Above: UWGI had a walkathon on Saturday. These are the participants.

Below: On my way back to the MTR (our mass transit train) I walked through Chater Garden where there was an event going on. I asked a policeman what the event was and he said it was a rally supporting Hong Kong's police force. The other photo is the line leading to the men's restroom. I hope none of them had to go urgently. I've never seen such a long line for the men's room. The woman's like was long, but actually shorter than that for the men!

February 29, 2016

I got a call on Saturday from the Queen Mary Hospital, where my surgery will take place. It was not good news as they moved my appointment from March 11 to the 29th.  It wouldn’t make much difference to me, but it leaves us with a tough decision. Had the appointment been on March 11 and the surgery soon after that we may have been okay.


The difficulty is that our daughter Becki is scheduled for a C-section on April 15. We were planning that Cindy would be there and take care of the boys while she was in the hospital. Now we’re not sure what to do.  


If we tell the doctors we want to delay the surgery, we may lose our line in the queue. I’m not sure. We do have volunteers on this end to help take care of me after the surgery if needed. The printed information I got about the surgery is that I would be in the hospital for a minimum of 10 days. However we still won’t likely know the date of the surgery until the 29, if then.


Please pray that we will know what to do. It’s hard, especially for Cindy because she want’s to be in two places at once.


On Saturday UWGI (United Wesleyan Graduate Institute) had a walkathon up at The Peak on Hong Kong Island. We did a 2-mile loop around the The Peak. I also walked with them. In the photo, I stand out because I had on a white shirt, and only a couple other people did not have on the blue jackets, which were given out. I was given one as well, but I gave it back. It was sized XXL, but it came nowhere close to covering everything and the sleeves were about a third of the way up my arms.


On my way back down to the train (MTR) I passed through Central where there was a rally going on. It was peaceful and organized unlike some of them recently in Hong Kong. There were quite a few policeman standing around redirecting people around the park as there were too many people to go through the crowd. I asked a policeman what was going on and he said it was a rally in support of the policemen.


In recent months there is almost always some kind of rally or protest going on. Hong Kong society is becoming more divided. in the demonstrations that were going on at the end of 2014, the policeman were seen by some to be in a bad light because they felt that there was an over-reaction when they used tear gas and batons against the protestors, who were mostly peacefully demonstrating.


In their defense, the policeman were caught in the middle, trying to solve a political problem of government. They faced pressure from the government to clear the streets of the demonstrators who had occupied the streets for some weeks.


There have been no solutions and some people of Hong Kong are dissatisfied with the system of government over which the people have any control…. other than to protest.


That’s my report for the week. Make it a great week!  Blessings, Dave


SERIOUS FODDER


My God, My God, Why….?

     Today (Wednesday, February 24), I just feel blessed…. and I’m wondering why. Katy is still stuck in a rehab facility with no date of discharge yet on the calendar. She can’t walk or move her left arm and still struggles with nausea and pain. We face another surgery on Monday when the skull bone that was removed ten weeks ago will be replaced. The future is filled with unknowns and many decisions related to my ministry remain in limbo. And yet, in spite of all this, today I just feel blessed, truly blessed.

     My God, my God, why?

     Typically, when this question is asked, it relates to the existential suffering of someone who is pondering the imponderable question of why bad things happen to good people. For me, at least today, my question is different, but just as deep… maybe deeper. Why do good things happen to rascals like me?

     To be honest, there have been numerous occasions during the past ten weeks when I have looked up to a seemingly silent heaven and groaned, “My God, my God, why did this happen? Why is my wife paralyzed? Why does this insanity drag on day after day after day? Why are you not answering our prayers? Why have you abandoned us? Why? Why? Why?” I confess there were two occasions, when I left Katy’s room late at night to drive home; I got in my car, shut the door, and literally screamed as loud as I could. “Why?”

     But today the question that mystifies me and has me completely stumped is very different. I’m utterly baffled by the incomprehensible goodness of God lavished upon someone like me. My God, my God, why have you blessed me so much? Thinking back over my day, I’m trying to figure out what caused this question to arise in the first place:

     •Maybe it was during my morning devotions when God spoke to my heart from his Word: “Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed, for the Lord God is with you. He will not leave you or forsake you, until all the work for the service of the house of the Lord is finished.” (I Chron. 28:20).

     •Maybe it was the phone-text from Anna, doing the early shift with Katy, stating simply: “Mom is doing well today.”

     •Maybe it was the joy I felt this morning over three adult daughters who love the Lord with all their hearts and are walking in truth.

     •Maybe it was the email we received from a dear friend in New York who shared tender words of love and comfort that touched us deeply.

     •Maybe it was watching the nurses and therapists who take care of Katy. Oh how they love her and tenderly talk to her, encourage her, change her bed, prepare her meds, and gently prop Wilson up on pillows.

     •Maybe it was the visitors who came today who showed such grace and sensitivity and then honored us by sharing some of their burdens with us. Katy’s load is lightened when she can take on the burden of someone else!

