Archive | December, 2011

a note to self

29 Dec

dear self

praise God for the meet-up with Tiff yesterday! yes, you’ve experienced much these past 10 weeks and witnessed the move of the Holy Spirit. But the same God in Kenya, in Kansas City, is the same God in Los Angeles, in your home, in your apartment. He’s the same Holy Spirit moving people’s hearts, answering prayers, etc. But like Tiff said, these are NOT an end to themselves. They all point to Jesus Christ, whether it’s ministry or Bibel Study groups or activity of the Holy Spirit and His gifts – they all demonstrate Jesus Christ. You may have seen the visible power, but it takes greater faith to love Him, walk in His ways, and hold fast to Him when those are NOT seen (recall Hebrews 11:1).

THEREFORE, be fascinated with Jesus Christ, the God-man who came to this earth to die for you and now sits at the right hand of God, who brought Him back to life b/c of His obedience (death could not hold Him!). Look forward to His coming, as your citizenship is in Him, and stand firm (Phil 2). Even when you see the signs and wonders, miracles and visions and dreams, bring them to prayer and see CHRIST, who reveals the Father. Put on the full armor, repeated twice in Eph 6, and behold CHRIST. Let all things point to Him. Befriend Him, know Him, set your heart, soul, mind and strength on Jesus.

And all the people said, AMEN. Maranatha!

-Victoria Kim

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last post: REAP KENYA

16 Dec

before i post my reap, i wanted to write down some martin luther quotes (the german priest who instigated the reformation)

– One should praise women, whether it be true or false.

– If God has no sense of humor, I don’t want to go to Heaven.

– A happy fart never comes from a miserable ass.

– Reason is the biggest obstacle to belief.

LOL, i think i like this guy haha~

REAP

THANKSGIVINGS

– the Lord’s faithful to His promise: matt 6:33

– chai tea and mangoes. hands down. lol

– my team mates who all wanted to see a prayer room established in kitale. and we did! even after our team left to go back to the States, the next morning the local believers (young adults, brothers and sisters in the Lord) kept the prayer room going! they went to the prayer room the next morning, sang songs to the Lord and did worship with the Word in guitar/keyboard, and continued the corporate intercession. this was the point of our trip, to establish a sustaining house of prayer in the nations, and God answered our prayers! thank you everyone for your support and encouragements! now there’s a place in kitale where people can go and do devotionals indiv and come together in a public  place to worship and pray corporately as one body 🙂

– the outpouring of the Holy Spirit thru dreams and visions, healings, revelations, etc to our team

– the local believers, especially those part of a ministry called Youth Apart (check out their website here). they believe God is raising up the young generation to be His mighty vessels, sons and daughters who prophecy, and ambassadors to be sent out to the rest of the African continent

– the other foreigners in kitale. most of them were there to volunteer at orphanages, teach in schools, work with the local churches, etc. it was awesome to meet people from all over the world – canada, netherlands, germany – who dedicated their lives to shine as Christ’s light in the nations

– kenya is a culturally christian nation, meaning that many people go to church. however, whether they’re born again is another matter. there’s a great need for discipleship as there are as many church-going christians on sunday mornings. the culture really reminded me of korea, actually, in a sense that christianity seemed almost a social aspect of society. it was also unique to see chinese people there! most of the workers were part of the construction of roads. also interesting was to witness the encroaching of islam – i saw at least 5 mosques in the city of nairobi. pray for the church in kenya to contend!

– personally, God showed me that He doesn’t care about what i do – my DOING – but He cares about who i am – my BEING (also said by jaeson ma in “blueprint”). this revelation changed my world. before i’d always focused on ministry, in discipleship and bible studies, but now i’m placing my focus on HIM and Him alone ❤ And He’s proven faithful. he’s strengthened me with power thru his Holy Spirit in my inner being, and now Christ dwells in my heart even more with the increase of faith.

– prayer works. period. meditate on the Word. read it out loud (faith comes by hearing). sing it.

