From Curses to Blessings // 化咒詛為祝福

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化咒詛為祝福 — 菲律賓人質事件後感 //  From Curses to Blessings – Reflection Upon the Philippines Hostage Incident 

死亡直播

2010年8月23日星期一,早上約9時40分,康泰旅行團一輛載有20名香港人的旅遊車,在菲律賓馬尼拉被一名遭解僱的警察持M-16步槍挾持,事件一度震撼香港的市民。當看見螢光幕上一幕幕驚心動魄的畫面時,我心裡的呼求亦越來越迫切。晚上約8時,槍聲終於止息,死亡直播卻留下悲痛的回憶。

一切從禱告開始

2010年8月24日,早上原本要向一群青年人分享網絡文化的訊息,但參與的人數卻比預期中少,於是我們便把聚會改成祈禱會,一起尋求神,更為著此事迫切呼求主的愛、安慰和盼望能臨到香港。事後,我們都感到要回應此事,於是我便抱著一試的心態,尋求城中主辦「全球禱告日」的負責人馬王培琪女士(馬太)的協助,期望在短時間內,召集全城的基督徒同心合意呼求主,並在緊接的星期日,借用最多菲律賓人聚腳的中環遮打道舉行追思會;讓神的愛、恩惠、盼望和安慰臨到。

2010年8月25日,收到馬太的回覆,星期日的場地已經被人借用。正當我打算放棄時,聖靈卻不斷震動我的心要繼續為此事祈禱…..

看見埋怨、苦毒的聲音不斷在香港蔓延,甚至有人在Facebook留言發動停止前往菲律賓,數位我訓練出來的青年人有感動回應此事,便隨即在Facebook開設了「HK still Love FiLiPiNOS」的專頁,希望藉此發放愛的信息,以神的愛勝過一切怨恨。意料之外地竟有過千人在短時間內加入了這專頁,而且當中過半數是菲律賓人,他們都被這份愛所感動!

信偉大的神垂聽微小的禱

在2010年8月26日中午,電話突然響起,原來是馬太打來。她表示,政府通知她星期日已經沒有地方可以借用,但星期六卻整天都可以,而且地點就是面對著立法會和整個金融中心的遮打花園,交通非常方便。馬太認為這件事乃因為我們微小的禱告開始,所以邀請我們一定要成為協辦單位!主的確是聽禱告的神,衪的心意往往超乎所想所求!

就這樣,短短的兩天,我們利用網上及教會以往的社區網絡聯繫,將此信息發放出去,又聯絡不同的弟兄姊妹,一起同工同心的參與。這樣急速的回應能夠成事也是一項神蹟性的創舉!

打開天窗傾福香港

2010年8月27日,星期六,下午一點開始,突然下起滂沱大雨,還掛起雷暴警告!眼見追思會再過兩個小時就要開始,我們各人的心都很焦急,惟一可以做的就是迫切禱告呼求主!終於到下午兩點半,雨突然停下來,不到一小時地面都全乾了。我們頓時覺得神剛剛是在打開天上的門,傾福於香港並清洗所有的苦毒及埋怨。

追思會當日,不但超過五、六千人次出席,包括香港特首、多位政府官員,以及一眾基督徒藝人也前來一起禱告。我們也請來跟是次事件有關的人士逐一到台上分享,包括菲律賓駐香港副領事,他當天就站在台上向香港道歉。

整個追思會由兩家有線電視台全程直播,更有過五間電視台訪問報導,共來了八十三個記者前來採訪;而翌日全港有十三份報紙在港聞版和娛樂版大篇幅報導此事,成為全城的焦點!報導更遍及中國內地重點城市,以及海外華人聚居的地方!最重要的是,我們當天隨著聖靈的帶領去做每一個步驟,甚至舉手敬拜,激情祈求,激勵見證,跪下彼此復和等等,都亳不保留地搬上了舞台,電視台也全程直播並沒有刪減!讓天國文化轉化整個香港屬靈的天空,使主的名大大被高舉!

小行動大祝福

同時,我們的青年人又自製了一些心意卡,希望在接著的星期日到中環──香港最多菲律賓人聚集的地方派發,以小行動傳遞愛,並告訴在那兒的菲律賓人:「香港人仍然愛菲律賓人。」這個小小的行動,在數天之間單靠網上宣傳召集了二十多位青年人一起以愛回應,他們將整個行動拍成短片放上網。意想不到的是,菲律賓國家電視新聞台竟然留意到這個行動,並剪輯該片段在新聞時段向全國播放!這些青年人更自發地在12月19至24日期間,特地為此事探訪菲律賓!我們可以看到主的愛不單進入人質事件中受害的香港,也傾倒在菲律賓人中。

整件事,最重要的其實不是有多少電視台報導或報章訪問,而是我們親身體會到:只要願意回應主、願意回應社會、願意以愛報怨,即使是自己微小得如一粒「鼻屎」(鼻垢),在主的手中都能夠大大「被使」用。(粵語「鼻屎」與「被使」同音。)這個「被使」用的秘訣是從簡單信心的禱告開始,又以極度的順服,持之以恆方能成事!以愛報怨的確不是容易的事,甚至會覺得很不公平或看起來很脆弱,但當我們回想耶穌面對十字架時並沒有問公平不公平,也沒有反擊辱罵衪的人,只是默默犧牲,試問,衪軟弱嗎?不!對衪公平嗎?不!這一切,全因為衪愛我們,祂的愛已說明一切。衪最勇敢,同時也最柔和謙卑,衪就是愛。

The Live Broadcast of Death

 

On the morning of Monday, 23 August 2010, at around 9:40am, a Hong Thai tour bus with 20 Hong Kong citizens was held hostage by a dismissed police officer with an M-16.  This shocked the city of Hong Kong.  My heart’s cries became more desperate as we watched the horrendous scenes broadcast on the screen.  The gunshots finally ceased at around 8pm, yet this deadly broadcast scarred us with a painful memory.

