One of the joys of having served here in Hong Kong for so long is to see some of the fruit that comes from seeds that were planted years ago.
One of those occasions happened yesterday. One of my former Korean students was commissioned as a deaconess in the Korean church she has attended for some years. She was Isabel Lee, as I knew her in school, when she was in United Christian College. Her married name is, Ju, and her husband has served as an elder in the church for a few years already.
She studied all her high school years in United Christian College, and I was her homeroom teacher for three years running, the first year we introduced an English stream into the school.
Being Korean, though she spoke Chinese, she wanted to study in more of an international situation.
When she came to UCC, Isabel’s parents were not supportive of them attending many of the Christian actives. (“Them” represents the fact that her sister and brother followed her in studying in UCC). However, part of the curriculum was, and still is, Bible, and we also held weekly chapel services. Through these events, the Gospel seeds were planted in here heart, and she accepted Jesus, as did her youngest sister, Cheryl, who has now been teaching in UCC as an English teacher for a several years.
Over time, her parents dropped their opposition, and their mom was even baptized. Her father has not yet come to faith, but many prayers have gone up for him, and we’re still praying that he’ll come to know Jesus.
So, what a joy to witness Isabel’s faith represented in her love and service to the Lord and to his body, the church. Though the service was all in Korean, and I only understood two words… well,… three… “kamsa hamnida" (thank you) and “Amen”, it was an honor to attend the service and commissioning.
Isabel has two sons, one in university who is studying law, Michael, and the other, Daniel, in his last year of high school. We've maintained contact with their family, even if sometimes irregular, over these 35 years!
Next Monday and Wednesday are public holidays. I’m going to take week’s break from the Fodder since we have our 6th anniversary celebration on May 7. I have a lot to prepare between now and then.
May 1 is the international Labor Day. We’ll have a family fun day with our RiverGrace Church at United Christian Collage. We’ve done that every year since we started the church. It’s one of the holidays that does not include family expectations, as far celebrating it, or getting together for meals, etc. Those are only kinds of holidays when we can include most of the church to do something together.
That’s it for this week. Make it a couple of good week! Love and blessings, Dave
Yesterday's News - Jill Carattini
C.S. Lewis coined the phrase "Chronological snobbery" to describe a phenomenon that is perhaps, in some degree, common to all ages, but one that he found significantly heightened within the modern mind around him. To be chronologically snobbish is to walk with "the uncritical acceptance of the intellectual climate common to our own age," while carrying with it "the assumption that whatever has gone out of date is on that account discredited." It is to hold that we not only know more, and know more accurately, but that the thoughts and knowledge of those before us don't fully matter as a result. Like a fashion that has faded out of style, they have simply been deemed "out of date."
It is this attitude that moves many to scoff at the Bible because it was written by "pre-scientific" persons who would have no way of knowing how to address the modern mind. But what makes us conclude that we are not, as previous generations have been, blinded to our own intellectual flaws, susceptible to our own characteristic illusions? Is it not an incredibly arrogant gamble to assume that we are any different? Moreover, what makes us conclude that enhanced knowledge of human DNA or the human reproduction system makes us more capable of discerning the meaning and purpose of life itself?
Joseph knew enough about the laws of nature to at first conclude the infidelity of his betrothed wife. The disciples knew enough about the laws of physics to be completely terrified by the man walking on the water toward their boat. The crowd of mourners knew enough about death to laugh at Jesus when he insisted that the girl was only sleeping, and to walk away astonished when she came back to life.
Could our perception of superiority be hanging on the false hope that our own thoughts and progresses are somehow more impervious to decay than other generations? All of the ages that have passed, all of the knowledge and works of men and women in generations before us, like branches that whither, all have moved away. Like the times themselves, always moving on, we too will fade with the very theories we have long dismissed. In all of this withering, is there anything that survives? It is a question every person from every age must answer with every resource of history and science and philosophy available to them, past and present.
It was also a question that led C.S. Lewis to conclude that all that is not eternal is eternally out of date. As we quickly approach the holiday season, we will hear rumblings of an old story, though perhaps given to skepticism or blanketed in sentimentalism.
Yet the story of Christ has endured for innumerable reasons: because there is something astonishing and unprecedented about God being born an infant; because there is something believable about humanity calling for the death of a man whose ways scare us; because the circumstantial evidence supports the likelihood that something really happened after his body was laid in the tomb; because the apostles and others continued to testify of the events they saw; and because ancient and modern communities long thereafter have been transformed by the same God-man Jesus. In a world where the new often replaces the old without a fair hearing, could it be that the story of Christ has endured because it is true?
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- When you make your mark in the world, watch out for the guys with erasers.
- Now that I've got it all together I've forgotten where I put it!
- The real proof of friendship is to have the same ailment your friend is describing and not mention it.
- One of the problems with having an hourglass figure is that the sands of time always end up in the lower half.
- No two people are alike and chances are both of them are glad of it.
- The quickest way to get a lot of undivided attention is to make a mistake.
- An "intellectual" is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture without thinking of the Lone Ranger.
- Always do right this will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
- If we blame others for our failures, do we credit them for our successes?
