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漸漸成形。。。 Taking shape gradually…

 

今天又与建堂委员,还有建筑工程代表等等开会。。。
一般上,我对这些一窍不通,通常也不会有什么兴趣,但上帝却把这重任交给我,所以我一定要负责任。。。

Today I had another meeting with the committee and the representatives of our construction work…
Generally I have no knowledge in this area and normally I would not be interested in such thing too, but God has assigned me to this task, so I have to undertake it responsibly…

 

 

感谢主的恩典,让我身边有很棒、很同心的领袖、委员等等协助,我们才能顺利进行这庞大的建堂计划。
Thank God for His grace that He gave me very capable, one-hearted leaders, committee etc to assist me, only then could we proceed smoothly with this mighty project.

 

 

每次巡视了建筑工程,你只能感恩上帝如此恩待我们。。。
After inspecting the construction work each time, you can only give thanks to God for being so gracious to us…

 

 

看起来已经是很大的建筑物,渐渐成形,事实是,它只不过是第一期,都还没有第二期的一半!
所以等所有的建筑工程完成,我们会更感恩上帝如此怜悯我们!

What already looks like a huge building gradually taking shape is in fact just the first stage, it is not even half the size of the second stage!
So when the entire construction is completed, we will be even more grateful to God for His mercy on us!

 

第一期应该在九月份就会完成,届时我们就可以先搬进来新家了!你们兴奋吗?
Stage one should be completed by September, by that time we can move into our new home already! Are you excited?

 

 

期待与兴奋的当儿,可不要忘了常为建堂劳碌奔波的委员和领袖们祷告,也要越发感恩与顺服啊!
绝对不要忘了,你们能够舒服享受,都是因为有人在背后辛苦工作。。。

While you are full of expectancy and excitement, do not ever forget to pray for the committee and leaders who are working very hard for our church-building, and be even more grateful and obedient!
Never ever forget, behind your comfort and enjoyment, there are people working hard for you…

 

超可爱小小赛跑选手。。。 Super cute little runner…

那天,11月28日(星期一),教会老老少少一早就集聚在千禧运动场,大家为着蒙福家庭欢乐日感到兴奋。除了一些赛跑项目,也有各组游戏比赛。通常在这种日子,你会看到弟兄姊妹们一般上你看不到的一面,真的可以破冰与促进感情交流!

That day, November 28th (Mon), young and old from church gathered very early at Jubilee Ground, everybody was excited about Blessed Family Fun Day. Apart from some running events, we also had games competitions for groups. Normally during occasion like this, you could see the sides of brothers and sisters which otherwise you would not see at some other time. It was really an ice-breaker and it really fostered closer relationship!

这一天,我们注意到一个小英雄。。。
That day, we noticed a little hero…

 

四岁小男孩,除了长得那么可爱,还有什么其它东西那么特别呢?
让人很惊讶的,他竟然参加男子组800米公开赛!
有注意到他在那里吗?那些大人也真够坏心,竟然把他挤到最外面一圈!!
工作人员也很坏心!
Little 4-year old boy, apart from having a cute look, what else is there so special about him?
Very surprisingly, he actually took part in the 800m male open race!
Can you see where he is? How terrible of those adults to squeeze him to the outer most circle!!
The volunteer workers were also so bad!

 

开跑之前,他很专心的听哥哥的指示。。。
Before running, he listened very carefully to big brother’s instruction…

 

然后他就很认真的凝视着前方。。。你看他满脸的斗志!
你一定在想,他一定跑一下就停了,哪有可能跑完两圈!
Then he looked at the distance ahead with such seriousness… look at that determination on his face!
You must be thinking, he wold surely stop after running a while, there was no way he could finish running two rounds!

 

你可不要搞错,这不知谁家的小孩,他可不轻言放弃!
你看下面一张,他虽然落在人后,他还是追赶上来!
Make no mistake! This little wonder-whose-kid-he-is, has got real guts to not give up easily!
Look at the picture below, though he was falling behind, he was still trying to catch up!

