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Topic: FAMILY (01/21/16)
TITLE: Precious memories linger
By Caleb Cheong
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"When you become a Christian, you belong a big family!"
My mouth opened wide and trying to grasp what he meant.
"You may go to a Bible-believing church anywhere in the world, they will welcome you like brothers and sisters "
My face beamed at hearing this. Perhaps one day I would test it out.
Having fulfilled the teaching bursary obligations, I had managed to scrape enough money to further my studies in England. The home church that I fellowshipped with gave me a love gift.
Staying in a London Christian hostel for international students, I began rubbing shoulders with both the local and overseas students. Although some never addressed me as a brother, they treated me like a close friend. Those who call me brother, they responded to me warmly.
I remember being greeted by a tall elderly Mr. Horseskins who gave me a firm handshake at the church door with a broad smile. Trying to make me less homesick, he called at my hostel one afternoon. I realized that he came in his Rolls-Royce, and in his shorts and sun hat. Before I reached the front door, he beat me to it and let me in as if I was his most honored guest. We toured round Rhine’s Park looking at the agile deer dancing on the grass and foraging happily, oblivious to our presence. The hospitable Horseskins, at their home, treated me to some warm tea and fresh scones.
On another occasion, I met a local student at a Church in Southampton. I had already got to know him through the Christian Union.
"Hi Nick! Have you got a pressing iron? "
"Yes, I do" he replied with a broad toothy grin.
"Can you lend it to me? "
"Thousand won'ts “
It sounded like 'thousand wounds’. Rather puzzled, I asked.
"What do you mean?"
"I'll never never say no to you for at least a thousand times!"
I felt the warmth of his brotherly love welling up in my inner being. His sworn allegiance to the brotherhood stunned me.
Before leaving Southampton, my bicycle was "pinched". When the graduating CU chairman heard of it, he offered his bike to me. Eventually, It was given to the kids of an ex-missionary whose place I used to stay.
Their actions speak much louder than their words. I don't just sing, " We are one in the bond of love " but experience it personally.
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