Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Los Angeles (Oak Glen) ---> Loa Angeles (San Bernardino)

Moved straight to San Bernardino, a small town in east of Los Angeles right after I came back from camp. 
One of the lesson that I learned from this journey of faith is never doubt God's plan even though it seems no way.
Met Sabahan here! Glad to meet her, she welcomed me and took me to their house to stay although I dunno how many days will I stay here. 
She took me to visit around, be my tour guide, not only that, she helped me connect to another couple that I was planned to meet. 
Glad to chat and share our stories with each others, I get to know her more and it was valuable! 

Thank you, Elizabeth!

Los Angeles ---> Los Angeles (Oak Glen)

Yes, I joined the church youth camp last minutes, unbelievable!!! 
I was planned to go visit San Francisco that week, planned accommodation, transportation, money that might needed on that trip.
Yet my there was a voice that putted a "break" on that trip, pursued me to go for something that's more valuable than this.
So decided to cancelled my trip including the accommodation that was booked, and I was asked to pay for the cancellation fees, 
Unexpectedly, there was grace and I received a letter telling me that I doesn't need to pay a single penny for the cancellation, 
What!??! This is crazy! Thanks to this, I can fully stayed focus throughout the camp without worrying anything.

Truly enjoy the presence of God, the community fellowship that I longed for.
God reminded me again the purpose of my life through this camp, even though I knew these, but it's always good to 
have some some reminder. Met these new friends who treated me as their family, met a group that bond so quickly, 
met young potential leaders who loves God. This 5 days unexpected camp was overwhelming, witnessed the glory 
of God, stunning testimonies from young leaders, friendship that's sweet and warmed heart, love and care from the pastor.

Never regret this last minutes decision, but truly thankful!
I will definitely stop by and visit this church again next time whenever I come back, the fellowship that reminded me the love of God.



在LA这段时间,有一个空挡,计算着自己的时间,钱,行程,打算来个独自旅行。
安排了住宿的地方,安排了行程,交通等等。其实在当中不断与神对话,到底自己应不应该去,还是应该留下,但是留下来要住哪里,去哪里?
也在当中不断检讨自己的心,到底自己去独自旅行的目的是什么。心里有一个声音要我为这次的旅程踏上“刹车”,选择更有意义的事。
后来这个突然飞来的营会就这样决定了,但之前预定的住宿需要取消,上网取消原本预定了的住宿,其中一个住宿成功取消,不用付赔偿金,
另一个住宿需要赔美金65,惨了,但想说:如果这是神的计划,那赔这一些钱,也是甘愿的。当然也告诉它们我当下的状况,当确认取消住
宿时,收到另一封邮件,上面写说:我们在这里让您知道我们接受您的恳求,我们旅馆决定让你的案件得到额外的开恩,对于取消这次的住宿,
您不需要付任何的赔偿金。这是真的吗?心里狂欢,不禁感谢神!

真实的享受神的同在以及内心一直渴慕的团契关系。
在这营会当中,神一直提醒我的人生目标,尽管我知道人生的目标,但还是很感恩祂不断地提醒我。在这里遇到对待我犹如家人的朋友,一个很快
就建立好密切关系的小组,很多有潜质的年轻爱神的领袖。这五天的不在我计划之内的营会实在是一个充电的地方,见证了神的荣耀,年轻领袖的
生命见证,暖心的友情,从牧者那里来的关怀与爱。

对于这次那么临时的决定没有任何一丝的遗憾或后悔,相反的,却是无比的感恩!
以后经过或是再过来这地区一定会再来探望这教会,这提醒我神爱的团契的教会。
People from my team: Joshua, Rommel, Bryan, Jared, Ralph, Gigi, Kiarah, Hannah

Natalie                                                                  Emily                                                             Natalie
Joshua & Bryan                                                       Rommel                                                        Greg

Kiarah                                                                  Hannah                                                          Gigi

Savannah                                                         Matt

Thankful for all of them, pray that God continues to guide them and be with them, guard their heart in this world, 
I'm excited to see how God is going to use them for His great work!

