|Deaf and Youth Asian Ministry|
Title: Sharing from the Short-term Mission Trip to East Asian Country (June 2011)
I'm so thankful to have the privilege to spend time and experience the life of local farmers in an East Asian country for a few days during this summer. In the midst of the beauty of God's created nature on the farmland, I came to realize in a unique way how great and how good is our Lord our God Almighty to the people there. Though daily lives are often physically hard for the people there most of the time, there is yet surprising joy in their simple lives so "intimately" related to the nature. What a blessing from God's gift of nature, which continues to reveal His invisible yet divine characters! Smiles were seen everywhere: kids running around playing with tree branches and stones, young adults chattering and working all-day long with simple tools, elderly sitting at scattered corners knitting clothes and making primitive household utensils with their own hands... Quite away from such "hurries" and "worries" that are so familiar to our city people, and the tough farm works yet with cheerful smiles on all those faces appear to us somewhat "unbelievable" also!
"For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature - have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse." (Romans 1:20)
God loves all peoples and whether we know it or not, He continues to work amazingly in the lives of all those who are His own. Getting to know some local Christians on the farm and having the opportunity to join their prayer meeting one night was such a blessing to us Christians of a modern city. As the local Christians on the farm crowded inside a small hut that night, they read aloud Bible verses in dim light and sang praises to God with handclaps but no musical instruments. They prayed earnestly and together they called for God's mercy with great zeal, concerning not just themselves but also others and their country as a whole. What a "beautiful" picture of testimony, with such "heart-moving" and "God-glorifying" moments! While we Hong Kong Christians enjoy religious freedom, abundant resources and often have our Sunday worship services in comfortable environments, we are reminded that God looks at our "inside" rather than our "outside". Much to re-examine in our Christian lives here and now... Do we worship the Most High in spirit and in truth? Do we sing praises to Him with heartfelt thanksgiving and wonder? Do we cry out to Him in prayer with sincere hearts and eager spirits?
"The LORD does not look at the things man looks at. Man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." (1 Samuel 16:7)
While we spent day-times working on the farm such as planting trees and feeding livestock, we had wonderful sharing times with the local people living on the farm during night-times. Through interactive dramas for all and fun activities for the kids, we shared with them God's great love for us humans as our Creator and our Savior. Seeds of the Gospel were amazingly planted in the people's hearts and with God's almighty power of salvation, barriers such as language and cultural differences are not at all big hindrances. Local people there were being drawn to know God more and more, not because of what we've done but because of His own mercy, and may Him be continuously glorified always... What a blessed trip for us and for them, by the very grace of God! May His Kingdom come and His will be done!!!
"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face shine upon us, that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations."(Psalm 67:1-2)
"And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come." (Matthew 24:14)
Title: Preaching Interpretation
I was invited by the pastor which the church I joined to help the preaching interpretation in a Cantonese service which was held by Heng On Baptist Church, Ma On Shan. Pastor Hartwick is a native English speaker. For well preparation, pastor and I had a meeting and rehearsal before that Sunday service. Pastor encouraged me to be relaxed as he found that I was nervous for my first time to translate in a preaching.
When Sister Heii and Brother Louis accompanied me with pastor on the way to church, they had a very nice talk but I was nervous to review the note and sermon again and again. For our arrival, there were many sisters welcomed us and I found that the Sunday service was held in a kindergarten.
The topic was Acts. The content of message related to "comfort zone". What a good reminder! Be a Christian, we have to face the challenge bravely other than avoid the circumstance of the uncertain or unknown situation. "Are you dared to sit beside a stranger who is in other ethnic and start a conversation in the clinic for instance?" The message reminded us to leave the comfort zone whether in our mindset or situation. Christ Jesus left his comfort zone to teach and serve us humbly. We do follow Him to leave our comfort zone to share love with others, to build the trust relationship with them and to worship our Lord in different nations. During the preaching, pastor shared his vision and introduced our church service also.
Fortunately the process was smooth and success even though I was very nervous. Brothers and sisters were eager to know about serving the multi ethnic in a cross-cultural atmosphere after congregation. That experience was tremendous precious in my life. Praise the Lord, our Holy Father!
Title: An Impressive exprience of using Sign Language
I and sister Heii went to the airport to meet some deaf friends. They worked together before. I had learned Hong Kong sign language almost half of a year. That day, it was a good chance to use what I learned.
We met at a restaurant and chatted. That was our first time to meet, we had introduced to each other. There were some other deaf friends who would like to accompany with them to the airport. They came from Sri Lanka, Indonesia and Fiji Island. I was so glad that I could communicate with them. Although some of the signs which I did not understand during our communication since the limitation of my Hong Kong Sign Language, I still could understand what they mean when we signed plus writing. I was so impressive for experiencing to use their language (sign language) to know each other.
Title: Thank you for offering from Francis and Soloman
It was my pleasure to collect the used books from the sale of World Vision Hong Kong in Aug 2010. We need lots books for reference in our future. Francis, one of my sisters in Christ understood the importance of that need and she offered HK$600 for us. Our team worker brother Yuen and I offered HK$200 each of us. Therefore, we had total amount of HK$1,000 for set up our mini library.