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MOTHER'S DAY: MOTHER'S VERY INTERESTING LIFE
Mother's Day will be celebrated this year on the second Sunday, May 8, 2016. The day was initiated by Anna Jarvis of West Virginia, U.S.A. at a memorial service and recognized in 1914, two years after her mother, Ann Maria Reeves Jarvis died on May 12, 1907.
Since then many nations in the world have adopted this day to honour the mother in each family. Different nations celebrate this day on various days, but in America and Canada it is celebrated on the second Sunday in May.
TRIBUTE TO MY MOTHER
I am paying tribute to my mother's memory this year. Thank God for Mother in leading the family to be baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ. At the time, she was not worshipping any god at all.
Mother had a very interesting life! She was one out of three Chinese girls in the town who was educated in the English language in the Ipoh Convent. Very few Chinese girls were educated in English at that time. Most parents could not afford to send their children to English schools. Her father was a rubber estate owner with a BA degree who migrated to Malaysia from Rangoon in Burma.
CONVERSION TO CHRISTIANITY
Mother led the family to be baptized in the Lord Jesus Christ and now there are five generations of Christians in the family.
When my brother Paul was eleven months old, he had diphtheria and by the time mother took him to see the doctor, it was too late and he could not do anything to help him. Mother went home and wept for he was her first son.
Grandma was already a Christian at that time and she was very keen for all her children to embrace Christianity, but no one heeded her. Grandma went to the church and asked some Indian members to come to the house and pray for the child. Mother agreed that if her son became well, she and her family would become Christians. Not being a Christian at the time, she bargained with God. Thank God for saving my brother's life.
After three days of prayer, the child became well and as a result, the family became Christians as well. God has a unique way of calling different people to His fold. It was due to her faith in Jesus Christ that Paul was healed and the rest of the family became Christians in the non-denominational church, the True Jesus Church which had it's origin in Beijing, 1917. The prayers of the Indian members also helped.
GOD REWARDED MOTHER
God had rewarded her for her faith in God. Four out of five daughters became teachers, but the fifth and eldest daughter was the secretary to the manager of the Perak River Hydro. He was a Scotsman as well as a freemason. One of the sons is a self-employed architect who designed a satelite town of 300 estate houses outside Ipoh, the capital of Perak, Malaysia. It was rather unusual for him to plan a Catholic school and hospital for he was not a Catholic. The other son was an accountant and was Acting State Treasurer when he migrated together with the rest of the family to Canada due to unrest in the country. Two of the daughters who were teachers received Teacher's scholarships for further study in England. The second son became a cook
for elderly patients after attending special courses in Vancouver.
EXORCISM OF THREE DISTURBED WOMEN
After the death of my father, mother led three of her daughters to exorcise evil spirits from three disturbed women who came for help.
3 Generations (4 Members) in family having the same birthdate
Mother also has the distinction of having four members of the family born on the same birthday date, October 25. Her husband, a daughter and two great granddaughters (twins) were all born on the same date.
AWARDED A PRIZE FOR A SLOGAN
Mother liked crossword puzzles and she would do them from the daily newspaper. One day she saw an advertisement asking readers to submit a name for the slogan of a new toothpaste. The competition was open to all throughout Malaysia. Mother had won the competition! What a surprise! The whole family had to pose for a photograph to be printed in the daily newspaper in the country. Many students pulled my leg over this after reading the newspaper.
Mother was good in mathematics and she was involved in the stock exchange market though she did not attend at the broker's place as did her brother and sisters. Every evening at 6 pm, she would listen to the news regarding the stock exchange and cutting the grass in the lawn with a pair of scissors even though the gardener had already mown the grass. She sold all her shares when she migrated to Canada.
INTERESTS IN BIBLE SERMONS AND HEALTH
Mother liked to copy verses from the Bible or sermons and also articles about health into books in her beautiful handwriting. Bible verses which interest her were written in separate little booklets. Throughout her life, she was intrigued with health. Mother constantly ate liver because she was anemic and according to her, liver helped to boost her blood count. This was her special diet.
Praise and thank God for her achievements. She had a good life and came from a well to do family and she had the privilege of attending the Convent School for an English education, being only one of three Chinese girls in the town. Her piano teacher was the town band master. All glory go to Jesus Christ for we are nothing! It is God who gave us life, peace, blessings and success in the world.
All glory to the Lord God.
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