September 19, 2016

Tai Wan Village in Sai Kung is where we have lived since 1991. The top photos is from last week Wednesday morning when I went to our village bus stop. It's the shallow bay that's in front of our house. We also celebrated a holiday last week. Mid-Autumn Festival. The second photo is of a Mid-autumn display in Sai Kung. The next photo is of the seafood restaurants as seen from the pier. The last photo is our village on the right as seen from Sai Kung. It's a bit over 1 mile, nearly 2 kilometers if we walk home from town.

This will be a short update this week. It’s already Tuesday morning here in Hong Kong. I had several things to get done around the house yesterday as we have guests coming for about three days this week.

Our helper, Irma also returned to the Philippines for a couple weeks, taking a holiday. It is not an easy holiday for her, though, so please keep her in your prayers. She returned to the Philippines at this time, primarily to visit a sick pastor-friend, Doyet, who may soon be making her home in heaven.

I have a followup hospital appointment tomorrow.  It’s the first one in a month. I will get an x-ray and also have my blood tested to make sure my blood levels with the blood thinners are within range.

Our mother church, Yan Yue, will have a new pastor starting October 1st. Please remember his transition into Yan Yue in your prayers. His name is Kelvin Tse, and he’s an experienced pastor. Though his focus is primarily on the Chinese mother church, RiverGrace is still a daughter church of Yan Yue, May the Lord bless and empower him in his new role.

Last week we celebrated Mid-autumn Festival. The real celebration is related to the harvest and full moon and is based on the lunar calendar. Thus. every year it is on a different date. This year it was on Thursday night. The public holiday is not on the night of the full moon but the following day. Cindy and I rode the bus to town that evening and then walked home along the water and promenade in Sai Kung. It only extends about half-way to our village, though. The photos of week are from that walk, except for the first one, which was taken at our village bus stop on Wednesday morning.

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


One of the World's Greatest Miracles - Author Unknown

     Moses and the Israelites were in the desert, but what was he going to do with them?  They had to be fed, and feeding two to three million people requires a lot of food.  According to a Quartermaster in the Army, it is reported that Moses would have had to have 1500 tons of food for each day.

     Do you know that to bring that much food each day requires two freight trains, each a mile long. They would have to have firewood to use in cooking the food. This would take 4000 tons of wood and more freight trains, each a mile long, just for one day.  Think about it - they were forty years in transit, in a desert.

     And oh yes!  They would have to have water. If they only had enough to drink and wash a few dishes, it would take 11 million gallons each day, and a freight train with tank cars, 1800 miles long, just to bring water!

     And another thing! They had to cross the Red Sea at night. Now, if they wanted a narrow path, double file, the line would be 800 miles long and would require 35 days and nights to get through. So, there had to be space in the Red Sea, 3 miles wide so that they could walk 5000 abreast to get over in one night.

     But, there is another problem. Each time they camped at the end of each day, a camp ground two-thirds the size of Rhode Island was required, or a total of 750 square miles long.

     Do you think Moses figured all this out before he left Egypt?  I think not!!  You see, Moses believed in God and God took care of these things for him.

     Now, do you think God has any problem taking care of all of your needs?

     "And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 4:19)

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- Some people are kind, polite, and sweet-spirited until you try to sit in their pews.     

- Many folks want to serve God, but only as advisers.     

- It is easier to preach ten sermons than it is to live one.

- The good Lord didn't create anything without a purpose, but mosquitoes come close.    

- When you get to your wit's end, you'll find God lives there.    

- People are funny; they want the front of the bus, middle of the road, and back of the church.

- Opportunity may knock once, but temptation bangs on the front door forever.    

- Quit griping about your church; if it was perfect, you couldn't belong.     

- If a church wants a better pastor, it only needs to pray for the one it has.     

- We're called to be witnesses, not lawyers or judges.

- God Himself doesn't propose to judge a man until he is dead. So why should you?     

- Some minds are like concrete thoroughly mixed up and permanently set.     

- Peace starts with a smile.     

- I don't know why some people change churches; what difference does it make which one you stay home from?

- Be ye fishers of men. You catch 'em - He'll clean 'em.

-  Coincidence is when God chooses to remain anonymous.

- Don't put a question mark where God put a period.

- Don' t wait for 6 strong men to take you to church.

- Forbidden fruits create many jams.     

- God doesn't call the qualified, He qualifies the called.     

- God grades on the cross, not the curve.

- God loves everyone, but probably prefers 'fruits of the spirit' over 'religious nuts!'

- God promises a safe landing, not a calm passage.

- He who angers you, controls you!     

- If God is your Co-pilot, swap seats!     

- Prayer:Don't give God instructions, just report for duty!

