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Music Videos 2015

For the past 2 and a half weeks, we've been filming on various days for three new music videos!

The experience was a grueling one for me, mostly because I had to make sure that filming worked out with all of our schedules, we all got the shots that we needed, and that everyone knew what to wear/bring. Sometimes, communication wasn't that easy between people, but with God's love and provision, we got done what we had to get done, with the time that was given to us. Most importantly, I had a lot of fun getting to know Michael Hsiu and Kathy better because we spent so much time together filming during the day for one-person narrative shots. God really blessed us with safe travels, yummy food, and fun fellowship time! 

Another reason, however, why it was a grueling week for me was because I couldn't attend any of the shifts that I was supposed to on my internship at a tv station in town. Instead, I had to switch my shifts from my normal times to the early morning shifts from 3am-noon. Even though it was tiring, I'm glad I experienced those shifts, and I'm really thankful that my schedule is back to normal! 

The three songs that we're now editing the music videos for are: Jesus You Are There, Forever Worship You, and Your Girl. These three songs should all be on our Media>Music page! Stay tuned--we'll hopefully be done with the music videos in a month or two!!

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Our Leaders. My Father and Mother.

Recently, my parents, Timothy Su and Lan-Fong Chen if you haven't heard of them yet from my own page, have been going around in Asia for business and, of course, meeting up with some old Christian friends whom we have met through church and the mission trips that we've been on before. However, due to the bad environment in some of the places that they travel to, like Dongguan, China and other areas in Thailand, we ask that if you read this, you pray for their safety and well-being as they go about their travels. I'm sure that God will keep them in his safe arms and bring them safely back to Tucson. If it were not for them, this foundation would not have started; they are so important in my life, and have changed the lives of so many others as well.

-Y.S.

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A Time for Everything

Welcome to our new LTF website! Props to Yee- He's the man behind all the redesign and migration to this beautiful modern site. We are currently still in the process of updating some of the content so please be patient with us!

The band from the tour "A Time for Everything" in June 2014

The photo above was taken from our tour last year. It was such a wonderful experience for us meeting brothers and sisters from different churches in California, sharing our stories with one another, praying and worshipping our God together. It was simply beautiful.

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A lot has happened for me since then. I'm not going to bore you with the details. All I'm going to say is that it was one of the most challenging year of my short life and it really put my faith to the test. For the first time in years, I actually doubted God, and started thinking if what I believed in all these years was just an illusion. During this time, thankfully through my fellow brothers/sister, prayers, Scripture, sermons and a random Christian movie, God reassured me that He is present and He is real. Also, on the bright side, it inspired me to write a few more songs! 

I’m not quite ready to share about the details, but stay tune to find out more about what happened!

Meixuan

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Multiply Radically

As we prepare for this upcoming trip to Asia, I'm extremely excited because it relates to what my fellowship group had been studying. We read Multiply, by Francis chan, which focused on multiplying the kingdom of God; actually going out into the world, be it somewhere in our immediate surroundings or traveling to another country, to be fishers of men and to proclaim the gospel. 

We also read  the book Radical, by David Platt, which discussed living out the Christian faith outside of the comforts of our cozy homes, loving families, and financial security. The book ended with a multi-part challenge of which one of the steps was to pray for the different countries around the world. The easiest way to do that was to subscribe to Operation World, and that organization would send daily emails about different countries, religious demographics, and prayer needs. 

Through these books and daily emails about different countries, not only did I improve my geography, but I also had a more concrete idea about just how much of the world did and did not know or even hear of God. 

Therefore, having this opportunity to visit some of the countries and share the gospel, share God's love and show these people that there IS meaning in life, there IS a healer, forgiver, and provider of their deepest hurts, sins, and needs is definitely something to get excited about!

Tracy

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My Band. My Family.

As I was sitting in the old little trailer where our Friday night Bible study takes place in Tucson, I realized that God has blessed me with something I couldn't have foreseen nor come close to expecting. I was sitting amongst a group of people that had been with me through my early years of growth and even until now as I'm almost done with college. God has allowed each and every one of us the opportunity to meet together at least once a year. It's not much until you realize how varied each of our lives are and where each of us are in our various stages of life. Right after our brief summer tour, all of us were in different cities except for two of us. We each had different directions and different paths that God was leading us on, yet He still has constantly provided us the opportunity to serve and worship together at least once a year. The way that God has brought this band together time and time again has provided me with a family that I appreciate even more now.

