A Circle.

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A circle. That’s how many of my fondest memories in church begin. From a casual gathering after service, to impromptu gatherings, to connect groups, to ministry debriefs… We’re gathered in a circle. We share stories in these circles – our encounters with God, our lives, our funny stories.

On our 20th anniversary celebration, I saw how much bigger this circle has grown. Yet this circle, ever big it grows, ever feels like family. It is family. Over the weekend, we shared stories in a circle – our encounters with God, our lives, our funny stories.

Pastor How and Pastor Lia shared that the HOGC story is about all of us… And that’s what I feel is the beauty of this circle; we don’t need to stand out, but stand beside and around each other. At the same time, we are grateful and honour our SPs who first pulled together and built this circle.

And this story doesn’t end with us, it’s about Jesus! To the next 20 years and beyond… Till Heaven, where everything comes full circle. To God be the glory!
#HOGC20thAnniversary

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An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 1 — comma.blog

Today, I’m sharing an Open Letter to HOGC, written by a friend… It resonates with me on many points. It may be a long read but I’ve linked up all 4 parts here… Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 1
An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 2
An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 3
An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 4

Hi, readers. Today, I am writing and sharing with you a post that is really important to me. In fact, I believe it is the most important one I’ve written yet. It will also probably be broken down into a few parts because I have way too many personal thoughts and stories to share to […]

via An Open Letter to Heart of God Church – Part 1 — Comma

Generations are not Replacements. GENERATIONS are REINFORCEMENTS.

Sharing an instagram post from my pastor, Pastor Lia. It’s her life message!

Doing on my birthday what I was BORN TO DO – preach about GENERATIONS! The words I have been saying for the last 2 decades! ⠀

“Generations are not Replacements. GENERATIONS are REINFORCEMENTS. The younger generations are not here to push you OUT but to push you UP!”

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Generations are not Replacements. GENERATIONS are REINFORCEMENTS.

Generations

What an amazing week. Pastor How and Pastor Lia were in Chiang Mai with John Bevere and Lisa Bevere for a Messenger International Conference. Just a snapshot of Pastor How sharing Journey of a Dream and Pastor Lia sharing GENERATIONS (her life message of 20 years) — challenging pastors, missionaries, leaders and Christans to think GENERATIONS and believe in youth. They are our reinforcements not our Replacements!

Chapter 3: The Series of Unfortunate Events

This is us at 7.30am. We’re at the airport and ready to go.

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We ate some breakfast and got onto our flight. Soon, we had landed in Yangon! There’s a time difference of an hour and a half so it felt like we earned a few hours.

As the day went on we were a little less chirpy than we were in the morning (refer to previous gif of smiling head bobbing jumping hair swinging us) as we encountered miniature setbacks through the day. In chronological order:

1) The one that started it all
We left a laptop on the aeroplane. A kind staff came chasing after us as we were going down an escalator. That escalated pretty quickly (heh).

2) Same same, but different
We reached our place of stay but realised we had made a wrong booking. There was a similar place with the exact name, but a few kilometres away. Nothing that couldn’t be resolved. The friendly staff took care of it pretty quickly. With a few calls from MJ we had it settled. We took down the address this time so that future teams would not have to repeat this mistake. Progress ya?

3) Same same, but different too
Dave realised that his luggage couldn’t be opened. It had an in-built number lock. Perhaps the lock was damaged… Not thinking too much about it, we headed out for our day’s activities. Later that evening, Dave noticed a sticker he never saw before on the luggage. Turns out someone had the exact same bag and took his by mistake. Same bag?! What are the chances? By now we were pretty jumpy because we would be on a domestic flight early the next morning. We made some calls to Jetstar and made our way down to the airport. The owner of the bag was contacted and agreed to meet us half an hour later. Phew.

4) Rain, rain, go away
Previously, we had thought the monsoon would only arrive two weeks later but the rain had pretty much hit Yangon already. If the weather kept up, our efforts to reach the villages over the week might be hindered. We checked an aviation site and found huge clouds making their way toward our destination. Still, we were hopeful. A weatherman is wrong 90% of the time, yet everyone still listens to him.

We practised for our programme the next day and ended the night with prayer flying ants whizzing around the dark room. But it’s all right. It’s all right.

Click here to read Chapter 4: A Mood For Food

Chapter 2: Meeting The Team

After the breaking news that we were going to Kalaymyo for a disaster relief trip, the team was assembled. There would be ten of us… Other than Gwen, MJ and myself, it would be the first mission trip for the rest. Look at our excited faces!

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(From left to right. Top: Dave, Ming Jian, Joram, Me, Marcus, Bottom: Gwen, Tick, Leon, Daniel, Brendan)

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All ready to fly off. 

First up, we had to ready all the logistics required for the trip. We would be sending rice and cooking oil to the villages – but those would be acquired when we’re there. As we heard we would see many children in the villages, we had to pack candy, and clothes for them. Also, we would prepare a programme for all of them! (:

We found a supplier for sweets, and got some huge Alibaba (China) bags to bring everything over. Apparently, rolling the clothes would save a lot of space, so we got down to rollin’ them all.

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They see me rollin’, they hatin’~

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Just keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’…

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Wait a minute, who does this belong to? (Haha, we didn’t bring it over, if you’re wondering)

In less than a week, we had strung everything together.

Equipment check. VISAs check. Flight check.

WE WERE FINALLY READY.

That Sunday morning, we gathered, ready to go…

Then…

Click here to read Chapter 3: The Series of Unfortunate Events

Chapter 1: The Mission Brief

“Hey Mong, would you be free to join a mission trip this month? It’s for disaster relief…”

My mind paused for a second after Megan asked me the question.

Wow yes, of course!

And that was that…I headed home that night, with a skip in my step. Excited and expectant for the trip to come, I made a mental checklist of things I’d need – boots, water repellent (that’s right), compass, and a trusty Swiss Army knife… And it probably wouldn’t harm to have a solar powered battery charger too. Okay Mong, don’t overdo it.

In two weeks, the rest of the team would be assembled. A week after that, the ten of us would be on the plane bounded for Myanmar…

Click here to read Chapter 2: Meeting The Team

On the Bench

I read this article about learning while sitting on the bench (in sports). It spoke to me.

There was once I couldn’t make it for a rehearsal and play the bass for that weekend. I was so worried I would miss out, but Pastor Lia told me reassuringly, “Don’t worry, you’ll always have a place to play on the team.” I won’t forget those words..

Even after so many years, I still get the opportunity and privilege to do so. In fact, for the past two weekends, I was given the chance to do so again…and I absolutely loved it! It’s all about the team. (: