Monday, August 20, 2018

Hi Everyone!

I'm really excited to meet all of you!  This will be my first time to India and I can't wait to experience more of what God has for us.  I've been wanting to join this mission trip for several years now, but couldn't due to work, but I finally can make it this time around!

My brother is JR Bunda, whom some of you might know, since he came to India on a previous mission trip.  People think that he's older than me, but believe it or not, I'm older than him!  He mentioned to me that worship in India is ON ANOTHER LEVEL and cannot compare to what we experience here in Hawaii so I can't wait to worship with you all!

With that, this is my scripture rudder:
"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations." Psalm 100

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Hi! Excited to come visit!


Hey brothers and sisters! Weʻre excited to have an opportunity to come visit everyone! Itʻs been a long time! Teem and I moved back to America last year (2017) in August. Weʻve been doing very well and have been welcomed to Hawaiʻi like family. Just wanted to share a couple scriptures that weʻve been meditating on over the past few months. Once again, very excited to know that we will be in your company soon!

Bruce - Jeremiah 31:25 "25 For I will satisfy the weary soul, and every languishing soul I will replenish."

Teem - Proverbs 3:5-6 "5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."

Bruce and Teem

Excited to return to India!

Aloha from Hawaii!  This is Jon, and I am so excited and blessed to be able to return to Dehradun and Mussoorie and to bring my wife Karyl. I was last there in the spring of 2017 with my daughter Juliana, and we were so blessed during that mission trip to meet you all, to spend time getting to know you, to break bread together with you, to pray with you, and to play silly games with you!  It was Karyl's idea for our family to go on mission to India in 2017, but things didn't work out for her in 2017 so she stayed home while Juliana and I joined C4 on mission to India. Now I get to share with my wife all of the loving friends I made in India, and show her the beauty and wonder and glory that God has tucked away in this special corner of India.

With this in mind, I have selected as my scripture rudder:
Psalms 34:8 -- Taste and see that the LORD is good. Oh the joys of those who take refuge in him!

Blessings, and Jai Mashi Ki!
Jon

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Looking forward to seeing you soon!



Excited to be reunited with our family in India.  Know that a lot of changed over the past 12 years...some of you have graduated, some of you are involved at Mussoorie Crossfit or Mudcup, some have even gotten married :)  Good to see that God's faithfulness and love remains steadfast and is our source of peace and strength.  Looking forward to seeing you all!

In John it is written:

Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. This is to my Father’s glory, that you bear much fruit, showing yourselves to be my disciples.  (John 15:4-8)

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Aloha from Hawaii! Can't wait to see you all again!


Aloha!

It's been quite a few years, but I'm so excited to see you all again.. I think by now everyone has outgrown me! I'm so encouraged by your testimonies of remaining faithful as the Lord continues shaping you all to who He has crafted you to be! I am praying that we can allow the Spirit to move us, that we would be willing to lay down our personal agendas, and watch His power and provision cover all of India into the ends of the earth!

"Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place." - Psalm 66:12

Aloha from Karyl!

Aloooha dearest Brothers & Sisters in Christ, Thank you so much for your prayers, pictures, videos, and love for my "ohana" (family)... my hubby Jon and daughter Juliana visited you in Spring 2017 and my brother Greg Woo visited you many years ago with his son Christian. My name is Karyl and I am so thankful to God for opening the doors so that I can meet you in person. I've heard so much about you!!! You've definitely touched Juliana's and Jon's heart. I can't wait to meet you my India ohana! :))) Jai Masih Ki!  
I'm originally from New York but now am a local islander on Oahu. God has blessed me with being a mom to 2 amazing teenagers - Juliana (18) and Koa (15). I enjoy serving in a ministry called Life Change at my church, New Hope Oahu. Life Change is a 12-week discipleship course held twice a year where we are taught to first love God, love others and seek the Holy Spirit's revelation and leading. We cover many topics such as forgiveness, identifying participants' ungodly beliefs, learning about lies we believe, how our big mouths (words) can get us in trouble, and learning how to identify and break strongholds of the enemy from our lives. Jon and I have also performed creative sign dance at some our Life Change retreats. Sign dance is a powerful expression of worshipping God. I'm still pretty new to it, but I love it and Jon and I hope to share it with you when we visit.  
One of my life scriptures is Proverbs 3:5-6. I'll be praying this daily in addition to my scripture rudder, Hebrews 12:1-2, for our Sept-Oct. 2018 mission trip. "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us,fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."  On a biblical note, the book of Hebrews speaks of many heroes of faith who have run the race for God's glory and Kingdom, with Jesus being the pioneer and perfector of their faith. Their modeling of perseverance encourages me. On a practical note, there are so many witnesses who have gone before me to visit you, and you yourselves (my India family) are huge witnesses of perseverance and faithfully enduring the race which sets us apart for eternal purposes.  
I can't wait to witness all that God is doing in India through each of you. I will be praying for all of you and the country of India.  God bless you abundantly!  I'll see you soon!
Much love,
Karyl


Tuesday, January 9, 2018

New Email Address

Hello!

I wanted to let you know that I will be using a new email address. This email will no longer be active. Should you desire to reach me personally for whatever reason, please feel free to email me at tjgorum@gmail.com. Please take the next minute and save it in your contacts. 

