September 12, 2016

The top photos is of Dr. David To, former principal with Dr. Samuel Cheng, current principal and the staff at United Christian College - Kowloon East. The bottom photos are of Dr. To sharing with the UCC Alumni Fellowship. I also gave an update (in Chinese) about my heart surgery and recovery, thanking them for their prayers. The bottom photo shows some of those who attended. Not all were present yet when the photo was taken.

School has started here in Hong Kong. United Chrisitan College and United Christian College - Kowloon East, as well as our seminary, United Wesleyan Graduate Institute, all started classes last week.

United Chrisitan College was founded in 1974. Cindy taught there until our daughter, Becki came along, but I taught there from 1975 until 1990.  It was a great experience. I loved the teachers and working with the students. Though most of the students were not Christians when they came to the school, maybe up to 70% claimed to be Christ-followers by the time they graduated.

Teachers had (and still do) complete freedom to share the Gospel with the students, pray with them inside or outside of school, and have Bible classes and fellowships for them in school. That’s one of the reasons I stayed in the school beyond the 3 years that we had initially committed to stay in Hong Kong.

United Christian College - Kowloon East was founded in 2003.  Like UCC, all teachers are Christians, though as it’s a different classification of school, more of the students are believers when they come to the school, maybe about 50%.  Together the two schools have over 2000 students in them.

Though I’ve not taught in UCC since 1990, I’ve been involved in them to this day, serving on the board and school management committees and serving as voluntary supervisor for some of those years, at both schools (though never both at the same time).

The schools maintain their vision in delivering a good education, but added to that, being able to share the love of Christ with the students.

One photo I posted on the Website and Facebook is of Dr. David. To, Dr. Samuel Cheng, and the staff of UCC-KE. David To was long-time Principal of UCC, before switching over as founding Principal of UCC - KE. He is visiting Hong Kong for a holiday. He’s currently living in Toronto, pastoring a Chinese church there for a 3-year period. Samuel Cheng is the current Principal of UCC-KE.

The other photos are of a group of alumni of UCC who have been meeting now for a couple of years. They meet every months for a fellowship. David To shared with them this month, and I shared mostly in Chinese about my heart surgery and recovery.

The purpose for this alumni group is to reach their fellow alumni with the gospel… those who have not yet believed. They also pray for the school, and do some mentoring of current students.

It’s so great to still see their love for the Lord and their desire to continue the process that was started in school when they were students.

Please pray for both schools, and the alumni fellowship that God would use them for his purposes.

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


Daniel and the Lion's Den

     "So the king gave the order, and they brought Daniel and threw him into the lion's den. The king said to Daniel, 'May your God, whom you serve continually, rescue you!'" (Daniel 6:6)

     No question,  Daniel got a rough deal.  He was set up by jealous, lesser men who wanted him out of the way.  It seemed like they succeeded, except for one thing they overlooked:  Daniel's trust in God.

     The interesting thing, however, about Daniel being thrown into the den of lions is that God didn't deliver him out of the den before Daniel found deliverance in it.  Imagine if Daniel had fought against being thrown into the den (which he would have been justified in doing) and gone into the den fighting against it every inch of the way, chances are the lions would have torn him to shreds before he hit the bottom.  But Daniel didn't. He accepted his lot and trusted his life to God who shut the lion's mouths.

     On more than one occasion I have asked God that if I am not going to be delivered out of my "lion's den" (naming the frustrating situation I'm in), would he please deliver me in it.

     Sometimes, like Daniel, God has a lesson for us to learn in our present difficult situation and before he delivers us out of it, like Daniel, we need to find deliverance in it.

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     My nephew's 10 year old son came for a visit one hot, July weekend. I was enticing him to stay inside by joining him in a Nintendo game. After being mercilessly defeated by a more experienced player, I suggested that we relax awhile. I collapsed into my favorite recliner to let my neck muscles relax and my ego recover from such a beating. He had slipped out of the room and I was catching a few relished moments of peace and quiet.

