Photos: United Chrisitan College alumni gathering... Dr. Pang... in center with a tie, was the founding principal. Clement Chan is the current Principal of UCC, on Dr. Pang's right-hand side, and Mrs. Ho, long-time teacher and Vice Principal on his left.The others are students, mostly from the first few graduating classes from 1979-1981.

May 3, 2016

It has been a good, but very busy week with activities.  Monday was a holiday, so I’m a day late in getting the Fodder started.

The photos of the week are of the gathering last week of the alumni association of United Christian college. I taught there from 1975, when I first came to Hong Kong, to 1990, so I taught nearly all the students in the photo.

The former students are very active, and meet on the last Thursday of every month. They are involved in the school in helping to mentor some of the students, and they also started on Alpha course, which is an evangelistic tool, to reach some of the former students who never came to the Lord when they were in school, or perhaps have not been active Christians since they left school.

This month, Dr. Pang was the speaker for the evening. He was the founding Principal of United Christian College back in 1974.

Dr. Pang attended the OMS conference back in the summer of 1974. Cindy and I went to that conference, and he interviewed us, along with Grant Nealis, who was the OMS Hong Kong Field Director at that tie. I don't remember too much of the interview, but one thing stands out in my mind that we have laughed about over the years.

I remember Dr. Pang was talking about the school being conservative, and that the teachers needed to be good role models for the students. As I didn't know Chinese culture at the time I was not getting the drift of what he was saying.

I have to add that back in the 70s was the era of the Beatles. Though I never particularly liked the Beatles, it was quite common for guys to have longer hair, like they did. My hair was not too terribly long, but it covered the ears, and it touched the collar in the back.

Finally, after going on like this a couple minutes, Grant said, “Dave, what he’s telling you is that you need to get your hair cut.”

So, I did, and Cindy and I came to Hong Kong for a three-year short-term stint to teach in the school… that being 41 years ago!

We had a wonderful celebration of RiverGrace’s 5th anniversary on Sunday. We went to Shuen Douh Camp in Fanling for a joint service with our mother church, Yan Yue. Jimmy Stewart, who filled in for us when we were in the States last year, was the preacher. It was a bi-lingual service, and Pastor Tommy had a busy day translating.  I do not have the “professional” photos yet, so that is why I did not post any yet. Next week I’ll share some of the photos.

The worship team did well, and for the most part, everything went smoothly. We had lunch together at the camp, and in the afternoon we had some fun group games.

Every year I have produced an anniversary video to highlight the activities of the past year. I made one this year, again. You can download and view a small version of the video here…  The regular video is too large to be downloaded, at nearly 500 megabytes.

Yesterday was a public holiday, Labor Day, which is celebrated  on May 1 in many countries in the world. Because it fell on a Sunday this year, Monday was the holiday.  RiverGrace met together at United Chrisitan College playground for what we call Family Fun Day.  We mostly played sports, or sat around and chatted. It was an enjoyable day to just relax after the anniversary celebration the day before.

That’s the news for this week. Make it a great week. blessings, Dave


We must choose.

THE ANSWER MAN by Pastor Rick Sams

     You might think Jesus was the greatest answer man of all time. That’s ok. But did you realize he asked WAY more questions than he answered--by a ratio of 100:1? He asked 307 questions. He answered 3. He was asked 183 by others.*

     Socrates’ style of teaching was to ask questions of his pupils. That style was called the Socratic Method. Maybe it should be called the Jesus Method.

     Asking questions was central to Jesus’ life and teachings. The questions Jesus asked tell us a lot about Him. Our answers reveal lots about us.

     There’s nothing like a Spirit-led question to get to the heart of a matter and make a person think. Questions, unlike statements, help a person glimpse hard truth and change instead of going on the defensive.

  For us some good questions to others we’re trying to help might be:

  “So what might be the outcome of continuing that course?”

  “How has that been working out for you?”

  “What do other trusted people in your life think about that?”

