Abba House的奇妙短宣之旅 // Mission Trip at Abba House

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因主的慈愛,我和我的Light Club家庭成員從泰國Abba House的宣教行回港了。 By the grace of God, I’ve returned from the mission at Abba House in Thailand with my Light Club family. 

因主的慈愛,我和我的Light Club家庭成員從泰國Abba House的宣教行回港了。Abba House是一個在泰國為有風險被性剝削的青少年提供食宿的地方,最重要的是這地方透過一個基督教支持社區提供天父的愛。女孩到公立學校上學,而男孩則須學一門手藝因為他們通常都在較小的年紀被販運做性奴隸;大部份男生根本不能讀寫。Abba House也是剛被戒毒所和監獄釋放的男生和男人的中途之家。

(http://www.abbahousefoundation.org/about.html)

這真是一段奇妙的旅程,而我想跟你們分享在這旅程上主在我身上以及透過我手做的事。

主能治病的突破

在Gateway(短宣前在香港的訓練營),我其中一個最大的突破就是我在我的弟兄姊妹面前承認我對主能治病的懷疑。因為我爸爸於我在英國讀書其間因生病而過世,我多年前已讓敵人在這方面為我埋藏了不少疑惑。但是,當我的牧師為我祈禱並在我受感染的耳朵上抹油,主神奇地治癒了我。直到一兩個小時候後,當我在談電話時發現我耳朵的痛沒有了,我才意識到我的耳朵已被超自然地治癒了。讚美祂。我對主能治病的信心曾經被敵人偷掉,但是現在回來了!

最重要的是,我的牧師在泰國的短宣時鼓勵我去為一個生病的姊妹祈禱並為她抹油,相信信實的祈禱的力量(雅各書5:15-16)。那姊妹第二天感覺好多了,而當我隔天需要醫治的時候,她也用禱告為我祝福。祝福別人就是被祝福!嘩!主的計劃真是真棒!

自由風格的崇拜

Gateway的24-7祈禱室裡的崇拜時間真棒!我有機會用一個全新的方法去崇拜-以自由的風格和崇拜的心唱歌和彈吉他及邦戈股讓我的心靈也感到自由!能有那麼棒的自由jam歌要謝謝Janice、Jill、Chris和Daniel。我肯定我們在天上的阿爸父為我們當天做到的感到驕傲!謝謝主從天上帶領我們!

學習接受並停止當馬大

在泰國的旅程裡,我的身體有時候很弱,我感覺我須要把部份的工作交托給別人。我本來應該是崇拜的協調員、教英文的老師以及牧師夫婦的11個月大的女兒Izzy的保姆。最終,我只好請一位團隊裡的姊妹協調崇拜。事後回想,我明白主為甚麼讓我在旅程上經歷那些病痛。在我體弱的時刻,我學會了接受及休息。我有當‘馬大’的傾向,常常包辦很多事項。我終於在有需要的時候體驗到團體合作以及互相信任的美麗。(羅馬書8:28)

看見純潔之心的美麗  

教Abba House的男女孩英文很令人鼓舞,因為我有機會跟他們直接建立關係。他們對老師的感恩和尊敬的態度讓我自愧不如。他們純潔的心和天真的笑容是我這段旅程裡其中一些最好的回憶。單單透過和他們一起的時間,我學會了如何像耶和華般愛人。心靈上軟弱的人是會被祝福的。虛心的人有福了(馬太福音 5:3)。 他們跟我在香港接觸過的學生很不同,因為他們為他們所擁有的很謙卑和感恩。 “清心的人有福了,因為他們必得見上帝。”(馬太福音 5:8)

在主日禮拜為女孩們做事工 

能為女孩們禱告,並透過在主日禮拜事工其間的擁抱及在她們手上的親吻展示對她們的愛的確讓我更加了解阿爸父的愛。有時候,簡單的愛的行動,例如禱告和身體接觸,就是最有效以及世界通用的愛的語言,可以用來打破文化和語言的障礙。她們可能根本不懂得我禱告裡的任何一個字,但是我看見眼淚掉在她們的臉頰上。我知道阿爸父是透過我去為她們展示Abba的愛。跟主一起合作是何等的光榮!看到我是如何的渺小而主是如何的偉大讓我感到卑微!

