United in the body of Christ

Alabama Rural Ministry (ARM) Summer Camp 2017

Different activities were intended to reveal different perspectives on the motif.
The scripture contains sarcasm which may be hard for middle school kids to understand.

If you need clarification on the activity descriptions below, please leave a comment.

Motif: “Fools” for Christ
Theme: “Fools” for Christ perform sacrificial works even if the worldly views would render them “fools”.
Scripture: 1 Corinthians 8:13

Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich! You have begun to reign—and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you! For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die in the arena. We have been made a spectacle to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings. 10 We are fools for Christ, but you are so wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You are honored, we are dishonored! 11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless. 12 We work hard with our own hands. When we are cursed, we bless; when we are persecuted, we endure it; 13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage of the world—right up to this moment.


Activity 1: Jester hat sharing circle

Materials: a jester hat
Instruction: Gather people in a circle.
Spiel: We are in circle and circle means we are about to share our story. (heads-up so that stage-fright kids have time to think) Serious or funny, we want to hear about your moment that was meaningful throughout the camp. Jester hat in medieval times was created by people wanting entertainment. Whoever wore it became the person to be scoffed and laughed at. The hat is not so different from the crown Jesus was forced to wear. People mocked him saying, “If you are a king, save yourself!” Jesus suffered because he had a mission to save us and bring us to the grace of forgiving father. We want to be close to Jesus…even if we need to be the fool for Christ.

Activity 2: A hidden Joker Card
Materials: a deck of cards with all joker cards pulled out
Instruction: Hand out a card to each person face down. The card is not known to anyone except the owner. Tell the group that there is a joker card among them and whoever has it will carry out “random acts of kindness” to act as a “fool for Christ” Inform that the big reveal will be a few days later.
Spiel: (A few days later) Remember the card you got? I will take 3 nominations for fool for Christ and why you think he or she is.
Let’s find out who was it. Fool for Christ, please raise your hand!
(no one raises their hands)
You guys are fools because no one had a joker card.
Realize that whether you had the joker or not God designed you to be a fool for Christ. Hope you can find Jesus, especially in situation that may seem foolish or worthless.

Activity 3: Devotion on Steve Saint
Instruction: Call for devotion time
Prayer: Your intention for us is always far beyond our expectation. Thank you for the time to learn about one man’s story and to call it ripe for us to eat and use the story to prepare our heart for you.
Spiel: Who has heard of Steve saint? His father, Nate, along with other missionary pilots saw division in Amazon forest community, Waodani natives. The native had a lifestyle far removed from humanitarian ways and most importantly from Christian faith. Known for violence, Waodani didn’t believe in natural death. They were superstitious to the point where if someone died from a tree limb that fell, the only conclusion was that somebody has set it up intentionally to kill the person. Trapped in this cycle of revenge, the tribe had a high homicide rate.
Their first attempt at evangelization involved dropping gifts from helicopter. In such process of peacemaking he was speared to death by the natives. Steve’s mother tried again to make peace and succeeded. Steve, the boy without his father, was baptized by his dad’s murderer Mincaye. Mincaye is now a preacher. Steve was a fool for Christ because he did what is difficult for most people to do. History of his father’s death was set up so that Steve would take on revenge but he forgave Mincaye.
Moreover, Steve had a chance to live in U.S. comfortably where he met his wife while in college. He was a successful business man then. But he brought his own family to Ecuador when a native asked him to come back. He spent his life improving the natives’ living condition.
Initial contact with a new, different community is the most difficult step to restoring relationship to the original state that God has given. Fools for Christ are called for moments of reconcilliation.

