夏長勝牧師的見證 – 神的慈愛、我的見證 – 2016
大學畢業後，我的妻子(黃翠萍)與我定居在紐約上州，我也在IBM公司工作多年，神厚賜我們三個兒女：惠銘、惠珍及惠欣(甚至最近兒媳 – 葉思恩)。每個星期天我們一家開車到紐約唐人街，去參加中華海外宣道會的主日崇拜及團契。我一直很重視團契生活對我個人靈命的成長，因為在團契裡基督的愛 激勵我，不但樂意與人分享福音，更願意關心他們。
I was born and raised in a non-Christian family in Hong Kong. Although I attended a Christian elementary school, I had no interest in religion at all. At twelve, my parents and I immigrated to the United States. They often emphasized to us children that education was the key to a better life here. So we studied hard and, eventually, I was admitted into M.I.T. where I majored in electrical engineering.
While in college, unknowingly to me, God was already softening my heart to receive His great love. For soon I realized that life, even with all its riches and awards, if without genuine love and friendship, still lacked true meaning. But thanks be to God! While attending a campus bible study group, I was humbled and touched by Jesus Christ’s sacrificial love for such a sinner like me. “Amazing love! How can it be that Thou, my God, should die for me?” Thus, in 1983, I accepted Jesus Christ to be my Lord and Savior. A few months later I testified my faith and commitment in Him through baptism.
After college my wife, Karen, and I settled in upstate New York where I worked at IBM for many years. God has blessed us with three children, Daniel, Rachel, and Stephanie (even recently, our daughter-in-law, Christine). Each Sunday my family and I would drive to Chinatown, NY to attend worship service and fellowship at Oversea Chinese Mission. I have always treasured the importance of a vibrant fellowship life for my spiritual growth. For within my fellowship Christ’s love has motivated me, not only to share the gospel with others, but also to care for them.
During those years, I found real joy and eternal meaning while serving God in various ministries. My passion to follow Jesus and know His truth also grew in unison. Thus, in the spring of 1998, I started to attend Nyack Alliance Theological Seminary part-time after work. I also prayed that if it was God’s will, I would be willing to serve Him full-time. In 2001 while attending my first Chinese Mission Convention sponsored by Ambassadors for Christ, I publicly responded to God’s calling to be His unworthy servant for the remainder of my life.
In 2006, after much seeking of God’s will and with my family’s blessings, I resigned from work and enrolled in Westminster Theological Seminary. Three years later I graduated with a M. Div. degree. Thanks be to God Who then opened the door for me to serve at Rutgers Community Christian Church for five years.
Since January 2016, by God’s wonderful grace, I have been called to serve at MCCC, assisting in both Mandarin and Cantonese ministries. It is my sincere desire that God would also grant MCCC what Jabez had prayed, “Oh that Thou wouldst bless me indeed, and enlarge my border, and that Thy hand might be with me, and that Thou wouldst keep me from harm, that it may not pain me!” (1 Chron. 4:10)
Dear friends, brothers and sisters in Christ, if you are interested in the gospel, or in need of biblical advice and prayer support, please feel free to contact me. Remember: God’s love never fails!.