Each of us has things that we are passionate about. There are things that we just naturally gravitate towards and things that simply excite us. In this edition of Hope Magazine we explore the concept of passion and look at how various people have lived out their passions. We hope that as you read these articles, you will be inspired to new heights and challenged to discover and develop your passions.
Executive Director Rev. Dr. Aileen Gunawan Editor Ps. Dr. David Gunawan Sub-Editor Karen Tong Writers Karen Tong May Wong Dr. Allison Tong Art Director Jonathan Gunawan Design Jonathan Gunawan Stella Lim Timothy Tan Web Production Victor Tran Photography Jonathan Gunawan Stella Lim Timothy Tan email@example.com +61 2 9634 1408 www.hopemissioncentre.com
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Hope Magazine Autumn 10 PASSION
1 Front 2 Contents/Editor’s Note 3 Reflections - Your Serve 4-5 You & me - Serving a Mighty God 6-7 News - Enlivening Caregivers 8-9 Notebook - Nailpierced Hands 10-12 Lifestyle
Pass It On, Divine Passionfruit 13-14 Kidspot - Passion for Praise, Palm Leaf Cross 15-16 YSpace - No Passion is Too Small 17 Back
- Ten Minutes with Karen Tong,
Ps. Dr. David Gunawan
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n the recent Australian Open tennis tournament, it was interesting to see the intensity and accuracy of each and every serve delivered. No player walked up to the service line and tapped the ball over the net. Every serve was given the adequate preparation time to ensure that the delivery was as effective as possible. From the ball toss, to the connection and follow through, everything was delivered with precision and power. Regardless of the fact that hundreds of balls were served in each game, each one received complete attention to detail, backed by strategy and years of dedicated training. If this is the attention given to each serve in order to win a tennis tournament, how much more should we give our all every time we serve the Lord! Just as years of passion, training and discipline go into each tennis serve, we ought to devote even greater passion, training and dedication to the development of the way we serve others and the Lord. Whether in our workplaces or place of education, whether in word or deed, whether in a professional context or a social context, we are called to serve the Lord and glorify Him in all we do.
There is much we can learn from a tennis match, as Ps Dr David Gunawan encourages you to develop your service game.
“And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” (Colossians 3:23-24 NKJV) What would our lives would be like if we put such passion and devotion into serving the Lord as tennis players devote to serving in a game? What kind of person would we become if we devoted even just a few moments a day to developing the way we serve? Many of us spend time developing our skills and expertise for our vocation, but how much time do we spend developing a servant’s heart? How much time do we spend building the fruit of the Spirit in our lives? Let us all be encouraged to increase the quality of our service to the Lord. Like any athlete, developing the necessary skills and quality takes time and effort, coupled with discipline and guidance. There will be times when it will be difficult, but let us persevere and dedicate ourselves to developing in a systematic manner, with the goal of excellence. Jesus set before us the ultimate example in the way that He served. No matter where He went, no matter what He was
doing, He always took the time to serve people whether it was through healing, teaching, discipling, or even rebuking and correcting. He developed Himself and devoted Himself to learning the Scriptures and walking with His Father each and every day. Having built such an amazing foundation, He was then able to serve in an incredible capacity, touching many lives in just a few short years. At the heart of it, Jesus was not concerned with fame or fortune, He was passionate about serving. Mark puts it like this: “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:45 NKJV) If serving was at the very heart of all that Jesus did, it should also be at the heart of all we do. In tennis, a big serve can mean the difference between a victory and a loss. In life with Christ we already have the victory, but a big serve can make all the difference in the victory others experience. Have you come to be served or to serve? May we all be inspired by Christ to serve big.
Serving a Mighty God
When Kin Yew and Elaine Teng stepped into Hope Church in January 2007, they were passionate Christians with a hunger to serve God. Three years on, the dedicated couple are leading various ministries and helping others develop a passion for God and His work. Karen Tong discovers what keeps their fire for God burning bright.