It All Began with Prayers

I was meant to share a message about the Internet culture with a group of young people on the morning of 24 August 2010, but the attendance was lower than we had expected.  We then decided to change this into a prayer meeting instead, seeking God together, and desperately cried for the Lord’s love, comfort and hope to touch Hong Kong with regard to this incident.   Afterwards, we felt that we should respond to this, so I took a leap of faith and asked Mrs. Linda Ma, the chief organizer of “Global Day of Prayer” in Hong Kong, for assistance, hoping that we can gather the Christians of this city in a short span of time to cry to the Lord in unity; and hold a memorial service the following Sunday at Charter Gardens in Central, which is known to be the Filipino gathering hotspot, to welcome God’s love, favor, hope and comfort.

On 25 August 2010, Mrs. Ma told me that the venue has already been booked for the following Sunday.  As I was about to give up, the Holy Spirit stirred in me, insisting that I should keep praying for this…

In response to the blaming and bitter voices spreading all over Hong Kong and the Facebook messages urging people to stay away from the Philippines, a few of the young people I had trained started a Facebook page called “HK still Love FiLiPiNOS”, hoping to send out a message of love and to conquer hatred with God’s Love.  To our surprise, over a thousand people joined this page within a short time.  More than half of these people were Filipinos and they were touched by this love!

Trust that the Mighty God Listens to Our Small Prayers

At noon of 26 August 2010, I received a phone call from Mrs. Ma.  She informed me that the government told her that there was no available venue on Sunday, but for the whole of Saturday, we could use Charter Gardens, which was right outside of legislation council building, in the heart of the financial district and with easy access to transportation.  Mrs. Ma believed that this all began with our small prayers, therefore she invited us to be co-organizers! The Lord is definitely a God who listens to prayers, and His will always exceeds our imagination and desires!

Over the next two days, we sent out invitations over the Internet and church’s community networks and contacted various brothers and sisters to participate in this event.  The speed at which everything was answered and came together was a miracle in itself!

Let the Blessings Pour over Hong Kong

On Saturday, 27 August 2011, it started pouring at 1pm and a thunderstorm warning was issued!  Knowing that the service would begin in two hours’ time, we were all very anxious; yet the only thing we could do was to pray desperately.  It was finally 2:30pm and the rain suddenly stopped.  The ground was dry within an hour.  We instantly felt that it was God opening the gates of heaven, pouring His blessings over Hong Kong and washing away all the bitterness and complaints.

On the day of the memorial service, not only did we have more than five to six thousand attendees, the Chief Executive of Hong Kong, multiple government officials and a group of Christian artists also came and prayed together.  We also invited various individuals who were related to this event to share on stage, including the Philippines Vice Consul in Hong Kong, who apologized to Hong Kong on stage.

The whole memorial service was broadcasted live by two cable networks, five TV stations and over 83 reporters came to interview and report on the event.  On the next day, 13 newspapers reported this event on its local news and entertainment news pages, putting this event under the spotlight of the city.  Reports even reached the main cities in Mainland China, as well as overseas cities with significant Chinese populations!  The most important thing was that we followed the Holy Spirit’s guidance every step of the way that day, from raising our hands during worship, praying passionately, giving encouraging testimonies, and kneeling and reconciling to each other etc..  Everything was put on stage without reservation and the TV stations broadcasted all of these live, without editing out anything! May the Kingdom Culture change the whole Spiritual atmosphere in Hong Kong and may the Lord’s name be lifted high!

Small Actions, Huge Blessings

Simultaneously, our group of young people made some greeting cards, hoping to give them out the following Sunday in Central – where the most Filipinos gathered. They wanted to send love through these small gestures and to tell the Filipinos there that we still loved them. This small plan of action gathered over 20 young people over the Internet to respond in love, and the action plan was filmed and uploaded it onto the Internet.  To our surprise, the Filipino national TV news channel caught wind of this and aired this clip on national TV news!  These young people even volunteered to visit the Philippines from the 19th to the 24th of December.  We could see that not only did the Lord’s love bless Hong Kong which had been hurt, but it also poured over the Filipinos.

The whole point is not about how many TV stations or newspapers reported on this event, but that we have experienced that as long as we are willing to respond to the Lord and to the society, and that as long as we are willing to respond to hatred with love, God will make good use of us even if we’re as small as a booger. (“Booger” is phonetically similar to “to be used” in Cantonese.)  The key to “to be used” is to begin with a simple and faithful prayer, and to strictly obey and persevere! It is definitely hard to respond to hatred with love; it may even seem unfair or weak.  However, when we think back to how Jesus never questioned justice when He was on the cross, nor did He retaliate in the face of humiliation; he just quietly sacrificed Himself.  Was that weak?  No!  Was if fair?  No!  All these were because He loves us.  His Love has said it all.  He is the most courageous and at the same time, the most gentle and humble; He is love.

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