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Thanksgiving in Africa

Grace Hwang
[Grace Hwang]
12/3/2007


Africans don’t celebrate Thanksgiving like we do annually. However, African Christians have to celebrate Thanksgiving in their daily life. The poverty makes them thank God for giving them their daily ugali (the cheapest staple food in Kenya). The fatality from AIDS and other diseases make them thank God for another day of life because they probably don’t have a tomorrow. To most missionary kids, Thanksgiving is the time of the year where we all can realize how blessed we really are. Although we do not have as wide of a selection of fancy foods and as many big parties as the great America has (I mean, it’s Africa, right!?), the sweet simplicities of the season helps us all be grateful in many ways that some people may never even care or think about because they have taken it for granted.

          In the mornings I am usually awaken by the incessant calls of the rooster next door. Although I admit that most of the time I am irritated by it, I am grateful that because of it, I do not have to depend on an alarm clock. When I get out of bed to have breakfast, I am thankful for the glass of water I am drinking that is clean enough so it will not give us any kind of disease (for the local people have to fetch the river water daily which is often dirtied with amoeba and bugs). Thank God for the toaster to warm up the bread and that the electricity is running so I am able to do so.

          On my morning walks there are many things I am privileged to have, especially since we live in the countryside. First of all, thank God for the breathtaking scenery we have here - the green gardens, the plentiful trees, the bright flowers, butterflies, crickets, and many more. Thank God for our thriving garden that has been untouched by monkeys or baboons. Thank God for the tranquility uninterrupted by city sounds and that I can cross the road in no time since there are not many cars. Thank God for our small restaurant, Mama Chiku’s, cluttered and dusty but homey, for a change instead of McDonald’s. Thank God that I can inhale the air deeply without coughing since the air is so crisp and fresh. Thank God that I am not working outside like the donkey pulling the extremely heavy load up the hill is.

          When we go to other missionaries’ houses for a Thanksgiving meal I thank God that they are friendly enough to share it especially with us - I thank them all for hosting us and ordering the pricey turkey a few months in advance for us! Thank God that when we drive to their houses there are no major traffic on the roads for crazy holiday rushes to the mall. Thank God for the cheerful fires inside houses instead of heaters, so we can save ourselves from the high electricity bill. Thank God that when we sit down at the table to eat that there are chairs and the floor is tiled or wooden (for some people only have worn down stools and a dirt floor!). Thank God that we can even have turkey and food items that are expensive and hard to get here in Kenya, like cranberry sauce. Finally, thank God for delicious homemade breads and pies instead of speedy store bought ones.   

          When I take a shower, thank God for the warm water that is available to us so that I do not have to fetch water from a spring and firewood as well like most local kids must do as a daily chore. When I go to bed, I thank God for the silence of the night undisturbed by noisy cars or stores. Thank God for the howling wind or pattering rain that lulls me to sleep every night. Thank God for the warmth of my bed and the blankets that I have, for some people only have a sack on the ground.

          Of course, there are many more that I have not mentioned; this is just a short portion of the list. But I am sure that whatever is on the list, no matter how obvious or simple the thanks might be, we all owe them to God for.


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將所遇到的各樣委屈都交託給主吧!祂會替我們作最好的處理。

2009年陳鐳牧師新春代禱信 
 

為印度教會緊急代禱─2008-9-23 
 

三峽福音中心代禱事項 0118_2008 
基督徒三峽福音中心代禱事項: (0117/2008)

1. 感謝神賜福這學期社區服務事工,藉著課後陪讀、週六兒童品格教育、青少年生命成長教育接觸50多位學生及他們的家庭,求神介入他們的生活、思想當中。
2. 求神賜福三峽福音中心成為健康、喜樂、滿有神活潑生命的教會。弟兄姐妹,能真實的愛耶穌、經歷聖靈的更新、靈裡靠主剛強得勝、成為主耶穌基督的見證人。
3. 請為王子真牧師一家目前仍在等候赴紐西蘭簽證批准中,求神恩待王牧師一家能順利、平安的前往紐西蘭北岸台福教會事奉,並為著要打包、適應新的環境、孩子就學…等事項代禱。
4. 寒假期間的社區服務事工,1/21-24兒童卓蘭品格營有30位參加,培讀班有22位學生參加,求神賜福這些事工的預備,及帶領的同工們滿有神的恩典與慈愛。


