因主耶稣的牺牲而谦卑 (Humbled Lives at His Disposal)

我们是否也愿意经历试炼并且坚持让神使用呢?

2018年6月22至30日,来自国大、南大还有SIM校园团契的我们五人一起前往泰北,与当地的宣教士和居民一同生活与服侍。我们在清莱住了四天,另外四天则在回中坡山上度过。我们透过活动让耕耘中心的少年人可以更了解彼此,同时也与我们建立关系;更重要的是,让他们更认识神。除了教导英语,我们在耕耘中心、回中坡幼儿园和清莱幼儿园也教了孩子们唱母亲节相关的歌曲并且做了些手工。此外,我们感恩有机会可以参加山上的家庭聚会、会友探访、为教会会友祷告,以及探访信望爱戒毒所和主爱之家孤儿院。

在这次短宣的过程中,神让我们学到无论是在节目策划或服侍的心态上,都不断地操练把最好的献上。上帝配得我们在百忙中仍然坚持尽力而不是草草了事。持之以恒的重要性特别彰显在我们每天的属灵操练里。透过每天的灵修和晚祷,我们有机会分享感恩的事项并以祷告卸下心里的重担。这看似很小的操练却让我们从神的话语中获得安息与属灵的喂养。当我们感到困惑泄气时,神的话语鼓励了我们,叫我们领悟到自己是多么需要神和祂的话语。神透过我们天天坚持与祂会面让我们在祂里面得以成长,并且使我们的侍奉与互动彰显祂自己在我们里面动的善工。

最后,我很感恩宣教士们愿意坦诚地与我们交流,让了他们的生活与见证大大地激励我们。春兰老师小心翼翼的驾驶和泉华老师爽快的笑声、平易近人和和蔼可亲的待人方式,都令我们难以忘怀。透过这次的接触,我发现宣教士并不是我想象中高高在上的超人,他们能够彰显基督,是因为他们愿意谦卑地献上生命给主用。我们是否也愿意以谦卑的心经历试炼并且坚持让神使用呢?

与少年人们在耕耘中心(Together with the youths at Geng Yun Centre)

与少年人一同游戏 (Playing a game with the youths)

English translation:

Are we willing to be further refined to be used by God?

From 22–30 June 2018, our humble team of five students, three from NUS, one from NTU and one from SIM, embarked on a journey of living and serving with the missionaries and communities in Northern Thailand. This trip was planned as a missions exposure for students from the Chinese CFs of NUS, NTU and SIM.

We spent four days each at the foot of Chiang Rai and in the mountains of Hui Zhong Po, engaging the youths at the youth centre in activities designed to forge stronger understanding and relationships among them, with us, and most importantly with God. At Chiang Rai and Hui Zhong Po Kindergarten, we led some ativities and also conducted English lessons. On the mountains of Hui Zhong Po we had the opportunity to join the evening family gatherings, as well as visit and pray for individuals and centres such as the Faith, Hope, Love drug rehabilitation centre, and an orphanage.

Through our experiences and the lives we met, God taught us about the need for commitment in missions. From preparation to the actual trip, from programme plans to our deeper attitudes towards God, commitment ensured we did not compromise on serving God with our best abilities, time and effort.

The importance of commitment was evident in our team’s daily spiritual disciplines. Morning devotions were done individually before we did it as a team. Evening prayers involved thanksgiving and praying for matters that weighed upon our hearts. Through these small commitments, we experienced tangible sustenance and rest through God’s Word. The Bible passages we encountered at specific points of our journey were so timely, it was more than mere coincidence. Especially when doubts or tiredness neared us, our effort to hold these commitments were part of God’s equipping and refining work in us, which flowed into how we served and interacted.

Lastly, the missionaries and their testimonies of God in their lives inspired us greatly. We will always remember Teacher Chun Lan’s nervous driving, calmed only through her reliance on Jesus to protect us through the narrow and crowded roads. Teacher Quan Hua’s hearty laughter at the smallest jokes and his presence among the individuals we met cheered us on. These were real people who shared meals and laughter with us, and with whom we shared a connection. We could see Christ clearly in their lives, but not in an overglorified fashion my mind used to imagine missionaries as. They were simply humbled lives willing to be used by God. 

The question then comes: Wherever we are, are we willing to be further refined and humbled to be used by God as well?

 

Written by Lum Yi, NUS for Impetus August 2018 ( FES E-newsletter)

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