Missions and Outreach POSTS

Human Trafficking Awareness

Posted on Monday, December 3rd, 2012 in Missions and Outreach  |  Print

Continue to pray against Human Trafficking.  It is happening within our community here in the San Gabriel Valley.  On more information on this subject both globally and locally, go to www.humantrafficking.org.  “While many Americans have heard of human trafficking in other parts of the world… few people know it happens here in the United States.” ABC News

Thanksgiving Outreach

Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2012 in Missions and Outreach  |  Print

Our Branches Family was privileged to have been able to volunteer with Foothill Unity Center in their Thanksgiving Food Drive.   We had a fun time sorting out can and dry foods at their warehouse, as they had sufficient help at the LA Arboretum.  The work was hard but it was rewarding.


Operation Christmas Child

Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 in Missions and Outreach  |  Print

Praise God!  We were once again able to participate with Samaritans Purse’ Operation Christmas Child.  We collected a number of gift shoeboxes to bless children from around the world.  We pray that each shoebox will go to a child who would be touched by the love of God as they receive it.

Latest from the Ongkilis

Posted on Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 in Missions and Outreach, People Abroad  |  Print

Hello Everyone!

Greetings from both Malaysia and Canada!  Yes, that is because Alex is in Malaysia and Jesse and I are in Canada.

We’ve had a wonderful time in Malaysia.  We walked through many exciting doors that the Lord opened.  Our plan was for all three of us to return to Vancouver on the 20th but last minute we changed Alex’s ticket so he could stay back in Malaysia an extra ten days.  This is because there was a leaders’ Gathering scheduled for the end of this month that we thought was  important for Alex to attend.  Once we changed his ticket, several new speaking engagements opened up for Alex so there were plenty of exciting confirmations that this was the right move.

For the next few weeks in Vancouver our focus will be on preparing for the 11-11 Gathering taking place in Vancouver in the beginning of November.  We are overwhelmed and overjoyed by the response of 25 Malaysians that are planning to come to this Gathering!  There will be many from other Nations that we have connected hearts with that will also be coming.  Please pray with us that all those that need visas to come to Canada will have visas released to them in time! Thanks!  We feel honored to be on this side now to help prepare for this time and to help host when the time comes.

Off to bed now as I’m still dealing with jet-lag!  Poor Jesse has only been able to sleep until 4:00AM the past two nights! Lots of fun!  😉

Much love,


for the three of us 🙂

Team Brambo in Battambang

Posted on Monday, August 15th, 2011 in Missions and Outreach, Summer Outreach  |  Print

This summer’s outreach is once again in Battambang, Cambodia.  Our team of 5 consisting of Jen Guan, Jamie Guan, Stacy Guan, Tatiana Assemian, and John Chan will be there to help with various program including two children’s VBS during their time there.  Please continue to pray for them.  The team will return back home on Sunday, August 21 at 9:10 pm at LAX.

Team Brambo 2011 – Jamie, Stacy, John, Tatiana, and Jen

Seeing the Team off at LAX

Pray for Ellerie

Posted on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 in Missions and Outreach, People Abroad  |  Print

Aloha everyone.

I just wanted to write and let you all know I got back to Kona safe and sound. I’m sorry if I didn’t get a chance to say bye to some of you. It was really awesome to reconnect in fellowship and enjoy a long vacation! God was resting me up to prepare me for this next season. He wasn’t kidding when He gave me the word “DEPENDENCY” this past Vinepower. To make a long story short, I was asked by the school leader to be his assistant and help lead this school of 65 students and 13 staff. I don’t know what I was thinking when I said yes, but i felt the peace of God about it and that PAPA wants me to rise to this opportunity to sharpen and develop more leadership skills. I know it’s going to be challenging but that’s where the grace of God comes in. 

Pls. pray for discernment and wisdom as I help lead this school. For those that don’t know, Compassion DTS (Discipleship Training School) is a YWAM school that focuses on training young people for overseas missions with the interest of working with children at risk and the poor and needy in society. It’s 3 months lecture phase in Hawaii and 3 months outreach in a different country. I think our school will be sending to 7 different nations: Cambodia, India, possibly Afghanistan and other locations haven’t been announced yet. I would love to take a team back to Cambodia but my heart is also stirred for Afghanistan. Will keep you guys posted. Please pray for our staff, as half of them are new and still finding their place in ministry. Our staff is very diverse culturally(8 nationalities out of 13), so pls. pray for unity and for good communication to take place=)

Personally, I’m still transitioning emotionally. It’s weird to be full time in YWAM after working in the community for 2 years. I’m glad that we’ll still have community outreach as part of our DTS curriculum because I don’t want to stay in a Christian bubble!!

