Dear Overflowing friends and families,
I feel like we just celebrated the New Year yesterday, but it’s already been a month and a half. I hope and pray all is well with you and your family. I also want to say a huge thank you for your support and prayer. I pray that the Lord will continue to keep you, bless you, and protect you from all evil.
I would like to briefly share with you some updates that have happened to our church planting journey in January and February. Well, it can be summarized with three keywords: sickness, delays, and changes.
Many of you know that I celebrated the New Year on my bed because of back pain. It took me about a week to be able to walk again. End of January, I had to stay in bed again because I had strep throat. Not only that, kids and MK have taken turns of being sick.
What have I learned from this? I’ve learned and reminded that health doesn’t come by accident. Sickness is contagious, but health isn’t. To be healthy, we must keep, protect, and fight. Spiritual health is the same way. We’re living in a world that is broken, and there are so many spiritual attacks. We must rely on the Holy Spirit and fight the good fight.
“Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12
I knew planting a new church will take time and effort, but honestly, I didn’t enjoy seeing delays. We started our church planting journey with audacious vision goals and practical strategies. It makes me thrilled to see what God might be doing in and through Overflowing Community Church. However, I had to learn and trust God’s timing, not mine.
When we understand the fact that God’s timing is always perfect, and he is never late, we can trust him no matter what. It’s not a delay; instead, it’s preparation, training, waiting, and trusting.
“So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.” Galatians 6:9
One of the changes I had to make is related to my pursuit of a doctoral degree. A couple of years ago, I started the Doctor of Ministry program at Talbot School of Theology with an emphasis in Growing and Multiplying Churches in North America. It really is a wonderful program, and as a result of my first year of study, I started a new journey as a church planter.
However, at the end of last year, I realized that I wasn’t going to be able to pay the tuition to continue the program. I knew that becoming a church planter requires financial sacrifice, but I didn’t want to give up what God has started within me.
After asking, seeking, and knocking for a month, I saw God was opening a new door to continue my study at Gateway Seminary. It wasn’t financial but God allowing changes to give me what is best for my life. I’m super excited to continue my journey at a new school in more practical, efficient, and effective ways.
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8
I can tell you that more updates are coming up. For instance, I’m working on making a new coffee cart for our outreach ministry, created a new website called Church Planters Network, and a new website for Overflowing Coffee is coming up.
Until then, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” 😀
Overflowing Community Church