李祖苑宣教士2007十月份代禱信 
代禱事項:

盼望明年三月份的同工會能按時舉行。
求主祝福保守緬甸的政局及經濟,讓同工及百姓有安穩的生活。
求主賜下智慧、能力及空間,早日完成我的教牧學博士論文。
因經濟通脹及事工發展,工場同工生活和事工的開支不斷增加,求主預備。


感恩節---團聚的日子 
趁著感恩節的日子
我要感謝感謝再感謝
那您呢?有什麼要感恩的把握機會寫卡片問候關心您的人


Capturing dreams in the dark (3) - Fu-hua Chuang 
Fu-hua injured by a fire accident, The only way she could touch the world is that she still can hear. She encourages different young multi-handicapped people with her wheelchair. She wants to spread out the love to everywhere she could go because she knows God loves her.

Capturing dreams in the dark (2) - Wei-chih Lin 
Wei-chih, he is tall, handsome. But he is with autism, blindness and retarded mentality. He can remember all the train schedules, he can tell the different train type. He knows the date and remembers what happened in his life since 1997 the year he can talk.

Capturing dreams in the dark (1) - Wen-kuei Lu 
A-kuei , he is blind, he is mentally retarded, he is Taiwanese aboriginal boy, …。He can just hear any melody once, then plays them with piano, violin , flute, guitar, …etc.. He is God’s gifted son.



三峽福音中心近況0829 
1. 教會事工交接,接蒙保守,已經開始運作。
2. 回台生活適應都算正常
3. 神的作為實在奇妙,常常是在最關鍵的時候,成就了許多近乎不可能的事。
4. 求神賜福讓淑貞有智慧&體力來規劃社區兒童課後事工
5. 求神給我們智慧,能有好的規劃作業,使得每一筆弟兄姊妹的奉獻能有好的管理與使用。
6. 請為三峽福音中心目前的事工代禱。
7. 為0902開敏第一次主日信息代禱,在教會人事變動之際,能堅固弟兄姊妹的信心繼續依靠仰望神!
8. 需要更多的為三峽百姓禱告,求神開百姓的眼睛,將祂當得的榮耀歸給祂。


為宣教士禱告:余雋瑞牧師夫婦- 香港[中國福音會] 
 

為宣教士禱告:林耀堂- 菲律賓[中國福音會] 
 

為宣教士禱告:黃培遠- 美國加州[遠東廣播公司] 
 

為宣教士禱告: 陳鐳牧師夫婦– 台灣[中華神州差傳會] 
 

其他文章有關"黃成培"

請代禱: 黃成培宣教士一家已於12/29/06返回非洲肯亞工場 
1. 感謝神的保守和醫治,Grace已完全停服類固醇,而且血小板指數在正常範圍。

2. 感謝神,這幾個月來有許許多多的弟兄姊妹們對我們的代禱、關懷和協助,願神親自記念您們與我們一起同工,使

我們能再踏上非洲工場。

3. 請繼續為Grace的完全康復代禱,求神不讓疾病再復發,她在12中旬還要再看一次專科醫生。

4. 請為我們能如期在12月29日返回肯亞代禱,讓一切待辦的事都能順利完成,求神保守我們的健康和出入平安,



請代禱: 請為宣教士和他們家人的健康代禱 
1. 感謝神,平安帶領我們回到肯亞,能再度事奉祂。

2. 請為我們神學院師生的健康代禱,才剛開學就有一個老師因肺炎住院,五個學生身體健康欠佳。

3. 為失去愛女的Ochoa宣教士家庭代禱,求神的安慰和智慧與他們同在。

4. 回來後,我們全家一直有嚴重的過敏症,眼睛紅癢,加上鼻塞流鼻水,使得我們不能“安然”睡到天亮,請代禱。

此外,Grace最近還需要在本地的醫院診所安排複檢,求神保守。

5. 為肯亞、索馬利亞、衣索匹亞三國邊境的戰事止息代禱。據傳邊境區藏有恐怖份子,美軍已於月初轟炸在索國境內

的村莊;並有大批難民逃進肯亞境內,求神賜下智慧給肯亞的掌權者,如何安置難民,而非只是遣返。



馬賽短宣 
感恩與代求:
1. 感謝神,馬賽短宣隊不只平安歸來,也帶著宣教的異象回來。
2. 感謝神,對Grace的保守和醫治。
3. 請為年底肯亞的大選禱告,求神在各個種族間賜下和平的靈(尤其是基督徒)。
4. 請為我們出入平安和健康代求。
5. 三月中旬,成培和一個德籍宣教士,將前往一個回教城探望一個在做回宣的肯亞宣教士,求神保守他們旅程的平安
並賜下鼓勵的話語。