       Jesus is still asking us many questions:

  “How can you look at the speck in your brother’s eye and not see the beam in your own” (Matthew 7:3)?

  “If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? (Matthew 5:46)

  “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? (Matthew 6:27)

  “Why are you so afraid” (Matthew 8:26)?

  “Who do men say I am? (Matthew 16:13)?

  “Who do YOU say I am” (Matthew 16:15)?

  “I am the resurrection and the life…Whoever lives and believes in me will never die. Do you believe this” (John 11:25)?

       Those last two questions are likely THE most important you’ll ever be asked. What are your answers?

(*Jesus Is The Question, by Martin Copenhaver)


The Lord is My Shepherd

(By Grace E. Easley)

The Lord is my shepherd,

And I am His lamb,

Who loves me in spite

Of the way that I am.

Who sees something in me,

That other folks miss,

And I sometimes think maybe,

Because of this

I've never felt bitter,

Unloved or alone,

Though sometimes I grieve for

My loved ones now gone.

For I've always believed in

The words He has said,

That the spirit lives on,

Though the body be dead.

And I feel closer to Him,

Because of His care,

And I know when I call Him,

That He will be there.

So I fear not the shadows,

So dark and so dim,

For my shepherd will carry me

Safely through them.


Q: What do you call a snobbish inmate going down the prison stairs?

A: A condescending con descending.


    A taxpayer received a "second notice" that his tax payment was overdue. The next day he went to City Hall, made out a cheque and apologized for overlooking the first notice.

    "I'll tell you a little secret," said the tax collector with a smile. "We don't send out first notices. We've found that second notices are much more effective."


    A man is driving with his wife at his side and his mother-in-law in the back seat. The women just won't leave him alone.

    His mother-in-law says, "You're driving too fast!"

    His wife says, "Stay more to the left."

    After ten mixed orders, the man turns to his wife and asks, "Who's driving this car - you or your mother?"


     A ten-year-old boy is in a dentist's office with a sore tooth.

     Entering the room, the dentist asks: "Well, Son, which one's the troublemaker?"

     Without hesitation the boy replies: "My brother!"

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     Once there was a little boy who lived in the country.

     For facilities, they had to use an outhouse, and the little boy hated it because it was hot in the summer, cold in the winter and stank all the time. The outhouse was sitting on the bank of a creek and the boy determined that one day he would push that outhouse into the water.

     One day after a spring rain, the creek was swollen so the little boy decided today was the day to push the outhouse into the creek. So he got a large stick and pushed. The outhouse toppled into the creek and floated away.

     That night his dad told him they were going to the woodshed after supper. Knowing that meant a spanking, the little boy asked why.

     The dad replied, "Someone pushed the outhouse into the creek today. It was you, wasn't it, son?"

     The boy answered yes.

     Then he thought a moment and said, "Dad, I read in school today that George Washington chopped down a cherry tree and didn't get into trouble because he told the truth."

     The dad replied, "Well, son, George Washington's father wasn't in that cherry tree!!"

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WOW!  Finally, a rational explanation for Seniors...

     Brains of older people are slow because they know so much. People do not decline mentally with age, it just takes them longer to recall facts because they have more information stored in their brains, scientists believe. Much like a computer struggles as the hard drive becomes fuller, so humans also take longer to access information, it has been suggested.

     Researchers say this slowing down is not the same as cognitive decline.  The human brain works slower in old age, said Dr. Michael Ramscar, but only because we have stored more information over time.  The brains of older people do not get weak. On the contrary, they simply know more, but just may not be able to access the information as quickly.

     Also, older people often go to another room to get something and when they get there, they stand there wondering what they came for.  It is NOT a memory problem, it is nature's way of making older people get more exercise.  SO THERE!!  Now I understand.....what a relief!!!!!!!!!!!

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     I spotted several pairs of men's Levi's jeans at a garage sale.

     They were sizes 30, 31, and 32, but I was looking for size 33.

     So I asked the owner if he had a pair. He shook his head.

     "I'm still wearing the 33s," he said. "Come back next year."

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