Rollercoaster Realizations

My son turned 1 recently. His birthday party felt like a celebration of his life and our survival as parents. As I look back on this past year, it has been the most exciting and terrifying rollercoaster ride. Never before have I felt so turned upside down and inside out so much in such a short span of time. I have come to know and un-know myself as a person in so many aspects, but here are a few:

  • Sense of strength
    • Motherhood has helped me see how strong and simultaneously weak I am. I have been able to endure so much and discovered this herculean strength when it comes to protecting my child. I will jump in front of a car for my child and often think about how I can shield my son from danger in seemingly precarious situations. At the same time, I see how little strength I have to get through the day. There are many times where I will lie down in Judah’s room and just have him crawl around/over me because that’s about all I can do. This is a true story of many more days I’d like to admit.
  • Sense of purpose
    • Becoming a mother has given mutual clarity and confusion to my calling. I’m constantly thinking about how to be a good and godly mother to my child. It’s a calling and privilege. At a time when my child’s demands are pretty high, it’s difficult to discern how to be faithful in all of the areas of my life. What does it look like to be a faithful church planter, wife, child of God, and mother at the same time? When people ask me what I do, I am at a loss of words to adequately explain what I do – because there’s no job title that fully encapsulates my life and purpose
  • Sense of love
    • My heart has grown so much since having my son. I didn’t know I could love someone so much. When he smiles, I melt and am so utterly thankful to have this privilege of being a mother. At the same time, I feel the limits of my love when the day goes awry and my son suddenly decides to stop eating/sleeping and bursts out in tears in a crowded mrt and we’re still 6 stops away from our destination. When I’m already exhausted and my son refuses to eat/sleep/etc, I feel betrayed by/inept/frustrated at my situation and ashamed that I have so quickly forgotten that mother’s love.

I used to think that I had to be consistently “insert adjective” in all areas of my life. In the course of one day, I can be confronted with a situation that will reveal that I am much stronger than I realized, and then immediately run into a situation where I realize how utterly weak I am. Both are true, and I need to be ok with that.

With all that said, the most consistent lesson I’ve learned is how much more I need God in my life. The more deeply I understand the complexities of myself and my sin, the more I see the blaring need for the only love that is capable of covering those sins, redeeming my weaknesses, and expanding my heart.

I read many articles that tell me that I’m perfect the way that I am and I’m doing great. And while they’re often refreshing words to read in an otherwise defeated moment, they’re simply not enough and sometimes not true. I am not enough, but God is. I am sometimes doing the best I can as a daughter/mom/friend/etc, but sometimes, I can truthfully do better. Sometimes I really need a hug and someone to say “you’re doing great”. Other times, I need a tough but loving reminder that I’ve got to keep pushing forward and not become complacent where I am (a hug would help at this moment too).

As I was reading the Bible today, I came across this passage:

“You’re going to find that there will be times when people will have no stomach for solid teaching, but will fill up on spiritual junk food—catchy opinions that tickle their fancy. They’ll turn their backs on truth and chase mirages. But you —keep your eye on what you’re doing; accept the hard times along with the good; keep the Message alive; do a thorough job as God’s servant.” 

2 Timothy 4:3-5 MSG

I was challenged by Paul’s reminder to Timothy to stay focused in living for God and not get caught up in the day’s platitudes. When I’m feeling down and insecure, wondering if I’m strong enough, loving enough, purposeful enough, there is a strong temptation is to seek validation from anyone/anything. But as I go deeper into parenthood, building the church, and life in general, I see that I need God’s truth more than a catchy saying in cursive overlaying a scenic background.

Please pray for my family and me: through every up and down, may we may be rooted in God’s truth and keep His message alive through the way we live.

 

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Show me a sign

We recently made a trip back to the US after 2 years of living in Singapore. It was a refreshing time to see family, friends, and churches that are near and dear to our hearts. During our time in New York, Joe’s sisters took us to see One World Trade Center.

After an epic elevator ride to the top of the building, they show a “teaser” video across the entire wall of the building, sharing the history of NYC. And with great pomp and circumstance, the video ends and the screens suddenly lift to show an amazing view of the NY skyline.

…except it was a cloudy day. When the screens lifted, all we saw was white.

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Sprawled across the ground floor were warning signs: “ZERO VISIBILITY TODAY”. So, we all knew what we were getting ourselves into. When the screens lifted and the crowd saw cloudy white, we all gave applause for the “theoretical” view: we knew what we were supposed to see, so we were cheering for the idea of it all.