“We do not believe in being pew warmers,” Kin Yew Teng says, “we believe in being part of the body of Christ and serving God in any capacity.” This is the attitude Kin Yew and Elaine Teng have had since they became Christians more than 20 years ago. And so it was when they first arrived at Hope Church – the couple, with their two young daughters, were ready to serve in any way they could. Kin Yew started out in the ushering ministry, greeting people as they arrived for Sunday church services and making newcomers feel welcome. Elaine began teaching at HopeKids, including her own girls, and helping the children at Hope Church grow in their relationship with God. While they continued to grow in their Christian faith through the Church’s discipleship program, Kin Yew and Elaine also found themselves growing in their capacity and desire to serve God. “What is most important is keeping a close relationship with God, reminding ourselves why we are serving, who we are serving and staying focused,” Kin Yew says. Elaine adds, “When we taste and know that God is good, we will want to love and serve Him more.” Kin Yew became involved in the CARE ministry, ensuring that new Christians are taken care of and church members are growing spiritually. Developing her expertise in working with children, Elaine now organises Upbeat, a school holiday program for Primary and High School students.
“It is also wonderful that the Pastors and leaders have set great examples in serving God,” Elaine says. “Do you know that Ps Aileen used to sweep the floor in church? Do you know that Aunty Grace cleans the toilets?” she asks. Kin Yew and Elaine also head up the church’s facilities team – a group of people who ensure Hope Church’s building is functioning at its best at all times. During the team’s ‘Working Saturdays’, Elaine has been encouraged to see the team – she affectionately calls them ‘the boys’ – put in their time and effort to help out at the Church, when they could have been somewhere else. “The boys gave up quite a few of their precious Saturdays and public holidays,” Elaine says. Kin Yew says that he always encourages the team to give their best to God, “We constantly remind ourselves that God has given us His best and that we are serving the King of Kings, and we also try to install that in those that we serve with.” And they also always remember to have fun while they are serving God. “In our meetings we had lots of fun laughing at each other’s ideas about how to solve some of the problems in facility,” Elaine says. Just as the Pastors and leaders have encouraged them and motivated them to serve God, Kin Yew and Elaine are also passing on their passion to the people who work with them. Kin Yew says that sharing a clear vision for the team was important, “There is so much to do and so few workers so having a clear vision help us to focus and encourage others to serve.” Once the team catches the vision, Elaine adds, the motivation and enthusiasm will follow. Valuing team members and encouraging team spirit is also important in keeping passionate about serving God. After a busy year, Kin Yew and Elaine organised a barbecue to thank all the people who have helped in the facilities ministry and honour their work. “We hope to build a team spirit and encourage each other,” Elaine says, “and of course, in Hope Church, eating together always helps to forge a stronger bond of love.”
Caring for our silent heroes
By Dr. Allison Tong
Caregivers of people living with a chronic illness sacrifice so much of their own lives for another and their own needs are often neglected. Enlivening Caregivers is a program that helps caregivers find a little spot of joy during hospital visits, and reminds them that someone cares for them.
For over a year, Matt has been going to hospital four times a week for dialysis, and has undergone countless painful and risky medical procedures. He has end-stage
kidney disease, which means his kidneys cannot remove waste from his blood. The dialysis machine keeps him alive.
For some families, this has been their life for over 16 years.
“These family caregivers are silent heroes. His older sister, Maddy, has been They’re battling constant a constant presence and support anxiety, exhaustion and for her brother, in the hospital and “EnCa allows uncertainty, and making unimaginable sacrifices in at home. She says, “You sacrifice me to have time their own lives, so they can a lot. It’s a big responsibility and you have to prioritise him first. off from the support and help manage You need to change your life the complex medical needs medical world” of their loved one,” says to suit them and you can’t plan Dr Allison Tong, Program anything in your own life.” The hardest thing she says is “watching him do Coordinator for Enlivening Caregivers. dialysis, and having to go through all the pain and the operations.” Hope Mission Centre’s Enlivening Caregivers (EnCa) program runs fortnightly activities
in hospital for the families caring for a child diagnosed with chronic kidney disease. Since December 2008, EnCa has been organising in-hospital activities such as beading, sewing, sketching and cardmaking, and providing catering with the help of donations from local businesses.
and patisseries have week in and week out donated food to caregivers’ families, while various groups have given of their time to run arts and craft workshops and demonstrations. “EnCa is really driven by a passion to honour, support and care for family caregivers of people living with chronic illness, doing what we can to help make their journey a little easier,” Allison says. And for some caregivers, being given something to do is enough to enliven their spirits: “We’re here for so many hours, we run out of things to do. This gives us something to do.”
*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of patients and their families.
