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)


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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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 🙂



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!


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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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.



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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Sawatdee Kaa…

June 15, 2009 at 10:49 am (Lynnette)

Matthew Hilderbrand & Jessica Okimura

Matthew Hilderbrand & Jessica Okimura

We are so glad to have inherited Matthew  for the summer (firstborn of Kelly & Angie Hilderbrand) from Worldbase Thailand.  He’s been very entertaining & patient with all our questions about Thailand & even recorded some useful phrases in Thai that we put on CDs for the team members to listen to for practice.

At the end of last month, we also had a very nice visit with Pastor Kelly over dinner as he shared with us more about what to expect on our trip and various dos and dont’s when we are there….


smile & eat what’s put in front of us…including durians and monkey poop

have a willing heart to serve

participate eagerly in activities

dig your nose in public with pinky finger (it’s acceptable etiquette)


wear yellow or red (political affiliation reasons)

talk about the King or Buddhism

blow your nose in public

wear underwire bras (you could get struck by lightning…so wear at own risk!)

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Thailand English Camp Video

June 15, 2009 at 9:56 am (Lynnette)

Check out the camp that we will be helping minister at in Bangkok!  It’s down to the nitty gritty details…preparing gifts, gathering music, practicing hulas etc……….

English Camp Promo from Jason Ruggles on Vimeo.

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Of Faith and Shots…

May 18, 2009 at 1:05 am (Lynnette)


So it is a work in progress trying to get our team vaccinated against Typhoid fever, Hep A, & Tetanus…somehow even though it’s supposed to be right on top of our to do list, it’s triggering the worst in our “Hawaiian time syndrome”…

I should talk… I had to have a team member(Hitomi) drive me to my Tetanus shot, another member (Caryn) volunteer to pick up my Typhoid pills…and boy you should have heard me in the doctor’s office negotiating with the unfortunate nurse assigned to my case…“O this is worse than having a baby…will anyone hear me if I scream? explain to me again HOW you will be giving me the shot…” While Hitomi baked downstairs in the parking lot, the nurse tried her best to convince me she had a special painless technique; I insisted she gave me a preview of the process: “I will squeeze your arm so hard that it’s so sore from that you won’t even…..” She then whipped out the sryinge so quickly & stabbed me in the arm!  It was over, didn’t even feel it, and even went to Latin American Fitness Zumba class afterward (to keep the victimized arm in motion so the ache associated with a Tetanus shot wouldn’t set in).

Or should I have opted the faith route to trust the Lord’s protection against the pestilence of this earth….?  Go figure!

Jessica’s experience was a little different , Michele simply picked her up, took her by surprise, got it over with & Jess went to bed when the sun went down till the next morning!  But I wonder if Michele & Rob have gotten their shots??????

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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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My Right Foot…

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

“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


updated 5/15

So I sat way in the back during soaking time, completely immersed in the melodic piano expressions of Jay…… 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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Airfares are coming down!!

March 28, 2009 at 9:02 am (Lynnette)


Fuel surcharges fall on April 1st!  Looks like we’ll end up flying Japan Airlines since we got a great fare quote…yay!!

No need to pack spam musibis because they don’t make us pay for food on board!

Here’ a photo I found from Pastor Kelly Hilderbrand’s trip last year when he came to speak at our church …we ate, hung out at the Okimura’s residence & listened to him share even more details of his life as a missionary in Thailand.

Kelly looks the same as the day I met him almost 18 years ago at Hope chapel Honolulu!  Everyone here minus the kiddies knew Kelly from way back…


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