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A Story of Thanksgiving in Macau

November 16, 2014 Journal
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The Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival is usually related to the moon and is also known by other names such as: (1) Moon Festival or Harvest Moon Festival because of the celebration's association with the full moon on this night, as well as the traditions of moon worship in ancient time and moon gazing; (2) Mooncake Festival because of the popular tradition of eating mooncakes on this occasion; (3) Reunion Festival because in former times a woman in China would take the occasion to visit her parents before returning to celebrate with her husband and his parents. 

This story occurred on a full moon night, the traditional date for gazing at the moon. Following tradition, we invited some young people to come to our apartment after their dinner to eat mooncake and gaze at the moon.  But when the young people heard our invitations, they wanted to change their reunion dinner plans, come to our apartment and cook dinner for us.  We told them that we understood that they are students having no income, and the custom is for senior people to host the dinner for young people.  They replied that because they had been inspired and filled with Christ’s love since they met us eight months ago, and since thanksgiving is a time to serve others, they insisted on buying the food and cooking dinner for us.  Praise belongs to the Lord for revealing His love through us so that those young people understood “Thanksgiving.”  “You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God. " (2 Corinthians 9:11) 

They were so enthusiastic and excited while they cooked six dishes.  During dinner time, we taught them the American way of table manner.  The dinner was so delicious and meaningful because it had ingredients of love from each of us.  Ivy offered to teach them how to make the “American” style of mooncake (a name Ivy created for the cake she made.)  We ate mooncake and chatted until midnight, rejoicing in the “reunion dinner,” the Mid-Autumn Festival we shared with our young friends after our first year in Macau.  We always thank God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, when we pray for these young people whom God has brought us to serve.

Our PSG is 85% now.  We pray for God’s children to hear the call to support His ministry.

Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless each and everyone of you and your families!