Last Sunday, was our year-end Sunday at Feng Shan Free Methodist Church (FSFMC) here in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. The celebration started with a big meal fellowship on Saturday evening. The local church invited many people from around the community to join us for dinner and a short Christmas program afterwards. Jacob and Carmen enjoyed the children's song and I heartily consummed the delicious Peking duck dish. (Please do not ask me how much I ate.) Sunday morning, the children again had a special time singing "Silent Night" during the morning worship service. It was not just any other Sunday. It was a Sunday celebrating the goodness of our Lord and remembering God's faithfulness throughout the year.
It was also a Sunday when FSFMC dedicated nine (9) people to the Lord through a water baptism service. One of the young people that was being baptized, Rita, was the daughter of our good friend Joseph. I took some pictures to commemorate this milestone in Rita's life. It was very moving, not only because of the religious symbolism, but also because we do this every last Sunday of the year. It was not just any other Sunday. It was a Sunday of declaring our submission to God. These nine people made their commitment to follow Christ and we as a congregation made our decision to support them in prayer. It was a communal act of celebration.
It was not just any other Sunday. It was also a Sunday when we met Ava and took her home with us. Last Sunday afternoon, after the morning church service, we went to pick up three-month old Ava from her home, the His Hands Ministry, a Christian adoption agency here in Kaohsiung. She stayed with us for six days. In this way, we gave the staff and volunteers of His Hands a little respite and a much-needed break this holiday season. It was a Sunday when we first experienced what it meant to host a child or sponsor a child for adoption. We were not adopting her. (Someone else is going to.) We were simply helping out.
Now, Ava is sleeping. Sarah is tired. Carmen and Jacob are learning what it means to care for a little baby girl. We are all enjoying her company. She loves to watch Jacob and Carmen dance. She coos and babbles when we talk to her. I think she likes my mustasche. I try my best to help Sarah. I play with Ava and give Sarah a little breather. So far, it has been a time of celebration. I thank the Lord for last Sunday, Ava came into our lives. And even if it is only for six days, we are witnessing God's goodness in our lives in novel and profound ways. It is for us, not just any other Sunday.