27
Apr
stored in: 2019

It was a joyful morning of training with over 60 in attendance plus 2 young adults helping with 5 kids. Thank God for all volunteers who love God and love children ministry. I’ve always struggled with my ethnic identity. Usually I don’t “feel” like I’m Chinese. I grew up with white people and tried hard […]

26
Apr
stored in: 2019

I said something really stupid at the mom’s fellowship today! One mom shared how she’s always giving to others and it’s hard to also have enough energy to encourage her husband. I meant to say self focused constant complaining makes things worst and doesn’t allow us to experience God’s victory. But I’m afraid it came […]

24
Apr
stored in: 2019

What did we used to do before search engines? My searches today – outdoor plants in a pot, hamstring stretches, bump on forehead, eggplant recipe, ministrysafe, Sacred Fire, Office Depot, tight gluts Enjoyed praying with Glenys at prayer meeting. In our lifetime we pray many prayers, but we don’t recognize God’s answers to all our […]

23
Apr

Sunday highlights: A parent texted me Sunday afternoon and thanked me for helping her children. It is my privilege! Watching the baptism in the Chinese service, and live stream the English service in Children Worship. Chinese baptism was very serious. Lots of laughter in the English baptism. In Children Worship we cheered after every baptism. […]

19
Apr
stored in: 2019

I have to admit, it’s hard for me to get emotional by the crucifixion of Jesus. I am definitely grateful and don’t take his sacrifice for granted. But I’m the type of person who doesn’t care to make a big deal of birthdays and anniversaries. What I enjoyed about today’s Good Friday service was not […]

18
Apr
stored in: 2019

My Perspectives reading today revealed a flaw in my understanding of church. Wow, after all these years as a Christian and attending church, and now on the pastoral staff at church, I get a revelation that makes me think how “Western” I am in my Christian theology. Fortunately it’s not too late for me to […]

16
Apr
stored in: 2019

Today was my turn to lead staff devotions. Weeks ago I already thought of sharing about the good soil. But this being passion week I am obligated to focus on that instead. I enjoyed my own devo, I hope others did too. I usually enjoy my own lessons, which is a good sign I think. […]

14
Apr

Another joyful Sunday! Our Perspectives speaker was great. He already learned Gujarati, and now he wants to learn Japanese. He’s only a few years younger than me. Yet he wants to learn the language because he has a heart to reach the Japanese with the gospel. I have a hard time with language. I can […]

10
Apr

I honestly can’t remember what I do each day. Each day rolls into the next. All I know is I’m busy, I’m reading Perspectives, I’m doing church stuff which is my job. Is this what life is? Is it like this for everyone? Before you know it, the year is gone, and you wonder, what […]

05
Apr
stored in: 2019

Is it coincidence or God ordained? I wanted to talk to one of the parents today. Usually I’ll just try to find people at church if I need to talk to them. This time I just thought thought I’d text him to give him a heads up. Later he told me he was just about […]

04
Apr

Perspectives reading this week focused on adapting cross-culturally. All the difficulties involved, issues I’ve never considered, made me appreciate long term missionaries much more. And I feel like, I can’t be a long term cross-cultural missionary! I read missionary biographies of their sacrifices, even when they are older like me. I always thought I want […]

A funeral yesterday is a reminder of how flitting life is. When I was younger, I thought I had all the time in the world. Now I feel like I have no time at all. A year goes by and I wonder what I accomplished. Did I do the things that matter? Should I spend […]

I’m always excited to start a new book, but the excitement wanes usually about 3/4 of the way through. I usually get enough of what the author is saying that I don’t want to read anymore. This book was no exception. I was given this book by HL for Christmas. It was really good in […]

31
Mar
stored in: 2019

It’s not easy to process thoughts everyday and write it down in a post. But it’s good exercise that makes me think. Here’s what I’m encouraged by today: I was encouraged by my talk with SS today. He told me God is teaching him humility, he recognized and admitted his arrogance. I am encouraged because […]

30
Mar

The thought of a meeting on Saturday morning is not very appealing. However, today’s meeting was good! We ended on time! As it always happens, I felt I should’ve spoken up about an issue – but didn’t know what to say until AFTER the meeting. Oh well, it wasn’t a big thing and maybe if […]

28
Mar
stored in: 2019

I tend to look at things with an eye to improve it. Which makes me critical and not content. Let me focus on what I am grateful for today: Denise, who does an excellent job with whatever I ask her to do. She says, “Just tell me what to do, I’ll do it.” No questions […]

I know the church belongs to God, but since I’m invested in it, I can’t help but have desires for what I hope would happen. And God has accomplished a few of those desires! It doesn’t happen immediately in my timing, but God’s time is always the right time. Here’s what God has done for […]

24
Mar
stored in: 2019

Another encouraging Sunday: taught in Children Worship. Before I started to speak, one of the girls asked me, “How was your week, Auntie Katy?” So cute. Delivering the message in Children Worship is probably one of my favorite things. I now know how a pastor feels preaching to his congregation. Was encouraged talking to Andrea […]

23
Mar

I was expecting 40ish people at today’s children ministry training. More than 60 came out! I am so encouraged by their desire to grow and be equipped. I thank God for their partnership in the gospel. Their willingness to come out on a Saturday morning is a sign to me that God is at work […]

20
Mar

Hudson Taylor was convicted that God wanted him to get more workers to China. But knowing the dangers and difficulties, he feared that it would his responsibility if they break down, and “bitterly reproach me for having encouraged them to undertake an enterprise for which they were unequal.” Their blood would be on his hands. […]