“Family caregivers are silent heroes”
During an activity, one mother says, “It passes the time and relaxes us. We learn new things. This allows me to have time off from the medical world.” None of this would be possible, however, without the support of volunteers, community groups and local businesses. Local bakeries
Volunteer The EnCa in-hospital activities are only a success because of volunteers who give of their time and talents. To find out more about how you can volunteer, please contact us on the details below. Donate With your donations, EnCa will be able to offer a wider range of activities and support services to help improve the wellbeing of families who are caring for a loved one living with chronic illness. Please contact us on the details below if you are interested in making a donation to EnCa. Hope Mission Centre – Enlivening Caregivers 56 Delaney Drive Baulkham hills NSW 2153 T: 02 9845 1482 F: 02 9680 8299 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Through a freak accident and a chance encounter, a young man discovers his Saviour.
By May Wong
carried Him towards the tall, wooden cross. The crowd became more violent as rocks and scraps from the ground were hurled at Him. Angry cheers grew louder and stronger as the soldiers nailed His hands and feet to the cross. Joseph looked on with great sadness as Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” When He had said this, He bowed His head and breathed His last. At that very moment the earth shook and the rocks split, and rain from the heavens came gushing down. A soldier who stood before the crucified Christ heard His cry, saw how He died and said, “Surely this man was the Son of God!” Pilate chuckled, “And why would you want a dead man’s body?” The soldiers smirked and laughed at him. But Joseph’s feet had resolved not to move one step until he was given the body of his Lord. “Give this man the body,” Pilate ordered his guards as his eyes remained fixed on Joseph’s unrelenting stare.
Images of the nails piercing his hands kept running through his mind. Why had I not been more careful? Now look at me. “How did you end up here, young man?” a voice interrupts his thoughts. He looks over and lying beside him in a hospital bed is an elderly, frail-looking man. Tom, feeling sorry for the man, quickly answers “I didn’t see the toolbox in front of me. Tripped over it and before I could save myself, my hands were nailed to a piece of wood.” “Well I once knew a man who was nailed by his hands and feet to the cross …” 45 years earlier
Joseph pushed his way through a screaming crowd. He looked over the shoulder of the man standing in front of him and there He was. The man he once followed, the man who performed countless miracles, even healing the blind and raising a dead man to life - and He was about to be hung on the cross. It was the ninth hour. The sun was now hidden and Joseph watched as the soldiers
“I once knew a man who was nailed by his hands and feet to the cross”
The next day Joseph entered the palace grounds and stood boldly before Pilate, ignoring the guards who surrounded him. “Sir, I have come here to request that I may have Jesus’ body,” Joseph asked.
“The light was gone and darkness filled the tomb”
Joseph travelled into town and bought some fine linen, herbs and spices, and fragrance for Jesus’ burial. At the place where Jesus was crucified, there was a garden, and in the garden a new tomb, in which no one had
“The tomb was empty, He has risen – He is alive!” ever been laid. It was the Jewish Day of Preparation and since the tomb was nearby, he laid Jesus there. Joseph wrapped His body with the myrrh and aloe spices, in strips of linen. Joseph searched and found a large stone. Sweat dripped down his forehead as the sun rested on him. He rolled the stone against the entrance of the tomb and when he did, the light was gone and darkness filled the tomb. The old man breathes his last. Laying there, Tom looks at his own nailscarred hands and begins to realise God’s love and His willing, perfect sacrifice for sin. With both hands clasped firmly together and ignoring the pain, Tom bows his head and closes his eyes. Dear Heavenly Father, Forgive me for I have sinned. Today, I receive you as my Personal Lord and Saviour. I desire to walk with you and follow your ways. Teach me and allow me to share your good news to others also. I thank you. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
“He has risen – He is alive”
The hospital The rain starts pounding heavily against the roof. Tom looks at the old man laying there peacefully; staring at the window, watching the rain wash the windows clean. He leans over the bedside rail to get a closer look at the name on the old man’s identification wristband. Joseph. Tom gathers his thoughts for a moment and just as he turns his head to listen again to what the old man is saying, he hears footsteps approaching him. The nurse rushes in and pulls the curtain between Tom and the old man. Tom desperately strains himself to listen to the old man’s fading voice behind the curtain,
A Fathers Love
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16 (NIV)
Pass it ON
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV) Pick sweet sprays of floral blooms against bold splashes of coloured paper and tie with a ribbon. Select a verse – this will be just the thing to brighten up someone’s day.
Birthdays, Christmases, Anniversaries … name any major holiday or event and there’ll be a card to go with it. May Wong shares her tips on how to personalise a card and pass it on to all your family and friends!
Bookmark and Cards
“A bible verse adds a simple yet personal touch to encourage that special someone.”
“Pair high-voltage hues with pop-up accessories.”
