Tommy and Kathy Hui - our new pastor at RiverGrace and

Irma Gonzalez, our new domestic domestic helper. Irma is on the far right.

Monday Fodder - January 4, 2016


I want to kick of this year of 2016 by introducing two people to you, who will play a much bigger role in our lives in rest of our time in Hong Kong.


When we were in the States last year, I think, without fail, we shared about the ministry of our church, RiverGrace,and the need for the right person to take over at us at the church in light of our retirement. We believe God has provided the answer to yours and our prayers.


The answer came about in an unexpected way. We had advertised in local Christian newspapers for a pastor. We only got one application in in about 3 months of ads. That applicant was not a serious one, as she had no training or experience in pastoring. She was a school teacher.


About three months ago. I was sitting next to Dr. Tony Kwan, long-time pastor and now professor in our seminary… United Wesleyan Institute. We were at a lunch for the pastors of our denomination here in Hong Kong. The Lord prompted me to ask him if he knew of any potential pastors he might consider right for RiverGrace. After a few seconds he mentioned the name of Tommy Hui.


I have known Tommy for nearly 25 years as he was a student of United Christian College, a high school in which I was teaching at the time. Tommy had recently returned to Hong Kong with his family after they had been living and doing a family business in in Columbia for the past 11 years.


Currently, I knew Tommy was active in his church, and even serving as a deacon. I also know he had graduated from seminary. The piece I did not know, which Tony told me, was that God had been speaking to Tommy about going into the ministry. He had been in family business of selling gear for surfing and skiing since he graduated from school, and I had no idea what God was doing in Tommy’s heart.


To make a long story short, Tommy and I met within a couple days of that conversation with Tony, and Tommy agreed to come on staff as a voluntary pastor for this next year. He was the main marketer in the family business, which includes over 2500 factory workers in China. So it is a major transition for Tommy, but we are delighted that he is joining us in the ministry.


I give thanks to the Lord for that answer to all of our prayers. Tommy’s married and his wife is currently serving as a pastor in another church.


The other person I want introduce to you is Irma Gonzales. Cindy and I have decided to hire her as our domestic helper for a two-year contract.  Irma is a pastor at heart, and by training and experience. She has pastored in the Philippines and also has been a church planter.  Irma has been working in Hong Kong, now, for several years, as she felt at the Lord calling her to come to serve the Lord domestic helper, but at the same time, ministering to the 150,000 or so Filipino domestic helpers that work in Hong Kong.


Irma has been helping us at RiverGrace for nearly 4 years and has been a great help to the Filipinas and also the other ladies that attend RiverGrace.


Irma had a not-so-good experience with her last employer and thus broke her contact. She was thinking about returning to the Philippines for good, which would have been a big loss to our church and the things she had been doing… in effect being an unofficial pastor to the Filipinas.


Hiring Irma to be our domestic helper will allow her to continue serving in the church the way she has been. It will also be a great help to Cindy and I, as these last years in Hong Kong, will not doubt become even more super busy as we get near to the end of our time here.


That is the news for this week. Make it a great week!  Blessings, Dave


SERIOUS FODDER


He Maketh No Mistake

     In 1932 A. M. Overton was the pastor of First Baptist Church, Baldwyn, Mississippi. He and his wife were expecting their fourth child, but when the time came for that child to be born, there were complications. Both the mother and the baby died. During the funeral service, Overton wrote the words to a beautiful poem, which he titled, “He Maketh No Mistake.” If you’ve never seen this, your soul will be thrilled.


My Father’s way may twist and turn,

My heart may throb and ache;

But in my soul I’m glad to know

He maketh no mistake.


My cherished plans may go astray,

My hopes may fade away;

But still I’ll trust my Lord to lead,

For He doth know the way.


Though night be dark and it may seem

That day will never break,

I’ll pin my faith, my all, on Him;

He maketh no mistake.


There’s so much now I cannot see,

My eyesight’s far too dim;

But come what may, I’ll simply trust

And leave it all to Him.


For by-and-by the mist will lift,

And plain it all He’ll make;

Through all the way, though dark to me,

He made not one mistake.

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A. The End is in Sight for Satan

     The enemy of our souls is NOT divine. Satan is only a created being. He is a fallen angel whose ultimate end will be  the Lake of fire. He double-crosses all who follow him. He sets up wars and puts multitudes into Hell. He promises power and wealth to those who trust In him. Then, he pulls the rug out from under them. References:  Isa.14:16; Rev.5:10, 20:10; Rom. 13:14.

