I started attending church when I was 10 years old, largely because my friends from school went there. Since our family wasn’t religious up to that point, I did not know what to expect. It appealed to me because I thought it was all about following rules and doing the right thing.
At the time, I was the stereotypical Chinese kid – good grades, never got into (big) trouble – so this seemed like the perfect way to help me continue down that path, as long as I could check off the boxes by praying before eating and reading my Bible five minutes a day.
When I was a high school senior, I visited UCLA and spent a week with my sister and her friends from church. My world got turned upside down that week as I was exposed to what it truly means to be a Christian – to acknowledge your sin and need for a savior, give your entire life to Christ, and allow the Word to permeate every aspect of your daily life. With this knowledge, I could no longer be a Sunday morning Christian. That was a turning point in my relationship with the Lord, which strengthened even more during college through the study of His Word and from hearing strong expository preaching. I continue to strive to be more like Christ daily, now in my roles as a church member, husband, father, and employee. I am constantly reminded of James 1:22, which encourages us to be doers of the word, and not hearers only, lest we deceive ourselves.
It is to that end that I am humbled and excited to be nominated as a deacon of FBC Durham. My desire is to serve the church in any capacity that best utilizes the skills and gifts that God has given me. Phil 2:3-8 is one of my favorite passages, as it describes how Christ humbled himself and chose to become man in order to serve others, even to the point of death. If the creator of the universe, the name above all names, could humble himself and willingly take the form of a servant, how much more should a sinner like myself want to serve the Holy God.
I have three main areas of interest and skills that I hope to utilize to serve the church body:
1. Refugee Ministry: My heart aches for those who are the most vulnerable in the world, particularly those whom the Lord chooses to resettle in the Durham area. I currently lead a Good Neighbor Team comprised of FBC members, and we are helping a Syrian family of five that arrived in January. My prayer is that our church can support even more refugees who have fled their homes due to persecution and are starting new lives here in Durham.
2. Missions: The Lord provided opportunities for me to be part of short-term mission trips to Albania and Mexico while I was in college. Those trips strengthened my faith, both through trials and successes where I clearly saw the Lord’s hand at work. I would love to see more of our church members take part in short-term mission trips.
3. My full-time profession for the last 12 years has been in management consulting, with a focus in operations and technology. My desire is to use my skills in these areas to help enhance how the church operates, communicates, and uses technology to serve the body.
Thank you for your consideration in electing me to serve as a deacon at FBC Durham. I would be happy to talk to you if you have any questions.
The following entries are stories of opportunities that we have recently had in sharing our faith. We know that some of these stories will tell about the joy of someone believing the gospel, but the vast majority of them will just describe what it means to faithfully share Christ with friends, co-workers and even strangers. Either way, we want to begin to compile these stories and post them on this blog over the coming months.
We may think that our attempts at keeping the Lord in our conversations is falling on deaf ears, but here is an email I received recently from someone I’ve been keeping up with for years. I’d sent him a blog link which addressed some of his questions. Be encouraged.
… thanks for sending the article. I really enjoy hearing and thinking about different points of view on this compelling matter, so I appreciate this article and other things you’ve sent (and will send, I hope).
Although the nature of the pastor’s conversion jiggles the needle a bit in my suspicion meter, I must say that there are many conversions I’ve heard and read about which do not move the needle at all, people such as C.S. Lewis and Francis Collins.
Also, there are many people I know such as you and _____ and others whose faith doesn’t budge the needle either, but that’s because I so admire and respect the way you live your faith every day. To me, the best argument by far for beliefs is not how they are explained or defended but, instead, how we conduct ourselves.
Although I have faith in many things – including the notion that we are creatures of God – when it comes to the specifics of God’s relationship to us, the way my system is wired (screwy?) still leaves me a few steps short of coming to terms with any of the many explanations I’ve encountered thus far. But I’m still seeking, so maybe there’s hope.
Several years ago I conducted an exit interview for an employee which led to a conversation about matters of faith. This employees reason for leaving was related to a sick child. We covered a range of topics relating to the meaning of faith in our times of adversity including, I think, the Gospel. It was enjoyable but didn’t seem to lead to much else.
I saw that former employee a few months ago and their first comment to me was that the entire family was now regularly attending a good church in their community.
It just helped me to realize that people are very often listening even if they seem not to be.
So keep sharing.
Due to the inclement weather, all FBC activities are cancelled for Sunday, January 8th and the church office will be closed on Monday, January 9th. Have a great day and be careful!