HIGHLIGHTS

– the 4 hours in the prayer room every day except Wed and Sun: this was def the best part of the trip! and we provided a place for people to come and just be with the Lord

– praying for people in the streets, slums, hospitals – and seeing the healings, the Holy Spirit’s work and power. i’ll never forget the drunkard’s changed countenance after the baptism in the pool of water, the guy who gave us his cigarettes while our team prayed for him, and the spiritual atmospheres shifting just by singing worship songs

– the outreaches to Garissa, Turkana, and Nakuru

– the Spirit falling on me during a Benedict Fast for a few days in Kakuma – that was amazing! it was during the time of repentance, when i was on my knees, and i literally could not move for the longest time…people had to come and help me sit in a chair

– praying at the gates on Tuesday nights with the team and the local believers

– the Holy Spirit during times of secret prayer – i’d feel waves of heat over my body, sweat broke out, i’d see visions, etc

– intro to the prophetic ministry

– an all night prayer meeting where we stayed up till 5AM (never thought i’d make it lol)

CONCLUSION

God is so good. He’s poured out his spirit of revelation this season and  i experienced the power of prayer. he also lifted my eyes to Him and His activity all around the world! God is the greatest visionary lol. before, i’d been content with the ‘normal’ course of life: working, marrying, getting old. now, those goals have become second place – I want to participate and witness what He’s doing in the nations! truly America is deprived – people need to go out there and see what the Holy Spirit is doing. i don’t look down upon His work here; i definitely want to visit the old revival spots, like azusa in LA, and visit Bethel in Norcal and Morning Star in the East Coast. God just opened my eyes to a whole new realm, and i want to know Him in these new areas, especially the prophetic, and experience Him more through prayer and fasting (A LIFESTYLE OF FASTING CHANGED MY LIFE). This trip was truly amazing. God gave me the desire to know Him. Thank you Jesus! thanks everyone for your support and prayers! God’s grace bless your spirit

REAP nakuru children’s crusade

15 Dec

eunice, a national gospel singer in kenya, invited me and a dutch friend almarah to attend a 3-day youth camp with her in a town called nakuru. it was awesome! she sang the songs during the time but almarah and i supported her in prayer. we felt like aaron and hur holding up the hands of moses for battle!

thanksgivings:

– the german missionary family running this youth camp was such a blessing ❤ every night they’d have an evening devo, where they’d sing a song and then read a psalm and finish with family prayers. i just felt the presence of the Lord so strong that tears came to my eyes. i love the song when our team (eunice, almarah, and i) joined them one night – “the battle belongs to the Lord”  i felt so much peace and joy..and i could sense that this family placed their hope in the second coming of Christ and looked forward to their heavenly home with God. what an encouragement!

– this pentecostal movement is not just an IHOP value. when we prayed for this girl sick in bed at the camp, martin (the german leader) started praying in tongues when we laid hands on her for healing. also, amazingly enough this modern day pentecostalism began in LOS ANGELES with the azusa street revival! I’M DEF GOING TO VISIT! YESS! yes, i’ve jumped on the charismatic band wagon 🙂

– movies we watched: pilgrim’s progress (by bunyan) and martin luther. the pilgrim’s progress reminded me of the book Dreamgiver by bruce wilkinson

highlights:

– visit to the equator! yes!

– one day i ate way too many beans…and i had to go to the bathroom on the +30 min ride back to the house after the camp was done. seriously my stomach was lurching the whole time and i was so afraid that i’d have an ‘accident’ in the family’s vehicle. but praise God! the Spirit in me kept quoting scripture – and i especially held unto colossians 1 17 “…and in him all things hold together” lol we had good laughs about it the next morning~

– there were around 250 attendees (ages from 13 to 30) at the camp, and the cost was 600 shillings (around 6 dollars) but martin said that this year the number of attendees was less because the cost was too high. yet these 250 people sacrificed the cost (about a week’s worth of $) to attend this camp…this gave me perspective on conferences, retreats, etc in the USA. this youth camp consisted of teachings and songs but…the people were hungry for God. it was definitely a diff feel and atmosphere from the ones i’ve attended in the USA

other movies/docs i’d recommend: Fireproof and Finger of God and Furious Love and Nefarious (supposed to be very graphic! be warned)