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What if my kid fails at school?

Recently I am attending a course learning how to be a good mentor to my kids. I have deep reflection on this topic – what will I do if my kids fail at school? How would I feel? Can I accept this?

I belong to the generation which education qualification is very important to help someone get rid of poverty.  “Having good education qualifications equal to a bright and successful future “ has become the ” natural law ” of many parents like me. 

However, the tutor led us to think the other way.  If your child fails at school, and you know very well that he has tried his best, what you need to do is to encourage him to proclaim,  “ I am Not a Loser! “  Failing at school is not his end. It is just another starting point, pointing to another direction.

Hardworking does not always guarantee success.  Many people work very hard but having only fair results. 

We can achieve something not only because we work hard, but also because of God’s Grace!

Alison

Elim Appreciation Day ( 2 ) – The Heroes

In fact, the heroes who received the most ” Thank you cards ” are Lily and Steven.   The number of Thank you cards they received far exceeded any other winners !   This shows that the brothers and sisters in Elim had never taken their hard work for granted !

Lily :

It is so heart-warming to receive each of these Thank-you card. I deeply feel that I am very blessed.  I am very thankful for each one of our brothers and sister!  Thank you very much!

Editor’s notes  :  It is very clear that Lily prefers “ doing “ to “ talking “ !

Steven :

It is very hard to distinguish “ a job “ and “ a ministry “.  One must do his best in his “ job “, because he is paid to do so!  As time goes by, the proportion of “ job” is much bigger than “ ministry “ . I think , “ since this is a part of my job, there is nothing worthy for other people’s appreciation, and it is just natural that I have to do the best. “

No matter whether this is a job or a ministry, everybody needs recognition and encouragement.  That is why I like Elim Appreciation Day.  Through this special event, every one of us ( including myself ) can learn and practice appreciation and say thanks. Finally, thank you Cora for choosing the Ukulele clip for me.  I really like it a lot !  Thank you very much !

Editor’s notes : Steven, now you’ve got both the appreciation and the $$ !!  Win-win !!

My Story – Prologue

From the Editor: In order to protect the author, brother and sisters who know the people in the story, please do not disclose their identities.  Thank you very much for your kind consideration.

*****

I am not a writer and I have no intention to write something to attract you to read. What I am going to write about is my true experience. May be you will find it very dramatic, but it is a true story of mine.

My testimony is a very long one and consists of many different messages.  My purpose of writing this testimony is, for those who are not-yet believers can believe and trust in Jesus. Because my experience proves that trusting the Lord is much more effective than any other methods!   For those who are believers, I hope this can encourage you to keep the peace that the Lord has given you.  For those who do not believe in any religion, I hope you will find my testimony inspiring.

Have you ever thought of what is really meant by treasuring what you have?

What is true endurance?

Have you ever thought of , “ something is still here today, but will disappear tomorrow? “

There are so many changes in life, who can guarantee they can endure till the end only with his own strength?

Up to now, I have not introduced who I am……

I do not have good education qualifications. It is not easy at all for me to achieve what I am today.  I have encountered many therapies, why, for what?

I have tried Kwan Yin, Wong Tai Sin, Ma Zhou, medium, Fung Shui, fortune telling.  I have met with monks in Tibet and Bai Long Wang of Thailand. I have seen demons and had been processed by demons too.  I have tried calling hotlines preventing suicide, counseling, doing volunteer work, self-harming, and suicide too. I have tried doctors, herbalists, nuitritional therapy, psychiatry, acupuncture therapy, hypnotherapy…!

Each of this gave me a different experience, a different viewpoint and some changes. Different methods gave me different hopes and disappointment! When I thought that I am already in the bottom of a valley, in fact, this is only the beginning of another deeper valley!  I said to myself, “ What is the next step? Will I have the courage to keep trying and failing? “

If you want to know what’s next, keep reading ” Don’t Ask Me Who I Am (1) – The Child “.

