Saturday night was our annual "Volunteer Appreciation Dinner" =) Minsang and Wonza worked hard to get a spit going with some nice portions of beef and lamb to satisfy everyone's stomachs. It was a good time hanging out and eating together ... it's been a good year ... filled with blessings and challenges, but above all else, lives were changed and God was glorified.
So a big "THANK YOU" to all our ministry team members who chose to invest their lives this past year in serving our King and in building His Kingdom. I appreciate you all and thank God for each and every one of you. Our ministry would not have been the same without you. And may God bless you BIG TIME for all you've done for Him. God will remember and God will reward =)
And we started a new series today: "It's Best to Invest", looking at the servants of the king who were called into account for the "minas" that were given to them. May each of us also be found faithful in the end when our service is put through the fire ... all for Him ... and only for Him may we live!
Our final committee leaders meeting for the year was held this afternoon. In looking back, it was great serving with people that are so dedicated to their respective ministries. Thanks guys! I couldn't have done it without you ... you guys have been awesome. I always thank God for you.
Then in the evening, we had our second-to-last missions meeting before we go. I can't believe our 15-week missions prep is nearly finished and our teams will be off to Thailand and Africa so soon. It's exciting because I know that each person's life will never the be the same because of their obedience in getting on mission with God. And I can't wait to see how God will change each member's life through these mission trips as well. God, may you open their eyes and give them your heart for these nations!
I hope to simply rest on my day of tomorrow (today) ... it's been a full (and wonderful) weekend. But in the evening, it looks like I'll be speaking on spiritual warfare for the Come Mission Team to Morocco ... please pray for strength and energy for that. And pray that God would prepare that team well and use them mightily for the 2 months that they are there. All of the members of this team are missions candidates and are preparing for a lifetime on the mission fields of West Africa. May God prepare you well ... to use you well.
Then on Tuesday, I'll be heading off to Melbourne for some speaking engagements for a couple of churches down there (from Wednesday to Saturday). Please pray for anointing and God's power to be upon me and for God to speak through me this week. I'll be in Melbourne till Saturday afternoon ... and then we have our Missions Night on Saturday evening ... and then it's Sunday again!! But I am looking forward to seeing some old friends in Melbourne (esp. our buddy EBae! We all miss you man!)
Whew! I'm tired just thinking about the week ahead! So please partner with me through prayer and let's serve Him together as servants and as shields ... always and forever ... in His presence. And may you never forget that "your prayer support is my life support." Really! =)
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