Activity 4: Safety session on sawing
Materials: Circular saw, jig saw, reciprocating saw, hack saw, saw horses, goggles, 2X4 wood
Instruction: Identify the saw parts
Intro- Who knows what this is called? (point to saw horses.)
We are not riding the saw horses.(stand in between saw horses) If I cut like this I will fall or the wood will…which is not safe. We cut outside of either saw horses. Am I ready to cut? (wood is moving) I always need a volunteer to hold the wood for more control. The volunteer does 50% of the job so give him/her the credit too.
Hack saw– Imagine doing a push-up. You don’t want your hand up close to the blade.
Circular saws- These are powerful like God’s power except this got no mercy. Let the machine do the work. Deck is leveled. and the blade is not touching the wood yet because you can bounce off the first kick and kill someone, a sacrifice we don’t want. Notice that we can adjust the depth of the blade. Slit is the guide.
Jig saw- I nicknamed this “Jig saw puzzle” The tiny blade is used to make curvy cuts.
Reciprocating- This is my favorite because it looks like a gun. Ensure the blade is locked so that we don’t get another sacrifice when the blade shoots out. This is the only tool you contact wood before starting.

Activity 5: Explaining the role of a clean-up captain
Spiel: Our busy camp life revolves around cleaning and don’t move on until we are done with cleaning. So you guys are the ones who help us align with schedule. Let me do a charade and you’ll guess what cleaning tools I am using: (Do charades of the following)
vacuum, trash bags, picking up trash/hairball, wiping table
Please come see me when you need help locating the cleaning tools. Once cleaning captains initiate the clean-up, everyone else must help out. Everyone should fold his or her chair after each meal, scrape food off the plate before dumping it in the sink. We do not want to clog the sink.


Dear Technology,

Innovation is compatibility between two publicly recognized activities and the demonstrated compatibility gets attention from the community that participate in/feel attached to the activities.

Baby boomer vs. millennieal. there are treatment and expectations seniors have about employees. Our work space has changed and we are in the midst of mixing things up, not solidifying,

What we do the most is social media, use of language to soften people up,

get people bonding started,

then when network forms

A. Showing/demonstrating is superior to describing
B. Communication is organizing key terms specific to audience

1. analogy of job landing to a flight.

2.communication during first job teaches you about the political system. how accurate is your interpretation of communication signals?

3. airline involved with repairment and maintainence.

4. attributes you can clearly identify will help others find you and use you effectively (blind man and his lamp)
5. importance of network for validation of idea, small steps at a time, and the open doors for accepting opportunities

6. how do you build the muscle tissue around bones, the thoeretical stuff learned in school or off the street?


government mandated lessons to distribute information, big companies need more energy organizing the distributionof info.

Webtoon Ep 1

Cheese is bacteria.

Bacteria covers the food and turns into edible cheese, preserving the food.

You get the cheese as well as the food. Just learn how to manage the cheese.

2. Build the foundation. Everyone needs the backup friend who’ll be there to back you up. Create stress relieving path in case of hardships.

3. Funny Kimchi stew jello. food that goes well with jello

To-do-list fanatic

I’ve used up notebooks for to-do list and if I could improve my to-do list here are the rules I need to stick with. The rules are best learn via failure to do so and LAMENTING about the poor quality.

  1. neat handwriting
  2. numbering for easy identification
  3. Whimsical to-do list must be marked with star. They may need to be taken care of before doing a high priority one. If you move straight to high-priority ones, you may lose steam
  4. After writing all down, collapse them into one and see if I can avoid or best, find shortcut
  5. Low priority vs high priority distinction may not come clearly at insufficient information or you may change them later on. Write low-priorities & long term on “second” section of to-do list notebook so that you can classify what is your random passion in the form of “to-do- list” or real stuff that your mind is telling you to do.
    low priority and long-term: idea……high priority short term : attetion!
  6. Turn the to-do-list into an daily episode cut like animation. Give it a title and a subtitle of the day summarizing what I did


Or replace all this with voice recorder.

Research: Evidence to do better

research.jpgEven prior to conducting an experiment or sample analysis, I found evidence. The evidence clearly suggested that the quality of sample analysis will be low. Though I have saved 64 (1cm x 1cm x 1cm) sugar cube pieces of my sample, I have already created a difference in sample dimension by cutting the rest into more than 300 smaller (0.5cm x 0.5cm x 0.5cm) sugar cube pieces. This difference from sample to sample will complicate my outcome data interpretation. My statistics professor would have referred this to “confounding variable” within an experimental design.


