晨光通訊 FLC Newsletter April 2019

 

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April Newsletter Highlight

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  1. 信心之旅 A Faith Journey

  2. 感恩及代禱 Thanksgiving & Prayer

  3. 粵語研討會 Cantonese Seminars

  4. 晨光國語父母成长课程 2019  Mandarin Parenting Course

 

信心之旅

石致雯 // 管理委員會成員

「上帝造萬物,各按其時成為美好, 又將永恆安放在世人心裡;然而上帝從始至終的作為, 人不能測透。」(傳道書3:11)

2009年2月起,我開始在晨光擔任輔導實習生,還記得當時面試達三個多小時!幾年後,我才明白冗長的面試,目的是要能適才適所,覓得有心志、又熱衷服務社區的基督徒輔導員。憑藉有限的資源,晨光只能為少數實習生提供高質素的培訓。

通過九個月實習期,我對晨光的異象心馳神往:執行上帝心意去關懷和修復那些在關係、情緒和心靈方面受苦的人士。實習結束時,我被邀加入晨光管理委員會,按過去的管理經驗和技能,我在晨光的主要任務是行政改革及事工規劃,並支援中心總監與委員等。故此,我的「馬其頓召命」轉型了,從輔導工作變為行政工作!

起初,我用港式企業管理手法在晨光運作, 不久問題顯生了,我發現極大的文化衝擊,步履維艱,畢竟這是悉尼,而且是一家非牟利機構! 我和晨光共同草擬這陡峭的學習曲線圖!我要學習謙卑的功課,我的激情被修剪! 同時,我漸了解整體事工和和各同工的實力,而同工和義工們虔誠的委身令我十分感動,讚嘆不已。

2006年,晨光輔導中心在Harris Park成立, 投身服務雪梨西區居民,2010年獲政府資助, 會址進行修葺;2016年,中心遷至 West Ryde,從遷徙過程中,我見證了上主保守和供應,感謝主我有幸統籌中心修葺的工作,發展事工。

始於行政改革時,晨光所建立的規劃和祈望,就是能因應不斷變化的社區需要,提供優質服務。社會在轉變,如昔日求助者以粵語人士為主,近年卻以操華語及英語人士居多。

2015年,晨光有幸成立了另一個部門 -- 教牧更新事工。服務不同宗派教會,支援各教牧同工。

我在管理委員會任職兩年後,家母因癌症去世,其後家父被診斷患上厭食症,我不得不回港照顧他。值得慶幸的是,通過每年兩次到訪雪梨,我可以繼續為晨光服務:參加三月份的晨光計劃日,並十月份的年度大會。至於其餘的會議和事務,都可在網上處理。特別感恩和驚訝的是,我九十歲的父親在我出門後一切安然無恙, 感謝慈愛上主答允我的祈禱,一直保護他。

這些年來,越了解晨光事工,我信賴它的意念與日俱增。對我來說,晨光是上帝賜予我精彩的禮物,讓我從中學習和成長。回顧在晨光的十年事奉,我目睹上帝的奇妙作為,見證他如何按時成就一切美好的事物。現在我既一方面在香港做輔導工作,服侍本地和來自中國的年輕人,同時繼續在晨光服務,能夠兩者兼備,確實是最大福氣!

感謝上帝給我「晨光十年信心之旅」,願榮耀歸與至高神!

 

A Faith Journey

 

“Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.” (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

I FIRST STARTED my association with First Light Care (FLC) in February 2009 as a counselling intern. I recall that the interview with the Centre Director for the internship application lasted over three long hours! I realised, after some years, that the long interview was to be sure that the candidates had the appropriate abilities and attributes for Christian counselling works and a genuine desire to serve the community. With its limited resources, FLC could only provide a quality training experience to a small number of interns.

Throughout the nine months of internship, I started to fully embrace FLC’s vision to care for and restore those who suffer – relationally, emotionally and spiritually – in line with God’s own heart for healing & restoration. At the end of internship, I was invited to join the FLC family as a member of the Management Committee, to provide support to the Committee and the Centre Director especially in the areas of administrative reform & planning. So my ‘Macedonia call’ was not in counselling work with FLC but to make use of my past project management skill for the development of the ministry!

In my early days of FLC management reforms, I found myself experiencing something like a cultural shock as I tried to use my Hong Kong corporate experience in a non-profit organisation in Sydney, It was a steep learning curve for both FLC and myself. I experienced many humble lessons to prune my passion. Yet I have always been so touched by the Godly commitment among the workers and volunteers. I have also learned much about the strengths of the different members and the ministry as a whole.

Very importantly, I have witnessed His faithful guidance and provision to FLC, as evidenced in the ministry’s relocation from one area to another. I am thankful I could help co-ordinating the renovation work of our two counselling centres. The first counselling centre in Sydney West was established at Harris Park in 2006. This Sydney West Centre was renovated after a successful government funding application in 2010. Then, in 2016, God provided a well-located new counselling centre at West Ryde as the committee steered the ministry to meet the changing needs of the community.

Working through the annual FLC Planning Day, which I established at the start of the administrative reform, we prayed and planned for FLC’s ministry direction to better serve the changing community. For example, previously there were more Cantonese-speaking clients but now more and more of our clients speak Mandarin and English.

