The theme of this issue is “shepherding”. Jesus Christ came to the world to be the Great Shepherd, leading men onto the path of light and feeding them with the Word. In the little more than two thousand years that followed, all those who responded to Jesus Christ’s great commission of “making disciples of all the nations” and committed to shepherding His flock must have experienced that unique joy amid toughness and challenges. In November, Hong Kong Pentecostal Holiness Church ordained three ministers: Rev. Cheung Chung-yin, Rev. Leung Hin-kit and Rev. So Yue-ting. The trio came from different family backgrounds and each has his/her own story of walking with God, precious experiences that will help their ministry ahead. We are glad to have them sharing sincerely with us their life testimonies.
With reference to 1 Peter, Rev. Doris Leung elaborated the two sides of shepherd-leadership: “taking care” versus “dominating”. “Taking care” intends to keep company and watch over. “Dominating”, though, is making oneself the lord for the flock to obey and follow. The fine line between the two hinges on whether the focus is properly set on God. The full elaboration can be found in the column Bible in Hermeneutics.
This issue is published at a time around Christmas. From a secular perspective, Jesus Christ was born at an awkward time, in a far from ideal place and to a way too modest family. Right from the start, he had nothing to be proud of. Even Jesus himself admitted on his lack of possessions: “Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” (Matthew 8:20) But what He has is the way to life. He is the Great Shepherd. Only through Jesus Christ would one find the true peace of life. In Message from Conference, Rev. Alan Yan pointed out how inter-personal conflicts would be utilized by the evil one to hurt the fellowship and faith community. It is so important to guard our hearts and to pray persistently with thanksgiving. Through this we would be granted the peace that transcends all understanding that enables us to face the challenges in life. This reminds me of what Rev. Donavan Ng said: “Spiritual growth is the best healing.” As we grow in faith and get strong through the challenges in life, our wounds from the past would not only heal but also empower us to face tougher conditions ahead.
May God’s peace be with you always!