Baptism Cont’d

Ok, so the night before my baptism, I was on the phone with my pastor for A LONG WHILE, and I did prepare a thoroughly thought baptism speech…

But …. I was so frightened on the night of my baptism (I’m scared of H2O, pools, lakes, oceans etc.) that I blanked out.

Ah, here is my planned baptism speech ……..

“I came to faith in the November of 2011. That was my freshman year of high school…I have to be honest with ya, the process of coming to faith was not easy; it was actually extremely painful …. At that time I was on a white hospital bed in the ER at UofM’S C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, not knowing whether I will make it past midnight…The CT scans showed dark spots in my brain, and my heart rate was abnormally high, and aside from that, I COULDN’T EVEN WALK….I thought to myself: Oh, what a pity for my life to end in such way … I was doing just fine 1.5 weeks ago … and now I am not even able-bodied……. A flash came to my mind 1 second later that my best friend, Lydia, is a devoted Christian….She told me that God answers all prayers……So, uncertain about whether I’ll die in the next second, I prayed to God for the first time, asking him to grant me a life, if he really exists and can hear me ….And, here I am, living gracefully under God’s glory. Although Lydia couldn’t make it to here today because she’s all tied up with her busy schedule, I still want to dedicate my gratitude to her and thank her for being God’s messenger to me.”

Here is my full baptism video, the courtesy of Tyler’s ! I’m extremely terrified of water, but I did it for God, and I’m proud.

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipM8EOmLkKYQTFWIGTdIfGYRkAAqPYr2XLFZJccl0UuYO_0LsgH5P2Rg09InQy-1rg/photo/AF1QipMSReYbjszQ9mlQ6c9tY7f7IonR3kbQYuttX-Jg?key=bVBHZFBtNW0xUE5STnh2N3ZYRThqTG4zanNIcEhn

Thanks to Pastor Nino for comforting me and baptizing me even when I was contemplating 3000000 ways to fight him!!

2016/12/2 Baptism

Uhm, so I got baptized last night…It still feels surreal, but it really did happen ….. WOW!!!

Water and i don’t get along, so going into that huge baptismal was scary; the water was up my waist, and I was just thinking: HOW CAN I GET OUT OF HERE, the whole time ………….

When pastor Nino pushed, or “gently put,” as some would say, my head into water, I almost fought him …. Whoo…Thank God I didn’t !!!!! I don’t want to injure my pastor, but GOING INTO WATER WAS HORRIFYING OK, IT WAS SO DEEP WHAT IF I DROWN. i HAD BATHING SUIT UNDERNEATH BUT STILL !!!!!!!!!!!!

But in the end God made everything worth it !!!!!!!!!!!!!! So I’m  good so far.

 

God is the Greatest !!!

So after overcoming a long and weary jet lag and a long and weary viral infection I went back to church today !!!!! It feels so amazing to re-connect with my fellow believers at H2O church, in Ann Arbor and in America.

Because the Rackham buidling is closed for holidays, we had our first service at the union. WOW SO MUCH SWAGGG AND FUN TO CATCH UP WITH ALL OF MY FRANDS.

Ok, I’m gonna shift my casual YOLOSWAG tone back to my formal tone now.

My pastor, Nino Guarisco, shared a very reflective statement with all of us this morning, and whether you are a believer, no matter how old you are, it is a statement for you to reflect on.

“The type of friends that you make and the level of priority you place on your relationship with Jesus Christ will determine the type of person you will become while at the University of Michigan (and at any place).”

I read somewhere that by just looking at the 5 closest friends that one has, any person can tell his future prospects. I have a lot to say on this, but because of privacy reasons, I’m not gonna share anything on this blog. I’m just gonna leave it here that if you choose to surround yourself with positivism, your whole life is going to be positive, while if you surround yourself with negativity, most of your life is going to be negative.

In the end, a huge “Thank You” to God for bringing together my fellow believers at H2O to worship under one roof!! It’s amazing to see your light shine upon us and shall we love one another forever !!! Thank you; thank you; thank you !!!

 

Last Service at Shanghai’s Moore Memorial Church

“Can I get a photo with you since this is my last service here…I’m returning to America soon…”

“HOW COME WE DIDN’T SELFIE YET? Of course of course. Where do you want to take the photo at?”

“At the plaque certified during 1879 A.D., during Emperor Guangxu’s regime.”

  • (;′⌒`)We attempted to selfie, but the photos didn’t turn out well, so

*puts on puppy eyes

“Miss, Miss, can you capture a photo for us, pleaseeeeee.”

*her eyes enlightened !!!!

“Awww yeah of course. Oh my god, It’s my first time seeing a pair of eyes as adorable as those of yours.”

“Awe, thank you !!! Yeah, a lot of people say that my eyes are beautiful; I got them done in South Korea last summer!”

“….Wait…Are you for real?”

“No, I’m just kidding…My whole family has huge-ass eyes LOL”

“Oh I was just gonna say…Your eyes appear super natural…”

“Wanna be our friend and exchange WeChat IDs? I’m leaving for college soon.”

“OF COURSE.”

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  • A Hyuuuuge TY to you two lovely ladies for snapping this photo of us !!! It’s so great to attend church over the past 2.5 months with cute people like you guys!! Thanks for witnessing the Lord’s glory with us!! Shall God be in our hearts, forever and always <3

Know God, know life; no God, no life.

“Well, I don’t consider myself a good Christian since I’m still doubtful.”

“May I ask you why you’re here then?”

“My mom is the reason. She is the only one in my household who believes in God while the rest of my family is against the idea of Christianity. All my other relatives considered Christianity a kind of cult because it is western. My dad had even threatened to divorce my mother and almost did that. Regardless, my mother still took me to church with her and had me baptized at a very young age. At the time of my baptism, I didn’t believe in God. It wasn’t until my mother had gotten sick had I ‘kinda’ felt God’s presence. She caught a rare illness and even the doctors have told my dad that her chances of living is very slim. Just as everyone is about to give up, I made the decision to inform the church my mother was attending at the moment. I was thinking: at least she would be pleased if her fellow believers have blessed her to heaven. The priest and his disciples followed my wish to come see her for the last time and prayed sincerely around her bed. Then magic happened. She got off her bed the next morning and insisted that she was fine. The medical staff did a checkup on her and proved her well-being.”

“Wow, God really did work his magic on your mom. This may be abrupt, but can I ask you why you’re still skeptical?”

“The lord did work his power on you and my mother, but … I don’t think I have experienced such drastic changes like the both of you … I still don’t consider myself fully and truly godly at this moment. I want to get more information with regards to God, and that’s why I’m attending this church after my job moved me to Shanghai. Hopefully after I become more informed I’ll get baptized again, with God in my heart and fully offer my soul and body to heaven.”
“Just know that even if you don’t solider yourself faithful to the lord, Christ is with you already, and that’s why you’re here at this Church. At least that’s what I am thinking”
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Thank you, my lovely friend, for buying me a copy of the bible in Chinese. It’s the most understandable version I have yet to see.”