They're funny. They're witty. They're sarcastic. They're loving. They're my brothers and sisters in Christ and most of all, they're my family.

I can't wait to see what God has in store for us this summer and winter. 

yee

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New Year--New Possibilities--New Adventures

Hello everyone, and welcome to Life Transforming Foundation's website! Here, we will be updating you on what's happening with the band, particularly for our upcoming Winter Asia Tour! In the last year, there have been many changes in our lives. However, there is one thing that has not changed: our desire and passion to spread the good news of Christ, and to live boldly for Him! 

Last year, the A Time For Everything Tour taught me a very important lesson: there is power in our personal testimonies that can only come from God. During that tour I chose to give a testimony about the peace of God that helped me get through a difficult time. Even though I was giving a testimony that transformed me, I did not think that the people attending the praise night event would be able to make a personal connection because my situation was very unique. In addition to that, the first time I gave my testimony was to a Chinese congregation so I had to say the whole thing in Chinese! However on that night, something miraculous happened. After the event was over, a young woman came up to me and told me that she was going through EXACTLY what I had experienced, and that hearing my testimony helped to calm her deepest worries. In that moment, my heart sank. Why was that? Because I realized that I had been doubting the power of personal testimonies, and in addition to that, those doubts also belittled the supremacy of God. Immediately, I thought of the passages of the Bible where Jesus called His followers, “Oh You of little faith,” and I thought to myself, “Lord, I am so sorry for having such little faith in You.”

As we prepare our music and testimonies for this winter tour, I am continually humbled through experiences of falling short, and understanding that there is a desperate need for me to change.  I know that my experiences and the quality of my testimonies means nothing if the focus is not on God, and so I hope that LTF and its members will be in your prayers as we prepare for our winter tour, and strive to transform others as we are transformed ourselves.

God bless!

-Kathy 

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And We're Back...for Another Year of Transformation!

Welcome to LTF's blog! We're super thrilled to be sharing with everyone the journey through which God will be taking us as we anticipate our winter tour to Asia at the end of this year. Ever since the beginning of this year, every member of our band has been mindful about the possibility of serving together, and now it's actually going to happen!

The band in preparation for our California 2012 tour.

For me, I'm very thankful and excited about LTF's plans for the winter. Not only will it be a time that we, as a band, can get back together and share our original music, but it will also be a time when we can expect God's hand to move: in our own lives, in the music that we write, and in the hearts of all who listen and are open to His voice. 

Recently, God's taught me that transformation always begins with the realization of our true identities in Christ. What do you describe yourself as when people ask you who you are? A student? A certain ethnicity or gender? A friend?

In God's eyes, we're nothing less than his precious daughters and sons, washed clean by the blood of Jesus if only we believe. What this royal identity does is that it frees us to remember that we have a higher calling each day to live in a way that honors our Heavenly Father. It releases us from what other people may think, and gives us encouragement that God wants the best for us. He wants to be in complete relationship with us, so that we can better love others as well.

Throughout this summer as LTF practices for our winter tour, I am hopeful and excited for God to transform our hearts in preparation to meet all of you! Our God is alive, and he has new mercies for us everyday. Let's expect transformation, one day at a time. 

<3 Harmony

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New Year, New Songs!

Hello everyone! It's been a long time since we've posted, yet again, but I'm excited to say that we've gotten the band together once again this past winter and have been working on news songs once again! It's always amazing that we as a band continue to have the chance to meet together a couple times a year, especially since we're all so far from each other now. God really has blessed each of us with the unique privilege of being able to fellowship together, regardless of how different our current paths are, or how far our paths have led us physically apart from each other. Writing songs is never the same with us, and this time around, the songs were different from what we've had in the past, but they've been just as - if not even more - enjoyable to work on with everyone. I think that as we learn to compose and form these songs around a more personalized foundation, we feel each song much more and we have a heightened ability to relate to each song through the message that each song carries and attempts to deliver. I constantly thank God for the people that He has placed within our band, and it comes as no surprise that these people all mean so incredibly much to me as my closest family in Christ. I look forward to our next opportunity to serve together with an eager heart. But until then, time to focus on our current album in progress!

