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Thursday, December 30, 2010     Dear Friends

Happy (Solar) New Year from Hong Kong!       (Lunar New Year is on Feb 3).
I wish everyone good health and every other blessing    right through 2011

In this final diary for 2010, I sincerely thank the Lord for all his blessings over the past year.
And I ask the Lord's blessing on everyone who has prayed for me and helped me over the past year

On this
30th of the month,  Dear Lord, please bless the people Chongqing

A smile  from Father Time as the years go racing by:
Coming Soon sign outside picture theatre in YMT - with poster of a film named "Hereafter" !  

New photos

2010-12-25  Christmas Day, 7pm Mass,  First Holy Communion for A-Ming  at St Paul's Church, Yau Ma Tei

2010-12-29
   Former Mainland students of "Mr Wu" visiting poor Mainland children - photos to gladden the heart!

      Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar
Fri Dec 31:    7.20am & 9pm Chinese Masses at St Paul's Church, Yau Ma Tei
Sat Jan 1:  
10.30am English  Mass at St Matthew's Church, Tuen Mun & 7.30pm Chinese Mass at St Paul's, Yau Ma Tei
Sun Jan 2: 
10.30am English  Mass at St Matthew's, Tuen Mun
Mon Jan 3 to Frid Jan 7:  7.20am Chinese Masses at St Paul's, Yau Ma Tei
Fri Dec 31:  7.50am & 9pm  Chinese Masses at St Paul's, Yau Ma Tei
Sat Jan 8:   7.20am & 7.30pm Chinese Masses at St Paul's Church, Yau Ma Tei
Sat Jan 9:  
10.30am English  Mass at St Matthew's, Tuen Mun 


Sundays 5.30pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Wednesdays:  Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center

Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 10  - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 11  - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (..then bus/plane to Ingham..)
Jan 11 - Jan 14:   Visit to  Ingham (..then bus to Townsville Jan 14 or 15)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Sun Jan 23 - I'm due to take part in 7.30am Mass at Iona College, Brisbane.
After Mass a good chance to meet up if you have time
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help my work for the poor:
- Doris (Brisbane, Dec 23)
- "Fong Je" (HK, Dec 24)

Help needed   A number of kind people to translate Simple Bible sections from English into very simple Chinese. 
 Please contact me if you can help - jdwomi@gmail.com   Would love to have this job done before Lunar New Year if possible.
Many thanks to friends who have offered to do 25 - 29.  Still need volunteers for
30 - 40 please

25 ok now 26 ok now 27 ok now 28 ok now

29 ok now

30  Jeremiah

31 Lamentations

 32 Baruch
33  Ezekiel

 34 Daniel

 35  Hosea

 36 Joel

  37 Amos

  38  Jonah

 39  Micah

40 Others

One billion people starving - what can I do?             Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing  

A daily serving of God's Word  to help us  care more about our troubled world:   Luke Chapter 2 -  from www.simplebible.info

Chapter 2 (9 - 14)

Not far from where Mary had her baby, there were shepherds who lived in the fields and took it in turns to watch their sheep during the night

An angel appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them. The angel said "Do not be afraid.  I bring you news of great joy, a joy to be shared by everyone.

Today in the town of David, a savior has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord. Look for a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger"

Suddenly with the angel there was a great number of other angels, praising God and singing "Glory to God in heaven, and peace to people on earth"

"O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord"

I  go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Simple Bible & other items to some of the 2,000+ prisoners .....especially to the 400   from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas. 
I have just bought an inspiring little book - for someone special in Australia.  Can lend it to friends in HK - 
Healed of Cancer, by Jodie Osteen  (see the reviews...) 
Also:  HK Friends battling cancer are welcome to join me for a simple sharing and prayer at 3pm on Sunday Feb 27.
Please email me for location:  jdwomi@gmail.com 

May the peace of Christmas give everyone hope and strength right through 2011!

John W omi   

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive
 


A  four year old boy saw kids lined up to see Santa Claus at a shopping center in USA. Having been taught as a toddler that Christmas is the birthday of Jesus,  he asked his Mum, "where's the line to see Jesus?" ...and this has become a beautiful song on YouTube


Thursday, December 23, 2010     Dear Friends

Happy Christmas from Hong Kong!  I wish  you and your families  the special peace of Christmas   right through the New Year. 
A beautiful Winter/Christmas reflection (at very bottom of page - "Let's make our winter warm")

On this 23rd of the month,  Dear Lord, please bless the people Guangxi

Christmas smiles
- what Christmas Carol is a favorite of parents?    Silent Night
- why does Santa have 3 gardens?   So he can hoe, hoe, hoe
- what do you call people who are afraid of Santa?   Claustrophobic

New photo

2010-12-19   Sunday evening meal at Matteo Ricci Center  - with Shatin visitors Joe, Maria and Winnie

      Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar
Fri Dec 24:    7.50am & Midnight Chinese Mass at St Paul's Church, Yau Ma Tei
Sat Dec 25:  
10.30am English  Mass at St Matthew's Church, Tuen Mun & 7.30pm Chinese Mass at St Paul's, Yau Ma Tei
Sun Dec 26: 
10.30am English  Mass at St Matthew's, Tuen Mun
Mon Dec 27 to Thur Dec 30:  7.20am Chinese Mass at St Paul's, Yau Ma Tei
Fri Dec 31:  7.50am & 9pm  Chinese Mass at St Paul's, Yau Ma Tei
Sat Jan 1:  
10.30am English  Mass at St Matthew's, Tuen Mun & 7.30pm Chinese Mass at St Paul's, Yau Ma Tei

Sundays 5.30pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Coming Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center / Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Coming Tues/Wed/Thur/Fri  - am English classes at Our Lady's School, Wong Tai Sin

Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 10  - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 11  - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (..then bus/plane to Ingham..)
Jan 11 - Jan 14:   Visit to  Ingham (..then bus to Townsville Jan 14 or 15)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Sun Jan 23 - I'm due to take part in 7.30am Mass at Iona College, Brisbane.
After Mass a good chance to meet up if you have time
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help my work for the poor:
Charmian & group (HK, Dec 17)
Augusto (Indonesia/HK, Dec 19)
Mrs Wong (Shatin, Dec 19)
Mei Je (Yau Ma Tei, Dec 21)
Mrs Yun (Mui Wo, Dec 22)

Help needed   A number of kind people to translate Simple Bible sections from English into very simple Chinese. 
 Please contact me if you can help - jdwomi@gmail.com   Would love to have this job done before Lunar New Year if possible.
Many thanks to friends who have offered to do 25 - 29.  Still need volunteers for 30 - 40 please

25 ok now 26 ok now 27 ok now 28 ok now

29 ok now

30  Jeremiah

31 Lamentations

 32 Baruch
33  Ezekiel

 34 Daniel

 35  Hosea

 36 Joel

  37 Amos

  38  Jonah

 39  Micah

40 Others

Smile (thank you, Louie)              This is for all the germ-conscious folks  that worry about using cold water to clean. 

John went to visit his 90 year old grandfather  in a very secluded, rural area of Saskatchewan. After spending a great evening chatting the night away,  the next morning John's grandfather prepared  breakfast of bacon, eggs and toast. 
However, John noticed a film like substance on his plate,  and questioned his grandfather asking,  'Are these plates clean?' 
His grandfather replied,  'They're as clean as cold water can get em.  Just you go ahead and finish your meal, Sonny!' 

For lunch the old man made hamburgers.  Again, John was concerned about the plates,  as his appeared to have tiny specks around 
the edge that looked like dried egg,  and asked,  'Are you sure these plates are clean?' 

Without looking up the old man said,  'I told you before, Sonny, those dishes are as  clean as cold water can get them. Now don't you 
fret, I don't want to hear another word about it!' 

Later that afternoon, John was on his way to a nearby town,   and as he was leaving, his grandfather's dog  started to growl, and wouldn't let him pass. 
John yelled and said,  'Grandfather, your dog won't let me get to my car'. 

Without diverting his attention from the football game  he was watching on TV, the old man shouted!  'Coldwater, go lay down now, yah hear me!'

Recent items of interest

China
- land battles most dire social issue (an amazingly frank article)

Wikileakes
- "Sicko" not banned in Cuba!    - and    no big fuss re Fahrenheit 9/11 in New Zealand

USA
- debt crisis of 100 US cities    and    many European cities

Australia
- personal reflections on the Christmas Island tragedy

One billion people starving - what can I do?             Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing  

A daily serving of God's Word  to help us  care more about our troubled world:   Luke Chapter 2 -  from www.simplebible.info

Chapter 2 (1 - 8)

The Emperor of Rome ordered that a census be taken of the whole
Empire.  Every man  had to go to his home town to be registered

So Joseph set out from Nazareth in Galilee and traveled to Galilee,
to the town of David called Bethlehem, with his pregnant wife Mary

While they were in Bethlehem, the time came for Mary to have her child.
She gave birth to a son. She wrapped him in swaddling clothes
and laid him in a feeding box for animals, because there was no room for them at the local inn

Baby Jesus, born in Bethlehem, please bless all babies born in the world today

I  go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Simple Bible & other items to some of the 2,000+ prisoners .....especially to the 400   from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas. 
I have just bought an inspiring little book - for someone special in Australia.  Can lend it to friends in HK - 
Healed of Cancer, by Jodie Osteen  (see the reviews...) 

May the peace of Christmas give everyone hope and strength right through 2011!

John W omi   

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive
 


Thursday, December 16, 2010     Dear Friends

Happy Christmas from Hong Kong!  I wish  you and your families 
the special peace of Christmas   right through the New Year. 
A beautiful Winter/Christmas reflection (at very bottom of page - "Let's make our winter warm")

On this 16th of the month,  Dear Lord, please bless the people Qinghai

Christmas smile 01  Choir at Tuen Mun 10.30 Mass last Sunday surprised/shocked/scandalized the rest of us when for the final hymn
of Mass they sang ...."Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer"

New photo

2010-12-12  Pizza gathering at Ricci Center for very special friends

      Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar
Sunday Dec 19:  10.30am English  Mass at St Matthew's Church, Tuen Mun
Mon 20 to Fri 24: 7.20am Chinese Mass at St Paul's Church, Yau Ma Tei   (Frid 7.50am)
Fri 24, Christmas Eve - Chinese Midnight Mass at St Paul's YMT
Sat 25, Christmas Day -
10.30am English  Mass at St Matthew's Church, Tuen Mun + 7.30pm Chinese Mass at St Paul's
Sunday Dec 26:
10.30am English  Mass at St Matthew's Church, Tuen Mun
Mon 27 to Fri 31: 7.20am Chinese Mass at St Paul's Church, Yau Ma Tei (Frid 7.50am)
Fri 31:  9pm Chinese Mass at St Paul's YMT

Sundays 5.30pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Mondays, Tuesdays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Saturdays -  morning & afternoon English classes 
(Dec 18) 

Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 10  - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 11  - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (..then bus/plane to Ingham..)
Jan 11 - Jan 14:   Visit to  Ingham (..then bus to Townsville Jan 14 or 15)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Sun Jan 23 - I'm due to take part in 7.30am Mass at Iona College, Brisbane.
After Mass a good chance to meet up if you have time
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help my work for the poor:
- Michael Ho (Notre Dame, Dec 9)
- A-Yun (Shatin, Dec 12)
- Teresa (St Mary's Parish, Dec 12)

Special sites  www.crossroads.org.hk         www.marinersclub.org.hk 

Help needed   A number of kind people to translate Simple Bible sections from English into very simple Chinese. 
 Please contact me if you can help - jdwomi@gmail.com   Would love to have this job done before Lunar New Year if possible

25Ecclesiastes 26 Song of Songs 27 Wisdom 28 Sirach

29 ok now

30  Jeremiah

31 Lamentations

 32 Baruch
33  Ezekiel

 34 Daniel

 35  Hosea

 36 Joel

  37 Amos

  38  Jonah

 39  Micah

40 Others

Christmas smile 02   Inland Australia....remote area....drought for 5 years.....not a drop from the skies.  The day before Christmas.....clouds appeared...got darker and darker.....and it pelted down.  Small 4 year old boy, had never seen drops from skies, ran to window and called out "Mum, what's that?"     Mum replied "That's rain, dear"   (reindeer...)