My heart’s desire is to function from that place of REST, no matter how much task lays ahead. Thank you for your prayers, love and fellowship. I miss you all and pray you are experiencing deeper measures of God’s love!!!!

Embracing the Grace of God for this season, Ellerie

Team Brambo – Cambodia Summer 2010

Posted on Thursday, September 9th, 2010 in Missions and Outreach, Summer Outreach  |  Print

Branches Fellowship sent a team of 8 to Battambang, Cambodia to work with the YWAM base to reach the children and people of Cambodia.  During their two weeks, they experienced the heart of God as they reached out to love and care for the children and the people in that city.  The team had an amazing time, one that they will never forget and one that will shape their lives forever.  Thank You Jesus for your work in and through this team.  Here are some images of their time in Cambodia:

International Students

Posted on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 in Missions and Outreach  |  Print

Mark and Susan Wu and their family are involved with a ministry to International Students. This past year completed an incredible year.  Here is a brief report by the Wu’s:

God has blessed us with an incredible, faithful team who really help us carry out His work. We just completed our third Academic Year and we are readying ourselves for another group of International Students this Fall. God has done some amazing things and though the Ministry takes up a lot of our time and energy, we have blessed us in so many ways. 

We have the privilege of witnessing people hear about Jesus and reading the Scriptures for the very first time, as well as experience first hand their spiritual journey into coming into a relationship with Christ. God has indeed brought the nations to our doors!

At times our lives our incredibly challenged, with running our Businesses, leading our Ministry, being part of our girls many activities while trying to remember to make the effort to keep our marriage and our relationship with God strong. Do continue to pray on our behalf. We need it!

Mark and Susan have a newsletter.  If you are interested in a copy, please email them at wugrls4@yahoo.com

Updates from Leongs Down Under

Posted on Tuesday, August 24th, 2010 in Missions and Outreach, People Abroad  |  Print

Check out the latest in news from the Leongs and their adventures on their blog: www.leongadventures.wordpress.com.   Read their stories and send them a note.  Also, don’t forget to continue to pray for them as God teaches and shapes their lives and uses them as vessels of His glory.

The Leong Family, Gabriel, Jenny and Isaac


JK (Jennifer Kwan) is Back

Posted on Friday, August 20th, 2010 in Missions and Outreach  |  Print

Dear Family & Friends, 

Thank you all so much for your prayers and support this month during the China Outreach!  God did some redeeming in my heart regarding my roots, which was a personal thing I see that He really wanted to work in me through my first trip to China.  At the same time I was so gracious to be able to see first-hand what God is doing in that nation.  Most of the Chinese believers I met had been Christians for only two years or less.  And a significant amount of those believers came to know Christ through missionaries.  In my heart I believe this is a reflection of how fast God is transforming the people in China.  While my team was there, we got to teach the Word of God.  We were so blessed to be a part of what the Holy Spirit is doing in China.  God definitely has a powerful and active force moving there.  The devotion of the Chinese believers is incredible and it is amazing how quickly the people there are coming to know Jesus.  I felt that there was a greater sense of freedom in China to Christianity than I originally expected.  There are restrictions, but Chinese people are more able to openly be Christians and freely pursue their faith compared to just ten or twenty years ago.  I can see perhaps it came to be this way because of the devotion & prayers of believers in China and around the world over the years.  

During our month on outreach our main objective was to to teach pastors, seminary students, and believers how to study the Bible inductively.  It was a blessing to impart the knowledge God gave us this year to others.  There were opportunities for us to preach at churches as well.  We also got to teach English at English corners, which were great opportunities to share about Jesus to others.  Some more Chinese came to accept Jesus as their Lord in that ministry during our short time there.  And in our free time, we got to spend quality time outside of the ministry setting with some of our new Chinese friends to encourage them in their faith and/or teach curious ones more about Jesus.  

Though God has it all under control in China, I and the team felt so blessed that He had us be a part of what He is doing.  He is touching the hearts of the Chinese people on a very deep level.  With the Holy Spirit working so strongly & rapidly in that nation it is going to be awesome to see how much more God will transform China in coming years.  Thank you all again so much for investing your hearts into China.  God is totally working there and used our prayers & efforts together to continue to advance what 

He is doing!