THE TRAVELING BEGINS

June 21, 2009

My summer adventure begins tomorrow.  Well, I guess it begins now since I’m packing up for it.  Man, can I just tell you that I never seem to know what to pack, even if I’ve been to where I’m going?  Actually, I’m taking a detour so I suppose this time is different. 

Tomorrow afternoon, I’m helping my college, former co-RD’s/laborers in ministry, and life long friends (Dave & Tricia) drive out to Florida.  I’m not too sure what the actual game plan is but last I heard, we’re going to stop at the Grand Canyon for the evening, then make drive out to Texas, spend a few days there where Tricia’s parents live.  Dave and I will then drive only one of the cars (there’s 2 cars between the 3 of us – they’re having a moving company move there stuff) from Texas to Florida.  So, our plan is to pull into Jacksonville, Florida (final destination) by Sunday, June 28th.  Then I’ll spend that evening, Monday and Tuesday morning with Dave and help get their stuff settled in.  Tricia will stay in Texas and wait for Dave to fly back and then he’ll make that drive again with Tricia and the other car.  I’ll fly out from Jacksonville on my way to New Delhi India. 

I fly from Florida to DC, then to Munich, Germany Wednesday morning, spend 12 hours there (and explore – ideas anyone?), then fly out Wednesday evening and arrive into New Delhi 7am, July 2nd, Thursday morning where I’ll be the following 3 weeks. 

Until then please be mindful of my visa/passport that’s still in process.  I’m hoping to get it by the end of this week, here at Master’s, then it’ll be overnight to some friends already living in Florida.  I hope I get it by the 29th of June…

Anyway, I gotta get some more packing finished, then some little logistical things going here. 

We’ll see you soon!

MIX #1 FOR SUMMER ’09

June 19, 2009

Here you go…just a few songs for my summer listening: 

  1. Live Your Life by T.I. (feat. Rihanna)
  2. Radio by Beyonce
  3. Save Yourself by James Morrison
  4. Chasing Pavements by Adele
  5. Love Lockdown by Kanye West
  6. Everybody Knows by John Legend
  7. I’m a Fighter by Aaradhna
  8. Glass of Water by Coldplay
  9. Getting Stronger by Adeaze (feat. Aradhna)
  10. Lesson Learned by Alicia Keys (feat. John Mayer)
  11. Beautiful by Akon (that one’s for you Hazel)  🙂
  12. If You Leave Me Now by Chicago
  13. Reason by Earth, Wind & Fire
  14. Fire Burning by Sean Kingston
  15. Three Little Birds by Bob Marley
  16. Shout Out Loud by Amos Lee
  17. Freeze by T-Pain (feat. Chris Brown)
  18. Dreamer by Chris Brown
  19. Moment of Surrender by U2
  20. Therapy by India Arie
  21. In the Ayer by Flo Rida (feat Will.I.am)
  22. Latika’s Theme Slumdog Millionaire sound track
  23. Halo by Beyonce
  24. Homecoming by Kanye West (feat. Chris Martin)
  25. Roots Before Branches by Room For Two
  26. Precious Love by James Morrison
  27. Redemption Song by Bob Marley
  28. Too Much Heaven by Bee Gees
  29. There’s Hope by India Arie
  30. I Love, You Love by John Legend

Here are more “inspirational” songs (why do they call it that?)…don’t mean to dichotomize my listening…that’s just the way I decided to do it…

  1. Again by Jon Foreman
  2. King of Wonders by Matt Redman (feat. Tim Houston & Joel Houston)
  3. Jesus Lord of Heaven by Phil Wickham
  4. Oh You Bring by Hillsong United
  5. Bloodstained Pages by Crystal Lewis
  6. The Love of God traditional hymn
  7. King of the Broken by Darlene Zschech (feat. Israel Houghton, Leeland Mooring & Lakewood Choir)
  8. There Is Always a Song by Martin Smith (feat. Watoto Choir)
  9. Still My God by Avalon
  10. The Stand by Hillsong United
  11. Song of My Heart by Generation Unleashed
  12. The Cure For Pain by Jon Foreman
  13. Hymn by Brooke Fraser
  14. Oh Love That Will Not Let Me Go traditional hymn by Chris Rice
  15. Rock of Ages You Will Stand by Paul Baloche
  16. Sailing On a Ship by Phil Wickham
  17. When I First Trusted You by Keith Green
  18. Your Love Is Strong by Jon Foreman
  19. I Will Not Take My Love Away by Matt Wertz
  20. Soon by Hillsong United

I am really thankful to God for good music – there are some really good stuff out there…stay tuned for another summer ’09 mix!

