“How can I serve your family?” – This was the statement as far as I can remember that started the whole thing. It also helped that I crashed the car and Keenon had to lend us his. Anyway, the point of this post was to reflect on and write about this couple and my family’s journey with them.
It was during the Church Family camp this year that Keenon came up to me to ask the question, “How can I serve your family?”. It was immediately after a sermon, I think. And one of the applications must have been about how young singles or non-married people can also encourage older families or people on the Church by serving and praying for them. In which I responded, “just hang out with us. Come over when you are free and just hang. We can feel isolated as a family unit from the outside world sometimes and we may not have time to go out to socialise and hang out with other Church members all the time.”
Keenon wasted no time on this. Over the subsequent weeks, him and Sarah (his girlfriend) popped by almost every other day to our place! Over many meals, mini projects, and games, we got to know each other well. They greatly encouraged us by their love and servant-heartedness. Always willing to help, pray and give support. They’ve also encouraged us in how they are so willing to give up their time for the sake of Christ by sharing their lives with us.
So why am writing this post now? Well, Keenon and Sarah left our family Church to go back to Singapore for a new chapter in their lives. It was with heavy hearts that we said our goodbyes last night. You guys will be dearly missed by Kat and myself and especially the kids. I think Yako misses you guys quite a bit too.
As an encouragement, I’d like to document what I see as I observe this couple over the last two months as we got to hang out.
- I see a man that leads. Willing to make sacrifices and uncomfortable decisions for the sake of the gospel.
- I see a woman that submits, even though it may be hard, to leadership because she knows her man is trying.
- I see a couple struggling, in a good way, to live our what the bible commands about loving God and others around them in a hugely practical way.
- I see a man who hungers for God’s word.
- I see a couple who has lots of love overflowing through Christ towards others.
- I see a man completely and miraculously transformed by the gospel and on a trajectory towards Christ-likeness and glory.
- I see a couple actively fighting the spiritual war until Christ comes again. And I am willing to stand beside them anytime to fight alongside.
“Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, equip you with everything good that you may do his will,working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ,to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.” – Hebrews 13:20-21, ESV