First Day Back

January 5, 2009 Leave a comment

It feels good to be back. Questions, answered. Things, cleared. I can’t wait for ping pong ministry and for when my parents and brother come up in two weeks! =) I miss them already! Starting daily devotions from Oswald Chambers. Pray to stay committed.

Categories: Personal Life

Mom’s Birthday Today

December 20, 2008 Leave a comment

It’s my mom’s birthday! =D I’m glad God brought her into this world so that my brother and I can be here in this wonderful family!

But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us.

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. –2 Corinthians 4:7, 16-18

Categories: Personal Life

Friendships

December 9, 2008 Leave a comment

My Kid’s EE class and I visited the Mission de la Casa Nursing home. It was a true blessing to see the Holy Spirit working in the kids, adults, and elderly that day. Some people heard the gospel for the first time and accepted Christ! =D

I also revisited San Jose 2 church. The sermon was about Luke 1:39-45, the friendship between Mary and Elizabeth. Pastor Hung said true spiritual friendships should have these components:

1. Both people fear God
2. Intentional Community: Mary hurried to Judea, a far journey, to meet Elizabeth after the angel spoke to her.
3. Filled with the Holy Spirit: when we come together, the spirit is clearly there.
4. Satisfies the Deepest Needs

I pray for these types of friendships, and I pray this Christmas season to bless others in this way.

Foodie: canh he dau hu, thit kho hot vit

Explosion, bursting, head
Slowly, quietly, seeping through
Any peace, solace, escape
I seek.

Help me Oh Lord.
I need you.
I am nothing. Without You.
Love me.

Categories: Bible, Personal Life

College Prep Seminar

November 7, 2008 Leave a comment

Wow. College seems so far away and yet it’s only been a few months since graduation. I’m giving a seminar today for high school and middle school students and parents in San Jose about college applications. I don’t know all the updated numbers and statistics on acceptance but may God see that even college, something that may seem like an intelligent numbers game, is all part of God’s work and plan. Praise be to Him!

For more info, visit:
http://sj2.org/college-preparation-seminar/

Categories: Ministry

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.