HAPPY BIRTHWEEK!

February 4, 2009

Birthday thanks/blessings/updates:

  • well, like every year, my birthday seems to start a few days early and end a few days later
  • gunner took me to chipotle last tuesday (here’s your shot out gun 🙂
  • my sister deb, emailed me twice (that’s always nice for me, i love my sisters)
  • mom called me the morning of my birthday, missed it then she called me later and we chatted – she’s cute and sweet!
  • other sister Dee called me later – had a great conversation with her about life and God
  • then tons of people wished me happy birthday on FB
  • pete took me to lunch, panda – romantic, i know 🙂   naw, pete’s legit – he’s a good friend.
  • holly left a sweet voicemail
  • a few people text
  • joe, heidi, pete, dave, kristy, bryan and i went to the great greek (sooo good)
  • then guys in the dorm (jackie & laura) had a surprise little celebration, with cookies, ice cream and $100 gift card for itunes – how legit is that?  man, they really did a lot for me – i’ll let you all know my first purchase will be in a future post. 
  • lets see, friday mark golike took me to red robin for dinner for my birthday – he’s frosh and was a real servant about it. 
  • then later, the RDs and friends had an awkward party for me, beth catron and jake ebner – seriously, that was the theme.  and if you know me, i’m not a big fan of awkward.  i either avoid it, ignore it or create it.  but this was ridiculous.  by the end i was grossed out about it.  i was done with it. 
  • then after that, i saw slumdog (again) with holly, mandy, john and beth.  oh, and our friend theodore (i made that name up)- that was fun!  theodore sat in front of us and made commentary the entire movie – it was comical!
  • saturday, ben and phil took me and beth to egg plantation for our birthdays, mainly because saturday was beth’s birthday (and mind you mine was 2 days before that) and ben & phil missed my birthday because they were in WA. 
  • after that, i hung out with team india and saw slumdog with them (again, and last time til the DVD comes out). 
  • then saturday, went to luna (some restaurant in hollywood) with beth, bart, amy, laura and isaiah.  it was fun, the food was excellent and the ambience was cool. 
  • oh, then pastor bob wished me a happy birthday 🙂 on sunday… that was special. 

okay, so that was kind of dreadful going through again.  i guess when you start getting to a certain age, it just doesn’t matter as much – i feel like people think i’m still 25, 21 or even 16 or something.  however, i am thankful, really i am.  i don’t mean to sound like i’m complaining.  its really humbling to know that people do care and are willing to go to great lengths to make me feel special or to show they care or both.  i think i just would prefer to have my birthday be that, a day 🙂  i definitely ate way too much this last week. 

thanks to everyone for your kindness and friendship – the Lord has afforded me much with you all!  i do hope and pray a year of restoration, refreshment and growth.

LAUGH, LAUGH, LAUGH

February 3, 2009

I would like to describe them all for you but I can’t – it would require too many words that aren’t in my limited vocabulary.  Anyway, here’s what I want to do;  I posted a while back some of my favorite hair(s) or whatever.  So, now I’ve decided to list for you my favorite laughs.  I’m sure I’m going to offend or forget a few, but you’ll get over it, I hope…

Here they are, people who, when they get going or just really great out bursts of GOOD laughs –  in no particular order:

  • all my siblings – any of the savini’s really, seriously…if you’ve heard me laugh you should hear all of us laugh together
  • jeff lewis
  • dave hulet
  • jared foy (makes me smile just thinking about it)
  • ben blakey
  • sam neylan
  • holly worsham (especially college years when matt pearson would egg you on)
  • phil anderson
  • chris travis
  • adam carmichael (when i laugh with adam, we kind of blend really well)
  • jennene margrave
  • eric margrave
  • joe keller
  • happy gilmore
  • rick dennis
  • esther dennis
  • kyle jenison
  • casey jenison
  • jake dennis
  • beth catron
  • team india (’08)
  • meredith ebner
  • josh ward
  • ryan zamroz
  • wesley shryock
  • tommy delmuro
  • majesty (1998-2000)
  • dr. plew
  • andrew shearer
  • babies laughing, well not multiple, so i guess a baby’s laugh
  • old people

i guess these are people who i’ve laughed with a lot.  its such a good gift from the Lord; I’m so thankful for it.  the truth is, i love to laugh and i love to make others laugh and i love it when laughing is happening and i’m not even a part of it, which is rare 🙂 just kidding.

