Thursday, 27 December 2007

Our LOVE for Britain

As you probably have heard that we spent our Christmas in Wales this time of the year. It's been a great blessing for us to meet the Nicholson and also met their new addition to the family, Sarah Emily Nicholson.

We had a great Christmas dinner (thanks to multi talented cook, Abbie, the dinner was fantastic). Yusdi had a great time taking picture of the neighbourhood (the view from their house was breathtaking) and accidentally we capture the moon rise at about half past four. The moon was so big, and so bright, we nearly thought it was the sun.

It was generally gloomy and damp day from the 24th itself. The rain pours so much, which is not very usual thing to happen in the middle of winter. But who cares since we plan to have "indoor" activities this time. So yusdi spend time taking family picture for the Nicholson, while me and Abbie catching up with latest news about our brother and sister in Christ, Josiah and Daniel busy exchanging toys.

I am quite amaze with the way all these American missionaries lives. So far as my stay in far east, all this missionaries like Joe and Abbie are normally very well taken care of.

I mean financially.

For one thing people in far east much more sensitive to the Gospel. Churches in China, Singapore, Indonesia, and surrounding countries are sprouting like mushrooms after the rain. Even though in many of these countries missionaies are not most welcome and persecution against Christianity is a norm, however normally in 5-8 years the church will be able to support a fulltime national pastor. Another thing is because US dollar is much more stronger and hence the cost of life is much less in far east.

Things are very different here in UK. As much as my Pastor, Roger Tooley, in Kettering told me, he had seen 11 missionary from US returned back home for various reason. The people in UK are so immune to Gospel. The churches is normally have very small congregation, and consist of old folks and foreigners. Things get even thougher because US dollar currency falling off compared to British Pound Sterling. Worse still, after labouring 10-15 years, many of the church still doesn't come up with national pastor, some even still can't afford to pay the pastor's salary because the size or income of the congregation (you can imagine if your church consist of 80% retiree).

But again, I am amaze with the love that the Nicholson shared with me. Their love for people in UK, to see more British people get saved and serving The Lord, they are willing to live hand to mouth and choosing the cheapest option when buying almost anything. I would believe, my pastor, Roger Tooley and his family facing the same challenge. I saw Daniel, their oldest son, has very limited number of toys. As a parent, not being able to give your son the nicest thing you can think of sometimes can be heartwrenching experience. Yet, they believe we are serving an All-knowing Almighty God, he knows what is our needs and faithfully provide it.

I hope that many of us (whom may not be called to preach or to pastor a church), doing our bits by contributing our talent. Some people talented in earning money, I think that is nothing wrong with that, providing that one does it for the Lord. Or you can pray for missionary to UK like the Tooleys and the Nicholsons that God grant them wisdom and perseverance to spread His word in UK.

God bless you all, and have a happy Christmas 2007...!!!

How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed?
and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard?
and how shall they hear without a preacher?
And how shall they preach, except they be sent?
as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Romans 10 : 14-15

1 comment:

Ellena said...

Merry Chirstmas to you and your family.... and may this coming 2008 our Heavenly Father will bring happiness and blessing upon your family..... Cheer!