Kenny Ho

KENNY HO

 

CTI 14:21
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Birthday: November 25

Hometown: Markham, ON

Favorite Bible Passage: Philippians 4:6-7

Influential Music: Tori Kelly

Favorite Movie: Pokemon

Favorite Book: Facebook

Hobbies: Bowling, computer games, video games, board games, you kind of get the idea…

 

Kenny used to work as a full-time auditor and says that unfortunately, that is the most interesting fact about him. He also enjoys sleeping.

Kenny’s Blog Posts

10 things you need to get ready for winter tour

(speaking from experience here)

One:  Make sure you set a reminder to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time to fix all of your jetlag from winter break. Or at least try to..

Two: PLASTIC water bottles. Make sure you stay hydrated during flu season.

Three: Two pairs of pajama pants. One for wearing to sleep, and the other for wearing under your pants to keep you warm.

Four: Sunglasses. It gets really bright outside when the snow keeps reflecting the sunlight into your eyes.

Five: Thick gloves, thick socks, anything else that’s thick to cover your extremities. Frostbite is a real thing.

Six: Someone tall. You need someone like that to be able to scrape the snow off the top of the van and the trailer.

Seven: Passport. You need that to cross the border into Canada. And to cross the border back into the United States.

Eight: Canadian money. At least, if you want to take back home some maple syrup as a souvenir.

Nine: Some reasonable way of keeping time. I keep forgetting to change my watch whenever we change time zones. I keep thinking I’m waking up at 7am when I’m really waking up at 5am..

Ten: Yeah I only have nine things I can think of right now. Guess the tenth thing I need is sleep..

Driven to Humility: Chapter 2

Hey everyone!

If you’re wondering why this title says Chapter 2, it’s because I stole the title from Matt. So you should totally go check out his post as well!

Anyways, my aunt had recently visited our team in Asheville, NC and gave each of us a book to read, called Humilitas by John Dickson. What probably stuck out to me the most is probably the last page of the book, where the author quoted C.S. Lewis below (it’s a rather long quote, but I believe it’s good stuff):

Do not imagine that if you meet a really humble man he will be what most people call “humble” nowadays: he will not be a sort of greasy, smarmy person, who is always telling you that, of course, he is nobody. Probably all you will think about him is that he seemed a cheerful, intelligent chap who took a real interest in what you said to him. If you do dislike him it will be because you feel a little envious of anyone who seems to enjoy life so easily. He will not be thinking about humility; he will not be thinking about himself at all.

Being a naturally prideful person, I’ve always had trouble learning what it meant to be humble. There are times when I thought being humble just meant staying passive. There are times when I thought being humble meant that I needed to act more modest around people. There are times when I thought being humble meant that it was okay to let people push you around sometimes.

But you see, none of that addresses the true definition of humility. Humility is an issue of the heart. When C.S. Lewis talks about humility, he is not referring to someone that doesn’t think less of himself – he is referring to someone that thinks of himself less. Every time that I think I need to act humble, I’m really not being humble at all. It’s not simply an outward action – it’s an inward response to the free gift of salvation that God has offered you through the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ. When we start thinking more and more about Jesus, we start thinking less and less of ourselves.

I’ll end off with another quote in the book:

If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realize that one is proud. And a biggish step, too. At least nothing whatever can be done before it. If you think you are not conceited, it means that you are very conceited indeed.

Maybe I’ve been getting it wrong. Maybe it’s not about trying to find ways to act humble. Maybe the first step to becoming more humble is about realizing that I am not humble. Then, instead of just acting more humble, I can actually start being more humble.

Coastin

It’s interesting whenever you have some time to sit back and reflect on the things that you have recently done or accomplished. It only seems like yesterday that I met the rest of my team for the first time back in Willmar, Minnesota. Yet here we are, already a quarter of the way through our one-year commitment to this ministry.

With that, I present you all with a challenge. What impact have you made in this world during these last couple of months? What impact have you made on your peers, friends, and family? Or maybe you have just been coasting through life, waking up at the same time every morning, taking the same train to work, and typing away at the same computer.

Time slips by extremely quickly. Years seem to pass us by in the blink of an eye. There will be things that we wished we could have done that we can’t do anymore. There will be people that we wished we could have talked to that we can’t talk to anymore.

If we truly believe that the gospel is the most important thing in our lives, then every single day is an opportunity to live and act out the gospel among our peers, friends, and family.

Live wisely among those who are not believers, and make the most of every opportunity.

Colossians 4:5 (NLT)

Let’s all be challenged together by this verse – to make the most out of every opportunity to share the gospel with those who don’t know Christ.

Finding Your Purpose

What is my purpose? Am I in the place where I’m supposed to be? I think these are questions that many of us ask ourselves from time to time. I find myself asking that a lot whenever I enter a new environment. Here’s the quick and easy Bible answer for those who believe in their hearts and declare with their mouths that Jesus is Lord:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

The problem is, the word “go” includes places far and near – which means that a lot of times, the Scripture does not specifically tell me where I’m supposed to be.

I was casually trying to clear all of my phone notifications yesterday when I got to LinkedIn. As I opened the app, I received various requests and notifications from recruiters asking about future job opportunities and whether I would be available for quick chats and coffee. Upon reading those, thoughts of my previous world flooded back to me – my old job, my old home, my old lifestyle. And I remembered the questions that my peers had asked me before I joined CTI this year: “Why can’t you just serve your church back at home and keep your job? What makes CTI more important than your home church?”

Of course, we all can see that may potentially be a loaded question. But there’s a lot of value behind that question. Serving a full year on CTI is not more important than serving at my home church. I’ve been getting Whatsapp messages from my home church’s worship committee and that they’ve been getting a little disorganized since I left (of course, I’m not saying this to show how important I am or that it’s because of me that it’s like this, but to show there is value in staying at home). Serving a full year on CTI may not even be more important than my job. The gospel has to be shared everywhere and to everyone – and that includes those in the workforce.

And so how am I to know whether I’m supposed to be here or not? Will I ever find out?

You see, asking that question may be the wrong question to ask sometimes. Clearly, there’s value in both. If we truly have Christ in us and the Holy Spirit to convict us of our sins, whether it was the right decision or not for me to quit my job and come to CTI doesn’t matter. I’ll probably never know whether I was explicitly called by God to join this team. I’ll probably never know whether I was “supposed” to join this team. And frankly, it doesn’t matter. Because what does matter is this:

“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)

The great thing is, the word “go” includes places far and near – which means that it doesn’t matter where you are. You are called to spread the gospel to those who need to hear it. And that includes everyone.