From: Tim and Chris Fung - Newsletter - August 30, 2011
Dear Brothers and Sisters, August 30, 2011
Please forgive our silence as it has been a very work-intensive academic term as well as a time of making major decisions. In this newsletter, I would like to describe some highlights from Moffat and Turkana, and inform you what we will be doing next year.
The last school term usually is the busiest because of graduation. This year, there were about thirty-eight students graduating on July 16, 2011 from Moffat Bible College. In this graduation, there were two episodes which were most memorable. The first episode was when the graduation speaker did not arrive until literally few seconds before announcing that one of our own faculty members was to be the substitute speaker. As the Academic Dean who was in charge of the graduation, Tim almost had a heart attack. The second episode was when the speaker Ruben Kigame, a talented gospel composer and singer and an apologist, caught everybody’s attention when he said: “He has never been invited twice to speak in a graduation because he always spoke about things that people did not want to hear - the truth.” The congregation was quiet. Then he proceeded to exposit the Scripture and solemnly charged our graduates to live a radical Christian life rather than a life conforming to the world and the culture. Kigame said that the world needs servants who live a transforming, sacrificial life that will challenge the church and the system to change. The whole congregation felt the solemnity of this charge. After the speech, Tim went up to the stage and before handing out the diplomas to the graduates, he invited Ruben Kigame to come back to speak in a future graduation. The whole congregation chuckled. Pray with us that our graduates will truly guard the gospel and live a radical life to change Kenya and beyond.
After the graduation, Chris almost went up to Turkana to attend the opening of their new buildings at AIC Song’ot Secondary School. They have completed new classrooms, a new dorm, a Science lab, and a dining area from the funds provided by the Kenyan Government and the Australian Embassy. They now have about 160 or more male students. In October, the pioneer class will be taking the KCSE – Kenya Competency Secondary Exams, for the first time. There is tremendous pressure for students to do well because this exam determines their eligibility to enter good Kenyan University or College, or not. It also ranks the school in the academic circle. Pray for success, but more importantly pray that the students will have peace from God and know Him more through their upcoming 2 months of intensive studying leading to the exams. Pray also that their self-worth will not be determined by the exam but by their status in Christ.
Because this was the last term before leaving on a home assignment for Chris to complete her studies at Fuller Seminary in July 2011, we were praying if God wanted us to continue serving at Moffat Bible College after Chris’ studies in 2012. After much prayerful considerations and dialogues with the AIM officials, they agreed that God was leading us to leave Moffat Bible College after completing our 2 year assignment in July 2011, and for Chris to finish her studies at Fuller Seminary. They also agreed that meanwhile, during Chris’ studies, we shall talk with AIM officials and wait and seek for God’s will for our next ministry. This decision has launched us into a journey of unknowns but perhaps familiarly known as a journey of faith. We are not very good at facing uncertainties, yet God has placed a sense of peace in our hearts. Please pray for us to have the patience to wait and seek God’s future direction for our ministry in the coming year.
Presently, we are in Boston visiting Chris’ mother. She is relatively well but still weak. She is immobile on one side and her speech is slurred, but we sense that she has peace in her heart and has accepted the fact that the nursing home is the right place for her. This is a major hurdle for an elderly person. We were pleased to be with her when she made her debut in her own church this year. The loving welcome she received from brothers and sisters encouraged her spirit. Praise the Lord for the church community. Please rejoice with us and pray for Chris’ mother that she will be the salt and light in the nursing home.
We will be at Fuller Seminary, Pasadena, California from September 2011 – August 2012. If you are in the Los Angeles area, we would love to see you. We have African and Chinese hospitality in our blood.
Our new address is: 271 North Madison Ave. #485
Pasadena, CA, 91101
Our number is: (408) 772-9006
Please note that the AFRICA INLAND MISSION office has moved from New York to Georgia. Please use the following address for sending your support for us as well as any kind of communication or help you need from the office:
AFRICA INLAND MISSION
P.O. BOX 3611
PEACHTREE CITY, GA 30269-7611
AIM Phone #: 1-800-254-0010
We sincerely appreciate your love and prayer, and your sacrificial giving to our ministry, especially at this time of economic downturn.
May you and your family taste His goodness as you continue to know Him more intimately.
Tim and Chris Fung