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Thailand Ministry – December 2010

4 Jan

Hi Everyone,

I thought it would be a good time to update you all on our trip to Thailand. We had a team of 10 people go up this year; with a mixture of members from SCGH and MelbourneGH in the city. From our youth group, we had Peter, Mel, Kyna, Alan and I – with Mel and Peter still continuing the Ministry in Phrao for an extra 3 weeks.

This was my first ‘mission trip’ ever, and I didn’t really know what to expect. But now that I’ve returned, I’m amazed about what God has shown me in the last three weeks of 2010.

We spent most of our days teaching the Kindergarten classes at Little Candles in Phrao (a small town 2 hours from Chiang Mai). It was super encouraging seeing the kids sing songs of praise to God (IN ENGLISH!) with such enthusiasm every morning. This is the main ministry which Daniel Loo (our previous youth pastor) had set up – as a way to sow seeds into the hearts of children – so that when they grow up, they may come to know God and perhaps be open to having a personal relationship with Him. We taught them new songs (some which were performed at the Christmas Concert) and aimed to teach them at least a new word a day whilst having heaps of fun games in between.

After teaching the Kindergartens, we would have a short break before Primary kids would arrive for the after school program. We would introduce to them a bible story at the start of the program (the team would act it out!), and the Grade 2’s and Grade 3’s were allocated a drama to act out based on the bible story. These plays were performed at the Christmas Concert and included the prodigal son and the nativity play. At the Christmas Concert, we saw the children perform with so much passion that it brought some parents to tears! It was amazing to see how God had used the children as a means to bring the story of Christmas and the Gospel to Phrao 🙂

The team also had the opportunity to run an English Camp at Phrao Wittyakhom (High School). We ran two sessions – one for Grade 7-9, and another in the following week for Grade 10-12 – each session totalling around 150 students. The experience at this high school was unforgettable! Phrao is such a small town and the people would rarely have interaction with foreigners, so a lot of them treated the team as though they were stars! They were constantly taking photos of us and asking for our signatures, and they even stalked us around the town on Christmas day!

In the second week, we were invited to perform our skit at their Christmas Concert that they had at high school. We had practised performing the “Everything Skit” (Youtube it!) with some alterations due to cultural differences. Because this skit didn’t require any words, we were able to express our belief in God to all students of the high school despite the language barrier. As a team, we prayed that the students would see the message of God in us, and not remember us for our ‘fame’.

God really showed the team something amazing at the closing ceremony of the English Camp. A few students got up to thank us for our time, and one was a year 12 girl called Danee (Nee). We had previously met her at the Chinese ‘ErnFu’ Church, and in the middle of her speech in front of the 150 students, she broke into tears! This was so moving because the high school is strongly dedicated towards Buddhism, and there was even a huge golden Buddha at the front of the school, were students could bow as they walked past.

As she was crying, she began to translate the songs which were taught at the Music station –

“We are the reason that He gave his life, We are the reason that He suffered and died, to a world that was lost He gave all He could give, to show us the reason to live”…

“You are my strength when I am weak, You are the treasure that I seek, You are my all in all, Jesus lamb of God, Worthy is His name”.

It was just amazing how God could bring up someone so passionate about God in a Buddhist environment. At times we had thought that the things we were teaching at the High School did not really spread the gospel, and that we didn’t even teach them English that well. But God really showed us that He is able to use people in ways which we would not even expect. He was able to somehow complete the work at the very end, through one student who had the courage to explicitly share her faith to 150 students – in Thai – when we were unable to.

Praise God for all he has taught us! I guess the challenge for us now is to continue the mission in Melbourne – which He has called us ALL to do. I encourage each of you to keep reading His word – and I pray that He will grow your faith. He is able to do GREAT things if we just let Him use us! There are many more stories to share, so if you want to know more about the Thailand Ministry, feel free to ask Alan or myself! Kyna, Mel and Peter will be returning soon 🙂

Joshua 1:9 – “Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”


Skeptical View of Christianity

17 Sep

Hey Guys!

Here is an excerpt of an interesting philosophical article/conversation I read today off Boundless.

You say a skeptic doubts everything. What would it be like to doubt everything?

It would make you cautious. You’d reason instead of accepting things blindly. You wouldn’t be taken in by falsehoods.

Are you sure? If you doubted everything, wouldn’t you doubt the good of caution too?

Hmm. Yeah, I guess you would.

And if you doubted everything, wouldn’t you doubt whether reasoning works?

I suppose that’s true too. But doubting everything would keep you from being taken in by falsehoods, wouldn’t it?

Yes, but wouldn’t it also keep you from being “taken in” by truths?


Because you can’t know a truth unless you believe it, and you can’t believe it unless you stop doubting it.

I see. If I doubt everything, I can’t even know that two and two are four.


So in order to know anything, eventually I have to stop doubting.

Right. As G.K. Chesterton said, “Merely having an open mind is nothing. The object of opening the mind, as of opening the mouth, is to shut it again on something solid.”

Then is doubt bad?

No, you just have to know when to stop. The purpose of opening the mind is …

To shut it again on something solid.

But you can’t shut it on something solid unless …

You open it first.

“A Skeptical View of Christianity” – J.Budziszewski

Here is the full article:

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