Weekly Photo Challenge: Foreign – You Are Not Alone ministry

What is foreign to me? Well, I’m currently studying in a foreign country so basically everything around me is kind of foreign, but the moment I saw the topic, my mind came to a ministry lead by students in my church here in Prague. It’s a ministry to reach out to a community which is foreign to most of us, the homeless people on the streets of Prague, with both physical and spiritual foods.

The ministry is called You Are Not Alone (YANA for short; more about it here) and it started about 2 years ago. Beautiful as it is, Prague has its ugly side, like every other city around the world. Homeless community has been an issue for a long time and these people live difficult and rejected lives on the streets. These people are just next to us, but their lives are completely foreign to us. We never would understand how the life is to live on the streets, day and night, four seasons a year, fighting against hunger (if not starvation), heat in the summer and cold in the winter, all sorts of diseases and infections…


First Day of Snow in Prague

Wet snowflakes fell from the gloomy sky yesterday morning though it wasn’t expected until November at least. Many people in the streets were holding their umbrellas, tourists had to endure the sudden coldness. This photo was shot at the famous Václavské náměstí (Wenceslas Square), where tourists were sight-seeing in the snow and the outline of the National Museum can be seen in the background.

Photo is available on Fotolia

Morning in an Antumn Day

After 3 weeks of hectic studies, I could finally had a short break and time for a little photo-shooting. I was waiting for the appearance of the sun one morning, but it turned out to be a very gloomy morning indeed. However my disappointment turned into joy when I saw the foggy streets and golden leaves on the wet floor!

I’ve always wanted to shoot some foggy scenes but I haven’t had the chance so far. That morning came as a surprise, a chance to practise… hopefully one day I could capture the mysterious atmosphere of a foggy morning better!

Words to remember

1. 下次如果觉得自己了不起时, 试试行在水上。

If you think you are so great, try walk on the water.

2. 当撒旦提起你的过去时, 请提醒牠的未来。

If Satan mentioned about your past, remind him his future.

3. 你不是幸运, 是蒙福。

You are not lucky, you are blessed.

4. 若想要真正活着, 得先彻底死去。

If you really want to live, you have to die thoroughly first.

5. 机会也许只敲一次门, 但试探却总是在按门铃。

Opportunity might knock only once, yet temptation is always pressing the doorbell.

6. 我们常在强壮时, 忘了神。

When we are strong, we always forget about our God.

7. 那些只在星期天呼唤”天父”的人, 在一星期余下的日子里活得像孤儿。

Those who only call upon “Heavenly Father” on Sunday, the rest of the week, they are like orphans.

8. 不要以自我为中心, 要以基督为中心。

Do not focus on yourself, focus on Christ.

9. 没有基督, 没有平安; 认识基督, 得到平安。

No Christ, no peace; know Christ, know peace

10. 为什么我们不常向朋友提起神?因为我们不常向神提起我们的朋友。

Why we seldom mention to our friends about God? because we seldom tell God about our friends.

11. 当把你的一切献给基督, 因为祂把祂的一切都给了你。

You should give everything of yours to Christ as He gave you everything He has already .

12. 你现在所追求的, 值得基督为它死吗?

What you want to own, worth Christ to die for it?

13. 使你向神靠近的人, 是你真正的朋友。

Those who lead you toward God, are your real friends.

14. 神爱我们, 不是因为我们是怎样一个人, 而是因为祂是怎样一位神。

God loves us, not because what kind of people we are, but He is that kind of God.

15. 神的应许像夜空里的星星。夜越深,星星的光芒越亮。

God’s promises are like the stars in the sky, the darker the night is, the more shine the stars are.

16. 没有基督的生命, 是无望的尽头。有基督的生命,是无尽的盼望。

A life without Christ is no hope. A life with Christ has hope without ending

17. 我虽不知道未来掌管着什么, 但我知道谁掌管着未来。

Although I do not know what future will handle. But I do know who is handling the future.

18. 把你的重担交给主, 让它留在主那里。

Give your burden to Lord & leave it there with Him.

19. 不要畏惧明天, 因为神已在那里。

Do not be afraid of Tomorrow, because God is already there.

20. 当你除了神, 一无所有时, 你将知道神就是你全部的需要。

If you have nothing else besides God, then you will know God is all you need.

21. 放手交给神, 别再向神讲述你的风暴有多大, 当向风暴讲述你的神有多大。

Do not tell God how big is your problem, just leave it to Him. Do tell your problem how great is your God.

22. 能够满足人心的, 是造人心的那一位。

The only one who can satisfy your heart is the one who created it.

23. 请常常保持着你心里的光, 因为你不知道, 谁会借着这光走出黑暗。

Please keep the light in your heart, because you do not know who will use this light to get out of the darkness.

24. 当我们只顾工作的时候, 我们独自工作; 当我们祷告的时候, 神工作。

If we care only about work, we work ourselves alone. When we start praying, God works

25. 神无所不在, 所以我们可以随处祷告。

God is everywhere, so we can pray everywhere, anywhere.

26. 一个没有需要的人永远见不到神迹。

If one has no need, he will never see miracle.

27. 敬拜提醒我们生命的价值, 但世界却使我们忘记它。

Worship remind us the value of our life, yet the world let us forget about it.

An autumn day in prague

I’ve been back in Prague for a week and it feels like a lot have happened! I was greeted with a lovely weather of autumn, with cool breeze and occasional drizzle. Things have been quite different in school and I’m still getting my way around in the new system but one thing for sure, my life is busier than it was last year this time! I’m hoping to get some nice shots of autumn scenery in Prague as I’ll be getting a week of break in about 4 weeks’ time!