(Photo credits to Joey Asher Tan)
I love this photo (taken when we brought Joey and Huiyi to the beach when they were on holiday here in Perth) because it has two things I never tire of – sunset and kissing you. I recalled Joey teasing us while taking this photo – ‘you guys are always kissing!’ I love sunsets because it reminds me of God and his beautiful creation. I love kissing you because it reminds me of when I first fell in love with you when I look into your eyes. And I fall in love all over again…
SUNSETS which we never seem to get enough of. So we drove for 25 minutes to go catch one at the beach yesterday since we didn’t get up to much over the weekend. Gotta love moments like these…
“On Sunday in church, we had a special song presentation by a young girl (think she is about 10-12). She was led up the stage by her mom and only then did I realize she was blind. She started sharing a testimony about a holiday she had with her mom in Jakarta in 2004. They were invited by her mom’s friend (a Buddhist) to her home for a party. Upon reaching the door step, she felt in her spirit that something was not right, but she kept to herself. Turned out, they were the only Christians while the rest of the guests were Buddhists. Amongst them was a Buddhist Guru. She and her mom were ushered upstairs where she played with other kids, while her mom tended to her younger sister.
Shortly after, she was asked to go downstairs. The family friend told her about the Buddhist Guru, and how he had the power to heal her. At that moment, she heard a familiar voice speaking to her: the voice of her Father in Heaven. God had told her to refuse the offer to be prayed for. When she told that to mum’s friend, she was asked, “Don’t you want to see your parents?” Her reply? “Yes, I’ve longed to see my parents, but not through such means. Though I can’t see them through my physical eyes, I can see them through my spiritual eyes!” She then asked if she could pray for the Guru and the rest of the people instead! And her request was granted! And they partied, dancing to Christians songs written and played by her on the keyboard. You see, God has given this little girl songs in her heart that express her faith and the love of God.
I personally am awed by what she had shared! What’s the one thing a girl like her would wish for? To be able to see, of course! But instead of jumping at the opportunity presented to her (whether or not the Guru can heal is immaterial) she decided to obey the Father. Honestly, I told Ervina I’m not sure what I’ll do if I’m in her shoe. Her testimony was to me THE message of the day more than the sermon itself.”
“This is probably one of our favourite weekends to date – one in which we deliberately left it empty so that it is just the two of us. It’s funny how even after nine years of marriage we still feel like we don’t spend enough time with each other.”
A sunset walk we took around our neighborhood last Fri evening:
It’s been awhile since our last update; and we even received ‘concerned’ emails asking how we are. It is always heart-warming to know that we are missed and there are people out there who are interested in what’s going on in our lives. So here’s a quick update:
- We will be moving out of our current rented place by 14 Sept. The new rented house is beautiful so despite the inconveniences of moving again, we are looking forward to living there. We will post some pictures once we moved in. [Note: email us for new address, if you want to send us something.]
- We were asked to take up cell leadership in our present cell as it is getting too big. We declined as we didn’t feel led to move in this direction as we prayerfully considered the invitation. Intentional discipleship/mentoring is probably what we wish to focus in this season of our lives. So it didn’t matter if it didn’t come with any official titles. [On this note, we are thankful for the opportunity to be involved in mentoring a dating couple from church. They had approached us on their own and we had been meeting them regularly since then.]
- Work-wise: CS is still in the midst of his 3-month training which is pretty ‘full-on’ (common Aussie slang) but otherwise, he is enjoying work and learning more about the Australian culture each day.E still can’t believe she is working in such a beautiful part of Perth – Fremantle. During lunchtime, she can be found either trawling the secondhand stores, quirky little shops or sharing lunch with friends in a park or the courtyard.
- Winter is gone and it is now spring! We have now officially experienced all the four seasons in Perth. And in the last week of September, we are planning to take a roadtrip along the coral coast to see the wildflowers which are supposed to be in full bloom at this time of the month. Watch this space for photo updates.
- A recent picture of us: This is taken yesterday after work (love the beautiful sky). We do a ‘park-and-ride’ every morning. So we would drive to a train/bus terminal(10mins) and park our car there (free!). Then CS would hop onto a train (10mins) and E would take a bus (25mins) for work.[This picture is taken with E’s latest toy, Canon IXUS 860IS after weeks of badgering CS for it.]
“Return to Bethlehem”: This is a church’s re-enactment to give people a deeper understanding of the social and cultural context of Christmas in the days of Jesus. Interesting experience!
Houses decorated for Christmas: You have to see it to believe how some houses are elaborately decked out in lights. And the newspaper would feature a list of must-see houses for people to visit. We visited 5 houses in 1 night just to soak in the Christmas mood – people milling around the streets, homeowners giving out lollies, appearance of santa at some houses etc.
Christmas Eve Dinner: In this virtual age, snail mail has become a luxury. So thanks to those of you who made the extra effort to send us cards. A special shout-out to Wendy and BB who surprised us with gifts in the mailbox.
On Christmas Day: We set off on a scenic drive along the Indian Ocean, visiting different beaches and finally, stopping to watch the beautiful sunset @City Beach.