Guess Which TD’er is in the 2018 Ignition Student Conference Promo Video!

 

Hey TD!

Just a quick post to say, look who made it in the Ignition 2018 promo video – our very own TD alumnus, 2017 CA So. Baptist Youth Speakers Tournament (YST) champion, Josh Chang! Josh is one in a long line of YST champions from TD that have given their speeches at the Ignition Student Conference in front of thousands of California teens.

Are you wondering if you should participate in YST this year? See your friendly neighborhood TD counselor and they will help you figure out if it whether it will be a good fit for you. It’s not too early to begin thinking, praying, and planning for it, if you do end up planning to participate. YST is for 10th – 12th graders.

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TD Vlog – “How the Arts Can Deepen Your Faith” w/Jill Carattini

Hey Masterpieces of God!

This summer, while at ReFresh with in Atlanta with some TD’ers, I had a chance to spend some time with dear friend, Jill Carattini, writer extraordinaire on the deeper spiritual life, managing editor of Ravi Zacharias Int’l Ministries’ (RZIM) Slice of Infinity, and curator of RZIM’s formal art gallery, Stillpoint.

Jill agreed to come on camera with me and share with you TD’ers how the arts can deepen and energize your faith, and help you to get a greater apprehension of who we are. It’s spiritually insightful and very personal and vulnerable, reflecting her journey, my journey, … and for many of you … your journey. Where she was is where many of you are at. It will be a worthwhile viewing.

With Offerings 8 coming up on November 16, I thought this would be a great time to give you some inspiration and perspective, so you can prepare to give a meaningful offering to the Lord. Enjoy! – Arthur

Pics/Video From TD Kick-Off ’18 – ’19

TD Kick-Off

Sandra awards the top 3 finishers in the “pssssssssss” game – Jason, Stella, and Anabell!

Hey TD!

Take a look at some photos, moving photos, and videos from last week’s TD Kick-Off, courtesy of Peter. Thanks Peter!

TD Kick-Off ’18-19 Pics/Video

See you at TD at 7:15 p.m.!

Called to Live Lives “Out of This World”

Hey TD!

In August, Robert wrapped up our year-long series, “Renew: Transforming Our Life in Christ,” by teaching on Romans 12:16-21. It’s a very challenging message to live lives that are “out of this world” in relation to the rest of the world.

Below are his mp3 message, two moving videos he showed, and an article of uncommon faith.

“Out of This World” (mp3) Rom. 12:16-21 – Robert

Christianity Today Article – Forgiveness: Muslims Moved as Coptic Christians Do the Unimaginable

 

Must Every Church Be Multi-Ethnic?

Hey TD!

Now that the new school year has begun, it’s a great time to think about our approach to the year ahead. Will you pretty much just keep plugging along as you did last year? Or is there a change in approach to life, to people, to church, to family, or to God that you’d like to see happen? If so, as I always say, success doesn’t happen by accident.

Or as Coach John Wooden used to say,

“If you fail to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” – Coach John Wooden

One area of my life that God has been working on over the years, and one where He has made a big impression on me this summer is the valuing, appreciating, and delighting in the differences and uniqueness of all types of people from all types of backgrounds, seeing the value behind nearly all stories and all experiences.  I have seen a fuller picture of God’s person and character in doing so, and have been pleasantly humbled in the process.

How is your perspective on those from other cultures and backgrounds? Are they “out there” in your eyes, or are they part of … you … and your family? Are they “out there” to be ministered to … or do we see them as one of us? Are we better staying within our own Chinese-American cloisters … or is our calling to not only mingle with, but do life with the brethren of all backgrounds?

The question has often been raised about whether our church is being biblical in being a Chinese church. It’s a legitimate question. Many from our church have not felt comfortable bringing non-Chinese friends to our church for obvious reasons. So how should we think about our church being mono-ethnic? Should changes be made? Or do are we doing fine the way we are, ministering to a specific demographic?

I found the above video from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary to be fair, biblical, and desirous of God’s heart.  Watch it and let’s discuss this further amongst ourselves in the days to come. – Arthur

You Can Be a Bring Me Hope Intern!

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Hey TD’ers!

