‘The best birthday present ever!’….

So said Mrs. Chang 張喜玉 on Sunday, talking about the fact that her 2 sons had just been baptised, praise the Lord!  Here they both are on their big day…

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And what’s more, their mother was confirmed too…
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~ along with 3 others from our outreach centre at Chung-Li 中壢 ~ what a special day!  So these 3 ladies effectively become new Chung-Li church members nos. 1, 2 and 3!
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Since Good Shepherd Church in Taipei started their outreach ministry in Chung-Li over 2 years ago, and then Sunday services started there 18 months ago, Sunday was really their first baptisms and confirmations.  The whole congregation of Chung-Li came back to their ‘mother church’ for the service and together with Good Shepherd Church Chinese congregation we all celebrated this special occasion ~ a total of 3 baptisms and 9 confirmations, here they all are!

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Sarah Pan was also confirmed, her family are Good Shepherd Church members who live in Chung-Li, and it is through their witness that really this whole outreach started… this is grandmother Mrs. Pan, along with Mr. Lee, aged 100, the oldest member of Good Shepherd Church!

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All those from Chung-Li, friends who had come specially for the occasion, Good Shepherd church members who help out at Chung-Li, plus hangers-on like me ~ here we all are….

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After the service we had a celebratory birthday cake to mark their new birthdays as Christians…

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Lunch was followed by a gathering for the Chung-Li folks at the home of one of the former Chung-Li workers, near Good Shepherd Church ~ with wonderful views of Yang-Ming High School and the main road, in the rain!

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Plus sharing time with Bishop and Lily Lai…

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A wonderful day!

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