Last night, I went to a charity dinner. They had a lady from mainland China doing a sharing , who lost her arms and hands at 5 years old. Now she is in her late 20s, currently doing an occupational therapist program at a world known university in California.
No hands and doing an Occupational therapist program !
How can we complain again!!!!?????
We cannot complain at all.
That is all God’s work and grace ! She was so loved by the Lord!
I was at her table and had a chance to to talk with her. She was so cheerful and I asked her how she took care of herself. She was using her legs to hold chopsticks, played the cell phone, from time to time she would use her foot to move her long hair ! And she said she even used her foot to hold the keys to open the door and she cooks for herself. She was ‘right-footed’ ! She said she would stand on one leg and used her right foot to do chores if needed……… she is a devoted ‘believer’ she always bringing her problems to Christ in her prayers! Perhaps we should live our lives closer to Christ and learn from the Bible!
We should be more thankful for we already have and not continuously asking for things that we may not or do not need……..
* “There are only two ways to live your life. One as though everything is a miracle. The other is as though nothing is.” – Albert Einstein
* “We must find time to stop and thank people who make a difference in our lives.” – John F. Kennedy
Philippians 4:6-7 (NKJV)
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
李娜在2022 年獲名校 University of Southern California （南加大）取録攻讀博士學位。眾所周知，南加大是私立學校，昂貴的學費及住宿費不是普通學生能負担的，美國文化更新研究中心知道李娜的經歴，感於她特殊的經歴，堅毅的意志及努力，故而為她分担一部分學費。
無論何人、因為門徒的名、只把一杯涼水給這小子裡的一個喝、我實在告訴你們、這人不能不得賞賜。- 馬太福音 第十章 42 節
Twenty-seven years ago, I was born in a small village in WuAn, Hebei Provence, China. I was raised by my grandma because my birth mother had planned to give me to a random family due to the One Child Law. At the age of five, I had an electrical accident which caused me to lose both of my arms. Because of this accident, my whole life was completely changed. My birth parents abandoned me in an unfamiliar place. Fortunately, there was an elderly grandma who was a Christian who took me to her oldest son’s house to have a safe place to stay. Because of their belief about God, before sending me to the hospital, they had a priest baptize me because they did not want me to die without fulfilling their understanding of the Holy Spirit. After I got baptized, I started experiencing God’s blessings as a young believer. As a child, I did not feel bad because I lost both of my arms. In contrast, my childhood was fulfilled with happiness. Even when my peers and other adults looked at me differently, I chose to forgive them because I knew that God loves me and that was all that mattered.
Being able to go to a public school was hard for me in China. After I graduated from elementary school, it took me two years to be able to find a middle school that did not mind me being a disabled person. During those two years, I experienced the most difficult times. I spent one year at a catholic orphanage, another year with an American foster family in China. Even those two years were challenging, I leaned on God for everything. Because of that, God gave me the chance to finish middle school in Beijing. After I graduated from middle school, I went back to my hometown for high school. In my senior year, I felt lost on this journey because I had been thinking about my own will and desires rather than what God wanted me to become. After reflecting on what I had become by then, I thought that it was time for me to serve God. Therefore, I decided to volunteer at a nonprofit bakery where they only hired individuals with special needs so that they could help them become more independent. While I was working there, I realized that most of them felt hopeless about their future because of their physical disabilities. It was then I had a strong desire to bring the light of hope into their life. It was also during this period that God was calling me to study Psychology at Seattle Pacific University.
Just as God had planned, I graduated from SPU this year. While I was struggling to find an internship, Randy and I unexpectedly reconnected. We had not been in contact with each other for almost 9 years. Over the years, I thought that there was no way we could get in touch again because I did not have any contact information. However, God made this happen. After sharing with Randy my plans, he said “we can help you!”. I thought maybe Randy was just being nice, but I was wrong. He really made it come true, he brought me here to Lubbock and found an internship for me. It took me a while to realize that God led me here for a reason. I finally recognized how much God loves me because I can see constant daily reminders of His love and care for me through the people around me.
Continuing to pursue God’s calling, I applied for Occupational Therapy school last year. Recently, I received two offers from OT school. One from USC (University of Southern California), the other one from ACU (Abilene Christian University). I know that God has given us the free will to choose life. No matter which one we choose, God will use us to better serve Him in this chosen journey. In this new journey, He will continue to provide and bless us. After Sunday church, I prayed again and wrote my devotional journal. Then, I decided to take the offer from USC. I know this is not an easy journey, but I trust God that He will walk with me through my difficulties. Even though there are some financial difficulties, I believe God will not stop opening the door for me.