Written by: Mr. Ice cream

Elim Appreciation Day (1)

The 1st Elim Appreciated Day has been held on 24 October 2010.  We are able to interview the brothers and sisters who received the most Thank you cards this time.  However, we hope to receive more and more opinions from other brothers and sisters as well.  So, do send us your views and we can post for you !  In fact, the following brothers and sisters are not those who received the most thank you cards.  Who are the real heroes ?  Let me tell you next time !

Sandy:

Thank you brothers and sisters for your recognition and blessing! Glory to God!  24.10.2010 was our first Elim Appreciation Day.  I got an award for “ receiving most thank-you cards”.  I am very happy. I need recognition and appreciation from others. But I haven’t thought that I could be the No.1!  When Pastor Leung proclaimed that I am the winner, I really couldn’t believe this and didn’t know how to react.

After I have received the award and went back to my seat, my feeling then started to flow out. There was a time, I almost left Elim due to my personal difficulties. By that time, Pastor Leung said to me, “ … no matter what, after all, this is your home, and they are your families ….. “ It was with these words and God’s grace, I endured and overcame these difficult time.

Now, seeing this home, and my family members’ recognition and appreciation to me, and think back what had happened before, my heart almost melted. My heart has been accepted and my heart belongs to this family once again.  God gave me the opportunity to be part of this family once again!  I love you all, I love my family! Glory to God!

Penny:

When I heard my name, I thought it was a mistake. But when I looked at Pastor Leung who was on the stage, she was looking at me at the same time, I realized that it was really me! When I got the gift, it was so sweet! Thank you Father!

Alison:

Elim is my home. I have been well taken care of in this home all the time. Thank you brothers sisters and Pastors, for all your care to my family and me.   when my kids were small, I really could not take up any ministry at church. I learnt to serve my family with a very dedicated heart and I was joyful for this. However, since I could not join most of the church activities, I started to lose the bonding among brothers and sisters who were not in my cell group. And I was not happy about this at all. I think many people do experience difficulty in church life at different times. I prayed and God told me, “ You are the one to solve the problem, but not the one to create more problems. “ With this, I started to learn to express my love and care to others even without any post in church ministry. Loving people is a very happy thing. I am learning how to care about other people in the way, which they will find it comfortable. This is my weakest part.  The “ Thank-you Cards” represent our friendship, I treasure every single piece of these. When I feel frustrated, I will read them all again and again! I almost don’t want to spend the money away! But finally I exchanged them for a sweater because I am not cold resistant. Special thanks to Cora and all the brothers and sisters for bringing this meaningful day to us. I have so many people I want to say thanks to, but I could only write a few cards…… !

Andy (Wong):

It is a wonderful thing being appreciated. However, one should not be prideful because of winning this award. So many brothers and sisters in our church have contributed to the church quietly. They should be the ones to be awarded. What I have done….. is too small!  Church is our home.  It is not possible for everything to be perfect. I need to learn to accept one another, endurance, tolerance, and appreciate one another!

 Maggie:

 “ Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously “ 2 Cor 9:6  Through this Elim Appreciation Day, I realize that this is very true. When I wrote the Thank-you cards, I have so many people I want to say thanks to.  Because so many of my “thank-you words” have been buried inside my heart.  Through this Thank you card action, all of us can boldly write down our appreciation.  What we received is not just the “cash “ inside the packs, but every line of sincere words.  This warms our hearts so much.  No matter if you are the giver or the receiver, both are very happy.  Elim Appreciation Day – Like!

Introduction of Elim Couples’ Ministry

 

On a Mothers’ Day a few years ago, Pastors led us to pray for all mothers. I prayed that all mothers in Elim would be “ happy mothers “. I prayed this prayer because I found many parents were exhausted and seemed children have brought them burden more than joy.

This is a great pity. Kids are great gifts from God. I believe if we know and follow the Bible to build our family and raise our kids, there will be great joy.

