FOR 14 YEARS
This article is written in memory
of Sister Hsi-Hwei Lo whom I was married for fourteen
years under the blessings of the Lord. While I share with the readers many
wonderful vivid recollections, I thank God for His mercy and grace.
Under God's Care Since Her Youth
was born in Taipei
on March 16, 1947. Taiwan was
under martial rule and it was difficult to find an obstetrician. Thank God, she was born naturally without any
complications. She grew up in a devout
Christian family. She received much
influence from her parents, hence was able to lead a life loving God and
men. She diligently served the Lord and
was abundantly blessed by Him.
was afflicted with a number of serious illnesses when
she was young. She suffered from polio
at the age of three and, for six months, was unable to walk. Medication was futile. Although she was very young, she knew how to
rely upon God. After three weeks of
fervent prayers made by many brothers and sisters, her polio was completely
healed one day when she saw the crucifixion of Jesus in a vision.
Jesus told her to stand up and
walk; she was made whole instantly. In
the same year, she was afflicted with diphtheria. Not only did she lose her voice, she
experienced respiratory difficulties, Her attending
physician thought her case was fatal.
However, she was heated overnight by the Lord because of the importunate
prayers of her family. At the age of
seventeen, she once again became severely ill.
She was quite downcast after she had suffered for some time. One day, the Holy Spirit inspired her and she
was able to interpret the spiritual tongue of a pastor who was praying for
her. She heard a voice saying "You
told me you love me" repeatedly.
She was greatly moved by the love of God and, as a result, her faith
became much stronger. She recovered
Loved by Her Brethren
was full of compassion. She was easily approachable and affable. One of her distinguishing traits was that she
was able and willing to listen to complaints with inexhaustible patience. She never failed to offer encouragement and
consolation to whoever needed it. To
those who were sick, she offered love unstinted and prayed for them with
sincerity. She was always willing and
prepared to offer assistance. Many sisters
and brothers cherish her warm friendship.
From Acquaintance to Marriage
Her family moved from Lotung to Taipei
in 1964. During the days in which she
worshiped and served God, she fully demonstrated her virtues of love, godliness,
and joy. She had four close friends in
Christ with whom she sang hymns, prayed, and worked together for the Lord. Hsi-Hwei gladly
joined them in the work of religious education and often visited students and
their parents. They traveled to places
as far as Keelung,
Tungyuan, Chungli, and Taoyuan to assist evangelical efforts of the
ministers. She left behind her beautiful
footsteps for others to follow; it was her faith which created a great impact
upon me. I prayed constantly in the hope that God would help consummate our
marriage. Thank God for His wonderful
grace and guidance. We were wed in holy
matrimony on December 18, 197 1.
Companion on the Heavenly Journey
I received much care, comfort,
encouragement, and help from her in -my faith and daily life during the past
fourteen years. When we were just
married, I was a poor student then.
Despite the hardships, she worked tirelessly to support our family
expenditure. Even when we had only $8.00
in our checking account, she managed while giving thanks to God. After I graduated, God prepared for both of
us appropriate jobs through our prayers.
Our financial condition improved somewhat. She never once forgot the great love of
God. She attended services regularly,
worked for the Lord diligently, and offered generously out of her gratitude to
the Lord who had shown much grace to her.
She was willing to sacrifice her material comfort and followed me to
serve the Lord. Thank God! In 1978, a vessel as unworthy as me was
chosen by God to become a full-time minister.
Although our financial situation
remained stringent during my seven years ministry, she never once slackened in
offering tithes. She lived through
countless lonely days during my missionary trips, particularly when I was sent
to Europe and Africa. Praise the Lord' She drew herself even closer
to God while alone. She received much
comfort and joy from her prayers and Bible reading.
Saved by the Lord's Grace in An
In March 1983, a car driving at a
speed of 45 M.P.H. hit Hsi-Hwei directly from
driver's side when she was going to work.
Because she was in a small Japanese car, the impact was so great that
her car was pushed nearly 90 degrees to the other side of the road. Minutes after this happened, five vehicles,
two paramedics and three police, arrived at the scene. Because her car was so badly damaged and
there was no way she could be rescued from the door on the driver's side, they
had to get her out of the car from the rear door. The window glass was shattered into countless
small pieces. Thank God for His divine
protection! Her face did not receive a
single cut. Only a few fragments of
glass were found in her newly curled hair.
Upon arriving at the hospital, more than two dozen X-rays were
taken. No fractures were found. She testified later that when her car was hit
she felt there was a protective shield which absorbed the incredible
impact. After I took her home from the
hospital, we knelt before God and prayed together. She wept bitterly. In an attempt to comfort her, I said:
"Do not be afraid! Our Lord Jesus
has already delivered you." Her reply surprised me. She said: "I am not crying because I am
frightened. Rather, I feel God love me
so much. He has once again saved
Giving Thanks in Affliction
Harsh tribulation came to us in
May 1984. Our faith was subjected to the
most demanding discipline. Her doctor
informed her that she had a cancerous tumor.
Several times she walked through the valley of the shadow of death
during a period of twenty months. The
rod and the staff of the Lord comforted both of us. She had even a stronger desire for the words
of God and the hymns during her illness.
I might add that Hsi-Hwei received many gifts
from the Lord. She was an accomplished
organist and always sang hymns to praise the Lord. She loved to sing in the choir and sang all
four part well.
During her illness, she still played hymns on a small portable electric
organ with her feeble fingers and singing in tears of gratitude and
importunity. Every time she experienced
sharp, agonizing pain, she would sing loudly....... Jesus Christ healed my
sight, once was blind, but Hallelujah now I see!......