The sample pile “contaminated” with confounding variable instantly became reprehensible in my sight. The worst part was that I had no more spare samples to virtually restart my sample preparation. My poor judgment resulted in hours of toil. Setting aside the disheartened clouds I brought, my professor simply told me that “I live with the consequence”. OSU research program helped me see many personal mistakes blossom into opportunity to carry on the courage to take responsibilities. The mistakes were not as catastrophic as breaking multi-billion dollar materials analysis equipment. However, the errors were realized when I lost consideration for others. I list below several of the mistakes I made.

  1. Different sized fonts
    During my research group meeting, my report slides were not reader-friendly because of the font sizes varied.
  2. Ambiguous definition
    I and my professor agreed on a step in procedures one day but the next day I found that my communication style was largely misleading. There is a big difference between “5 cm cube” and “five cubic cm cubes.”
  3. Failure to e-mail update about my schedule
    A graduate student had to rearrange his schedule because of me since I asked him to help me. I had to cancel my appointment with him and notified him too late. He wasn’t willing to help me afterwards.
  4. Experimental design lacks repetition
    Running multiple trials can strengthen my statistical data’s reliability.
  5. Sending emails to multiple recipients
    The email recipients should know who I am addressing for what part of the email. Otherwise the email recipients lose their time reading irrelevant part of my email.
  6. Not waiting for an email response
    Although I had plenty of time to wait, I executed a part of the procedure without consulting. Haste makes waste indeed and I should learn to prioritize decisions and planning more than saving time.All these mistakes helped pinpoint why my research project outcome may not have met my ambition or expectation. Because I know I could have approached differently, I gained confidence and I hope that others will also trust me in such kind of confidence.

Too advanced technology

Old homes can upgrade to high energy-efficient system but rising generations are quicker to respond by building out their own new green kingdom.
the drip irrigation system as intelligent landscape watering automation
and low-flow shower and faucet heads as energy- and water-efficient appliances
demonstrate that post-technology assessment shows humans overshoot their technological capabilities.

a design element of a new eco-home, can be another way of approaching the home energy puzzle. Software and hardware to enable electric vehicle to building connections for energy storage and management will be increasingly more important as more EVs and smart homes enter the market.

own health and nutrition are overemphasized and people tend to shoot for organics without realizing the potential waste they are creating. aquaponics and soil investment are great. However, greenhouse have high failure rate and the concept sounds romantic but more effective is investing in a system that people can go. The idea of going to a center to experience other people’s work without worrying about someone stealing his or her item is because americans love to invest their OWN and not take PARTS.

Lights are unncessary RELATIVE to those under limited light condition

Running waters are excessive RELATIVE to those walking by foot to contain water from well

Think how many of your possessions you don’t use and end up wasting its capability. Depending on how we use the product, the values are either unlocked or lost to what I call the dark holes of our daily lives: blanks.

Identifying blank spots in life takes patience and careful pause.

Until the renewing face of young generation learn to appreciate potential energy, I propose terms that may catch on fire some day.
1. biomaterial recycling that do not produce so much smell
2. Beautiful decomposition

The feedback I get from the people are used to enforce more environmental actions and retaining as many people. (dan-gol) as possible. psychology popular and I hope engineering can be the initiator to get people excited but eventually have people fall back onto acknowledgement that they need to step back. Interpreting data therefore becomes a play but with some lightness to how we use the data.

