My World Conference Highlights Part 2

Our heart is so full and our spirit filled with every great adventure and surprises God has lovingly prepared for all of us at the Every Nation World Conference so here’s part 2 of my highlights for this trip: Check out part 1 here

The faith stretching supernatural provisions

I have countless stories of our campus missionaries testimonies on how God has provided for them for this trip, from a family who has completely blessed one of our campus missionary airfare and free accommodation to a luxurious hotel, to last minute special gifts to a money being saved up 3 years before this event took place. We are so blessed to take part in this event, we thank God for provision, we thank God for sowing a vision in our heart, we thank God for everything has been deposited in our lives.

We are super proud of our campus missionaries (specially the younger ones) who took that step of faith to register super early to the conference and believed until the last end and saw God’s faithfulness.

The Global Friendships Built

Though I wont remember all the names of people I have met, the joy of having this so much friends from all over the globe was amazing. Everyone just keeps on building, connecting, eating out, inspiring one another, challenging each other’s faith to honor God and make disciples.

I’m so privileged to meet a LOT of students and campus missionaries from our family here in South Africa, and though externally we look super different coming from 2 continents-im glad to have heard the same passion and faith, some of the same challenges and struggles we all go thru as well as we pursue to advance His Kingdom. But the best part of it is the willingness to try and hear one another’s story, going the extra mile to connect and built even if we are continents apart and the desire to lock arms in building a stronger team to change the campus change the world!!

The Unceasing Passion to Reach the World

During the International Staff Meeting, our Regional Leaders were inspiring us on what God is doing in different continent- I saw so many heroes of faith, people who has laid down their lives in sharing the gospel no matter what the cost, pastors, missionaries, young professionals and even students are now on different parts of the globe sharing the love of Jesus to a world starving from the true Saviour and and real love.

But this scene touched my heart the most: our spiritual family in Europe consistently plowing thru hard soil, planting on the seeds on the gospel no matter how long it would take to bear fruit. This continent who has long been missionaries to the world has now become a ripe mission field and our leaders has called us the continents of Africa and Asia who has been recipients of the gospel from Europe to lock arms and GO and sow that same seed of the gospel back to this continent.

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Watch the video of the prayer here!

Let’s all set our alarm 9:38am every morning and pray for workers to be sent into this mission field, for partners to rise up and send more missionaries and for prayer warriors to intercede for Europe.

For everything the Lord has shown this week, everything He has made known, the people I have the privilege to meet, the places too beautiful for words, His presence that is so real and His love made tangible in every language and expression possible. Thank you Lord,You are the author of impossible dreams come true, our faithful Provider, our loving Father who bring us to the best adventure ever! The World Conference gave us a vivid picture of what you are calling us to do, the people from every nation gave us a glimpse of Your image in different colors, shapes, sizes, culture and age. And all together we say “Here we are! We will GO!!”

Hello Kenya!

Today Im in a coffee shop in TRM Mall at Nairobi Kenya eating a hearty brunch celebrating my 3 weeks in Kenya. I can’t imagine how these 3 weeks have passed by so quickly -it seriously feels just being in a super long dream and yet Im wide awake.

20160611_115737Kenya weather has really been a dream coming from my country with almost 42 degrees heat index. It’s like having a fully air-conditioned city. The Kenyans are often well dress with their coats, lovely jackets, colorful dresses and boots-things we would love to wear in the Philippines but we would look odd in our tropical weather. I find that cooking here takes longer that what Im used to and hot pots are a must otherwise food will be cold in an instant. Hot milk tea is almost part of every meal and you’ll never find any ice around as there isn’t need of much. Kenyans love their juice, sodas warm and a hot tea, Cadbury cocoa and coffee is always a much better choice.

Kenyan food is very tasty and is always serve sumptuous by that I mean always a minimum of 3 cups of rice or a huge lump of its counterpart like mash potatoes, mash unripe banana, ugali (flour & maize) or noodles. They would always think im not eating well as they look at my plate, so for those who loves carbs- Kenya is seriously a good place for you, you would never be frown on asking for more rice.

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3 cups of rice minimum serving wow!! 🙂

So while chicken and fish are the most common protein we eat on the Philippines-i find that people here really really love their meats beef mostly, goat on a barbecue day, chicken are just serve when there is an occassion as its quite expensive and there are barely any seafood at all huhuhu, praise God there’s tilapia but its quite expensive really.

I find the people here are very warm and super friendly (seriously friendlier than Filipinos if there’s such a thing haha ). People on the road often greets you with “Sasa” slang for how are you? And you are more often than not really oblige to stop and just say: Im good or Im fine and greet them with a smile. When our students would arrive at our Sunday gathering, they would more often than not literally go around and say hi to everyone with a handshake. Hugging people here are quite a norm as I find the culture really very expressive in so many ways. conversations here are quite seriously very polite or it might just be as we are both using our non-local language.

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Maybe i should try this instead?? 🙂

Commuting is one thing I have yet to bravely do by myself-so far I only have the courage to take an uber. In the community I think Im the only Asian around and might be the only Musongo (foreigner) or I have yet to see another one. Being white or for any foreigner for that matter, as what the locals told me I will be often than not associated with being rich and having lots of money. They told me so many stories of how people steals phone-its crazy but Im just reminded of how it is for a foreigner to be as well in Metro Manila, it gave me more compassion for the Internationals in my nation as well. Keeping safe is thus a great priority in certain areas and Im glad that God has been keen on doing that for me.

Surprisingly amidst the poverty, there are few people begging on the streets compared to the Philippines. I find Kenyans are very industrious and would take whatever job is necessary for their upkeep- there are a lot of guys who sells a bunch of bananas on the road, they also sell a lot of ukay-ukay (which is really good for me), there’s a lot of older men shining shoes, fruit stands are everywhere and still so many vendors walking just selling shoes, mugs, fruits whatever they can carry i guess. Surprisingly as well I find very manly guys being in the saloons-cutting hairs and sometimes even doing manicures which is quite interesting as its not something I would normally see in my nation.

So many more interesting facts and trivias to share about this nation but this one is enough for today. I thank God everyday for giving me the opportunity to know another culture and good and bad I welcome everything Kenya has to offer. Cheers to all the missionaries trying to cope in a new nation, I salute you for your bravery to embark on the unknown.