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Written by Rachelle Poppema Monday, 19 July 2010 16:56
Hey there everybody!
After 61 concerts over 22 days in the super awesome city of Hong Kong, we are so glad that we are back home safely! We really appreciate all of the support and prayers we have received over the past five weeks.
Throughout our time in training and overseas, God has really opened our eyes to so many awesome things and has taught us numerous lessons. One of which, probably the biggest and most important, is how we as humans can't do anything by our own strength or knowledge. This experience brought us to the end of ourselves, and that is where we learned to fully depend on God's power to work through us. This was particularly evident in those times where we felt like we didn't have physical strength or health, and wanted to give up. However, it was during those times that we just had to trust in the Lord and know that He would provide. As it says in II Corinthians 12:9,
"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me."
His power was definitely made known through our many weaknesses. But it's not only in the difficult times that we need to rely on Him, but also when things are going well. We need to truly depend on Him in every situation and circumstance.
Another lesson we learned was how to be servants in everything we do. The Hong Kong YFC staff members were the perfect picture of what being servants should look like. They set aside their wants and desires on a daily basis because they really believed in living out the Great Commission. They got up earlier than we did, went out with us, and then at the end of the day they went back to the office and kept working without a single word of complaint. During those times when we wanted to complain about how tired, sick or crabby we were, or when we felt like we were entitled to a break, all we had to do was look at the positive attitude the YFC staff had. They knew and understood that this is what the Lord has called them to do, and they found joy in it. It was such a blessing to work with people who were so Kingdom-minded and ministry focused.
We hope and pray that we will be able to put the lessons we have learned into practice as we return to our "regular lives," whether that be at school, work, or church. We trust that the Lord will continue to be at work in us and through us, regardless of where we are, because our God here in North America is the same God as the one we saw at work in Hong Kong.
We've attached a bunch of pictures to give you a glimpse of our time in Hong Kong.
With much love,
Written by Paul Vasilko Thursday, 15 July 2010 23:52Team Hong Kong landed safely with all their gear! They are tired from lots of traveling, but thankful for God's provison!
Written by Eric Mok Saturday, 10 July 2010 10:14
Hello friends, family, and supporters!
The past week has flown by! It seems like just yesterday that we stepped off the bus in front of the YFC into a completely unfamiliar world. Now it's hard to believe that we only have five days left. Things have slowed down a bit around here, and today we got our first day off, which is being filled with lots of spontaneous worship sessions, naps, and maybe a little souvenir shopping.
We got to play at the Avenue of the Stars last night right on the harborfront (the place with the beautiful view of the Hong Kong skyline) in Tsim Sha Tsui, which was cool because they had been trying to get a team to play at that venue for a long time. We also went to a youth camp for a day and a night. We had a little downtime to participate in some of the camp's activities, such as swimming, ping pong, karaoke, and badminton. We had the chance to hang out with some of the kids there, and a few of them showed up at the harborfront last night and showed us around a bit after we were done playing.
We're all very excited to share stories about the things we have experienced and the ways God has worked in and through us. We've learned many lessons through the past few weeks, and we're super excited to listen to the Singapore and Taiwan teams' stories too!
Thank you, New America Singers, for all the work you put in while you were here. We really enjoyed working with your team, and we will be keeping you in our prayers as you continue your travels!
Thanks to those who have prayed for us over the last couple weeks. It's so encouraging to know that people all over the world are lifting us up in prayer every day. Keep praying for renewed energy, Christ-like attitudes, and patience for everyone on the team.
We love you all muchly!
Eric: Kinda sad that we only have 5 more days in HK... but excited to meet all the round 2 team members!! Thanks for all the support... please do continue to keep us in your prayers as we finish out our time here!
Rachelle: Only a few days left! I'm loving it here, but it'll be nice to see cornfields again. I hope everyone's doing well. Round two leaders, I'm praying for you and your teams as you start preparing! Mom and Dad, thanks for the letters and "surprises!" Kylie, your letter makes me smile. Chicken feet. Alien.
