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  • Healing Testimony | Irvine Ekklesia

    Dave K., an Ekklesia leader from Irvine, wrote us a recent testimony of healing that occurred during their quarterly prayer gathering. Read, chew slowly, and enjoy.

    A couple years back when Ekko Church was still over at our old location on Artesia Avenue, while we were new to Ekko, Pastor Bryan and Isaac—on the same night, and on separate occasions—prophesied that they saw our family in a big house where people would come to receive prayer and be healed both emotionally and physically.

    It took some time, but that prophecy came true. Since then, we've moved into a larger home and began hosting quarterly prayer meetings for all the Ekklesias in the Irvine and Tustin regions, where we gather to eat and pray together. We call these nights "Taco Tuesdays."

    On September 5th, the three Irvine Ekklesias gathered once again for Taco Tuesday. I think around twenty people came that evening. One of those individuals was someone named James, and he had experienced a miraculous healing during our last Taco Tuesday in June.

    A little context: James had been suffering from chronic back pain for the better part of two decades, since he was in high school. His pain worsened in recent years, even leading to perhaps some structural damage to one of his vertebrae. On some days, he said he had to lay out on the floor for 4-5 hours from the pain, and there was this daily uncertainty of whether or not it was going to be a good or bad back day. 

    James shared that nothing particularly crazy happened that evening; just your run of the mill healing prayer. He really wasn’t expecting much. But this time, it was different. James woke up the next day, free from pain. He attributed the “good day” to one of those “good day” back days. But after a few good days, James said he remembered the prayer and began thinking it was not so run-of-the-mill after all.

    But it gets better. James said he was not looking forward to the IKON men's BBQ that was going to happen soon afterwards, because he knew that there would be some games and activities that would get physical (particularly because Ekko men are competitive). But that day at the BBQ, James said he ran free of back pain. As he was sharing his testimony about running around in the field, he remembered that that was the exact prophetic vision that Grace, one of our members, had for him on the night of the healing prayer. 

    It’s funny how things come full circle—the house, the field.

    Our Taco Tuesday participants became witnesses this past Tuesday. We could all feel our faith rising. I don’t believe I remember another Taco Tuesday where most of the members asked for healing, either for themselves or for their loved ones. 

    The theme for that evening was “Let us run.” It’s inspired by Hebrews 12 and PB’s last sermon about facing “trials and tests.” We hope that James’ testimony becomes our testimony because as a region, we really want to run with freedom and faith, even in the face of decades old obstacles and burdens.

    James said that since three months ago that he is now 85% healed. He no longer wakes up wondering if it’ll be a good or bad back day. Last Tuesday, I caught a glimpse of James getting prayed over, again. This time, however, I get the feeling that his expectations—and ours—were a bit different.

  • Ekko Kids Internship Update

    Hi Ekko, 

    I just wanted to take some time to update you with some news regarding Ekko Kids. We just launched Ekko Youth and with it, we made some changes. For those that do not know, Ekko Kids cannot happen without the hard work and dedication of our many volunteers. Sharon Cho, who has been the children's ministry intern as part-time staff, has played a huge role in that for the past two years, especially in the Buttons (ages 1-2 year olds) classroom. From all the preparation for Sunday to developing Buttons curriculum, she has worked diligently to help Ekko Kids run weekly. She has served faithfully and wholeheartedly. Though she did a lot behind the scenes, I want to highlight her amazing crafting skills. From her handmade birthday cards to the teachers to the Fall Festival photo backdrops, Sharon put so much time, thought, and creativity in all that she did. For VBS, Sharon has always gone above and beyond with the backdrops, crafts, props, and costumes. Because of her creativity and excellence, we were able to host such colorful, fun-filled VBS events. 

    SYNC 8 | Superheroes

    FALL Festival 2016


    With some sadness and, yet excitement, Sharon has decided to move on and pursue her passion for children in a different context. We are sad to see her go, but at the same time, we are so excited for her new season as she follows her dreams of helping children feel safe and heard. We are confident that God will use her wherever she goes. 