B. Let’s Travel the ROMAN Road  1) Rom.3:10; 2) Rom.3:23; 3) Rom.5:12; 4) Rom.5:8; 5) Rom.6:23; 6) Rom.10:13; 7) Rev.3:20, and 8) Rom.10:9-10

C. GOD formed us

   SIN deformed us

   JESUS transformed us.

@Sent by Sunday Moronfolu

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THE VANITY OF POLITICS

THE VANITY OF POLITICS IS CLEARLY SEEN EACH DAY,

ELECTED ONES ASSUME THEY’RE LOVED IN EACH AND EVERY WAY,

THEY THINK THEIR POPULARITY IS DUE TO CHARM AND GRACE,

WHO ELSE COULD RUN AND GET THE VOTES IN EVERY SINGLE RACE,

THOUGH WE TELL THEM THIS, THEY’RE IN THE DARK, THEY REALLY DON’T BELIEVE US,

WE HELD OUR NOSE AND VOTED FOR THE LESSER OF TWO EVILS.

@Sent by © CARL E. GUSTAFSON 2010


GUFFAW FODDER


FAMOUS LASTS. . .

- Ha!  They couldn't hit an elephant at this dist. . .

- Don't unplug it, it will just take a moment to fix.

- Gimmee a match.  I think my gas tank is empty.

- Wife, these biscuits are tough.

- What?  Your mother is going to stay another month?

- "Afour and athree and atwo and aone. . ."  Lawrence Welk

- "Don't worry about the Rover.  That's no cliff."  NASA techie

- "And now that I'm running my life support equipment through Windows 95,

-  I'll never have to worry about  beeeeeeeep. . ."

- "How's he gonna read that magazine rolled up like that?"  Insect

- "No, dude, this stuff is completely natural and safe, man.  That's why it's called 'herbal.'" [Good, Clean Funnies List <http://www.gcfl.net/>

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CHOCOLATE TIPS AND FACTS

~ If you get melted chocolate all over your hands, you're eating it too slowly.

~ Chocolate covered raisins, cherries, orange slices & strawberries all count as fruit, so eat as many as you want.

~ Problem:  How to get 2 pounds of chocolate home from the store in hot car. . . Solution:  Eat it in the parking lot.

~ Diet tip:  Eat a chocolate bar before each meal.  It'll take the edge off your appetite and you'll eat less.

~ A nice box of chocolates provide your total daily intake of calories in one place. Isn't that handy?

~ If you can't eat all your chocolate, it will keep in the freezer. .

. .  But if you can't eat all your chocolate, it may be a sign of a deeper problem.

~ If calories are an issue, store your chocolate on top of the fridge.

. .  Calories are afraid of heights, and they will jump out of the chocolate to protect themselves.

~ Equal amounts of dark chocolate and white chocolate, is a balanced diet.

~ Two phrases: Money talks. Chocolate sings.

~ The preservatives in Chocolate make you look younger.

~ Why is there no such organization as Chocoholics Anonymous? . . .

Because no one wants to quit.

~ If not for chocolate, there would be no need for control top pantyhose.  An entire garment industry would be devastated.

~ Put "eat chocolate" at the top of your list of things to do today. That way, at least you'll get one thing done. (Bunni)

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YOU  KNOW  YOU'RE  TOO  STRESSED  WHEN...

- You can achieve a "runners high" by sitting up.

- The sun is too loud.

- You are missing several days from this week.

- Trees begin to chase you.

- You can see individual air molecules vibrating.

- You wonder if brewing is really a necessary step for the consumption of coffee.

- You say the same sentence over and over again, not realizing that you've said it before.

- You can hear mimes.

- Things become "very clear."  Everything is "very clear, indeed."

- You ask the drivethru attendant if you can get your order to go.

- Your heart beats in 7/8 time.

- You say the same sentence over and over again, not realizing that you've said it before.

- It appears that people are speaking to you in binary code.

- You can travel without moving.

- Antacid tablets become your sole source of nutrition.

- You discover the aesthetic beauty of office supplies.

     -     You begin to talk to yourself, then disagree about the subject, get into a nasty tiff over it, lose, and refuse to speak to yourself for the next day.

@Sent by Rick Sams