Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My India Outreach Video

Sorry I have not been updating this for the past couple of weeks. I have been using the time to put together an India outreach video for all of you to see. I hope you enjoy the video and again I thank you all for your support. None of this would have been possible if it weren't for your prayers and contributions... so again I thank you.

*Apologies for the bad quality... Blogger doesn't handle video well. For a better quality see it on Youtube by clicking here ----> INDIA OUTREACH VIDEO

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

It won't Always be the Same

It won't always be the same, things are going to change and the comforts we may have once had won't be around all of the time... but this is not what matters. These are not the things we should be focusing on. Instead we should focus on the thing that never changes, God.

As our team finally returned from India to Kona, things weren't the same as they were when we left. There are so many new people on campus, a lot of our old friends are gone, our classroom is now occupied by another DTS, and the campus itself has changed because of the 50th Jubilee celebration that occurred while we were gone. When you are excited to return to the same comforts and you get somewhere and everything has changed, it can be disheartening.

This is why we cannot rely on the comforts and things of this world. Relationships will change, people will come and go, the world itself will change... but God is the same always and forever. He is the one thing we can always rely on. Our relationship with Him has to be the one comfort that we always rely on because it will be with us always and everywhere.

I will admit that once we got back to Kona the first couple days were really hard because so much has changed and I was really looking forward to so many of those things since I will be living here for the next couple years at least. But while I was in the prayer room spending time with God, I was hit with the revelation that the only thing I should rely on is the only thing that never changes. When I set my mind and heart on God, I found the comfort and peace that I was looking for. Even though Kona YWAM has changed, I am starting to see these changes in a new light and everything is looking brighter daily.

We must remember Matthew 6:20-21 which says, "Store your treasures in heaven, where they will never become moth-eaten or rusty and where they will be safe from thieves. Wherever your treasure is, there your heart and thoughts will also be." When our heart and thoughts are in heaven, then the changes of this world will not bring us down because we are focused on the eternal... This is where I chose to remain.

A quick update on life... I will be back in Portland this Friday the 17th until January 17th so I am excited to see everyone. I am going to try and have a bbq at my folks for all of you to come so this is your informal invitation with a more formal one to come, and last I am going to make a short video of my India trip which I will hopefully post in the next couple weeks so keep following my blog... love you all and can't wait to see you!