 

请再看他怎样一步一步超越他前面的大人和大哥哥,那可是第二圈的时候!
哇,真的是太厉害了!
Please see how he overtook the adult and older kids in front of him step by step, and that was the second round!
Boy, that was so very impressive!

 

而且刚才指示他的哥哥已经跑到很痛苦了,他却还充满冲劲!
And the older brother brother who instructed him just now was already agonizing and yet he was still running full force!

 

最终他终于得着胜利和如雷掌声。。。
Finally he was triumphant and received thunderous applause…

 

当然马上有一群粉丝涌上来,争着要与他拍照。。。
可是我看得出,在这里,他很痛苦。。。
And of course immediately a swarm of fans fought to take photos with him…
But I can see, here, he is really suffering…

“照片背景”项目优胜者!! Winners for “Photos Background” category!!

上一次给你们公布了安慰奖,现在这是由专家挑选出“照片背景”的前七名优胜者。。。

I showed you the consolation prize winners the other time, now the following are the top seven winners chosen by the experts for “photos background” category…

第七名 / No. 7 : 叛军 / The Rebels

 

第六名 / No. 6 : 乞丐帮 / The Beggars Syndicate

 

第五名 / No.5 : 牛郎牛女 / Cowboys and cowgirls

 

第四名 / No.4 : 我从山中来 / I Come From The Hills

 

至于前三名啊。。。对不起,太迟了,头有点痛,我该去睡了。。。慢一点再给你们公布吧。。。
As for the 1st three positions… I’m sorry, it’s really late now, and I have a slight headache, must go and sleep now… will announce that some other time…

考试奇景(2):乐龄也不放过。。。 Amazing Bible Test pictures (2): Not letting the elderly go too…

同样是老人家,为什么有些会患上老人痴呆症,而有些却不会?
你们有没有想过为什么有些学者、生意人、政治家等等,虽然年龄很大,却还头脑清晰、办事精明?反观有些闲在家,或“退休”无所事事的老人家记忆力极速衰退,甚至出现严重痴呆状况?

当然这有不同因素,但据我观察,其中一个很明显的原因是使用头脑的多与少所造成。。。
身为一个牧者,我其中一个心愿是看到教会的“老人痴呆”情况降低;所以我“逼”老人家也要考试,看起来很残忍,可是却对他们很有益,而且我们教会的老人家也乐于尝试。。。

All are equally elderly but why do some become senile while others not?
Have you ever thought as to why some scholars, business people, politicians etc, though elderly, their mind is still very clear and they are still very capable in doing things? In contrary, some who are very free at home or those already “retired” having nothing to do seem to suffer from severe memory losses, and even become seriously senile?

Of course there are many different reasons, but from my own observation, one of the most obvious reasons has to do with how much you are using your brains…
As a pastor, one of my desires is to see the “senile” condition of the church greatly reduced, that is why I “force” the elderly folks to sit for the test too! It might appear cruel, but it is really good for them, and our church’s elderly folks are very happy to participate too…

我们福建语和客家语团契基本上都是老人家。。。我们忠心的阿喜是福建团契团长,当晚他带领敬拜,右边为李肯尼弟兄翻译成客家语。。。他们都是我心爱与得力的助手。。。
The majority of the members in the Hokkien and Hakka Fellowships in our church are old people… Our faithful Ah Hee is the Hokkien Leader, he was leading the praise and worship that night, on his right is brother Kenny interpreting into Hakka… They are both my beloved and capable helpers…

我跟老人家说思想神的话语的老人就会头脑清晰,不容易痴呆;我也常常这样子告诉我妈,看我大哥在旁也很认真指示妈有关乐龄的特别考卷。。。
I told the old folks their mind will be clear if they meditate on the word of God, then it is not easy to become senile; I often tell my mum that too, see how serious my eldest brother was in instructing my mum concerning our special test paper for the elderly…

