It’s been a packed week! One week ago, I was in Ann Arbor, busily packing and taking care of last minute errands before flying off from Michigan. Now I’m running errands here in Singapore, trying to settle into my new home.
I finally had some time to sit down and catch up. So, I wanted to take this opportunity and give thanks to God and for the HMCC church family.
On my last Sunday in the US, December 7, I had the privilege of being sent out by the HMCC of Ann Arbor family. I’ve known our church in Ann Arbor as my spiritual home for nearly 10 years, and it was sad to finally say goodbye. I was overwhelmed with thankfulness as I was reminded of the many people who have lovingly invested into me.
The next day, a large group of HMCC members surprised me with a farewell party. I totally didn’t expect or suspect it and I was blown away and really encouraged by everyone’s generosity and kind words of encouragement. It was a walk down memory lane as I was able to say goodbye to young men and women I’ve been able to live life with for the past 10 years in our church.
Then, I spent time with the love of my life, my beautiful fiancée, Diana. We prayed together and for one another before Diana dropped me off at the airport. I’m thankful for Diana’s love, support, prayers, partnership, friendship, and example of faith through the nearly 7 years we’ve known each other. I’ll miss her as we’ll be apart for the next several months as she finishes off her schooling and season of ministry in Ann Arbor. But I’m looking forward to being sent off together as husband and wife in 2015!
This past Saturday through Monday, HMCC of Singapore held our annual congregational retreat. There, P.Andrew Jun from HMCC of Jakarta joined us with a few other brothers and church leaders. Together with P.Seth, both pastors who played significant roles in my life commissioned me as the site pastor by praying over me and our church. It was a sweet moment being set apart and sent by HMCC and being received by our Singapore church family. I’m thankful for these older mentors in my life who tirelessly invested into me and helped me through key decisions. I’m thankful for our church family in Singapore for graciously receiving me and for the privilege of serving them.
In 2005, as a brand new Christian, I really wanted to be sent out on mission for God. In my immaturity, I didn’t value being sent by a local church in close partnership. Now, I’m thankful that I have this immense privilege of being sent out by HMCC to pastor our church in Singapore. I get to be part of this greater God-given mission of transforming lost people into Christ’s disciples, who will then transform the world. I’m thankful.
I’ll write more with an update on our retreat and some prayer requests later this week!