November 14, 2016

I posted these photos on the FaceBook Tai Hang Tung area. These scenes are at the end of the street from the OMS office and United Chrisitan College. When I go do the MTR (mass transit railway) I pass by this corner every time. It's an older area of town, but one so familiar to me. Other than home, wherever that has been, I've spent the majority of time in Hong Kong in this area.

On Tuesday I had my eye checkup related to the 4 or 5 times my right eye had momentary tunnel vision. I did three different tests, and everything was normal. The only thing the Dr. mentioned was that one of my eyes may show signs of developing a cataract.  

Her explanation for the tunnel vision was that there might have been a temporary change in blood pressure that caused it. I need to go back in January for a follow-up visit.

In terms of the walking goal I had set for myself after the surgery, I think I’m ready for the 25km walk on stage 1 and 2 of the MacLehose this coming Friday, which is the day for the Trailwalker. Two other friends will join me in that.

On Saturday I walked 18km. There are some long climbs on the trail we were on,m equal to about 190 floors, according to the health app on my iPhone. Though not 25km, in terms of difficulty what we did Saturday’s hike, was the equivalent of190 floors, probably in the neighborhood of the difficulty of stages 1 and 2. I thank the Lord for giving me the strength and healing following the heart surgery, which was only 3 1/2 months ago.

Cindy, on the other hand, will do all 100km of the Trailwalker with her official team. Their goal for the event is to finish in around 24 hours. The whole trail is 100 kilometers and has an altitude gain over the course of more than 15,000 feet.

She's been training for that with fairly long hikes on several Saturdays since she returned to Hong Kong in July.  

This from Cindy…

Dear Friends,

It’s November ....Trailwalker time in Hong Kong!  Yes I’m trying again to walk 100 KM and raise money for  a worthy cause - Oxfam’s various poverty alleviation and emergency relief projects around the world.   And this  is a special year for me…..I will turn 65 about 3 weeks after the Trailwalker.  The theme for this year’s Trailwalker is “Keep on Trailwalking”  which I have aspired to do since I first walked this event in 1989! 

Each team competing in Trailwalker is required to raise funds and my team would like to raise HKD $32,000.  This is a BIG goal for us --maybe even bigger than trying to complete the 100 KM in under 24 hours.  And this is where YOU can join our team  through your sponsorship and help bring life change to people in need.

If you’d like to donate and/or leave us an encouraging message, we suggest you click on this link to visit our team page.  We are team #0234 Faith Ladies.  To donate go to the website:  

-Click the red “donate” tab then enter our team number in the search bar. 

-Then click on the box that says “Faith Ladies”

-Click  “donate now” and enter your information

-DON”T forget to click my name in the box that says donate to member :  Cynthia Hershberger Aufrance

-You can follow the prompts to print a HKD tax deductible receipt immediately.

You may donate online up through December 15.  

If you want to donate by HK cheque, I must receive your cheque  before 1 December.

Make your cheque payable to “Oxfam Hong Kong” and send to me at:

c/o One Mission Society, PO Box 95266, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.   Receipts will be issued in December  if your donation is HK $100 or more.  Please also send me your mailing address so I can return the receipt in January. 

And for all who donate, please email me ——I  want to carry your names in my mind as we press through the hard times to finish.   We appreciate you. 

Cindy Aufrance

PS:  you can also track our progress on race day through the website.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for your prayers. Make it a great week! Dave


HEART PRINTS - -- Author Unknown

Whatever our hands touch...

We leave fingerprints!

On walls, on furniture

On doorknobs, dishes, books.

There's no escape.

As we touch we leave our identity.

Oh God, wherever I go today

Help me leave heartprints!

Heartprints of compassion

Of understanding and love.

Heartprints of kindness

And genuine concern.

May my heart touch a lonely neighbor

Or a runaway daughter

Or an anxious mother

Or a frustrated co-worker

Or a hurting friend

Or perhaps an aged grandfather.

Lord, send me out today

To leave heartprints.

And if someone should say,

"I felt your touch,"

May that one sense YOUR LOVE

Touching through ME.