All the best,

Yee

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Another Year

It has been a year since foundation's last meeting. The California tour in July 2012 was a testimony for God and what he has done through Life transforming foundation. I've learned and experienced a lot from God. This past year many things have change in my personal life. On December 8 2012, I was married to Liyuan. My personal life has taken to another level. 1 Corinthians 13:4, 5, 7 says: Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. These three verses have been a promise in our marriage as well as to God. In the 8 months in our marriage, We encountered a lot of obstacles. But through prayers and faith, God took care of the problems. Now I am in the middle of applying graduate school, a lot of doubt in my mind right now. I pray to God that he can take away my worries and give me peace in him. No matter what the outcome is, I will always follow his plan.

-Jerry

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First Album! Now What?

I can't believe how much has happened between now and when we first started recording for our first album. I remember that we encountered many trials before getting to this point, and I have to say that we owe so much to God as a team and a family that we were able to complete this segment in our journey together that led us up to this point. I saw the strength and faith that God gave to my mom, who ultimately pushed us and gave us the determination and energy to finish this album. One of the most poignant memories I have during our recording process goes back to a long recording session one Saturday. Harmony brought to attention, quite suddenly, what the purpose and point of this album was. I still struggle between the processes of spiritual work and strictly business work. When producing an album like this, there's always and should be a question of "What am I/we doing this for?" Is it for money, or fame, or religious works, or even for all of the above? Immediately, after Harmony brought this to the attention of all of us in the midst of recording her song, we took the time to sit down, and pray. I'm pretty sure that none of us could exactly identify the precise goal of what we were doing. Now, however, a year later, I think that we've all moved on into a different stage in our journey, and we can see more clearly what it is that we want to do with the music that we've created, written, recorded, and finally produced for God! It's a great feeling to be at this stage, and I hope that we can continue to spread the love and the word of God through our music ministry, regardless of how far our team is from one another physically. I am always so thankful for the chances that LTF has provided for me and the other team members to be able to meet together to worship and play music, and I pray that we have many more chances to come in the future.

- Yee

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New Year, New CD

Happy new year everyone! I can't believe how fast 2013 flew by despite all of the things that happened throughout the year.  I got married in March to my high school sweetheart (yay!) and started a little family by getting a small poodle.  In addition to that, LTF also came out with its first CD.  I don't know where to begin because this last year was full of so many ups and downs, but one thing for sure is that I have learned to trust in God and His plan for me. In a nutshell, I am going to explain what 2013 was like, and it begins with me  introducing my husband to you: His name is Ethan, and he knew since he was 16 that he wanted to become a doctor. Between working numerous jobs and studying Physiology, he had to make time for me, and was applying for medical school for the second time. Although I wasn't the one applying for medical school, I could feel the stress and the weight the uncertainty played in our marriage.  The application process was long, and we had no clue what would happen in the future. However, I knew to some degree that whether he gets in is all part of God's plan.  Time went on, and summer came but there were still no good news. Finally in July when we had thought we would have to wait a whole other year again, we received a phone call from Trinity Medical School, which is located in St. Vincent in the Grenadines.  Ethan had been accepted, and was awarded a scholarship.  It was great news, but to be completely honest, my heart sank.  The Caribbean?!  I did not know what to say back to him.  Immediately, doubts flooded my mind and uncertainty took over.  Could I go with him? If I do, then no one will be making an income over there.  But at the same time, I should go since it is my job as a wife.  It was awful.  I felt like God was making fun of me, and purposely making me confused.  Wasn't it Him who allowed me to get my current job after months of prayer and submission? Wasn't it Him who gave me this opportunity in the first place? If so, then why am I facing this situation? In the end and after a long time of praying and seeking an answer, we decided that I should stay behind.  To be completely honest, I am not 100% sure that I made the right decision because it is extremely hard to be apart from my husband.  We just got married and less than 6 months later was apart.  Ethan will be there for 2 years before coming back to the United States for hospital rotations, and during that time I will remain in the United States to work and earn my Masters.  Before his departure, there were so many nights where I felt so lost that I couldn't sleep, and would go to the bathroom, kneel, and pray while crying...yet despite that, I felt a side of God that I never knew before.  He truly became my comforter, and after praying I would always feel better.  It was also in these moments that melodies and lyrics came to me, and the words of the song that I wrote in that moment was able to bring me comfort in the months that followed. There is power in God, and He gives us that power when we are feeling down.  I will admit that I still get teary whenever I dwell too much on the fact that Ethan and I are apart, but I also know that everything will be ok.  Despite being miles and miles apart,  we still pray with each other through Skype or Facetime every night, share about our devotions, and give support to each other when we are feeling overwhelmed.  God is with both of us, and is teaching us a lesson through this experience.  Do I encourage husbands and wives being separated? Of course not.  However, if there are times that these kinds of situations arise, remember to trust in Him and lean on Him.  He won't waver or let you fall.

