Goodbye Ox, Hello Tiger
Chinese New Year to all!
The Chinese calendar follows the twelve
year lunar cycle, with each year representing one animal. Today is the final
day of the Year of the Ox, which is traditionally celebrated with a family
dinner. The Year of the Tiger will be ushered in tomorrow with three public
holidays in Hong Kong (Feb 1-3). In Mainland China, the celebrations usually
last a week, and many people travel from the cities to their hometowns.
Quarantine measures in HK, Macau and Mainland China will once again affect the
mass movement of travelers in this region.
According to some reports, the positive
characteristics of the Tiger are the following: powerful and charming,
confident and courageous, honest, loyal and trustworthy; while the negative are:
aggressive and reckless, stubborn, egocentric and selfish, either too chatty or
too quiet, etc.
Our son Josh (HH) is born in the Year of
the Tiger, and will turn 24 year in April. We have definitely benefitted more
of the positive than negative sides to Josh. He is certainly courageous and confident,
honest, loyal and trustworthy (we’ll leave him to spell out the negatives)
His courage is evident in his choices: two years at a boarding school in India
as a 13-14 year old; ventured on his own to the UK to study Law at Warwick
University in 2017; survived the first wave of Covid on his own in a big house,
studied for his exams, and graduated in 2020 (without an official ceremony). In
Sep 2020, returned to the UK, landed a 6-month
contract as a paralegal; overcame Covid in Dec 2020; and continues to persevere
in his application for a training contract with a suitable law firm in London.
Thank you very much for your love, prayers and financial support of our young
As we say farewell to the hard-working
Ox, we share a few brief updates for a year of confidence and courage, keeping
our eyes fixed on the sovereign God who does all things well and makes all
things beautiful in its time (Ecclesiastes 3:11).
WAVE OF COVID
81 new local cases were reported (Jan 30), the highest in about 6 months. A
Delta variant cluster was traced in late January to a pet shop, where a hamster
imported from the Netherlands tested positive; about 2,500 hamsters were culled
as well as nearly 500 other small animals. Pray for effective measures to
control the spread the virus, especially during Lunar New Year festivities
(traditional flower markets have been cancelled; no dining at restaurants after
6pm; all schools, gyms, churches, are closed).
we reached 96%, bolstered by one off gifts in December -- quite remarkable
during this pandemic. Heartfelt thanks for every donation!
Our application for public housing is now in the hands of the HK Housing
Authority (HA). PTL, that Rod is in contact with a very helpful HA official who
will contact us shortly to complete the vetting process. The average waiting
time for an apartment is approx. 5-7 years!!! We value your prayers for God’s
choice and timing.
Judy has been admitted into her final year at the University of the Free State,
PTL! She has a tight schedule and has been working like an Ox; needs the fierce
determination of a Tiger now! Please pray for a productive year in order to
meet the final submission deadline (NOV 30).
PTL for two interviews recently at two tutorial centres, including one
near her home. Depending on Covid restrictions, she is looking forward to begin
in early Feb. Small centres have a relaxed, friendly atmosphere, and are more
suited to her; also hoping for curriculum development opportunities in these
centres/companies. Mika has also started her studies for the second semester
M.A.; and planning to work part-time initially and then full-time from
September. Thank you for praying for her recovery and for God’s provision.
(1) the PRC Government has issued a law to ban online religious activities from
Mar 1. Rod's study groups (via Zoom) expect it will not impact them; please
pray for vital spiritual input while we still have time. (2) Praise the Lord
for two new members (Monday group); both women are eager and active Christians.
Mrs. L recently gave birth to her first daughter – who is well. (3) The Monday
group is enjoying the studies in 1 John -- very lively discussions! Pray for
Rod's teaching and for Mr. J who assists in translation into Mandarin.
400-500 Mainland Chinese pastors are
meeting online daily to pray for China and the Christian community, despite
recent regulations and persecutions toward the church.
In light of the newer restrictions
on religious activity, Mainland Churches are reverting to small group type
congregations, and moving away from the mega-style churches.
With the clampdown on extra curricula
education in China in tutorial centers, the new strategy is to educate the
parents on how to educate their children. The result is an increase in home
With New Year greetings
and gratitude to our friends and family near and far,
Rod and Judy
Jan 31, 2022