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Dream of Your Heart - Ryan Kondo & Furnace Worship | Song Story

Posted on Feb 8, 2019, in the categories: Furnace Worship, Prayer Room, School of Worship
Dream of Your Heart - Ryan Kondo & Furnace Worship | Song Story

Last year, my friend Josh Yeoh, originally with Penang House of Prayer and now in Singapore, came to New Zealand to speak on prayer and worship. During our Community Night, he shared about Isaiah 24:16 and 42:10-12, which both proclaim that from the ends of the earth—New Zealand, the South Pacific—songs would arise, singing "Glory to the Righteous One". Isaiah 42 also goes on to share that the islands, the coastlands, and the Middle East would be affected by those songs.…

Why God's Guidance is Always Best When it's Fresh

Posted on Jan 24, 2019, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools
Why God's Guidance is Always Best When it's Fresh

I’d seen it all. Those missionary teams, coming back sharing stories about their latest trip. Those Discipleship Training Schools (DTS), telling testimonies on stage. I was so used to long-winded explanations of why you should join “why-wham” and what God could “do in your life”, that I started tuning them out. I’d been recruited…

4 Things We Think We Need on Missions Trips (but Really Don't)

Posted on Jan 15, 2019, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools, Outreaches
4 Things We Think We Need on Missions Trips (but Really Don't)

I've packed a few suitcases in my lifetime. I started with family vacations, moved on to weekend soccer trips, then came the high school missions trips, and now in recent years, leading missions teams myself. As a kid, my mom would look at my packing and exclaim, "Are you really bringing that? And that?" to now, when I can get by traveling internationally with a carry-on size bag (or less!). But the ability to pack light isn't for bragging rights (though it's definitely fist-bump-worthy), it's actually just plain helpful. Here's a few things we often think we need on missions trips—and why we can do withou t them.…

When I Learned How God Transforms Communities // Photo Blog

Posted on Dec 5, 2018, in the categories: Outreaches, Post-DTS, Transformational Development School
When I Learned How God Transforms Communities // Photo Blog

My Transformational Development School (or Community Development School) was one of the most practical, hands-on courses I’ve heard of and experienced.     During our three months of lecture phase, we spent lots of time in the classroom learning from some incredible speakers, and the time flew by because every week was another brand new…

5 Essential Things to Pack for Your Missions Trip

Posted on Nov 30, 2018, in the categories: Discipleship Training Schools, Outreaches
5 Essential Things to Pack for Your Missions Trip

You got your packing list. You studied it in detail, or maybe you skimmed it. Or maybe you didn't check your email at all and you have no idea what you're supposed to bring. Whichever way, you're wondering what is actually important to take on your missions trip. Please, get your packing list out if you have one! This list has mainly hot climates and rural areas in mind, but they apply for other outreaches as well. So, here are five things to pack—that I discovered to be essential—on mission trips across the world.…

When You’re Far From Home on Thanksgiving Day

Posted on Nov 22, 2018, in the categories: Community Living, Discipleship Training Schools, Outreaches
When You’re Far From Home on Thanksgiving Day

The kitchen had been buzzing all day. Two mismatching tables were placed together and twelve mismatched chairs squeezed into a dining room of a beach house in New Zealand. Our table was filled to the brim with carb-loaded favorite foods like stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls, pierogies (it was an international celebration!), green bean casserole (with homemade crunchy onions), pumpkin pie and a Kiwi classic, pavlova.…

How I Found My Purpose on a High School Missions Trip

Posted on Nov 16, 2018, in the categories: Mission Adventures, Outreaches
How I Found My Purpose on a High School Missions Trip

"What are you going to do after high school?" At fifteen years old, I expected people would only ask me about my life's purpose when I graduated. Nope. I had two whole years of high school to go, but teachers—and strangers—started asking me "What's next?" as if it was the same as "How's the weather?".…

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