“I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13 NIV) Prepare to sparkle and shine with this jewelled creation that is enhanced by luxurious fabric, rustic paper and an ornate beaded appliqué.
“Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV) Decorate opulent pearls with delicate lace, tulle and fine ribbon – Simply classic and elegant!
4 egg whites 1 cup caster sugar 1 tbsp cornflour 2 tbsp white vinegar 1 cup single cream 1/2 cup passionfruit pulp 250g blueberries 250g blackberries 250g raspberries 250g strawberries, halved Preheat oven to 150 degrees Celcius. Place egg whites in bowl of an electric mixer. Whisk until stiff peaks form. Gradually add sugar, whisking well, until mixture is stiff and glossy. Add cornflour and vinegar; whisk until combined. Shape mixture into a 20cm circle on a baking tray lined with non-stick baking paper. Reduce oven to 120 degrees Celcius. Bake for 1 hour and 20 minutes. Whisk cream until soft peaks form. To serve, spread over the cream and top with passionfruit pulp and berries. Serves 4-5.
Whip up a delicate treat and stir up something sweet with these passionfruit-inspired recipes from May Wong.
8 Lipton tea bags 2 litres boiling water 2/3 cup caster sugar 1/2 cup lemon juice 3/4 cup orange juice 4 passionfruit pulp 1 lemon, sliced 1 orange, sliced 1/2 cup mint leaves Ice cubes Place tea bags in a large jug. Add boiling water. Stand for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add sugar; stir until dissolved. Stir in lemon and orange juice and pulp. To serve, add lemon, orange slices and mint leaves over ice. Serves 8.
Grow your own passionfruit
Purchase a passionfruit and separate six seeds from the pulp. Plant seeds on good and fertile soil. Seeds take between two to three weeks to germinate.
Crisp white sweetness infused with colourful bursts of fruity flavour
A passionfruit plant needs plenty of sunshine and a warm, sheltered environment to protect from wind, a fence or wall for vines to climb over as well as a regular supply of water. “Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up, grew and produced a crop, multiplying thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times.” (Mark 4: 8 NIV)
Passion for praise
Dr Allison Tong asks three kids what they’ve been learning at the School of Music.
Learning to play a musical instrument helps children express their passion for praise. Hope Mission Centre’s School of Music gives people the opportunity to learn how to play a musical instrument and develop their talents.
What instrument have you been learning to play and why did you choose it? “I chose the guitar because I like the sound of it and because it’s a stringed instrument and I like stringed instruments.” Jasmine, Year 5 “I chose the drums because its one of my cousin’s favourite instrument. It’s nice and loud and you get to move your arms in different hits, beats, and stuff like that. I even got my own drum set for Christmas.” Joseph, Year 4 “I chose the keyboard. I wanted to learn drums but my mum said to learn another instruments, and so I went with my mum’s idea. I like the keyboard because they produce nice songs.” Rosh, Year 4 What have you learnt in the HMC Music School? “I have learnt notes, scales and strumming patterns. I’ve learnt to play, ‘I Could Sing of Your Love Forever’, and I’m just starting to learn, ‘God of Wonders,’ and ‘Jesus, Lover of my Soul’.” Jasmine, Year 5 “I’ve been learning about how to do all the straight beats, single strokes, double strokes. I’ve learnt songs, how to hold the sticks.” Joseph, Year 4 “I have been learning scales, chords and songs. I can play ‘God is So Good’ and ‘I Could Sing of Your Love Forever’, and the intro of ‘Beautiful One’.” Rosh, Year 4 What are your favourite praise and worship songs? “My favourite songs are, ‘Lord of Lords’, ‘Salvation is Here’, ‘Mighty to Save’, and ‘One Way’.” Jasmine, Year 5 “‘Mighty to Save’, ‘Deeply in Love’, ‘Salvation is Here’, and ‘Tell the World’.” Joseph, Year 4 “’Break Free’ and ‘Salvation is Here’.” Rosh, Year 4
Craft 4 Kids
Palm Leaf Cross
Get creative with your kids this Easter!
What you need:
One palm leaf strip about 60-70cm in length and 1.5cm in width, tapering to the end.
Fold the palm leaf down about 12-15cm from the bottom.
Tuck in the tapered end of the palm leaf and pull it through
Turn the cross over, this is the front view.
Hope Magazine’s Easter Craft was sourced from S. A. Keith, Christian Crafters http://www.kidssundayschool.com/Gradeschool/Crafts/1craft08.php
No Passion is too
by Serena Lim
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