kakuma& esther home pics!

13 Nov

 

books

12 Nov

“be holy for i am holy” – 1 peter

“our citizenship is in heaven” – philippians

“holy” means “set apart” and literally i’ve been doing that by spending my free time in solitude, prayer, meditation,and reading (saying no to food, movies, hanging out, going to town, etc etc). as there’s a month left here in kenya, i’m worried that i’ll get comfortable in the culture again and satisfy my heart with friends and food when i go back to LA…

the Lord’s showing me the practical way of sustaining the walk with Him, our relationship: PRAYER (with worship in the background). and not just a few minutes here and there (although they’re impo) but seeking Him daily which means spending time with Him in huge chunks during the day. and as i’ve been doing that here, i’ve experienced the fruit of the Holy Spirit! at times i’ve received revelations, wept and cried, been pressed by the Spirit, and got warm by His heat~

here’s some books i’ve been enjoying:


A Day in Kenya

1 Nov

Morning: Prayer Room

– personal devotion for 2 hours and then group intercession for 2 hours. prayed for the poor and needy in kenya…without knowing that we’d be going to the slums later on to evangelize! YESSSSS 🙂

Afternoon: Evangelism

– the Lord led our EV team of 4 to a Christian home in the slums…He gave specific verses for each family member (all girls)

–  i also saw how the water system works in the area…we stood at a cliff and then walked down these long, rocky steps (which could segregate certain groups from making a trip) to the bottom of the valley where there was an underground pipe sticking out of the side of a rock with no handle or on/off switch. it was just a short pipe with water pouring out into a small pool. 100 families use this for washing/cleaning/rinsing/drinking, and sometimes, the water doesn’t run when it’s dry season. we saw women standing around doing laundry, and people were coming from all over with buckets to bring back water to their homes (who knows how long and how far they’ve walked?)

the Lord is definitely moving my heart towards land development + water. and it’s cool because i’ve seen the water pumps in turkana (nehemiah construction), kitale (pipes sticking out of the ground), and now the slum area. it’s like the Lord is showing me the first-hand experience of urban planning before i go study it in the academic field. always keeping in mind that Jesus Christ is the true living water that gives life!

 

–  on the way back home, our EV team prayed for a random guy walking on the road…and while we were praying for him and his family, i felt my left foot go warm. i was confused, but then my team mate told me later that it might’ve been the Holy Spirit prompting me to pray for the guy’s left foot…or maybe his family member needed prayer for a left foot. i’m definitely learning more about the Holy Spirit and the prophetic during this time 🙂

–  another guy actually stopped and stood near us, telling us that he felt the Lord led him to us. he confessed he had problems with alcohol which disrupted his relationship with his wife and his kids. after being led into the repentance prayer, he took out his cigarettes to throw them away! as our team continued to pray for the baptism of the Holy Spirit, i felt the Holy Spirit’s prompting me to baptize him with my bottled water…except i didn’t. i was confused and not sure if it was from the Lord. but after talking to my team mates, i realized that it was DEFINITELY the Holy Spirit telling me to take action. He highlighted a verse, and it was like something firm in the gut. i’m glad the Holy Spirit lives inside me (Galatians 4:6, 1 Corinthians 3:16) and also my team mates to confirm His leading into obedience.

Evening: Church prayer meeting

– prayed at a local church located at the city gate (this was the same church where a few weeks ago gun shots whizzed by us right outside the tent walls). prayed for Christ to be exalted in Kitale and break through with the Holy Spirit. freedom for drug addictions, prostitutions, etc. it was the fastest 2 hour prayer meeting of my life! so awesome!

Sidenote: back to LA…

i’m learning so much here…with living out the sermon on the mount in this community, days of fasting, revelations and encounters of the Holy Spirit, dreams and visions, spiritual warfare, prophetic words, passages from the Word coming alive through music + worship, solitude and prayer.  growing to be led by the Spirit, walk by the Spirit, and bear fruit of the Spirit. PTL 🙂  but as much as the Lord’s teaching me through this IHOP program, He is leading me back to LA…sooooo i bought my ticket to CA for Dec 13th 🙂

team kenya pics

28 Oct

soo thankful to God for this kenya team!

team mates: michael sorge, cory wasson, shannon lin, tyler andrews, carly cerak, thalia andrews, nathalie de zwaan, zoey hao, and me!