     •Maybe it was paying the bills that came in the mail today and realizing that we had more than enough. Like the jar of oil that never ran dry (I Kings 17:8-16), God is faithfully and miraculously providing for our needs.

     •Maybe it was the fact that last night I was able to lead the Bible study group at FAS. An email this morning indicated it “struck home” for one of the attenders.

     •Maybe it was the joy that comes in finishing my work on another issue of The High Calling magazine and feeling God’s pleasure in what was done.

     My God, my God, why have you been so good to me? No, I still don’t understand suffering and pain. But when I think clearly, the mystery of God’s grace and goodness is the most baffling question of all!

@By Stan Key, a friend and former field director of our mission in the early years when I was Hong Kong field director

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"God's eternal purpose fulfilled in a baby! Incredible as it sounds, that is the staggering import of Christmas. The total eternal program and purpose of almighty God was all wrapped up in an infant, born in a manger in Bethlehem twenty centuries ago. One of the facts about the Christian way that commends it to thoughtful men, is its universality. This is a big word to say that Christianity, rightly understood, is utterly unlike religion that man invents. It is so completely contrary to the way man does things, that it must have come from God. Take Christmas, for example; only God could have thought of that. When man invents a super being, he comes up with a Superman, or a Captain Marvel. God gives the world a baby. And in that baby is tied up the whole destiny of the world and mankind and history." - Dr. Richard C. Halverson

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GUFFAW FODDER


     A group of women were talking together. One woman said "Our congregation is sometimes down to 30 or 40 on a Sunday."

     Another said: "That's nothing. Sometimes our congregation is down to six or seven."

     A maiden lady in her 70's added her bit: "Why it's so bad in our church on Sundays that when the minister says 'dearly beloved' it makes me blush."

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     My wife still uses curlers in her hair after she washes it. She came into the Family Room as I was watching TV. I guess I stared at her funny because she said, "I just set my hair."

     The last thing I remember saying was, "Oh, really? And what time does it go off?"

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     The patient shook his doctor's hand in gratitude and said, "Since we are the best of friends, I would not want to insult you by offering payment. But I would like for you to know that I had mentioned you in my will."

     "That is very kind of you," said the doctor emotionally, and then added, "May I see that prescription I just gave you? I'd like to make a little change..."

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    A collector of rare books ran into an acquaintance who told him he had just thrown away an old Bible that he found in a dusty, old box.

     He happened to mention that Guten-somebody-or-other had printed it.

      "Not Gutenberg?" gasped the collector.

      "Yes, that was it!"

      "You idiot! You've thrown away one of the first books ever printed. A copy recently sold at auction for half a million dollars!"

      "Oh, I don't think this book would have been worth anything close to that much," replied the man. "It was scribbled all over in the margins by some clown named Martin Luther."

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     An investment counselor decided to go out on her own. She was shrewd and diligent, so business kept coming in, and pretty soon she realized that she needed an in-house counsel.

     She began to interview young lawyers. "As I'm sure you can understand," she started off with one of the first applicants, "in a business like this, our personal integrity must be beyond question."

     She leaned forward. "Mr. Peterson, are you an honest lawyer?"

      "Honest?" replied the job prospect. "Let me tell you something about honest. Why, I'm so honest that my father lent me $15,000 for my education, and I paid back every penny the minute I tried my very first case."

      "Impressive. And what sort of case was that?"

      The lawyer squirmed in his seat and admitted, "He sued me for the money."

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     In 1631, King Charles I ordered 1,000 Bibles from an English printer named Robert Barker.  Only after the Bibles were delivered did anyone notice a serious mistake: The word "not" had been left out of the Seventh Commandment about adultery! (Exodus 20:14).

     Charles was not amused by the "Wicked Bible," as the infamous printing mistake was called. He ordered the Bibles recalled and destroyed, took away Barker's license to print Bibles and fined him 300 pounds - a hefty chunk of  change in those days. And Barker was out of business.  (OUCH!)

     OOPS! The Sequel

     The unlucky printer of the "Fool Bible," another printing mistake, fared even worse: He was fined 3,000 pounds for accidentally printing, "The fool hath said in his heart there is a God" (Psalm 14:1). (Another OUCH!)

     OOPS! The Series

Other notorious Bible printing mistakes include:

   *The "Judas Bible," first printed in 1608, which had Judas instead of Jesus in John 6:67.

   *The "Sin On" Bible, published in 1716, which printed John 8:11 as "Go, and sin on more."

   *The "Ears to Ear” Bible. Printed in 1810, it had Jesus saying, "Who hath ears to ear, let him hear" in Matthew 13:43.

   *The "Denial Bible," printed in 1792, in which Phillip, not Peter, denies Jesus in Luke 22:34.

     With these in mind, the "Printers Bible," published in 1702, makes more sense. In that edition, instead of saying "princes have persecuted me without a cause" (Psalm 119:161), David complains that "printers" have persecuted me without a cause.”

@Sent by Kathie Jerrell