    BUTTONS Classroom

    While Sharon may be leaving, we are excited to announce Margaret Ouchida as the new children's ministry intern. Margaret has been a part of Ekko Kids for many years and has been dedicated to this ministry as a teacher and recently, Ekko Youth. I am so thankful for her and inspired by her courage, obedience, and faithfulness to God and this tribe. Let's do this!  

    We are looking forward to where God leads Ekko Kids and Ekko Youth in the upcoming year. Ekko, please pray for wisdom and vision as we continue to build and grow both ministries. Thank you. 

    With gratitude, 

    Caroline Kim
    Ekko Kids Director

  • 2017 Ministry Trip | Korea & Hong Kong

    Dear Ekko, 

    Pastor Bryan, Isaac and I had the privilege and honor of serving & ministering to two vibrant, spirit-filled communities at New Philadelphia Church (Seoul, South Korea) and Solomon’s Porch (Hong Kong) over the last 10 days. 

    We've experienced and witnessed so many breakthroughs throughout this camp and it has been a joy watching the Holy Spirit do work. Over the course of the trip, I could feel God’s desire for everyone to find wholeness in Him. God has moved so powerfully, gently, supernaturally, and so specifically. It was such a joy to be able to serve these communities and witness the communion of saints around the globe. God is on the move—in us, through us, and all around us. 

    Ekko, from the bottom of our hearts, 

    Thank you for your prayers. We felt your covering for this trip from beginning to end and in key moments during this trip. 

    Thank you for your persistence in living out the call of Christ in your lives. Your life of long-suffering obedience is inspiring communities around the world. 

    Thank you for your partnership in the Gospel. We could not have done this without you. 

    Our hearts are full and so grateful to the Lord and for you. 

    Here is a brief snippet of our last 10 days

    Saturday, August 12 | We arrived in Seoul, South Korea ready to serve and minister. 


    Sunday, August 13
    | We had such a great time worshipping with New Philadelphia. Pastor Bryan preached a powerful word at their Hongdae Campus. 


    Monday, August 14
    | We began the first of our three sessions with New Philadelphia's Campus Pastors. 


    Tuesday, August 15
    | We continued our time with the Campus Pastors and experienced divine moments of breakthrough. 


    What a loving, anointed, and amazing group of pastors. It was such a joy to hear their stories and visions given to them from the Lord. We cannot wait to witness how God will continue to work in and through them. 


    Wednesday, August 16
    | We began our second camp of the trip with New Philadelphia's Campus Pastors and Staff! 


    Thursday, August 17
    | What an amazing staff and group of leaders. Our hearts were so grateful for our time together. What a blessing it was to pray, serve, and partner together. We genuinely felt God's love for them and fell in love with their tribe. This concluded our trip in Korea! Onto Solomon's Porch in Hong Kong! 



    Friday, August 18 | We arrived in Hong Kong safely and with renewed energy for time with Solomon's Porch.


    Pastor Bryan shared a powerful word about preparing for God's weight of glory. 


    Saturday, August 19
    | We had the opportunity to train and pray with the house church leaders of Solomon's Porch. 


    Discussing the importance of prayer for leaders. 


    Sunday, August 20
    | Pastor Bryan preached three different messages at Solomon's Porch! 


    Isaac shared a powerful message about becoming like Christ to Solomon's Porch Youth! 

    What I've learned on this trip

    The importance of praying and hearing God's voice. 

    I like to have things planned. I don't like surprises, but so many times during this trip, the Lord has pivoted us in another direction based on his heart for his people. I've learned that our lives as Thomas Merton says is truly a life of listening. It's only when we give our ears to the Lord, that we can tune ourselves in to what God wants to do. Often it is convenient to follow through our plans, but giving space for God to speak was such an integral part of our trip. 

    The importance of sharing the weight of God's glory. 

    I've had the opportunity to spend the last 10 days with Pastor Bryan and Isaac. We each had a specific role and part to play. 

    The importance of having "big" faith in God. 

    Throughout this trip I've been challenged to have a new perspective on what God can do beyond what I can fathom or imagine. To believe in God for things that are impossible for me to see and believe in. 