nehemiah construction

28 Oct

a guy, dave, stayed with us for a couple of days. he’s the founder and ceo of nehemiah construction, a christian organization building water wells in kenya, specifically  the desert area called the turkana district. these water pumps are a life source to the people, providing safe and clean water while saving them from water diseases and even their own lives as they otherwise would have to climb down dangerously sandy holes to retrieve filthy muddy water. here’s part 1 of their award-winning documentary showing a bit about what they do and the turkana people (they’re located in canada btw 😛 lol):

“Too Dry for Tears”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPks53GT9co

 

quick praise report: jimmy, a local worship leader, and i evangelized to 3 people in the streets of kitale – and they all came to Christ! PTL 🙂 and God’s sovereignty as jimmy was somehow connected to all three from his past..lol

Kakuma, Turkana

17 Oct

A week in Kakuma, in the district of Turkana, in Kenya!

Here’s a few of the experiences:

we pr4yed for this guy, Samuel, in wheelchair for healing. some time
ago he got into a car accident and both his legs got paralyzed..and
his face was so despondent and hopeless when we met him. just
this..depression that was over him. anyway we all laid hands on him
and pr4yed..sang with verses and in the spirit. at one point he
violently jumped up, bumped me on the head, and fell back into his
wheelchair..at another point his arms reached up to the pastor behind
him, wrapped around his neck, and wailed this heart-wrenching cry. we
continued to pr4y..and at the end, his face was so lit-up. like he was
smiling and at peace. wow the power of pr4yer with the WORD. it truly
rejoices the heart and enlightens the eyes (ps 19). anyway, he tried
to get up but couldn’t…he told us that the L0rd told him that he’d
have to try 7 times before he’d be able to get up and walk

there’s a refugee camp right next to Kakuma. apparently it’s the
world’s largest camp infrastructure-wise (Dadaab is the largest in the
numbers of people) and it’s affecting the town of Kakuma. like
pornography and sexual immorality is so rampant inside the camp…and
it’s the local residents of Kakuma who’re are getting infected. also
there is tension between the refugees and the locals bc the UN Relief
funds are targetted to the camp and not to the poverty-stricken
village of Kakuma. the refugees there are from all over Africa –
Somalia, Congo, Ethiopia, etc. And the majority of them are Mus1ims,
so X-ians are not actually not allowed to go into the camp. Local
chu5ches are helping out with relief and food, but they’re not allowed
to plant a chu5ch inside. pry for breakthrough! inside the camp we
visited a refugee family whose father was a famous past0r in Congo but
had to run away bc a military official wanted to force marry his
daughter..anyway, he has crazy stories. pry for them as well please!
against bitterness for being at the camp and to shine as light and
salt in the darkness

the L0rd highlighted to me before this trip that RAIN would be a
major theme (at IHOP when i asked Him about which country to go to –
thailand, kenya, or uganda, he showed me a vision of land and rain,
even giving me the verse Ex 9:26 – “but in the land of goshen, where
the israelites were, there was no hail.” so that’s why i chose kenya
:D). anyway, even when riding on the bus to Kakuma, we sang “let it
rain.” soo with that in mind…..on one of the last nights at the
church (we did pryer and w0rship with the locals), one of my teammates
called out for an altar call of repent4nce. so basically almost the
whole chu5ch went up to the front, got down on their knees, and
publically confes5ed their s1ns on the mic in front of everyone. that
same night, it RAINED in kakuma. totally reminded me of act5 3:19 PTL
for His healing power over the land 🙂

ACTS promo

17 Oct

Dear friends,
This past July-September I had the privilege to join the ACTS Program at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City. ACTS (Antioch Center for Training and Sending) is a 6-month program designed to equip young leaders to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit and change the world through worship, prayer and missions. During my three months in Kansas City I was able to spend hours in the prayer room encountering God, receive important teaching from IHOP-KC leaders, and train for cross-cultural missions. I also got to experience amazing community with like-minded brothers and sisters who are all wholeheartedly pursuing Jesus.
Currently I am on the three-month outreach portion of ACTS in Kenya!
The next ACTS program is from January 15-June 30, 2012. The outreach locations for the next track will likely include Turkey, Lebanon, and Nepal. I know you have a huge heart for missions and prayer and I invite you to prayerfully consider applying for this next program.
You can find more information about ACTS online at:
Blessings!