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團體照比賽成績:(1)照片背景 Group photos contest result: (1) Background view

首先公布 (1) “照片背景” 比赛的成绩,恭喜以下得奖者:
First, I’ll announce the result of the contest on (1) “Background view”, congratulations to the winners below:

 

以上都是安慰奖,每组可得至少RM5或RM10奖金(未定),稍后再公布前7名名单,谢谢!
All the above are consolation prize winners, each group will get at least RM5 or RM10 reward (not confirmed yet), will announce the top 7 winners later, thanks!

 

蒙福青少团团体照比赛-道歉启事及报告! Blessed YA and Youth Fellowship group photos contest – Apology and announcements!

首先要跟大家道歉,从去年九月比赛迟至今天尚未公布成绩。。。
但我确实把你们的照片带到世界各地寻求灵感:新加坡、台湾、加拿大、美国等等,一点都不夸张!
终于,我有专家筛选及评估的成绩在手了!看我对你们有多认真。。。

First and foremost, I must apologize to you all for since the contest held in Sepetember last yaer till now, the results have not been announced…
But I did really bring all your photos all over the globe with me looking for inspiration: Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, USA etc, and I’m NOT exaggerating!
Finally, I have the results after expert selections and analysis in my hand! See how serious I am with you guys…

 

现在,在我手中已有的成绩,经专家评估及确定,而且不会更改的,涵盖以下几个部分:
(注:每一项都有奖励第一至第七名,我们有十六张参赛照片)

Now in my hand I have results decided after experts’ opinion and confirmation, these results will not be altered, they include the following categories:
(Note: Prizes will be given to No.1 to No.7 for each category)

(1) 照片背景 / Background view (5)

(2) 创意姿势摆法 / Creative pose arrangement (5)

(3) 摄影技巧 / Photographic skill (5)

(4) 画面构思 / Picture idea (5)

(5) 印象感觉 / Impression and feeling (5)

(6) 总分 / Total marks (25)

所以,在还没公布成绩之前,先给你们看看以下照片,你认为谁会在每个项目中会脱颖而出?
另,我会设另一个比赛,就是借着我的网站让人投票选出自己最喜欢的照片,至于规则等等,将会在下一篇报告。。。

So, before I announce the results, take a look at the following photos first, who do you think will stand out and win in each of the categories mentioned above?
Also, I am organizing another contest, that is to have people voting their favourite photo through my website here, as for rules etc, I will announce in my next post…

 

 

 

 

 

 

特别讲员-南非夫人,莉荙。麦飞森和儿子耶儿徒。。。 Special speakers – Mrs. South Africa, Retah & son, Aldo McPherson

来自上帝的信息,带来悔改、信心、盼望、渴慕。。。
Messages from God that bring repentance, faith, hope and hunger…

那天,我们哭了。。。 That day, we cried…

哭有时,笑有时;哀恸有时,跳舞有时。。。
-传道书三章四节-

There is a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance…
– Ecclesiastes 3:4 –

那天,我们哭了。。。
眼泪是上帝给的,有时候眼泪是应该流的。。。
哭泣未必每次都是懦弱的表现,很多时候在人前掉泪是需要勇气的。。。

That day, we cried…
God gave us tears, there are times when tears must flow…
It is not always weak to cry, many times it takes courage just to shed a tear in front of others…

 

那天,我们发现我们都很爱田圣。。。
虽然田圣不善于表达情感,我相信他有感受到那份爱。。。
爱带来力量和盼望。

That day, we realized we love Daniel very much…
Though Daniel is not an expressive person, I believe he could feel that love too…
Love brings strength and hope.

 

 

可能有些人不太赞同基督徒丧礼有伤心落泪时刻,他们认为说圣徒死了是回天国,是好事,所以不需要难过。
讲这种话的人往往是“过于属灵”而不切实际,仿佛信了主就没了感情一样。我才不相信他们本身没有伤心难过的时刻!
一些父母送孩子到国外留学都舍不得到哭得稀里哗啦,更何况是生离死别呢?

保罗在罗马书十二章15节也说:与喜乐的人要同乐;与哀哭的人要同哭。。。
可见我们需要理解人伤心的感受,而不是“超属灵”还加以论断,那既不敏感也欠缺爱心,绝对不是神所提倡。

Perhaps some people do not quite agree with shedding tears of sadness at a Christian funeral for they think that when believers die, they are returning to heaven; since that is a good thing so we do not need to feel sad. And I do not believe they themselves will not have moments of sadness and tears!
People who speak like that are normally “over-spiritual” till not realistic or practical, as if our human emotions disappear after believing in Jesus.
Some parents would cry buckets of tears even when sending their children overseas to further their studies, what more to say in a life and death situation?