Today was my last day of my break.  I am so thankful to God for it.  Most people do have breaks and I don’t think I wasted it.  In fact it went by so fast I don’t think I had time to waste it. 

Christmas was very humbling.  I spent it at home in Carson (yes, Carson’s still home to me – in fact, home is wherever my family is…blah, blah, I do admitt that I have a family with my friends here in the valley, or in Samoa, or in India with brothers and sisters in the Lord…).  Anyway, it was cool because it was me, my mom, my brother Bert and my eldest sister Doreen.  Debbie was unable to come out from Samoa.  Sad.  We had a glass of wine and just toasted with thankgiving the Christmas “holiday” and thanked the Lord, each, for His kindness this last year.  It was particularly special because of our family break through this last July. 

Our break through was a long awaited family (including Deb) meeting that involved confronting each other, confessing to each other, encouragment, tears, clarification, affirmation, challenge, celebration, understanding, direction and more.  It was what the Lord used to remind each of us of hope, grace and communication.  It was one of the most reviving times with people that I have every experienced. 

Since then my family has been the closest we have ever been.  Not free from conflict, we’re moved forward with the way we handle it now.  No assumptions, no ill feelings just better thinkers of each other. 

Well, today was nice.  I went to church, so late.  It was my fault.  Had lunch with the Margraves, Phil and Thomas at Whole Foods.  Eric says because he didn’t want half foods.  It was good.  I was craving pinapple anyway and I had tons.  Yum!  Then came back to the apt, practiced for the recording and Truth & Life, then went to the Margraves to hang out.  We watched Barak and ate Beef stew and barley with Holly.  It was fun! 

Good break. Now its time to work.  RDs start up Tuesday, Chapel Band instrumentalists come back that night, then we start recording Wednesday through Saturday.  Then rehearsals for TLC start on Sunday through Tuesday.  Monday my RAs come back and the chaos begins. 

Pray for me and all this.

CHEMO NOT KIMO, DUH…

December 29, 2008

I found out about 2 weeks ago a friend of mine was diagnosed with cancer.  Her and her husband are really good friends and I’ve enjoyed their service as my bible study leaders, well not just “my” bible study others are apart of it.  I’ve also served with them on the worship team at church for a few years.  Their ministry and lives have made a huge impact on my spiritual growth and relationships over the last 5 years.  Its great to walk with people who learn and grow from what they learn.  I guess people can learn but never really grow, or at least I’ve seen that, even in my own life.  But Eric & Jennene learn and grow.  I want to be like that.  And I’m excited to witness God grow them through this.      

Anyway, today was Jennene’s first chemo treatment (not kimo, I’m such a Polynesian…it sounds like a Samoan word so, without thinking that’s just what I assumed it was – its an ethnic thing, I really did graduate from college, I promise).  Well, please pray for her (and Eric). 

You can follow updates about her journey here.

COOL

November 1, 2008

Tonight Pete Bargas, Andrew Callaway and I hung out.  We grabbed some dinner at Wolf Creek (I highly recommend it), grabbed some Starbucks then hung out at Pete’s for a moment.  It was so refreshing.  These guys are so fun to be with and I can’t tell you how blessed I was/am to have been a part of their lives.  Andrew and I see each other about once a year, even though we live just down the street from each other.  That’s okay.  He was my ARA when I was an RA and we kept in touch through out the years, especially when he moved back to Long Beach and I was back in Carson.  Drew’s one of those that I can not hang out with for a very long time and we can just jump back into things.  Pete see each other 5 days a week.  And I still don’t get tired of him.  It was definitely a duo blessing to talk through life and learn from them, from those moments.  They’re cool!

Then I walked into Hotchkiss lounge about 10:30pm and Ryan Zamroz was on lounge duty.  Ryan’s a star basketball player as well as the captain of the basketball team here at Master’s.  He’s also an ARA on one of the wings here in Hotchkiss.  Ryan is definitely an encouragment and a young man who’s meekness is a clear representation of Christ.  He’s cool, not because he’s a star athlete or because he’s GQ, but because he’s teachable and does well with so much of what he’s been given.   Ryan’s cool!

