The Second Day of 2003

Yawn... It is the second day of 2003, and I am already feeling tired. I am back at work, recovering from all the exhaustion of last year.

I have received an email from a guy who used to come to the Mandarin Bible Fellowship last year. He joined us pretty much right after the Easter holidays, referred to us by his classmate, a girl from China who has only turned up once. He is a Christian, even though his foundation has not been established firmly, but he has been coming to our church service and Bible study consistently throughout pretty much last year. He came to some of the bigger events, and he has even organised some social events for us. He came to FOCUS Team in the second session to be trained up in ministry, and I can see him working hard in terms of his spiritual growth. He might not be that gifted in some of the things, but he is surely a good helper and a good Christian brother to have in the Mandarin ministry on campus.

But then, something happened...

After Vivian and I came back from our trip to Hong Kong and Taiwan in mid-November, he has somehow disappeared. In fact, I have not seen him since even though I've tried to contact him. There is no good-bye, and there is no farewell. It seems that he has just vanished from the surface of this planet, and I have not heard from him until today. He wrote me an email saying that he has moved back to his old church in Burwood, and joined an international fellowship in Riverwood. Still, he did not state the reason why he has left us, and all I had on my hands are rumours of potential reasons (which I will not disclose). It is sad. Because of the possibility of some small conflict of interests, a faithful brother has left to go to somewhere else. Burwood Presby (I think that's the church he is going to at the moment) is a nice church, but he is still someone needs to be trained. Not a smart move from us...

That is just one event from last year that I am not happy with, but I guess I should instead thank God that He is still holding him tight. Now, just let me focus on the things to come...