In 2015, FLC was blessed with the establishment of an additional ministry – the Pastoral Renewal Ministry. This ministry serves and supports the serving pastors from churches of different denominations.

After two years of serving on the Management Committee, my father was diagnosed with anorexia following my mother’s death through cancer and I had to return to Hong Kong to take care of him. Thankfully I have been able to continue to serve FLC by using my twice yearly trips to Sydney to attend FLC’s Planning Day in March and to attend the Annual General Meeting in October. The rest of the management meetings and other matters have been handled online.

I am particularly thankful and amazed that my 90 years old father has never experienced any incident that would necessitate my immediate return to Hong Kong when I visited Sydney. He has always been well protected by our loving God who answers my prayers.

Throughout these years, I have learned much about the strengths of the ministry and my confidence and trust in FLC’s ministry work has been getting stronger and stronger. FLC has been an amazing God-given serving opportunity from which I learn and grow.

When I look back on my ten years with FLC, I can see that God had made everything beautiful in His time. I can now mentor young adults from Hong Kong and China with my counselling skills in Hong Kong while continuing to serve with FLC in Sydney. I have the best of two worlds!

To God be the Glory for all the things He has done in the past 10 years of my faith journey with FLC!

 

Lillian SHEK

Member, Management Committee


感恩及代禱 Thanksgiving & Prayer

 

  1. 請為輔導團隊的强化禱告, 以致在未來的歲月,輔導員將忠誠地奉獻他們的技能,專業知識和爱心,用英語,普通話和廣東話服事我們多元化的社區。
  2. 請祈求神呼召合適的同工加入教牧更生事工服事。
  3. 請為晨光需要更多定期的經濟支持代禱。

 

  1. Please pray for the strengthening of the counselling team that the counselors will faithfully offer their skills, expertise and loving heart to serve our diverse community in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese in the years to come.
  2. Please pray for appropriate workers to be called to join and serve on the Pastors Renewal Ministry.
  3. Please pray for more regular financial support for FLC in order to sustain the ministry.

 

 

 

語研討會 Cantonese Seminars

 

壓力管理建立良好的情緒健康

Stress Management - Building Good Emotional Health

 

日期 (星期三)           
17-07-2019       第1講:“明白人類大腦的壓力反應和認識常見的壓力來源”
24-07-2019       第2講:“面對壓力時,如何創造讓身心靈休息的空間?”
31-07-2019       第3講:“建立健康的心態 - 跟壓力做朋友”
07-08-2019       第4講:“學習用不同的眼光看事物,以至能泰然面對壓力”

 

講員 Speaker:      馬在慈女士 (Ms Evelene Choi Chi MA)
                            註冊臨床心理學家 (Registered Clinical Psychologist)
時間 Time :          10:30am – 12:30pm                                       
地點Venue :         Shop 1, 34-36 Herbert St, West Ryde  NSW

 

*座位有限,須預先報名。免費入場  自由奉獻   

Seats limited. Please fill in online booking form to register.
 

 

晨光國語父母成长课程2019第二学期  Mandarin Parenting Course Term 2

 
为人父母必修课:《未来就在今天 -- 教孩子为自己负责任

The Essentials in Parenting:《Teach Children To Be Responsible For Themselves》

今日父母大多竭尽全力为子女提供丰衣足食,尽其所能以各类补习和才艺训练填满孩子的生活日程,生怕他们输在所谓的起跑线上。这些父母认为自己已经尽到了为人父母的最优努力去养育孩子。然而直到孩子渐渐长大,却发现、更不明白为何养出了少知感恩、缺乏责任感与自控力的孩子,更有甚者,“问题孩子”层出不穷。这真是令父母甚至校方头疼!

父母爱孩子天经地义,可是过度的溺爱却是有害的。这些父母不忍心看到孩子遭遇困难,常常不由自主地越俎代庖,他们以“爱和关心”的名义伸手插手孩子生活的方方面面,破坏了孩子内在成长的力量。

为人父母最不可替代的责任是什么?如何在今天的努力中走对引导孩子的方向--成就孩子从内在产生外界所需要的责任感、自制力和自主性?如何引导孩子拥有积极心态迈向幸福人生?

欢迎参与由儿童教育专业人士Joy Song主讲的为人父母必修课系列课程:未来就在今天—教孩子为自己负责任。

未来就在今天 -- 教孩子为自己负责任

日期 (星期五)

第一课: 父母的三重角色

24-05-2019

第二课:了解孩子成长的内驱力

31-05-2019

第三课:孩子需要承担的责任

07-06-2019

第四课:孩子实践责任与自控的训练

14-06-2019

讲员Speaker:           宋晓玲Joy Song

  • 社会工作硕士(新加坡国立大学)
  • 拥有丰富的儿童情绪与行为训练和亲子教育及婚姻教育经验

 

时间Time:     10:30am – 12:30pm 
地点Venue:  Shop 1, 34-36 Herbert St, West Ryde NSW
费用Fee:       $200 / 每學期Each Term 
*座位有限, 报名从速。Seats limited. Please register early.