Los Angeles ---> Los Angeles(Ontario)

Met Savannah from summer mission trip, found out that we both will be in LA, so decided to meet up
and update each other. We were roommate while we were in East Asia for Summer mission, we shared
our faith, challenges, and joy together every day. It was a really great experience! Well, after coming
back, it will not be the same anymore, but we still have the opportunity to get together, update our status,
recall all the memories, and look through my journal from Summer mission.

So glad that we met, and get to know her younger sister, Tabitha. Guess what! I went to her Bible
study on that Wednesday! It was another great and unexpected experience, to be able to find
the Christian community in the midst of traveling is a big joy to me. This church named Charisma Life
Church in Pomona, CA. I met a lot of new friends and become friends with them just one night
in Bible Study. Was planning to go to their church service that Sunday, but they are going to church camp.
The Holy Spirit in my heart urged me to ask the youth pastor to see if I can go with them. This sounds
super awkward and crazy because the camp happens in 4 days, what if there is no more space for me?
                         When God works, there is no way to run away from Him.
While I was still struggling whether shall I ask the pastor about the camp, the pastor looked at me and asked:
Do you want to go to church camp? 
What?!
Of course, I say yes! hahah.... So, in the end, he didn't even ask me to fill up the form, just go and gather
at the church on Sunday morning. He counted me into their participant's list. Wow~~~~~ Isn't that crazy!?

New Jersey--->Los Angeles(West Covina)

"I will keep my promise, no matter how long it takes to fulfill because you have my words."

Decided to spend the rest of my summer in California not just because I want to travel around there,
but because I promised to visit my friend, Jojo 5 years ago, and I keep my promise.

We knew each other for almost 12 years, ever since I moved to Tawau, Sabah. 
We attend Boys Brigade(BB) together, for those of you who never heard BB before....
Boys Brigade is the largest Christian uniformed youth organization in UK and Ireland.
We trained like boys, learned how to survive in the jungle, learned the drill, attended leadership training, 
took first aid test, swimming test, and other tests. (So, now you know why sometimes I act like boy, hahaha)

After I moved to Kota Kinabalu, Sabah. Jo moved to Hong Kong with her parents. 
We still keep in touch, write letters, and she will come stay at my house when she visits Malaysia.
A few years later, she further studies in the California State University of Long Beach, I promised one day I will go visit her.
I had the opportunity to work in summer camp in South Dakota, planned to visit her, but that didn't work out because of the fixed schedule. 
A few years later, here I am...!  
I stayed at her place, she has to work, and I have some project to work on, so normally we hang out during the weekend.
So far, we visited Universal Studio, Griffith Observatory from the movie "La La Land", Little Tokyo, Hillsong Church, Seal Beach and so on.... 
Not sure how long more I will stay here, but cherish every moment we get to hang out together. 
And I get to meet her boyfriend Tam and her friends here! Wohoo~~~~
They are fun people to hang out with! 
Jo always brings me to place for great food!!! Famous Korean BBQ, Taiwanese hot pot, Japanese sushi, Hong Kong dim sum, and more~~~
She is like an angel to me, so blessed and grateful!!! 
And thanks to her, I experienced my first "Yatch Party" wohooo!!! 
It was the celebration for her boyfriend's birthday surprise party, and I get to involve in that!
Met lot of her x-classmates, most of them designers now, fun and great people.
Besides that, I saw dolphin group when we sailed off the shores!!!! First dolphins watch! It was exciting and I really love it! 
Thanks Jo, couldn't thank you enough for your warm hospitality, everything that you did for me was a blast!
Really wish that we will meet again, until the day we meet, take care! 

