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Tech Museum, Leonardo da Vinci Exhibit

October 28, 2008 Leave a comment

My brother and I went to the The Tech today in San Jose because they had a special exhibit going on with all the inventions of da Vinci and also two paintings by him and his apprentice. It was quite amazing to see all his manuscript, writings, and inventions. I kept on walking around the 2 hr exhibit thinking what was God’s plan for da Vinci. It’s so rare to see someone of his talent in the present day – a scientist and artist. It inspires me to use all the gifts that God has given me. The ticket was quite worth the price. Both my brother and I were satisfied and ended the exhibit with BOBA! =) Quickly’s milk tea and green milk tea are amazing. +++

Here’s a video I compiled of the photos we took.

Categories: Personal Life

Kid’s EE On the Job Training 1

October 25, 2008 Leave a comment

We just had our first on the job training today with the adults at San Jose 2 Church. I was thoroughly impressed by the level of composure that the kids had. They knew what to say and when. See for yourself =) Praise Jesus for His blessings on His children.

Categories: Ministry

A Physician’s Passion

October 16, 2008 Leave a comment

I walked into the medical exam section of the clinic in southern Vietnam ready to be assigned to a doctor to assist and interpret.  A few minutes later, I was directed by the team leader to Dr. Joel Doughten.  I had never met him before, but when I walked up to him, he was stern, focused, and ready to work.  The first thing he asked me was, “Do you think you can handle this?”  I nervously replied, “I will try my best.”  From this serious first interaction, Dr. D became my life mentor.

Throughout the weeks in Vietnam and four years of ministry exchange, prayers, and observing Dr. D on the field, I learned and saw the passion of Christ alive through his life.  I observed his every action.  Daily throughout the two weeks, I never saw him take a break during lunch or eat lunch.  I was curious as to *why* he would work through the lunch breaks and continue to see patients and *how* he could withstand such conditions. We usually ran the clinic from 5am until 5pm.  Since I translated for him, I would not take the breaks either.

Gradually, I observed other things such as his generosity with time towards each patient.  He didn’t let the long line of 500 patients pressure him to spend less time with each patient.  He went through each medical exam thoroughly, spent his time explaining to the patients what was going on in their body, answered any of their questions, and made sure by re-asking if they had any other concerns.  The quality time he spent with the patients showed his genuine love and care for them and because he was American, the cross-cultural interaction was all the more touching.  Furthermore, Dr. D not only gave the patients quality medical care and attention, but throughout the four years, his sincere concern for their spiritual well-being never faded.  Year after year, he never lost his vigor and excitement for sharing the gospel, even in places where he could not speak the language, and did not have cultural roots. This is an image I can not forget.  I would usually serve as his interpreter and translate a common phrase that he wanted to tell the patients. They “did not need to worry because our Father in heaven is taking care of them.”  If a patient was willing to hear the gospel story, he would take the time to share it. In places where talking about religion was not allowed, he would show God through his actions.

Now coming back to why and how Dr. D would not take lunch breaks, I quickly realized and saw the Holy Spirit guiding his actions. The reason behind his actions was because he shares the same passion as Christ – an urgency to see the lost saved.  He would not miss an opportunity to be with a patient and care for them even if that meant working through lunch breaks. He was willing to offer his time, energy, and body as a living sacrifice to the Lord. And how did Dr. D do this?  It was by the strength of the Lord.  God taught me what Passion is and how it looks in the fields of Vietnam through an American doctor.

Brainstorming Passion

October 13, 2008 Leave a comment

I was asked by my pastor to write for the church newsletter a short article with the theme centered around passion. I’m still debating if it should be a metaphorical fictional story, philosophical thoughts, a real life testimony, or a non-fiction story. I’m still debating. It’s been a week since I’ve journaled. Hopefully writing this down will help me brainstorm. Right now, I’m somewhat leaning towards a fictional story because it seems more detached and easier to portray an idea; however, it’s still subject to change. Wow. I have so much thought and not time on my hands to think about. It’s due Thursday. It’s only supposed to be a half page long. Some topics could range from a person’s story during a mission encounter, a story of a kid and how I saw God working in him, an anonymous fictional story that portrays a passion for the Lord.

What’s Passion? I know it, I feel it, it’s somewhat hard to describe into words. To me it’s the expression of the most important thing to you and it’s a response to what you live for. Passion = purpose for living, action, pro-active response to something you love dearly and hold as most important and most meaningful. It’s something you can’t live without, it’s something you would do anything for. Now, how to write this…

Oh Lord I want You to be my only one true passion in life. May I sing to you, may I walk in your ways, may I use my hands to worship you, and may I use my feet to travel the world to glorify your name, may my body be a sanctuary for thee.

Oh Lord, my heart longs to be
A sanctuary fit for Thee
A place where peace reigns and love can flourish
A heart where You will feel at home

Oh Lord, I want to be like You
My tongue to speak the words You do
My hands to stretch forth in healing others
My feet to carry the Good News

That You are God, You’re the Way
You’re the Truth and You’re the Life
King of kings, Lord of lords,
Prince of Peace, Lord Jesus Christ
And by Your shed blood, the Great Redeemer
You saved my soul, You paid the price
You saved my soul, now have my life

– Author Unknown

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Doing What We Can

October 13, 2008 Leave a comment

With the fast pace of America, we often find ourselves having too much on our plate.  I often end up in this situation and it’s our call to reprioritize and take out what is more important so we can really focus.  I’ve found myself doing this as the school year started.  However, things that I have said no to are still on my heart.  Today after a discussion with a pastor, the words that stuck out to me on my mind were “doing what I can.”

Image: I’m just a little frog doing what I can for the Lord.  In the little time, or space, or energy, I contemplate ways to serve His kingdom, or I put in energy to what’s reasonable and helpful for the church family.

I guess this is coming out of a full week.  I prepared a lot for this session of EE and got lost getting to the Bart station.  Serving on worship team, and other responsibilities and tasks are piling on as midterms are coming.  I guess the stress is heavy on my mind and sometimes it’s helpful to remind myself that despite our busy lives, we are not to give up on serving the Lord, for we know if we seek Him first and His kingdom, all other things will be taken care of for us.  I pray for discernment that the things I’m doing is Kingdom work, is part of God’s will for my life, and I will do what I can.  I will help with the little things.  I will be faithful in driving my brother to practice and partake in practice.  I will think of ways that would benefit the Vietnamese church.  I will be a friend.  If this is part of God’s will, I will do what I can. =)

Foodie: chicken, bread, rice and bamboo yumm!

Categories: Personal Life

Whoosh!

October 6, 2008 Leave a comment

Time flies and it’s been almost a week since I’ve blogged. =) It has been an eventful week. I attended a friend’s housewarming party, and it was really good to see familiar faces again. Also, I’ve never cooked up so much boba before. Yumm! Work has been going okay and normal. Just trying to catch up on some of the election happenings. It seems like a big mess. In any case, I thank God I am not sick and doing well. Been having so idle time where I can’t figure out what to do with time, but hopefully that’ll change over time. Okay, I’m going get read for the gym! =)

Categories: Personal Life

Fullness

October 2, 2008 Leave a comment

These past couple of days I’ve been able to reconnect with some very special friends, hang out, catch up, and really enjoy the moment. =)  I thank God for them.  I haven’t had much time to reflect on life at the current moment, but I’m a member of 24 hr fitness now.  I’m pretty excited about it because it’s something to do in little Milp-town. =)  I went to yoga, and boy do I need to practice. haha! Til next time!

Categories: Personal Life