Friday, May 27, 2011

Senior: Chui Wong

(It is my hope to write some short bios on some of our most active seniors who have graduated this year.) 

A couple of weeks ago at our annual, Senior Dessert, we got to hear from Senior Chui Wong.  She shared her testimony and was able to encourage those who are staying behind to follow after Christ, and have the faith to persevere even when going thru trials or difficulties in life.  

Chui grew up in Queens, NY and she’s from a Buddhist family.  As far as she knows, she is the only follower of Christ in her family; the first to put her faith in him.    Her family is into ancestral worship with an emphasis on trying your best to live a good and moral life in order to be saved.   She remembers as a little girl, she liked the ritual incense burning -offerings to her dead relatives -but mostly because she was somewhat of a pyro :)

It was thru a bout of depression that God reached into Chui’s life with saving Grace.  A bad junior high relationship ended abruptly and left Chui hopeless and despairing.  She used to lock herself in the bathroom stalls at school and just sit there and silently cry.  Her life was defined by sadness as she struggled to understand who she was or what life was about.  She knew she was miserable, and began to pray for help.  She prayed to every god, demigod, ancestor and spirit she could think of.

After about 9 months of depression, she went with a friend to church.  There, she heard the good news thru the scriptures and was able to see that Jesus is the savior.  She placed her faith in Christ, and thru that she found the strength to forgive those who had hurt her and live life  with joy in God.

The Chui I know is  spunky, energetic and outspoken.  She speaks her mind and challenges others to walk with God in a passionate and authentic way.  She is a strong leader and a good friend who has really ministered to some of the freshman girls this year.  She’s also come with us for the past two years to Big Break which has been a lot of fun.   Her involvement has truly been a blessing to our ministry here!

I know that she will be missed very much here at Cornell.  And she told me that she would be missing all the Christian fellowship that is so readily available.  She’s going to take a gap year back home though, so she won’t be too far.  Hopefully she’ll be able to visit a few times!  

One scripture she shared last week was 
Phillipians 3:13-14
 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting
what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal
for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

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