~Kathy

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Happy New Year!

Into my second year of college already, I just can't believe how fast time is flying by. One of the biggest things that I've been learning this semester is that throughout our days and experiences, God is constantly pursuing us and desiring to catch our attention. He wants to remember Him, love Him, and desire a deeper relationship with Him, instead of being complacent in living lukewarm lives in this world. The last Saturday of October, I had a pretty scary car accident on the highway near the Raleigh-Durham Airport. I was the only one in the car, a Honda CR-V,and there were no other cars involved. I was driving away from the Airport back to Duke University, and shortly after I merged onto the highway I wanted to switch lanes. Not realizing that there was a car to my left, I over-corrected when I did realize that it was there. However, my car swerved from the over-correction and I ended up swerving a couple of times. Finally, I swerved to the right where there was an exit, but the force of swerving caused the car to flip over on its side three times. Once the car stopped rolling, it was on its driver's side. I remember I couldn't believe what had happened. I made sure that I could feel every part of my body and that nothing hurt. I was unscratched. That's when I started crying. I felt so much guilt at that moment for crashing the car, which wasn't mine in the first place (it was my boyfriend's) and I didn't know how he, my parents, or his parents would all take it. Moreover, I didn't know why I wasn't hurt. I didn't lose consciousness, none of the shattered glass hit me, and the accident was entirely my fault. I looked around me for the first time and saw my cell phone on the ground outside the shattered window next to me, which I was looking at for directions. A smoothie my boyfriend had bought was empty with its contents splattered on the interior of the car. I sat sideways and my right leg was laying against the steering wheel. Between my leg and the steering wheel, though, was a Bible. My boyfriend kept a small Bible underneath the middle compartment of his car, and it had somehow made its way between my right leg and the steering wheel during the roll. The only thing I could think of then was, "God is the reason why I'm not hurt. He protected me. He's still thinking of me and caring about me, even though I don't deserve it." Soon after, paramedics, nurses, and my boyfriend came (he cancelled his flight), and one thing happened after another to clean up the situation with the car... After everything, I knew that God is as real today to me as he was when I accepted him as Savior. Maybe even more so because He physically saved my life, which is very tangible compared to the sins he took away from me when I believed in Him at a young age. His love is gentle yet unrelenting and jealous.  He calls me higher, deeper, into a pure and holy relationship with Him and the people around me. I hope that this post has encouraged, updated, and given every reader something to think about and be thankful for this holiday season!

With love, Harmony

P.S. Buy our CD once we start selling them!!! We'll keep you updated on those as well. :D

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New Album, Now Out!

Hi everyone! LTF is pleased to announce that our first album, "A Time for Everything," has now been finalized and produced as of December 11th, 2013! More details will be released on how to acquire or purchase this album. If you're interested, feel free to email us and get in touch!

God bless!

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One Year Reunion: Coming back to LTF after One Year of College

Many people who know the members of LTF know that last year was full of changes: most of us were graduating, some were getting married, one member (Meixuan) even moved to another city in addition to getting married. I was also graduating high school and packing for college in North Carolina. To say the least, we all parted separate ways to places all over the country. All we knew was that God would be with us wherever we are, and we'd always have something to share with the Spirit leading us and guiding us.

For me, freshman year at Duke University was a blessing beyond what I expected. Even though I struggled with academics (especially first semester with Multivariable Calculus...), I found SO MUCH to be thankful for, SO MUCH that I learned about myself and my relationship with my Heavenly Father. Even before I started school,  I knew I wanted to check out the Christian Fellowships on campus. Anyone considering to do that in college--go for it, even if you're not Christian. :) I decided to join InterVarsity Christian Fellowship and soon began to meet the coolest people I've ever met. I met a lot of classmates who are really on fire for God, and they challenged me in my own spiritual walk as I realized that God is presently working and wants to make a difference on our campus through us--through me personally.

