Thank God for giving me the privilege to introduce Uncle Reggie, our English speaker on the coming Sunday.
Time is flying. The first time when I met Uncle Reggie was about 10 years ago. On Friday evenings, he came to the campus of the University of Cincinnati to pick up my eldest daughter to the Youth Fellowship at Cincinnati Chinese Christian Church. This Youth Fellowship produces missionaries all around the world and students at Harvard, MIT, Stanford, Johns Hopkins and other top American universities.
The first impression which I have about Uncle Reggie is that he likes to laugh and laugh loudly. He always smiles. When he suffered from cancer, it did not stop him from laughing. He did not stop laughing even when the chemotherapy made his wife’s hair disappear. It is a miracle that the couple has defeated cancers.
The second impression is that he is so humble. Although he is a professor, he often sits there to listen to the Youth to teach him Bible and stands among the crowd to talk about Jesus and make jokes with people. He often picks up students or visiting Chinese scholars at airports and on campus for church and shopping. But he seldom makes public speech at church. So for quite a while, I did not know he is the co-founding elder of the Cincinnati Chinese Christian Church.
Although he holds many public tiles such as the Director of Neonatology and Associate Chairman of Pediatrics at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, the President of the American College of Nutrition, he has cofounded Medical Service International (MSI) and went to poor countryside in China to provide free medical service. He organizes VBS (Vacation Bible Study) to tell kids interesting missionary stories every summer. He leads the Youth to missionary trips in Thailand every year.
The third impression is he lives in a simple life. In US, a pediatrician earns a lot of money. But they live in a small house in a poor neighborhood. He drove an old red SUV. He said SUV is convenient to help people to move stuff. However, under his leadership, the Cincinnati Chinese Christian Church has built a new building worthy of nearly 3 million dollars in Mason, a rich neighborhood.
The fourth impression is his humor sense. Many Christians are very serious. But he likes to play with kids and make friends and jokes with kids. I asked my second daughter if she remembers Uncle Reggie after 6 years. She answered, “Yes, of course. His missionary stories are interesting and never end.”
Welcome to see what story he is going to tell us on the coming Sunday.