Confession: I’m not a fan of the “show me a sign, Lord” prayers, but I did lift one up. Before our ascent to the top of the building, I prayed, “God, please part the clouds as an encouragement for our return back to Singapore”.

I’ll admit, in my optimism, I was hoping that when the walls lifted, we’d see a spectacular view and sign of God’s listening ear. So when I saw clouds, I clapped with half-hearted appreciation and a twinge of disappointment. Our group then made our way to the main floor which shows a 360 view of the entire city. For the first 10 minutes, we made a valiant attempt to see something. The guys in our group pressed their faces to the window to try to see cars passing. After a while, I think we (or maybe just me?) were resigned to the fact that we weren’t going to see anything. So we sat there and just spent time with one another, enjoying our time together and with Judah. The best view for me was seeing everyone together, playing with our son, and cherishing him.

Then after a LONG time, the clouds began to part. Not in any dramatic sort of way, just in a “hey! we can see a sliver of the skyline!” kind of way. The entire floor rushed to the same area to see a glimpse of the tip of a building. A while later, the sky parted  and revealed a larger block of skyline. And a while after that, we started to see more of the city.

It was not dramatic nor immediate, but it was amazing. The clouds slowly, yet steadily parted. And every single person appreciated every growing inch of visibility.

And that was exactly the “sign” I needed.  That God works and opens the skies the way He wants, at the rate He wants. That God will build our church – prayer by prayer, story by story, person by person – the way He wants, at the rate He wants.

It’s been a few months that we’ve been back in Singapore, and I can confidently say that clouds have been breaking. And I appreciate the view I see infinitely more than the “immediate and dramatic” change that I had asked to see when we first moved to Singapore.

To those who have been praying for our country, for our church, steadily and faithfully, thank you. The sky is parting. Wait a bit longer and enjoy more of the view.

New Year’s #2 in Singapore!

Happy New Year everyone!  It’s our 2nd New Year’s in Singapore as a family and admittedly, we rang in the new year sleeping as most parents of newborns would do (right?).

Joe’s family came to town for Christmas and we all had a great time. Speaking as someone who’s grown up in a typical nuclear family (4 members, 2 kids, 1 son, 1 daughter), it was really fun celebrating with a large clan. I loved spending more quality time with my new relatives, connecting on a deeper level, and seeing everyone welcome Judah to the family with SO.MUCH.LOVE. By the time everyone left, I suddenly became really homesick (or is it family-sick?) because it was so great connecting and being altogether.

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With the start of the new year, this is exactly the kind of family and community we want our church to be for one another. It’s been beautiful to see God add to our number with children, and we have more on the way! As the face of our community changes (with jobs, marriage, children), we want the intimacy and devotion of our community to keep going deeper.

In university, I remember our pastor would often warn us that as people age, their devotion to God gets tested more, and it’s common to see people take a break from their faith or completely walk away from it.

As our church grows, we want to go against the grain and experience a greater transformation and exhibit a deeper devotion that will challenge the status quo. At our recent congregational retreat, we were challenged to be victorious in this and to commit to growing in this area.

Please pray with us as we begin the new year! Here are some prayer requests:

  1. Our church community: to grow a deeper devotion to God and a greater commitment to one another
  2. Our campus ministry: to make solid contacts with local and international undergraduate students who are open to discipleship, in order to lay down a foundation for a campus ministry.
  3. The Yun family: for a deeper foundation in our marriage and for God’s provisions/anointing as we raise Judah
  4. Our leadership summit this Friday: for God to refuel us with His strength and vision for the rest of this ministry year

Also, with the start of the new year, we’d like to invite you to commit to continue supporting us in prayer and giving!  We are still trying to reach our support raising goals and would love your help.

Click here to give!

 

 

One week in October…

On this week in October…

32 years ago,  my beautiful wife, Diana, was born. I am tremendously blessed by her persevering spirit, her newfound joyous affection as a mother, truthfulness, and courageous heart. It’s my privilege that she said yes to me. How brave. I don’t deserve her.

fullsizerender-2(we spent Diana’s birthday at the hospital while waiting for Judah’s jaundice treatment – he’s doing OK!)

