Greetings in our sovereign and gracious covenant Lord’s name. Blessed Christmas to you all. Here still not cool yet, this year seems to be hotter than the other years. I hope and pray that you all are doing well in that cold winter, for your kindness I knew what real-cold is like a bit now.
The month of October went quite fast preparing to visit you, even a few Sunday Digest could not produced due to time consuming details of getting all necessary documents to go abroad.
Thank you very much for inviting me and my wife to visit your churches first hands to see saints on the other side of globe. Without your kindness, generosity this trip would not happen, as well as our heavenly Father’s timing.
The trip itself was too amazing and wonderful for us, as well as for our churches here.
1) It was after 20 years for me to go out from our country, the last time I was in other country, namely Singapore, was 1997. For my wife, everything first time, go out from country, get pass-port, riding air-plain, left her children that long the first time. So, for His mercy we could arrive to you. Thank you very much for welcoming us at the air-port of Grand Rapids. That welcoming event revived our energy anew.
2) “Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. 2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee. 3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. 4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD. 5 The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life. 6 Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.” (Psalm
That is what we witness in United State in your midst. Too wonderful to retold, some time we like to cry for joy seeing that truth. At various schools we see first hand how our covenant God maintains His covenant promises through out generations.
And we witness, how you parents keep your covenant callings in bringing the children up, nurturing them in the fear of the Lord(Eph.
6:4). I found out that, one of your elderly men told me that from 1924, now he has seven generations in PR. That is amazing truth and encouragement for us the first generation reformed believer, we have so much responsibilities for our God given next generations. Those generations do not turn out to be wonderful people, but God uses parents’ working hard to be His people.
3) Every thing is done decently and in order in various meetings of congregation and school(1Cor 14:40), I learned all the meetings I attended we have so much to learn from your ways of doing things. That is also amazing thing for us, almost 60 years under very bad and coercing government, we know one thing that is how to survive, and we live in fear all the time, so the word “Decently and Orderliness” is not is our vocabulary. We pray that our covenant Lord may give us good government so that we may also have time to be in orderliness.
4) Family life also we learned a lot with my wife, you begin a day with reading the Bible and prayer together with the children before going the school, before you go to work, and end the day with reading the Bible singing together Psalms and praying together as a family, you live what you believed, religious in not another chapter of your life, but your life itself. That is amazing, because in our Eastern side, religious in not life itself but a chapter of many chapters of life.
5) We learned the willingness of mothers to be busy at home caring family, very much different from the world that talk much about “carrier women” not because they are not capable but because they love God’s covenant. Fathers as well, working hard faithful to family, in their life family is first not self, very different from the world around us.
6) And we are quite surprised to see many of the families have many children, here in our land even the church talks about family planning, birth control echoing the world, but we PR love the covenant so love many covenant children.
7) And we love to see your singing, at the worship services, at the families, and even in party you sing Psalms, that is very encouraging and we learn how a reformed people happy.
8) Within three weeks, what kind of things your do not like? if some one asked me, I will answer “nothing,” that does not mean that we all have weaknesses, we all do, because we are still living here, not yet there. So, like creation, somewhere is always night, if you have the sun, in our side night, when we have light your side is night. But the book of revelation said, when we arrive new creation, there will be no more night. So, I see our weakness not to be take lightly, we daily struggles personally, individually, in family, in extended families, in church, in work, but we understand that the Lord delivers us slowly from that sinful natures.
9) So, thank you very much again for allowing us to visit three weeks among you, some of you we remember quite well, some of you we started to remember, but we love you all and you all are for us a really strength to persevere on to stand for our PR distinctives.
Thursday Bible classes begin again, now the first hour, we listen Prof. Commenga’s seminary lectures on “Soteriology,” that is doctrine of salvation, the second hour we discuss our Essentials of Reformed Doctrine.
And on Thursday night, I have another Bible class to equip two young men from our congregation to become new elder and deacon, so that we may have rotation of office bearers. That one is to fulfil the things that we discussed when I was in the State with Myanmar Committee.
I am still busy, editing my KJV Burmese translation, I am now editing the book of First John and I preached every week from out of that editing. Evening services Hidelberg Catechism, now eight time just started, reached LD 2.
For Sunday Digest, now I started translating, the book of Judges, reach chapter 3, I reached translating “Come, Ye Children,” by Gertrude Hoeksema, “King Solomon Dreams a Dream.” I am translating, “Unfolding Covenant History,” by Homer C. Hoeksema, I am translating the topic ” Paradise the First.” I send Sunday Digests as attachment.
Catechism classes, younger one, Heidel Berg Catechism, by Rev. Wilbur Bruinsma, this week we reach lesson 46. Older youth, I am teaching them our Belgic Catechism itself now, reach art(9).
Thank you very much for supporting my ministry, without your help I cannot do all the things that I do for His people. Please, continues to pray for us, so that the reformed truth that we hold dear as PR churches will be rooted here. In my congregational prayer as well as in personal prayers always pray for you, especially the long struggle that the Lord sent to your midst to end. The Lord’s blessings to you all.