Wednesday Seth Cotter visited me for the evening and we spent the next morning catching up and just talking, and talking and talking.  It was refreshing to see him and be with him.  i’ve missed my friend Seth.  Seth is a former RA of mine and now a good friend.  Its nice to keep in touch and meet up and be able to reunite.  This got me excited about heaven.  That’s really cool!

Earlier today, I took my half day and drove up the 126 to where it kind of drops into the 101.  Parked in a parking lot, got out and started to walk towards the shore.  I walked along the shore for about and hour and then walked back another hour.  I read Psalm 96, 51 and Colossians 3.  Prayed a lot of thanksgivings to the Lord – there were so many things, people and situations (both good and bad) that I have to be thankful for.  I don’t remember when I stopped because there was so much.  The sky was drenched with textures of clouds.  The sun was glissening on the water.  There were seaguls (I think that’s what they were) that dove into the water, I think to get food – I was struck that God was provided even for the birds of the air, right before my very eyes.  I was happy to see that.  I heard the water crashing on to the shore.  I saw a lot of sand and lots of rock but more sand than rock.  The beach and God’s Word is a cool combo!

Sometime this afternoon, probably around 1:30pm, I talked with Mom for a little bit.  She had 3 missed calls on her cell phone from me, so she called twicee earlier in the day.  But those missed calls from me were from last week =).  She’s so adorable!  I love my mom!!!  She sounded happy…and she was at work.  My mom is so cool!   

This morning Chapel Band lead worship for Grace Brethren High School.  High schooler’s think they’re cool =)  some of them are, I was 🙂

It’s 2:30am and now I’m listening to Phil Wickham.  I kinda just wanna wait all night for the Lord or stay up with Him.  Either reason is keeping me up.  And for the few moments mentioned, I know God will have some sort of those cool moments waiting for me.  That would be cool!

YEAR FIVE

August 4, 2008

Here’s why I can’t post my pics now – because picasa will only allow me 500 pics – and I just don’t have the time to “selec” “hold” all 5,200 pics. 

Anyway, tomorrow I begin my 5th year as an RD – pretty exciting!  Let me just say this, I love my job/ministry.  It hasn’t always been easy.  The first two years were hardest and the enjoyment of it started to pick up my 3rd year.  Don’t get me wrong the first two years weren’t bad, just hard.  Anyway, RD, RA, SLS then WOW.  I miss a lot of people that have gone through my dorm, but I’m really excited who is currently in it and for those new ones coming. 

Tonight Zane stopped by and hung out.  I thought about his time here as a student.  It has been such a blessing to be able to be friends with the guys in the dorm and work through difficulties in life and even in relationship with them.  And with few, like Zane it has been so sweet to continue friendship outside the dorm context.  And he was even a part of the first two hard years as an RD =)  Anyway, he’s just one of the few guys that have been faithful, to which I am very thankful.  It makes going into this 5th year very exciting.  Its just a reminder that it is worth investing into the hard relationships, sometimes. 

How timely the Lord brought Zane over tonight.  It was a reminder to me that some of your investments will harvest plenty and sometimes it includes you and sometimes it doesn’t.  I know some are havesting elsewhere, that’s cool.  When you get to be a part of it though, it definitely is a blessing. 

Anyway, recap:  no India pics (yet) but Zane came over, I got my dorm housing done, haven’t yet packed for retreat, had lots to eat for lunch with my family (thanks uncle), started Chapel Band project, went to church with Rick & Esther, reviewed notes from the worship God conference (will soon post more about that, along with my India pics and my post about my Hawaii trip =), listened to sovereign grace songs a billion times today, saw two guys tonight from my wing when I was an RA and had dinner with Pete at Stonefire.