Recent items of interest

China
- peace prize has chaotic launch (HK's South China Morning Post, reporting this first Confucian prize, had headline "Confusion prize"
- 50 of Oslo's 65 foreign embassies represented at Nobel Peace Prize
- what the leaked cables say about Stern Hu and Rio Tinto

Sudan-Darfur
- excellent article re coming referendum

Climate Change
- why we're doomed   (..let's keep turning off unnecessary lights/boilers/computers etc + use less fossil energy for travel..)

Wikileaks
- who is Julian Assange?  (family background)
- WikiLeaks may make the powerful howl, but we are learning the truth
-
WikiLeaks backlash: The first global cyber war has begun, claim hackers

Australia
-
Harbour Bridge lights up for Oprah
- Oprah House
- Oprah and Australia's health care - ideas for USA ( by an American living in Australia)

- 28 refugees die in boat tragedy  -  Comment: Bad policy and the cruel sea

One billion people starving - what can I do?   

Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing  - has been updated with this sentence (as in grammar!) received from lawyer yesterday:
"
No court wishes to hear the case and it is still being thrown from court to court! Too hot to handle it seems!"

A daily serving of God's Word  to help us  care more about our troubled world:   Exodus Chapter 7 -  from www.simplebible.info

Chapter 7

Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh again
and showed him  Aaron's staff changing into into a snake.

When Pharaoh's magicians were able to do the same thing
Aaron's staff swallowed up the magicians' staffs.

But Pharaoh's heart stayed stubborn
and he wouldn't listen to Moses and Aaron.

So God told Moses and Aaron to go to the river the next morning.
When they saw Pharaoh there Aaron struck the river with his staff
and the river and all water throughout Egypt turned into blood.

But Pharaoh still would not let the Israelites go

7

梅瑟亚郎再见法郎
并显示给他
亚郎棍杖变成蛇。

法郎的术士能做同样事
亚郎的棍杖吞下术士的棍杖。

法郎的心还是顽固
和他
不会听从梅瑟亚郎

如此告诉梅瑟亚郎第二天早晨去河

当他们看见法郎那里

亚郎
用他的棍杖击河

河和所有水遍及
埃及的都变成血。

法郎仍然不会让以色列人去。  

Dear God, please soften stubborn hearts
 that make life difficult for other people

 亲爱的请软化使他人生活艰苦的顽固心

I  go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Simple Bible & other items to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400   from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

This coming Sunday is the Fourth Sunday of Advent .....see my Advent file  for ideas re Advent/Christmas/Lent 

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas. 
I have just bought an inspiring little book - for someone special in Australia.  Can lend it to friends in HK - 
Healed of Cancer, by Jodie Osteen  (see the reviews...) 

May the peace of Christmas give everyone hope and strength right through 2011!

John W omi   

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive
 


Thursday, December 9, 2010     Dear Friends

Good afternoon from Hong Kong where cooler temperatures (15-20 degrees) are signaling that Winter is here.
16 days to Christmas - lovely to hear Christmas music in Metro stations/shops etc.
A choir from St Teresa's Parish, Kowloon, will be singing Christmas carols at the TST ferry pier - near McDonald's - 
from 8pm on Saturday Dec 18.  Choir is inviting everyone to come and sing a long

On this 9th of the month,  Dear Lord, please bless the people Henan

Smile - from Norway...where they make fun of Swedes:   A Norwegian lorry driver was transporting a load of penguins to the aquarium in Bergen. In the middle of a mountain pass, his lorry broke down, and while he was standing by the side of the road, a Swedish lorry driver pulled over. The Swede asked if he could help, and the Norwegian asked if he could take the penguins to the aquarium. The next day, the Norwegian made it to Bergen. At the first stop light, he caught sight of the Swede standing at the junction with the penguins in a row behind him, waiting on the light.
"What on earth are you doing?" the Norwegian asked. "You were supposed to take those penguins to the aquarium."
The Swede replied, "That was yesterday. Today I'm taking them to the movies." 

No new photos this week              Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar
Sunday Dec 12:  10.30am English  Mass at St Matthew's Church, Tuen Mun
Sundays 5.30pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays - afternoon English class 
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - afternoon English class 

Saturdays -  morning & afternoon English classes 

Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 10  - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 11  - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (..then bus/plane to Ingham..)
Jan 11 - Jan 14:   Visit to  Ingham (..then bus to Townsville Jan 14 or 15)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Sun Jan 23 - I'm due to take part in 7.30am Mass at Iona College, Brisbane.
After Mass a good chance to meet up if you have time
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help my work for the poor:
- Anon (HK, Dec 3)
- Alex & Toni (Adelaide, Dec 8)
- David & Trudy (Melbourne, Dec 9)
- Rita & Stephen (HK, Nov - Dec) for offering jobs to ex-inmates

Help needed   A number of kind people to translate Simple Bible sections from English into very simple Chinese. 
 Please contact me if you can help - jdwomi@gmail.com   Would love to have this job done before Lunar New Year if possible

25Ecclesiastes 26 Song of Songs 27 Wisdom 28 Sirach

29  Isaiah

30  Jeremiah

31 Lamentations

 32 Baruch
33  Ezekiel

 34 Daniel

 35  Hosea

 36 Joel

  37 Amos

  38  Jonah

 39  Micah

40 Others

Jokes from around the world - some better than others - the very last one ok

Recent items of interest

Wikileaks &  Julian Assange:   spot the difference between this    this report    and    this one ( + comments)
and see  this fascinating technical report 

China
-
soon, foreign owned hospitals   ...so urgently needed...DV this will happen....then schools
- China has more than  83,000,000 disabled people

USA cancer of militarism on the US soul  (...the figures are mind blowing...and the last paragraph has a lesson for other countries..)

Nobel Peace Prize - (65 - 44 = 100?):    spot the difference between   this report   and    this one  

Hong Kong Representatives Go to Norway to Attend Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony:
Mr. LEE Cheuk Yan, vice-chairman of Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China, Mr. Albert Chun-yan HO, secretary of the Alliance and chairman of China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, Ms. Emily Wai-hing LAU, vice-chairperson of China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, and Mr. Patrick Kar-wai POON, vice-president of Independent Chinese PEN Centre and executive secretary of China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group, are leaving for Oslo on 8 December evening (Wednesday) to attend the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony on 10 December to support Beijing writer Dr. Liu Xiaobo who is still in prison and can’t go to Oslo to receive the award

One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing  

Who cares?   Official website of climate change meeting in Mexico  Nov 29 to Dec 10

A daily serving of God's Word
  to help us  care more about our troubled world:   Exodus Chapters 5- 6 -  from www.simplebible.info

Chapters 5, 6

Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said
'God says: let my people go into the desert to worship me".'

Pharaoh not only refused to let them go;
he also made their life more difficult
by forcing them to gather their own straw for making bricks.

The people complained to Moses and Aaron
for having made their life more difficult.

So Moses prayed to God for help
and God said he would force Pharaoh to let the people go.

56

 梅瑟亚郎去对法郎:
“
说:
'让我的百姓进入旷野祭献我’”

法郎不仅拒绝让他们去;
 
他也使他们的生活更
艰苦
通过迫使他们自己收集
稻草做砖。

百姓对梅瑟亚郎抱怨
使他们的生活更加
艰苦

所以梅瑟祈祷求助
说他会强迫法郎让百姓去。
 

Dear God, please don't let me make life difficult for other people

亲爱的,请不要让我使他人生活艰苦

I  go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Simple Bible & other items to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400   from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

This coming Sunday is the Third Sunday of Advent .....see my Advent file  for ideas re Advent/Christmas/Lent 

R.I.P. (from a newsletter for overseas teachers working in China)
Heinz Hesselfeld SVD, who worked in Nanchang for over 20 years, died on Dec 6 in
Taiwan.
Heinz resigned as dean of his department in Fu-jen University in Taiwan
to be involved in a German-Sino project in Nanchang University and in recent
years raised funds for dormitories for primary and secondary schools in
rural Jiangxi. He enjoyed going out into the countryside and visiting those
schools. He had a Green Card (permanent residency) in China.
He left for Taiwan in mid-September of this year because of his deteriorating health.
Heinz will be greatly missed by his many friends in Nanchang, both local
and foreign. His solid presence and deep commitment will remain in many memories

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi   

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive
 


Thursday, December 2, 2010     Dear Friends

Good afternoon from Hong Kong  where 25% of the population is thinking of leaving because of pollution (and they won't be moving to the Mainland where it's coming from and is even worse)

On this 2nd of the month,  Dear Lord, please bless the people Fujian

Smile  Last Sunday afternoon on Metro on way back to Jordan from Mass in Tuen Mun, I met a middle aged couple from Northern China.
They had never been to Australia but when I mentioned I was from Australia, the first thing they said was "it's a beautiful country" and the second thing they said....which is a common joke on the Chinese grapevine apparently (.. must admit I've never heard it  before) is that Chinese laugh when they hear a sporting crowd calling out "Aussie, Aussie".....because the sound "orsi" in Chinese means....."s h _ t".
So, best not to say you're an Aussie....best to say you're an Australian!

New photos

2010 November   -     Signs of life in Hong Kong

      Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar
Sunday Dec 5:  10.30am English  Mass at St Matthew's Church, Tuen Mun
Sundays 5.30pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays - afternoon English class 
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - afternoon English class 

Saturdays -  morning & afternoon English classes 

 Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 10  - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 11  - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (..then bus/plane to Ingham..)
Jan 11 - Jan 14:   Visit to  Ingham (..then bus to Townsville Jan 14 or 15)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Sun Jan 23 - I'm due to take part in 7.30am Mass at Iona College, Brisbane
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help my work for the poor:
- A Jan (Notre Dame, Nov 27)
- Augusto (Indonesia, Nov 28)
- Lourdes (Yau Ma Tei, Nov 28)
- HK, Dec 1 - donors of  copies of "Sunday Examiner" for prisoners

Help needed   A number of kind people to translate Simple Bible sections from English into very simple Chinese. 
 Please contact me if you can help - jdwomi@gmail.com   Would love to have this job done before Lunar New Year if possible

25Ecclesiastes 26 Song of Songs 27 Wisdom 28 Sirach

29  Isaiah

30  Jeremiah

31 Lamentations

 32 Baruch
33  Ezekiel

 34 Daniel

 35  Hosea

 36 Joel

  37 Amos

  38  Jonah

 39  Micah

40 Others

Smile  Which newspaper do the angels read in Heaven?    (The Guardian....guardian angels)

New link at top of this diary   The next pope - a load of rubbish

Recent items of interest

Australia - Vietnamese migrant gets top award  

China  So many food items - including Nestles products - are being avoided by people in HK & many other places because of risk of Malamine.    Is this article accurate or overstating things?     Article taught me about barcodes....barcodes of items from China begin with 690 to 695

The next few months might be a Winter of Discontent in the Mainland:
- prices of food/fuel have risen dramatically in recent months.
- government is worried about a food shortage.
- each week sees more violent protests -e.g. students wrecking a college canteen because food too expensive;  residents overturning a mayor's care because developers cheating them when re-claiming their land/homes.
- and the fuel heating every situation is the useless law in China....it protects no-one except the rich and powerful....and you get punished if you try to use it to protect your rights.  No law = no means of address = take the law into your own hands = protests.
- just needs an unusually severe Winter to cut transport and cause food shortages for the pot to boil over?

