Month: December 2013
Yesterday, we were blessed to have the opportunity to serve the refugees in the apartment complex behind our church. A month ago, I had little doubt that we will get 50 shoe boxes with toys. But praise God because He good as we obtained a little over 50 boxes filled with items. All of this came from a burden that God pressed on my heart. The youth and young adults came together and worked on this project. Ahhh! God is at work. The Holy Spirit is wonderful.
Our first stop was at Hinh Hinh, Ninh Ninh and Cho San’s apartment. They are our regular students at our weekly Tuesday tutoring session. With their help, they lead us to each family and as we handed out gifts to the kids, their face lit up as bright as the sun and a smile appeared from their mouth. Many of these families are refugees and due to financial difficulties, many of these kids never received a Christmas gift before. Thanks be to God for the opportunity to serve our community, especially during a time when most people are so focus on themselves or their loved ones that they tend to forget about the less fortunate. Im so proud of our youth and young adult for coming together to help make this possible for these families! Praise be to God!
Sobe and Selina
What’s impossible with man, is possible with God.
Jesus….I don’t want anything! coming in between! you.and.me!
At first I wanted to volunteer at Operation Christmas. Unfortunately, the slots filled up very quickly. However, God started to press something on my heart. As you know the church has been inviting the refugees to join various activites such as tutoring, fall festival, and thanksgiving. I soon realized Christmas was coming and wanted to do something special for them. Then God painted a picture for me. A picture of gifts for the kids also like Operation Christmas. However, I didn’t want to because it seemed impossible. Despite my doubt, I brought up the project to the members of the church. Everyone agreed and was excited. As we planned, I started to encounter flashback. I remembered when I was a kid as a refugee, I would get gifts from my church. That brought happiness to me and I didn’t really know what Christmas was about! On a Sunday, I was encouraged by some members to speak to the church for support. I presented a project and asked about providing shoe boxes, toys, and various small items. Then suddenly, money was donated, shoe boxes, toys and clothes started piling up. It was possible! Like doubting Thomas, I was doubting again. How can we get 40-50 shoe boxes in time for these kids? At the time, we only had about 14. Then the shoe boxes started piling up. Toys were enough. Mittens, hats, pjs, etc were donated. This has to be God’s provision! Oh I praise Him. God showed up. And my wife was the biggest encouragement to me who’ve kept me moving forward on this God’s project. She knew it was possible, but I didn’t. And God came through. Everyone packed items into the shoe boxes and wrapped the boxes up together. All I gotta say is… what’s impossible with man, is possible with God.
Please pray for us as we are going to distribute the gifts to the houses one by one. We hope to pray and build relationship with them. May God be glorified!
Saddening news as I found out my grandpa in Cambodia has recently passed away. His health, his flesh… has failed. Two years ago, Selina and I got a chance to go on a mission to Cambodia under the Navigators to work among our natural networks and ministry to the family. My grandpa blessed our relationship and gave us his wisdom. Before his passing, Selina and I got to see him via Skype. He remembered our wedding date but all other memory was fading. All of this, reminded me that our flesh will deteriorate. Our lives will pass, earthly things will pass, our stupid house will pass, stupid electronics, cars .. will pass…. Who cares about those things. Then it triggered me. It all points back that there is a god, wait..it’s the God… the God who sent His Son to die for all of us so we may ‘know’ Him and receive His Grace… wait…not to know Him to get stuff and more stuff here on earth… but to know Him of an unconditional love, that He is enough and that there is peace when we trust, there is genuine love, no more tears, pain, no more dying. Our flesh may fail, but God will never fail. It’s when we arrive at Eternity Shore and death is just a memory.!!..blahalbhahdhfdf sigh….love to grandpa and the family. Prayers for you guys. Prayers. Love you very much… trust in the Lord.