3 years ago, my beloved mother went to be with our Lord. I think about her a lot. I appreciate her more and more as time goes by – and it’s hard not to feel sorry sometimes that I didn’t appreciate my own mother fully when we were together. She pointed me to God. She was great. I miss her. So much.

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1 week ago, we welcomed our precious son, Judah. That’s really the only way I can describe my son, “precious”. I can just look at him for hours and be filled with joy – and he doesn’t have to do a thing. Imagine! How much deeper God’s grace is…

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Every October, this particular week is important for our family. This week is a celebration of fragile, precious life. It’s both heart-wrenching and heartwarming reminders of the blessings and burdens God grants us. It is also a time where I learn that worshiping God is possible in any season and every circumstance. I can praise God in the storm, I can praise God in the calm, I can praise God in my sadness, I can praise God in my joy.

This past week, I am reminded of all this by how God lavishes His grace to us through Christ:

“In Christ, He chose us before the world was made. He chose us in love to be His holy people – people who could stand before Him without any fault. And before the world was made, God decided to make us His own children through Jesus Christ. This was what God wanted, and it pleased Him to do it. And this brings praise to God because of His wonderful grace. God gave that grace freely. He gave us that grace in Christ, the one He loves.” (Ephesians 1:4-6, ERV)

 

 

Prayer Requests:
Deeper capacity for love – Please pray that Diana and I would grow in the knowledge of God’s love as parents, grow in our capacity to love and serve our family, and become a blessing to many others as we keep the focus on Jesus.

Anticipation – Please pray for our church. We are full of anticipation. Whether it’s a new season with new happenings, or striving to hope in God as we wait for breakthroughs and persevere in faithfulness. We’re looking forward to a year-end retreat in 5 weeks time. Please help intercede for us that we would encounter God together.

Provisions – Please pray that Diana and I would trust God would provide for our every need as a family as we continue raising funds. We have been tremendously blessed by our family, friends, and church’s generous support through the years. We are trusting God that He’ll continue providing through our partners in this season.

 

 

 

“Stand Together”

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Yesterday, our family of HMCC churches started a prayer campaign called, “Stand Together”.

Now, for us, this is both abnormal and normal at the same time.

It’s abnormal for us as the HMCC churches, because our normal pattern for the past several years has been a fairly regular one where we’ve organized a concerted time of prayer and fasting sometime in January across our churches. So, this prayer campaign is abnormally scheduled in our calendar year.

But prayer is also normal, because the way we actively build on our faith in Jesus Christ as Lord is through prayer. We can say that the main activity of the church is to worship God, or to make disciples, or teach and live by God’s Word. And that’s all true. But all of these are expressed by the church only when we are empowered by God Himself, as the church prays in utter dependence and hope in God.

Continually praying together is and should be normal for the church.

Several weeks ago, as the other HMCC pastors and I were meeting (over video-chat), Diana and I were sharing some of our church and family needs. At some point, one of our pastors asked me if I could name just one thing that would be a “game-changer” for our church in Singapore.

I realized in that moment that the things I wanted to request were mostly to do with some kind of quick, external change of circumstance. Now, I still believe and am willing to actively work for a change in circumstance, if possible. But underlying any external change, I realized that what I needed, what my family needs, what our church needs, is to be emboldened in our faith through prayer.

We need an overcoming faith that trust in God despite uncertain circumstances and our inconsistent heart-conditions.

At times, claiming “thoughts and prayers” may seem like an easy cop-out… good intentions without real action, and therefore, little consequence. But as I study God’s Word, have listened to testimonies, and have witnessed hundreds of real testimonies of lives transformed, I believe humble, faithful prayers always enable and empower action. It is God moving and inspiring the church leaders to assemble our congregations to pray. It was always God who moved and inspired His people to humble themselves and pray in the face of great odds, urgently and persistently calling out the name of the LORD.

As our churches “stand together” in prayer this season, I invite you to join us. As we pray, God does and is faithful to move His church to obedience. We will rise again. We will overcome, just as Christ overcame the grave!

 

Join us! Here’s how you can pray with us:

  1. Victorious Faith – Pray for an overcoming faith and a solid inner resolve for HMCC of Singapore. We want to grow into the calling God has for us through maturing in our faith! Pray with us for the next 2 weeks during our “Stand Together” prayer campaign!
  2. Navigating Transitions – Our family and our church are undergoing major personal transitions this season. Please pray for wisdom and patience as we navigate through expanding families, new jobs, moving, and sharing the Gospel to colleagues and new college students.
  3. Financial Provision – Diana and I are trusting God will provide the financial resources our family needs as we are expecting and planning on raising our first child. Please prayerfully consider partnering with us through prayers and your giving. You can check out more information here on our support page!