    Ekko,

    may we continue in 

    prayer

    persist in Christ-like living

    & partner together to bear the weight of God's glory in our tribe

    With much love and thanks, your brother in Christ, 

    Sung Kim 

  • 2016 Orthopraxis Testimony | Olivia Liang

    Orthopraxis opened up my heart and allowed me to explore more of my faith. There were so many blessings throughout this journey: my perfectly and divinely curated Orthopraxis group, learning discipline in discipleship, and being able to grow with believers who truly understand me on a fundamental level. Two things really stood out to me during Orthopraxis: scripts & mantras and the Grand Narrative.

    One of the most impactful parts of Orthopraxis for me was discovering why I am the way that I am through personal ministry. I struggled with anxiety and panic attacks for about 15 years, which is a huge chunk of my 23 years of life. After learning about scripts and mantras, I was able to pinpoint the cause of my attacks and start to speak truth over myself. I have not had an attack since starting Orthopraxis, and I don’t plan to have anymore. Learning about my scripts and mantras also made me more sensitive to the scripts of others, particularly those who have “hurt” me in my life. Understanding that everyone has scripts they are operating from has allowed me to view them and myself with more grace.

    Secondly, learning about the Grand/Meta-Narrative made me aware (embarrassingly, for the first time) of the Bible as a whole story with a beginning, middle, and an end. I was able to see my part in building God’s kingdom and own my authority as a daughter of the most Sovereign King.

    I know this is only the beginning. We are now at the base of the mountain and there is much more climbing to do, and it is definitely not going to be easy, but Orthopraxis has fueled me—it has filled my oxygen tank and I am ready to start climbing. I am equipped with the Truth, I have my team ready to push me, encourage me, edit me, and I myself have the determination to dive deeper into relationship with our Good Father.


    Olivia is an actress who has appeared in commercials and television shows. Since graduating from Orthopraxis, she has enrolled in Pneuma Advance and enjoys watching the Spirit move miraculously in her life. She currently attends Hacienda Heights Ekklesia.

  • 2016 Orthopraxis Testimony | Kevin MacDougall



    In the years between taking my faith seriously and coming regularly to Ekko, God was developing me in meaningful ways. I began to take sin seriously, I started sabbathing, I scratched the surface of engaging poverty. Those seven years felt like wandering into a gym and sampling each machine for a workout. Every week a new sermon, every month a new conviction, every two years a new paradigm. To be sure, I’m better for those years, and I’d be slow to trade them. That said, I have little muscle to speak of considering the time I’ve spent in this gym.

    Orthopraxis, for me, has been a call to listen to the personal trainer. It’s been a call to give myself to discipline in the basics.

    I read the Bible, but I need to read it regularly so God’s words whisper like lyrics.
    I pray, but I need to learn how to pray regularly so I can hear God move.
    I need to confront and uproot the fears and anxieties that keep sin on my doorstep.
    I need to partner with the Holy Spirit every day.

    I kind of wish it was more dramatic. But honestly, if I don’t switch out the daily rituals and practices that are the foundation of my lifestyle, then anything dramatic would simply be another year of wandering the gym.


    Kevin is a graduate of UC Irvine and is currently enrolled in a master's program for architecture at UCLA. He is engaged to the love of his life, Leslie, and they are set to be married next year. He is a part of Irvine #2 Ekklesia.

  • 2016 Orthopraxis Testimony | Stella Kim



    Everything about Orthopraxis impacted my life deeply. There is not a single aspect of Orthopraxis (the realignment of my truths, the dependence on and vulnerability with community, the demand for discipline) that did not impact me in a deep and much needed way. The whole process was really a process of healing, redemption, and restoration for me. I have shared with my group that this last year and a half (a journey that started with our family coming to Ekko last February) culminating with Orthopraxis has been such a testimony of God’s initiating and seeking after me. Our lives have changed so much for the better – our marriage, our parenting, our time management, our giving, our loving. He is speaking louder than ever and I can hear Him clearer than ever.

