Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Dedication

This blog entry is dedicated to Pastor Paul and Janet. My dearest mentors.

Sob. I really missed P.Paul and Janet alot.

Seeing them walk through the departure gates. Tears just auto swell up in my eyes *WAIL*

The couple had been my (& keegan's) mentor when I was a 2 year old young christian.

It was in Year 2001 when I first saw Pastor Paul coming to Bethel. I still clearly remember he was a guest preacher. I can't exactly remember what sermon and what passage he was talking about. But what caught our attention was extremly long name - Pastor Paul Albert Tanchio

The whole service, never listen to what he was preaching, more on discussing with Kg.

"What country do you think he come from ar? SOOOO Strange leh his name. Paul ? Albert? Tanchio????? Wah So interesting! Maybe he is from Japan or Phillipines. Maybe some kind of exotic countries like Mexico or .. hmmm *giggle*"

Finally i think about 1 month plus, he was finally introduce in our church as the new youth pastor. Whoo! Sounds very exciting. Keegan and I was the only ones in youth cell then. Most of them weren't too interested every since the previous Pastor left. But being a new christian, i hunger deeply for God's word and look forward for cell group fellowship, i was excited to see a new Pastor. Keegan and I try hard to got everyone to come back. Pastor Paul was very quiet then. He told us he want to observe how the youths behave. We thought he was weird. Why this Pastor so quiet? Haha.

Slowly, he warmed up. I can also remember our very first bible study with the cell group was the book 1 Cor and 2 Cor. I loved his teachings. I learnt so much about that book. I still remember when he sit cross-legged on the floor. Then Keegan always push a old biscuit tin to Pastor Paul saying "Here, Pastor. Your "pulpit"!"

Years later we recount this. We laughed non stop.

Slowly the attendance in youth cell fall. Alot of them don't want to stay. I was sad and not motivated. But Keegan told me. I am tired. All my good friends are gone. I want to join them in another church. Then i say ok lor. You changed church also can. But you must tell Pastor Paul. I think is only fair you tell him and explain.

I cannot exactly remember the conversation with Pastor. We end up staying in Bethel again. Pastor Paul somehow convinced us. How? I not sure actually. But i glad we stayed. We did many bible studies. Our lesson was always on Thursday night and another one on Sunday afternoon. Janet started joining us. We got to know this couple better. They always share alot of their knowledge. We shared ours. I think then 18 or 19. Quite immature but somehow, they always shared and concern for us. They prayed for us. We are so thankful.

Not all the time is sweet. There are times of rebuke and scoldings from them too! There were a period of time, we hardly attended service. Finally Pastor and Janet rebuke us. But it was a gentle rebuke! I was extremely guilty!!!! I am glad that they did. Truly love and concern for your welfare, only brother and sister in Christ would teach you like this. Rebuking out of love.

For 2 years, We enjoyed great fellowships and prayers. Pastor Paul and Janet is really patient. (Can you imagine? We took 2 years to complete the bible study on Romans!) Whenever Keegan or myself are unhappy about our life like studies, family or anything. They always bring us out for a good meal. We felt so blessed and touched to have friends like them. They nv forget our birthdays. They love to sing and worship the Lord. They have a beautiful home and they always opened it up to us.

When we finally graduated from Poly, we moved from the youth cell to Judea cell. But despite that, we still keep close contact. Occassionally a drop by @ youth cell, meals fellowship.

At one time, I still remember very clearly it was in Year 2003. I hit the lowest period of my life. My family was almost breaking apart. Somehow i wonder what will happen to me. I asked God. Oh help me. Keegan just got enlisted in the army. No one was with me. I felt so down. And you know what? I didnt share anything with cell then. After saying a prayer, my phone rang. "Hi Peiying, how are you? Hows your new job and oh hows ur family? Keegan got enlisted already right? hahha"

I burst into tears. I can't believe it. Janet called. Immediately she asked if she can meet me up for coffee. I couldn't then cos i had already reached home. But she invited me to her house the very next day. I went and just poured my heart out to this couple. How sweet and how nice. They cooked a very nice heartwarming meal for me and prayed for me. Told me that everything is in God's hands and nothing will happen to me. They continued to pray for me.

Keegan have his own share of sharing about the love that Pastor and Janet shown to him. Do ask him. =)

These little acts of love and concern. God gave them to me. I really thank them.

Thank You Pastor and Janet. Your love had touched my life and keegan's life.

Thank you for teaching us bible studies
Thank you for mentoring us
Thank you for scolding us
Thank you for cooking lovely meals
Thank you for listening to us
Thank you for being there whenever we call you
Thank you for the support that you've shown in BBGB
Thank you for showing us what is like to serve the Lord
Thank you for showing us what is like to worship the Lord
Thank you for showing us what is like to love the Lord
Thank you for sharing our joy, sadness and our achievements

Thank you for everything.

We look forward to meet you up again (in Aussie i hope). Silly me. Yes i still cry whenever I think that you two are not in church anymore.

May the Lord be with you and bless you. Praying for you two. Thank you my dearest mentors.

2 comments:

Qq said...

I'm not as close to Pastor Paul & Janet, I think only get to know them abit more last year, especially since he became an avid supporter of Evince. I do wish I had more opportunites to speak with him about matters like worship...well, maybe count me in for the Oz trip to visit them??

I have two things to add to this tribute:

(1) I really like the worships Pastor Paul leads. They are musical/singing/worship art pieces. The musicians & singers like to joke about how difficult the pieces he chose always are. But, they are such beautiful music pieces that I don't really mind them being difficult. Though we still complain and whine..haha.

(2) When I first heard the announcement about their going to Sydney. I think it was first sunday at Bethel English. We just received the member's handbook for the year. I thought to myself - next year probably don't have such a nice handbook liao. Pastor Paul always designs and make such nice handbooks. Even for our sunday worship practices.

One regret I have....sigh...can't get hold of the huge library of music scores he owns. I wonder where they are now.... ;p

Lastly, want to thank God for blessing us with this couple. Pastor Paul & Janet had really left a mark in Bethel. May God continue to watch & guide & nurture them...

YS said...

Indeed it's sad to see this brother and sister of our's go off to Sydney...

This has been one of the sendoff that I've been really "quiet" at... Really miss my time with Pastor Paul too... Didn't know what to say that day... Emotion were stirring within me...

Maybe I won't have a chance to find someone with passion to share my thoughts and dreams to like Pastor Paul... Will miss the late night talks we have during camps... Will miss all the Fridays talk we have in the office before CG...

Indeed the couple have been a blessing to me in an extremely personal way... God bless them as they move to Sydney...

Better stop here before I start keeping "quiet" the rest of the day...