One of the most important things I learned this year is that God wants my identity to be completely in Him as a Child of God. My identity sometimes changes from the approval of others, to my body image, to success in school, to how good of a person I am.  These identities leave me feeling like a failure and the only identity that I can confidently take up knowing that it'll never put me to shame--is my identity as God's daughter. Being a child of God gives me freedom to make choices in my daily life, confidence that God loves me the way that I am, and motivation to pursue community and real love that only comes from God. I need to remind myself: "If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come." (2 Corinthians 5:17)

I've also joined a church in Durham called Journey Community Church where I've also grown and been encouraged. This church is just starting its second official year, and seeing God's work there will be exciting and something to pray for. To sum up, coming back home for three short weeks in Tucson and reuniting with LTF to share some of our new songs has been a fun way for me to see how we've changed and matured separately. I know that God will always use LTF when we're together, but He intends even more for us to be available for His use on the fly, perhaps when we are literally flying across the country to wherever we end up!

"And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.'" (Matthew 28:18-20)

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Hi guys!

We are back in this new year! As Kathy and Harmony has mentioned in the last two entries, we got the chance to go to DongGuan, China during our Winter break. It was an experience like no other, especially on Christmas. Playing in the rain and wind in such low temperatures without complete sounds checks and so many other challenges was a one-of-a-kind experience for all of us--definitely something that I would remember for life! More exciting details of the day are in Kathy’s entry.

It was simply amazing seeing how God brought all the Christians in the factory together because of the rain, all holding hands, praying and praising God. I think it was a great reminder to all of us of the power of prayers and that He is above all, that He is in control of everything. No matter how hard we prepared and practiced for the events, no matter how much we want to do something, ultimately everything still falls in His hands. This was my fondest memory of the trip.

Last week, Kathy, Yee and I were sharing with our youth group about what we have learned and experienced serving in LTF. While I was preparing and looking for some thoughts that I have jotted down, I stumble upon reflections that I wrote after a few events last semester. While I was reading those entries, I could not stop praising God for what He has done in our group, for all the surprises that He has given us. He was exactly as mentioned in Eph 3:20:

Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us.

To Him be the glory! Indeed, God has been working in me and in our team, using us in ways that we did not expect. We were just discussing about the lack of confidence that we have sometimes going into an event because the task expected of us seemed so challenging and impossible to accomplish. But God always seem to help us through each of these challenges and show us how almighty and powerful He is! When He wants to use us, He always provides us with whatever we need to accomplish what He wants us to do. We did not have to worry and stress out so much! We just needed to try our best and leave the rest to Him.

I am so thankful for lessons learned the past semesters with LTF and I am eager to see what God has for us in this new year!

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Christmas Break

Hey everyone! As you all know, LTF went to the Transtek Magnetics factory in Dong Guan, China this past winter from December 19th to 29th.  Here is a little recap of what happened over there!

After transferring flights from Tucson International Airport to LAX to Shanghai PuDong International to Dong Guan, we finally arrived safely to the factory at around 2AM China Time.  After a good night's rest, we started setting up the equipment and instruments right away.  In order to go inside the main building, everyone had to take off their shoes and wear indoor slippers so that the floors could stay clean.  The room that we practiced in was located at the end of the main hall inside the building.

Our schedules were something like this:

8AM: breakfast

8:30AM: Begin practice

1PM: Lunch, and nap

2PM:  Begin practice

7PM: Eat dinner (this time varied)

8PM: Continue practice until  the decided end time

Our practicing not only consisted of our own music sets, but we were also instrumental accompaniments of different groups that would be performing in the various events.  This included an all women's vocal group, a group of singers accompanied by a dance performance, an all men's group, and a choir of the managers to name a few.

We had a total of 4 different events: Christmas night (12/25), Sunday worship (26th morning), the 10th Anniversary celebration of the Transtek Magnetics company on the night of the 26th, and a prayer meeting on Monday night (12/27).  I am going to tell you more about the night of the 25th because it will definitely be a night I will remember.

This night was special in many different ways.  The most memorable of course, will be the rain.  There were two major events: Christmas night and the night of the 26th... and since these were to be the biggest events, a stage was set up outside.  There was a main stage that we were on, and a mini stage in the back where Lan Fong Ah Yi stayed.

The weather leading up to this event was wonderful; sunny everyday and warm enough for us to wear t-shirts.  However, on the 25th the temperature dropped 10 degrees C and the rain made it feel even colder.  Everyone was on edge about what would happen at night when the event was supposed to start.  During the afternoon, we continued with sound check whenever the rain stopped, and once it started drizzling again, we would pull a huge tarp over all the equipment so that it wouldn't get damaged. The blue white and red tarp is what we used to pull over the entire stage and protect our instruments and equipment.

