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Towards the end of my trip we went to a youth camp called HBC. There were kids that aged from middle school to high school. That age when we’re most insecure and awkward. It’s when we try to find the fine line of fitting in but also finding the unique self. They’re aware of the standards and what’s considered to be socially accepted, but they’re also aware that they need to find what they most desire and love. They talked a lot about their futures, and what they wanted to be. Most wanted to go to TCU, Tokyo Christian University, and become missionaries or pastors. I can say that a lot of youth kids in the US say this… but very few even stay in the church after high school.
The love these kids have for God was so pure… I can’t really explain. Most of these kids didn’t know a lick of english, but some still tried to talk to us and ask us questions. During lunch, a senior in high school asked me, “What is your dream?”
I remember at that moment, I had the hardest time to think of an answer to the question. So I just asked him, without answering, what his dream was. He told me he wanted to go to TCU and become a missionary in Africa.
I remember thinking… “Shooooot… how do I top that?”
Japan is a nation that’s known for having the highest rate of suicide. Most kids there live with no purpose. For this kid to tell me his dreams was actually very prophetic. God is giving these kids purpose and dreams. To see His plan for this nation unfold was so beautiful. Japan is a nation of hope. Even though the percentage for Christianity is only 2%, the 2% are powerful sons and daughters of God. They have vision and a heart for the world… probably more than the Christians in the US.
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She hates tiny dogs🐶 thanks for visiting me brenbren❤️ (at Urban Vintage)
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Ivan Alifan's stunning paintings explore portraiture and in a whole new light
ahhh i saw these in person last week. they were so beautifulllll<3
Look up. #OsGemeos #Futura2000 (at Chelsea Nyc)
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Gone In 41 Seconds — Police Quick to Kill Korean Artist
Feb 24, 2008
LA HABRA, Calif. — On the afternoon of December 31, 2007, two police officers encountered Michael Cho in the parking lot of a liquor store in La Habra, a small, generally quiet city in Orange County, California. It didn’t take long for the meeting to go bad. After less than a minute the officers unleashed a barrage of bullets on the 25-year-old artist, ending his life - and setting off an ongoing cascade of protests across Southern California’s Korean American community.Computerized police logs obtained by New America Media suggest the officers quickly turned to deadly force when they confronted Cho, whom they suspected of vandalism. According to the Computer Automated Transcript documenting the incident, at 2:04 p.m. the cops contacted their dispatcher to say they’d located Cho. “Out with the subject near the liquor store,” the transcript reads. Just 41 seconds later they radioed dispatch again, this time saying they’d shot the suspect and now needed paramedics to attend to him. “Shot fired, Suspect down, Medics requested,” reads the transcript. In the aftermath of the killing, Cho’s family has publicly condemned the department, saying the officers rushed to shoot Cho, rather than using less lethal tools like pepper spray or Taser stun guns to subdue him.
“The police killed my son like a dog,” Cho’s mother, Honglan Cho, recently told the La Habra City Council. According to Shelly Lynn Kaufman, an attorney for the Cho family, the fusillade of bullets left ten holes in his body.
I need a break…
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