 

 

 

She said, “Yes!”

The month of September is a special one for (more recent) personal reasons.

Here are two of them:

10th September 2014 – Singapore’s Ministry of Manpower said, “Yes” to me by approving my work visa so I could move and live in Singapore.

13th September 2014 – Miss Diana Jhin said, “Yes” to me when I asked her to marry me so we can live the rest of our lives together.

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I’m blessed by both “Yes’s”

This past week, my working visa was approved a second time! That means my family and I can stay in Singapore for 3 more years!

As far as Diana and I know, we’re called to make Singapore our home for a long time – we plan on raising our kids here and we’re in it for the long haul. We’ve had the mindset of buying “one-way tickets” from the US.

Even though we’ve made that commitment, that’s not entirely up to us on the practical end. We were sent out by our local church in the US, we were received by our church community here in Singapore, and we can stay because the government allows us to. In all of this, we are believing by faith that God is sovereign and has called us to be here for His purposes.

Someone recently asked me how “I knew” that Diana was “the one”.  This, too, wasn’t totally up to me. I honestly had no idea how Diana would respond when I first approached her to be in a relationship (looking back, it was kind of a proposal to be honest…). I was genuinely surprised when Diana said her first, “Yes”.

The way I see it, before I chose Diana, she chose me. Before we chose to come to Singapore, God chose us to follow Him.

Saying “Yes” every day

At the beginning of this year, Diana and I came up with a theme to commit ourselves to. For us, it was simply “Faithfulness”.

I’ve been learning that daily faithfulness is driven by hope – hope in Christ – that he’s not through with us yet. If there’s nothing to look forward to, there’s little reason for daily diligence. And this hope in God is fueled by gratitude. Once I lose sight of God being my Sovereign Lord, Provider and Guide – I start forgetting immediately, get hard-hearted, then get worn out. And this gratitude? Gratitude is learned and must be willfully exercised as a joyful acknowledgement of God’s unfailing love and goodness. Every day.

Long before I said, “Yes”, God had a “Yes” for all those He would draw to Himself in Christ, and who would believe. That is an amazing truth to live by.

2 Corinthians 1:20-22 (ERV)
2The yes to all of God’s promises is in Christ. And that is why we say “Amen” through Christ to the glory of God.21 And God is the one who makes you and us strong in Christ. God is also the one who chose us for his work. 22 He put his mark on us to show that we are his. Yes, he put his Spirit in our hearts as the first payment that guarantees all that he will give us. 

We are His in Christ! AMEN!

 

Prayer Requests:
1. Pray for the health of our incoming baby and for Diana’s health too! We’re exactly 1 month away from our baby’s due date!

2. Please pray for God’s financial provisions. We have started raising support for our new year in Singapore and there is a lot to cover with the baby on the way. We’re believing by faith that God will raise up supporters to partner with us in finances and prayer! (If you’re interested in giving, please visit our giving page)

3. Pray that our church would do the work of getting deeper in our relationship with God, relationships with one another, and with ourselves.

4. Pray for our upcoming H-Games (October 1st), where we’ll go bowling together as a church and reach out to friends, colleagues, and students. Pray that we’d exemplify God’s love and grace towards others while we enjoy ourselves!

 

New School Year!

The vision of our church is to multiply churches on campuses and cities to transform the next generation among the nations.

Meaning, no matter what stage of life we’re in, we’re focused on reaching students and making disciples of Christ on campuses! This is a huge part of why Diana and I moved to Singapore, investing our lives in students is something we’re passionate about.

During the first week of August, we held “Operation Campus Reach”, or “OCR”, for short. OCR is when we welcome in new students at the beginning of the new school year and introduce them to biblical community and Jesus Christ.

We’ve been meeting new students along the way and have been steadily building relationships with them. We’ve mainly met a lot of international students and it’s been great sharing some local Singaporean culture and helping some folks adjust to their new home.

In fact, realizing that we have a mostly international group, we’ve named our campus LIFE Group, “HOME”, which stands for “Having One Mission Eternally: To welcome people home”. We want to be a home away from home, but also welcome people into a relationship with Christ!

