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The incredible story of Dr. Wong growing up in communist China, his struggles to survive, his faith and his victory in Christ.

PICT0391My Mom’s life was so filled with love.

She loved Christ, the heavenly love of her life.  She loved and adored Dad, her earthly one.  She loved her 5 “semi-normal” (Dad’s terminology) children and her 7 grandchildren.  She loved missions.  She loved the First Methodist Church in Haskell, Texas.  Her brothers, cousins, nephews and nieces.  The Lane family.  She loved and adopted so many families and every one of their children.

An Enlarged Heart

On October 26, Mom went home to be with Jesus after suffering a fatal heart attack early that afternoon.  The doctors told Dad that the attack was brought on by an enlarged heart.  My sister Emily said a few days later that Mom loved so much for so long, and in doing so, gave so much of her heart away, that it finally gave out on her.  She had an enlarged heart indeed.

Mom lived her earthly life for 76 years with an enlarged heart because she and her heart were controlled and compelled by the love of Christ.  In 2 Corinthians 5:14 (The Message translation) Paul writes, Christ’s love has moved me to extremes.  His love for me has the first and last word in everything I do. That was Mom to a tee. 

She loved us to extremes with her notes, clippings, gifts and emails.  I’ll miss her extreme hugs when we return for visits to Haskell.  I’ll miss her extreme encouragement of my journey towards cross-cultural missions.  I’ll miss her extreme champion-ing of our lives, families and careers.

She loved Dad to extremes.  Her oft-repeated chorus, “I just love your Father.” still rings in my head.  Someone once asked Mom why she never got angry or yelled at him.  It was told that Mom replied, “I never wanted to hurt your Dad.”  That was our Mom for 51 years of marriage.

Earlier in chapter 5 of 2 Corinthians, Paul writes, it’s no light thing to know that we’ll all one day stand in that place of judgment.  That’s why we work urgently with everyone we meet to get them ready to face God.  I just hope you know how deeply I care.

Those verses were Mom to a tee.  She didn’t care whether you were short or tall.  Young or old.  Cheery or grumpy.  African-American, White, Hispanic or Asian.  Church goer or non-church goer.  She loved you with a sense of urgency that compelled her to keep pushing you with love until she saw you Heavenward.  She brought you clothes, expressed a kind word, wrote you a note of encouragement, championed your careers and basketball games all to let you know in her unique way that Christ was the love of her life and one who gave His life for yours.

Adoption

For a half century Mom lived in a town she cherished and adopted even though she didn’t grow up there.   She was a huge Texan even though she was born in Illinois.  She adopted the Texas Aggies even though she never atended the school.   She adopted just about every child she saw even though they weren’t her own.  Her life was always about adopting.  How fitting it is that she now enjoys the first fruits of her heavenly adoption with its full privileges and inheritances.  Romans 8:23.

Mom, you had this wonderful way of loving something and someone as if you were always meant to be from that place. And now we cry with hope because we know that you´re in the place where you were created to be all along.  We love you. 

This video contains the song “Going Home” which was played at Mom’s memorial’s service last week.  Ìt was one of her favorite songs.   

I want to challenge you to prayerfully consider how God might use you in the spiritual formation of a nation.  The nation of Haiti.

The OMS missionary team needs skilled and non-skilled people in Haiti to help finish the new Seminary Project before the January 11 dedication ceremony and the opening for students.  And to that end, they’re praying that God would send short-term teams during the months of November and first part of December to help out.

Please view this video and share it with anyone you think might be able to serve there.  And if you’d like to know more contact Paul Cox at pcox@omsinternational.org or at 281 907 3656.

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Pad of Paper & PenAre you in the process of unpacking your call to missions?

Ever feel like you’re alone in your struggle to discover what God has for you?  Be encouraged because you’re not alone.

Recently, we hosted an event where friend and co-worker Patrick Whipple invited all of us to write down our “burning question”. The one question that was on our minds and hearts.

The responses below tell me that we’re all in this together and that we all have burning questions that we need answers to.

And that’s okay.

  • Should we enter the mission field if we aren’t sure of our specific abilities in ministry?
  • What if I don’t feel like my spouse is on the same page as me for the call to missions?
  • If college puts me into debt, why should I finish and build up more debt before becoming a missionary?
  • How can I prepare for ministry?
  • What is God’s plan for me as it relates to missions?
  • Will we ever fully know what God’s will for our lives is?
  • Does God desire for my family to move?
  • How do I get started in overseas ministry?
  • What I can do to help fight human trafficking?
  • How do I know what ministries I’m best suited for?
  • How do you know if you should go on a specific mission trip?  Which one is right for you?
  • How do I know if I’m right for ministry?
  • Am I called to work in Ireland?
  • What should you do if you don’t know what God wants you to do?
  • Why can’t I distinguish my own thoughts from God speaking to or through me?

What’s your burning question?  How can we pray for you?