    I have always known God to be my Saviour, and learned I need to let Him be King—but He has really moved and shown Himself through Orthopraxis to be my Redeemer. Through the process of removing my false selves with my Ortho group, in covenant relationships, I was able to see my past for the first time through lenses I’ve never seen through before.

    My past made so much sense now.
    I make so much sense now.

    And through a process of confessing, grieving, praying, and receiving forgiveness, love and healing with my Ortho group, I have experienced redemption and restoration in a way I never ever imagined possible.

    At Sync last year, we had to write the story of our lives on music sheets, and I titled mine “Beauty from Ashes” as I looked upon all the death and destruction that littered the past decades of my life in dreary and dark notes. I titled it painfully and prayerfully hoping that somehow these ashes could be turned into beauty one day. I can truly say that the day has come! Everything that was once dead and secret and horrific was turned into beauty when the beautiful light of my Ortho sisters’ love hit those notes. Today’s music measures are now filled with hope, redemption, restoration and the gift of no more shame! I will remember Ortho for the rest of my life as a turning point in my climb up the mountain—I found footing and gripping for my feet and hands because I was surrounded by the love of my Ortho sisters who helped me heal. And now I am impassioned to bring healing to others.


    Stella is married to the love of her life, Danny, and has two beautiful girls Gracie and Ava. She works in the health care field under business development and is set to join Ekko as a member in November 2016.

  • 2016 Orthopraxis Testimony | Kevin Kim

    The biggest impact that Orthopraxis had on me was that it helped me develop an actual relationship with God. I realized that when I attended church in the past or when I was jumping from church to church, I didn’t really understand what developing a relationship meant. I was just a consumer—just listening and walking out of the service feeling better about myself. I never digested the word or put into practice what I learned.

    When I first took Orthopraxis, that was the season I was in. My heart and my mind were not open to receive. After Orthopraxis, I left church and fell straight back into my previous lifestyle. I did whatever pleased me and acted unfaithfully to God. In my mind, as long as I didn’t hurt others, God would understand. Taking Orthopraxis the second time around helped me develop a relationship that is centered on God.

    I was able to strengthen that relationship through prayer and worship. I had times of solitude so that I could listen, communicate and understand God.
    I was able to appreciate all the blessing that he’s provided me and understand that all this is his will and not time. I’m learning to accept authority and under that not all authority is bad in nature. There is good authority that can help you become more obedient with God and lead you in the path of righteousness. I’m learning that building a covenant relationship is to love, be faithful, trustworthy, loyal and being with God. It’s accepting his rules and principles and applying them to your daily lives.

    All in all, Orthopraxis has changed my outlook on how I see my relationship with my family, friends and my significant other. The biggest impact has been to my relationship with my significant other. We are communicating better, loving one another more in line with God’s vision, and understanding each other more and more with every passing day.


    Kevin works for the County of Los Angeles for the Department of Water and Power (DWP). He is engaged to the love of his life, Tiffany, and they plan to get married next year.

  • 2015 Orthopraxis Testimony | Sharon Baek

    I still clearly recall my hesitations and slight dread during the Orthopraxis sign-ups when various people would constantly badger me if I was going to sign up and inquiring why I was not. My hesitations were a mixture of pre-conceived notions of Bible studies, the long commitment, and my unwillingness to change my own set ways (which is often a sign when one needs it the most).

    I can honestly say that I am in disbelief that four months have already come and gone. This invested time with wonderful girls has helped uncover my own disturbingly intrinsic nature, while instilling an ingrained hunger to seek more with hope in the future. I recommend Orthopraxis to anyone who is unclear about one’s direction and purpose in life or who desires to understand one’s identity in relation to God. Despite growing up in a church, I personally did not understand the first thing of establishing a relationship with God, let alone who He really is and His unfailing character. Through Ortho, I have received much clarity, and yet I am brimming with even more questions to know more.