乐龄的是特别考卷,比较简单,再加上他们多数不识字,所以我需要把考题和答案一一的又读又演给他们看,他们才会哈哈大笑的回答。。。但有些还是会乱乱回答,因从来没读过书,对考试毫无概念可言。。。
The Senior Citizens’ Paper is simpler, and as many of them are illiterate, I had to recite and act out each question and answer so they could answer amidst their laughter… but some would still simply answer as they had never been to school and totally have no concept of what a test is whatsoever…

但看大家认真的神情,你就知道他们都是很看重神的话,和很谦卑与顺服的老人家了。。。
But seeing how serious they all were, you would know they value God’s word, and they are very humble and obedient old people…

这位是我们最忠心的福建语元老,颜叔叔,从一开始就在福建语团契服事了。。。
And this is Uncle Gan, our most faithful pioneer who was there at the Hokkien Fellowship from the very beginning…

这是他的爱人,我们称她颜姨姨。。。
And this is his beloved whom we call Aunty Gan…

不止福建语和客家语,这位可需要福州语的翻译。。。
Not just Hokkien and Hakka, this one needed Foochow interpretation…

84岁的月莲阿姨赞美时也常蹦蹦跳跳。。。
Aunty Yue Lian is 84 and she normally dances and jumps too during praise…

嗯。。。这两位是在互相帮忙吗?
Hmm… are these two helping each other?

个个专注的都不知道给人偷拍了。。。
All so focussed till they did not realize their photos were secretly taken…

下面还有一些。。。很感动吧?愿耶和华大大记念这些单纯的老人家,阿们!
Some more below… very touching, right? May the Lord greatly bless these innocent elderly folks, Amen!

考试奇景(1)。。。 Amazing Bible Test pictures (1)…

这教会有个奇特的现象,有时候小组聚会还没那么多人,怎么考试反而个个都到了?哈哈!
This church has an interesting phenomenon, sometimes there aren’t that many people coming to house group meetings, but how come all turned up for the test? Haha!

简直是座无虚席!
Really no space for everyone!

从台上考到台下。。。
From the stage to the ground…

从楼上到楼下。。。
From upstairs till downstairs…

楼下到楼上。。。
Downstairs to upstairs…

看哪,弟兄和睦同居,是何等地善,何等地美。。。老同学。。。
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity… old classmates…

王看见写字的指头就变了脸色,心意惊惶。。。
The king watched the hand as it wrote. His face turned pale and he was so frightened…

哲士都不能读那文字,也不能把讲解告诉王。。。
All the wise men could not read the writing or tell the king what it meant…

你看那眼神,分明是在偷看旁边人的答案。。。
Look at the eyes, he was clearly peeping at the answers of his neighbour…

呃。。。这位就是厕所里的春天。。。
Err… this one is “The Spring” in the toilet…

还有很多感人及有趣照片,敬请期待。。。
There are many more touching and funny photos, please wait patiently…

好啦!圣经考试考题出完啦!!Alright!! All questions for the Bible Test set!!

用了很多天,绞尽脑汁,眼镜也换了几副。。。终于!!!圣经考试考题都出完了!!!
但我还要从头开始翻译成英语啊!!!有人自愿帮忙吗??
After so many days, squeezing my brain juice, changing so many pairs of glasses… finally!!! The Bible Test questions are all set!!!
But I still need to translate everything to English from the very beginning!!!! Anyone volunteers to help??

好啦,以下是便这次每课考题与分数的分配,以让你们最后的冲刺和温习晓得着重在哪几课。。。很好心吧?
但记得呀,神的话多读永远也不会亏损的!!!少读当然是大大吃亏啦!
Ok, below are the allocation of questions and marks for each lesson, so in your final effort and revision, you would know where to focus more… very kind, right?
But remember, you will never suffer any loss for reading more of God’s Word!!! But you will be losing much if you do not read enough!

