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I'm a Filipino-American from Kentucky doing missionary work in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, with my wife, Sarah, and my children, Carmen and Jacob.
Interests: I am interested in songwriting, reading, running, writing, singing, volleyball, playing blues on my guitar, hiking, jazz piano playing, and basketball. I am an avid Chicago Cubs fan and crazy about the The Bears. I believe in The Big Blue Nation where the UK Wildcats rule in all basketball games.
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"And can it be that I should gain. . . " This great Charles Wesley hymn will always be a part of my ... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2017 at David's Reflections
"Though your sins are like scarlet / they shall be white as snow." (Isaiah 1:18) I find myself singing the song based on this Isaiah chapter. "Though they be red, red as crimson." Today, my devotions start with the book of Isaiah. It is a liberating thought to know that all my sins are washed away. His mercy set me free. I continue singing the song that I learned when I was in college. "They shall be white, white as snow." I remember now how hard it was for me to sing this song. Let me reminisce a little bit.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2017 at David's Reflections
(The following is a description of what I do in Asia. My name is David W. Clemente and I am a missionary teacher.) God is calling me to a life of teaching in Asia. I am obeying our Lord by going to Free Methodist (FM) congregations located in Southeast Asia and helping their local pastors and church leaders become better servants of the Christian gospel. This year I will be assisting FM leaders in Asia as they prepare for ordination. I will be going to Cambodia and Nepal to lead seminars on Wesleyan Theology and other Bible courses. I will... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2017 at David's Reflections
"God grants comfort to those who mourn. He gives them a beautiful headdress instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and gives them the garment of praise instead of a faint spirit. For his anger is but for a moment, and his favor is for a lifetime.Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." (Is. 61:3 & Ps. 30:5) Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2017 at David's Reflections
Six siblings. Six out of eleven came for our 2016 Family Reunion. Three days of fun with all 33 of us, including one-year old babies Caleb and Sky. Fun at the beach and laughter at the table. It was sweet to watch my children reconnect with their cousins and cousins' children close to their ages. Many of the kids were calling my 12-year old son, Jacob, "Uncle Jacob." Carmen had a blast playing card games with her young adult cousins, who are mostly in their mid thirties. The last time we were in the Philippines was in 2011. This reunion... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at David's Reflections
When people look at Mary, what do they see? Do they see a helpless teenager pregnant with a child she believes is divinely conceived? Or do they see a struggling mother-to-be making sense of her life as a chosen one? In the text, we see Mary receiving her blessings (Luke 1:48). People will call her “blessed” for many years to come. And yet, we still have to answer the first question: What do they see in Mary? I have some suggestions that relate to the whole Christmas narrative. When people look at Mary, they see God’s inclusion of everyone in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at David's Reflections
(The following is a letter I sent to a retired university professor who is a good friend of mine and a passionate supporter of God's work here in Asia.) Dear Dr. R, Greetings! Thank you so much for your prayers and support. Your gift at the end of this year is another confirmation of God’s call in our lives. I am so thankful to our Lord for friends like you who are committed to partner with us here in Asia. We just finished our first semester two weeks ago. Several of the students came to me to show their appreciation... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2017 at David's Reflections
In the book SABBATICAL JOURNEY, the author writes of a homily he shared on a wedding. "Your love for each other comes from God's first love. Keep claiming that love. Your love for each other is a forgiving love. Keep talking to each other, pardoning each other's shortcomings, and praising each other's gifts. Your love for each other is for others, your children, your guests, the poor. Keep your attention focused on those who need to be nurtured by your love." (Henri Nouwen, 1998:63-64). Today is our twenty-first wedding anniversary. Sarah and I are grateful to our Creator-God for sustaining... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2016 at David's Reflections