Paul said in Romans 12:15 : Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn…
This shows that we must appreciate and understand a person’s sad feelings, and not be “hyper-spiritual” to judge, that would be too insensitive and lacking in love, definitely not something God promotes.

所以那天我们哭了。。。
所以那天我们没有掩饰我们的眼泪。。。
所以那天我们没有假装我们没有心碎。

So we wept that day…
So we did not hide our years that day…
So we did not pretend we were not heart-broken that day.

 

那天天空也哭了,
但我们知道雨后一定天晴,
彩虹是雨后才会出现。。。
那天我们在伤痛中看到了爱。。。

That day the sky wept as well,
but we know there is always sunshine after the rain,
and rainbow only appears after the rain…
That day we saw love in the midst of sorrows…

 

我们也知道哀伤的田圣最后还是会喜乐,因为妈妈最想看到的还是田圣的笑容。。。
我们知道有那么多人爱和支持的田圣会重拾笑容。。。
我们也已看到田圣勇敢的面对,勇敢的继续走下去。。。
加油,田圣,我们爱你!

And we know the sorrowful Daniel would become joyful again, because it was his smile that mum loved to see best…
And we know with so many people loving and supporting him, Daniel would regain his smiles…
And we have alreay seen Daniel facing it boldly and carrying on courageously…
Fight on, Daniel, we all love you!

 

那天,我不知该说什么。。。 That day, I did not know what to say…

我还在睡觉,我的电话响起,本不想接,因为我在雅加达,长途电话很贵。。。可是电话声没停止,我接了。
是田圣表哥,我以为他要谈油漆的事情,可是不是。
他说联络不上在台湾的田圣,问我有办法吗。。。然后他突然哭出来说,田圣他妈妈今早突然去世了!
我如梦初醒,一时无法回神,呆了一下,不知如何回应。。。

他托我联络及告诉田圣。
我脑子里一片凌乱,被各样念头充斥着:懊恼、沮丧、自责、后悔、伤痛、困惑。。。
神啊!我该如何跟田圣报告这消息?他也只不过回到台湾两天而已。。。这就发生了!

联络上了,我告诉他家里有事,你要马上订飞机票回来。他说发生什么事?谁出事情?我一时不知如何回答。。。
他继续问说是妈妈吗?我说是。
他说妈妈怎样了?我鼓起勇气轻轻的说,妈妈走了。。。
他反应说:真的吗?然后就变得很安静、很安静。。。
我还能说什么?我还能做什么?心里不断呼求主来安慰、来掌管。。。

I was still sleeping, my phone rang, I did not want to answer because I was still in Jakarta, long distance calls are expensive…. but it did not stop so I answered.
It was Daniel’s cousin, I thought he wanted to talk about the paint but no.
He said he could not manage to get Daniel who was in Taiwan and asked for my help… Then suddenly he burst out crying and said Daniel’s mother had just passed away suddenly that morning!
I was like rudely awakened from my dream and shocked, my mind could not compute and I was stunned! I did not know how to respond…

He asked for my help to contact and inform Daniel.
My mind was still confused and mixed with all kinds of thoughts: perplexity, sadness, self-blame, regret, pain, confusion…
O God, how am I going to tell Daniel? He had only returned to Taiwan barely two days ago… and now this happened!

I got in touch with him. I told him something happened at home and asked him to book the air ticket to fly home immediately. He asked me as to what happened and who? I did not know how to answer…
He continued asking: is it mother? I said yes.
He asked what happened to mother? I gathered up my courage and said softly, mum has left…
He responded with: Is it true? And immediately became very quiet, very quiet…
What else could I say? What else could I do? I just kept crying out to the Lord in my heart to comfort and take charge…

我叫祖听电话,我们开始一切联络,安排机票等等。
虽然田圣说他可以自己飞回来,我还是要祖陪他回来;刚好我也那天由吉隆坡转机回古晋,我就换迟一点的班机在吉隆坡等他们。
见面时,都是很沉默,我只能抱他一下,把手搭在他肩上,一直静静坐在他身边。。。
除了勉强说出几句慰问和鼓励的话,我也没有话好说了,因为我知道人说什么都无济于事,只有神的灵和神的爱才能真正医治和安慰。

I asked Jaydon to take over the phone, we started arranging for everything, air tickets and so on.
I wanted Jaydon to fly home with Daniel even though Daniel said he would come back alone. I happened to be transitting to Kuching at KL airport too that day, so I changed to a latter flight to wait for them there in KL.
When we met, it was all very silent. I could only give him a hug and after that just put my hand on his shoulder and sat beside him quietly throughout…
Apart from forcing a few words of comfort and encouragement, I had nothing else to say as I knew human words could not do anything, only the Spirit and the love of God could minister true healing and comfort.

