Thankful….

….for everything.

Last year, I posted my Thanksgiving Top 10 list. This year, I would like to add “everything else.”

Vince lives in the park next to my church. We met him through our outreach ministry at Inspire City. Vince is an amazing person. He went through difficult circumstances. He is an inspiration for me. I now see things differently. Vince has changed my life, and I am thankful to know him. And I will never take anything for granted….

“Rejoice always,  pray without ceasing,  in everything give thanks….”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Revive @ #inspirecity Launch Event

Revive was launched tonight. Revive is the Chinatown Outreach Ministry of Inspire City (Church.) “Revive exists to rejuvenate Chinatown Honolulu one-block-at-a-time and one-heart-at-a-time through the authority of Jesus Christ.”

The launch event was held at Regal Bakery in the Chinese Cultural Plaza.

I was able to share a brief presentation on our vision.

Food was provided by our friends at Regal Bakery. So awesome….

Music was provided by Aukai & friends. It was a great night of fellowship.

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Chinatown Street Festival & Parade

The Saturday before Chinese New Year’s is always the biggest Chinatown celebration of the year. It’s called the Night in Chinatown Street Festival, and it’s always a lotta fun.

I was able to pass out reusable grocery bags to some of the festival attendees. This was to help promote our new city location as part of our soon-to-be launched Chinatown ministry called Revive. The bags were warmly received, and instantly put to good use.

The streets were closed off, and there were entertainment stages, vendors, and tons of street food.

I met up with good friends Sam & Jeannie for lunch. This is something that we had planned way back, after our medical missions trip to Thailand.

We went to K C Kitchen on the river side of the Chinese Cultural Plaza. This is Taiwanese style Beef Noodle Soup. So ono…. Because Sam & Jeannie knew the owner, we were treated.

We walked around and visited many of the stalls. I didn’t buy gau, but I had my gin dui and a bubble drink. Good times.

I stayed for the parade. It was good, but pretty long. I think there were too many politicians (although I didn’t mind this one….)

There was a lot of culture and pageantry. I even saw a couple of friends marching in the parade.

It was a great day. Will definitely be back again next year. 農曆新年!

Inspire City

Inspire Church just opened its newest location, Inspire City in Chinatown. Tonight was the soft opening. Service was held in the old Empress Theater on Beretania, home of New Life Church (and across from where my grandmother had her saimin stand in the 70s.)

Had a blessed evening. The worship and message were awesome. Connected with many friends (and my nephew.) Most of all, looking forward to doing outreach in Chinatown. It just makes sense to serve the needy here.

“You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.”
Matthew 5:14-16