Sunday, November 28, 2010

Meet Ryan Seow

Name: Ryan Seow
Occupation: Tyndale Seminary Student by day / Pastoral Intern by night
# of trips to Uganda: 1 (soon to be 2)

Why I'm going to Uganda:
God has called me to the nations and especially to the nation of Africa
Celebrity Look-a-Like: 

Fozzie Bear

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Meet the team leader, Pastor Adrian Wi

Name: Adrian Wi
Occupation: Pastor
# of trips to Uganda: Including this one, 4

Why I'm going to Uganda:
To explore the possibility of investing more of my life into the emerging leaders of Uganda
If you could be a superhero, who would you be?

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Meet Sherene Wi

Name: Sherene Wi
Occupation: Big boss of the household - not just a housewife
# of trips to Uganda: 0. This is my first trip.

Why I'm going to Uganda:
I want to personally meet the extraordinary people of Uganda that my husband Adrian has grown so fond of.  We have opportunity to visit orphanages on this trip and I am especially drawn to the orphans and hope to be able to respond in some way to their heart's cry.
What's in your refrigerator right now?
My refrigerator has lots and lots of yogurt. My boys love yogurt.

Meet Denise Cheng

Name: Denise Cheng
Occupation: Multimedia Software Engineer
# of trips to Uganda: 1, soon to be 2!

Why I'm going to Uganda:
Because God has blessed us with lots to give, and because we have much to learn too.  Obeying God's command to bring the good news to all nations!
What would I find in your refrigerator right now?
Leftover chicken rice from our last team meeting. Yummy!

Meet Theresa Wong

Name: Theresa Wong
Occupation: Unemployed Nurse (somebody hire me!)
# of trips to Uganda: 0

Why I'm going to Uganda:
My desire to go to Uganda began earlier this year in January when our church welcomed back a larger team who had just arrived home from Uganda. Hearing their stories of miracles, healings, lives being touched, and God moving in such a mighty way stirred something in my spirit that could only be satisfied by becoming a part of it. My heart began to break for the people of Uganda. I want to go and meet the people and see how we can share the love of the Father with them.
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be? 
To control time!

Meet Rodney Lau

Name: Rodney Lau
Occupation: Healthcare Engineer
# of trips to Uganda: 2 previous trips

Why I'm going to Uganda:
To hopefully facilitate sustainable transformation in the lives of Ugandans
If you were an animal what would you be? 
Giraffe, because they look funny
What was the last book you read? 
Innovator's Prescription - A Disruptive Solution for Health Care
What would I find in your refrigerator right now? 
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be? 
Super speed!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Meet David Ee

Name: David Ee
Occupation: Real estate investments director (Area of coverage, U.S. Canada and Asia)
# of trips to Uganda: 1st trip
Why I'm going to Uganda:
I have heard so many "God" stories of how lives have been touched and changed when our young adults served in previous trips to Uganda. I need a break from my daily work routine and pray that I will be able to see first hand, the power of our God working in the lives of the people in Uganda. I consider it a privilege to be able to serve with a group of energetic young adults from our church.

Meet Noah Okiror

Name: Noah Okiror
Occupation: Ex-Wildlife Biologist, Ex-Biology/PhysEd Teacher, Retired Military Chaplain, Now a Missionary to the underprivileged youth
# trips to Uganda: Are you kidding me? I was born there, Hallooo!
Why I'm going to Uganda:
I am going in answer to the call for help; to see opportunities of ministering the love of the father to the hurting youth.
The last book I read:
Thomas A. Smail, The Forgotten Father Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdemans, 1981

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Passion and compassion

I've been thinking about putting up a list of prayer items for our trip to Uganda but every time I come up with a checklist, it doesn't feel right. First thing that comes up is the usual wish list of provision, health, and divine inspiration as we prepare for messages, but those are all self-centered prayers, not that we don't need them, but what is more important is intercession for the advancement of the kingdom of God globally, and for us for the next season, in Uganda.

Two words capture the cry of my heart: they are Passion and Compassion.

The word "passion" comes from a Latin root word meaning "to suffer". To be passionate for something means to be ready and willing to suffer for it. What are we passionate for in Uganda? Are we willing to suffer for it? More importantly, what is Jesus passionate for?

For everyone in the team, we may be passionate about different things. I know both Adrian and Noah have a passion to father the next generation in Uganda; while for me, I want to train and equip the next generation to achieve their destiny.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be posting profiles of each of the team members so that you can get to know us better. I invite you to pray for each of the team members to recognize their passion and to develop the conviction that they will be ready and willing to suffer for it.

The second word is "compassion". I have a long history with this word, dating back from Teens Conference 1996(?) where I was the co-leader of team "Compassion"-- the theme of the year happened to be fruit of the spirit. We spent countless hours trying to come up with a team cheer, and after many brain cycles and consultations, we came up with the tag line, "Compassion, it's never out of fashion."

But let's come back into the present. I was reading Shane Claiborne's book recently called "Irresistible Revolution", a recommended read for anyone seeking for a Christianity that is exciting and relevant, and he talked about compassion as suffering with the people, be it the poor, the oppressed, the minority, the outcasts. Again, going back to word origins meaning "to suffer with", it means not just giving out from arm's length, but integrating oneself into the community, to view their problems not just as theirs, but ours.

The Africans have a wonderful concept called "ubuntu" signifying that every person is only a person through other people, that our humanity is bound up in each other's. Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa says that there is no English word translation for it, but I'm going to propose one, and it's called "compassion".

Please pray that we would begin to understand and live out compassion for people--that we may identify with them, love them, accept them, believe in their destiny, support them, and even learn to be vulnerable to them.

Thank you for joining and supporting us in our journey of discovering passion and compassion in the land of Uganda.