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Redemption Point, a church for Fountain Valley and Westminster, California — October 8, 2014

Redemption Point, a church for Fountain Valley and Westminster, California

Redemption Point Church is reaching people in the Fountain Valley and Westminster, California area, known as Little Saigon, particularly English-speaking Vietnamese Americans. Website http://redemptionpoint.us Sermon videos vimeo.com/user4397298

About Redemption Point via redemptionpoint.us/about

We are the English speaking offspring of the immigrants (mostly Vietnamese), who now find it is easier to express ourselves in English. Therefore we congregate to take a keenly look at God and how He is working in our midst. After all, if there is an eternal heaven or hell, wouldn’t that be the most important thing to consider?

As we look around, we see many fractured relationships: in family, between generations, among the churches, in different cultures – isolations in society. But the “Good News” (in which the Bible called it “Gospel”) is this: all can be (and will be) restored when God reconcile our broken relationship to Him.

Redemption Point worship services are on Sunday night 6pm at Coastal church on the corner of Slater and Ward in Fountain Valley, California.

Bible Teacher Pastor Chris Fukunaga — December 1, 2013

Bible Teacher Pastor Chris Fukunaga

One of the passionate and gifted Bible teachers in the Japanese-American community is Crit Fukunaga, aka Chris Fukunaga. He’s worked as a church planter and itinerant Bible teacher; didn’t find too much on the Internet about him when I searched online, so I thought I’d be of help and post what I could find here, because I think he’s worth finding and hearing. (And, for full disclosure, he’s a relative of mine, married to one of my cousin-in-laws.)

Crit Fukunaga

About Crit Fukunaga

Church Planter of City Bible Church citybible.church in Artesia, California [fb.com/ArtesiaCityBibleChurch]

Founder & Pastor Emeritus of A Village Community, Long Beach, California

Retreat Speaker at 2010 Youth Winter Retreat – Cerritos Baptist Church Youth Ministry

Connected to The Missionary Church Denomination

Facebook facebook.com/chris.fukunaga

featured in Missional Challenge Newsletter, January 04, 2012: A Village Community – From Darkness to Light

Audios

5 Insights into Suffering and Death from Job 12/1/13 at Crossroads Church, Mission Viejo, CA

Loving Others @ Jesus at Baycities Lomita, August 11, 2013

Reflections on the #100 Reasons for Spiritual Boredom (Romans 12:1 and 1 Thessalonians 2:19) July 2013 at Victory Fellowship, Torrance, CA

Four Things God Taught Me When I Obeyed His Mission For My Life
June 9, 2013 – Chris Fukunaga at The Garden Christian Fellowship (Chatsworth, CA)

Perseverance
September 2, 2012 – Chris Fukunaga  at The Garden Christian Fellowship (Chatsworth, CA)

Walk in Love (mp3) – Chris Fukunaga at AACF Long Beach, March 2013

Mt Hermon Inter High Youth Camp 2013 (JEMS Mount Hermon Conference)

Thank you Lifeway and Dr. Rainer — November 7, 2013

Thank you Lifeway and Dr. Rainer

The following Facebook post is reposted here with permission.

a personal reflection By Andy Kim

When Rickshaw Rally came out in 2003, I was a freshman in college and had done very little thinking about race, ethnicity and stereotypes as it related to my faith. I had done (what I thought) was a great job of assimilating into white culture in both school and church contexts.

When freshman Andy heard about the VBS curriculum and the subsequent outcry, my first reaction is why are those Asians being so angry and outspoken? In other words, I didn’t want people to rock the boat and let’s keep the peace at all costs.

Since then, I’ve grown in understanding of my own family, my culture and my journey as a Korean American. During the journey, I’ve discovered old wounds I didn’t know I had, products of stereotypes, years of racism I experienced as a child and subtle ways I accepted how the media portrayed Asians and Asian men in particular.

I’ve learned in small steps how to use my voice to speak out when I felt offended, and also how to use my voice to speak out on behalf others as well. I’ve learned that in a real community, in a real family, God doesn’t want us to sweep things under the rug, but to deal with tough issues, even if it means rocking the boat. I’ve even rocked the boat myself a few times. Heck, I’m in a job now where boat-rocking is essentially in the job description.

And though I’ve grown so much, there is so much about my culture and background that I’m still wrestling with. I feel an inner tension about my Asianness and my Koreanness that leads me to both love and judge other Asian Americans. To aspire to be accepted by them and to keep them at arms length. There are still days where I hate that I’m so indirect, conflict avoidant, passive and I fit the mold of “typical asian guy” (whatever that means). There are also days, where I’m SO grateful that God made me exactly how he did. And other days there’s just ambiguity.