Objectives

1. Couples in church to be united and support each other

2. Learning how to build our families according to biblical

principles

3. Bless families who have not known Jesus yet

4. Couples to have stronger relationship with God

Projects

1. Couples meetings

2. Family BBQ

3. Movie

4. Visiting families

5. Mothers/Couples Prayer Meeting

6. 6A Workshop for Parents ( with Elim Children Ministry )

Person In Charge : Alison

2010 Sermon

52. Christmas Sunday
Speaker:Pastor Paul Sarchet-Waller
Date:2010.12.26

51. Life in Jesus
Speaker:Pastor Paul Sarchet-Waller
Date:2010.12.19

50. Overcoming Evil with God
Speaker:Pastor Rebekah Leung
Date:2010.12.12

49. Making Decisions to Change your Fate
Speaker:Pastor Rebekah Leung
Date:2010.12.05

48. Who touched My clothes
Speaker:Pastor Rebekah Leung
Date:2010.11.28

47. The Healing of the Paralytic
Speaker:Pastor Paul Sarchet-Waller
Date:2010.11.21

46. Reaching Out-Bringing In
Speaker:Pastor Paul Sarchet-Waller
Date:2010.11.14

45. The Power of Gratitude
Speaker : Pastor Rebekah Leung
Date : 2010.11.07

44. Five Loaves & Two Fishes
Speaker:Pastor Paul Sarchet-Waller
Date:2010.10.31

43. Life in Jesus
Speaker:Pastor Paul Sarchet-Waller
Date:2010.10.24

42. Matthew 6:1-4
Speaker:Dr Gareth Sherwood
Date:2010.10.17

Introduction of Children Ministry

Proverbs 22 : 6

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.

Mission : Cultivation of the Gospel in the lives of the kids

Objective : Let the kids learn the Truth and be able to apply to their daily lives

Targets : K1 to Primary 6 Students

Programs and Services
1. Sunday School for K1 to Primary 6 students. Divided into sub- groups according to age. Babies and parents are welcomed.

2. Sunday School Attendance Awards Program

3. Birthday Parties

4. Parents Meetings

5. Training program for tutors

6. Provides baby sitting and child care service during parents seminars and workshops

7. Vacation Bible School

Run Down for Sunday School
1. Kids praise and worship time

2. Offering Time – Kids Ushers collecting offering from kids

3. Prayer Time – Pray for kids and their families

4. Circle Time – Story sharing, learning Bible scriptures, art and craft, games

Person In Charge : Penny

Introduction of Elderly Ministry


We have to honor our elderly members. Most of them are quiet and shy. However, they are leaning on our God quietly. He is the one who loves us and protects us daily all the time.

Although most of them have different kinds of physical problems, they are here on our Sunday Service every week. No matter if it was a rainy day,a very hot summer, or in the very cold winter, they are here promptly for the worship even earlier than some of the youngsters! Although they are physically weaker, some of them have even gone through physical operations, they will never complain whether the air-con is too cold or too hot nor would they ever ask for others to serve them !

Please continue to pray for them, that they will have peace and joy all the time !

Cell Group:   9: 30 AM Every Wednesday

Person In Charge : Lily

Introduction of Youth Ministry

Timothy Cell Group ( Meeting : weekend afternoon )

“ Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. “ (1 Timothy 4: 12)

Timothy Cell Group is a youth cell group belonging to the third district of Elim Church. At the beginning, we had only 6 members and now we are more than double.

We have a younger sub-group for teenagers from 12 to 15 who are secondary school students. The older sub-group composes of 16-26 years old high school students, university students and working youth.

Our group statement is “ Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in life, in love, in faith and in purity. “ (1 Timothy 4: 12)

Youth Alpha

From 2007 onwards, we organized Youth Alpha every summer vacation with the objective to reach more young people. Leading them to know Jesus and help them to establish good relationship with Him. We have reached over 30 young people through this ministry so far. May God, who loves these young people, use them to serve more young people who need Him.

Person In Charge : Sandy & Eileen

Appreciation Day 2010

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