We started our day gathering at the airport in the wee hours of the morning. That did not hold us back from being excited and fresh though, ready to bring some sunshine into Japan!
Metro Manila is inundated by rains every June to September. Several barangays (villages) were already flooded.
The first LoveJapan team of 2018 was very small. We were coined The Three Musketeers by Pastor Caleb. The Lord prepared each of us for this trip.
“Lord, please multiply our five loaves and two fishes” was the personal prayer of one of our team members with regards to the trip, and it was echoed by Pastor Eugene Tan in his prayer when he sent us off on the 21st of September.
The team set off for Japan early Saturday morning, 14 July, and arrived at Narita Airport at 4.20pm, Japan time.
Having been meeting up weekly to prepare for this trip, the eight of us were all ready and excited to go to Timor Leste! Our FCBC missions staff, Esther Seah, and a few of our friends came to pray for God’s protection over us and to send us off.
Our team of seven members from different backgrounds and cell groups came together with a shared purpose...
Our team of 11 set off on 6 June (Day 1) to Timor Leste, excited to see what God wants to do in us and through us.
A diverse team, with one heart and spirit – to bring the Lord’s glory into the land of Timor Leste.
After much preparation, we were all ready to set off for Timor Leste. We were looking forward to meet the locals, especially the children. Esther Seah and Chua Yong Wee came to pray for the team and send us off.
Five of us took an early flight with Delta airline. We landed at Narita airport at 2.20 pm and took a train to Yokohama station with the JR pass.
We set off for Yokohama on Saturday morning, 22 July, and arrived in Narita at 4pm, Japan time.
We departed from Changi Airport Terminal 3. This was my first LoveJapan trip as a team leader with my members.
We arrived at Haneda International Airport and checked into Hotel MyStays. We first visited FCBC Yokohama and met with Pastor David from Kesennuma, Rose (interpreter), Shizuko-san and Ryutaru-san (Japanese couple), and Yee Hoon (Singaporean). Pastor Caleb shared about how God divinely provided the new church premise through the help of Esther, a Singaporean working in Yokohama.
In September 2017, a group of 15 people went to Timor Leste on a medical mission trip. The group consisted of 3 doctors , 2 nurses, a physiotherapist and 9 fun-loving volunteers. This was the biggest medical mission team sent to Timor Leste to date, with the most number of healthcare professionals.
After weeks of planning and preparation for the trip, we were ready to set off for Timor Leste! Pastor Mun Tai and many of our friends came to the airport to send us off with prayers!
Before setting off for Timor Leste, the team gathered for 4 bonding sessions, during which we got to know each other better and planned for programmes to be organised for the Timorese children and youths.
At the invitation of Bishop Jonathan Sebastian and Senior Pastor Vicky Sebastian, Pastors Simon and Marilyn led a team of three couples from FCBC to conduct a special Marriage Enrichment Programme (MEP) over Valentine’s Day at JCSGO church in Quezon City, Philippines.