I felt all these thoughts watching this short video clip. But into the swirls of confusion and unanswered questions, I also felt an inexplicable sense of calm. I think that’s what an unqualified, sincere apology can do. It can bring calm into the inner storms that we don’t realize were there. A calm that is really hope creeping into the dark crevices of cynicism. A calm that gives way to possibility and dreaming about what the Church could be in this country and in our world.

It was a short video, a seemingly insignificant act. But it mattered to me. Thanks, Thom S. Rainer.

How to discuss hospice care with Asian Americans — April 17, 2013

How to discuss hospice care with Asian Americans

Death and end-of-life matters are very very difficult to discuss within Asian cultures. According to one statistics, only 4% of Asian Americans have utilized hospice care. Yet this is such an important fact of life that all of us will eventually face with family and for ourselves. How to face this reality with grace and sensitivity? Here’s some helpful tips from Dr. DongMei Wang — via Hospice Matters: a Newsletter for Family and Friends of Hospice (Spring 2013) published by Montgomery Hospice in Montgomery County, Maryland ::

Hospice Discussions with Asian Patients by Dr. DongMei Wang

Montgomery County, Maryland is known for its rich and diverse culture and heritage. We have a large Asian community along with a growing Asian patient population. From nationwide data, we know that Asian patients use hospice care less often, as compared to other races. How can we help these patients in need to maximize their benefit from hospice?
Here are some thoughts based on my experience in my oncology private practice. Let’s first look at the barriers to utilization of hospice service by Asian patients:
  1. Many people from Asian cultures think death is a bad thing, and that anything linked to death is bad luck. They do not want to talk about death among family members.
  2. Respect for the elderly is an important part of many Asian cultures. As part of this respect, it is not uncommon for Asian adult children to hide a terminal illness diagnosis from their parents.
  3. Most Asian patients are not familiar with hospice care, as it is so rare in their country of origin.
  4. In general, Asian patients have less knowledge about the American medical system.
  5. Dying in a hospital is considered acceptable or the norm in Asian culture.
  6. Many Asians expect to receive medical treatment until they die. They may want to try anything and everything to help when there is a poor prognosis.
  7. Language barriers exist for many Asian patients and families.
When facing these challenges, here are some tips that I have found helpful when I talk to patients and families about hospice care:
  1. Do not rush. Set up a time and sit down with the patient and his or her family.
  2. Use an interpreter if you don’t speak their language.
  3. Get the family’s permission first before releasing a bad diagnosis to the patient.
  4. Emphasize quality of life rather than quantity of life.
  5. Learn about the family’s attitude towards hospice. Understand and respect a different culture’s approach towards end-of-life issues.
  6. Explain the benefit of pain control.
  7. Explain the benefit of getting service at home.
  8. Explain the benefit of stress relief for family members.
  9. Explain that the patient can keep his or her current doctor.
  10. Be open to alternative types of medicine.
I have been in a private oncology practice for 5 years, and face many of the same challenges every practitioner faces. I sincerely hope that my tips will help others to discuss hospice services with their patients.
Dr. DongMei Wang is Board Certified in Oncology and in Internal Medicine, and practices at Montgomery Oncology Care and Hematology in Rockville, MD
Okay to be Asian American and bipolar — February 5, 2013

Okay to be Asian American and bipolar

It’s now public knowledge. My name is DJ Chuang and I have bipolar disorder. It took me a long time to seek professional care for my mental health. Here’s what the Orange County Register article, O.C. exports Asian American churches to the world, described:

Chuang has bipolar disorder. He has been successfully treated for the condition since 2001. But he attributes his numerous career changes and intellectual restlessness, in part, to manic episodes.

His periods of depression, he said, brought him near suicide. And they convinced him that helping Asian American churches become more culturally inclusive is tantamount to a life-or-death calling.

“It’s very hard for Asians to talk about their weaknesses,” Chuang said, explaining why he waited years before publicly acknowledging his condition and seeking treatment.

Chuang said traditional Asian American churches are especially inhospitable to painful personal problems because many Asian cultures prize a veneer of stoic hard work and moral respectability.

“I want to bring churches into a place to deal more honestly with the real person,” Chuang said.

“I would like to see Asian Americans become more healthy and whole as people.”

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By posting here and on my personal blog djchuang.com, I am making myself available to you and to people you know who may be struggling with bipolar disorder or other kinds of mental illness. I am not a professional, but I am willing to offer a listening ear and to be an encourager and a friend. Contact me.

[cf. Julie J. Park]