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We absolutely loved connecting with all of you in so many states! Our services in the States were fruitful & our amazingly supportive team is growing every week! Because of your generosity to the Kingdom, WE HAVE ARRIVED {back} IN CHINA! We are ready & excited to begin language school on Jan. 4th… Yet we remain desperate to reach our ultimate work, the numbers haunt our dreams & motivate us to push even harder as we begin this next step towards bringing Hope wherever we go. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Blessed & Happy New Year! Thanks again for your faithful prayers!

**Update: Our first week with all 6 of us in school is almost over & we are still smiling, although very exhausted, & REALLY looking forward to seeing Star Wars this weekend when it finally opens here in China! – No spoilers please!!**

Here are some videos from the last couple weeks:

-JK

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24 lives in 24 hours

How did you spend the last 24 hours? Did you go to work, drive through traffic, stop at Starbucks, eat some take out, play with your kids, take your wife on a date, call your Gramma, walk the dog, watch the news, read your bible, listen to music, rock a baby to sleep, pray, play on your iPhone, read a book, watch a movie, exercise or catch a little sleep?? Or maybe you went to school, skipped a class, shopped online, did some homework, fed the cat, rode a bike, stayed up late, fought with a friend/parent/spouse, spilled the milk, went on Facebook, read this blog, broke a nail & stubbed your toe… again!?

Whatever you did, was it important? Was it time well spent? Are you glad you did it? Did it make a difference?

24 hours seems like enough time to do a lot of things. Or not. You could be very effective or totally useless. You could be helpful, be a blessing to others… Or not.

Why does it matter? Well to me it makes a world of difference what I do with my time, because I happen to know what happens every 24 hours on an island far away where hope is lost & the people are forgotten. Someone is dying every hour, their time has run out. In the last 24 hours, 24 precious islanders have died. 24, every day. In the last 12 months, while we’ve been in the States, 9,500 have been laid to rest. Before we could get there, before we met them. Before they knew our story… His story… THEIR story…

What can we do with the next 24 hours? We could save a life or two… or 24.

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One for every hour.

We need just 24 people to help us, so we can be WITH the 24 that die every 24 hours…

Please Contact us below & ask HOW you can help!  

glimpses through Time

Today is my ‘office/report day’, which is every day for Mark, but only about once a month for me. I left a list for Daddy, so the kids MIGHT be getting their schoolwork done while I’m gone. Not sure though, since the morning started off with a very interesting ‘tree cutting project’ in our backyard which was followed by the spectator sport of ‘stump grinding’. As I was leaving it appeared they were all working on educational things, but the conversation had somehow turned to Boba Fett & Daddy claimed innocence when I asked if he really thought they would all remain focused if HE kept playing Star Wars videos on his phone… HAHAHA — But what matters is that I am GONE & getting to my reports. So we will just not ask any more questions, because I mean, Star Wars is science, right??!! *grin*

My report day is also my “Team Day”, so here’s a cool timelapse I found while checking up on some of our teammates on FB – what a beautiful country we are blessed to live in. While this makes me homesick, it also reminds me what beauty awaits us when we get back. It’s gonna be sooner than we think! We have just passed 80% of our goal, we are SOOO ready to be HOME again! – Enjoy the pics. 🙂

-JK

Hope & Homes: Baja Update

My construction trip in Baja California, Mexico was a fruitful & challenging experience, thank you for your prayers and financial support that allowed me to go. The trip was very successful; our team of 90 people was able to build three homes in the week we spent in Mexico. It was touching to see how grateful the families were when we handed them the keys to their new house. I’m glad that I had the opportunity to be God’s hands and feet by working for and alongside these people to build a home for this family. I have learned that sometimes the people with the least resources are the most generous. The Martinez* family has lived in poverty for years, their 10×10 one room shack, with no indoor plumbing, has housed all 5 of them for the last 2 years. Yet, they purchased & cooked a delicious “Thank You Meal” for the tam working on their house (30 ppl) during the time we were there. Generosity in the midst of poverty. I hope to also live in a way that overcomes my circumstances.

Above is a picture of my team in front of the house we built for the Martinez* family. Their new home is about four times larger than the old shack & has plumbing for a sink in the kitchen (with built in counters) & a shower. (The toilet is in a brand new outhouse, also built by our team.) The home we built also has 2 bedrooms & a living room, as well as electricity/lighting fixtures. Each team member had a different skill set, some built bed frames, others hauled in new mattresses & still others set up lighting, door frames & windows. I mainly helped with framing, roofing & painting. Once we had a paint brush in the hand of each worker (when other projects were done) the walls were finished very quickly. It was great to have a team of variously skilled workers, to provide a comfortable home for our new friends.

On the last day of our trip, Pastor Scott Hagan (our leader) stood in front of the new house & gave a message of hope in JC, which someone translated into Spanish. The entire neighborhood had gathered there to listen. Many of the people responded, and we were privileged to lead several people into the Family. Praise the Lord!!

Thanks to all of you who contributed for allowing me to go to Mexico. Through your gift, you helped build these homes in Baja California and you helped bring hope to people who needed it. #hopeandhomesbaja #epeditionbaja


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-TK {Tryston Kwong, guest blogger for #TeamKwong}

*names changed for privacy

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T w/ P. Scott Hagan in Baja California.

It was inspirational to me that Mr. Martinez* & Pastor Scott Hagan (above with me) worked right along with us.

Only a few of us had the courage to conquer the mountain, but the view at the top was totally worth it.

Only a few of us had the courage to conquer the mountain, but the view at the top was totally worth it.