Hong Kong 2017

Hong Kong 2017

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Team Members:

Nick Black

Maddie DeVaughn

Elvis Yang

Dylan Mark

Victoria Lai

Calum Cheung

Nathan Goh

Derek Duitscher

De’Ja McKnabb

Victoria Liang

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Servants First, Musicians Second

Hey y’all! Greetings from Yau Ma Tei!

We can’t believe our time here is coming to an end soon. We’ll be home in North America shortly!

Our sort of motto for our summer program is “servants first, musicians second” or honestly, everything else second.

If you’ve been to YFCHK with us, you know that the YFC is run by three main staff members and a number of incredibly faithful volunteers, who do more for us than we could ever deserve, to be truthful.

Lots of these volunteers are seniors, though, so there’s a need for man power. So imagine how awesome the timing was when the YFC got a donation of two truck loads of fabric donated while 10 people in their early 20’s were volunteering.

For some of us it was challenging, for some of us it was really fun. All the same, it made us see that serving definitely extends to physical labor, but more than that being a servant first extends to our attitudes and every fiber of our being.

“If I speak in the tongues of mortals and angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away all my possessions, and if I hand over my body so that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.”
– 1 Corinthians 13:1-3

We could move all the fabric in the world, play every song perfectly and without love it would be nothing. But praise God that He does not leave us with nothing, but he gave Himself, who is perfect love to us!

As we end our time here in Hong Kong, join us in praying that we could have the same mind and love of Jesus Christ. In physical labor, in music, in one on one interactions–in all things.

See you soon!

Team Hong Kong

Team Hong Kong will be returning to Willmar late tonight and will be presenting their final concert tomorrow, August 15th, streamed live at ctimusic.org/live! Join us for their Q&A Panel at 4pm CST and their Final Concert at 7pm CST.

This event will be held in Willmar at Living Hope Church, 1305 19th Ave SW, Willmar, MN 56201.

Street Ministry and Seniors Ministry

Hey everyone! Here’s a quick update on how our time in Hong Kong has been going! A “normal” day for us usually involves 3-5 performances for YFC events and performances in public venues such as the Star Ferry Pier or on the busy Ladies Street.

 

A big part of the Hong Kong YFC’s ministry is to senior citizens. Aside from playing music and sharing the Gospel and testimony with them, we have had opportunities to pray with them, teach them simple songs in English, share bible stories, serve them food and enjoy meals with them. With the help of YFC staff translating, we have gotten to share individually and build relationships with many of the seniors at the YFC events. Our street performances have also provided many opportunities for our team to speak to individuals one on one about the Gospel. We have had so many opportunities to boldly declare the Gospel to the people of Hong Kong! Praise God that we get to be a part of his work here!

 

 

We are all in good health and are relishing the opportunities we have been given. We are so grateful for your prayers and support! Continue to pray for strength and energy for the fast paced days and for continued passion and joy in the message of the Gospel. Many thanks!

In Christ,

-Nick, Maddie and CTI Hong Kong

Prayer Requests for Team Hong Kong

Hey all! Maddie and Nick called this morning to give us an update on their past few days of ministry in Hong Kong.

 

Here are some highlights!

 

  • The team has been very busy playing multiple events for seniors at the YFC. They’ve had lots of opportunities for conversation with the seniors at these events, but the language barrier has been difficult at times.
  • They’ve been mainly focused on performing at the YFC building and YFC events, as well as playing on streets and in public venues. All of their time has been focused on ministering in these two types of venues. On this particular tour, the team has not yet played in a school or in a Filipino church (which has been more of the ‘norm’ on other tours).
  • The team is playing their whole repertoire of songs–in English, Cantonese, and Mandarin–every day.
  • They’re also taking on more leadership with YFC’s “Gospel meetings”.
  • Overall, the team has responded with great willingness to do whatever is asked of them by the YFC. Though they are physically tired, their excitement continues for the opportunities they have to share the Gospel.

 

If you’re able, please take a minute to pause and pray for Team Hong Kong. Here are some specific ways you can pray for them:

  • Pray for endurance for each team member as they seek to embrace every moment that they have left in Hong Kong.
  • Pray for a continued willingness and desire to serve the YFC and the people God is placing in front of them.
  • Pray for the leadership of YFC Hong Kong as they continue to share the message of the Gospel with the people of Hong Kong day in and day out.
  • Pray for opportunities for the team members to communicate with audience members as they face a variety of barriers: language barriers, tiredness, cultural barriers, etc.
  • Pray for the continued health and unity of the team and team leaders.