One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing  

A daily serving of God's Word
  to help us  stay "healthy" in today's crazy world:   Exodus Chapter 5 -  from www.simplebible.info

Chapter 7

Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh again
and showed him  Aaron's staff changing into into a snake.

When Pharaoh's magicians were able to do the same thing
Aaron's staff swallowed up the magicians' staffs.

But Pharaoh's heart stayed stubborn
and he wouldn't listen to Moses and Aaron.

So God told Moses and Aaron to go to the river the next morning.
When they saw Pharaoh there Aaron struck the river with his staff
and the river and all water throughout Egypt turned into blood.

But Pharaoh still would not let the Israelites go

7

梅瑟亚郎再见法郎
并显示给他
亚郎棍杖变成蛇。

法郎的术士能做同样事
亚郎的棍杖吞下术士的棍杖。

法郎的心还是顽固
和他
不会听从梅瑟亚郎

如此告诉梅瑟亚郎第二天早晨去河

当他们看见法郎那里

亚郎
用他的棍杖击河

河和所有水遍及
埃及的都变成血。

法郎仍然不会让以色列人去。  

Dear God, please soften stubborn hearts
 that make life difficult for other people

 亲爱的请软化使他人生活艰苦的顽固心

I  go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Simple Bible & other items to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400   from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

This coming Sunday is the Second Sunday of Advent .....see my Advent file  for ideas re Advent/Christmas/Lent 

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi   

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive
 


Thursday, November 25, 2010     Dear Friends

Good afternoon from Hong Kong on USA Thanksgiving Day   On this 25th of the month,  Dear Lord, please bless the people Ninxia

One month to Christmas....lovely to hear Christmas music in Metro stations and shops

Smile  Why is something which takes people from the 25th floor to the ground floor called ....a lift?

New photos

2010-11-25 Welcome back to Hong Kong   former CAS teacher Paul from Adelaide

2010-11-24  Welcome cousin David Wotherspoon to Hong Kong - and Happy Birthday Ed!

      Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar
Sunday Nov 28:  10.30am English  Mass at St Matthew's Church, Tuen Mun
Sundays 5.30pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays - afternoon English class 
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - afternoon English class 

Saturdays -  morning & afternoon English classes 

 Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 10  - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 11  - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (..then bus/plane to Ingham..)
Jan 11 - Jan 14:   Visit to  Ingham (..then bus to Townsville Jan 14 or 15)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Sun Jan 23 - I'm due to take part in 7.30am Mass at Iona College, Brisbane
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help my work for the poor:
- Kowloon Mosque (several times in Nov and previously)
- Ed (HK, Nov 24)
- Paul (Adelaide, Nov 25)

Help needed   A number of kind people to translate Simple Bible sections from English into Chinese. 
 Please contact me if you can help - jdwomi@gmail.com 

25Ecclesiastes 26 Song of Songs 27 Wisdom 28 Sirach

29  Isaiah

30  Jeremiah

31 Lamentations

 32 Baruch
33  Ezekiel

 34 Daniel

 35  Hosea

 36 Joel

  37 Amos

  38  Jonah

 39  Micah

40 Others

New links at top of this diary  - Prisoners  (click "China")   & China Library - Books  

Sudan - Darfur

On 9th January 2011 there will be a referendum in Sudan, in which southern states will vote on possible secession from the north of the country. It is a moment of hope – and of fear. Now more than ever, the country that only five years ago emerged from Africa’s longest civil war needs the support of the international community – including Australia– to prevent the return to full-scale violent conflict and to build a lasting peace. The Sudanese Church has asked us to stand alongside them, to call upon the international community, and to pray for peace – before, during and after the referendum.

·           Sudan: A Fragile Peace - Illustrated Fact Sheet            Sudan: A Fragile Peace - Text Only Fact Sheet
Statement by the Sudan Bishops Conference from their recent Bishops’ Plenary in Rumbek - A Message of Hope and Healing

New knowledge  Last Sunday the local Bangladesh community celebrated  EID  (...to my shame, had never heard of it).  See also this report

Recent items of interest

Sub-Continent -
Pakistan's Gandhi  - a most important article for anyone trying to promote friendship with Muslims 

China 
- toxic milk activist to be freed?  
If he is put back in prison after President Hu's visit to USA, I would like to nominate him for 2011 Nobel Peace Prize!
 

World economy - a gloomy future?

Australia
- union leader questions focus on gay "marriage" issue
- the perils of redefining marriage
- priest risks his job by publicly calling for  women priests

One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing  

A daily serving of God's Word
  to help us  stay "healthy" in today's crazy world:   Exodus Chapter 4 -  from www.simplebible.info

Chapter 4

Moses said to God
"What if the people won't believe you sent me"?

God said "Throw your staff onto the ground".
When Moses threw his staff onto the ground,
it became a snake.

"Catch it by the tail" said God.
When Moses caught it by the tail,
it changed back into a staff.

Moses said to God "I'm a poor speaker".
God said "Aaron your older brother can be your mouthpiece.
Now go back to Egypt .  It's safe to go back now;
the people who wanted to kill you are dead".

Back in Egypt
Moses and Aaron gathered the Israelite leaders
and told them all that God had said.
The elders rejoiced that God was going to help them.


4

梅瑟: “若百姓不相信你派遣我?”

:“你的棍杖到地上。”
梅瑟了他的棍杖到地上,它变成一条蛇。

“捉着它的尾巴,”说。

梅瑟捉着了它的尾巴, 它变回棍杖。

梅瑟:“我不是一位善言者。”
:“
亚郎你的哥哥可是你的喉舌。  
现在回到
埃及  现在回去是安全的;
想杀害你的人死了。”

回到埃及梅瑟亚郎召集以色列众长老
并告诉他们所说的一切。

长辈高兴
打算帮助他们。
     

Dear God, God of Moses and Aaron, we praise you Lord

亲爱的梅瑟亚郎我们称赞

I  go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Simple Bible & other items to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400   from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

This coming Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent .....see my Advent file for ideas re Advent/Christmas/Lent 

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi   

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive
 


Thursday, November 18, 2010     Dear Friends

Good afternoon from Hong Kong,  the wine capital of Asia.   On this 18th of the month,  Dear Lord, please bless the people Shandong

Interesting meeting this morning with staff from a group that works with street ladies - JJJ

Smile  (no connection with wine or street ladies):  "Never underestimate your own....stupidity"

New photos

2010-11-14  Sunday night Pizza gathering at Jordan Center (group includes 5 former inmates)

2010-11-16  Primary One and Two English students, make that angels,  at Our Lady's School, Wong Tai Sin

      Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Saturday Nov 20:  8pm Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, San Po Kong
Sunday Nov 21:   9am Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, San Po Kong  (updated 8.15pm Nov 19)
Sundays 5.30pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays - afternoon English class 
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - afternoon English class 

Saturdays -  morning & afternoon English classes 

Nov 19 -21  HK Oxfam's Trailwalker days

Bookings made for Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 10 (not 11) - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 11 (not 12) - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (..then bus/plane to Ingham..)
Jan 11 - Jan 15:   Visit to  Ingham (..then bus to Townsville...)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help my work for the poor:
- Mr Wong (Notre Dame Parish, Nov 14)
- Anon (Notre Dame Parish & Canada, Nov 14)

And thank you (volunteer) Hing for computer typing translated text of John Pridmore's book (see last week's diary)

Recent items of interest

Aung San Suu Kyi - Burma's lonely battle  (...at today's English class at Oblate Primary School,
a primary five  boy knew who Aung San Suu Kyi was....and he was able to pronounce her name in English)


China
- sour justice for milk powder activist 
(surprisingly frank article for a government site) - and see 02
- diesel shortage

USA
- beautiful story of an organization which feeds two million poor people a day
- Obama being forced to pour money into nuclear program (?)

Australia
- lest we remember 
(Remembrance Day reflection)

Church
- interview with Hans Kung
(
Dream:  at meeting with 200 cardinals in Rome tomorrow, Pope will announce his resignation ...and a pastoral/Vatican II type pope will be elected)

Other faiths
-
This year's Hajj has passed peacefully, without any stampedes.  DG
- when you enter a mosque, you should put your right foot first (minus shoe).  I learnt this last Sunday at Kowloon Mosque where I go each week to collect items for Muslim prisoners
- this Sunday, Nov 21, there is a big celebration at HK's Sihk Temple...for the birthday of one of the Sihk founders....the celebration being sponsored (for the 25th year) by Sihk guards of the Correctional Services Department.  I hope to attend at some stage after being kindly invited by one of the Sihk guards at Lai Chi Kok Detention Center

One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing  

New links at top of this diary
 
-
Prisoners  (click "China")
-
China Library - Books  (finally updated - may I highly recommend a quick look at this)

A daily serving of God's Word  to help us  stay "healthy" in today's crazy world:   Exodus Chapter 3 -  from www.simplebible.info

Chapter 3

The Israelites begged God to free them from slavery in Egypt .

God heard their cry and called Moses
to be their leader.

God appeared to Moses in a burning bush and said to him
"I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
I have heard the prayers of my people in Egypt .
I now send you to Pharaoh to win the freedom of my people".

Moses asked what was God's name.
God replied 'I Am who  Am.
Tell the people "I Am  has sent me to you".'

3  

以色列人把他们埃及苦役中释放出来  

听到了他们的喊叫和召奂梅瑟做他们的领导人

在燃烧的荆棘丛显现和对梅瑟:
“
我是亚巴郎
依撒格雅各伯
我听到我百姓在埃及的祈祷。

我现在派遣你到法郎赢取我百姓的自由
”

梅瑟的名字是什么。
回答
:“我是自有者。
告诉
百姓‘那自有者打发我到你们这里来’”  

Dear God, God of life, God of Abraham, we praise you Lord.

亲爱的生命的巴郎,我们称赞

I  go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Simple Bible & other items to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Two in two days Last Sunday at Mass....readings about the life to come...I mentioned how some people have a "life after death" experience
..... at which a not so young lady put up her hand and shared how she had had such an experience. A beautiful sharing.
Next morning in internet cafe below Jordan Center, I was getting some printing done...and met a Nepalese man who said he can't work after being in an accident a year or so ago....when he "died and saw Jesus"


Sincere Sympathy
to Doris & Elvin Kempnich and family, Brisbane in the loss of Michelle, aged 34, now in Heaven ...where she is able to jump and run and speak ....after a life of paralysis on earth

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi   

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive
 


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Thursday, November 11, 2010     Dear Friends

Good morning just after 11am on the 11th day of the 11th month - Remembrance Day.  Lord, please give eternal life to all who died in war.
A  Nov 11 reflection ....appropriate at a time when international leaders are promoting "a trade foreign policy"

On this 11th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people Hunan

Trivia    More than half the people in the world belong to the Five Letter Club - China, India, Korea, Japan, Burma, Italy, Spain, Malta, Egypt, Libya, Niger, Sudan, Kenya, Ghana, Gabon, Congo, Benin, Chile, Samoa etc

New knowledge   Last Sunday I noticed all the local Nepal shops decked out in lights, people all dressed up, parties in various areas of Jordan/Yau Ma Tei.....and to my shame I had to admit I had never heard of Diwali (for the Nepalese "Deepawali")....the most important festival of the year for Hindus and many other groups....a festival of light, symbolizing the triumph of good over evil.....a sort of Christmas/Easter/Lunar New Year  rolled into one.    Happy Diwali!

