Mission Possible

My heart is full of joy when I was called to go on a short term mission trip last March. I never expected to be called after I tried to apply and waited for ten months. But God is indeed good and has perfect time for everything.

I met my team who will go to Jordan. We were all excited and a bit worried on how we can raised our funds. We need to pray hard really and asked for mission partners to support us financially. This has been a great challenged for me because I really don’t have that spark of faith to believe it can be possible. But who am I to limit God’s power? So I’ve listed possible names of people who I know and believe has the heart for mission and can support me. And indeed, I am just in awe of how God blessed their lives and heart! I was able to raised the amount needed!

I remember the day I really prayed hard and fasted because I only have 27 percent of the amount and in two days we should have completed the 50 percent of the amount. And just that day supports are really coming! I received messages telling me that they have sent their supports and to count it all it’s more than 50 percent! How is that possible for two days?! God is really the God who says He is. I have learned to fully trust Him that He will finish what He started.

(Jordan STM Team. Love these peps.)

In the middle of this I really trust God that He will give me the favor even at work since I am a public school teacher it will be harder to get out of the country. But I’m glad it worked because the scheduled date was our summer vacation. God is good indeed.

Waiting for our visas was really a work of prayer because we did not received any news yet whether it is approved or not. But we hoped and prayed that God is in control. The day came when we met together with the team and we knew then that our visas were refused. It breaks our heart; my heart actually! I believed and prayed for this but the reason why God allowed it to happen was oddly. I questioned God and when I was crying during my prayer time He comforted me and led me to this verse in Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things. And that no purpose of you can be thwarted.” He can do all things, maybe for the things that I expected Him to do but didn’t do it is heart breaking. But this time I trusted God’s sovereignty over all things.

So, what to do next if the expected events of life happens this way? The anticipation of serving him was closed? But “when God closes a door, He opens something new! You only need to believe!” When God puts a desire in you heart, and that desire is for His glory, I believe He won’t stop. So, in the midst of my discouragement, God opens an opportunity for me to serve in a 5 day Youth Camp. Wow! This was an answered prayer for me and I believe one way of God to comfort me. And I’m overwhelmed! During the camp I thought I will just be there to serve and give support. But during the days of the camp I ended up so full and blessed! How God uses the youth to remind me how God worked in my life even at a young age. How God can use this generation to change this nation for God’s glory to be seen. He met me! He let me experience His power again! It’s overwhelming!

God never stops there, he opens opportunity for another camp. This time at my local church. I am amazed that when God works he works equally. I believe the message about the power of revival during the first camp was the same message during the second camp I attended. There are also new youth who were baptized that time. God is so amazing! I can never limit the God I am serving. Romans 8:28 says that for those who love God, all things work together for good. And He indeed worked it all for good.

I may not be able to go to Jordan this time. But God opens many doors for me to go on a mission and serve the youth. I was given the opportunity to share my story and encourage and pray for them. I got to use my time to spend it with my relatives, my friends and my family here in the province whom I never spend longer days since I worked in the city. I am humbled and thankful to God and to all the people He used to let me feel that He is an awesome God!

We really never need to go out of the country to be on a mission because wherever God placed us, that is our mission field. And that is I believe Mission Possible!

(The youths during Praise and Worship. Full of passion and energy praising the King of Kings!)

(One of the team which I served as their counselor. Blessed with their lives.)

(The youths after their morning walk. Praying for their dreams and desires on top of the hill!)

(Youths praying for each other. Love this scene)

(One of their team building games. So fun to see them like these!­čśä)

(Five out of thirty youth declared their faith through Baptism. Praise God!)

(Missed the youths! Remembered the time I served in the Youth ministry and just blessed to encouraged them this time.)

(Got to spend my time with some of my cousins and pamangkins!)

(A wonderful time to meet old but treasured friends.)

(Blessed to spend longer days with my fam. This was the day of my brother’s grad)

P.S. Our Short Term Mission Team was rescheduled. I am praying for an opportunity if God allows me to still go to Jordan or to another country. Trusting God for this.

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Thanking God

new-years-fireworks

It’s almost the end of the year! 2016 had come to end and now we will bid goodbye and welcome the new year!

I know everybody is in different moods and feelings. Some are excited to welcome the year,others consider it as an ordinary day, maybe some are also disappointed with the things that are happening in their lives. So, is it possible to have a thankful heart as we welcome the year with all the hurtful feelings and maybe problems that arises? Or when we observe other people suffering? One of the books I read says, Thanking God is not only possible, but advisable.

We may not feel like thanking God in the midst of our suffering, and certainly we don’t want to thank God when disaster strikes someone. Thanking God when we hurt goes much deeper. Thanking God in our suffering means that we can thank Him for getting us through our suffering. But have we ever realized that through the years we have thoughened up. We can handle more pain, especially if it means helping to ease the pain of someone else.

As Winston Churchill once said in one of his shortest but powerful speech:

Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great and small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

This end of the year, we may not know why certain things happened to us, but we don’t give up. We can thank God for never, ever abandoning us. The new year will come and when things get so bad that we don’t think we can bear it any longer, there is someone we can count on to help ease our burden. His name is Jesus, the one who suffered for us more than we will ever know. He is the one who makes our life possible.

Matthew 11: 28-30

Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke fits perfectly, and the burden I give is light.

I believe God has made us to endure and overcome suffering. ┬áJesus promises to help carry our heavy load, that’s why this coming new year, we have many reasons to thank Him and hope in His name.

Happy New Year everyone! I pray that we will have a continuous attitude of thanksgiving no matter what.