraged me to press in to God  & to  tap into his superatural ability to dim the obvious barriers when ministering in foreign lands; that I am to just GO with the Lord’s leading & to let Him do His thing while yielding to his bidding…..that He leads me by my right foot, that He is at my right hand…….because He will come alongside me, my reach & span would double!

How awesome that was…to be released prophetically into missions……!  It was soooooooo NOT about the pain in my left foot!

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Being…not Doing…

April 14, 2009 at 2:15 am (Rob)

Being, Not Doing

I recently emailed Pastor Kelly in Bangkok to ask him what he would like us to do on our mission trip.  Should we prepare to give messages and teachings for children, youth and adults?  Should we prepare to do prayer ministry, sing worship songs or dance the hula?  He said all those things would be good, but he pointed out that in missions, plans change and we need to be prepared for anything.  Furthermore, Kelly said what is most important is that we prepare our heart.  He wrote, “People won’t care about what you do or don’t do.  They just want to see your love and have you spend time with them.  That’s the most important thing…Teams that come and just do usually aren’t as welcomed as teams that come and just are.”

How freeing and refreshing is that?  In our culture, life is so much about doing instead of being; performance is more important than relationship.  The more we are exposed to other cultures, I believe the better we can see our own culture.  What’s more, the better we see our own culture, the better we are able to see the influence of our culture’s values on what we assume is the normal way to live the Christian life.  I have a strong feeling that we’re going to experience what Kingdom living is like by being with our Thai brothers and sisters, and we’re going to learn more from them than they from us!

~ Rob

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Durians 101…

April 11, 2009 at 8:06 pm (For the Foodies...)

durian When we went to the beach with the youth over spring break, I couldn’t resist & picked up these Casuarina Tree pine cones because they’ve always reminded me of Durians….which I l-o-v-e….

With an outragiously pungent personality, one either likes it or HATES it…. also a prominent fruit in South East Asia,  a “must try” experience for the visitor & a kodak moment for the onlookers…either way you look at it, it will leave a lasting impression!

My husband won’t eat it a fourth time, my kids shriek and run a mile when they see or even remotely sense a whiff of it…I, can’t wait to get my hands on it…

Rob’s had his taste the last time he went on missions…but will he eat it again or will he simply volunteer to take the pictures this next time…?   ~ Lynnie

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“O taste & see that the Lord is good…” 🙂

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God of this City ~ Bluetree / Chris Tomlin

April 7, 2009 at 7:51 am (Song Reviews / links)

Hey everyone!! If you haven’t heard of this song, you gotta check it out!! This is a great prophetic song of declaration birthed in Thailand. Play the following video to hear the story!! ~ Terry

then to listen to the song…

and if you are interested to read more about the worship band “Bluetree” from Belfast, here’s their account…Chris Tomlin later also recorded the song. ~ Lynnie

Nov 2006, Bluetree are heading out to Pattaya Thailand to participate in an event arranged by Belfast missionaries living in Pattaya, Thailand called Pattaya Praise. We’ve no expectation of the event; we were just looking for an opportunity to serve somehow.We didn’t know much about it before we left, but Pattaya is a dark place. It’s a small seaside town notorious for it’s sex trade. Throughout our time there we heard countless stories of girls who are bought from their parents for a price, sold to the sex industry at ages as young as 5 years old. Arriving in Pattaya the spiritual climate seems to change, it’s hard to define, but there is a very tangible change. On the bus journey in we’d been our usual cheery selves, but entering Pattaya at 10am and turning on to a street lined by girls ready for business, the bus became very quiet. We’re in total shock. It’s a sunny day but it’s incredible how dark it feels.

‘Walking street’ we learn is the epicentre of the sex trade in Pattaya, it’s about a mile long and at night springs to life with neon signs. Thai people are generally conservative in their dress sense — it’s generally considered provocative to bare your shoulders. But on their street the girls are wearing very little, and offering anything you can imagine for a price. It’s easy to look around with human eyes, see the depravity and get angry. You see older men walking hand-in-hand with young girls — as a daddy, that’s hard to take in. It’s easy to get angry, it’s easy to judge — but that’s not our job, so we grit our teeth.

We were in Pattaya to be part of a praise event not far from this street, the soul purpose of which was to worship and show God’s light in a dark place. We wanted to play more than the scheduled slots while we were there, so we found out that one of the bar owners would let us play a worship set in her bar on the proviso that we brought as many from the missions team who would buy coke-a-cola all night. We walk in to the bar which is about the middle of walking street, girls are lined up on the stairs waiting for business. We get set up, we’re really nervous and quite uncomfortable but we kick in to a familiar beat of worship and soon it’s ok. God starts to speak and we started to move in to this spontaneous song. The truth is when you worship in a place, you start to see God’s heart for that place. What would God say to a place like this?

Amidst the depravity God say’s, I’m the God of this City, I’m the King of these people and Greater Thing are Yet to Come, Greater Things are Still to be Done HERE. The song wasn’t written before that night, but we came out of the bar having worshipped with the song that is now the title track of our album — God of this City (Greater things). The song isn’t just for Pattaya — it’s for your city, and it’s true. By faith we must expect that greater things are still to be done.


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Passport!

April 7, 2009 at 7:22 am (Terry)

passport2Wow!!  I just got my passport!!  I went to the post office to get it on March 26th, and it’s here already!!  I am truly amazed!!  I wonder what He has in store for all of us on the team…stay tuned  🙂

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$888 airfare!

April 2, 2009 at 9:33 am (Rob)

When we got our airfare quote, Rob said “8”  is  his favorite number…and being chinese, i thought…haha! great fare! See what else Rob had to say  below abt  it…

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By the way, although the number 8 is not as prominent a number in the Bible as others such as 7, 10, 12 or 40, I discovered the number 8 can represent transition – the end of something and the beginning of another.  The 8th day is the first day of a new week . . . it’s the day of dedication to the Lord as in circumcision on the 8th day (Gen 17:12), the day of giving over to God the firstborn (Ex 22:30), the day that culminated the ordination of Aaron and his sons and entrance into priesthood (Lev 9), the day of cleansing, healing, forgiveness (Lev 14), the day the Nazarite was set apart for the Lord as he cut off his hair (Numbers 6).

Interestingly, at the children’s ministry conference Michele and I attended in Toronto earlier this month, I went up for prayer at the end of a session. Becky Fisher, one of the conference speakers prayed for me and declared prophetically, “It’s a new day.  It’s a new day.  It’s a new day.”

I believe God is saying, “It’s a new day!”  This mission adventure will be a catalyst for the end of something and the beginning of something in your life as you dedicate yourself to Him.  A shift is taking place.  What is it?  Keep your eyes, ears and heart open!

Blessings,

Rob

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