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     I heard about a student named Steve Winger from Lubbock, TX who was taking a difficult class in Logic.  Both the course and the teacher were known for demanding exams.  The final exam was looming, and the professor mercifully told the class that each student would be permitted to bring in a single 8 x 11 1/2 inch sheet with as much information as they could put on that one sheet for help during the test.

     On exam day, each student came to class clutching their precious pieces of paper with as much information as possible.  Some students had crammed lines and lines of font so tiny and so numerous onto that single sheet that you had to wonder how they could read it.  But Steve walked in with a single blank sheet and a friend who was a senior student and who had an 'A' in logic.  Steve bent down and placed that single, blank sheet of paper on the floor next to his desk. His expert friend stood on the paper.

     The professor noticed the extra body in the room and asked what he was doing.  Steve piped up, "You said we could bring in what ever we could fit on a single piece of paper for help on this test, well, this is my help and he can fit on the paper!"   He had followed the instructions to the letter and was the only student in that class to score an 'A' since he had his expert friend standing alongside him.

     That story reminds me of what God has done for us.  We are "tested" on a daily basis, but we have two very special blessings to assist us.  First of all, God didn't just send us a piece of paper to tell us what we need to know.  The Jews were given a "cheat sheet" composed of Ten Commandments chiseled in stone, along with hundreds of other commandments penned on scrolls.  But God did more than that for us -- He sent his Son to this earth, to stand with us, to live with us -- not just a set of answers written on paper, but a living, breathing perfect example of what we need to know.  Do you want to know how God would react in any given situation?  Look to Jesus.

     Then when Jesus returned to His Father, he left a helper with us, a "paraclete" to stand alongside us (no more than that -- within us!), supporting us and guiding us.

     "Now He who establishes us with you in Christ and has anointed us is God, who also has sealed us and given us the Spirit in our hearts as a guarantee." (2 Cor. 1:21-22)

     What a tremendous blessing, and a comfort to those who are in Christ.

Alan Smith

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Can you answer these questions / riddles?

Q. How can you drop a raw egg onto a concrete floor without

   cracking it?

A. Concrete floors are very hard to crack!

Q. If it took eight men ten hours to build a wall, how long

   would it take four men to build it?

A. No time at all since it is already built.

Q. If you had three apples and four oranges in one hand and

   four apples and three oranges in the other hand, what would

   you have?

A: Very large hands.

Q: How can you lift an elephant with one hand?

A: It is not a problem, since you will never find an elephant

   with one hand.

Q: How can a man go eight days without sleep?

A: He sleeps at night.

Q: Why it is impossible to send a telegram to Washington today?

A: Because he is dead.

Q: If you throw a red stone into the blue sea what it will become?

A: It becomes wet.

Q: What often falls but never gets hurt?

A: Rain

Q: What is that no man ever saw which never was but always will be?

A: Tomorrow

Q: What looks like half a apple?

A: The other half.

Q: What gets wet with drying ?

A: A towel.

Q: What happened when wheel was invented?

A: It caused a revolution.

Q: Why does a bike rest on it As leg?

A: Because it is too tired.


     Four old men went into the pro shop after playing 18 holes of golf. The pro asked, "Did you guys have a  good game today?"

     The first old guy said, "Yes, I had three riders today."

     The second old guy said, "I had the most riders ever. I had five."

     The third old guy said, "I had 7 riders, the same as last time."

     The last old man said, "I beat my old record. I had 12 riders today."

     After they went into the locker room,  another golfer who had heard the old guys talking about their  game went to the pro and said, "I have been playing golf for a long  time and thought I knew all the terminology of the game, but what's  a rider?"

     The pro said, "A  rider is when you hit the ball far enough to get in the golf cart and ride to  it."

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     My dog chewed the tongue on one of my new, very expensive running shoes. I hoped to save my investment, so I took the sneakers to a shoe repair shop. I placed them on the counter and told the man, "My dog got hold of this."

     The repairman picked up the shoe, looked it over, and placed it back down on the counter.

     "Well, what do you recommend?" I asked.

     He looked at me and replied, "Give your dog the other shoe."

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     A sign posted on the wall of an Army mess read: "Don't Waste Food -- Food will win the war."

      Beneath someone had written: "That's fine, but how do we get the enemy to eat it?"

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