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Jersey--->New Jersey

One of the exciting part about travel with no plan was..... you never know what will happen next!
Just like me, crashing into a wedding without knowing who is the bride and bridegroom, awesome~
Hahahaha...So, while I was in New Jersey, Pastor Jonathan and his wife have to attend a camp in Philadelphia, 
they planned to take me along with them, but because I decided to fly to LA on the day they come back from camp, 
and I don't want to make them rush for that, so is better I just stay back in New Jersey. I planned to stay somewhere else, 
but they worried about me and my safety, so, they contacted their friend, Jerry whom we met in Lifegame, 
and served together too, asked him take care of me.
They are too nice! So, in the end, I stayed at his house for three days, and get to know his sister, Dani.
They decided to take me with them to attend a wedding on Saturday, and I was able to help and join them for the wedding dinner!
We attend church service the next day and went shopping together with his sister!
This is definitely out of my expectation! Anyway, I got more new friends now from New Jersey~ hahaha

没有计划的旅行最刺激的地方就是....你永远不会知道下一步会发生什么事!
就像我一样,无端端闯入一个婚礼,连新郎新娘都不认识,厉害吧~
哈哈哈.....故事就发生在New Jersey,由于秋牧师和师母要到Philadelphia参加营会,原本打算把我也带过去。
但是因为我决定在他们回来的那一天飞去LA,想说怕令他们的行程太赶,我就决定留在New Jersey。
想说去找其他地方住,但由于牧师夫妇担心我,所以他们决定联络他们的朋友,我们之前也在Lifegame见过面,一起服侍过的Jerry,让他照顾我。
他们人真的太好了,结果就这样,我住在他家三天,也和他姐姐Dani成了朋友。
他和他姐姐决定把我也一并带去参加他们朋友在星期六的婚礼,我也在当中帮忙,还参加了晚宴。
第二天也一同参加主日崇拜,还和他姐姐去逛街!
完全没想到事情会这样发展!不管怎样,我现在在New Jersey又多了一些新朋友啦!哈哈哈
Ohya, this is Jerry! Thank you so much!!! hahaha
对了,这是Jerry!!!谢谢你哦!哈哈哈




New York--->New Jersey


之前参与Lifegame的服侍认识了秋牧师和师母,这次就借住他们家,牧师刚从中国新疆回来,
所以我们两个也就刚好一起调时差。像猪一样,吃饱了就睡,睡醒了又吃,加上师母煮的食
物很好吃,所以我真的很享受在他们家那段休闲的日子。其中有一天,明发叔叔邀请我们
一起吃午餐,我和他也是在Lifegame认识的。边吃边聊事工,聊到咖啡的事工,创意事工,
以及他们想在新疆开始的事工。他听了我的想法,大力支持我参与他们,一起去新疆,哈哈哈。
从未到过新疆,还蛮想去看看的。再看看吧!事情总是意想不到的~

Met pastor Jonathan and his wife while I participated as a volunteer for the previous Lifegame
in California. Had the opportunity to visit them and stay at their house for few days. Pastor
Jonathan just returned from Xinjiang, China, and I just came back from East Asia, so we both
were at the same jet lag moment, and adjusted from that together. We eat and sleep, woke
up and eat again, like pigs. His wife cooks great food, so I was really enjoyed the chill time
while staying at their house. There was one-day uncle Ming Fa took us out for lunch, I met
him from Lifegame too. Eat and chat, we talked about coffee ministry, creative ministry, and
the ministry the plan to start in Xinjiang. He was amazed after he heard my ideas on ministry,
and encourage me to join them and go to Xin Jiang, hahahaha! I've never been to Xin Jiang,
so, it was really tempting. Well, we'll see! You never know.

East Asia--->New York

从东亚回来后,在纽约待了一两天,但是因为时差的原因,都不怎么想出门
除了有一天在凌晨1点去纽约时代广场,走在街道上,吃着热狗,享受着不打烊的夜晚。

After came back from East Asia, I stayed in New York for a day or two, but because I was still having jet lag, so I don't really want to go out
However, there was one day I went out with friends at 1 am to New York Times Square, walking in the streets, eating hot dogs, enjoying the night.

另外一天,有机会去参观著名的哥伦比亚大学,也参与了他们的校园中文查经班,认识了一些新朋友。
对了,旧的蜘蛛侠电影有些场景好像就是在这大学拍的哦!
我们还特地去了他上课的课室看看!哈哈哈

There was another day, I have the opportunity to visit Columbia University, also participated in their campus Chinese Bible study, and met some new friends.
Ohya,  some scenes from the old Spider-Man movie was taken in this university!
We also went into his classroom and have a look! Hahaha