Monday, September 26, 2011

Immunization

Speaking with a travel nurse, we learned that we'll need the following immunization shots before our trip to Addis Ababa (price is per person!).

Yellow fever, $99
MMR, $25
Typhoid, $50 (tablets)
Hepatitis A, $96
Adult polio, $67
Flu, $25
An opportunity to see and join the movement of His Holy Spirit in Ethiopia, priceless




Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Discipleship

True Christian life is discipleship by Jesus.

Jesus disciples us in the context of real life. Therefore, our spiritual growth takes place in real life.

"Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ." (1 Cor 11.1)

Paul could say that confidently with humility because he was being discipled by Jesus in real life. He was imitating Jesus in everyday situations, following His way, living out His truth and experiencing His life.

Our tenets reflect our desires and commitment to be discipled by Jesus, fathered by God and led by the Holy Spirit. They direct how we do our ministry. To live them out is messy and adventurous, but the rewards are absolutely phenomenal - growing in more likeness of Jesus!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Ethiopia Facts

Here is some information on Ethiopia found at U.S. State Department website: Ethiopia
CIA website has the World Factbook where you find information on Ethiopia: Ethiopia

Sunday, September 18, 2011

2011 Scouting Trip

Acts 8 will be sending a small team to Ethiopia on a scouting trip this fall as part of Project 4/14.

Dates: October 24 - November 3, 2011
Location: Addis Ababa
Team: Jonathan & Kim Kobayashi
Objectives:
  1. To plan details for the pilot program for the children's ministry training center
  2. To gather information to explore the possibility of Adventure Church's youth mission trip
Overview of Project 4/14

The project is a joint ministry of GCM and Adventure Church. It is about establishing a children's ministry training center for the equipping of local church leaders and children's ministry workers. The goal of the project is to empower the local leaders to be able to not only build a children's ministry but also develop curricula and other teaching resources for the 4/14 Window.

Adventure Church will be sending training teams to train GCM staff and other key leaders so that they can effectively train children's ministry workers in their local congregations. Another key contribution Adventure Church is to make is to provide curricula and other teaching materials and train teachers how to effectively use them.

GCM will oversee the day-to-day functions of the training center and follow up trainees through coaching and mentoring to provide adequate support after training.

Acts 8 will be the liaison between the two groups and coordinate logistics and execution of the project plan.

We are privileged to accept an invitation of GCM to visit Ethiopia and begin to build friendship and missional fellowship that will hopefully last for many generations. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Jesus Part 2

To develop a relationship, we communicate.

So, to have a relationship with God means to have a conversational relationship.

We talk to God. We listen to God. We walk with God in life. It is possible. Jesus made it possible.

Talking to God sounds reasonable. When we pray, we are talking to God. It is listening to God that sounds a bit more far-fetched. Really? A voice from heaven?

When we have trusted Jesus to be the One to bring us back to God the Father and surrendered our life to His leading and authority, He dwells in us. So, listening to God is more like listening to our inner voice rather than a voice from above. It's much more intimate and personal.

Jesus says that He is the door of the sheep. "The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice."

We hear His voice. He calls us by name and leads us out. We follow Jesus because we recognize His voice.

Yes, we can hear Him. He has been speaking to us. Perhaps, we haven't paid much attention. Perhaps, we didn't think we could hear Him. Perhaps, we don't know how. Or perhaps, we are afraid. What would He say to me?

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Jesus Part 1

Jesus is sufficient.

He is the High Priest, the Prophet and the King. He is the Way, the Truth and the Life.
He is the image of the invisible God.
He is before all things, and all things exists in Him, for Him and through Him.
In Jesus, all the fullness of God is pleased to dwell and, through Jesus, to reconcile all things to Himself.
Jesus is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.

Jesus is sufficient.

So our life, our work and our very being all start with and rest on our relationship with Jesus.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Project 4/14

Acts 8 Ministries is launching Project 4/14.

This project concerns the 4/14 Window, the next generation who are currently between the ages of 4 and 14. Ethiopia, one of the oldest civilizations in the world, is a young nation. Estimated three-fourths of its 85 million people are under the age of 18.

The objective of Project 4/14 is to provide training and resources for children's ministry leadership in the local churches through partnership with the Great Commission Ministry Ethiopia and Adventure Community Church in Duvall, WA.

Our first task is to visit Addis Ababa on October 24 - November 3, 2011 to plan for a pilot training program, which will be offered to select leaders in 2012.