After Violin’s recent message on the daily prayer, I made slight modifications which helped me to pray with more burden. Before praying each part, I would consider what are my needs or what do I really want rather than going on auto mode. This way my prayers are more desire driven, hence increasing my burden and passion, yet at the same time I feel easy and light. I also feel more connected to the Lord when I pray.
After I started praying steadily recently, I feel that I have the presence of the Lord every day, and I have the care and protection of the Lord. I feel my heart is getting closer to the Lord’s heart. Every time I was irritable, I turned to the Lord, and prayed. I felt extremely peaceful in my heart afterwards. I know that He could hear my prayers at any time.
Since January, I have been washing dishes soon after meals. I used to let dishes soak in the sink while I spent time on my computer. Through brothers and sisters’ reminders, I realized that washing dishes promptly means being sanitary and helps me to overcome procrastination and be more responsible. The recent messages on Wednesdays about going from glory to glory encouraged me to continue on building this habit. Even though I’d have negative thoughts when I struggle to sustain a habit or goal, I can improve little by little with diligence, commitment, and effort. Moreover, both God and brothers
神的創造真的很美很奇妙，原來在平流層上看到的星星有那麼多那麼亮，密密麻麻地佈滿整個天空。當雲層把地面城市的燈光遮住的時候，在天上看星星顯得特別亮。近視的我看到亮的星星已經有很多，還有很多是我看不清或者看不見的。原來在我以為漆黑一片的夜空，神為我預備了這麼多這麼美的星星。我之前看不見，不能怪神沒有預備啊！神早已在背後默默地預備著一切，只是我站的高度限制了我的視野。也因為溫哥華太冷，我晚上沒有站出去抬頭看星星。 在飛機上一直重複聆聽 ”Rising Star”（中文版《讓我發光亮》），真的好應景。我們不用怕又深又長的黑夜，夜越黑，星星越亮。我不需要做黑夜裡最閃亮的星，只需要與弟兄姐妹一起發著光，共同照耀和點綴著夜空就行。眾星閃耀的天空更美。
James Leung In this pursuit camp, I learned we should have a good schedule instead of loose time. I want to have more time to shout for joy every day. I want to share my areas of improvement with brothers and sisters, so they can keep me accountable. Yanmi Leung I give thanks I could join this camp to pursue with brothers and sisters. I learned how to design a good schedule, have free but not loose time, take short breaks (reading, walk, etc) throughout the day, shout for joy, and read the Bible (ups and downs). I want to
Kelvin Lau (Silicon Valley) During the camp, I learned to put myself forward in every meeting. From 7am global phone sing to dinner sharing, I always remind myself not to delay my success but voice out whenever I have something to share. Also, I cut down most of my loose time and I can feel that my schedule was so fruitful and joyful. I enjoyed the car ride with brothers and sisters a lot because we were shouting for joy and had ceaseless prayers. It was not burdensome but instead, I felt that my heart can be so settled and
Leslie Wu (Morning Star) For me, every part of the camp arrangement was abundant and helpful. Shouting for joy in the car was a great way to set the tone for the day and uplift my spirit in the shortest time. Sharing after meal helped me to know everyone better and be inspired, especially about healthy eating and fasting. I especially enjoyed reading the Bible together. The Lord spoke very personally to me about how to be more steadfast with endurance, but at the same time my heart can be easy and light when I do so in small steps.
2022 was a rollercoaster year that resulted in many breakthroughs. I give thanks to brothers and sisters’ care and support to overcome negative thoughts while I was sick or injured. Through their encouragement, I overcame my shyness to share my spiritual gains on Friday and Sunday meetings, and on the church blog. From there, God gave me the confidence to share my testimony in numerous Gospel Chatrooms and at the in-person gospel meeting. I also inspired many with my life story on overcoming struggles for the StepUp Program and English Up Up Up. I treasure that I could edify brothers