Tag: walking on water

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The first time I heard about Youth With A MissionYWAM was from a friend who had been doing an outreach in Nepal. There was something about the stories she shared that made me wonder how the poor can have so little and yet possess so much. Years later, Melina started reading books about other missionaries who planted schools, healed the sick, and poured out their life for a cause they felt was greater than themselves. It messed with me to think that someone would give their life for another. If for someone you love, yes. But for a stranger? A thief? A Prostitute? A Murderer? That’s some kind of love.

I reckon it’s the same kind of love Jesus spoke of when he said, “greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” It’s the kind of love that he demonstrated when he gave His life up for others. For me. For you. It’s the kind of love you experience on the inside that completely fills you. It’s the kind of love that wants out.

So In 2009 we decided to check out University of the Nations, a Christian missions training center in Kona, Hawaii. Every year, thousands of students take what they learn and experience in the classroom and go on an outreach of their choosing. The PhotoGenX school had just come back from a 1 year track around the world and produced a video that completely wrecked me.

After watching the video, I couldn’t stop thinking if the reason for my passion in media was so that I could give a voice to the voiceless? What if the reason I’m given so much was so that I can learn to give to others? What if the reason I’m loved was so that I could love others?

This is what YWAM is about – to know God’s love and to make His love known.

In 2010 we decided to join YWAM on a 6 month training program called Justice. We had an amazing time in Haiti providing clean water to villages, teaching english and administering basic healthcare. We even delivered a baby. After our outreach, we served at another YWAM base in Cambodia. We hope to continue our journey and inspire others as we have been inspired by those before us.

May you also be wrecked by love and ruined for the ordinary.

 

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The Chinese character for “Righteousness” is pictorially composed of two words: A “Lamb” that is written over “Me”.

There is an interesting theory that certain Chinese characters derive their root and meaning from the book of Genesis.  The theory is that after the Great Dispersion following the fall of Tower of Babel, those who migrated eastward would have had knowledge (passed down orally) of stories like Adam and Eve, Cain and Able, The Great Flood, etc, since it was passed down from one generation to another. So following along that thread, it would make sense that perhaps some of these commonly known stories and ideas were translated into pictures, which eventually became words. Google: Chinese characters in Genesis to find out more information.

The word “Righteousness” is a significant word for us because it defines why we do what we do. I believe that at the cross, Jesus imputed His Righteousness on us and took upon himself our sin, our shame, our dead works. Because we could never attain to the standard of righteousness that God demands, Jesus, who was perfect and sinless – All Righteous – did it for us. And thus, I am not righteous because of what I do or don’t do, but rather, I am righteous because of what Jesus did. I don’t and can’t earn righteousness by what I do because it’s not an act but a state of being in Christ. It is in this ultimate demonstration of love that I find my identify. And as Christ rose from the dead victorious, So I am made alive in Christ, righteous and in good standing before God.

Here’s the truth, we do good works from a place of righteousness and not for righteousness. This is what I believe as a Christian. It is at foundation of my beliefs and is at the core of everything I value.

I don’t know whether or not the Chinese language has its origin in the book of Genesis but what I do know is that Christ is The Lamb over me and that I am covered by His Righteousness.