Global Assembly in Hong Kong
by Maxine & Manuel Lopez
On March 4th, I left from the San Diego, CA airport for a 13-hour flight to Hong Kong. It was good to see leaders of the IPHC from all over the world and hear reports of their work. On the morning of May 6th, Susan Beacham, wife of our General Superintendent Dr. Doug Beacham, presided over a meeting for ministers’ wives at the Wimg Kwong Church chapel. Rev. Lee Grady was the invited speaker. Wednesday evening the Hong Kong church hosted the opening banquet with a 12-course meal in the Jade Garden Resturant. At each table there were two English speaking hosts; they called them angels.
The General Assembly closed on Friday May 8th, and we had free time to go shopping with our angels. I told them about the clinic that Fannette Lowe started and where I was asked twice to go. Each time I felt that I should stay with the work at Elim Bible School in Mexicali, Baja California where Violet Webb and I (with the help of Guadalupe Carmons of the North East Mexican Conference) had started the school. This was my chance to see the clinic. The angels from my table, Winnie Yuen and Sam Wong, agreed to take me after shopping. Sam drove us, along with angel Gloria, to the clinic. They say it is in a different area now, but I met the nurse in charge and the pastor of the clinic chapel. Later we attended the closing service at Wing Kwong Church. After service, we got on our bus to go back to the hotel, and our angels bade us goodbye.
On Saturday, we left for a 4-day tour of the southern part of China on bus No. 1. The owner of the bus line was Brother Joshua from the Wing Kwong Church. On this tour I was privileged to ride and room with Dr. Brenda Grasty, Assistant Director of the General Women’s Ministries of the IPHC and Director of the Cornerstone Conference (west NC) Women’s Ministries. It was a wonderful trip and I was treated very special. The Chinese treat older folks with special care. While in China, we met our tour guide Josephine, our two hosts Pauline and Anita, and the lead host William. Manuel does not like to travel now that he is 83 years old, so he stayed home and took care of the church work here.
I thank the Lord for providing for me to go on the trip. It was cheaper than going home to NC since I did not have to change planes. Most of the meals and our rooms were paid for by the IPHC through the conference.
Thanks for your partnership and prayers which help keep us in the work where the Lord has called us.
God bless you richly.