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魏爸爸,我們的屬靈父親!

「很多人都知道,魏媽媽和我將於近期內『退休』,返回美國。我在『退休』上加了引號,其實有兩個理由。第一,我不會停止工作,只不過是換了工作地點。第二,在聖經裡只有提到一種方式的退休,就是當我們完成了屬世的事後,被主召回天家與主同在。」這是1995年12月您和魏媽媽離開台灣前,於同工會中最後對我們所說的話。「中國已經是我住了近五十年的家了,我在這裡有很多的好朋友,總之,說再見是不容易的。」說這話時,您眼中泛著淚光,十多年了,仍歷歷在目。

您視我們如兒女、同工、朋友,當我們面對外界質疑的眼光、及事奉上的灰心挫折,您總是堅定用神的話語給予安慰鼓勵;當我們有軟弱過失,您也從不曾大聲斥責,卻如慈父般婉言規勸,時常暗中流淚為我們禱告。「你們學基督的,師父雖有一萬,為父的卻是不多。」(哥林多前書 4:15) 您是我們敬愛的屬靈父親,您留給我們的是最珍貴的屬靈資產—生命與榜樣。

今日我們依然追隨您信心的腳蹤,在「貧困不幸的台灣鄉村」建立基督榮耀的教會!您當日的提醒,我們始終謹記在心:沒有甚麼事情能夠攔阻祂!

魏爸爸,謝謝您的愛!我們真的很想念您!

鄉福全體同工及家人


(註: 追思文由劉俊銘弟兄交與魏牧師家人,並做為追思會上劉弟兄致思念辭的文稿。)



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(英文翻譯/劉俊銘)

Papa Wei, Our Dad in Spiritual!

「Many people knew that Mama Wei and I will be in “retirement” in the near future and return to US. The reasons I added the quotation marks in the word 'retirement' have two: First, I will not stop working, but just trade the working location. Second, in the Holy Bible, it mentioned that there is only one way of retirement. That is when we have completed the work in this fresh world and are called by the Lord to return to be with HIM. 」 These were the words you told the co-workers of the Village Gospel Mission in December, 1995 just before you and Mama Wei were departing Taiwan. 「I have lived in China for 50 years. I have many good friends here. Therefore, saying good-bye is not easy. 」 It has been more than a decade. We still can remember that when you said this the tears were in your eyes.

You regarded us like children, co-workers, and friends. When we encountered the judgment by the suspicious outsiders or when our services were discouraged by the setback, you always used God’s words to firmly encourage and comfort us. When we were weakly stumbling with mistakes, you had never once loudly reprimanded us. However, you were like a lovely father with compassion using persuasive words to admonish us. Quite often you privately burst into tears for us in prayers. 「Even though you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel. 」 (1 Corinthians 4:15) You are our respectful father in spiritual. You left us the most precious spiritual properties – living life and examples.

Today, we are still following your steps on Faith to establish glorious churches of Christ among “the impoverished and unprivileged villages in Taiwan”! Your reminders to us during those days are still in our hearts: There is nothing to hinder HIM!

Papa Wei, we deeply thank you for your love! We really missed you very much!

All Co-workers and Families of Village Gospel Mission, Taiwan


(Note: This memorial article was delivered to Rev. Webster's family by Brother Jin-Ming Liu and was used as the script of Audience Memorial Sharing by Brother Liu during the memorial service.)



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