Abba House為他人洗腳 

當我在Abba House裡看見一位男士在我們的牧師為他洗腳時無助地痛哭,我的心融化了。洗腳的過程為我們很多人帶來不少的快樂及開心的淚水。在過往聽過這聖經故事那麼多次的我很高興終於能夠把它付諸行動。有些人可能稱這為愛的表現,但是我稱它為實踐的愛!住在香港的我們常常感到保持清潔和衛生的需要,但是當我在為女孩們洗腳時弄髒手的那一刻,我的心充滿了喜悅。老師可以成為朋友;領隊可以成為僕人。僕人式領導終於成為現實了。讚美主!

Light ClubLC)裡看見家庭的愛

當敵人嘗試破壞我們的團結,我見證了不同的隊員們和好,也從中看見了主給予我們團隊的恩典的美麗。在LC裡,我看見越來越多家庭的愛。我很高興能更深入認識團隊的每一位成員。更深入地認識他們也讓我更清楚地認識自己。進一步的互相了解也讓我更愛他們。團隊裡的一位姊妹低調地把雜七雜八的家務都做好,我就開始在她身上看見真正的美麗!所有的弟兄姊妹將會在天家為著他們在這旅程上為彼此低調地服務而得到豐厚的回報。

透過當保姆去更好地了解父的心

為我的牧師夫婦照顧Izzy幫助我克服對撫養小孩的恐懼。事實上,當我看見Izzy在我的臂彎裡安詳地睡著時,我的心裡不知何故感覺到很開心和滿足。那一刻讓我更加了解主的父心。主也很高興看見我能安詳地休息在祂的臂彎內。當我們能夠完全不奮鬥、不擔憂地在祂的臂彎內休息時,祂的心會感到無比的高興。我們在祂內感到最滿足的時候就是主最被榮耀的時候!

主的恩典永遠夠我們用!回港後,我變了另外一個人,比以前的我更懂得欣賞和感激身邊的人和物。全心全意地信任主是踏出個人舒適區的一步,讓人緊張,但是有回報的。讓我們一起為Abba House和泰國的事工祈禱!讚美祂!

By the grace of God, I’ve returned from the mission at Abba House in Thailand with my Light Club family. Abba House is a place where teenage girls and guys at risk of sex exploitation in Thailand get accommodation, food and most important of all, the Father’s love through a supportive Christian community. Girls attend public school but guys must learn a trade as they were trafficked at a much earlier age into sex slavery; most of the guys can barely read or write. Abba House is also a half way house for boys and men being released from drug rehabs and prison.

(http://www.abbahousefoundation.org/about.html)

It’s been a truly amazing journey and I’d like to share with you the highlights of God’s work in me and through me in the trip. May our Father in heaven be glorified through this testimony!

Breakthrough in physical healing

One of the major breakthroughs in Gateway (pre-mission training camp in Hong Kong) for me was my confession about my doubts in physical healing in front of my brothers and sisters. I allowed the enemy to harbour quite a bit of doubts in this area years ago because of my dad’s illness and death while I was still studying in England. However, God miraculously healed me when my pastor prayed for me and anointed my infected ear with oil. I didn’t realise it was healed supernaturally until one or two hours later while I was talking to someone on phone and found that the pain in my ear was gone! Praise Him. My faith in God in physical healing which the enemy stole is back again!

More importantly, my pastor also encouraged me to pray for a sister who was ill and anoint her with oil during the mission in Thailand, trusting that the power of prayer of faith is great (James 5:15-16). That sister felt better the following day and she also blessed me back with her prayers while I was in need of healing on the next day. To be blessed is to bless! Wow! God’s plan is awesome!