Thank you for hearing my story and for considering assisting me in furthering my graduate education.
感謝主, 近來疫情漸趨緩和. 美更决定於8/27 下午於灣區基督六家舉行講座 《本仁愛初心、助幼苗成長》，由梁燕城博士主講。 (詳情請看下面海報)
感謝主, 近來疫情漸趨緩和. 美更决定於8/28 星期曰晚上於蒙特利市海寶海鮮酒家舉行感恩籌款晚會，
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我們在 四月13日與所資助的125 名四川西南民族大學生中的 105 位進行了雲端聚會。 很高興聽到其中 十多位同學分享了他們的感謝詞、故事和夢想。 祈求我們能在疫情情况好轉後探訪他們，以表達我們的支持和關愛。
請為 2021 年 10 月在南加州和北加州舉行的感恩晚宴的籌備工作禱告。
再次多謝各位對文更的慷慨捐助。請繼續支持美更 ， 共同經歷主的恩典 。
我最近在靈裏問上帝，人間的撕裂、鬥爭、意識形對立，我們怎麼辨？上帝用一節聖經回答，「 地是空虛混沌．淵面黑暗． 神的靈運行在水面上。」 （創世紀 1:2）
對，「淵」一詞，在蘇米爾- 阿甲文(Sumero-Accadian) 語源是 tiamat，在米所不達米亞文化中，是指混亂的海洋，代表狂怒与怪獸控制的世界（參詩74：13-14，詩89：9-10，詩104-6-7，以賽亞 51:9-10）。今日世界的政治惡鬥，民攻打民、國攻打國，正是一混沌凶惡的世界。
"疫困半載苦，同擔嵗月情" - 網路聚會
講員: 梁燕城教授 （粵語）
分享: Dr. James Yu， 江梁爾欣
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Website - https://www.crrsusa.org
中國疫情既已穩定，武漢解封，市民復工復產，生活漸趨正常。反觀美國，疫情持續吃緊，患病及死亡人數飊升，高踞不下，醫療物資極度短缺，美國文更遂轉而向加州本地提供援助。再次感謝大家的努力，在一天之内購得一萬個口罩，董事羅偉森先生馬上將之捐贈南加州角聲醫療中心及角聲社區服務中心，讓他們幫忙派送護老院及民眾，警局、消防局等，剛巧當天（四月10日）乃基督受難日及洛杉磯縣口罩令執行日，此舉可謂意義重大。除了角聲協助發送口罩到社區前線工作人員及弱勢群體，美國文更前董事會主席 Esther Woo 也把籌集所得的口罩捐贈南加數間醫院及護老院及穆斯林難民。北加州方面，董事胡偉國先生把籌集所得的口罩捐送護老院、教會及社區中心。
聖經馬太福音 25 章40節：我實在告訴你們，這些事你們既作在我這弟兄中一個最小的身上，就是作在我身上了。
美國文更感謝各支持者的恒切禱告，積極參與，金錢及相關物資捐助，以致我們的事工項目得以順利展開；感謝各機構人士的配搭：三藩市灣區 AM 1450今日華人電台，匯點教會，Serving Others Worldwide, 天鄰基金會，愛鄰社，基督之家第六家，角聲醫療中心，角聲社區服務中心，中國愛德基金會，四川瀘州福音基督教會，四川瀘州福音醫院，四川西南民族大學，廣西武宣醫院，香港謝潔貞牧師，吳桂行弟兄、柳振平牧師及羅霞傳道, 加拿大及香港文化更新研究中心等 （如有遺漏，謹此致歉。），以致我們的工作得以落實。
A Cup of Cold Water
Since the outbreak of Covid-19 in China, we deeply appreciate our supporters for their continuous prayers, offerings in money and supplies and quick action.
Directors of CRRS USA and volunteers earnestly sourced medical supplies such as facemasks, goggles, gloves, protective suits and other equipment and supplies. In the peak of the outbreak we sent the medical supplies in our hands by various lots to Gospel Hospital established by Luzhou Christian Church in Sichuan to relieve their needs. The pastor and doctor further gave out the remaining facemasks to the on street social workers. We also delivered the supplies to Southwest University of Nationalities. The students of minority tribes that we have been supporting were touched by our love and care.
