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April 15th, 2010 Comments off

Dear Family and Friends:

It is with great excitement that I write this email because of a recent opportunity that has been given to me.  I have been asked to serve in Haiti for one week (4/17 – 4/24) along with a team of 6 other people.  We are going under the California Southern Baptist Convention Disaster Relief organization (much like the Red Cross but comprised of Southern Baptist churches).  We will be going in to do demolition and cleanup work, as well as moving and distributing food supplies that many of the Southern Baptist Churches have donated through an effort called Buckets of Hope (It will be pretty amazing if I actually get to handle the 60 buckets my church put together for this effort).  As far as I know, we will be camping at the site where we will be cleaning, and I am not too sure the conditions or what to expect there.

Many of you may have already heard this news, but for those who have not, I would still consider it “news” because I was only asked last Thursday, and decided to go on last Friday.  The past week, I have been making the necessary preparations to be able to go to Haiti, and I realized because everything was coming together so well that this is truly God’s will for me.  There have been absolutely NO major setbacks as I have been in the process of preparing, and being much of a worrier myself, I found peace knowing that God was taking care of me every step of the way.

I wanted to take this chance I had before things get hectic again to send out a support letter.  I thank all of you for your partnership in this short-term mission trip I am embarking on, and when I get back I will definitely give you all a full debriefing on everything I can.  For now, here are a couple praises and prayer requests:

  • Praise God for opening this door and calling me to Haiti, especially when I’ve been feeling the compassion and burden to help those who are in need.
  • Praise God that the preparation process has been going so smoothly, and as of right now, I am pretty much all set to go.
  • Pray for the people in Haiti.  Even though the earthquake struck over 3 months ago, it will take many months to rebuild their country to a new “normal”.
  • Pray for the Haitian government, that they would serve their people and that there would be less corruption and greed.
  • Pray for the area we will be working at, and the Haitian people there that we will be able to minister to them through our love for Jesus Christ.
  • Pray for all the helpers, both outside and in Haiti, making these Disaster Relief efforts possible.  Without their help, we can bring no HOPE to the Haitian people.
  • Pray for the team that we will be physically and emotionally ready to do the work we are called to do.

Some of you expressed interest in supporting me financially.  If you want to support me financially as well, please let me know individually (before or after I leave), and I can help you with that.  Please feel free to forward this email to any others (and sorry if you got this email twice).  If there are any more details you wish to know, feel free to ask me!  Thanks again for your support!  I am anxious yet excited to go as this will be my FRIST Disaster Relief response. =)

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.” ~Numbers 6:24-25.

Blessings,

Nick Tam

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Crazy Times

September 4th, 2009 Comments off

Sorry all…I know I haven’t posted in a week, and there’s good reason…  unfortunately I’m not ready to tell whole word what has been happening the past two weeks…yet.  I will soon.  Just letting you all know I am keeping up with my devotions still…I just haven’t been able to post about them. =)

Going up to San Jose now for a nice 5 day weekend!

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The Harvest Is Here…

August 18th, 2009 Comments off

I apologize for not posting my thoughts on my daily devotionals the past three days.  I actually had a pretty crazy, eventful, and exhausting weekend…but if you want to know what happened, talk to me… because there is really only one experience out of this whole weekend that I want to talk about because it had such a profound affect me!  It is so crazy that I can’t really stop thinking about it…

It actually has to do with Harvest Crusade that I went to last night.  I wasn’t planning to go in the first place because already had plans, and I knew this weekend was a packed one; yet plans changed and all of a sudden I was driving people to Anaheim Stadium.  Everything that preceded the Harvest Crusade pointed for me not to go – I was extremely sore and tired from all the activities of the weekend, ride arrangements were thrust upon me to figure out (and it almost seemed impossible to get everyone there), ran into some heavy traffic on the freeway and super long signal at Disneyland (5 minutes long!!!), got there late, waited in line to get in, no more seats so we had to stand out in a porch-like area and watch everything on the Jumbo screen, our group was split up, and the list can go on and on…  It almost felt like something, or someone…ahem…Satan…cough…cough, was making its best effort to make me not want to go.  I’m sure many of the other 50,000 people who were there also faced similar challenges…  In fact I’m surprised that he didn’t attack by cutting out the power or seriously screwing around with the sound, but I’m sure there were many prayer warriors asking God for provision and to make this night go accordingly….and I must say, I believe their prayers were answered.

Yeah, worshiping with Chris Tomlin (AHHHHH :D ) was pretty great, especially with 50,000 other people…but that’s not what had the profound effect on me.  It wasn’t even Greg Laurie’s message about Heaven…even though I love his sense of humor and his books and sermons that I have read and listened to.  The experience that I was really moved by was when Greg Laurie did an alter call for those who wanted to accept Jesus as well as prodigal sons and daughters (people who were Christians and turned away).  I remember sitting on the floor, and in front of me is a clear view of the field, and when people started flooding into that field it was almost like Heaven was rejoicing for those people who were making a public statement ready to believe in Jesus as their personal Savior.  I felt so happy and had tears of joy and I just kept saying to myself that I need to pray for them, praise God that He is being glorified at that very moment.  This was the very thing that Satan didn’t want me to see, and the very act he didn’t want others to do…  I can still see it clearly and it really opened up my eyes that the harvest has been ready for a very long time…  In John 4:35, Jesus says: “I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”

Unfortunately, the group I went with wanted to leave early to avoid the traffic and eat, and I was very reluctant to go, in fact I wanted to stay and praise God for all the souls that were saved that night and get a small taste of what Heaven might be like…a paradise I can’t wait for.  But, it would be selfish and foolish of me not to tell others about this paradise…and equally important to tell others about the other place they would go if they cannot get into Heaven or do not believe.