Naivasha 車禍 03/28/07 
Car Crash in Naivasha on Sunday March 18, 2007
We praise the Lord for His protection; and there is no major injury!
Please pray for the recovery of injured people & a fair police investigation.


黃成培宣教士五月代禱信 
感恩與代求:
1. 感謝神,對成培和二個學生的保守和醫治。
2. 感謝神,將索馬利人帶來本地醫院求醫,使他們有機會得到身、心、靈的全人醫治!
並且也使我們和學生在走路的距離就能操練跨文化宣教。
3. 請為每週成培動員學生至醫院的探訪小組禱告,求神在這些被探訪的索馬利人心中動工。
4. 請為我們全家的身、心、靈健康代求。近日我們飽受虫災之擾,身上斑痕點點,奇癢無比,卻找不出虫子的來源。
5. 請為6月25日法院開庭審理我們車禍的案件代禱,求神掌權,使我們能得到公正的審理,並且早日結案


黃成培宣教士七月代禱信 
感恩與代求:
1. 感謝神!本屆神學院有29個畢業生,每人肩負牧養1-3個教會的責任。
2. 感謝神!對Grace的醫治和看顧。
3. 請為成培7月25日返美的密集課程和牙齒治療 (bridge) 禱告,求神賜平安的旅程和修課的智慧,並使牙齒能如期
完成治療。
4. 成培返美後,將在幾個教會講道和分享,求聖靈的大能與他同工。
5. 請為我們車禍的案件繼續代禱,9月17日將再次審理。
6. 請為成培在美期間,雲英和孩子們居家和出入的平安代禱


黃成培宣教士九月代禱信 

感恩與代求:
1. 感謝神! 藉著弟兄姊妹的禱告和支持,我們在無車代步六個月後,上週終於拿到一部1996年的車子,使生活及事工能就序。
2. 感謝神帶領成培順利完成學習、事奉和平安歸來,並且保守雲英和二個孩子平安。
3. 感謝神藉著成培回美期間使他牙齒的bridge能如期完成治療,並且在車禍中所導致的頸骨異位也能得到適時的矯正,雖然在這裡尋醫無門,但神總是有祂奇妙的安排和供應。
4. 請為我們全校師生的健康代求,最近的流感使得許多人生病,尤其為20位新生需要適應新的水土代求。
5. 請為 Ali (阿里) 和他的工作單位及家庭代求,求神為他開一道以傳道為事奉的門。
6. 請為 9 月 28-30 日,成培帶領學生至馬賽族的福音外展隊代求。求神保守他們的健康、平安,並多得福音的果子。
7. 請繼續為我們車禍的案件在 12 月 4 日第三次開庭審理代禱。


Goodbye, My Precious (from Missionary Kid) 
1.Missionary Kids(MK's) like nomads follow their parents whenever they are touched by God’s calling to save the lost souls of this world.
2.As MK’s, we are always saying goodbye. However, goodbyes aren’t just an ending. They are also a beginning.
3. When we depart from the place we leave with reluctant hearts and cling onto the memories of the place, the area where our missionary parents serve in.
4. There is one thing in life that all MK’s must go through. We must step out of our comfort zone and check around what is outside of our box.
5. Although I will never get used to saying goodbye, at least I know that there is always more to this world. I am also very privileged and blessed to see God’s power and deeds everywhere.