     "Look, Alice," he said enthusiastically as he ran over to the chair where I was recovering.

     "I found a kite. Could we go outside and fly it?" Glancing out a nearby window, I noticed there was not a breeze stirring. "I'm sorry, Tripper," I said, sad to see his disappointed eyes, but thankful for the respite from more activity. "The wind is not blowing today. The kite won't fly." The determined 10 year old replied. "I think it's windy enough. I can get it to fly," he answered, as he hurried out the back door.

     I peeked through the slats in the Venetian blinds to watch determination in action. Up and down the yard he ran, pulling the kite attached to a small length of string. The plastic kite, proudly displaying a picture of Batman, remained about shoulder level. He ran back and forth, as hard as his ten year old legs would carry him, looking back hopefully at the kite trailing behind.

     After about ten minutes of unsuccessful determination, he came back in. I asked, "How did it go?" "Fine," he said, not wanting to admit defeat. "I got it to fly some."

     As he walked past me to return the kite to the closet shelf, I heard him say under his breath, "I guess I'll have to wait for the wind." At that moment I heard another Voice speak to my heart. "Alice, sometimes you are just like that. You want to do it your way instead of waiting for the "Wind" - the "Wind" of God."

     And the voice was right. How easy it is to use our own efforts to accomplish what we want to do. We wait for the "Wind" only after we have done all we can and have exhausted our own strength. We must learn how to rely on Him in the first place!

      "I can do all things through God who strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13

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    A kid gave his teacher a blank piece of paper.

     Teacher: "What is this?"

     Kid: "It's a drawing of a cow eating grass."

     "Where's the grass?"

     "The cow ate all of it."

     "Then, where's the cow?"

     "It left because there was no more grass."


     Our family-owned restaurant is the setting for many of our discussions about how to handle the customer who asks, "What's good tonight?"

     Obviously, we would never serve anything we didn't think was good.

     I braced myself one Saturday night when I heard the dreaded question posed to my husband.

     He calmly replied, "Anything over $17.95."

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ANAGRAMS  When you rearrange the letters in a word(s) to make new ones.

1.   Dormitory = Dirty Room

2.   Evangelist = Evil's Agent

3.   Desperation = A Rope Ends It

4.   The Morse Code = Here Come Dots

5.   Slot Machines = Cash Lost in 'em

6.   Mother-in-law = Woman Hitler

7.   Snooze Alarms = Alas! No More Z's

8.   Alec Guinness = Genuine Class

9.   The Public Art Galleries = Large Picture Halls, I Bet

10.  A Decimal Point = I'm a Dot in Place

11.  The Earthquakes = That Queer Shake

12.  Eleven plus two = Twelve plus one

13.  Contradiction = Accord not in it

14.  "That's one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind."Neil A. Armstrong = A thin man ran; makes a large stride; left planet, pins flag on moon! On to Mars!

15. Clint Eastwood = Old West action

16. William Shakespeare = I am a weakish speller


Contented Cows

Farmer Jones had heard that the best milk comes from contented cows. Therefore, he'd visit them every morning and tell them jokes. The cows laughed and laughed, and they gave excellent milk. However, the news got around and no one else was much amused. Thus, his cows became the laughing stock of the community.

The Coe

A farmer was milking his cow. He was just starting to get a good rhythm going when a bug flew into the barn and started circling his head. Suddenly, the bug flew into the cow's ear. The farmer didn't think much about it, until the bug squirted out into his bucket. It was in one ear and out the udder.


    A young man who was also an avid golfer found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in 9 holes before he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompany the young man as he was golfing alone. Not being able to say no, he allowed the old gent to join him.

     To his surprise the old man played fairly quickly. He didn't hit the ball far, but plodded along consistently and didn't waste much time. Finally, they reached the 9th fairway and the young man found himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball  and directly between his ball and the green.

      After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot the old man finally said, "You know, when I was your age I'd hit the ball right over that tree."   With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally lay.

      The old man offered one more comment, "Of course, when I was your age that pine tree was only 3 feet tall."