As the day progressed, the weather did not improve much.  Everyone continued to be on edge because of the rainy weather.  Finally, at dinner, it started to pour outside.  At this time, all we could do was pray that the rain could stop.  In the little cafeteria below the place that we stayed, all of the Christian managers and our group held hands together and we prayed.  It was such a wonderful time where we could all humble ourselves and come together and just really give the control over to God.  We sang songs together and prayed, and continued to give thanks to the God who allowed us to come to this place.  As we sang, the rain slowed down, and allowed for us to go onto stage.  The rain didn't completely stop, and came and went as the concert went on, but I think that the moment of prayer that we had in that little cafeteria would not have happened if the rain wasn't there. It was freezing out but we were pumped [and nervous] especially after the encouraging prayer.

Because of the unpredictable weather and time issues (we started the concert over an hour late because of the rain), we had to cut the concert a little bit.  However, at the very end of it all, Tim Su came up and did a calling.  At first, I had noticed that a large part of the audience (the workers of the factory) went back to their rooms because it was so cold and rainy outside and so I didn't expect anyone to come up.  However, God works in many different ways, and He proved to me that I had too little faith.  At first, 3 shy people came up onto the stage.  After that, it was like the flood gates had broken open.  [I couldn't take a picture because I was playing background music...] Eventually, the entire front of the stage was filled with these young people wanting to embrace God's love.  There were so many that the had to line up in rows, and at the ends of the stage there were so many people standing that some couldn't even make it onto the main stage and had to stand on the steps.  It was truly AMAZING!

So that is my main recollection of this past trip.  I hope you guys enjoyed reading it!  There are so many other things that happened but I will leave that for next time!

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Summer

Hi guys! We are back! :)

I’m extremely thankful to be given the opportunity to travel so far away to worship God together with so many people from different churches. I believe that all of us have learned a lot from this whole process, from the preparation to the trip.

Before we started preparing for this trip, I had a really hard time singing while playing the guitar because I had just picked up guitar and I don’t usually sing, but since we have no lead vocalist, all of us had no choice but to sing while focusing on playing the right notes with the right rhythm on our instruments. I thought it was impossible for me to do it in such a short period of time in the beginning, and was so nervous even till the minute before our first praise night started. But from all these years of serving, I learned to just try my best and let God do the rest (haha it rhymes,) and so I prayed that God will help me with what I thought was impossible to do. It was amazing because during that night, I was able to truly worship without worrying about playing the wrong things or singing the wrong verses like I usually do during our practices for this trip, and we were able to bring the congregation into worship. I felt that God was in the midst, listening to our praises to Him. It was a great reminder for me of God’s power. Ever since then, I was more confident and less nervous about all these things that I thought I couldn’t do. I was at the same time, so thankful that although I wasn’t very musically talented, God still used me, not just me but whole group in such an amazing way.

During each praise night, not only do we have sing and play our instruments, we also shared our testimonies. This gave me an opportunity to reflect upon all these things that God has done in my life. Sadly, due to the business of school and even church, I didn’t have much time or even bothered to think about these things, so preparing for the testimony allowed me to see how God has guided me throughout all these years. It reminded me about how much more I need Him, how much more I need to trust Him, obey and follow Him.

We are also extremely blessed to have Jonathon Koh and Chuck Hong teach us. They brought us up to a level that we’ve never been. We would not be able to reach it as a band if it wasn’t for them! Jonathon’s testimonies and lessons were so encouraging to our team, because he reminded us about the heart of worship, that worship is not about music, it’s about God. And we worship God not only during praise sessions, but we should be worshipping Him with everything that we do.

Lastly, it was such a great experience seeing so people from all these different churches worship our one and only God. Somehow, it brought me so much joy and encouragement. We also had opportunities to interact with the church members and they were so kind to us. The efforts that some churches have spent to outreach to the non-believers and to nurture their youths was quite encouraging to me, showing me how much more I could do for my own church.