抵达古晋机场已经半夜了,好多弟兄姐妹都来接机。他没打招呼,也没跟任何人说话,我们就直接开车往殡仪馆。
他一下车就走向棺木瞻仰母亲遗容,没有哭、没有声音,就站在那边看着母亲好久好久。他一动也不动,手指紧抓住棺木边缘。。。
我也只能站在他的身后陪着他,我头脑一片空白,我没有话好说。。。单单看着他的背影,我的心也碎了。

When we arrived in Kuching, it was already midnight, may brothers and sisters were there waiting at the airport. He did not greet or talk to anyone. We went straight to the funeral parlour.
As soon as he got out of the car, he walked straight to the casket and just looked at his mother’s face. He did not cry, he did not make a sound, he just stood there looking at his mum for a very long time. He did not move at all, his fingers holding tightly to the edge of the casket…
I could only stand behind him to accompany him, I had nothing to say, my mind was blank… Just by looking at his back, my heart broke to pieces.

一段时间过后,他允许我载他回家梳洗了再倒回殡仪馆守夜。
我永远不会忘记他走进他与妈妈共用了二十七年的小房间的情景。。。
他一走进去,就停下来站在那边,一直注视着妈妈的床,妈妈的一些衣物还在床上,他站在那边注视妈妈的床好久好久,然后瘫坐在地上,一直注视着地上,没有哭,没有说话,没有动。。。
然后他静静的叫我也先回家梳洗,他说让他自己安静一下。

After some time had passed, he allowed me to send him home to wash and to later come back to the funeral parlour again to watch the night.
I will never forget that scenario when he walked into that small room he had shared with his mother for 27 years…
As soon as he entered, he just stopped and stood there staring at his mother’s bed, some of her clothings were still on the bed. He stood there staring at the bed for a long time, then he slumped and sat on the floor. There he was staring at the ground for a long time too, not crying, not speaking, not moving…
Then he quietly told me to go home to wash myself too, and said he would like to be alone for a while.

我来回的路上都不断祷告。主啊,只有你能够安慰,只有你能够鼓励。。。
再倒回殡仪馆陪他的时候,他开始能跟我们讲一点点话了。
我很安慰,我们几个人陪他守夜到天亮。。。

那天,我感到很无助,我不知该说什么。
我只能求神的灵来动工,求神的爱来安慰。
我也只能把手放在他肩膀上,让他知道他身边还有上帝,还有我。。。

On my way to and fro, I prayed continually. O Lord, only You can comfort, only You can encourage…
When we came back to the funeral parlour, he could begin to speak a little to us.
I was comforted. A few of us stayed with him till morning…

That day, I felt very helpless, I did not know what to say.
I could only pray for the Spirit of God to come and work, and for the love of God to comfort.
All I could do was to put my hand on his shoulder to let him know God is always there with him, and I will always be there for him too…

 

例外人拆夥?! The Remnant split?!

看了这些照片,有些人很好奇的问例外人不是有四个人吗?怎么只有这两个出现。。。??
是不是有什么变动?是不是拆夥了或成立新组合,男版”Twins”?

After seeing these photos, some were curious and asked were not there four members for The Remnant? How come only two appeared…??
Was there any reshuffling? Have they split or formed new group, the male “Twins”?

 

真的,也只有他们两位出现在类似“新闻发布会”什么的。。。到底发生什么事?
他们在发表什么呢?证实拆夥吗?

It’s true, only the two of them appeared for this seemingly “press interview” or something… what happened?!
What were they announcing? Official split?

哇!你看上面一张,田圣好像不打鼓了,反而开口唱歌呢!
真的难得看到田圣开金口,还笑得那么灿烂!难道拆夥了还真比较开心吗?

Wow! Look at the above, looks like Daniel is not playing drums anymore and is singing instead!
Indeed it’s hard to see Daniel open his mouth, and he seemed to be smiling so happily! Is it really much happier to split?

 

看他们两个好像合作的挺愉快的。。。
They both seem to be very happy working together as a team…

 

促成只有他们两人出现在这场合的,原来是这两位幕后老板!
Behind the scene, it was these two bosses who orchestrated the appearance of only these two in this function!