We all have our own agenda and I think it blinds us to the things that God is doing in our lives and others as well.  It creates walls that will be much harder to break down later on and cause us to be stubborn and prideful of our ways.  When we control our lives, we sometimes miss out in a unique encounter with God and the longer we continue to be in control we become more oblivious to the Spirit.  Even for myself, I constantly wish for my own agenda before God’s, and it is so hard to just let go of the reins that guide my life and hand it over to someone who has much more experience in handling life.  I need to trust that He will take my life and propel it forward in doing BIG things for God.  Do you have your own agenda?  Everything you are working for will probably one day come to a screeching halt at which you won’t know what to do.  We need to start living with a greater purpose in our minds and hearts…we should be heavenly-minded people!

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Greg on a mission!

August 9th, 2009 1 comment

My brother’s flight to the Philippines was canceled due to a typhoon.  They are scheduled to leave tomorrow (well today now) at 10:30pm, but they are trying to get a flight in the late morning.

As much as I want to ask all of you to pray for the safety of the all team members throughout the trip, the flight would go smoothly, and that everything would just go “according” to their plans (even getting the earlier flight)… I have to ask myself to step back and really ask why is it that we go on mission trips?  Is it to CONTINUE to live our comfortable lives and ask God wouldn’t change our customary daily routines too much…or are we really called to step COMPLETELY out of our comfort zones?  Sometimes we focus so much on the team and the preparations needing to be done the worries and anxieties that fill our thoughts, and forget God has His hand in everything…  And yet we continue to ask God to help the team, ease the worries, to take care of things that need to be done, and it’s almost asking God to make this mission trip as comfortable for us as possible.  We don’t remember or really believe if God has willed something to happen, it will happen.  It’s almost selfish in a way, so if you happen to be praying for Greg and his team, pray for the unsaved souls in the Philippines, and that God would open the team members eyes to the harvest that is ready.

Sorry, just a random post…and it almost sounds like I am going (sorry it’s a twin thing you wouldn’t understand), but as a prayer warrior for them, I need to see things as God sees them, and He has already blessed Greg’s team and preparations it’s time to focus on those that will be ministered to, and that they can receive the love of God openly!

Alright…g’nite!  Do hard things big brother…

Do Hard Things

July 28th, 2009 Comments off

I know I always try to start updating my site on a regular basis…and time and time again I get busy, overwhelmed and push this site aside.  For the most part, I’ve always updated this site about pointless things, but this time it will be different.  Why?  Because I am seeking to glorify God in everything I do now.  The past 2-3 months, I’ve grown so much with Him, and my change of heart for Him is slowly beginning to to produce such sweet fruit, and I’ve seen Him at work numerous times.

I’ve actually had the privilege to read another book, as much as I don’t really like reading or even have the time to read, but it is called Do Hard Things, by Alex and Brett Harris (yup Joshua Harris’ little twin brothers author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye.  While the book was meant for teenagers, these two brothers challenged me to become greatness for God, and become a rebelutionary.  Yup, The Rebelution is the movement that really came out of their ideas, and the book gives so many inspiring examples of other young ones doing big hard things that change how the world will view teenagers.

I’ve been even more blessed when I got to take some of our youth’s to the day conference put on by this movement in Orange County last Saturday, and I was really captivated by all the messages, and challenged even more.  To become greatness, I think that is what we are all meant to be…  Too often am I complacent about the things I do for God, and realize that I could have done SO much more for Him.  That thought makes me feel guilty in a way, but it also encourages me to something about it now.

After the conference we had this amazing awesome time of fellowship where we really got to discuss spiritual things and how we were to make permanent changes in our lives.  Most of the changes that came out will be difficult challenges for those people because it requires time and lots of effort.  But no longer will I expect very little of them, but set my expectations of them at God’s high standard, just like that has become mine.  I actually almost cried when I found out someone who went to the conference challenged someone who did not go to do devotions and write about their thoughts online, and that person already started…  That type of response is like a wild fire that spreads, a passion that I envision for all the youth at my church to “spur one another toward good deeds” (Hebrews 10:24).

For those of you who were at the fellowship (I’m not really sure how many of you actually read this since I don’t update it often), I want you to know from the bottom of my heart that I will use every ounce of strength in my body to encourage you and keep everyone of you accountable to the challenges you made for yourselves.  Actually, I feel my own challenge for myself was too complacent, which was to give up “Lakers” entirely.  For some, that may seem like a big thing but, to me, once I realize how much time I’ve wasted by watching games that don’t really benefit me at all, especially when my time is precious and I can be doing better things with it – doing hard things for God!  So, I’ve decided one way I can help encourage those who have challenged themselves, is to have someone (me) doing it along by their side.  What that basically means, is I am going to take on pretty much everyone’s challenges (except the ones I’m already doing).  So, I’ll be waking up extra early in the morning to read and do devotions (I was going to start today, but didn’t realize how long this post was going to take), and blog about it.  I will at least once a week post a blog about anything that happened during the week where God deserves all the glory (This post counts!).  I will be encouraging to everyone at church and not be complacent.  I will cut out all gossip.  I will take someone new out once a month and use that opportunity to evangelize.  You might be wonder, “Nick, you won’t have time!”  And my response to that would be you are probably right…  But seriously, I have to put myself in situations that require God’s power and hand to guide me, because if I’m always comfortable, I will never see God work.  My standard for myself is to be come like Jesus, and that is a standard that is so high and pretty much unattainable by anyone, but yet I will continue to strive for it…

Alright, thanks for reading!