Life-Changing Trips For TD’ers This Summer

Hey TD!

One thing that made Los Angeles Lakers legend, Magic Johnson, one of the best basketball players of all time was his resolve to continue to get better each year; and the summer is when he went to work on adding new dimensions to his game before each new season.

Summer is an awesome opportunity to for you to “up your game” too. Whether it’s going overseas or staying in the US to serve others in Christ’s Name (and growing immensely in the process) or going to a special conference focused on helping to equip you better for the journey ahead, prayerfully consider how you can make the most of this summer to grow in honoring the Lord.

Here are some trips to consider that some fellow TD’ers and TD leaders will be participating in – Bring Me Hope’s Summer Camp, RZIM’s ReFresh Conference, and our very own Youth Summer Missions Project (YSMP). Check them out below:

Bring Me Hope Summer Camp 2018

Sponsored by Bring Me Hope

July 30 – August 3, 2018 in Zhengzhou, China

TO LOVE

Our five day summer camps center around bringing forgotten children out of orphanages to experience a week of fun, love, and attention. This often includes many firsts for the kids—their first time swimming, eating ice cream and hearing “I love you”. Demonstrating God’s love in action is what camp is all about.

TO DEFEND

Most overseas trips end when you fly home, leaving you with only memories and pictures. However, our desire is for you to continue to have an impact long after you’ve left camp. Through our advocacy program, you can bring awareness to your child’s needs and even help find adoptive families. Our goal is to equip volunteers to defend vulnerable children.

DAY 1: The kids are coming! Today, you become a proud “parent” as you and your translator(s) are paired with 1-2 children to form a family group. Spend the day getting to know each other before you begin an amazing week of camp!

DAY 2-4: Let the fun begin! Camp is filled with activities for your family group to enjoy together. From arts & crafts to talent shows to dance parties, this is a week for your child to explore new experiences in a safe environment. You will have the unique opportunity to empower these children and show them unconditional love during camp. These are the moments that Bring Me Hope Camp was created for!

DAY 5: Today is the day that the children go home to the orphanage. It’s a bittersweet celebration of the relationships you’ve created and how far your family group has come in just 5 short days. It becomes more than just the last day of camp; You are left with memories and passion to do something about this orphan crisis.

AFTER CAMP: Bring Me Hope will provide you with the skills and training to make a greater impact on these children’s lives when you fly back home. You will be given the privilege to be an advocate for the children’s needs and help them find adoptive families!

If you have detailed questions about the camp, you can ask Megan, Calvin, Elissa, Melody T., Sissi, or Abigail, who all went last year.  Check out BMH Summer Camp and contact a TD leader if you have interest in going this summer.

If you are interested in doing the Bring Me Hope internship, ask Megan, Calvin, Angela, Sissi, or Aileen what they’ve been doing: BMH Internship

“ReFresh: Ready For College?” Conference for High School and College Students

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Hosted by Ravi Zacharias International Ministries (RZIM)

July 24-27, 2018 @ The Zacharias Institute in Atlanta, GA

 

Are you a high school upperclassman or a college freshman? Then don’t miss out on ReFresh. As students, you know what it’s like to be surrounded by questions. It can be easy to feel overwhelmed. In the face of so many questions, how can you keep your faith strong? Are you prepared to answer the questions and objections of your friends and classmates? At ReFresh, no question is off limits, whether questions asked from within the Christian faith, or questions from those without faith. We want to give you the space to think through some of the toughest challenges to Christianity and equip you to live out your faith at high school and on campus. You will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from Ravi Zacharias and many other members of RZIM’s Global Speaking Team. ReFresh is designed for students, youth groups, and their leaders.

 

Check out ReFresh: Ready For College for more info and contact a TD leader if you are interested.

 

YSMP 2018

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YSMP is our youth short-term mission trip to the Native American reservations in Arizona. The dates are July 6-14, 2018, and the cost is $170 per person. Our two-fold purpose and prayer for this mission trip is:

1) To participate in the proclamation of God’s glory in the gospel by bringing annual short-term support the local church pastors and congregations within the Native American Reservations in Arizona. Our aim is to hear the needs and vision of the local church pastor and assist the church with our team.

