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Serving While We Wait—Connecting As We Serve

Serving While We Wait—Connecting As We Serve

Just two minutes spent talking to Wendy and it’s clear she loves Jesus and she loves showing love to people. A few days from now, Wendy leaves Shanghai for a new career opportunity in Hong Kong but when she talks, it’s not so much the job she’s looking forward to (although she’s clearly excited about that), it’s the opportunities available to serve God.

On the fifth trip, Wendy pleaded with God for him to clearly open a door for her and, of course, God did: in 2009 Wendy abruptly moved to Shanghai with her job in finance. 

Malaysian-born-Australian-bred Wendy first came to China in 2004 on a short term missions trip. Serving with a group in Northern China, she remembers clearly hearing God tell her he wanted her to come back and serve. Two years later, Wendy returned on a second mission trip, then a third a year later, then a fourth. Time and again, God confirmed his words to her through friends and prayer partners but after each trip Wendy returned to Australia with no idea how God would work out his plan for her life. On the fifth trip, Wendy pleaded with God for him to clearly open a door for her and, of course, God did: in 2009 Wendy abruptly moved to Shanghai with her job in finance. Wendy presents the story that brought her to Shanghai so simply and so faithfully, it’s easy to overlook the fact she waited five years after first hearing God’s voice before the details of his plan evidenced in her life.

Wendy has served AGIF faithfully in different areas: the creative team, within her small group and also outside the body alongside the local people, so you would assume that she would be sad to leave the city, but no sadness shows on her face. Wendy’s open smile clearly demonstrates a complete trust that God is leading her on the next stage of her journey serving him. When asked what made her time here so successful, she answers simply, ‘the connections.’

When asked what made her time here so successful, she answers simply, ‘the connections.’

Jesus tells his listeners the most important commandment is, ‘To love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. And the second is this: to love your neighbour as yourself. There is no greater commandment that these.” (Mark 12:30-31)

Wendy has brought love to lonely Chinese migrant workers in the factories in this city, and her face glows when she talks about sitting alongside them, teaching them English, playing with the children and practicing her Chinese with them. She tells of the joy these hard-working people show when they understand just how much God loves them, explains their heart-felt prayers offering thanks and glory to their Father, vividly describes their passionate praise and worship, and Wendy glows with the same joy. Wendy wants people to know that God loves them. And she loves being the hands and the feet and the smile that demonstrate God’s love. She considers herself privileged to be connected to these local Chinese.

Wendy wants people to know that God loves them. And she loves being the hands and the feet and the smile that demonstrate God’s love.

From the moment she signed her new employment contract (which was another testimony of waiting on God, then being abundantly blessed in his timing), Wendy started looking ahead to ways to get connected in her new community, and looking for ways to serve God in that place.

Wendy talks passionately about becoming connected with God and connected with fellow believers and her passion overflows in her conversation as she encourages you to get connected too, because for Wendy, you get connected by serving and when you serve you get connected.

 

Story lived by Wendy and brought to paper by Tifainé.