New photos

2010-07-11 Winsome & group after visit to caged homes & Yau Ma Tei poor area;   evening pizza gathering at Ricci Center

      Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday Nov 14:   9.30 am  Mass at Notre Dame College, Ma Tau Wei, Kowloon (..changed, at 9.15am on Nov 14, to Oblate Primary School at 9.30...)
Sundays 5.30pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays - afternoon English class 
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - afternoon English class 

Saturdays -  morning & afternoon English classes 

Dec 20 to Jan 9:  Weekday and Sunday Masses at St Paul's Parish, Yau Ma Tei

Bookings made for Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 10 (not 11) - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 11 (not 12) - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (..then bus/plane to Ingham..)
Jan 11 - Jan 15:   Visit to  Ingham (..then bus to Townsville...)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help my work for the poor:
- Teresa (Notre Dame, Nov 6)
- Uncle's Centre, Chung King Mansion (Nov 7)

Last Friday  I was at Lai Chi Kok prison from 10am to 7pm....could write a book about the day.
Three  highlights:
A: I was playing table tennis with a prisoner in one section when another prisoner came out of the shower...and still in his birthday suit before starting to get dressed, he kindly fetched the table tennis ball when it went under a table near him. For some reason, the phrase "ball boy" came to mind

B: In the prison hospital I was moved to find three men missing four legs. Two men have only one leg. One man no legs. I spent quite some time with them. A very moving experience. Then as I got up from the bed of one of them where I'd been sitting, I turned around and saw another wheel chair .... beside the bed of a Chinese man from the Mainland who is deaf and dumb and paralyzed from the waist down. He can read and write ....Chinese, English ... and Hebrew....he is Jewish...parents from Haifa. I have started the process for him to be visited by a Rabbi.....and I'd be grateful if you'd join your prayers to mine that he will be able to hear ...then speak...then walk

C:  In one room of about 40 inmates, when the two guards saw so many men receiving a copy of  Genesis (Simple Bible), the guards also asked for a copy (one because he is a Christian, the other because he wants to improve his English). Both guards now have Genesis.

Volunteer needed: 
Step One: a prisoner at Hei Ling Chau detention center is translating into Chinese "From Gangland to Promised Land" by John Pridmore. Step Three: John will publish the translation in UK. 
Step Two: A local HK volunteer is needed please to computer type the prisoner's handwritten script.  If you would like to help, please give me a call  on 67095674

Recent items of interest

China
- mainlanders say farewell to HK volunteer who died when his car crashed in bad weather
- more than one million abortions a month in China (= 25% of world total)....most of them girls....a frank article on government site

Church
- scathing report on new missal's mistakes   sent to bishops
- Pope Benedict gets the celibacy question backward (ok till last paragraph ..)
- important article  on Islam - Christianity relationship

One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing  

New links at top of this diary
 
-
Prisoners  (click "China")
-
China Library - Books  (finally updated - may I highly recommend a quick look at this)

A daily serving of God's Word  to help us  stay "healthy" in today's crazy world:   Exodus Chapter 2 -  from www.simplebible.info

Chapter 2

One Israelite mother hid her baby boy for three months.

When she could no longer hide him
she put him in a basket
and placed the basket among reeds near a river bank.

The basket was found by Pharaoh's daughter
when she went to bathe in the river.
She felt sorry for the baby and decided to keep it.

The baby's sister saw all this happen
and asked Pharaoh's daughter if she'd like a nurse for the baby.

Pharaoh's daughter agreed,
and so the baby's mother was paid by Pharaoh's daughter
to be the baby's nurse.

When the child was weaned, 
he was taken to Pharaoh's daughter
who treated him like her own son.
She named the baby Moses.

When Moses became a man,
he visited the Israelites and saw their hard life.

He saw an Egyptian hit one of the Israelites
so he killed the Egyptian and hid his body in the sand.

But people found out; 
and so did Pharaoh who decided to kill Moses.

Moses then fled to the land of Midian .

The priest of Midian had 7 daughters.
One day when  they drew water for their father's sheep
they were driven away from the well by some shepherds.

Moses protected them from the shepherds
and helped them get water from the well.

Their father, Jethro, was grateful to Moses
and invited him for a meal.

Moses then stayed with Jethro
who gave him his daughter Zipporah for a wife.

2

 一个以色列人母亲藏了她的男婴三个月。

当她不能再藏他, 她把他放在篮子里,
并把篮子放置在河
的芦苇丛中。

法郎的女儿发现了篮子, 当她去河里沐浴时。
她怜悯他并决定收养他。

婴孩的姐姐看见所有发生的经过,
并且问
法郎的女儿想为婴孩找一位奶妈吗。

法郎的女儿同意,和支付工钱给婴孩母亲照顾他。

当孩子断奶, 他被带到法郎的女儿哪里,
她待他如自己的亲子。她
给孩子起名叫梅瑟

梅瑟长大成人,
他探访
以色列人并且看到他们的难苦生活。

他看见一个埃及人打其中一个以色列人 
因此他杀了那
埃及人并将尸体藏在砂土里。

但人们发现
;
法郎也知道并决定杀害
梅瑟

后来梅瑟逃往米德杨土地。

米德杨的一个司祭有七个女儿。
一天,当她们为父亲的绵羊打水饮时

 她们被其他牧羊人驱赶。

梅瑟保护她们免受其他牧羊人的驱赶,
和帮助他们从井打水。


她们的父亲,
耶特洛感谢梅瑟
请他吃饭

之后梅瑟耶特洛在一起,
他把他的女儿
漆颇辣梅瑟为妻。
 

Dear God, please protect all new-born babies,
especially baby girls. 

 亲爱的,请保护所有新生婴孩,特别是女婴

I  go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Simple Bible & other items to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Bible cartoons   (...not all that exciting...)

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi   

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive
 


Thursday, November 4, 2010     Dear Friends

Good morning from Hong Kong....where many locals  were pleased that the Melbourne Cup was won by a HK based French jockey, on a USA  bred horse, with a  French trainer...for  Australian owners

Smile 01  What do you call a horse than lives next door? A neighbour

On this 4th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people Guangdong

Recent photo

2010-10-31   Sunday night Pizza at Jordan Center,  with  Judy & Anthony,  KK & Tony -  wishing  A-Ming  a Happy Birthday!

      Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Smile 02   When asked how old she was, one little girl recently replied "I'm going to be six"

History hit    China's oldest and biggest trade fair is "The Canton Fair"   ( Wikipedia article needs updating...fair started long before 1957)

The Portuguese merchants had ... instituted a custom of holding a public fair, twice a year, to dispose of what the ships from India brought in during January, and what arrived from Japan toward the end of June. These fairs were no longer held in the port of Macau...but in (Canton)

- China in the 16th Century, The Journals of Matteo Ricci   - p. 132

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday Nov 7:   11am  Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, San Po Kong (changed, Nov 6,  to 9am Wong Tai Sin)
Sundays 5.30pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays - afternoon English class 
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - afternoon English class 

Saturdays -  morning & afternoon English classes 

Dec 20 to Jan 9:  Weekday and Sunday Masses at St Paul's Parish, Yau Ma Tei

Bookings made for Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 10 (not 11) - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 11 (not 12) - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (..then bus/plane to Ingham..)
Jan 11 - Jan 15:   Visit to  Ingham (..then bus to Townsville...)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help my work for the poor:
- Teresa (Notre Dame, Oct 30)
-
Uncle's Centre, Chung King Mansion (Oct 31)
- Judy (Shatin, Oct 31)
- Anon (HK, Nov 3)

Volunteer needed: 
Step One: a prisoner at Hei Ling Chau detention center is translating "From Gangland to Promised Land" by John Pridmore  into Chinese. Step Three: John will publish the translation in UK. 
Step Two: A local HK volunteer is needed please to computer type the prisoner's handwritten script.  Please give me a call 67095674

Recent items of interest

China
-
Nobel Peace Prize winner - - who is Liu Xia Bo?  (a bash, but surprising  it's on internet)
(a thought: Liu Xia Bo to be released from prison and put under house arrest before President Hu's visit to USA...to avoid protests...?)
- China has the world's fastest supercomputer
- Australian volunteers working with orphans in Beijing - ("Partners in Mission" - 2010-11-02)
- when the Chinese authorities want to watch you

Hong Kong  
- a group of lawyers and friends in HK have started fasting on Wednesdays 
for the release of Mainland human rights lawyers from prison.
Some in the group fast for 24 hours, some for 12 hours, some go without lunch. 
Wednesday = Lightlunchday?  More info at group's site

Vatican - explore the Sistine Chapel with your mouse

Australia - two good news stories
- Gillard stressing education for Asia  

- from Sydney to Ehiopia with love 

Climate change  Why the media has gone cold on global warming

One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing   (2 years ago yesterday...)

A daily serving of God's Word  to help us  stay "healthy" in today's crazy world:   Exodus Chapter 1 -  from www.simplebible.info :

This is the story of how the Israelites left Egypt ,
how they made their exodus, their departure,  from Egypt .
The Book of Exodus

Chapter 1

After about 300 years, 
when the Israelites had grown to a huge number,
the Egyptians began to see the Israelites as a danger to Egypt .

So they forced the Israelites into slavery
and made their life miserable.

The Egyptians forced the Israelites to make bricks
and build cities.

But the more the Israelites were oppressed,
the more they increased in number.

So the Egyptian king told the  Israelite midwives
to kill all new-born boys.

But the midwives let the baby boys live
and God was pleased with the midwives and blessed them.

Pharaoh then ordered all Israelite baby boys
to be drowned in the river.

这是以色列人怎样离开埃及的故事,
他们如何成功从
埃及离去。出谷纪

1

大约三百年后,当以色列人増长到一个庞大的数字
埃及人
开始视以色列人埃及的危害

如此他们迫使以色列人干苦役,
并使他们的生活凄惨。

埃及人强迫以色列人做砖和修造城市。

但越多以色列人被压迫,
他们的数量增加越多。

如此埃及王告诉以色列人接生婆
杀害所有新生男婴。
 

但她们接生婆让男婴存活, 
接生婆十分满意和祝福她们。  

后来法郎命令把所有以色列人的男婴淹死在河中。  

Dear God, please stop people, especially children,
 from being used as slaves

亲爱的请停止人,尤其是儿童,被当作奴隶

I  go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Simple Bible & other items to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Jesus, please give eternal rest to former street sleeper Mr Chau Pui Wing who died peacefully yesterday (Nov 3) at a local nursing home.
( I had privilege of visiting him the night before he died).

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi   

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive


Thursday, October 28, 2010     Dear Friends

Good morning from Hong Kong....where there is a beautiful clear blue Autumn sky.  Last week's threat from typhoon Megi never materialized...DG

Smile - re Megi:  Megi didn't come to HK because HK is too expensive

On this 28th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people Beijing

No new photos  from the past week.     Previous HK photos                  
Previous Zhaoqing photos

History hit - from the Journal of Matteo Ricci, written about 1609 

The Chinese fear and distrust all foreigners. Their suspicion seems to be innate, and their aversion has increased in strength and become a habit after centuries of strict prohibition against all dealings with outsiders. This feeling of ill-will which is common to all Chinese, and especially so to the common people, is particularly noticeable among the inhabitants of the Province of Canton, which is not as advanced in culture as other provinces. 
In fact, the Province of Canton is an annexation to the Empire (in 111 B.C.), and even today is numbered among the barbarian countries by other provinces, which are far superior to it in cultural training, conferring many more literary degrees, and providing many more high ranking and  ruling Magistrates.
The adverse disposition of these people is only aggravated by the fact that their province is exposed to foreigners  by land and by sea, and that they have suffered heavy and frequent losses from inland robbers and from marauding pirates. Of late they have become quite disturbed by the coming of the Portuguese.... As an expression of their contempt for Europeans, when the Portuguese first arrived they were called foreign devils, and this name is still in common use among the Cantonese.