Meixuan

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Day Two & Three

Day two started off early with our first event at the American Cancer Society.  The girls got up at 6am for a prayer meeting and went to Foothill College to start setting up. It was so great seeing everyone gathered together to support the same cause. We wished that we could stay there longer to participate in the other events that they had organized! After the event, we moved our equipment immediately to CFC Church of Hayward to set up. It took us a long time to plan and arrange everything so we ended up getting back at around 11:30pm; We were quite tired! But thankfully we got to sleep in a little bit that night. The next morning, after our prayer meeting, we joined CFC's Chinese service. The message was on Gen 34, the story about what happened to Jacob's daughter and how Jacob's sons took revenge. Although I've read this story many times, I really enjoyed reading and learning about it again. It taught me about seeing Jacob in a new perspective that I didn't think about in the past and served as another great reminder about how I should live my life. After the service, we had short period of time to complete our set up and to do sound check before we started our event. I was a little worried about our style of music because we saw a surprising number of elderly which we did not expect, but when I saw them clapping happily (haha many clapping at random beats) to our rock songs, I was so encouraged. It's so wonderful being able to worship our God together with them, with our brothers and sisters, young and old! That's pretty much it for these two days....Sorry I didn't take any pictures!

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Lifeburst Tour: Day One

As we set off on our long mission trip in California, we started our trip with a nice gathering prayer before we left. From that very moment, I could sense that every member in this group was getting ready for our long trip ahead - mentally, physically, and spiritually. We we're pretty lucky with our arrival in LA as well, with the journey being relatively nice weather and smooth traffic almost the entire way - in fact, it was probably one of the best rides that I've had to LA in my life. Of course, it's always fun to travel with close friends, which made this drive even more enjoyable. The first thing on our agenda was to go to the Far East Radio headquarters and check in for our radio interview. We all took our time in the studio being interviewed by a very nice woman in Chinese. Personally, it was probably the hardest interview I've ever had to endure in my life since my Chinese isn't as fluent as it could be - especially when I'm trying to describe the intricate emotions which are attached to the creation of my song. As for the others, I was able to watch my mom, Harmony, and Jerry get interviewed, and they we're wonderful speakers. Jerry seemed like he was in his natural zone (just another day at the studio, really), and Harmony was like herself - nice, sweet, and sincere. I'm sure that Kathy and Meixuan also had tons of fun doing the interview as well! After our radio interviews, we went to dinner at Ten Ren at Pacific Place in Monterey Park. Eating there makes me enjoy being in Cali that much more, with so much great and delicious Asian food to enjoy (mainly Taiwanese food for me though). However, the part after dinner that excited all of us was being able to finally head back to the hotel and go to the spa! Unfortunately for the girls, their locker room was under construction, so we all just spent time relaxing in the (freezing) pool and the jacuzzi. It's great to be able to have time to spend together as a group, whether it's spent relaxing, or if it's spent praying and worshipping God. Before we all headed out for the pool, we all congregated in my parent's room and we had a great prayer, thanking God for our safe travels and asking him to continuously watch over us for our upcoming trip in both NorCal and SoCal. I'm so excited to start building lasting friendships and ties with these churches in Cali, regardless of how little time we may have to spend with the people there. I think the one goal that I'm going to try to really set for myself is to try to reach out to as many people as I can during this trip. I've found it difficult in the past to really communicate effectively to the people in the churches that we've gone to in the past for our other missions trips, but this time, since there will be English speaking youth, I'm going to try my best in reaching out and attempt to be as amiable as possible - hopefully that works out! Let's just see what God has in store for all of us! But for now, it's quite late, so goodnight! God bless!

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Song Sharing by Kathy :)