这次选择题总共有80题,占80分:
This time there will be 80 multiple choice questions, total 80 marks:

(1) 大卫的音乐 / David’s music : 23 题/qns

(2) 墙上的字 / The writing on the wall : 25 题/qns

(3) 真正的成功 / True success : 21 题/qns

(4) 论财利 / With regard money and wealth : 4 题/qns

(5) 为复兴同心合意 / Join together with one heart for revival : 7 题/qns

(6) 剩下的20分是填充题,那20分简直是送的,福建人讲“容易到漏赛”。。。
The remaining 20 marks will be for the “fill-in-the-blanks” questions, those 20 marks are literally giveaway, as the Hokkien would say “easy till lau-sai”…

开心了吧?看吧,我变得又善良又慈祥了,哈哈哈。。。
Happy now? See, I’ve become so good and kind, hahaha…

很认真的对你说,有延期吗。。。? Very seriously telling you, is it postponed…?

这么认真的看着你,绝对有答案了。。。

其实,我很被你们感动!感动的是,无论要延期或不要延期的,都可以看到你们对考试的认真。。。
有好一些人的选择都是担心考的那一天他们没有在,这实在很难得!这种教会哪里找?
谢谢你们给我的鼓励,牧养你们真的很安慰!

但老实说,无论我怎样做决定,都会有人欢喜、有人愁。。。但我相信你们都是顺服的绵羊,一定像大卫一样不会攻击我,对不对?
那到底答案是。。。?

1)有一些人已经预备好了,若延期,对他们好像有点不公平。。。但这些已经预备好的会否动慈心去怜悯还没预备好的呢?

2)我们也不能全然怪还没预备的人,因为毕竟离考试还有一个星期,有些人太早预备也会忘记的。

3)从昨晚到下个星期几乎天天都有节目,而且我也希望你们绝对出席星期四和五在富丽华和 The Spring 的圣诞表演,当然还有星期六的祷告会等等。。。所以这星期我们真的会很忙,很难专心和影响温习的时间和心情,我们也要顾及到为这些节目日夜排练的弟兄姐妹的劳苦和摆上。。。

4)如果下星期二考,的确比较多人没有在,而且星期二不比星期五多人出席。

5)再加上我昨天才发现原来我们上一次考试是今年二月!所以今年已考过一次了,加上种种以上因素我才泛起延迟这次考试的念头。。。

6)我本身会认为延期反应、成绩、时间等等会比较理想。。。所以暂决定延迟到明年一月14日(五)才考。

7)至于那一天不方便或不能考的,非常抱歉,但你们可跟同工另作安排解决问题;至于已经为这次考试拿假的(我没想到你们会这么做),希望问题也能解决。。。

最后,希望大家能体谅,也但愿大家都是拥有大卫的心的绵羊。。。上帝赐福你!

Looking at you so seriously, surely there is an answer now…

Actually I am very touched by you all! Touched, because no matter you want postponement or not, I can see you all are very serious about the test…
Many of you are concerned because you are afraid that you might not be here on the day of the test, this is so precious!
Where can you find a church like this? Thanks for all your encouragement, it is really comforting shepherding all of you!

But honestly, whichever way I decide, some will be happy and some will be sad… but I believe you are all obedient sheep, you will be just like David and will not attack me, right?
Then the answer is…?

1) Some people have already prepared, it will be kind of unfair to them if we postpone… but will these people show compassion and mercy on those who have not prepared?

2) We cannot completely blame those who have not prepared because after all there is still another week before the test, and if prepare too early, some will forget what they have studied too.

3) Since last night till next week, we almost have programmes everyday, and I also hope you all will definitely attend our Christmas performances at Boulevard and The Spring on Thursday and Friday respectively, and of course Saturday prayer meeting etc… So this week, we will really be very busy. It will be hard to concentrate and will affect revision time and mood, plus we must consider those brothers and sisters who sacrifice and practise so hard day and night for these programmes…

4) If we have the test next Tuesday, indeed more people will not be around, and the turnout on Tuesday is not as good as Friday.

5) Also, I just realized yesterday that our last test was in February this year! So we already had a test this year, and together with all the other reasons above, I started thinking about postponing the test this time…

6) Personally, I think the response, result and time etc will be better if we postpone… so I have decided to postpone it tentatively to January 14th (Friday) next year.