- If we laugh a lot, when we get older our wrinkles will be in the right places.
- Opportunity knocks but once, but temptation leans on the doorbell.
- If we could see ourselves as others see us we'd probably deny it!
- If you look like the photo on your passport, you really are not well enough to travel.
- We need fewer manmade Gods and more God - made men.
- Don't pull tomorrow's clouds over today's sunshine.
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Laughter is to life what shock absorbers are to automobiles. It won't take the potholes out of the road, but it sure makes the ride smoother.
My goal was to lose 10 pounds this year: only 15 to go.
I've learned two important lessons in life. I can't remember the first one, but the second one is that I need to start writing stuff down.
I haven't lost my mind ... half of it just wandered off, and the other half went looking for it.
I mixed up the cardiac resuscitation equipment with the lie detector, but I will de-fib you later.
@Sent by Tom Wilkerson
Someone said to Joseph of Arimathea, "That was such a beautiful, costly, hand-hewn tomb. Why did you give it to someone else to be interred in?"
"Oh," said Joseph, "he only needed it for the weekend."
I'm planning to retire and live off my savings. What I'll do the second day, I have no idea.
Interviewer: "You have no experience in this field - and yet you're asking for a rather high salary."
Applicant: "Yes; work is so much harder when you don't know what you're doing!"
Whoever said there is no such thing as a stupid question has never worked in customer service.
No trees were harmed in the production of this message.
However, a rather large number of electrons were somewhat inconvenienced.
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Bill and Doug went into a diner that looked as though it had seen better days.
As they slid in to a booth, Bill wiped some crumbs from the seat. Then he took a napkin and wiped some moisture from the table. The waitress came over and asked if they wanted some menus.
"No thanks," said Doug. "I'll just have a cup of black coffee."
"I'll have black coffee too," Bill said. "And please make sure the cup is clean."
The waitress shot him a nasty look. She turned and marched off into the kitchen.
Two minutes later, she was back. "Two cups of black coffee," she announced."Which one of you wanted the clean cup?"
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A man walked in to Joe's Barber Shop for his regular haircut. As he snips away, Joe asks, "What's up?" The man proceeds to explain he's taking a vacation to Rome.
"Rome?" Joe exclaimed. "Why would you want to go there? It's a crowded, dirty city! You'd be crazy to go to Rome! So, how ya getting there?”
"We're taking American." the man replies.
“American!" yells Joe. "They're a terrible airline. Their planes are old, their flight attendants are ugly and they're always late! So, where you staying in Rome?”
The man says, "We'll be at the downtown International Marriot.”
"That dump?" says Joe. "That's the worst hotel in the city! The rooms are small, the service is surely and slow and they're overpriced! So whatcha doing when you get there?”
The man says, "We're going to go see the Vatican and hope to see the Pope.”
"Ha! That's rich!" laughs Joe. "You and a million other people trying to see him. He'll look the size of an ant. Boy, good luck on THIS trip. You're going to need it!”
A month later, the man comes in for his regular haircut. Joe says, "Well, how did that trip to Rome turn out? Betcha TWA gave you the worst flight of your life!”
"No, quite the opposite." explained the man. "Not only were we on time in one of their brand new planes, but it was full and they bumped us up to first class. The food and wine were wonderful, and I had a beautiful 28-year-old flight attendant who waited on me hand and foot!”
"Hmmm," Joe says, "Well, I bet the hotel was just like I described.”
"No, quite the opposite! They'd just finished a $25 million remodeling. It's the finest hotel in Rome, now. They were overbooked, so they apologized and gave us the Presidential suite for no extra charge!”
"Well," Joe mumbles, "I KNOW you didn't get to see the Pope!”
"Actually, we were quite lucky. As we toured the Vatican, a Swiss guard tapped me on the shoulder and explained the Pope likes to personally meet some of the visitors, and if I'd be so kind as to step into this private room and wait, the Pope would personally greet me. Sure enough, after 5 minutes, the Pope walked through the door and shook my hand. I knelt down as he spoke a few words to me.”
Impressed, Joe asks, "Tell me, please! What'd he say?”
"Oh, not much really. Just 'Where'd you get that awful haircut?'"
Photos from yesterday of Isabel, her husband and sons. Isabel was commissioned as a deaconess in the Korean church where she has attended for many years. Her husband is an elder in the church already.
Ma On Shan
Tai Wan Village
Fei Ngo Shan
The photos of the flowers below were taken of a tree at the start of our hike on Saturday. The tree is near Pak Tam Au. I'm not sure what kind of tree it is, but the flowers are huge. I'm not sure what the problem with my watch was, but the distance was about .8km short. Stage 3 of the MacLehose Trial is listed as 10.2km and we walked home from there which I've measured before at 1.3km. So should be about 11.5km. The time is correct and I suppose the other stats are too.
After the batism service last Sunday evening our RiverGrace Leadership Team met for a while. This is a nearby restaurant (Ban Heung in Naam Shan Tsuen Estate) that we went to. It is one popular place. If you don't get there early, this is what awaits you. The first photos was from inside, the other of people waiting to get in.