- Who We Are
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by Betty Young
“Others are like the seed planted in the good ground. They hear the teaching and accept it. Then they grow and produce fruit—sometimes thirty times more, sometimes sixty times more, and sometimes a hundred times more.” ~~Mark 4:20
Their story is like so many other stories. It is a story about an immigrant family travelling to the United States from an obscure village near Fuzhou, China. They came with nothing but a willingness to work hard. They didn’t come for themselves. They came for the sake of their children’s future. Read more
Recently God has been using two books, Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend and Soul Care by Dr. Rob Reimer, to teach me that I am still a work in progress. Some days I succeed and some days I fail. Through the Holy Spirit, my goal is to bring God glory in all that I do, say and think.
In Boundaries, there are illustrations on how living with boundaries is necessary to protect one’s good and keep out the bad. Remember the parable of the Good Samaritan? Yes, he bandaged the injured victim of a robbery, found a safe lodging for him, and found a caring person to help the injured person recover. Let’s imagine a little…but what if the injured person insisted that the Good Samaritan stay and take care of him until he recovered? Maybe the Good Samaritan was on the road traveling to a business appointment to broker a camel trade? Read more
By Abby J.
These past 5 days I feel that God really wanted to overcome me with his presence. In every worship session I felt an overwhelming sense of joy that I know can only be from God. When i worshipped him, suddenly all of my problems and all the worries I had coming here seemed so insignificant. In his presence, nothing else mattered.
“No one is greater than him,” now carries so much weight. Before I would hear these things without taking it to heart, but when I was in his presence and heard these simple phrases, I was brought to tears because all of the love he has poured out on me now felt so real. For all the times when God has revealed images, words, promises to me in the past, I felt that this week he has been reminding me of his goodness. Read more
By Jemine P.
Wow! I don’t even know how to being! These past five days has been so so full of teachings and prayer and worship and the Holy Spirit! I have really begun my relationship with God this week! It was as if for the last 16 years of my life, I have tried to live my life for my idols of media, videos, movies, and also tried to live my life for God at the same time. How foolish and sinful of me! I finally realize the power of renouncing evil spirits, lies, fears of the enemy, and my sins! I took the freedom in worship workshop with Angus and Uncle Rocky, and it was through Rocky’s genuine love and joy of being a free child of God that I discovered God’s might, his glory and power, the true power and depth of love of Jesus dying on the cross, the desire and to have constant dialogue with the Holy Spirit humility and the truth behind having freedom. Read more
By Joe C.
This week, I had a lot of breakthroughs in my life. I’ve always struggled with my identity, and felt awkward around others because I wasn’t confident in who I was, There was a hole inside me, a brokenness that couldn’t be sealed, I through that if people praised my name and I got a lot of compliments the hole would be filled. But I was Wrong, in fact, it made me feel even worse and the hole increased. On Thursday, during Freedom in Worship, Angus led a time where we tore off our fake “skin” of lies, from the enemy. During that time, God spoke to me and it was such a powerful moment. I’ve med to get rid of my sickness and false identity before, but this time I really felt that God was tearing off all the lies I was believing in. When the steament ended, I felt free and was ready to be the person God made me to be. But there still was a hole inside me, and even after that prophetic moment I still struggled with hows about what others think. I was really disappointed because I thought I broke through one of my biggest problems. But God had different plans for my breakthrough. Read more
By Benjamin Shih
The Mexicali short term missions trip was great! We did a lot of work and I learned a lot. We were once again partnered with the Oasis Church, so much of our work was with them. The first morning, my group did construction at the church. We plastered inside the same room we helped frame last year, so we were lucky, due to the fact that we plastered an air conditioned room, as opposed to working outside in the heat, like we did last year. At night, we led a summer camp at a local park. Many of the kids from the church came, along with some other kids who were hanging out at the park. We had worship, games, skits, crafts, and a Bible lesson. We ran one of these 4 out of the 5 nights we were there…Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday (Thursday, we lead a worship service at the church). I was on the worship team playing the cajon, which I really enjoyed. The next day, our group did street ministry, cleaning up a park and handing food and drink out to those living there. My Dad did a short teaching before we handed out the food. The next 2 mornings, I did construction again, this time working outside, building trusses for a roof the first morning, and installing them on the second morning. The final morning, we did chores at the church. That night, after the camp, we went to a night market. My experience in Mexicali has taught me 2 things: that prayer is powerful and to trust fully in God. Read more
By Leonora Taylor
Last October a small group of us took a field trip to YWAM San Francisco. After touring the facilities and the area, we knew that this was something we wanted to do. We wanted to bring children and their parents on a missions trip to the Tenderloin district. Our desire was to cultivate a worldview of God’s heart for people within the hearts of these children. This would be the first time we would take children as young as 5 years old on a missions trip. Read more
By Linh Ly
When I think of the word “brave”, I think of soldiers going off to war or people who do extreme sports like skydiving or cliff jumping or people in history who lived out their convictions in the face of adversity. But during this last mission trip to Vietnam, God let me in on a personal adventure with him, which gave me another perspective of what it means to be brave.
Let me share the lyrics of the Bethel song “You make me brave” to express what I mean.
I have heard You calling my name
I have heard the song of love that You sing
So I will let you draw me out beyond the shore
Into your grace
You make me brave (2x)
You call me out beyond the shore into the waves
You make me brave (2x)
No fear can hinder now the love that made a way
No fear can hinder now the promises you make
For you are for us
You are not against us
You made a way
Champion of Heaven
You make a way for all to enter in
When I heard about the Vietnam STM trip, something inside of me stirred and I knew I was supposed to be on the team. In addition, I also felt that I should also spend extra time going to Hanoi. But I do not know anyone there and did not have any definite plans. Still, I trusted that God would lead me and help me with making the right connections. Read more
By Jimmy Ho
Some fifteen years ago, I received a fridge magnet that says, “You are blessed to be blessing,” so I am reminded everyday when I open my refrigerator door to always pass it forward. What a blessing it was to be at the Men’s Retreat with close to 90 other brothers this year. The men from the English Congregation had a blast two years ago and we didn’t even have an official speaker but this time we had the privilege of having Pastor Mike leading us in the Word of God.
In Matthew 5:16 (King James Version), it says, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” As such, we are blessed to be a blessing to others so that our experience doesn’t remain within ourselves but that God ultimately gets the glory for what He does in our midst. Read more