Travel Video: ISRAEL

FINALLY! I finished this travel video! WHOOOO! When I edit videos, my tendency is to really get lost in time because I want to finish a project. It was a challenge to complete this because of my crazy schedule at work, events and ministry.

I spent weeks going through 600-800 video clips, noting which ones are good from those that are just crappy and blurry. So ladies and gents, my dear blog readers, here is ISRAEL IN MOTION (done with lots of love)!!!

An open letter from Mr. Right

IngridNieto.Com:

Waterworks in the morning. This hit my heart so much. Thank you for this beautiful letter. 😇

Originally posted on #UNFILTERED:

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Dear daughters of God,

Contrary to what you have heard, I do exist. I’m no fairytale hunk with big muscles and thing for chick flicks (although, I may or may not have a man bun). So, put your daydreams of love off to the side for a minute and let me tell you what makes me, “Mr. Right” and why people keep telling you to wait for me.

The first thing I really want for you to understand is that I was not born your Mr. Right. I promise we weren’t destined to cross paths and lock eyes from across a crowded room and fall hopelessly in love. God has been working in my heart for YEARS! Do you realize what was in my heart before Christ saved me?! Of course you don’t because we haven’t met yet, but I can promise you it is equally as crazy and sinful as…

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#OhLife High School and College Camp

It was a great privilege for me to join my fellow Ygroup leaders and serve as one of the counsellors for both the high school and college camps of our church, Greenhills Christian Fellowship. I remember attending my first youth camp eons ago–I made new friends, learned new praise and worship songs, joined group activities and grew in my walk with God. It was then that I found out how fellowship with other believers is integral to our spiritual growth. Sure, we must strengthen our relationship with God and grow deeper in His Word but we must not disregard the importance of accountability and journeying with fellow believers.

My high school camp buzz group. Photo by Saki de Leon

My high school camp buzz group. Photo by Saki de Leon

My high school camp buzz group. Photo by Saki de Leon

My high school camp buzz group. Photo by Saki de Leon

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#OhLife High School Camp Staff

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Team SJ/Ingrid/P.JP (OhLife HS Camp) – Photo by Saki de Leon

When I was a young teenager, it was a great encouragement for me to see Ates and Kuyas selflessly give their time to teach us God’s Word, listen to our concerns, rejoice with us in our happy times and lovingly correct and restore us when we would stray. As I handle and teach teenagers now, I’d say that I learn from them as well. I sometimes find myself feeling ashamed as I recall how I’ve misbehaved and acted towards my parents and youth leaders from way back.

Then: Pastor Emer with our youth group some years ago. Now: Pastor Lloyd used to be our Resident Pastor in GCF East while Pastor Emer was our Youth Pastor. Being with them at the Leaders' retreat last weekend made me feel like 13 again.

Then: Pastor Emer with our youth group some years ago.
Now: Pastor Lloyd used to be our Resident Pastor in GCF East while Pastor Emer was our Youth Pastor. Being with them at the Leaders’ retreat last weekend made me feel like 13 again.

#OhLife College Camp Staff

#OhLife College Camp Staff

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My buzz group for the #OhLife College Camp

Below are videos I’ve put together from the #OhLife High School and College camps:
Special Coverage: #OhLife HS Camp

Snippets from the #OhLife College Camp

Dancing camp staff, fun and games + praise and worship

Holy Land Photoblog: Megiddo

The first time I heard of Megiddo, the images in my head were of scary arms and artillery. It is said to be the site where the final battle between good and evil will ensue (Revelation 16:12-16). Will you still be around to witness such an event? I hope not. The Battle of the Armageddon will happen after the Great Tribulation–demons will gather people from different nations to fight against Jesus Christ.

Megiddo - the site of the final battle between good and evil

Megiddo – the site of the final battle between good and evil

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How can such a beautiful, peaceful-looking plain be the backdrop of a bloody battle? History and the Bible both reveal that Megiddo has been the site of epic battles. The Megiddo Expedition site says:

Megiddo was the site of epic battles that decided the fate of western Asia. When the Canaanite city-states revolted against 15th century BCE Pharaonic attempts at hegemony, it was at Megiddo that they assembled to do battle. The Egyptian army, led by Pharaoh Thutmose III, surprised the rebels by choosing the most dangerous route of attack – through the narrow ‘Aruna Pass. After routing the Canaanite forces and capturing rich booty, Thutmose III laid siege to the city for seven months. His decisive victory enabled him to incorporate Canaan as a province in the Empire of the New Kingdom. The description of the battle of Megiddo is the earliest account of a major war in antiquity.

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Model of Tel-Megiddo

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The Late Bronze Period Gate

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The Late Bronze Period Gate

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Manger

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Flags

Flags

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It was interesting to see these birds get into their V formation. I tried to capture the V perfectly but this was all I could muster.

The Sacred Area

The Sacred Area

The entrance to the Megiddo Spring

The entrance to the Megiddo Spring

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Yes folks, it’s that deep

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It’s very cold in here.

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Hold on to the railings. The steps can get slippery

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