I am moved to tears whenever I think of this scene. However painful, she would struggle to attend
church service whenever she experienced any slight improvement in her
health. Many a time, I must carry her on
my back to the church to worship God.
For nearly twenty months, she daily cultivated her spirit and offered
sustained prayers in depth. She became
increasingly closer to the Lord and was filled with peace, joy, and hope. Whenever pain attacked her, she would pray
and shortly the pain disappeared.
Brothers and sisters everywhere throughout the world prayed for her with
supplication, particularly those who reside in Taiwan,
United Kingdom, and United States
and offered many fasting prayers for her.
Many families in Southern California
even took turns during many weeks and months to prepare dinner for just Hsi-Hwei and myself.
A number of sisters, furthermore, came from long distances to take care
of her by her bedside. During the most
recent Spiritual Convocation, dozens of youths and adult members fasted for
her, including some children. Even the
ten-year olds would pray in tears while they fasted. Hsi-Hwei remembered
deeply such boundless love and affection in her heart. She thanked God for this repeatedly in her
She realized fully the ultimate
meaning of human existence during her most painful moments. Life is but a piece of floating cloud which
vanishes momentarily. It was the will of
God that she rest from her labor and enjoy the blissful Kingdom of Heaven. She transcended death and had a strong sense
of hope of entering into God's Kingdom.
Once during a prayer, she cried bitterly. I tried to comfort her afterwards. She told me that was the first time she
genuinely felt that Jesus indeed was crucified for her own sake. Without His death she would not have any hope
for eternity or heavenly rewards.
also learned an important lesson of love from the sisters who tenderly cared
for her during her illness. She discovered that she, too, had many
weaknesses. She resolved to dedicate
herself fully to serve the Lord for the rest of her life.
Work for the Lord In
found great delight in working for the Lord since her youth. She always enjoyed testifying for the Lord
and preaching the gospel of God's grace.
Many came to accept Christ as their Savior because of her
testimonies. She volunteered to assist
with the religious education in some remote churches in the mountainous region
in eastern Taiwan. They were spiritually edified by her loving
kindness. She would take every
opportunity to evangelize, even when she was dining at a restaurant when she
was ill one day. During her periods of
hospitalization, she would witness to whichever nurse or in-patient who came
close to her. Once, a patient walking in
the hallway, heard the beautiful hymns sung by Hsi-Hwei and a sister came into her room and said: "I
have unmistakably seen God in you!" Hsi-Hwei,
again, preached the gospel to this patient.
Indeed, she did not receive the grace of the Lord in vain. The entire congregation grew in love during
her tribulation as a result of her illness.
The value of the wonderful work she performed for the Lord during her
last two years far surpassed that of all the combined work previously
done. I trust her reward in Heaven is
The Last Will
did express her wish during the most critical moment of her life. She wanted very much to worship God and serve
Him in His Temple daily and to help nurture the faith of the young members of
the church. She was determined to travel
with me to Africa for the expansion of the
Lord's work. She was even willing to be
stationed in Africa with me. Her only regret was that she was unable to
repay the love of her parents who sacrificed much for her because of her poor
health since early childhood. She made
it clear before her death that the entire amount of her pension accumulated
during the past six years of her employment was to be offered as funds for the
mission in Africa.
Resting Peacefully in the Lord
was once again admitted to the hospital due to her
inability to take food. She was called
to rest in peace at about 3:00 a.m. on January 10, 1986. Prior to her departure, a number of brothers
and sisters saw visions and had dreams in which they witnessed the divine
revelation during the year end spiritual convocation last year. A brother saw two angels came to bring her
back to the bosom of Jesus, and a sister saw in her dream that Hsi-Hwei was busying herself serving the Lord in glittering
white raiment. These testimonies gave
much consolation to her parents and surviving family members. Our Lord has prepared for her a most beautiful
country and home. She has laid down all
mundane burdens and is presently sleeping peacefully in the loving arms of
God. May our Lord reward her according
to her labor.
God has refined her into pure gold
and made her perfect through this severe trial and tribulation so that she
could meet the Lord in peace. As for
myself, I received much discipline in my faith, love, patience, and
prayer. This tribulation has also
undeniably benefited the entire church.
God intended that we repent, sanctify ourselves, and prepare ourselves
to enter the Kingdom
of Heaven. It is indeed true that "In everything
God works for good with those who love Him." (Rom 8:28) I deeply thank God
for having assisted me in taking this bitter cup for my own benefit (Ps
119:71). It might very well be true,
that since Hsi-Hwei's health was not good, God called
her back home before the tribulation of the last days (Is 57:1,2).
Her departure is but moving from
one place to another - from the world to Heaven. God indeed loved her by bringing her home to
enjoy all the spiritual wealth and joy in the Heavenly Home. Hope we shall all meet her there one
day. Many vivid memories during the past
fourteen years of married life have all come back to me since her
departure. My tears have not
stopped. How much I wish to be given an
opportunity to repay a fraction of her tender love and care. I am more resolved than ever to serve the
Lord faithfully so that I may accomplish her last will. I pray that our Lord will record all my past,
present, and future labor, if any at all, onto her account in Heaven. Oh, Lord!
Please comfort the members of her bereaved family and greatly strengthen
the faith of all brethren who loved her so profoundly. Yes, even a happy banquet has its end. Oh, Lord, may we all meet one day in the HeavenlyKingdom where we shall never part again.