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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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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$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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