My friends of the YEC,
today we had the pleasure of having the first new friend among us in 2012. Esther Lin is 71 years old and she's back in Taiwan to visit her relatives for the Chinese new year holidays. Something that strikes me is that despite her age she's attending community college in California. And that reminds me of the old saying that goes "learn as you live", which is a superb living sample for all of us. In addition, she's so committed to serve God that even at this age she's still taking piano lessons in order to accompany church services. I'm sure that her energetic and positive spirit will much more than fascinate or even inspire anyone around. But sadly, she'll stay for as long as 1/25, and after that she's flying back to the US. Esther promised to return to the YEC as soon as she' back in Taiwan again. So those of you who did not show up for quite a while should really make an effort to return to the YEC lest you should miss the chance to meet extraordinary people like Esther.
Apart from her, Joe (So chu-teng) is back in Taiwan too. Some fellows may know him well while some newcomers may not. As a matter of fact, he and Cindy were the "founders of the YEC", the ones who came up with the idea of setting up an English bible study. And in time, their vision and scope for the future concerning English gospel grew from a mere seed into a twig. Let's work together to let that twig become a tree with deep roots in the community, catering to the needs of people for language learning and faith.
Another issue I'd like to communicate is now that next Sunday will be our traditional New Year eve, and undoubtedly many of us will be kind of busy; we're taking a break only to meet again on 1/29. So happy year of the dragon with anticipation.
Last but not least, I'm putting forward a survey regarding the potential time change of the YEC. Since the church will undergo a shift in the time of Sunday services in March; I was wondering if we're doing the same, too. Actually the Mandarin Chinese service will start at 11:00 from then on. On one hand, we don't want to get up too early; but on the other hand, we want to leave some time for after-class discussion or interaction, which is something most of us enjoy. So the verdict is 9:00~10:00. We get an extra half an hour to get ourselves ready for class and on top of that we have another hour (before Sunday service starts) for further discussion or even plain talk. Any suggestion or opinion is welcome. Just bring it up on facebook or during class. In any case there's still one month before we get on our way.
Well, I think it's a long English e-mail for most of you to read; and I'll leave you right here. Happy holidays. May God's glory shine upon you.