A couple of reflections:

  1. It’s kind of wild to think that after over 1 year of living and working in Singapore, we can now welcome other foreigners into our new home. I think this time, last year, Diana and I were still kind of blindsided by all the transitions in our lives and we were still unfamiliar with our new surroundings – it was difficult to imagine that we’d ever be in the position of welcoming others instead of being welcomed ourselves.
  2. I’ve personally been encouraged by the people in our church. They’ve been awesome about taking steps of commitment and faith to invest in students. It’s no easy task to step outside of what’s familiar and enter into an environment most people leave behind for good after graduation. As one person put it, I’m so glad that we’re not alone in loving and serving a whole new generation of students.

IMG_3831Playing Ultimate Frisbee oncampus! A lot of first-time Ultimate players!

IMG_3848Introducing new students to Singapore’s National Day celebrations with a home-cooked meal and a holiday hangout!

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IMG_3920Touring around Marina Bay on bikes – we even got to ride around on the national F1 racing track! 🙂

IMG_3965Pizza-making party (I think this may have been my favorite!)

For this month’s prayer requests, please pray specifically for the campus LIFE Group using our LIFE Group values as a guide:

  1. Open Doors – Please pray that we’d always welcome in new students and friends and pursue genuine friendships. We’re specifically praying for undergraduate students and student leaders who’d influence other students.
  2. Unity – Please pray that as we build community together, that we would grow in unity – unity as a church family and unity in our faith.
  3. Real Love – Please pray that as disciples of Christ, we would grow deeper in love with God and genuinely care for one another. Please pray that we wouldn’t give up on one another as we strive forward in faith and point one another to Christ!

 

Aaaaaaand we’re done!

A little over one week ago, we finished two back-to-back missions projects and hosting two missions teams from our sister HMCC churches!

Overall, the missions projects were awesome, and I’ve been able to process what I’ve learned. Here are three lessons: Partnership – Participation – Perspective.

 

Partnerships reinforce common values.

Since last year, we’ve continued the partnership with the Tamar Village ministry to reach out to the Geylang community. We’ve sent three missions teams to see what God is doing and to pray for and minister to the families there.

This year was a first for us, as HMCC of Singapore, hosted two different mission projects with a local focus on reaching both a local community and a University campus.

It was so helpful gaining perspective from Pastor Seth and Pastor Andrew. It was also refreshing connecting with both teams from HMCC of Hong Kong and HMCC of Jakarta.

I believe it was meaningful for our church to partner with and serve alongside other believers who share the same vision and mission. We were able to demonstrate for one another how we are living out God’s calling for us.

 

Participation strengthens ownership.

One of the lessons learned for our HMCC of Singapore mission team was an encouragement to step up our ownership. In past years, we were grateful to receive some outside help in reaching out to University students. This was mostly because majority of our church is comprised of working professionals and young families who don’t have the opportunity and accessibility to spend much time oncampus.

Now as we’re entering into a new academic year, we realize that we’re not meant to just rely on outside help from other churches indefinitely. No matter what our personality type, strengths, gifting, weaknesses, experiences – the commission of making Christ disciples and evangelism is for us!

I’ve been encouraged to see how our local church has really stepped up to the plate and is reinvigorated to invest in the next generation of students!

 

Perspective: Build lives, not ministries.

Lastly, if we focus on making disciples, God will grow the church. The more I worry about building a church ministry, I tend to lose perspective on God’s calling and professionalize Jesus’ Great Commission.

I was reminded through our missions projects to focus on the main thing: Love God, love people.

Here are some pictures of both missions projects:
(Note: Due to the sensitive nature of some of the communities we were ministering to, we are unable to post pictures of the local community members online. So, nearly all of the images are of our HMCC church members!)

 

20160607-AMP2016-DSCF5684HMCC of Hong Kong partnering with HMCC of Singapore to for Worship Outreach and Prayer Walking along the brothels in Geylang.

 

20160608-AMP2016-DSCF5717LIFE Group oncampus! Building our LIFE Group ministry and worshiping on the heart of the NUS campus.

 

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Students reaching out to students! HMCC of Hong Kong missions team reaching out and meeting new NUS students during our Game Night.

 

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HMCC of Jakarta and HMCC of Singapore’s first night together as a whole team! Getting to know one another!

Picture1A complete picture of both HMCC of Jakarta and HMCC of Singapore’s missions team for the joint 2016 Singapore Missions Project.