 

 

到底是怎么一回事呢?那天可怜的丘历和阿保到底在哪里呢?
其实那天他们俩正过着逍遥自在,没有政府管辖的日子。。。
What actually happened? Where were poor Danny and Rambo that day?
Actually they were enjoying themselves without government control then…

哦,我的宝贝,宝贝。。。 Oh my baby, baby…

例外人的“宝贝”(Baby)。。。真的很不错!!请介绍及传出去。。。

Liwairen (The Remnant)’s “Baby”… Really not bad!! Please share and spread to others…

溶化我心的笑容。。。 Smiles that melt my heart…

 

2011年3月19-21日,我们到了彭亨州一个小镇直凉布道。。。
直凉人口据说不超过两万人,是我自己告诉我的好友石和何牧师夫妇我要去的。
去直凉的路途中,我的肉体已开始后悔了,因为我们午夜十一点半才从云顶出发,车程越两小时,山路“曲折崎岖”,予人一路想吐的感觉。
我也非常怀疑开车的弟兄曾经是F1车赛的选手,开车真的比云顶的过山车还要刺激!连酷酷的田圣坐在后座也突然间静静的自己绑起安全带。。。

March 19-21, 2011, we went to a little town in Pahang called Triang for evengelistic meetings…
I was told Triang has less than 20,000 people in population, I was the one who told Pastor Chok and Ho (husband and wife) myself that I wanted to go there.
On the way to Triang, my flesh started regretting because we only started our journey from Genting at 11:30 midnight. The journey took about two hours and it was winding and hilly, it gave you the feeling of wanting to throw up all the time.
I seriously suspected the brother who drove us there as an ex-F1 racer, his driving was really more exciting than Genting’s roller-coaster! Even our cool Daniel Tian Sheng sitting at the back suddenly got up to fasten his seat belt quietly…

这次直凉之行的高潮可以说是最后一天,21日在我们前往机场之前被邀请到直凉中学分享。。。
校长希望每个学生都有宗教信仰,因据说有些学生蛮叛逆的,连校长讲话也不怕;所以我们就迫切祷告,求上帝感动孩子们安静聆听神的话语,让神的爱触摸他们。。。
从照片你就可以看得出神听了我们的祷告,当天这群学生真的很礼貌,品行都很好,个个都很专心听讲,也不捣乱吵闹。。。给直凉的学生们一个掌声!!
你们让我们留下很好的印象,让我们不介意再一次坐过山车来看你们!

The climax of the trip this time to Triang was the last day, the 21st, we were invited to share at the secondary school there before going to the airport…
The principal hopes that every student will have a religious belief because we heard that some students are quite rebellious, they are not even afraid when the principal is talking; so we prayed earnestly that God would touch and cause them to quietly listen to the word of God, and be moved by the love of God…
From the photos you can tell that God heard our prayer, the students were well-behaved and polite, they all listened attentively and did not cause trouble at all… let us give the Triang students a round of applause!!
You have given us a very good impression, and we do not mind taking the roller-coaster to come visit you again!

 

虽然没有冷气和很好的舞台及音响设备,我们仍然卖力的演唱及分享,因为无论在什么状况下,都要把最好的献给神!
感动的是看到学生们有所反应。。。
Though there was no air-conditioned system and proper stage and sounds facilities, we still did our best in performing and sharing because no matter in what situation, we must offer up the best to God! The touching part was to see responses from the students…

 

光看这些笑容,心里就有温暖和感动。。。
连老师似乎也很享受,还不断拍照呢!
Just by looking at their smiles, you can feel the warmth and be touched…
Even the teachers seemed to enjoy themselves, and kept taking pictures too!

最后很多位也回应愿意接受主的爱,也跟着我们诚心向主祷告。。。
求主记念直凉的百姓和这群学生们,让他们个个都得救、蒙恩又蒙福,阿们!

Towards the end, many responded to the love of God, and they prayed with us seriously to receive Him…
May God remember the people of Triang and all these students that they will all be saved and greatly blessed, Amen!

 

 

 

那也是宣教 - 雅加达 That’s also mission – Jakarta

一般上,提到宣教,很多基督徒就会联想乡村、偏僻地区、森林、沙漠,等等。。。
可是大城市、繁华都市也需要福音啊!
每个人有不同的恩赐和呼召,还在求学时我以为我最终会成为婆罗洲森林里的一位宣教士,但至今上帝仿佛是带领我到比较先进的地方,如二月底刚到过的雅加达。。。

Normally when we mention “mission”, many Christians would conjure up in their minds villages, remote places, jungles, desert, etc…
But big cities and busy metropolitans do need the Gospel too!
Everyone has different giftings and callings, when I was still a student I used to think I would end up being a missionary in the jungle of Borneo… but it seems till now, God has been leading me to more developed places, like Jakarta which I have just been at the end of February…

 

我的宣教住宿很舒服。。。这样可以吗?
My accommodation for the mission was very comfortable… is that allowed?