- China in the 16th Century, The Journals of Matteo Ricci   - p. 160

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday Oct 31:   9am  Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, San Po Kong 
Sundays 5.30pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays - afternoon English class 
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - afternoon English class 

Saturdays -  morning & afternoon English classes 

Dec 20 to Jan 9:  Weekday and Sunday Masses at St Paul's Parish, Yau Ma Tei

Bookings made for Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 10 (not 11) - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 11 (not 12) - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (..then bus/plane to Ingham..)
Jan 11 - Jan 15:   Visit to  Ingham (..then bus to Townsville...)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help my work for the poor:
- Teresa (Notre Dame, Oct 23)
- Oparinha (Sydney, Oct 27)

Smile 02  Recently when buying Bibles for prisoners I got mixed up. 
I thought I was buying a Dutch Bible because it had the word Deutsch

Recent items of interest

China 
- China made Nobel Peace Prize decision for us, says Nobel judge
(reflection: President Hu should think twice about his trip to US in January....likely to be plagued by protestors...)

- China-Japan situation  a most important article, with lots of historical info I'd never heard of 
(one commentator: China's for-no-recent-reason  Japan-bashing a tactic to distract population from domestic issues
....c.f. North Korea's constant saber- rattling).  Yet most HK people think that Mainland anti-Japanese demonstrations are spontaneous.....they don't realize demonstrations are carefully orchestrated)

- Asian Games in Guangzhou  Nov 12 - 27

Pakistan Floods  What Oxfam is doing

Australia - The big population lie

One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing   

A daily serving of God's Word  to help us  stay "healthy" in today's crazy world: 
A final piece from Genesis - Ch 50  from www.simplebible.info :


Chapter 50       Listen to Chapter  50

After mourning their father for 70 days
Joseph and his brothers  went to Canaan and buried  Jacob there.
Many of Pharaoh's officials went with Joseph to Canaan.

When the group returned to Egypt,
Joseph's brothers again asked him to forgive them
for selling him as a slave.

Joseph replied "God has turned this evil into good,
and through me has helped many people.
So do not be afraid.
I will provide for you and your families".

Joseph lived to see his children's children.
Before he died, he asked that his bones one day
be taken back to Canaan.


50

悼念他们的父亲七十天后
若瑟
和他的兄弟们
客纳罕埋葬雅各伯
许多法郞的官员与若瑟前往客纳罕

当大家返回埃及
若瑟
的兄弟们再次要求他饶恕他们,将他出售为奴隶。

若瑟回答:“把这恶事变成好事,
借着我已经帮助很多人。
所以不要害怕。
我会供养你
和你的家人。
”

若瑟活着看到他孩子的孩子。
临终前,他要求有一天将他的骸骨
带回客纳罕   
 
 

Dear God, thank you for the beautiful story of Joseph

亲爱的,为若瑟动人故事感谢你

I  go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) & other items to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

On this day in 1942, Dad ( a "Rat of Tobruk") was injured by shrapnel at El Alamein in Egypt  
Battle of El Alamein (..Oct 28.....27 Australians killed, 200 wounded)
Dad's letter from Palestine hospital Nov 10, 1942

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi   

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive

Tuesday, Nov 2  The Melbourne Cup  


Thursday, October 21, 2010     Dear Friends

Good morning from Hong Kong ....about to be visited by the most powerful typhoon/hurricane/cyclone in the world this year,  Megi. 
Megi is a super-typhoon, due to hit HK & China coast by Saturday.    According to bottom map at this link, Megi will cross coast of China   just North of HK.    Latest from weather bureau.    Dear God, please protect this part of the world from Megi.

On this 21st of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people Yunan   

Smile 01 - recently on the Metro ("MTR") I met a very friendly couple from France.  As the three of us got off at Jordan station, I said "This is where I live. This is my home".  Quick as a flash, the French lady, in classical French English asked "you lif en de soobway?"

New photos  

2010-10-16   Visit with Matteo Ricci Study Group friends to Ricci Exhibition at Macau Museum 
- check the photo of Kevin Rudd's double in 2nd last line
- what a place Macau has become....local people lovely....but main industry is gambling....the world's No. 1 gambling city
.....huge casinos everywhere....temples to Mamon....c.f. St Paul in Corinth....

2010-10-17  Ricci Center regular Sunday night  "Open House Pizza Meeting"  for special friends

  Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday Oct 24:   7.30am  Mass at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, San Po Kong (...except if typhoon signal 8 or above!)
Sundays 5.30pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays - afternoon English class 
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - afternoon English class 

Saturdays -  morning & afternoon English classes (..maybe not this Sat Oct 23...typhoon signal 8?  10?!)

Bookings made for Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 10 (not 11) - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 11 (not 12) - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (..then bus/plane to Ingham..)
Jan 11 - Jan 15:   Visit to  Ingham (..then bus to Townsville...)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help my work for the poor:
- Doris Kempnich (Brisbane, Oct 19)
- Anon (HK, Oct 20)

Smile 02  Down to earth English from Chinese prisoner after release....talking about the prison where he was: "That place very no good"

Smile 03  Golf rules during Battle of Britain

Recent items of interest

Pakistan  - how Oxfam is helping more than 1,000,000 people in Pakistan

Chile - 33 miners rescued
- excellent reflection  
- the faith of the miners ...and the drillers
- mine Mass for 12 of the 33


China - how many Christians are there in China? - new article

Refugees  A "new deal' is needed 

One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing   

A daily serving of God's Word  to help us  stay "healthy" in today's crazy world:   Genesis  47 -    from www.simplebible.info

Chapters 47, 48, 49       Listen to Chapters 47, 48, 49

Pharaoh met Jacob and Joseph's  brothers
and welcomed them to be shepherds in the land of Goshen.

Jacob blessed Pharaoh. 
Pharaoh humbly received Jacob's blessing.

Joseph provided food for his family during the famine.

As the famine got worse
the Egyptians sold their livestock and their farms to Joseph
in return for grain.

Joseph  made the Egyptians promise
that when the famine was over
they would  give one fifth of their produce to Pharaoh.

Jacob lived in Egypt for seventeen more years
before he died in Joseph's arms.

Before his death,
Jacob blessed all his sons.

Jacob adopted and also blessed Joseph's two sons
Ephraim and Manasseh


474849

法郞会见雅各伯若瑟的兄弟们
并欢迎他们到哥笙之地成为牧羊人。

雅各伯祝福法郞
法郞
谦恭地接受雅各伯的祝福。

饥荒时,若瑟提供食物给他的家人。

当饥荒恶化 
埃及出售他们的牲畜和他们的田地给若瑟
以换取粮食。

若瑟使埃及人承诺,当饥荒结束
他们
将五分之一的农产品给法郞

雅各伯埃及又活了十七年,在他死在若瑟怀抱之前。

他临终前,雅各伯祝福他所有的儿子。

雅各伯若瑟的两个儿子
厄弗辣因
默纳协为子
并祝福他们。      

Dear God, please bless Egypt and Israel,
 and help them be friends

亲爱的,请祝福埃及以色列
并帮助他们成为朋友

I  go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) & other items to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi   

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive 


Thursday, October 14, 2010     Dear Friends

Happy good morning from Chile, I mean Hong Kong.   Thank you Lord for the  rescue of the 33 miners....and for speeding up the rescue from first prediction of a late December  rescue.  Well done Chile!  An inspiring moment of courage in human history.  As one of the comments on The Guardian's report says "I stayed up to see the moon landings. And I stayed up to watch this. I haven't stayed up for anything else."  Guardian, as usual, has been following this story from the beginning....almost daily reports....culminating in gripping live update blog by Rory Carroll (on site at mine for past few weeks).

On this 14th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Jilin   And also the  miners in China....of whom about 10,000 die each year at (mainly illegal) unsafe mines

Smile - a mining joke....can't find a clean one....their all covered in dirt!

New photos  

2010-10-11  Signs of life in Hong Kong

  Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday Oct 17:   9am  Mass at St Vincent's Church, Wong Tai Sin.   
Mary MacKillop to be canonized today
Sundays 5.30pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays - afternoon English class 
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - afternoon English class 

Thursday Oct 21, 7.30pm  -  talk at Chinese University on Matteo Ricci.  I hope to attend DV

Saturdays -  morning & afternoon English classes 
(.. no classes Oct 16 - Chung Yeung Festival  -public holiday in HK. I'm due to go to Macau to visit Matteo Ricci Exhibition at Macau Museum)

Bookings made for Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 10 (not 11) - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 11 (not 12) - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (..then bus/plane to Ingham..)
Jan 11 - Jan 15:   Visit to  Ingham (..then bus to Townsville...)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help my work for the poor:
- Anon (HK, Oct 5)
- Oblate Primary School (Oct 7)
- Anon (HK, Oct 9)
- St Eugene School (Oct 9)

An inmate at Hei Ling Chau Detention Center is translating John Pridmore's book into Chinese.  Would anyone please be free to type the handwritten manuscript before Nov 2?.... when John is due back in HK on his way back to UK  after visit to Australia.
Background  John Pridmore, former UK gangstar   + photos in HK Sep 19 on way to Australia

Are you thinking of getting a photocopier/fax/scanner machine for your home/office?  May I again recommend Ocean Machines, 15 Shanghai Street, Jordan  - phone manager "FONG JE"  96120678, who has kindly helped me with bookbinding/photocopying several times in past year

Recent items of interest

Pakistan 
- how Oxfam is helping more than 1,000,000 people in Pakistan
- on Aug 3,  Aug 25,  and  on Sep 23  I used my Visa card to make a donation to Oxfam's appeal for Pakistan flood relief

China - Nobel Prison, I mean Peace, Prize to Liu Xiao Bo
- trying to stop the news getting out
- finally, after 5 days of total silence, Peace Prize is (negatively) mentioned in China media
- China Communist elders issue free speech appeal  (this story big in HK....will grow?.....seems to be Premier Wan Jiabo vs The Rest...a number of Mainland newspapers are taking up the call....unhappy at way that even the Premier's reform statements are censored)

UK - important article for everyone trying to make the world a better place

USA - a senseless wars begins its 10th year    - + see this commentary "Bring them home"

Goodbye Joan Sutherland
 -  a famous person with a simple and humble heart...she never lost "the common touch"
-  many beautiful tributes in "Comments" at end of this article
(- one of which struck me....a solution for  "teacher's losing voice syndrome":  "One of things she attributed to keeping her magnificent voice in shape was eating ... ginger. She always had some with her"!)

One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing   (speaking of Zhaoqing....economy must be struggling.....Four Star Dynasty Hotel now offering rooms for only Y200 per night.....used to be at least Y280)

A daily serving of God's Word  to help us  stay "healthy" in today's crazy world:   Genesis  46 -    from www.simplebible.info

Chapter 46      Listen to Chapter  46

Jacob and his whole family, about 70 people,
took all their possessions and moved to Egypt.

God said to Jacob "I myself will go down to Egypt with you".

Joseph was ready for their arrival in Egypt.
As soon as his father appeared, Joseph ran to greet him.
Joseph threw his arms around his father
and cried for a long time on his father's shoulder.