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Worship Outreach and Evangelism on the streets of Geylang.

 

Picture2After worship together at our Sunday Celebration. Pastor Andrew from HMCC of Jakarta delivered God’s Word. We were encouraged to partner and worship God together!

 

Prayer Request:
The new academic year will begin soon in early August! Please pray that our church would faithfully prepare for to receive and reach out to new University students to see more lost people transformed into Christ’s disciples!

 

A First Anniversary Haiku

The first and last year
We will celebrate as two
One and one, now three

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Joy is Learned
Diana and I are excited to share with you that we are expecting our first child! In short, we were genuinely astonished when we found out Diana was pregnant.

On some days, we get excited as we look at cute baby clothes. On other days, we are overcome with anxiety and question if we’re doing anything right as clueless expectant, first-time parents. I have been learning how to appreciate and receive God’s gift of life in a deeper way, and to be thankful through all the unknowns.  It’s been both a spontaneous joy and a learning process.

The Father’s Heart:
What’s been making more and more sense to me are these lines from one of my favorite psalms:

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
    and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
    Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
    as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
You saw me before I was born.
    Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
    before a single day had passed.

How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
    They cannot be numbered!
I can’t even count them;
    they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
    you are still with me!
(Psalm 139:13-18)

It’s so true – even before our child will know us as parents, my thoughts towards this baby are countless and numerous. And I know my thoughts are incomparable to God’s thoughts, purpose, and love for His children. How deep the Father’s love for us!

As much as we’re excited to be parents, Diana and I’ve been learning to trust God more and more – God is the true author of life and He is gracious to sustain us.

The Mystery of Marriage

Diana and I took time aside today to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, so much had happened this past year that I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that it was just one year. As we were sharing our favorite and most memorable moments, we were thankful for all the support that we’ve received from so many people.

We couldn’t have done this alone. While marriage is that sacred union between one man and one woman, a family does not grow in isolation. Our family grows as we’re rooted in God, nourished by our community, and as our love is constantly being perfected through thick and thin.

I’m so thankful for my beautiful wife, Diana, who is truly a gift to me. And I tell Diana this frequently: she’s a true champ. The most beautiful champ I have the privilege of witnessing every day. I’m glad that I get to run this race together with Diana and anticipate more and greater things!

 

Please pray for our (expanding) family:

1. Pray for our marriage
As we celebrate our first wedding anniversary, it’s been nothing short of a wild roller coaster ride. Please pray that Diana and I continue growing in Christ-like love for one another through every season.

2. Pray for our child
Please pray that our child will be healthy; and that Diana and I would grow in our understanding of God the Father’s love, so we can faithfully display a glimpse of that to our child and point our child to God!

3. Pray for our intimacy with God
Praise God! I got accepted into seminary and Diana got hired to work part-time with Focus on the Family here in Singapore! As we are both growing in scope of responsibilities as workers, ministers of the Gospel, husband, wife, and expectant parents, please pray that we’d remain centered and rooted in Christ.

Is this the end?

“Success is going from failure to failure without a loss of enthusiasm” – Winston Churchill

I’ve been mulling over that quote for the past week. It’s particularly relevant as I’ve been recounting my first full year of ministry here in Singapore.

For myself and Diana, it’s been one heckuva (almost) first full year in Singapore. We’ve been through a lot of major life transitions and we were recently sharing how we felt like God has stretched and re-formed our perspective on ministry and faith. To be honest, it’s been a tough year – overwhelming most of the time.

And that isn’t just for us – as we’ve had the privilege of walking alongside our church family, our whole community has faced tremendous trials as well as incredible joys. It’s been one heckuva year for all of us.

This is the promise I’m holding onto and one that I’m praying for our church:

“Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing.” (James 1:2-4, NLT)

Joy is not the absence of trouble. Joy is the perspective we decide to have smack-dab in the middle of troublesome times. And what gives us the ability and hope to have joy is knowing that God is for us and is working through all things for our good, to His glory.

I want to share with you HMCC of Singapore’s End of the Year recap video. It gives a glimpse of our church’s story this past year. I actually didn’t know how our Media Ministry team members were knitting this video together, so when we watched it together as a church this past Sunday, I was so blessed to remember how good our God has been to us! Thanks team for a wonderful job and helping us recount God’s faithfulness!

 

 

There’s so much more to come for the 2016-2017 year and I’m looking to the Lord to see us through every season!