晨光通訊 FLC Newsletter April 2019
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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）
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。
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。
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!
Member, Management Committee
感恩及代禱 Thanksgiving & Prayer
- 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。
- 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.
- Please pray for appropriate workers to be called to join and serve on the Pastors Renewal Ministry.
- Please pray for more regular financial support for FLC in order to sustain the ministry.
粵語研討會 Cantonese Seminars
《壓力管理 — 建立良好的情緒健康》
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》
未来就在今天 -- 教孩子为自己负责任
讲员Speaker: 宋晓玲Joy Song
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
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