Jacob said to Joseph
"Now that I have seen you again,
I can die in peace".


46

雅各伯和他的全家,约七十人,
带着他们所有的财产,迁居到埃及

雅各伯:“我自己将与你一同下到埃及”

若瑟为他们的抵达埃及而做好准备。
当他的父亲出现,若瑟跑去迎接他。
若瑟拥抱他的父亲,在他父亲的肩膀上哭了很久。

雅各伯若瑟:“此刻,我再次见到你,
我可以安祥地死。
”      

Dear God, please help separated family members
 to be re-united again

亲爱的,请帮助失散的家庭成员再团聚

I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) & other items to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi   

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive 


Thursday, October 7, 2010     Dear Friends

Good morning from No. 5 in the world's top ten cities (Sydney No. 9).  Cooler weather now becoming common....Oct/Nov the best time of year in HK weather-wise

Smile 01  Two hats on a hat-stand....one said to the other: "I'll go on ahead"

On this 7th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Hebei.   And also the  people of Pakistan ...."Lest we forget..."

Pakistan: the biggest tragedy in the 65 year history of  the United Nations - 20 million people need help  - what can we do?

- good news that OMI China Delegation has made a donation of US$5,000 to OMIs in Pakistan for flood relief

-good news that the Jesuits in Australia have had a Pakistan appeal since the start of the tragedy:
PAKISTAN APPEAL: Jesuit Mission is accepting tax-deductible donations for its emergency appeal 
to support the millions of Pakistanis affected by the recent floods. Donate


- when the children come running, it makes my heart drop
- Malaria threatens two million
- floods refuse to go away ..."images of desperation"

How Oxfam is helping more than 1,000,000 people in Pakistan

- on Aug 3,  on Aug 25,  and  on Sep 23  I used my Visa card to make a donation to Oxfam's appeal for Pakistan flood relief

Smile 02  A few days ago I saw a man on the metro wearing a tea-shirt which had the words "If  lost, please return to pub"

New photos  

2010-10-02  Saturday English classes at St Eugene & at Notre Dame

2010-10-03  Pizza gathering at Ricci Center

  Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday Oct 10:   7.30am  Mass at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong  
Sundays 5.30pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays - afternoon English class 
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - afternoon English class 
Saturdays -  morning & afternoon English classes 

Tentative bookings made for Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 10 (not 11) - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 11 (not 12) - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (..then bus/plane to Ingham..)
Jan 11 - Jan 15:   Visit to  Ingham (..then bus to Townsville...)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help my work for the poor:
- Mrs Wong (Sydney/Notre Dame, Oct 2)
- Teresa (Notre Dame, Oct 2)
- Kevin & Pao (HK, Oct 2)
- St John the Baptist Parish Kwun Tong (Oct 3)
- Christine (Melbourne, Oct 6)

Cousin Christine from Melbourne recently stayed at Yangcheng Guest House in Jordan (+ see "2003 photos"). 
Convenient, safe, economical.  Let me know if you'd like help to make a booking  (c. HK$300 per night for a double room)

Recent items of interest

Chile - miners will be out in 10 days?  - DV!

India - corruption the main game

Israel - settlement expansion continues

One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing   

A daily serving of God's Word  to help us  stay "healthy" in today's crazy world:   Genesis  45 -    from www.simplebible.info

Chapter 45       Listen to Chapter  45

When Joseph realized his older brothers
were sorry for having sold him as a slave
he was overcome and started crying loudly.

He told his brothers "I  am your brother Joseph
whom you sold into Egypt.
God sent me here to provide food for you".

He hugged all his brothers and talked with them.
Joseph told his brothers to bring their father
and their families to Egypt
since the famine would last for five more years.

Pharaoh was pleased that Joseph's brothers had come
and warmly invited them to live in Egypt.

The brothers returned to Canaan.
They told their father that Joseph was alive.
Their father Jacob was overcome with joy.
 


45

若瑟了解到他的哥哥们,将他卖作奴隶而感到抱歉,
他不能抑制,并开始
大声哭泣

他告诉他的兄弟们:“我是你的弟弟若瑟
那个给
卖到埃及的。
派我到这里,为你们提供食物
”  

他拥抱他的所有兄弟们并与他们交谈。
若瑟
告诉他的兄弟们,他们的父亲
和他们的家人到埃及
因为饥荒将会持续多五年

法郞若瑟的兄弟们到来而高兴
并热情地邀请他们住在埃及

兄弟们返回客纳罕
他们告诉父亲,若瑟还活着。
他们的父亲雅各伯
充满喜悦。  

Dear God, please help separated family members
 to be re-united again

亲爱的,请帮助失散的家庭成员再团聚

I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) & other items to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi   

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive 


Thursday, September 30, 2010     Dear Friends

Hello  from Hong Kong where tomorrow is a public holiday for National Day....about which most HK people have mixed feelings: on the one hand happy that China has progressed so much; on the other hand concerned about so many issues in China (corruption/ human rights  etc).....which is why when you ask HK/Macau people where do they come from (if you meet them overseas) they will never say "I'm from China" but "I'm from HK/Macau".  May the Lord bless China with every good value!

Smile (for Oct 1)

Small Horse...
Tai Ni Po Ni
I think you need a face lift... Chin Tu Fat
Stupid Man...
Dum Gai
I thought you were on a diet...Wai Yu Mun Ching? This is a tow away zone...
No Pah King
Are you harboring a fugitive?
...Hu Yu Hai Ding?
Our meeting is not till  next week...Wai Yu Kum Nao?
It's very dark in here...
Wai So Dim?
Staying out of sight...
Lei Ying Lo
He's cleaning his automobile...
Wa Shing Ka
That's not right...
Sum Ting Wong
See me ASAP...
Kum Hia Nao

On this 30th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Shanghai.   And also the (increasingly forgotten) people of Pakistan

Please check this link to see how Oxfam is now helping 1,000,000 people in Pakistan, and hoping to help 1,300,000   (out of some 20,000,000 affected by the floods)

let's get involved by  helping Oxfam:  .....on Aug 3,  on Aug 25,  and  on Sep 23
I used my Visa card to make a donation to Oxfam's appeal for Pakistan flood relief

God, please bless  Oblate new  international leader - Fr Louis Lougen o.m.i. from USA

Congratulations HK Bible Society on release of updated Chinese translation - a 90 year project 

New photos  

2010-09-23
  Two special visitors at Ricci Center....watching a very special DVD

2010-09-26  Sixty Chinese copies "Chasing the Dragon" by Jackie Pulllinger   +   Sunday night Pizza gathering

  Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday Oct 3:   8.45am & 11.30am Masses at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong

Sundays 6pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays - afternoon English class 
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - afternoon English class 
Saturdays -  morning & afternoon English classes 

Tentative bookings made for Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 10 (not 11) - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 11 (not 12) - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (..then bus/plane to Ingham..)
Jan 11 - Jan 15:   Visit to  Ingham (..then bus to Townsville...)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help my work for the poor
- Teresa (HK, Sep 25) - books for prisoners
- Oblate Primary School (HK, Sep 25) - donation
- Maria (HK, Sep 25) - mooncakes
- Anon (HK, 26) - donation + glasses for prisoners
- Catherine (HK, Sep 27) - donation

Recent items of interest

China:
- Premier Wen at U.N. -  the real China
- Chinese train breaks world speed record  (413kph!)
- Nobel Peace prize Oct 8?

Burma
- "elections" soon...excellent article from Amnesty International
- not forgetting  importance of  China's support for Burma's corrupt regime

USA
- a peace movement victory in court

UN must improve or become irrelevant - Kevin Rudd's words apply to many institutions!

One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing   

As our world gets crazier,  a daily serving of God's Word  to stay "healthy":   Genesis  44 -    from www.simplebible.info

Chapter 44      Listen to Chapter  44

Joseph had his brothers' sacks filled with free grain,
then he gave them back their money.

But he again put them to the test:
he got his servants to put his special chalice
in Benjamin's sack.

Not long after the brothers left,
Joseph's servants caught up with them
and asked them why had they stolen Joseph's chalice.

They replied that they would never dream of doing such a thing
and that if the chalice was found in anyone's sack
that man would die.

Each man's sack was opened, beginning with the oldest,
and finally the chalice was discovered in Benjamin's sack.

On returning to Joseph's home
the brothers pleaded with Joseph not to punish Benjamin.

Judah even offered to be Joseph's slave for life
in return for Benjamin's freedom


44

若瑟把兄弟们的布袋装满免费粮食.
他归还他们他们的钱。

但是,他再次试探他们:
他吩咐他的仆人把他的特别银杯
放进本雅明的布袋。

兄弟们离开不久,若瑟的仆人追上他们
并问他们为什么偷了若瑟的银杯。

他们回答说他们从未想过做这样事
并说如果银杯被发现在谁人的布袋,这人会死。

每个人的布袋被打开,从最年长的开始
而最后银杯在本雅明的布袋被发现。

若瑟的家,兄弟们恳求若瑟不要惩罚本雅明

犹大甚至提出终身为约瑟的奴隶
以换取本雅明的自由。
 
 

Dear God, please help us in time of trial

亲爱的在受试探时帮助我们

I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) & other items to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi   (at 8am ....about to leave for Kowloon Court in Argyle St....to support three Lai Chi Kok men on trial in two cases in two court rooms....two men  in one room (father & son!) and one in the other)

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive 

p.s.  AFL Grand Final (replay!) this Saturday afternoon.  This time my heart and head both say  St Kilda!


Thursday, September 23, 2010     Dear Friends

Good morning from Hong Kong where today is a public holiday for the  Mid-Autumn Festival.  May the moon shine on you wherever you are

Smiles - for the Moon Festival:
Q. What was the name of the first satellite to orbit the Earth?   A. The moon

Q. Why didn't the dog want to go to the moon?  A.  It was afraid of lunarticks

On this 23rd of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Guangxi.   And also the (increasingly forgotten) people of Pakistan

How Oxfam is now helping 1,000,000 people in Pakistan   (out of some 20,000,000 affected by the floods)

let's do something to help .....on Aug 3,  on Aug 25,  and again today on Sep 23
I used my Visa card to make a donation to Oxfam's appeal for Pakistan flood relief

Update re House of Hope for homeless men:  center has  closed (landlord wanted unit back) and men are now housed in a number of homes run by a Salvation Army volunteer.   TV and other equipment formerly in HOH have been shifted to one of the volunteer's homes. The work goes on....just this morning I was helping a former prisoner arrange temporary accommodation....

Also helping people - HK's credit unions....like this one at St John the Baptist Church in Kwun Tong

New photos  

2010-09-19   Greg Lo,  former London gangster John Pridmore, Brother Joseph;  Pizza meeting for special friends

2010-09-21  Thank you Joan & Gregory (Sydney) and Gabrielle (HK)  for help with  English class at St Eugene's School

  Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday Sep 26:   7.30am & 10am Masses at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong

Sunday 6pm:  Pizza gathering for special guests.  Visitors most welcome
Monday & Friday:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesday - afternoon English class 
Wednesday - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursday - afternoon English class 
Saturday -  morning & afternoon English classes 

Tentative bookings made for Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 11 - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 12 - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (...Qantas no longer has direct flight to Cairns; Cathay Pacific goes to Cairns via Brisbane!)
Jan 12 - Jan 15:   Visit 3 dear cousins in Ingham (south of Cairns, north of Townsville) whom I haven't seen for about 15 years (two of their Dads and the other one's Mother were my Dad's brothers & sister)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks - to the following kind friends for donations to help buy Bibles & other books & reading glasses for prisoners
- Sr Maria Moe (HK, Sep 19) 
- Anon (St John the Baptist church,  Sep 19)
- John Pridmore (UK/HK, Sep 19)
- Joan Kwok (Sydney/HK, Sep 21)
- Mr & Mrs Kong (Peng Chau Island HK, Sep 22)
- Grace (Peng Chau Island HK, Sep 22)

Recent items of interest

Hong Kong
-
HK  has 200,000 families    (= 800,000 people? = out  of total  population of 7.2 million)   living in poverty

Chile:
hopes of early rescue for miners - DV!

