By Sarah D. Park

I still cannot believe that I ended up on a boat. I was bobbing on the water, sitting there with multiple layers on and a life jacket, chomping on a cold fried chicken sandwich while holding a can of makkoli in between my knees, listening to a crank radio broadcast on a baseball game that I could care less about, when I found myself thinking, “How did this happen?”

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By Diana Kim

Photo by Jim Lukach

I was gifted an orchid plant at the beginning of the year. I thought that I would be able to easily take care of the orchid, but it didn’t go as planned. It lasted about six months, which is pretty good for me. Perhaps I overwatered it. Perhaps I placed it in a space where it got too much direct sunlight. One by one, the flowers started to wilt and fall off. Even the big leaves started to turn brown. I thought that the orchid was dead and so I was ready to throw it away.

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By Wendy Choy-Chan

Photo by Gido

As I circled back to Genesis in my Bible reading, I realized that the vision of John in Revelation 21 and 22 is not just some imaginary pie in the sky that God was drawing up for John. The city of God, the river of life, the tree of life – they were all God’s original design from the very beginning, as in Genesis 1 and 2. 

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By Tina Teng-Henson

Photo by Tatiana T

I gave notice at my church on Sunday, towards the end of a message about following Jesus through the crowd that initially loved him then opposed him in his hometown. In a message that was about leaving the 99 to go after the one lost lamb. In a message about focusing, like him, on those who were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 

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Healing: He and Me

By Emi Iwanaga

Photo by Chad Sparkes
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By Jerrica KF Ching

Photo by alexisnyal

Healing comes in many different forms, covering many aspects of our life.  Healing can be for physical ailment, emotional turmoil, or spiritual renewal.  I believe there are many of us who, amidst an ongoing global pandemic, have been hoping, praying, and seeking healing in all areas of our lives. 

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By Melanie Mar Chow

Being a campus minister for over 30 years, I have appreciated walking alongside Christian students who seek to learn about God and science and apply their knowledge to valuable careers. The most recent survey in 2015 notes that Asian Americans rank the highest among those pursuing STEM majors at 30%.

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By April Yamasaki

Photo by Evelyn Lim

Last Sunday I preached on Psalm 111 which is both a psalm of thanksgiving and a wisdom psalm. The psalmist writes, “I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart” (v. 1), and ends, “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; all those who practice it have a good understanding.”

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Spotlight: May Chin

May Chin is the pastor of Grace Alive Fellowship (GAF), which she planted with a team of five women in the heart of NYC Chinatown. She also helped to found Women of Wonder! (WOW!) and is working part-time as the Director of Spiritual Discernment. Formerly, May served as the Director of the Herald Youth Center serving Chinese immigrant teens, as well as the former Director of English ministries at the Church of the Living Lord, where she established an inter-generational congregation, a children’s church, youth service, and a summer leadership training school for early teens. She is a licensed social worker and recently graduated with an MA in Ministry in the Global City at the City Seminary of New York. May is married, has a daughter studying costume design, and 2 fun loving cats.

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By Ajung Sojwal

Photo by Bruce Guenter

I have friends who insists that the earth is barely 6000 years old and genuinely believe that humanity’s scientific endeavor is the devil’s scheme to lure us away from God. If I had half the kind of passionate curiosity about God as do scientists about their field of study, I would never be able to forget that indeed, neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Rom. 8:38-39).

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