I am thankful for many things. Good health. At my age, (Please do not ask me how old I am.) I can still play basketball with the boys and girls from my daughter’s varsity team. Thank God. Although after every practice, my aching bones are reminding me that I need to slow down. (Please do not remind me that I am in my mid 50s.) Maybe, I should consult the “Higher Powers” of basketball. Where is Michael Jordan when I need him? I am thankful for a sturdy roof in our house. I truly appreciate it, most especially when a... Continue reading
Posted Nov 24, 2016 at David's Reflections
It is history of course. The Chicago Cubs is the World Series 2016 Champions! After 108 years, we are here. It is past now. The world knows. There is no need to repeat what everyone is talking about, what the world media is covering. We are here. I am so happy! I am grateful to be a big part of this historical event in USA history. I came to America as a foreign student and married into an Illinois family with deep roots in Chicago Cubs culture. I heard my wife's grandmother, Grandma Addie, say: "I want to see my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at David's Reflections
(Christine Liao is a student at Holy Light Theological Seminary, here in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She shares here her testimony of God’s guidance in her life. Together with her husband, Sean, they are registered with our Free Methodist school in Taiwan, Holy Light Theological Seminary.) Today, I am going to share with you about my sweet moments at Holy Light seminary. Sean and I made a big decision in 2014. We decided to resign (from our work) and come to Holy Light seminary to study for our MDiv degrees. For me, this is the grace of God. When I was young,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at David's Reflections
“I can’t stand the pain.” Most of us have probably said these words at some point in our lives. The degree of pain would vary from person to person depending on the nature of situation. Discomfort. Grief. Regrets. Sorrow. Anger. You get the idea, right? When pain comes to our lives, it comes with a lot of other things. We spend more time and energy dealing with the other stuff. At best, we relegate pain to a point of secondary importance. At worst, we forget about the pain. “There will be no more pain, nor sorrow; no grief and death.”... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at David's Reflections
She touches my face. She smiles and giggles. I try to coach her to follow me as I pat the table with my open hand. She imitates my moves. She laughs whenever she hears the sound of her hand hitting the table surface. We all laugh with her. Our one-year old visitor is visiting us for a day, and all four of us are delighted with her every move. Lucy is here with our family to take a day off from staying at a local orphanage home. We take turns cuddling with her. We cherish our short moment with Lucy... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at David's Reflections
“What are we good at?” Professor Naoto asks the chapel participants. “Koreans are good at prayer. Taiwanese are good at singing,” he continues. “We, Japanese, are good at thinking.” Everyone at the seminary chapel laughs. I give out a big smile of approval. I am guessing this group of Japanese Christians is making fun of themselves. Everyone seems to take the joke well. Last month of June, 2016, I was in Japan, around the areas of Osaka city and Kobe city. I went with a music team from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, for a mission trip, to visit different Free Methodist churches... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2016 at David's Reflections
(The following is the manuscript of a sermon I gave at a Missions Rally in Kishinosato Free Methodist Church, Osaka, Japan, last June 26, 2016) Good afternoon. I would like to thank everyone for coming here and giving me this time to share with you all God’s message for all of us. I thank you Bishop Honda for receiving our Taiwan Team. I thank you Rev. Shigetomi for scheduling our many visits. And I appreciate all the pastors and church members who have helped us so much, by driving us to many places, sponsoring our meals, and preparing the instruments... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at David's Reflections
We are enjoying excellent care and accommodations here in Osaka, Japan. We all think Japanese hospitality is the best in the world. If not, it is definitely one of the best. We are a music team from Kaohsiung, Taiwan, on a mission trip here in Osaka. We are here for about two weeks, sharing at many different Free Methodist churches, and learning about what God is doing in this country. We come and serve. We share songs, testimonies, and short reflections from God’s word. We bring our voices and our guitars. And we play the piano and the drums. Also,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at David's Reflections
