Monday, August 24, 2009

Riding The Storm

Yes I still do see the dark cloud hovering over the sky. As our youth camp approaches I begin to see a storm brewing. But that's not going to intimidate us. Our God is bigger, stronger, tougher, greater... We just gotta keep praying & keep praising until we see a clear blue sky and then do some more praying & praising.

Here are some photos of the hardworking youth camp committee - just riding the storms & enjoying the moment in Jesus:

Here's Jacklyn after an all-nighter in Megah Court. Notice how small her car is!!

Later we also worked in the church office. Thank you Aunty Agnes for helping out!!

2 more days to go!!

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Dark Cloud? No Problem.

On Friday, as I was preparing for the youth service the next day, a picture dropped into my thoughts - it was a dark cloud hovering over the sky. & with that, I begin to have a clearer understanding of the things that I've been experiencing for a long while now.

You see, I've been noticing a lot of strange behaviour. There was something weird in the spiritual atmosphere, but I couldn't pin-point what it was. Somehow people around me (even myself) are making senseless decisions, acting & behaving senselessly. Often times I find myself reflecting upon incidents & situations, and later say "that doesn't make sense" - that has been my catch-phrase for the longest time.

If I begin to tell you all the happenings that have led me to such conclusion, you would probably find logical explanations for all of them - and you would be right. I could too. But something was tugging my heart, leading me to believe that there are movements beyond the logical that we can't see. The church word to use here is spiritual discernment.

I shared that picture of a dark cloud with the youths. I believe God showed me this picture, not for me to be fearful of it, but that I will cling onto faith - to use all the things provided unto us on the cross of Calvary & somehow punch a hole through that dark cloud. And so we sang, like Paul & Silas in shackles, believing that as we open our mouths & declare the praises of God & His Kingdom, He will open the heavens & stay. And when God comes, you can be sure that the earth will tremble, & dark clouds be pierced.

Either led by the Spirit or just me running out of a song to sing, I asked the youth if anyone had a song in their hearts. Justin gave a fast song - a song that declares that Jesus is good, & in His presence we have nothing to fear. I thank God for that song, for it assures me that whatever storms we're facing or dark clouds hovering over our lives, we have God as our anchor, we have Jesus in the boat with us. Amen & amen.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Recap: Parents' Appreciation Day 09

Only July 26, 2009, TOUCH had its 2nd Parents' Appreciation Day, an event where we host the parents of our youth members for a night of fun, entertainment & a whole lot of appreciation. Here are my highlights of the night:

1. Ushers who formed an aisle to cheer the parents' as they walk in. That clearly set the mood for the rest of the evening.
2. Games - brilliant ideas from Joseph.
3. All the speeches - done by Anndrea, Rachel, Dawn, & Justin. Dawn's is my favourite.
4. Loved the duet by Jacklyn & Jezreel. Hope to hear more from both of them.
5. Rabeeka Raj's performance - glad I could assist with the guitar.
6. 1, 2, 3, 4 by Daniel, Justin, Jezreel & Ben. Great song choice.
7. Yet another amazing job by the kitchen staff.

Read about our previous PAD here
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