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….

Do…

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)

Don’t…

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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Please be in Prayer for Us…

June 15, 2009 at 10:17 am (New Prayer Requests...)

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As of today, the cases of swine flu in Thailand has tripled in 3 days.  It’s anticipated that it will peak in July before we see any decline.    Please pray for us that we will have supernatural covering and protection as we head to Thailand during such a time as this & minster in areas where there are large amounts of people.

Pattaya Daily News

Asia One Health

US World News

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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)

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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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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)

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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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