“She cannot come in here and tell us what to do. She is an outsider. She does not belong to the selected Twelve. She has no place in our fellowship. Look! She is pouring out expensive perfume. That perfume was worth a year’s wages. It should have been sold and the money given to the poor. Stop her! We do not want her to show us what we should do. She is not one of us.” (These words, most probably, were uttered by the disciples when they saw Mary come into the room to anoint Jesus’ feet. I think John... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2016 at David's Reflections
“So, how are you?” I never realized a casual greeting could turn out to be a question of deep significance. But, Jane Hsieh, one of our seminary students, responded with a lengthy telling of her current family situation. I listened and we prayed. Right there at the motorcycle parking area, we bowed our heads together and I put my hands over her shoulders and we prayed. Right about the same week, I bumped into Pastor Lawrence, one of our seminary alumni and a recent graduate. So, I asked the same simple question: “How are you?” And he responded with a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 18, 2016 at David's Reflections
She prayed. And the angels sang. She sat with fellow believers in earnest prayer and God spoke to her and welcomed her to His eternal peace. That was the second week of March a few years back when my mother was taken into God's glory. And yet today, I still feel the pain. I walk around the house remembering that fateful day when my Mom passed away. I go about my day with this emptiness that I cannot explain. All I could do is pray. I told this story of my mother's passing to one of my friends here in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2016 at David's Reflections
Singing in beautiful harmony. Solo bass in descant. Clear soaring sopranos resonating in this church building. This is a song not from a 50-member tabernacle choir. This comes from three Lahu people singing in a Chinese (GuGan Tribe) church here in the mountains of the Shan State of Myanmar. I stand transfixed with my video camera glorifying God for this short moment of seeing my creator Savior through the lives of these tribal people, a minority group here in ThaLwin Village of 40,000 people. This morning, my devotions is on Psalm 99. “God is exalted over all the peoples” (Ps.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at David's Reflections
Six people from Taiwan are here in Yangon, Myanmar. They come to represent the Holy Light Theological Seminary (HLTS) and is led by Dr. David Clemente, a missions professor from this seminary. They are going to visit the Glorious Light Church (Rong Guang Tang), a Free Methodist congregation located in Yangon. Rev. Esther Huang, the GLC pastor, have invited the Taiwan Team to visit GLC and its various ministries around the city. The Team will visit the Hope Student Center, and speak to its group of youth. Rev. Huang have also organized a Couples Retreat and is inviting Dr. Clemente... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2016 at David's Reflections
I come to Yangon to teach at a Bible college. There are thirteen students (13), most are in their first year. They say, "Thank you," but I do not know how much they are receiving from my teaching. Pastor Solomon, one of the professors of this college, is doing a great job of translating for me. I am sure a lot of the materials is lost in translation. Most of these Myanmar students are taking a missions course for the first time. Is it enough to introduce missions concepts to these students? I think not, but we have to start... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2016 at David's Reflections
"I want to talk to you and ask you many questions," one of the lady pastors speaks to me through an interpreter. The other pastors, mostly men, nod their heads in agreement. "But I do not speak English." I motion with my hand coming from my heart moving towards her and say, "That is okay. Our hearts meet together even without our words." The group are smiling and affirming my motions and explanation. I am in a mountain, 2000 plus meter above sea level. This is the city of Hakha, the capital of the Chin State in Myanmar. We are... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2016 at David's Reflections
We started the New Year with a visit to our favorite Chinese restaurant, Wu Hua Ma, with dumplings, noodle soup, and other delicacies that we missed so much. Life in Kaohsiung is good! God is good, all the time!!! Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at David's Reflections
"Do not worry, Dad, we will lead the way," Jacob confidently makes the announcement to the four us, even within earshot of other people in this Narita airport. I just smile. It is hard to argue with him, when a few minutes ago, I made a wrong turn leading our family to the wrong gate. We are on our way back to Asia. And we are changing planes here in Japan in route to Kaohsiung. I am half awake, groggy from jet lag and worried about luggages. It is easy to miss miss the gate numbers and other details related... Continue reading
Posted Jan 22, 2016 at David's Reflections