During this past week, our lesson and homework was to create a worship set for our summer Lifeburst praise tour to California with Touchlife Missions.  Each one of us was to first choose a set of songs for worship as an opening, followed by some of the original songs that we have written as well as a sharing about those songs.  Finally, we needed to select a song for the prayer and for the reflection of the entire event.  Harmony was the one who went first, and I went second. As I was choosing my set of songs, I wanted to have a focus on the praise and worship of God.  Since our theme was called "Lifeburst," my vision was that we express the love and joy we have for God by praising Him and singing of all of His wonderful qualities.  To me, Lifeburst means to be filled to the brim- to be overwhelmed- by Him.  The following will be an overview of the songs I chose, and why I chose them. Worship Set: 1) I chose the song Open Up The Gates because I want to invite the congregation to open up their heart's gates and let the Holy Spirit fill them.  Every time I sing this song, I am reminded to let myself go and wholeheartedly praise Him because God is worthy of our praise.  What more can be more important than to redirect our focus towards Him? 2) I connected this song to Fountain of Joy  because now that we have opened our hearts to Him, we want to sing about his great qualities.  In this song, it talks of all of the things that Jesus can do... He can fix broken hearts, He can help us let go of our troubles, He can heal our physical ailments. 3) Our God was next.  Every time I sing this song, my heart is pierced because I am reminded of all of the things that I have tried to accomplish on my own when the entire time I should have relied on our Father.  Especially in the chorus when it says, "And if our God is for us, then who can ever stop us? And if our God is with us, then what can stand against?" it makes me feel so foolish to be afraid to express my faith.  The world needs the love of God, and yet as Christians we are so scared to stand up for what should be the most important.  But our God is truly greater and more powerful than anyone else... so what are we so scared of? 4) After this song, I wanted the congregation to reflect on our own walk with God.  To The Ends of the Earth is a proclamation about following Jesus, and believing in Him no matter what may happen.  It is not an easy proclamation, so I really want the congregation to think about what they are singing.  If we believe that our God is truly greater than all else, are we willing to go to the ends of the Earth with Him? Can our words and faith be backed up by actions? Song Sharing: 1) Forever Yours was a song written by Yee Su about his love song to God.  I thought that it would be a nice introduction because it is a different approach to expressing our love to God. 2) Love Song is next because it continues the idea of singing a love song, and expressing a love relationship with God. 3) 祷 is a song of prayer and praise expressing how God is always there for us when we pray, and thanking Him 4) Creator God is a song of reminder, letting us know that our God is the one who created the heavens, the Earth, and each one of us.  And so, God knows us individually, and we should know that he loves us and cares for us. Prayer and Reflection: 1) After the sharing and sermon by Reverend Li, there will be a section for prayer.  I really want the congregation to know that although there are so many things happening in our lives, we need to remember to be still and trust in the Lord.  And so, I chose the song Still so that we can remind ourselves to have patience.  There is peace in the Lord and it is in Him that we can find rest. 2) After the prayer and calling, we will sing With All I Am.  My wish that everyone can have Lifeburst regardless of who they are, how old they, or where in their life's walk they are in.  10 year old kids can have a heart of worship, as can 95 year old grandpa and grandmas.  It is a matter of whether or not we are willing to... not if we can or cannot.  And so, once again we want to dedicate ourselves to God and re-orient ourselves. 3) The praise night will end with the dance Lifeburst where we will invite the dance group up and worship through dance as we play and sing the song together. Before we started practice on these songs, we prayed together and I really hoped that we wouldn't focus on playing perfect music, but rather singing and praising God.  I was being video-taped so that I could look back and see how I did leading, and to be honest it was awkward.  However, in the beginning praise section I really felt like our group was playing not to practice, but to worship.  It is an amazing feeling when we are playing as a team and doing it all for a common goal!  As the set went on, there were definitely areas that need to be worked on and I need to put more preparation in connecting these songs as a worship leader, but I am glad that we were able to use this time that we usually spend to practice to stop, worship, and get closer to God.   One thing that Tim mentioned was that although I may be able to see a connection with my set, the congregation might not so it is my responsibility as a worship leader to help them connect.  May it be through reading the scripture or saying a few things in between songs, our responsibility is to lead them into worship.  When the congregation starts to worship, I am reminded that I am able to step back because my job is done.  Worship is between you and God, and my job is to help make that happen.  I hope that in future I will be able to keep that in mind while preparing a set so that it is beneficial to the congregation! As an ending thought, what I really wanted to get out of this worship set was the idea that it is our responsibility to be filled with Jesus... filled to the point of overflowing and the people around us know that we live in Christ.  However, it is a commitment, and requires action instead of just words.  We need to choose to believe in Him, have faith in Him, and choose to walk with Him wherever He will lead us.  Yes, His path for us is the best, but we need to be able to truly believe in Him.  Although I don't know if this set will be used when we go to California, I really hope that our group will be able to choose songs that will make an impact.  I hope that we will be guided by the Holy Spirit and choose songs that are NEEDED in each of the place that we go, where we can help serve as a reminder that we should be bursting with life for Jesus. Since we are still in the process of choosing songs, I hope that all who read this can please pray for Life Transforming Foundation.  Please pray that we will have wisdom as a group, as well as proceed with a humble heart.  I also ask that you pray for the churches that we will be going to, that no matter who goes, will go with a heart that is willing to hear and to be reminded.  Finally, please pray for Touchlife Missions for there is a lot of work to be done as well, and that Reverend Li and everyone will be protected against evil and harm.  We are preparing ourselves for a spiritual battle so please pray for strength in faith and strength to be unified as a family of God! Thank you! And God bless you all! -Kathy

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