Hannah: Mom, Dad, and Lizzy - I get to see you in 1 week! Prepare yourselves for big hugs! Everyone at home, I hope you all are doing well! Clayton and Sarah, I can't wait to find out whether I'm going to have a niece or a nephew - Sarah I hope you're feeling well! Jesse, Christa, Battle people - I miss you and love you! Michigan family - I can't wait to see you! We've experienced so much here in Hong Kong it's unbelievable. I'm learning lots (and eating lots :D). The letters from home were such a huge blessing. Good is so good, he continues to be my strength, my source of energy and joy, and the light that guides me. Thanks for your prayers, I'm praying for you all. Love you!
Heather: God is good...
Roman: ...All the time.
Cameron: Can't believe we're almost done already! I've been having a great time. Love the team, the YFC staff, and all the people we've come into contact with. Continue to be praying for Hong Kong. All the time....
Alex: ...God is good. Hello friends and neighbors! We've been having a great time this past week. Another mission team (New America Singers) is here, and we've been having fun playing shows with them. Yesterday we went to a camp in New Territories, the drive up was amazing and the camp was pretty sweet as well. Hope everything is going well back home, only a week from today (Thursday the 9th) until we're back in the states! Love you and miss you all.
Keren: … All the time. Missing you all! I'm looking forward to coming home, eating M&K food, & seeing your faces. I pray for you guys almost every day. There are tons of stories, but I'm unmotivated to write them out since I will see you in just a few days. You all rock! Love, Keren
Virgilia: Hi everyone, I am doing fine in Hong Kong and praise God for his mercy and love. We've seen many great things happened in the places we visited~Please continue to pray for our team and I'm looking forward to seeing you in T.O.~ Also remember to take a good care of yourselves too!! Love you!! ^__^
Sarah: Hey friends and Family! I love you all and I'm really excited to see you soon! :) This trip has been tough but the Lord has been taking good care of us. I am so glad God has called me here. This experience is amazing and I am truly blessed. Thank you so much for all your encouragement letters/care packs they really meant a lot to me. Thanks also for all the financial and moral support for this trip and the prayers. I love you and miss you but I will see you soon. Love Sarah :)
Bayer: Hey everyone! Everything is going really well. God is teaching me alot of new things. I can't wait to see what He has in store for our team during our last week in Hong Kong. Please keep us in your prayers so we can finish strong. See you soon!!
Abby: Welp I'm still singing ;) God is constantly teaching me that he is fully able to provide for all my needs and I'm so thankful for that. Thank you for the cards and letters-they made my day! Can't wait to come home and hang out with you guys! Love and miss you all!
Written by CTI Music Ministries Tuesday, 06 July 2010 13:21
Hey everyone! The members of Team Hong Kong have sent these shout-outs to their friends, family and supporters:
Learning what it means to deny myself, take up my cross and follow Him. Be home soon.
Life is good, God is good. Yay.
Hey! Hope everyone's doing well... I'm having an awesome time here in HK! Been enjoying some delicious food... riding the MTR... and walking everywhere! I'm definitely making up for sitting in a van for two years... hahaha. Thanks for all your support!! Do continue to keep us in your prayers so that we may finish strong!
Dear all, I'm having an awesome time in HK with my CTI Team! Just want to let you know that I'm here safely, so you won't have to worry about me too much. Our schedule here is very busy, so I probably won't have any chance to get in touch with you either by phone or e-mail. But the good news is that you can always find updates on the blog. I miss you all very much and I've got so many great things to share with you when I get back. Don't forget God is good to us all the time. Love you all!
Hey everyone! I'm still alive and well here in HK. Things are super busy, but in the most crazy awesome way possible! Mom and Dad, I hope you are doing well (Ruger and Benelli too). Dear Kylie; Sarah and I have been reindeer-ing, chicken feet-ing, and alien-ing in your remembrance, but it just isn't the same without you. Lesley: I have listened to Halfway Gone a few times just so I don't get rusty on our choreography. Jon Lee: There is so much Stitch here. You would love it. I love you all muchly, and I can't wait to hear about what has happened in your lives the past few weeks!
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