    As they say, Ortho provides the basic foundation to start the beginning of one’s lifelong journey with Christ rather than finding a means to an end. One of the biggest lessons I have gained from Ortho is my desire to work on my relationship with Godnot out of a religious burden, but out of a more clear understanding of who He is and my identity as a person. This recognition has also translated into other various roles in life as a friend, daughter, sister, and coworker, which I now pursue with more enthusiasm and intention. A glimpse of His goodness and understanding my role in Christ has left me unable to go back so easily to my own selfish ways and I cannot help but re-prioritize my life to make space for God and others.


    Sharon loves to learn new languages, petting animals without actually owning them, and watching shows/videos on food that she never ends up making. She lives in San Diego and is a member of Orvine Ekklesia.

     

  • 2015 Orthopraxis Testimony | Grace Cho

    Orthopraxis for me has been a time where the Lord gently but firmly took me aside from everything to have a heart to heart. A heart to heart stating that it’s really time to “let go”… to let go of control, to let go of false identities, to let go and walk in complete trust and faith with Him.

    Before Orthopraxis, I convinced myself that by this point in my life, I had to have everything put together and figured out. I went through my season of healing, of spiritual revelations and growth so now I have to be put all together. This thought of “I’m good” prevented me from seeing how I had been measuring my worth through the accomplishments and titles I had been given. Perhaps I didn’t want to admit how attached I had become to my titles and accomplishments because in my eyes everything was for God. My job was in ministry, it was to serve God’s people, to help bring people to His kingdom and glory to God. My job entailed for me to help others come to find their identity and self worth in God and not in the things the world tells us to identify with. So of course in my eyes I thought I knew who I was in the Lord.

    It wasn’t until I had moved to California, where I had to leave all my titles and accomplishments behind, did I began to admit that I had placed my worth in the wrong things. It was during one of the last lectures Pastor Bryan gave that I fully admitted that I had placed my worth and identity in the titles I had once held. That lecture helped me begin to see that God didn’t just want to change the circumstance I was in, a life full of titles but He also wanted to change my heart and attitude towards living a life of being still and in His presence. He has invited me to finally take this time of “transition” to pray and prepare myself for all the new adventures He has in store for me.


    Grace is married to the love of her life, Alex, and the mother of her joyful three-month-old Josiah. She works at LePort Montessori as the Operations Coordinator, enjoys K-Pop, and dreaming about God's heart for orphans. She is a member of Anaheim Ekklesia.
  • 2015 Orthopraxis Testimony | Jane H. Kim

    “Christianity is NOT a religion of escapism, but a religion of responsibility.”
    Pastor Bryan Kim

    Going through Orthopraxis changed the way I value my walk with God. For so many years, I called myself a Christian, but it really wasn’t until I finished Orthopraxis that I truly understood what it looked like to walk with Him and what it meant to submit to Him. I always thought that I lived a “good Christian life” but at the same time, I knew that something was missing. I was always frustrated with my spiritual life because I never found myself where I wanted to be with God.

    A few weeks into Orthopraxis, I learned that it was because I didn’t allow God’s authority to reign in my life. Being so close to my family, it felt so natural to obey my parents but I realized that I forgot to leave room for God’s authority. Coming to this realization was hard but it marks the beginning of my journey in becoming an adult and a more mature child of God.

    One of the things I loved most about Orthopraxis was the raw material that the Ekko leaders used to stretch our minds and open our hearts to invite our Father to do life with us. For the first time in a long I time, I felt the courage to walk beside Him. I wouldn’t say that Orthopraxis gave me all the answers to walking with Christ, but rather it provided me with a spiritual guideline. It’s now my responsibility to use this guideline to live like Christ.

    Through Orthopraxis,
    I was reminded of how powerful He is.

    I was reminded of His heart for His creations.
    I was reminded of the responsibilities I have been given as a child of God and that I am to use the gifts that He gave me to help carry the burdens of the Church.

    I continue to pray for courage and strength for this journey that lies ahead. He is so good and God Almighty! I pray to always remember that.


    Jane works as a merchandise coordinator for a denim apparel company. She enjoys DIY projects, the great outdoors, especially through camping, and spending quality time with family and friends. She is a member of Hacienda Heights Ekklesia.