Teach people to read data from others ( not all people view the connection like I do so use the analogy method to suggest!!! the data interpretation) and have people see how they make inferences on data. Provide weird but bold questions that can be asked for them to look and realize what they are hoping to see.

city as analogy.
what to do when people don’tt want to take the job that can be better. It will need to be interactive and with proper tool

Materials Science and Engineering

Below are frameworks I developed as I began to implement Materials Science and Engineering mindset. The significance of sharing the epiphanies is the fact that materials science is not friendly to the majority of the public although the public can most benefit from relishing in materials principles. After swimming through semesters of jargon, diagrams, and mathematical derivations, I found materials science appealing and philosophical.

  1. Sci-Fi concepts involving super-materials are filled with entrepreneurship spirit
  2. Aesthetic perfection demands quality control.
  3. Data are extracted not 100% from material under study but rather from its interaction with testing machines resulting in noticeable peaks
  4. Start a library of magnified images. The images remind us that our perception is relative and that invisibility is not absence.
  5. Miniature items must be treated with equally delicate tools and strength
  6. Appreciate small things because materials waste costs and pure chemicals are expensive
  7. Art museum, performance, and activities are less abstract and more exciting
  8. Patterns are ubiquitous especially in nature
  9. Diligently map and profile the sample so that we can compile them for analysis.
  10. Great photography skill can instantly improve the quality of image, thus the quality of documentation and measurement
  11. Discover how other people or nature use materials. Understanding their motivation and mechanism for the use helps to infer more about the materials’ application or niche.
  12. What separates organic from non-organic materials?
  13. Crumpled aluminum foil tells you “I am showing you the transmission of compression force across my lattice structure”
  14. As you take idea down to nano-size you enter a hierarchy within the nano-world
  15. Materials compatibility is important just like forming a relationship and sometimes it just takes time
  16. In the kitchen you stand wondering, “Can I resurrect the dried-out leftover spaghetti for lunch?”

Gardening and small triumphs

Watching the greenery grow and attributing the growth to the cup of water you’ve been pouring every morning may be the best part of keeping an indoor garden. The Styrofoam box yells “dirt!” to germ-conscious people. And carpets are best kept stain-free from the gardener’s point of view. Such thoughts come secondary when you see a container in which the soil can compactly sit in a box, much like the money you deposit in a bank.

The plants in the picture can easily join and become a part of the outside environment. Instead I bring out the plastic bags and cardboard bits I’ve been saving and feel the size of the soon-to-be-pot with quick inspection. Rigid cardboard pieces lock into the squeaky Styrofoam and plastic bags drape down the sides at a nice length. The bottom set-up looks ready to bear soil as well as water loads. I dump the earthly soil and watch out for some crumble into fluffs. Sweat and my breath mix together with the moist soil steam as I straighten my back from bending.

Prior to building the pot, each of my seedlings crawled out of an individual small yogurt container. The seedlings are not taller than my hand lengthwise but their leaves appear broader than before. Transferring them to the larger cm’s (not acres) of area was perhaps the moment I saw how much triumph there is in moving from the container that fits your size to include other’s size.  


Texture more than taste

There’s a direct path to Bibimbop from sushi (Japanese) or Kimbop( Korean). Unroll the sushi, mix them in a bowl, and drizzle red pepper paste for a finish.

It amazes me that there isn’t yet a Chipotle style Bibimbop featured Korean restaurant. Ingredients are fairly easy to prepare. Why do two different food exist is a deep a question as why is there 100+ languages when they are related or are made of similar sounds?

When food comes on a separately prepared piece, they present a sort of control for the consumer. The consumer takes the last incomplete step to take responsibility for making themselves the food. It is not to blame someone else so the eater justify that he or she has made the food good enough to stipple complaints.

Tools used to make the food are just as intriguing as the food ingredients.
Leftovers unite in a sizzling stone pot. Sauces combine but do not dominate the flavor of the original food. The naming of the food is also very flexible and inventive.

Lack of opportunities to go eat out with a purpose other than to fill out a meal in between work or follow someone’s lead. restaurant need diverse culture in which eating is not only consuming but making choices and also interacting with how others use ingredients differently. Tools we use give more momentum to imagination than the ingredient because we don’t have all the background to know what tofu tastes like for example