The Jonah Syndrome

Most of us are familiar with the story of Jonah and the big fish. As a child, I was so amazed by the fact that he was not digested for being 3 days in the fish’s tummy. But this is more than just a man swallowed by a big, fish.

This story is also about obedience and disobedience. It’s also about running away from God’s will. I call it “The Jonah Syndrome.”

One too many times, we deliberately choose to do our own thing rather than do what God wants us to do. Perhaps, we thought we are already doing God’s will, but we do it in our own terms, and not in the manner God intends us to perform.

I realized I had this Syndrome. For many years, I’ve been avoiding the responsibility of heading the school. I never dreamt of being an administrator/principal. I do not really care about titles or prestige. I can live a quiet, decent life outside this ministry. I am probably in a better financial state, than being in this “volunteer status/love gift” predicament. Basically, I tried running away.

But God’s hand is so strong that He used the circumstances to bring me into this position -that I can say with confidence “Undeniably, God placed me here. He brought me this far.”

As soon as I embraced and followed His will for my life, I felt serenity. The kind of peace that I am no longer running away from something. Sure, my path will still be stormy at times, but I will always have something calm inside me.

RISE Ministries Christmas Party

RISE Ministries is my newest baby. I’ve just recently started it with a friend who is also a pastor’s kid, like me. This is a work in progress. I am so thankful to God for sending us people who trusts us with money and stuff. Right now, while we are still praying for an accountant, we placed accountability measures to make sure that we are being wise stewards, such as but not limited to, regular reporting of our activities and expenditures to our Pastors and our church families.

R.I.S.E. Ministries

 

Celebrate Christmas with RISE Ministries! We’ve chosen the area of Junguera, Cebu City, for its unique population of children born out of prostitution and extreme poverty.

However, we will not be able to do this on our own. In this regard, we are appealing for sponsors for each child.

For only 250 Pesos, a child would be able to enjoy a fun-filled Christmas party with a loot bag of school supplies to take home.

You may sponsor as much as you want. Help us show God’s love and hope for these special children.

 

RISE poster

 

 

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Danish Tourists

While I was on FB, I’ve come across a message supposedly from Danish tourists stuck in an island somewhere in Palawan. I am emailing to let you know about this just in case you don’t know yet. This is my own little way of being a helping hand in the efforts to aid people affected by Yolanda/Haiyan.

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By Kenneth Sigbjørn Adelsten Johansson

Attention!!! We are typhoon victims. We need help!
We are 4 Danish people stuck on CHINDONAN ISLAND, CULION, PALAWAN. Our home Chindonan Island Resort & Divecenter has been wiped from the face of the earth, but we’ve managed to repair a generator for electricity, and have food left in our still functional freezer – for now.

We are now starting to support and accommodate Philippine Family’s from a small village on Chindonan Island, in what there is left of our Cottages, but we cannot keep it up for long. We fear if we leave, that the local people won’t manage to take care of them selves – they’ve lost everything and have no money for food, or maybe even access to it – we don’t know yet.
We have a spring that support us with fresh drinkable water, luckily.

We are now in town with a small boat we managed to pick up floating in front of our home, to buy food for everybody. The town is a mess as well and won’t be able to help anybody but them it selve.

We will probably not get support from the local government, as this disaster is widely spread out to more then 700 islands in the Philippines, and therefore we need help to get out of this situation.

Please! Help us contact media’s, embassy’s or Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Share this, please!!!

Kenneth Sigbjørn Adelsten Johansson, Per Sigbjørn Pedersen, Per Hauberg Christiansen, Marjun Ølguf

We do not have access to network anymore at Chindonan Island, so response will be when we regain access to cellphone network and Internet.

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FREE EDUCATION

Who doesn’t want FREE?! 😀

I like FREE anything. In fact, I am very grateful especially if it’s something for the betterment of ourselves… like free education. I was once told that not being able to afford a formal education doesn’t mean we can’t avail ourselves of the free floating knowledge all around us. So I was really happy to come across Iversity’s page online offering a free course on Storytelling. I always wanted to be a novelist. I just don’t know how. I have ideas for novels but I don’t know how to tell a story in a way that would be engaging.

If you want to enroll in this free course, just click on this link. This is sort of a community service of Iversity professors. They just want to help educate people and they seem to have fun doing so. I think I’ll have fun learning, too!