黃成培宣教士十一月代禱信 
感恩與代求:
1. 感謝神,帶領馬賽族短宣隊平安歸來。
2. 請為學生Aben在蘇丹的母會復建代求,求神使信徒的信心不致動搖。
3. 請為每週至醫院傳福音的學生代求,求神剛強他們並且使用他們。
4. 請為成培的身、心、靈能得力代求。
5. 從11月29 日到12月29 日,我們將返台探親;請為我們的旅途平安、健康、和家人的救恩代求。
6. 請為12月4 日法院第三次開庭審理我們的車禍案件代求,求神使案子能早日結案,並得到公正的審理。


黃成培宣教士十二月代禱信 

 



其他文章有關"宣教士的子女"

Goodbye, My Precious (from Missionary Kid) 
1.Missionary Kids(MK's) like nomads follow their parents whenever they are touched by God’s calling to save the lost souls of this world.
2.As MK’s, we are always saying goodbye. However, goodbyes aren’t just an ending. They are also a beginning.
3. When we depart from the place we leave with reluctant hearts and cling onto the memories of the place, the area where our missionary parents serve in.
4. There is one thing in life that all MK’s must go through. We must step out of our comfort zone and check around what is outside of our box.
5. Although I will never get used to saying goodbye, at least I know that there is always more to this world. I am also very privileged and blessed to see God’s power and deeds everywhere.


其他文章有關"Grace Hwang"

Goodbye, My Precious (from Missionary Kid) 
1.Missionary Kids(MK's) like nomads follow their parents whenever they are touched by God’s calling to save the lost souls of this world.
2.As MK’s, we are always saying goodbye. However, goodbyes aren’t just an ending. They are also a beginning.
3. When we depart from the place we leave with reluctant hearts and cling onto the memories of the place, the area where our missionary parents serve in.
4. There is one thing in life that all MK’s must go through. We must step out of our comfort zone and check around what is outside of our box.
5. Although I will never get used to saying goodbye, at least I know that there is always more to this world. I am also very privileged and blessed to see God’s power and deeds everywhere.


其他文章有關"Missionary Kids"

Goodbye, My Precious (from Missionary Kid) 
1.Missionary Kids(MK's) like nomads follow their parents whenever they are touched by God’s calling to save the lost souls of this world.
2.As MK’s, we are always saying goodbye. However, goodbyes aren’t just an ending. They are also a beginning.
3. When we depart from the place we leave with reluctant hearts and cling onto the memories of the place, the area where our missionary parents serve in.
4. There is one thing in life that all MK’s must go through. We must step out of our comfort zone and check around what is outside of our box.
5. Although I will never get used to saying goodbye, at least I know that there is always more to this world. I am also very privileged and blessed to see God’s power and deeds everywhere.


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請代禱: 黃成培宣教士一家已於12/29/06返回非洲肯亞工場 
1. 感謝神的保守和醫治,Grace已完全停服類固醇,而且血小板指數在正常範圍。

2. 感謝神,這幾個月來有許許多多的弟兄姊妹們對我們的代禱、關懷和協助,願神親自記念您們與我們一起同工,使

我們能再踏上非洲工場。

3. 請繼續為Grace的完全康復代禱,求神不讓疾病再復發,她在12中旬還要再看一次專科醫生。

4. 請為我們能如期在12月29日返回肯亞代禱,讓一切待辦的事都能順利完成,求神保守我們的健康和出入平安,



請代禱: 請為宣教士和他們家人的健康代禱 
1. 感謝神,平安帶領我們回到肯亞,能再度事奉祂。

2. 請為我們神學院師生的健康代禱,才剛開學就有一個老師因肺炎住院,五個學生身體健康欠佳。

3. 為失去愛女的Ochoa宣教士家庭代禱,求神的安慰和智慧與他們同在。

4. 回來後,我們全家一直有嚴重的過敏症,眼睛紅癢,加上鼻塞流鼻水,使得我們不能“安然”睡到天亮,請代禱。

此外,Grace最近還需要在本地的醫院診所安排複檢,求神保守。

5. 為肯亞、索馬利亞、衣索匹亞三國邊境的戰事止息代禱。據傳邊境區藏有恐怖份子,美軍已於月初轟炸在索國境內

的村莊;並有大批難民逃進肯亞境內,求神賜下智慧給肯亞的掌權者,如何安置難民,而非只是遣返。



馬賽短宣 
感恩與代求:
1. 感謝神,馬賽短宣隊不只平安歸來,也帶著宣教的異象回來。
2. 感謝神,對Grace的保守和醫治。
3. 請為年底肯亞的大選禱告,求神在各個種族間賜下和平的靈(尤其是基督徒)。
4. 請為我們出入平安和健康代求。
5. 三月中旬,成培和一個德籍宣教士,將前往一個回教城探望一個在做回宣的肯亞宣教士,求神保守他們旅程的平安
並賜下鼓勵的話語。


Naivasha 車禍 03/28/07 
Car Crash in Naivasha on Sunday March 18, 2007
We praise the Lord for His protection; and there is no major injury!
Please pray for the recovery of injured people & a fair police investigation.