China: Beijing traffic jam record
- Chinese will land on Venus in 2015  (...wouldn't it be better to fix up hospitals and schools first?...)
- more Chinese tourists for Australia
- lots of media attention these days re who owns Diaoyu Islands - China? Japan? Taiwan?  Background article on this complex issue

USA: 
- drones on trial, and a judge listens (...you see smoke coming from a house, hear a baby crying inside the house.....you also see a sign on the lawn "No trespassing"....is it ok to ignore the sign?...")

North Korea: - (mis)use of word "elect" in this report re the Democratic (?) People's (?) Republic (?) of Korea

How to speed up your computer - don't use CA Anti-Virus!   I am amazed how fast my computer goes since I changed from CA to  Malware

May I also recommend an excellent dentist:  Dr Kitty Louie in Jordan  - 2781 0008

One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing   

As our world gets crazier,  a daily serving of God's Word  to stay "healthy":   Genesis  45 -    from www.simplebible.info

Chapter 45       Listen to Chapter  45

When Joseph realized his older brothers
were sorry for having sold him as a slave
he was overcome and started crying loudly.

He told his brothers "I  am your brother Joseph
whom you sold into Egypt.
God sent me here to provide food for you".

He hugged all his brothers and talked with them.
Joseph told his brothers to bring their father
and their families to Egypt
since the famine would last for five more years.

Pharaoh was pleased that Joseph's brothers had come
and warmly invited them to live in Egypt.

The brothers returned to Canaan.
They told their father that Joseph was alive.
Their father Jacob was overcome with joy.
 


45

若瑟了解到他的哥哥们,将他卖作奴隶而感到抱歉,
他不能抑制,并开始
大声哭泣

他告诉他的兄弟们:“我是你的弟弟若瑟
那个给
卖到埃及的。
派我到这里,为你们提供食物
”  

他拥抱他的所有兄弟们并与他们交谈。
若瑟
告诉他的兄弟们,他们的父亲
和他们的家人到埃及
因为饥荒将会持续多五年

法郞若瑟的兄弟们到来而高兴
并热情地邀请他们住在埃及

兄弟们返回客纳罕
他们告诉父亲,若瑟还活着。
他们的父亲雅各伯
充满喜悦。  

Dear God, please help separated family members
 to be re-united again

亲爱的,请帮助失散的家庭成员再团聚

I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) to some of the 2,000 prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive 

p.s.  AFL Grand Final this Saturday afternoon.  My heart says St Kilda, my head says Collingwood


Thursday, September 16, 2010     Dear Friends

Good morning from Hong Kong where moon cakes are on sale everywhere in preparation for Sep 23 Mid-Autumn Festival, a public holiday in HK, the Mainland, Taiwan and Macau

(Irish) Smile - for Mid-Autumn, Moon Festival

Paddy and Seamus were walking home from the pub.  Paddy says to Seamus, 'What a beautiful night, look at the moon.'

Seamus stops and looks at Paddy, 'You are wrong, that's not the moon, that's the sun.' They started arguing for a while when they came upon a real drunk walking in the other direction, so they stopped him.

'Sir, could you please help settle our argument? Tell us what that thing is up in the sky that's shining. Is it the moon or the sun?' The drunk looked at the sky and then looked at them, and said, 'Sorry, I don't live around here.'

p.s. After the Americans went to the Moon, Paddy and Seamus announced that the Kerry Men would go one better and send a man to the Sun.

On this 16th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Qinghai.   And also the (increasingly forgotten) people of Pakistan

Pakistan  should surely should be staying at top of agenda of every caring group meeting/website/news service.  
If it's not....if it doesn't even get a mention....what does that say about us?

Kevin Rudd's visit to Pakistan (...now that's a good idea...)

Oxfam now helping 600,000 out of 21,000,000 people affected by the floods

Flood appeal running dry

let's do something to help .....on Aug 3, and again on Aug 25,  
I used my Visa card to make a donation to Oxfam's appeal for Pakistan flood relief

 No new photos this week     Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday Sep 19:    8.45am & 11.30am Masses at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong
Sunday Sep 26:   7.30am & 10am Masses at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong

Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays - afternoon English class at St Eugene Primary School (Sep 21, 28;  Oct 12, 19, 26;  Nov 2, 23, 30; Dec 7, 14
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - afternoon English class at Oblate Primary School - Sep 16;    Oct 7, 14, 21, 28;    Nov 4, 18, 25;    Dec 2, 9, 16
Saturdays -  English classes at  St Eugene  (11.20 -12.50) & Notre Dame (3.30 -5.00) - Sep 25; Oct 2, 9, 23, 30; Nov 6, 20, 27; Dec 4, 11, 18

Tentative bookings made for Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 11 - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 12 - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (...Qantas no longer has direct flight to Cairns; Cathay Pacific goes to Cairns via Brisbane!)
Jan 12 - Jan 15:   Visit 3 dear cousins in Ingham (south of Cairns, north of Townsville) whom I haven't seen for about 15 years (two of their Dads and the other one's Mother were my Dad's brothers & sister)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks:
- Fr Lam Minh (HK, Sep 14) Bibles for prisoners
- Yuki  (HK, Sep 15) moon cakes for the poor

Recent items of interest

Chile -  daily routine of 33 trapped miners ...."a unique dispatch"  (...prayer after lunch...)

China -  pilots' fake records  

USA -  world's largest cross  (...very beautiful...)

RomeOMI General Chapter Sep 8 to Oct 8 in Rome

Australia - 
the globalization of food supply


One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing   

As our world gets crazier,  a daily serving of God's Word  to stay "healthy":   Genesis  43 -    from www.simplebible.info

Chapter 43      Listen to Chapter  43

The famine continued
and so Jacob sent his sons back to Egypt to buy more grain.

This time Benjamin went with them,
even though Jacob worried greatly about his safety.

When the brothers arrived in Egypt
Joseph invited them to his home for a meal.
Simeon was allowed to join them.

The brothers still didn't recognize Joseph.
Joseph was moved when he saw Benjamin, his full blood brother.
Joseph left the company and cried for quite some time.

When Joseph rejoined the meal
he gave the brothers a hearty meal which they all enjoyed.
Joseph arranged that Benjamin's portion was extra large.

43

饥荒继续
因此雅各伯派他的儿子们回埃及购买更多的粮食。

这次本雅明与他们一起去,虽然雅各伯非常担心他的安全。

当兄弟们抵达埃及
若瑟
邀请他们到他家里吃饭。
西默盎
获准与他们一起

兄弟们仍没有认出若瑟
若瑟
深受感动当他看见本雅明,他的亲弟弟。
若瑟离开了众人,并哭了很长的一段时间。

若瑟重新加入饭餐
他给兄弟们丰盛的一餐,他们都喜欢。

若瑟安排本雅明的一份是特大的。  

Dear God, please bless all missing persons

亲爱的,请祝福所有失踪者

I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive 


from today, DV this diary will be updated each Thursday, not Wednesday  (I need to leave early on Wednesdays for Hei Ling Chau prison)

Thursday, September 9, 2010     Dear Friends

Midday hello from Hong Kong where presence of nearby typhoon is likely to ease hot weather (35 yesterday) in coming days.

As HK new school year finishes its second week, a relevant reflection from France: 

British lecturer criticizes French education system....and is supported by French parents. 
In this article "France" could well be replaced by "Hong Kong"  (...all that matters is exam results...)  ...c.f. My son's experience 

And a most interesting HK government program for youth training and job placement

On this 9th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Henan.   And also the people of Pakistan

Pakistan  should surely should be staying at top of agenda of every caring group/website/news service.  
If it's not....if it doesn't even get a mention....what does that say about us?
- children suffering the most 
- the human face of Pakistan's flood
- Jewish groups helping Pakistan flood victims
- Australia help update
let's do something to help .....on Aug 3, and again on Aug 25, 
I used my Visa card to make a donation to Oxfam's appeal for Pakistan flood relief

Smile (thank you, Peter B):
Two drivers in two cars had collision.  Both got out of cars with cuts and bruises, dizzy, hands shaking.  Driver One  had just been to liquor store...so he took out bottle of whiskey and said to Driver Two "have some of this...it will steady your nerves".  "Thank you....yes, that's a help" said Driver Two as he downed a few mouthfuls.  But  when Driver Two noticed that Driver One wasn't taking any whisky, he said "aren't you going to have any?".   "No thanks" said Driver One, "the police will be here soon". 

One  new photo  (camera has had a very quiet time....unlike last week)

2010-09-05  Meal at
Ricci Center with special friend Kelvin

Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday Sep 12:   7.30am & 10am Masses at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong
Sunday Sep 19:    8.45am & 11.30am Masses at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong
Sunday Sep 26:   7.30am & 10am Masses at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong

Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays - afternoon English class at St Eugene Primary School (from mid-Sep)
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - afternoon English class at Oblate Primary School - Sep 16;    Oct 7, 14, 21, 28;    Nov 4, 18, 25;    Dec 2, 9, 16
Saturdays -    English classes at   St Eugene  (11.20 -12.50) & Notre Dame College (3.30 -5.00) - from mid-Sep

Tentative bookings made for Australia Jan/Feb 2011  DV:
Jan 11 - fly from HK to Port Moresby (on Air Niugini
Jan 12 - fly from Port Moresby to Cairns  (...Qantas no longer has direct flight to Cairns; Cathay Pacific goes to Cairns via Brisbane!)
Jan 12 - Jan 15:   Visit 3 dear cousins in Ingham (south of Cairns, north of Townsville) whom I haven't seen for about 15 years (two of their Dads and the other one's Mother were my Dad's brothers & sister)
Jan 16 - fly from Townsville to Brisbane
Feb 13 - fly from Brisbane to Cairns
Feb 14 - fly from Cairns to Port Moresby
Feb 14 - fly from Port Moresby to HK

Many thanks:
- Anon (HK, Sep 3) for donation to support my work for the poor
- Peter (HK,  Sep 6) donation to buy reading glasses for prisoners + donation of other items for the poor (Sep 8)

Recent items of interest

Chile's trapped miners
- foreman (former football coach) on the ball

China:
- millions of children no education  (.. for start of school year...)
- too many car factories
- 100% foreign owned hospitals soon?  (if only this could be true.....local hospitals would then improve standards)

Australia:
-
bocott Israeli goods from settlements?
- Darwin bishop calls for compassion       c.f. a moral moment re asylum seekers 
- most informative  article on broadband fiber

Helping poor people help themselves - Accion  (recently met one of their managers in HK)

One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing   

Hope you saw this:     Good News - please read  this link:
2010-08-25    DG! - Received today from printing company:  hard copy of Genesis , number one in Simple Bible series DV
      

OM-Items

1.  OMI General Chapter Sep 8 to Oct 8 in Rome

2.  The PIM program offers people who identify with the spirit of St Eugene de Mazenod 
the opportunity to work as lay missionaries for 6 months as part of the Oblate Mission in China, 
and develop their faith by helping others and living in community.
We are currently accepting applications for Partners in Mission – Hong Kong and Beijing. 
For further information or application forms, please visit www.oblates.com.au/pim or contact Lesley on ph: 03 9795 5077 
or email: pim@oblates.com.au 
Applications close 30th November 2010

As our world gets crazier,  a daily serving of God's Word  to stay "healthy":   Genesis  42 -    from www.simplebible.info

Chapter 42       Listen to Chapter  42

In Joseph's home country of Canaan,
the famine was very severe.