 

Thank you for partnering with this team as they seek to make Christ known in Hong Kong. Here are some pictures for you to enjoy from their past few days of tour!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shoutouts All Around!

Great to finally connect with the world and tell you how I’m doing! I have learned a ton already and am definitely growing in my faith daily. Love; specifically God’s love is being spread to people all over Hong Kong. Thank you all for supporting me; I cannot wait to tell everyone about my adventures when I get back!

I miss you all!

Love,

Nathan

 

 

 

Hello from Hong Kong.  We have had an interesting time here.  I have come to appreciate female to female adapters and spare guitar strings in terms of making things work ‘well enough’.  There have been few problems that couldn’t be solved by liberal use of adapters and electrical tape.  Still don’t know why we packed two marbles and a golf tee; my rat scale minigolf course didn’t get past Maddie.  Hope all is well in the states!

Derek (if you can’t tell… he’s the sound tech)

 

 

 

The days have been going by so fast and trying to grasp onto every opportunity has been quite a feat! Anyways, wanna give a HUGE thanks to everyone back at home supporting me through prayer. The Lord has been faithful to showing his greatness and to letting the truth of the gospel penetrate each and everyone of our team member’s hearts. Not looking forward to the goodbyes but I can’t wait to come back and share my experiences with you guys!

See you all in a couple weeks,

Calum

 

 

 

Hong Kong is awesome! So thankful for everyone who has supported me; you’ve helped bring me the experience of a lifetime. So far we’ve held roughly 30 concerts all over Hong Kong, with locales ranging from community centres to shopping malls to waterfront piers. We’re spreading the gospel everywhere we can! Special shoutout to my family; thanks for putting up with me and supporting me. Special shoutout to Cass; love ya lots.

See you all soon!

Dylan

 

 

 

Hi everyone back home and all my supporters. Hong Kong is definitely different than the United States, especially Willmar, Minnesota where we trained for two weeks. The heat and humidity is a lot more than I expected and I’ve been sweating just by standing outside. But it’s all fun and nice to experience all these things with the group and to go through these adventures together. We’ve gotten to play for a group of seniors and others almost everyday, as well as at a street and a pier, preaching the gospel through spoken messages in between songs. My teammates are nice and fun and we are continuing to grow with each other. Thanks for your support and I hope to come back with more good news.

Sincerely,

Elvis

 

 

 

Hi everybody! It has been such an honor to serve alongside HK YFC! We’ve had so many opportunities to share the Gospel and the YFC staff and volunteers are like family to us. Hong Kong culture is fast paced, and the Gospel message is urgent! Love and miss you family and friends! Can’t wait to tell you all about it!

Team Leaders– Nick and Maddie

 

 

 

Hey friends! It’s half way through our time in Hong Kong! God has been incredibly faithful and have placed a deeper love in my heart for the people here! God is truly moving and changing hearts and it is so incredibly humbling to be called to serve the people of Hong Kong!

Victoria (Charlie) Lai

 

 

 

Hey everyone, its been an amazing experience so far being able to perform music and share the gospel to people all in different parts of Hong Kong and encouraging others. Although its been hard at times, it has been teaching me a lot about humility and servanthood.

Victoria Liang

 

 

 

Hi Lovelies, so we are halfway through with our trip and it has been truly amazing. It’s a lot of hard work and I couldn’t be happier. Even though I miss my friends and family very much, God has been taking care of me and I am growing so much. I’m super blessed to have such great teammates and team leaders. Mommy, daddy, Lamar and Vanessa, Tray, Caleb and Toni I love and miss y’all so much! <3

De’ja

 

 

Faithful with the Message

Hey all!

We spoke with Nick and Maddie over the weekend, and things are going well with the team!

They have done lots of outreach events this past week, and everyone is feeling healthy and embracing the opportunity they’ve been given to serve alongside David Chiu, the director of Youth For Christ Hong Kong, and his staff.

Pray for the team as they continue to be faithful with the Gospel message. It’s not uncommon for them to encounter opposition to their message when they are performing in public places. Pray for sensitivity to their context, and a desire to love and serve those they are sharing the Gospel with!

-Media Team