Worship in a free style

The worship time in the 24-7 Prayer Room in Gateway rocks! I had a chance to do worship in a totally different way — singing, playing guitar and bongo in a free style with a worshipful heart was so freeing in the Spirit too! Thanks to Janice, Jill, Chris and Daniel for the great free jam. I am sure our Papa God in heaven was chuffed about what we did that day! Thank you Lord for guiding us from above!

Learning to receive and stop being Martha

During the trip in Thailand, my body was also weak at times and I felt like I had to delegate some of the responsibilities to others. I was supposed to be the coordinator for worship, English teaching and baby-sitting Izzy, a cute little 11-month baby girl of my pastor and his wife. I asked a sister in the team to coordinate worship in the end. On hindsight, I see why God allowed those physical ailments during the trip. It was in times like these that I learned to receive and rest. I have the tendency to be ‘Martha’ and take up a lot of tasks. I saw the beauty of teamwork and trust in others in times of need. (Romans 8:28)

Seeing the beauty of the pure in heart

Teaching English amongst the girls and guys in Abba House was so rewarding because I had the opportunity to build relationships with them directly. I was humbled by their grateful and respectful attitude towards the teacher. Their pure hearts and innocent smiles were some of the best memories I had from the trip. Simply through spending time with them, I learned how to love like Jesus did. Blessed are the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3). They are very different from the students that I come across in Hong Kong because they are humble and grateful for what they’ve got.  ‘Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.’ (Matthew 5:8)

Ministering to the girls in Sunday service

To be able to pray for the girls and show love to them through hugs and kisses on their hands during the ministering time in the Sunday service definitely made me understand Father’s love better. Sometimes, simple acts of love like prayers and physical touch are the most effective universal love languages that we can use to break down cultural and language barriers. They might not understand a single word that I said in the prayers but as I saw their tears streaming down their cheeks, I knew the Father was working through me to show Abba love to them. What an honour to have partnered with God! It is very humbling too to see how small I am and how great God is!

Washing feet for others in Abba House

My heart just melted as I saw a guy in Abba House crying helplessly when our pastor washed feet for him. The act of washing feet brought a lot of joy and happy tears to many of us. I was very delighted to act it out finally after hearing this story in the Bible for so many times and for so many years. Some may call it just a gesture of love but I call it love in action! Living in Hong Kong, we always feel the need to stay clean and hygienic but it brought joy to my heart as I got my hands dirty by washing the girls’ feet. A teacher can become a friend; a leader can be a servant. Servant leadership finally became a reality. Praise the Lord!

Seeing family’s love in Light Club (LC)

I saw the beauty of God’s grace in our team as I witnessed reconciliation amongst different team members despite the enemy’s attempts to break our unity. I see more and more of family’s love in LC. I was glad to know each and every one in my team better. Knowing them more made me understand them more. More understanding also led to more love for them. One of the sisters in the group just did all sorts of messy housework without drawing much attention to herself and I started to see true beauty in her! All the brothers and sisters will be rewarded greatly in heaven for every little thing they did for one another in a hidden way during the trip.

Understanding the Father’s heart better through baby-sitting

Looking after Izzy for my pastor and his wife also helps me overcome my fear in mothering a child. Actually, as I saw Izzy falling asleep restfully in my arms, I felt quite happy and fulfilled in my heart for some strange reason. It was at that moment when I understood God’s Father’s heart better. God is also happy to see me resting peacefully in His arms. It brings delight to His heart as we rest in His arms without striving or worrying at all. God is most glorified when we are most satisfied in Him!

God’s grace is always sufficient for us! I come back to Hong Kong as a different person, appreciating the people and things around me much more than I used to. It’s nerve-wrecking but rewarding to step out of your comfort zone and trust in Him totally. Let’s keep praying for the ministry at Abba House and Thailand! Praise Him!

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