很久沒有和師母一起散步了。我在和師母一起散步時，不單可以和師母談心，也給我機會默想和與上帝交談。星期一，當我和師母散步時，忽然受感動去關心 Kenny 牧師。他和他的植堂團隊，曾在年初時特地從洛杉機來訪問我們，觀察並探討我們植堂的理念和方法，因他們將於復活節左右植堂。於是我一面走、一面寫了一個電子信息給他，給他點點鼓勵。
晚上我收到他的回覆。他很多謝我的關心，他說，這對他來說十分重要。他告訴我現時平均有 70 人參加主日崇拜，而且每星期都有新面孔出現。他還告訴我經常到匯點的網頁查看，並為我們兩個新分堂祈禱。他說植堂人那種孤單的感覺比他想像的大，但看見已有兩個人決志信主，認為十分值得！
親愛的弟兄姊妹，匯點人，我以為上帝感動我去關心和鼓勵 Kenny 牧師。但原來上帝也想用他來鼓勵我。我雖然不覺得孤單，但時常要做很多大大小小的決定，有時都會忘記向上帝祈禱。當我看不見自己期待的結果或看見某些事工的發展不如理想時，我都會問自己：我是否做錯了甚麼或疏忽了甚麼？我的努力有沒有白費了？但 Kenny 牧師的分享，提醒我要注目上帝透過我們成就了工作，比如幾個星期前在 Tracy 分堂舉行了第一次浸禮，有兩個姊妹受浸；南三藩市半島分堂有十四個新朋友參加會員班等。這些都是上帝給我們的印證。
I did not take a walk with my wife for quite some time. Whenever I take a walk with my wife, I have a chance to share my heart with her and at the same time, to reflect and talk to God. Last Monday, when I took her for a walk in our community, I was moved by the Holy Spirit to send a note to Pastor Kenny. Pastor Kenny and his church planting crew came to visit our church from LA early this year to learn about how to plant a church. Therefore, I wrote him an iMessage while walking in our community with my wife.
I got his response later that night. He told me that my message meant a lot to him. He told me that they have an average of 70 people showed up at their Sunday service and some new visitors every week. He shared with me that he visited our website quite often and has been praying for our 2 new campuses. He further told me the lonely feeling throughout the church planting process was greater than he thought. However, it is worth when he saw two people accepted Christ through their effort.
My brothers and sisters in Christ, I thought that God moved me to encourage Pastor Kenny, but in fact, God also used him to encourage me. I don’t feel lonely yet I need to make many decisions, large and small. Sometimes, I was too busy not to pray for every decision for God’s guidance. When the outcomes were short of my expectation or the results were not satisfactory, I will ask myself: what did I do wrong or where did I overlook? But Pastor Kenny’s response reminded me to put my focus on what God has accomplished through us. For example, Tracy Campus had its very first baptismal service and baptized 2 sisters in Christ. 14 people attended the very first membership class offered at our Pennisula Campus. These are the confirmation from God to our work!
Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain. (1 Corinthians 15:58)