My Dad My Superhero

Today my dad turns 83, what a supernatural miracle indeed as 2 years ago he’s been diagnosed with aortic aneurysm and the doctor says its literally a ticking time bomb that can explode anytime. My dad is indeed defeating the odds daily, he’s my real life super hero and everyday I get to spend with him is a miracle in itself.

But this is not the first time he has by God’s grace defeated the odds, through all his labor and hard work, he who just finished an elementary degree sent all 7 children to finished college in the university. Not every dad gets to do it for his children and we are so grateful he pushed himself hard to give us the best education. To date he was not able to get for himself any  insurance, no retirement plans , no medicals as well, but even as he has faithfully provided for all of us, daily I get to witness God’s faithful provision on his life as well. Behind my super hero is my Ultimate Super Hero for all of eternity.

My dad also received Jesus as his Lord and Savior at the age of 74, that was almost a decade ago. Statistics would tell us that as people would age they are more unlikely to surrender their lives readily to God, but here’s an encouragement to all to never stop believing and praying for their family to have a personal encounter with God-for He who promised is faithful to complete what He has started in us!

But the greatest odds that he conquered was being the best father to all of us- he could have easily given up being married too young, disowned and forsaken by his own family , not having any proper jobs, no land to till (his skill being only that of a farmer) and having so many mouths to feed too soon in the marriage, but he didn’t. My dad persevered, he sacrificed, he gave his all, he was loyal and committed to our family, and though in the eyes of many he is far from what a perfect dad should be, he has been exemplary in all the things that mattered most and that is the most important thing for me.

I pray for my dad every moment that I can because although he has proven himself to be my real life super hero already Im praying for one more odds for him to beat that is to beat more years and be a grand father to my future children 🙂 Cheers!!

Cheers to all these impossibilities lovingly given by my Perfect Father in Heaven.

 

Traveling and faith building part 2

A few days ago my flight has gone and I was left behind as my visa for this dream gift trip has yet to arrive. We live near the airport and the constant sound of airplane passing by is cutting thru my heart. I don’t  know what God’s plan is but Im still believing that another way will be provided amidst all odds. Today Im going to look back again at God’s faithfulness to remind myself that though i might not get to understand all of His ways, His will is always good, pleasing and perfect. May you get encouragements as well as you journey in this faith building called traveling.
There’s a part 1 to this blog by the way and you can find it here:
I was looking for a very simple video to explain how our muscles grow and i found this one:
I find it very unique that before our muscles actually grow, they are first torn and we have to experience pain, before the proteins take action and repair happens.
How apt is it in real life that its almost parallel to how we build our faith muscles, so many seemingly random circumstances turning upside down before turning right side up, so many things will come up, so many questions to be answered before we see God’s actual purpose slowly unfold. No matter how much we try to wish the process is not such, God’s give us grace to endure, hope to keep on moving and faith to keep on looking forward.

Traveling to another continent: The Kenya Missions Trip

There’s a long but beautiful back story to this but for now Im focusing on the journey itself.

I’ve always dream of going to Africa-aside from being really fascinated with their culture, all the people i’ve met from there has easily become my friends and of course the safari!!

One day i just found myself being given an opportunity to join our first ever church-planting in Nairobi Kenya, I have mixed emotions about it. The thought of going to another continent, learning a new culture and planting a church happening all at the same time was quite (understatement) overwhelming to say the least. Nevertheless, by God’s grace, my leader’s affirmation and my friend’s and family’s support, I finally have the courage to go.

First there was the visa needed, I have 3 failed visa attempts going to the US before so this was the first challenge. I tried applying online but after a week long of trying to submit it nothing’s happening, please bear in mind that this was 2 weeks before i have to fly out. I tried doing the manual way but then they are asking new requirements not on the list. Just when i thought of giving up, i tried one last time and then it went thru. Three days later, it was approved miraculously.

Then it was time for the flight to be booked. As all my trips has been historically beating the deadline against all odds, this was no different. Im supposed to fly out Monday and I have set that Friday the week before, provisions by-faith should come otherwise i have to resign that Im not supposed to go. Friday came- I was full of faith!! yeah cmon!
But instead I wasn’t I was in fact too tired of convincing myself to believe
I was crying, praying and wondering why am I going thru this all over again. Then a message came and then a call and with it come’s the miracle of God’s provision. I cried lots because again God proved Himself to be faithful and on time. Kenya here I come!!

You would think that the storm had passed and there’s no more test but wait there’s more.
Hours before my supposed to be flight,there was a problem with my ticket
All my bags are literally packed and yes Im ready to go
After 2 hours of never ending phone calls and follow ups.
Yes I almost barely made it to my flight
But I did and I would never trade any of all these crazy experience for a smoother one

God gave me a crazy opportunity
He approved my visa in 3 days
Provided for my airfare in a week
Rerouted me to a better airlines in 2 hours
I have no contribution to this except my
fears,
tears,
doubts
complaints

Looking back i should have:
a. been more grateful than fearful of every God-given opportunity
b. looked for supernatural provisions than what my feeble sight could see
c. celebrated amidst the last minute mishap knowing that victory was already won

Next time I’ll do better, even as the faith muscles has been torn to pave way for a bigger one 🙂
Cheers to you who’s believing for an impossible miracle
To you who’s situation seems to be hopeless
To you holding on amidst all circumstances