2) To provide a learning experience for our youth and other church members who want to explore cross-cultural missions. We desire for participants to get a sense of the devotion to Christ, training, focus, and flexibility it takes to be on mission, to be challenged to share their faith, and to have their eyes opened to the need for the gospel in less-reached areas.

Each year the YSMP coordinators touch base with each church in the reservation sites to see what kind of support they would like from the STM team. Generally, what that support takes form in:

1) VBS and Youth Camp

2) Visitations and Evangelism

3) Adult Bible Studies

4) Work Projects and Harvest Night

Prayerfully consider joining us on this short-term mission trip! If you have any questions, contact Robert at bobert.chan@gmail.com.

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Calling All TD’ers – TD “Town Hall” Mtg. on Friday

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Hey TD,

We are requesting all TD’ers to come to TD this Friday.

Coming off of last week’s honest and open (and unexpected) “TD family” meeting and right before next week’s Food For Thought outreach, we decided to delay this month’s message until next month and instead use this Friday’s meeting to regroup, re-calibrate, and reset ourselves as a TD family.

So, we will hold a “town hall” meeting to discuss who we are, what we do, how we do it, what our core DNA is, what our calling is, where we’re going,  etc.  We’ll also continue the discussion started last week as we seek to develop our culture into a safe community where we can actually deal with the highs and lows of life together – safely, lovingly, graciously, humbly, sensitively, clearly, and biblically.

Our potential together as a united fellowship family, under God, is amazing. When we sacrifice for one another, lay down our “arms,” and unite under His banner, incredible God-honoring things take place. TD’s history bears that out.  Will you be a part of writing the next chapter?

See you Friday! – Arthur

TD Fri. – “Food For Thought” Training/Prepping

Hey TD!

We need you to make sure you come to TD this Friday, so we can do some training and prepping for our big outreach to your friends on 4/28, Food For Thought (FFT).   We will not be doing this again before the event, so please make plans to join us.

We’ll go over what we’ll be doing, why we’ll be doing it, and how we’ll be doing it.  And then we’ll do some training in doing it.

In the end, we want to help you love and reach your un-churched friends with good food, good fellowship, and some good, thoughtful discussion.  We’ll post something next week that you send your friends to check-out.

FFT FAQ:

What will the evening be like?

It will be a casual, informal, yet an alive and engaging time of thought-provoking conversation, great made-to-order food, and good fellowship. Arthur will bring up some issues that are common to everyone, not just Christians, and not just non-Christians.  Everyone.  Then we’ll try to make sense of those issues over good conversation, good food, and good fellowship in small conversation groups.

What does it cost?

Your price of admission is to bring a friend that you know would like to engage in conversations that count, and who is interested in questions of life.  That’s it.  If you don’t bring a friend, but would like to come anyway, you will be put on a waiting list, and we’ll let you know if there’s space for you. Priority goes to TD’ers with friends.

Do we need to rsvp?

Yes!  Please let your small group leader know how many of you will be coming by 4/22.

Event details?

Date and Time: Saturday, April 28, 2018; 6 p.m. – 9 p.m. (or whenever the last person leaves!)

Place: The Hsieh Residence

What can I do to help?

Three things:

  • Reach out to your friends to come.  We will do our part in preparing a great night to help you blessing your friends.  We need you to do your part in reaching out to them to come.
  • Pray.  Pray for our time together, yourself, your friends, and TD
  • Be who God meant you to be and do what God meant you to do.  As recording artist, Steven Curtis Chapman, reminds in his song, Meant to Be,

You were meant to be touching
The lives that you touch
And meant to be here
Making this world so much more
Than it would be without you in it

You were meant to be bringing
The gifts that you bring
And singing the songs
You’ve been given to sing

You are perfectly, wonderfully,
Beautifully meant to be
You were meant to be

See you Friday! – Arthur

TD Fri. – Triple Whammy Friday!

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Hey TD!
This Friday, we’re in for a triple-whammy! We will be playing, creating and memorizing! There will be games! We will also have an Artreach opportunity to express our thoughts on Romans 12. These thoughts can come from what you’ve heard from the messages, your small group discussions, etc. We look forward to hearing your thoughts and continuing the discussion on Romans 12. Later on that evening, we will spend time memorizing Romans 12 to ingrain more of His Truth in us. Hope to see you guys there!
– Bev