黃成培宣教士五月代禱信 
感恩與代求:
1. 感謝神,對成培和二個學生的保守和醫治。
2. 感謝神,將索馬利人帶來本地醫院求醫,使他們有機會得到身、心、靈的全人醫治!
並且也使我們和學生在走路的距離就能操練跨文化宣教。
3. 請為每週成培動員學生至醫院的探訪小組禱告,求神在這些被探訪的索馬利人心中動工。
4. 請為我們全家的身、心、靈健康代求。近日我們飽受虫災之擾,身上斑痕點點,奇癢無比,卻找不出虫子的來源。
5. 請為6月25日法院開庭審理我們車禍的案件代禱,求神掌權,使我們能得到公正的審理,並且早日結案


黃成培宣教士七月代禱信 
感恩與代求:
1. 感謝神!本屆神學院有29個畢業生,每人肩負牧養1-3個教會的責任。
2. 感謝神!對Grace的醫治和看顧。
3. 請為成培7月25日返美的密集課程和牙齒治療 (bridge) 禱告,求神賜平安的旅程和修課的智慧,並使牙齒能如期
完成治療。
4. 成培返美後,將在幾個教會講道和分享,求聖靈的大能與他同工。
5. 請為我們車禍的案件繼續代禱,9月17日將再次審理。
6. 請為成培在美期間,雲英和孩子們居家和出入的平安代禱


黃成培宣教士九月代禱信 

感恩與代求:
1. 感謝神! 藉著弟兄姊妹的禱告和支持,我們在無車代步六個月後,上週終於拿到一部1996年的車子,使生活及事工能就序。
2. 感謝神帶領成培順利完成學習、事奉和平安歸來,並且保守雲英和二個孩子平安。
3. 感謝神藉著成培回美期間使他牙齒的bridge能如期完成治療,並且在車禍中所導致的頸骨異位也能得到適時的矯正,雖然在這裡尋醫無門,但神總是有祂奇妙的安排和供應。
4. 請為我們全校師生的健康代求,最近的流感使得許多人生病,尤其為20位新生需要適應新的水土代求。
5. 請為 Ali (阿里) 和他的工作單位及家庭代求,求神為他開一道以傳道為事奉的門。
6. 請為 9 月 28-30 日,成培帶領學生至馬賽族的福音外展隊代求。求神保守他們的健康、平安,並多得福音的果子。
7. 請繼續為我們車禍的案件在 12 月 4 日第三次開庭審理代禱。


Goodbye, My Precious (from Missionary Kid) 
1.Missionary Kids(MK's) like nomads follow their parents whenever they are touched by God’s calling to save the lost souls of this world.
2.As MK’s, we are always saying goodbye. However, goodbyes aren’t just an ending. They are also a beginning.
3. When we depart from the place we leave with reluctant hearts and cling onto the memories of the place, the area where our missionary parents serve in.
4. There is one thing in life that all MK’s must go through. We must step out of our comfort zone and check around what is outside of our box.
5. Although I will never get used to saying goodbye, at least I know that there is always more to this world. I am also very privileged and blessed to see God’s power and deeds everywhere.


黃成培宣教士十一月代禱信 
感恩與代求:
1. 感謝神,帶領馬賽族短宣隊平安歸來。
2. 請為學生Aben在蘇丹的母會復建代求,求神使信徒的信心不致動搖。
3. 請為每週至醫院傳福音的學生代求,求神剛強他們並且使用他們。
4. 請為成培的身、心、靈能得力代求。
5. 從11月29 日到12月29 日,我們將返台探親;請為我們的旅途平安、健康、和家人的救恩代求。
6. 請為12月4 日法院第三次開庭審理我們的車禍案件代求,求神使案子能早日結案,並得到公正的審理。


黃成培宣教士十二月代禱信 

 



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