7) As for those inconvenienced by this or who cannot come on that day, I sincerely apologize to you, but you can arrange with our staff to solve the problem; as for those who have already applied leave for this test (I didn’t expect that), I hope the problem can be solved too…

Finally, I hope you all understand and wish you all are sheep with David’s heart… God bless you!

你看,解释到头发都乱了!
See, my hair is all messed up after explaining!

圣经考试应该延期吗。。。? Should the Bible Test date be postponed…?

坐在办公室正准备出考题,突然拿起今年的日历看看,发现原来今年二月我们才考过一次。。。
又想想,这几个礼拜大家都那么忙,会有时间或能很专心温习吗?

Sitting in my office preparing to set the test questions, I suddenly took up my calendar to have a look and realized we already had a test in February this year…
And I thought, these few weeks everyone has been so busy, will they have time or can they concentrate on their revision?

所以我在想是否该延期到明年1月14日再考?你们说呢?
So I’m thinking now whether I should postpone it till say January 14th next year? What say you?

好吧,我把决定交在你们手中,基于每一次都有至少1500人参与考试,那如果我今天(12月21日)午夜十二点之前收到10%,即150人的留言说“延期!”,我就延期。。。所以看你们了!不要延期的当然也可以留言说“不要延期!”,哈哈!!
要留言在这网站哦,Facebook 不算!

Alright, I’ll hand over the decision into your hand. Since we often have at least 1500 people sitting for the test, so if I receive 10% of the number i.e. 150 people leaving comments saying “Postpone!” before 12 midnight tonight (Dec 21st), then I will postpone… So it depends on you now! But of course if you don’t want it to be postponed, you can also leave a comment saying “Don’t postpone!”, haha!!
Must comment here in this website, Facebook not counted!

这考场。。。太夸张了吧?! This exam venue… really over the top!!

我们去年太多活动,错过了常年全教会圣经考试。。。
我非常耿耿于怀,所以今年一开始就补回来,而且今年应该会考至少两次!
为了让弟兄姐妹们能安心过年,所以我就赶在上个星期五(2月5日)给他们第一轮考试。。。
下一轮还没定几时,但放心啦,不会这么快,所以快快乐乐过年去,哈哈。。。

Last year we had so many activities till we missed our yearly Bible Test for the whole church…
I feel rather bad about that, so right at the start of the year, I quickly had a replacement test and this year we should have at least two tests!
In order to let our brothers and sisters have a worry-free new year celebration, I rushed to give them the first test last Friday (Feb 5th)…
I have not fixed the date for the second test yet, but don’t worry too much about it, it won’t be so soon, so just enjoy your new year happily, haha….

礼拜天我告诉会众说,我们常年考试的画面真的是世界奇观,这话一点都不会太夸张。。。你自己看看就好!
On Sunday I told the church the scene of our yearly test is one of the wonders of the world, I wasn’t exaggerating… just take a look for yourselves!

这是楼下大堂考场。。。
This is the downstairs main sanctuary exam hall…

楼下坐满了,就挤到楼上副堂。。。
When downstairs was packed, they squeezed into the upstairs overflow room…

副堂也挤满了,怎么办?。。。就坐在厕所外面。。。哎哟,男厕的门还开着,不臭吗?
Ant the overflow room was also packed, how?… just sat outside the toilets…
Oh dear, the male toilet’s door was open, was it not smelly?

里面都坐满了。。。就跑到办公室外面。。。
Inside all full… then outside the office…

或大门口。。。
or at the main door…

楼梯也可以。。。
Even the stairs were occupied…

或者外面的走廊。。。
or the corridor outside…

甚至水沟旁。。。
even beside the drain…

一些组长领袖们得以在办公室里考。。。
Some leaders were allowed to sit for the exam in the office…

总区长和大区长也不能幸免。。。他们在牧师办公室里考。。。以身作则。。。
The top area leaders were not exempted too… they sat for the test in Pastor’s office… leadership by example…

这就是我们的教会,这就是神的恩典,神所赐合而为一的心,我们一定要竭力保守,阿们!
This is our church, this is God’s grace, the unity of hearts God has given us, we must make every effort to preserve it, Amen!