When we received a request from Dr. Huang of Wuxuan Hospital in Guangxi that the area was in great need of medical goggles and facemasks, Dr. James Yu, DDS chairperson of CRRS USA immediately sent his own supplies to them. Dr. Huang, a pediatrician, was one of the students CRRS sponsored. The love of CRRS team she experienced brought her to offer her life to love of others, especially to the sick children. She was introduced to a church by her Christian friend in China and became a Christian. She is now a member of Novel Coronavirus emergency professional team.
At the same time, President Dr. Thomas Leung went to Hong Kong with 1,000 face masks that donors donated to CRRS USA. Dr. James Yu DDS also arranged to deliver medical equipment and supplies to Hong Kong.
In Hong Kong, Dr. Leung participated in on street evangelical ministries, showing the love and care of Christ to the drug addicts and marginal youth. Dr. Leung, together with Brother Gui Hang Wu, Pastor Chen Ping Liu and Minister Ha Law etc., delivered facemasks donated by CRRS USA, with lunch boxes and fruits to hundreds of homeless people. A lot of homeless people believed in Christ on the spot. Then evangelical groups met 10,000 people in the Good Friday on street evangelical meeting and 164 people believed in Christ in the meeting. A week later, the evangelical groups went to 12 districts to preach gospel, 251 people believed in Christ. Some of the facemasks gave out in these meetings were provided by CRRS USA and CRRS HK. This was the time of peak of the coronavirus outbreak in Hong Kong. Most of the on street social services were suspended but just a few Christian organizations. The poor people were deeply touched by this unconditional love.
Pastor Kit Ching Tse in Hong Kong also represented CRRS USA to deliver the facemasks to the people at grass root level, spreading gospel to them.
Due to the severity of the situation, a lot of churches and organization in China were experiencing financial difficulties. So we had arranged donation to a deaf training center in Hebei and a church in Hubei. We also arranged delivery of facemasks to a church in Shenzhen domestically. At this point of time, CRRS USA is working with churches in China and Gospel Church to seek the aftermath spiritual care.
Israel was in a tough situation and asking for help from churches in Hong Kong. CRRS sourced 2,200 face masks from Hong Kong to send to churches in Israel.
After the situation in China had relieved and that Wuhan had reopened, people resumed their work and daily activities. However, situation in United States here became more and more tough. Cases and deaths were spiking. Medical supplies were extremely tight. So CRRS USA changed the direction to support local communities. Once again, we appreciate the efforts of the supporters. We were able to source 10,000 facemasks in one day. Director Mr. Vincent Law immediately coordinated with Herald Christian Health Center and Chinese Christian Herald Crusades to help deliver the facemasks to local communities and police as well as fire stations. Coincidentally, that day was Good Friday (April 10), and facemasks order was in effect in Los Angeles County. What a meaningful act on this date in a timely manner!
Former Chairperson Ms Esther Woo helped sourcing facemasks and delivered to several hospitals, churches, local communities, senior centers and Muslim refugees.
As for Northern California, Director Mr. Gary Wu coordinated with Crosspoint Church, Church of Christ No.6, Silicon Valley Lighthouse Church, Serving Others Worldwide, His Foundation and local communities to deliver the face masks to the people who are in need.
As of now, we had received $30,000+ from donation for the above use. Now that the situation is somewhat relieved, we are planning to help the victims and those who have been affected in the pandemic in different ways.
“I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25 : 40
“And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.” – Matthew 10 : 42
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our supporters for your solemn prayers, active participation and monetary as well as supplies donation, allowing us to accomplish the project smoothly.
We also thank participating churches and organizations in partnering with us for this meaningful ministry: AM 1450 Chinese Today Radio Station, Crosspoint Church, Silicon Valley Lighthouse Church, Church of Christ No.6, First Chinese Baptist Church, Serving Others Worldwide, His Foundation, Herald Christian Health Center, Chinese Christian Herald Crusades, Adventist Hospital, Glendale Memorial Hospital, City of Hope Hospital, Huntington Hospital, Family Welcome Center, Illumination Foundation, Town & Country Senior Manor, San Canyon Urgent Care Center, Hoag Healthline, First Chinese Baptist Church, The Amity Foundation, Sichuan Luzhou Gospel Hospital, Sichuan Luzhou Christian Church, Sichuan Southwest University of Nationalities, Pastor Kit Ching Tse, Pastor Chen Ping Liu , Minister Ha Law, Brother Gui Hang Ng, and Culture Regeneration Research Society Canada and Hong Kong. We sincerely apologize for any missing ones here.
We pray that Covid-19 pandemic will be under control, the sick will be healed and the societies will be back to normal soon!