- The task ahead of us is never as great as the Power behind us.     

- The Will of God never takes you to where the grace of God will not protect you.     

- We don't change the message, the message changes us.

- You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him/her.

- The best mathematical equation I have ever seen: 1 cross + 3 nails = 4 given.    

@Sent by Aunt Jean Aufrance


     A Russian track coach, interviewed by a Canadian sportswriter, was asked why the Soviets are now producing such fast runners.

     "It's really quite simple," the coach replied. "We use real bullets in our starting guns."


Client: "What will you charge me for the defense?"

Lawyer: "What is the charge?"

Client: "Robbing a bank."

Lawyer: "Ten thousand if I get you off, but twenty thousand if they find you guilty."

Client: "How did you figure that out?"

Lawyer: "If you're guilty, you can well afford to pay."

@Laugh & Lift -


From a book called "When My Grandmother Was a Child" by Leigh W. Rutledge

- "In the summer of 1900, when my grandmother was a child . . .

- "The average life expectancy in the United States was forty-seven.

- "Only 14 percent of the homes in the United States had a bathtub.

- "Only 8 percent of the homes had a telephone. A three-minute call from Denver to New York City cost eleven dollars.

- "There were only 8,000 cars in the US and only 144 miles of paved roads.

- "The maximum speed limit in most cities was ten mph.

- "Alabama, Mississippi, Iowa, and Tennessee were each more heavily populated than California. With a mere 1.4 million residents,

- "California was only the twenty-first most populous state in the Union.

- "The tallest structure in the world was the Eiffel Tower.

- "The average wage in the US was twenty-two cents an hour.  The average US worker made between $200 and $400 per year.

- "A competent accountant could expect to earn $2,000 per year, a dentist $2,500 per year, a veterinarian between $1,500 and $4,000 per year, and a mechanical engineer about $5,000 per year.

- "More than 95 percent of all births in the United States took place at home.

- "Ninety percent of all US physicians had no college education.  Instead, they attended medical schools, many of which were condemned in the press and by the government as ‘substandard.'

- "Sugar cost four cents a pound.  Eggs were fourteen cents a dozen. Coffee cost fifteen cents a pound.

- "Most women only washed their hair once a month and used borax or egg yolks for shampoo.

- "Canada passed a law prohibiting poor people from entering the country for any  reason, either as travelers or immigrants.”

- "The five leading causes of death in the US were: 1. Pneumonia and influenza, 2. Tuberculosis, 3. Diarrhea, 4. Heart disease, 5. Stroke.

- "The American flag had 45 stars. Arizona, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Hawaii and Alaska hadn't been admitted to the Union yet.

- “Drive-by shootings  in which teenage boys galloped down the street on horses and started randomly shooting at houses, carriages, or anything else that caught their fancy  were an ongoing problem in Denver and other cities in the West.

- "The population of Las Vegas, Nevada was thirty. The remote desert community was inhabited by only a handful of ranchers and their families.

- "Plutonium, insulin, and antibiotics hadn't been discovered yet. Scotch tape, crossword puzzles, canned beer, and iced tea hadn't been invented.

- "There was no Mother's Day or Father's Day.

- "One in ten US adults couldn't read or write. Only 6 percent of all Americans had graduated from high school.

- "Marijuana, heroin, and morphine were all available over the counter at corner drugstores. According to one pharmacist, "Heroin clears the complexion, gives buoyancy to the mind, regulates the stomach and the bowels, and is, in fact, a perfect guardian of health."

- "CocaCola contained cocaine instead of caffeine.

- "Punchcard data processing had recently been developed, and early predecessors of the modern computer were used for the first time by the government to help compile the 1900 census.

     -     "Eighteen percent of households in the United States had at least one full-time servant or domestic.



- Entropy isn't what it used to be

- Clones are people two

- A waist is a terrible thing to mind

- Atheism is a non-prophet organization

- Does the name Pavlov ring a bell?

- Editing is a rewording activity

- Help stamp out and eradicate superfluous redundancy

- I used to be indecisive; now I'm just not sure

- My reality check just bounced

- No sense being pessimistic. It wouldn't work anyway.


     The student reported for his University final exam which consisted of true or false questions.

     He took his seat in the examination hall, stares at the question paper for five minutes, and then in a fit of inspiration took a coin from his pocket. He started tossing the coin and marking his answer sheet true for heads and false for tails.

     Within half an hour he was all done whereas the rest of the class was still sweating it out.

     During the last few minutes, he was seen desperately throwing the coin, mumbling and sweating. The moderator, alarmed, approached him and asked what was going on.

     He responded, “I am rechecking my answers, and for some reason they just aren't coming out."