Tuesday, June 28, 2011

A Pause In Life.

I was watering the garden in the yard of the community house, and I heard voices of kids on the other side of the fence.   I continue to water the plants as the voices get louder and closer. "Kyle! Kyle! Can I water the garden?" one of the 3 girls said.  I smiled and said yes. They quickly came and watering the areas that I haven't got to yet. They were giggled and smiling as they take turns to water the plants. They acted like they were gonna get me wet with the hose in their hand.  Then a girl got one of the girls really wet. All of them giggled loudly and for the girl that was wet, played along like nothing happened and giggled the whole time.  They was living in the moment of enjoying life with no worries.        

It was like the girls put all the worries away and enjoy what God provide them at that moment.  A pause to enjoy God.


At my church on 2 Sunday ago during worship, a stranger came down to the 2nd row and rudely interrupted the service. He yelled out loud of his worries on his mother's health and other things. The pastor was sitting in the front row and motioned to the worship leader to silence the music. The stranger with a mental illness was tried to escorted out. Then the pastor said a prayer in front of the congregation for this stranger and his worries. The music begins to play again. The stranger continue to be louder with his concerns and calling the police.  The music stopped again. Few people in the congregation came down and sat near him. Gave him water. Then the pastor opened up prayer time where a number of people in the sanctuary prayed out loud. Someone read out "Isaiah 43" from the bible.  He ended up being escorted out. When I witnessed this happening, I was thinking what is going on?  Who is this man?  But when the people prayed out loud, I felt full of God's grace with no concern of what just happened suddenly.  In the sanctuary, God was showing me to pray for him deeply and to love him with faith that God provide me to use regardless of what the stranger rudely did few mins ago.   In that moment me and others stacking up of prayers and showing the love of God to  the stranger.   I had no worries of the past or the future, just the present of the moment in prayer.      

I had a pause moment in the garden and in the church.  Since then I kept reminding myself don't worry of what the past or the future, just enjoy God now and watch his plans unfolded before me.  Love life and learn what God is showing to you in the moment.  HIS MOMENT. HIS TIME.    When you pause for sec,  look around and God is showing you something, just catch it.   He been waiting on you to listen to him since you been born.  Do you have time for him?     In the church and the garden there was pause moments for me where I just felt God and he was teaching me in a way that I can't explain it.    

God Is Incredible. 

Isaiah 43

1 But now, thus says the LORD, who created you, O Jacob,
      And He who formed you, O Israel:

    “ Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
      I have called 
you by your name;
You are Mine."
2 When you pass through the waters,
will be with you;
      And through the rivers,
they shall not overflow you.
      When you walk through the fire,
you shall not be burned,
      Nor shall the flame scorch you. 

Friday, June 17, 2011


1 Corinthians 7 :17
17But as God hath distributed to every man, as the Lord hath called every one, so let him walk. And so ordain I in all churches.

" Wherever we are called, we are to be faithful."

3 John 1:6
 6Which have borne witness of thy charity before the church: whom if thou bring forward on their journey after a godly sort, thou shalt do well:

The church needs people who will go out and preach the gospel so that the nation will hear the glorious good news.  But the church also needs senders who stay behind and raise the money and send them out in a God-glorifying way.  The kingdom of God has no second class citizens.  We are called to honor God whether we go and spread or stay and send. 

Back in May I had a opportunity to do a new project or a series of projects in the same structure.  I am now interviewing clients while I film at the same time to catch their story of what their life was before being homeless, being homeless, and what their plans now after being helped by PATH.  I have done little video work back in college but I am still learning new things to do with video. Its a new adventure for me. My favorite part out of the whole thing is listening to the client's stories.  One client had a job and kids. She was doing great until she got caught up with drugs and alcohol. So she lost custody of the kids and her job. She ended up staying at her mom until things got too complicated so she moved to couch to couch. It  got to the point where she knew she needed help so she went to rehab for awhile and heard about PATH while she was there. She was homeless and what she gonna do after rehab? Maybe get back into her bad habits and out in the street.  She didn't want that.  So she went to PATH after rehab. She end up doing few sessions with different departments that PATH have, to help their client with their program. She said she learning to get back on her two feet again and knowing how to handle financial problems. She been there few months now at PATH and she is in a waiting process to get a fresh start but she have to finish off the rest of her sessions before she is done.   Her goal is to be a mother again for her kids and see her kids graduate in few years.  A few days later after I interviewed her, I saw her and she told me that she got to talk to one of her kids and her kid will be getting a driver license soon. Its been awhile since she talked to them.  Her kid want to come down and see her.   She told them what have happened to her and what she is doing now. Her kids told her to keep going on with program and that they are proud of her knowing that she is trying to get better. Then she said I am so glad to hear that from my kids. That will keep me pushing for that goal. Almost every morning I see her as I walked to my office area and she will be talking other clients and then she will give a biggest hello out of the group to me. She is one of the few clients that I have been interviewing with.  My coworker Paul and Cali been giving me suggestions and my boss Jeremy thought I should try do this new direction. So It feel good that I have a group of people who trust me of the work I am doing to do for PATH.  I am really excited to take on a new challenge beside doing with design and photo-work for PATH. 

Its funny how God do things in your life when you at least expect it.  When I first started working at PATH, I was suppose to do design work in morning then work with clients in afternoon.  I end up working with development team for the rest of time and now I am doing both but still using my major to work with clients and development team.  So I am so thankful and faithful of what God taught me through different trials in this YAV life in Hollywood this year.  In about 2 month or less, I will be in Nashville for a year doing YAV again.   I am looking forward to that but not looking forward to saying goodbye to my CA families and friends.  God had me in CA for a reason and I believe I will be back in CA later on in life.   

Only worry about today and not tomorrow, God will take care of the rest. 

A few weeks ago, my parents came here to check out what I have experience here in CA.  I had a great time with my parents and it was good to catch up with them and eat down home country food. We did a lot of sightseeing and introducing my parents to pretty much everybody.  LOL.  

Please Pray for 

My roommate Josh and FPCH team as they go to Iraq for 2 week mission trip. 

Schmitt family as they prepare for changes in their location. 

Homeless people, clients in shelters, and agencies that help them.

My Grandma Willie Harvey 

Current YAV folks who about to finish up their year around the world and for upcoming YAV folks as they prepare to start their new journey with God. 

Me as I teach a bible study with FPCH youth group of middle and high school kids this Sunday.

My housemates as they prepare to pray of what to do after this YAV program end. 

Thanks for prayers and checking up on my blog.  I hope you have a great day!  God bless!