Thursday, June 30, 2011

Haran, where vision goes to die.

Terah took Abram his son...
and they went forth together from Ur of the
to go into the land of Canaan.

But when they came to Haran,

The days of Terah were 205 years.
and Terah died in Haran.

// Genesis 11.31-32

Where did you intend to go before you settled?
Where you settle is where you'll die!
Do NOT stop short of your upward calling!

LORD, give me Canaan songs, to help me remember i'm not yet Home!

Thank You for not being offset by our settling. For by faith Abraham, having patiently waited, obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going, and obtained the promise. That is why it depends on faith, in order that the promise may rest on grace. And if we are Christ's, then we are Abraham's offspring, heirs according to promise.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

gave you eyes so you could hear.

do not give up the Zion climb
see the sun overtake the Jordan valley
it says he who has an ear
let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches

Sunday, June 12, 2011

SEAsia Support Letter

12 June 2011

Dear Friends,

I hope you are being refreshed by God’s presence this summer and that you are tasting the goodness of being open to his leading. As I have one semester of undergrad left to go, I’ve been more urgently weighing my burden for cross-cultural missions. My plans for graduate studies in linguistics, and beyond, are now all colored by this priority. Next month I have the privilege of participating in a vision trip in a partnership between my New York City church and an international literacy organization called Goducate. I am very grateful for this opportunity to further explore God’s calling in my life and especially to witness a faithful example of contextualized missions and language/literacy development for the Kingdom. I look forward, also, to being challenged with the reality that a globally appropriate lifestyle is much simpler than the one I live. And even now am beginning to alter my patterns so that I really can pick up and go wherever the Lord may deploy me; so far this path has been all joy.

From July 5-28 I will visiting one or more of the Goducate missions in Southeast Asia, with a team of three from my church. We're excited that Goducate’s work is a testimony of God on the move from all nations to all nations. We will begin at in Sabah the coworker we support supervises 5 of 14 centers in that region, which in tandem reach almost 1000 children with health and literacy education. She trains up local mothers to be kampong center teachers and to also lead their own bible studies. In their capacity-building model, Goducate is thus making inroads into an otherwise unreached, predominantly Muslim population of stateless, displaced Filipinos. I will be photodocumenting and journaling what we encounter as I shadow and assist her, and will keep posted by email if you are willing to receive my prayer updates.

Prayer is essential to moving anything, from my heart and its reservations, to the unjust systems that we seek to advance Emmanuel’s peace into. Please let me know by email if I can count on you in this area. If you would like to fund me toward the $2200 needed to cover transportation, training, visa, preventative medicine, and lodging, please give only the amount that you are cheerfully willing to up to $100. Please let me know the expected amount of your tax-deductible contribution, which can be sent to Emmanuel Presbyterian Church, 475 Riverside Dr, Suite 1942, New York, NY 10115 with “Summer Missions – Esther” in the memo line.

I just spent a lifegiving week in training with Wycliffe (whom I'd like to join long-term). For the rest of this month some ways I’ll be preparing for the short-term missions trip include praying, reading through the entire New Testament and other training materials including When Helping Hurts, practicing evangelism and intentionality in my relationships here (especially in my family), sweating for 90 minutes daily in a 105 °F room, engaging cross-culturally with a Burmese refugee community, donating/selling a lot of belongings partly to simplify in order to go and partly to fund missions... If you have any questions about any part of this process please do not hesitate to contact me!

Grateful for your continued support and friendship.

Stay blessed,

Esther Liu

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

The Call of Ezekiel

as he spoke to me,
the Spirit entered into me
and set me on my feet,
and i heard Him...

and He said to me,
I send you to the people who
have rebelled against me
to this very day.

and whether they hear or refuse to hear
(for they are a rebellious house)
they will know that a prophet has been among them.

and you, be not afraid of them,
nor be afraid of their words,
though briers and thorns are with you
and you sit on scorpions.

be not afraid of their words,
nor be dismayed at their looks,
for they are a rebellious house.

and you shall speak my words to them,
whether they hear or refuse to hear,
for they are a rebellious house.

but you, hear what I say to you.
be not rebellious like that rebellious house;
open your mouth and eat what I give you.
My food, said Jesus, is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.

No reserve. No retreats. No regrets.

6. Resolved, as it is the only way to guard the heart, to run after the imperishable Reward and know its lasting joy. LORD You know that this last year I have chased the unrewarding and have known reserve, retreat, and regret; but You are able to keep me from stumbling and to present me blameless before the presence of Your glory with great joy.