Is God calling you to … grow deeper in faith? … do more for Him with your life? … equip yourself with more ministry skills? … If so, a one year internship with Bring Me Hope may be for you!

Last year, Angela, Sissi, Megan, Calvin, and Aileen spent a year interning with BMH. It was a year well-spent and much more productive than most internships.

Here’s what Angela and Calvin have to say:

“Heading into Senior year, I was wondering if my schedule would allow me to participate in this internship, as it takes commitment and dedication of time and energy. Yet looking back, I am very thankful I did so. It was an enriching experience that opened my eyes to the larger vision of orphan care as well as the practical aspect of nonprofit work. Being able to do hands-on work and take ownership of the ministry, become apart of the Bring Me Hope team, and further what God’s already doing is a priceless opportunity. One of my favorite parts was being assigned a specific child from camp (for me, a 10 yr old boy named Zander) and then learn how to go about advocating for him/her to be adopted.
This internship has given me the chance to step out of my comfort-zone for the benefit of another, and for that I am grateful. I pray you will be open to God’s leading, and will actively participate in this sacred work – caring for the the fatherless – in whatever capacity you can.”
-Angela
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“Being the only intern with a Y chromosome, I was afraid things would be super awkward for me. However, I was totally welcomed into the BMH family. I was super encouraged by the heart my sisters had for God and for orphans. This internship is a commitment, but so worthwhile! It gives you so much insight into a non-profit and grows your heart for the orphan crisis. Moreover, it gives you a way to help tangibly and empowers you not just now but for the future! This is stuff that you won’t learn in college or high school :). Don’t miss out on it! “
– Calvin

TD Vlog/updates – Bringing Hope to the Orphaned in China

Thursday BMH Summer Camp update from Megan

Friday BMH Summer Camp update from TD’ers (missing Rebecca & Tammy)

Hey TD!

Some of our team from China have returned from serving the orphaned at Bring Me Hope’s Summer Camp at Zhengzhou, while some are still on their way. For Megan, Calvin, Sissi, and Elissa, it was their second straight year serving these precious children in our Father’s Name and love. It was Rebecca’s and Tammy’s (a TD alum) first year. Again, it was a life-impacting trip.

Here are a couple of updates:

“My heart breaks over these kids, seeing how trauma has affected the way they sleep, interact, and play. One kid won’t go anywhere without his water bottle. He would have a cow if his translator takes it away; and I wonder … is he like this because there was a time in his life he went without water for days …? One of my girls gets violent when she’s happy/excited … I spun her around and then she bit my ear!!!! I see potential of so much growth – if only they had families!” – Megan

“Having dealt with all types of behaviors and disabilities at work, I was not expecting anything too surprising for the first day. After lunch on the first day, one of my girls led us to the convenience store and started grabbing a snack and a drink, but we said she could not have them. She fell to the ground and had a tantrum. That was surprising to me. She also did not have verbal expression so she communicated by vocalizing and gesturing. With the language barrier, I had a harder time being firm with her. By the third day, all the volunteers were pretty exhausted and various difficulties have come up. However, that afternoon during break, I read Mark 4:35-41 which was the story of Jesus calming the storm. It reminded me that God is sovereign over all things, even nature, our hearts, and just everything happening at the camp. For these children as well, their lives may be a storm and there is so much uncertainties for their future. What will happen with them after the camp? Will they ever be adopted? Will they have a good family? Will they be ok in the future? Will they come to know God? Will they recognize His love for them? Yet I can hope in the fact that God is sovereign and compassionate over their lives. Being a little bit older, I tried to view things more as a parent. Usually, at work, I would want to have the kids do things as independent as they could – like dressing, putting away their dishes, picking up their trash, etc. But I thought about, what would a parent do? Maybe they would want them to be independent but maybe they also would show love by serving them by dressing, putting away their dishes, picking up their trash, etc. I am thankful that we got to spend the time in China for a week to “visit the orphans”. We may ask, what does God want us to do and what can we do? This camp was an active way of obeying what God wants. It is His grace to have commanded us to visit the orphans. He has not forgotten them.” – Tammy (TD alum)

 

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” – James 1:27