Ok, 5th year here I come…

NOT QUITE 5

June 25, 2008

okay, so this is more for me than for anyone else, selfish, I know.  The answers are supposed to be top 5…I didn’t want just 5 with some of them.  So, here you go:

Things under $5 that I couldn’t live without
chapstick (or blistex), eyeglass cleaner, deoderant, toothbrush, $.99 chicken sandwhich at jack-n-the box

Favorite movies
Seven, The gods must be crazy (1 & 2), Kung Fu Hustle, Gladiator, Mystic River, Goodwill Hunting, Once

Baby names I love
Pearson, Deborah, Preston, Braxton, Douglas, Pele’ese (Samoan, obviously), Ajanae, Patrick

Songs I could listen to over and over again
Goodbye Apathy Onerepublic

Where the Streets Have No Name U2

One Thing Hillsong

We Break the Dawn Michelle Williams

Try a Little Tenderness Michael Buble’

People who have influenced me in a positive way
Mom, my sisters & brother, Aroni Nuimata, Pastor Bob, Brad, JPK, Sam, Dr. Behle, Dr. Plew, Scott Vinson, Rick & Esther Dennis, Zane Jensen, Even Gapelu, Kyle Jenison…and more I promise

Things that are always in my wallet
Driver’s License, ATM Card, Medical Insurance Card, Pictures, Business cards I NEVER refer to

Moments that changed my life forever
teaching

RD’ing Hotchkiss my 3rd year

going to India

having a former friend tell me he doesn’t want to hang out anymore

Matt Pearson’s death

Savini family reunion

Places I would like to go
Samoa (always), India, South Africa, Iraq, Hawaii, Indonesia

anywhere where there are polynesians, children, college students, muslims, hindus

Appliances or kitchen tools I couldn’t live without
faucet with running water (does that count), lighter, pot, plate 

People who I would like to see their top 5’s
Debs Suluvale, Sam Neylan, JPK, Pastor Bob,

INDIA UPDATE

May 31, 2008

Just wanted to give a quick update while I’m sitting just outside the courtyard of the guest house we’re staying in.  It’s 9:30pm and about 100 degress (yep, that’s right).  I’m literally sweating – I feel my sweat rolling down my chest (and my back…gross, I know).  But Darshan studies (about India and Hinduism) is over and today we had a break.  So, I’ll do this update in “Ona” fashion just cause I don’t know how else you expected it.  Here you go:

  • I’m not sick anymore (PTL)
  • the weather is hotter than I ever experienced in all my 30 years of life
  • i’ve had to hand wash my clothes (kind of therapeutic) twice now
  • was confronted by a student yesterday that said i ask too many questions (not a master’s kid).  He got over it when he realized that no one had ever asked him questions like that before…”curiousity will spark interest and involvement will spark investment” – Howard Hendricks
  • almost got smashed by a vehicle (twice today) in a auto rickshaw – don’t worry its quite common here “almost” getting hit
  • we had today off and went swimming at a pool of a 5 star hotel (by Varanasi stands) – it was soooooo refreshing
  • talked to some locals about what they thought about Americans – very interesting thoughts – most of which I agreed, some of them were just plain true but sad – “Americans are superficial and think only about themselves” – sounds more like human nature!
  • spent some time with Tom & Katie today – I’d like to do ministry with them!
  • journeled a lot about my thoughts on what I need to work on and grow in
  • leading “singing” tomorrow for Sunday “gathering”  – its cool – we meet outside under a canopy like deal – doesn’t really provide a lot of shade but its about maybe 15 degrees cooler – I’ll expect to be drenched by the ending of our 8 song set (they like to sing alot and for a long time here – its pretty much all that a lot of them have for fellowship and “singing” – makes me appreciate what I have in the states)
  • reading the Bible a lot
  • sweating a lot
  • there are sooooooo many people here – its unbelievable
  • had a session on Muslims in India – 2nd highest population of Muslims in the world (debatable) with Indonesian being the highest.  But the lesson was really good and sparked my interest with working with Muslims again – there are about 500,000 Muslims in Varanasi alone – can you believe that? 

Anyway, that’s it for now – there are tons for us left to do starting tomorrow (VBS [Sunday, Monday & Tuesday], going to Mother Tereasa’s shelter and bathing helpless people and children, going to a children’s home and holding some orphans – that’ll be really eye opening I’m sure)…etc.  and we start our “photograhy” part of the trip – we’re suppose to take some shots of the place (as we have been) of the city, people, rituals, temples, “workers” here etc.  Did I mention my team leader is a film major and there are expert photographers on the team?  Yep, all from our very own TMC – anyway, I’ll be the model I suppose. 

Okay, seriously…that’s it!  Thanks for praying for us!