Hope your 2018 is off to an incredible start!
TJ Gorum


Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Finding Imitators of Christ

"Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us." —Philippians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Since my days in college, I've always looked up to Creighton. Paul in Philippians 3:17 reminds me that I've been blessed to walk behind and view Creighton as a role model.  I see a leader who presses onward to the call of Jesus Christ, who holds his identity in HE who is greater than ME, and who has a righteousness that is anchored in his faith in Christ.
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(Bobby, Creighton & Rinku, from the 2009 Woodstock Retreat in Mussoorie)
On this mission trip, I got to meet Bobby, whom Creighton met at the orphanage 10 years ago. I watched Bobby interact with Creighton and could see and feel an honoring of Creighton because of the fatherly love that Creighton has been investing in Bobby for the last 10 years.
 
(Most of the boys in the House of Life Boys' Home in Dehradun, run by Bobby & Anu... oh, and Max!)

Bobby now takes care of 17 boys at the House of Life. He and and his wife Anu get to pour their lives into these boys. The boys at the House of Life have impacted me and our India team in a special way. 
 
(4 of the young men who have been part of the Firs since before our first team arrived in July 2007.
Pradeep and Ganesh are currently in college, Bobby is running the House of Life boys' home, and Gopal has graduated.
The are pictured here with most of the men on the March 2017 travel team from Hawaii)

Bobby shared the word agape with me. It's his favorite word to use for team names. His humility and surrendered heart allow him to freely receive agape love from the Lord and, as a result, his life is a major outpouring of agape love. 
Thank you, Creighton, for setting an example of what it means to follow Jesus. The fruit that we'll bear from your example will impact the generations of many families. 
 
(Those boys (!) striking a pose in the Delhi Metro station.  What an awesome team!)

-Marc

Back in Japan; Waiting for the flight Home

This photo is from the beginning of our trip, before most of us knew the powerful impact this journey would have on each of our lives.

And here we are once again in Japan, but this time we are changed.  Our Father has revealed in each of us so many new layers that He has just been waiting for us to process!  I can't wait for the coming days as each of us processes these last 12 days and prayerfully considers how we get to move forward with all this new direction!

Best.Trip.Ever!
–Aunty Barb

Authenticity of Relationships/Brotherhood

I'm often caught up in the "what" or "objective" of meetings w/ people. This trip was a good reminder of what it means to rest or to be in the love of our father through relationships. Simply watching these guys take care of each other and the younger boys has been a blessing for me. —Marc

- "If you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, "You shall love your neighbor as yourself," you are doing well."
James 2:8 ESV



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Friday, March 31, 2017

Each one teach one

Each one teach one. Here is Tehani pouring herself out and serving the next generation of believers! Our friend Sonam shared with us that in Mussoorie, they focus on discipleship and fellowship more than anything. He shared that he felt like sometimes we get caught up trying to do too much, and in the end we end up getting less done, we end up making less of an impact. Keep it simple! Can you imagine if every believer just focused on making one disciple? One younger person who you pour yourself out for, someone you invite into your family to serve and teach in the ways of the Lord. This relationship works both ways as I gain more wisdom, grow in faith, and I'm held accountable for my actions and the things that come from my mouth. We are here to bring heaven down to earth, to build Gods kingdom, NOW! Let's all try to remember to focus on the one. Let's partner with God to bring about a revival. One that lasts longer than a generation.

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India adventure




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Surely A Generation is Impacted

What did we do to bring Jesus from heaven to save us? NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING. God's love for us is so unconditional; His saving grace found us and didn't leave us as we were. He rescued us, designed us to do the works He had planned long ago in Christ. "Saving is all God's idea and all His work. All we do is trust Him enough to let Him do it. It’s God’s gift from start to finish! We don’t play the major role. If we did, we’d probably go around bragging that we’d done the whole thing! No, we neither make nor save ourselves. God does both the making and saving. He creates each of us by Christ Jesus to join Him in the work He does, the good work He has gotten ready for us to do, work we had better be doing.” Ephesians‬ ‭2:7-10‬ ‭MSG‬‬.

Now when I think of how God brought you folks into our lives, what did we do to deserve that? NOTHING, absolutely NOTHING. Because of your obedience and sacrifices, how a generation is being impacted! You found us when we were struggling to survive, and the seeds that you planted in various ways have now grown to become trees that can bear much fruit. House of Life and Salvation Home in Dehradun were born because we survived in Mussoorie.

Surely you made us taste the Love of Heaven by your obedience and sacrifices. We saw how great and generous our God is. We learned from you that it's not good just to be on the receiving end, but we must have the heart of the Heavenly Father who gives us lavishly all that we need. We learned from you to exercise the gifts and talents that God has given us to earn so that we can have enough to meet our needs and those of others. THANK YOU.

Our future is full of Hope. We are confident to disclose what lies ahead of us. We can always look back and tell the stories of God's power and faithfulness. He knows the end from the beginning. There is a promise in Ps. 112:  “Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands. Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches are in their houses, and their righteousness endures forever. Even in darkness light dawns for the upright, for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.” (‭‭Psalm‬ ‭112:1-4‬ ‭NIV)

Thanks for coming and blessing us again. Let's continue to walk in the fear of the Lord and delight in His Word. He will surely fulfill
the promise to bless the children that He has entrusted to us.