 

从所住的22楼看下去,有点难相信自己就在印尼,因为这住宅区还蛮西式的。。。
Looking down from the 22nd Floor where I was staying, a bit hard to believe I was actually in Jakarta because the residential area here seems quite western…

 

一眼望去就是大海,风景撩人。。。
You can just see the vast sea from the window, breath-taking view…

在家里很舒适安详,但其实印尼很多地方挺拥挤脏乱的,包括雅加达的街道,不是批评,只是报告。。。
哦,后面两姐妹是这公寓的主人,也是我印尼的助理和翻译员。。。前面的是毅伟,是我这一次从古晋带来的助手。
It is very comfortable and serene at home, but actually many places in Indonesia are very congested and dirty, including the streets of Jakarta, not criticizing, just reporting…
Oh, the two sisters at the back are the apartment’s owners, they are also my assistants and translators in Indonesia… the guy in front is Yi Wei, the assistant I brought from Kuching this trip.

 

印尼贫富悬殊差距很大。。。这是私人住宅,很夸张吧?跟我无关,拍照罢了。。。
There is a wide gap between the rich and the poor in Indonesia… this is a private residence, very extravagant huh? Nothing to do with me, just taking picture…

 

这种另一类宣教,除了好住,也很好吃呢!
This type of different style of mission, apart from good living, there was also good eating!

 

每天都被佳肴美食逼迫。。。引诱太大!
Persecuted by great food and cuisine each day… great temptation!

 

他们说我很瘦,要我吃胖一点,哈哈。。。
They said I’m very thin, they wanted me to eat more…

 

所以我就乖乖的吃、吃、又吃。。。
So I obediently ate, ate and ate…

 

我来宣教的对象。。。
My targeted audience for the mission…

 

他们都很专心聆听。。。
They were very attentive…

 

我有很棒的翻译员,杨晓娟姐妹。。。
I had a very good interpreter, sister Julie Wahab…

最开心是看到人回应主的呼召来信靠他。。。
The happiest thing is to see people responding to the Lord’s call to trust in Him…

 

这两位小朋友也在布道会中接受主。。。
These two boys received the Lord at the meeting too…

 

这次能来雅加达宣教还要谢谢这对可爱的夫妇的邀请,Adjito 和 Irene…
That I could come to Jakarta for mission this time, I must also thank the lovely couple who invited me, Adjito and Irene…

 

把自己隐藏起来。。。 Hide yourself…

有时候把自己隐藏起来是好的,不要过于炫耀自己,不要让注意力一直停留在自己身上。。。
要不然会很容易自满、骄傲,因而夺去上帝当得的荣耀;同时也会给自己增添很多不需要的压力。。。

Sometimes it is good to hide ourselves, and not over-exalting ourselves, don’t let ourselves be the focus of attention always…
Otherwise it is very easy to become conceited and arrogant and thus robbing God’s glory; at the same time it adds on unnecessary pressure on ourselves too…

 

其实在茫茫人海中,有几个人真正认识你?即使很多人知道你是谁,又怎样?
Actually in a sea of people, how many truly know who you are? Even if many do, so what?

 

再有名、再成功,最后也还不是长江后浪推前浪。。。最后你也会渐渐被遗忘的。。。
“经风一吹,便归无有,他的原处也不再认识他” - 诗103:16 -
No matter how famous or successful, in the end you will be overtaken by uprising talents too… and ultimately you will be forgotten too…
“the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.” – Psalm 103:16 –

 

被遗忘在一个角落,但感谢主,上帝始终会记得你是谁。。。
Forgotten in a corner, but thank God, He will always remember who you are…

 

但话虽如此,该站出来的时候还是要站出来,因为上帝造你是有原因和用处的。。。所以也不应该永远躲藏在别人背后。。。
But having said that, when you need to stand out, then you have to stand out, because God created us for a purpose and we are useful… So, we should not be hiding behind others all the time too…

 

再加上,上帝看我们始终是宝贵的,而我们的确是很有价值的。。。只要记得时刻感恩和把荣耀归给他就是了!
Furthermore, God sees us as precious always, and we are indeed very valuable… we just need to remember to give thanks and glory to Him always!

 

(给那些好奇的,照片是去年(2010)九月带例外人去澳门时拍的。
For those who are curious, the photos were taken last September(2010) when I brought The Remnant to Macau.)