I want to personally apologize if you think the Chinese are racist. Many times we act like our culture is the only one worth learning. I can feel in my own heart how lazy I am sometimes to learn the histories of the different peoples that I serve. We came to Heroe’s Square as a team to make an honest commitment to honor the history of Hungary. We realize that we are guests in this country and we want to honor that opportunity. Thousands of Chinese have already come to Budapest in the last few years and I can sense that relations are already not great between the two cultures. Please 🙏 for us that we can be part of those who will help bridge cultures and show that God desires that all people would come to the cross through love. We are trying to grow in our love for the people of 🇭🇺.
Had a chance to share the Gospel and talk about life with my new friend Kostas. After 4 hours of driving around Greece together, I learned a lot about his previous life as a Special Forces Paratrooper and his new life as a husband. It’s always hard for me to hear about the lives of soldiers after they leave the military. I heard from Kostas his feelings of being betrayed and let down by military leaders and politicians. These stories remind me why I believe in making changes through the Kingdom of God. There is only nation whose ruler who rules justly and whose agenda is only about serving his people. I was reminded in these last few days to 🙏 for the people of Greece. They are a resilient and good spirited people who have a hope that their family, their culture and their people will have a future of peace and growth. I 🙏 that my ❤️ will remember all the Greek people in my life and to be patient in listening to their stories. I’m starting to learn and love the peoples of Europe more. I’ve never heard the stories of ordinary Europeans until these last few years. I’m thankful to make new friends and I’m thankful for the process of growth that they have started me on.
I used my first ever bodybuilding payday to print these comic books for the Hungarian orphans. I was disappointed in taking 3rd place but the prize money was EXACTLY the amount I needed! 💥🔥🙏 Fundraising for this missions trip to Budapest was much harder than every previous trip because I’ve tried my best to balance my missionary work with daddy daycare. I was super discouraged these last few weeks and was ready to cancel the trip several times during the prep. Having these comic books in hand and paid with bodybuilding earnings reminds me that God is faithful and works all things together for my good. Now I just have to protect these books from Jeremiah so I can get them to the orphans in Budapest 😂
It’s lonely being an Asian American athlete. In high school I didn’t go out with my friends after school because I was the only one who had wrestling practice. I couldn’t go out on Saturdays because I had all day Track meets. I would be called lazy by the kids in SAT prep classes because I wasn’t using my few free hours to try to boost my college resume. I was good at the things that no one cared about and bad at the things Asian parents talk about. I’m thankful for the diversity in Bodybuilding. It’s helped me to see that everyone has a different story of why they are doing the sport and what they are doing it for. My journey is not about winning trophies. It’s not about titles. I’m learning about why God has made me this way. I’m seeing that my life is not a mistake. This journey is still hard but a little less lonely. Everyday I’m learning to become the person that God wants me to be, even if that means I’m different. #bodybuilding #naturalbodybuilding @inbaglobal_official
Heading out to Europe next week. Can’t wait to meet up with my teammates for another World Championship. It’s the people and the moments shared that makes this sport special. #TeamUSA My new favorite supplement is a digestive aid from wwww.GainsinBulk.com . Their probiotic is made specifically for athletes and even contains lactase to help breakdown protein shakes. If you want to give their products a try use my promo code DavidP10 for 10% off your order! #GainsInBulk #GIB #PNBA #INBA @inbaglobal_official @gainsinbulk #bodybuilding #weightloss #fitness #curls #arms #shredding #legs #contestprep #bodybuilding #worldchampionships #inbaglobal #naturalbodybuilding #muscleshow #musclecontest #Worldchampionships #INBA
I realized in therapy that I’m still upset at my parents because I wish I had better mentorship growing up. Growing up Chinese American was really hard and I felt I lacked the guidance for how to handle the challenges and obstacles I faced. I still struggle because I haven’t found good examples of being an Asian athlete in America. I’m still trying to learn what it means to be a missionary living in San Diego. My personal journey makes me passionate about mentorship. It makes me especially passionate about mentoring those who are trying to figure out their identity without the help of parents. In less than a month I will be in Budapest working with orphans from both Budapest and Shanghai. My goal will be to help them find their identity in Christ. What does your calling look like when you are disadvantaged? How does God stand up for the needs of orphans? We are finalizing plans now for our workshops and the different outings we want to have. We’ve seen from our work in Shanghai that one of the most effective ways to reach orphans is to create great experiences around good Bible study and asking the locals to be culture teachers. This way, we serving them and they feel involved in showing us their city. We are hoping to create lifelong friendships. God willing, this will be a multi-year journey for us all and we will see God raise up a new generation of people who are passionate about Jesus. May that passion also spread out to more nations in the form of new workers!
Getting on stage is what Bodybuilding is all about. I love training but there’s nothing like putting yourself to the test and challenging yourself against the best natural athletes in the world. It’s hard to prep without fat burners, testosterone or HGH but it’s something I’ve been learning my entire career and still trying to get better at. My new favorite supplement is a digestive aid from wwww.GainsinBulk.com . Their probiotic is made specifically for athletes and even contains lactase to help breakdown protein shakes. If you want to give their products a try use my promo code DavidP10 for 10% off your order! #GainsInBulk #GIB #PNBA #INBA @inbaglobal_official @gainsinbulk #teamusa #bodybuilding #weightloss #fitness #arms #shredding #contestprep #bodybuilding #worldchampionships #inbaglobal #naturalbodybuilding
Carmen and I had to discuss what our family life would look like if I continued to do bodybuilding. We agreed that it would work if I started my days at 5am and knocked out half my cardio and weights before the baby woke up at 8am. I would then take the baby to daycare that’s inside the gym. I could then do 2 more hours of cardio and do all my emails with my coworkers in Budapest and Shanghai. I would also have to juggle diapers, naps and meals but at least I had a plan for my workouts. It’s been a crazy year but now I know it’s possible. I’m definitely going to need a break after my next show (World Championships in Athens) but I’m thankful that my family has been with me through one of the hardest things I’ve ever done.