Joseph's father Jacob said to his sons
"I hear there is grain for sale in Egypt.
Go to Egypt and buy grain for our families
so that we will  not die".

All Joseph's brothers, except Benjamin,  went to Egypt
and arrived at the place where Joseph was selling grain.

The brothers had not seen Joseph for about 20 years
and they didn't recognize him.  But Joseph recognized them.

Joseph put them to the test: he said they were spies,
and he told them to bring Benjamin to Egypt
to prove they were not spies.

He kept Simeon in prison until they returned with Benjamin. 

42  

若瑟的故乡客纳罕,饥荒非常严重。

若瑟的父亲雅各伯对他的儿子们说:
“我听说在埃及有粮食出售。
埃及并为我们的家人购买粮食,这样,我们不会死。
”  

所有若瑟的哥哥,除了本雅明,前往埃及
和抵达若瑟出售粮食的地方。

哥哥们没有见若瑟约二十年,他们没有认出他。
但是,若瑟认出他们。

若瑟试探他们:他说他们是探子,
他告诉他们,带本雅明埃及以证明他们不是探子。

他把西默盎拘禁,直到他们带回本雅明   

Dear God, please help any places in the world
 which are suffering from famine

 亲爱的,请帮助在世界上遭受饥荒的地方

I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi

p.s. Dear God, please bless all politicians in new parliament for Australia

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive 


from next week, DV this diary will be updated each Thursday, not Wednesday  (I need to leave early on Wednesdays for Hei Ling Chau prison)

Wednesday, September 1, 2010     Dear Friends

Good morning from Hong Kong on the first day of the new school year.  Dear Holy Spirit, please bless all students/ teachers/staff/parents/schools!

Very, very  hot these days....only 33 degrees and not all that much humidity, but the air is like fire....hot, hot, hot.
Emergency shelters are open these nights for street sleepers....and many poor people who don't have air-con are using the air-conditioned shelters

On this 1st of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Anhui.   And also the people of Pakistan
Pakistan surely should be at top of agenda of every caring group/website.     If it's not....if it doesn't even get a mention....what does that say about us?

Aug 28  Pakistani villagers saved from endless sea
Aug 29 - photos of Chinese medical team helping Pakistan
Aug 30 - Why we're slow to help Pakistan .............. and this sure doesn't help!
Sep 1 - Natural disaster and human greed in Pakistan
let's do something to help .....on Aug 3, and again on Aug 25, 
I used my Visa card to make a donation to Oxfam's appeal for Pakistan flood relief

Smile:  I do my own washing (in a bucket....Mother Teresa's sisters have got nothing on me...) but my pride took a bash on Monday when, as usual at end of month, I washed my long white alb/soutanne (used at Mass) together with the white chord that goes around it.  I left both items soaking overnight, then  rinsed them out in the morning.....but when  I took the alb from  bucket of soapy water, I forgot the chord was still there....and when I tipped used water down the toilet (=  drain)....chord went too....and no amount of effort could get it back

Lots of new photos (camera has had a busy week)

2010-08-28  Signs of life in Hong Kong

2010-08-28  Final day of Summer Holiday Saturday English classes at Notre Dame College

2010-08-29   Very happy English Corner at St James' Church, Yau Tong,  after Sunday morning Mass

2010-08-30   Mr Chau at nursing home ...being visited by former neighbor Mr Lau

2010-08-31  Lunch at Ricci Center for A-Bee, A-Cat and children  - A-Bee looking for a job....anyone able to help please?

Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday Sep 5:     8.45am & 10am  Masses at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong
Sunday Sep 12:   7.30am & 10am Masses at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong
Sunday Sep 19:    8.45am & 11.30am Masses at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong
Sunday Sep 26:   7.30am & 10am Masses at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong

Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays - afternoon English class at St Eugene Primary School (from mid-Sep)
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - afternoon English class at Oblate Primary School - Sep 16;    Oct 7, 14, 21, 28;    Nov 4, 18, 25;    Dec 2, 9, 16
Saturdays -    English classes at   St Eugene  (11.20 -12.50) & Notre Dame College (3.30 -5.00) - from mid-Sep

Many thanks:
- Teresa (HK, Aug 28) - for donation of Chinese Readers Digests for prisoners  (anyone else have any old RDs - Chinse or English - ?)
- Fr Yve (Shatin, Aug 29) - donation of clothes for street sleepers

Recent items of interest

Manila hostage survivors - media asked  to to leave them alone 
(at last someone is calling for restraint in sensationalization of this sad case) 

Chile - yes please, Lord, speed up the rescue

India - new film about the life of Jesus

China:  Premier says ok to criticize government (2nd last paragraph) 
.....but look what happens when you do  (if only local officials would put some of premier's ideas into practice)

One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing   

Hope you saw this last week:     Good News - please read  this link:
2010-08-25    DG! - Received today from printing company:  hard copy of Genesis , number one in Simple Bible series DV
      

As our world gets crazier,  a daily serving of God's Word  to stay "healthy":   Genesis  41 -    from www.simplebible.info
Chapter 41       Listen to Chapter  41

Two years later Pharaoh had a dream:
he was standing by the river Nile
and saw 7 healthy cows feeding on the riverside.

Then he saw 7 sickly cows which ate the 7 healthy cows.

Pharaoh woke,
then had a second dream when he went back to sleep:
7 rich ears of corn on one stalk, followed by 7 withered ears
which ate the 7 rich ears.

None of Pharaoh's wise men could interpret the dreams.

Then the cup-bearer told Pharaoh
how Joseph could understand dreams.

Pharaoh sent for Joseph
and Joseph told Pharaoh the meaning of his dreams:

the 7 healthy cows and 7 rich ears meant 7 good years for Egypt;

the 7 sickly cows and 7 withered ears meant 7 years of famine.

Joseph also told Pharaoh what to do:

use a tax to collect one fifth of all grain in the 7 good years;
then during the 7 years of famine 
use the collected grain to feed Egypt.

Pharaoh and his ministers were so impressed by Joseph's wisdom
that Pharaoh made Joseph governor of the whole of Egypt,
second only to Pharaoh himself.

Pharaoh gave Joseph Asenath, a priest's daughter, as his wife.

Joseph was now 30 years old, 
having spent more than 10 years in Egypt.

For the next 7 years Joseph traveled all over Egypt,
supervising the collection of grain.

Before the famine began,
Joseph and Asenath had two sons: Manasseh and Ephraim.

When the famine began, Pharaoh told the Egyptians
"Go to Joseph and do what he tells you".

People from all over Egypt and from other countries
went to Joseph to buy grain during the famine.

41

两年后,法郎做了一个梦:他站在尼罗河
看到七只健康母牛在河边喂养。

而后,他看见七只病母牛,牠们吃掉七只健康母牛。

法郞醒来之后做了第二个梦当他再次入睡:
一根麦茎上长有七枝肥美的麦穗,
接着七枝枯萎的麦穗吃了七肥美的麦穗

法郞的智者没有一个可以解释这些梦。

其后司酒长告诉法郞若瑟如何能解梦。

法郞派人请来若瑟若瑟告诉法郞梦的含义:

七只健康母牛和七枝肥美的麦穗表示埃及有七个丰年;

七只病母牛和七枝枯萎的麦穗表示七个荒年。

若瑟也告诉法郞怎么做:

个丰年用税收集所有粮食的五分之一;
然后在七个荒年
利用所收集的粮食养活埃及

法郞和他的羣臣钦佩若瑟的智慧,
法郞若瑟作全埃及的总理,
仅次于法郞自己。

法郞若瑟一名司祭的女儿,阿斯纳特为他的妻子。

若瑟此时三十岁,在埃及渡过超过十年。

以后的七年若瑟行遍埃及全地,监督收集粮食。

饥荒开始前,若瑟阿斯纳特生了两个儿子:
默纳协
厄弗辣因

当饥荒开始,法郞告诉埃及人
“若瑟照他告诉你的做。”  

埃及和其他国家人们
在饥荒期间去找若瑟购买粮食。
   

Dear God, thank you for turning things around in Joseph's life

亲爱的,感谢你在若瑟的生命中扭转局面

I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi

p.s. Dear God, please help Australia make right decision re future government

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010     Dear Friends

Good afternoon from Hong Kong, where the main story in  media this week  is  the death of 8 HK tourists in Manila.    c.f. list of mistakes

On this 25th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Ningxia.   And also the people of Pakistan:

August 18: Pope Benedict (finally) makes a personal appeal for help for Pakistan
Aug 19:  Pakistan floods are "a slow-motion tsunami"
Aug 20: China helps Pakistan (and helps Russia)
Aug 21: Pakistan accepts aid from India  (India helping...Pakistan accepting ...goodwill has broken out!)
Aug 24: People return home to find nothing left, nothing at all
let's do something to help .....on Aug 3, and again today, Aug 25, 
I used my Visa card to make a donation to Oxfam's appeal for Pakistan flood relief

Q:   Why aren't they eating?   A group of some 20 men, mainly from Pakistan and Africa,  sit on the stage and talk while other Lai Chi Kok detention center inmates are having breakfast, lunch and evening meal in the main dining hall (holds about 200 men).  Then the group has its meal later in the evening.
A:  Because they are Mulims, faithfully observing Ramadam (this year, Aug 9 to Sep 11).    God bless 'em!

Smile:  recently while on way to morning English classes, I noticed a band of elderly ladies (80+ years old) waiting at exit of Metro station.
At first I didn't know why/what they were soliciting......didn't seem to be asking for money....too old for xxxx.  Then I saw why their hands were sort of half stretched out ...... seeking newspapers from people who had finished reading them.
So, as you enter the Metro, you are given or can take a free daily paper.  You read it on the train.  Then as you get off the train....the little old ladies help you recycle the paper

New photos

2010-08-21  Saturday English classes at St Eugene Primary School and at Notre Dame College

2010-08-24/25   Summer Holiday English classes at Our Lady's School, Wong Tai Sin

Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday  August 29:  9am Mass at St James' Church, Yau Tong
Sundays of September, October & November: Mass(es) at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong

Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - English class for special secondary students (3.00 - 5.00)
Saturdays -    English classes at   St Eugene  (11.20 -12.50) & Notre Dame College (3.30 -5.00).

Many thanks:
- Teresa (HK, Aug 21) - for donation to help work for prisoners
- volunteer teachers who have run Saturday afternoon Summer Holiday English classes at Notre Dame
- Our Lady's School, Wong Tai Sin, for books for prisoners + donation to help prison work

Help please: A 65  year old inmate at Lai Chi Kok detention center stays in the center's hospital after having a tracheotomy some time ago. 
Yesterday I asked him why he doesn't have a "voice box machine" (an electrolarynx -  an electronic aid which produces an artificial ‘voice’ when held against the neck).  He said he can't afford one.  Cost to buy  one in HK is about $HK4,500.  Anyone win lottery recently?

Good News - please read story at this link:
2010-08-25    DG! - Received today from printing company:  hard copy of Genesis , number one in Simple Bible series DV

Recent items of interest

  HK had  3.1 million visitors in July, most of them from Mainland 
 -  anyone like to help with some special street ministry once or twice a month?

China
Aug 22: Premier says "Keep going forward, don't go backwards"  (...his words  apply to church and other institutions...)
Aug 23: Traffic jam a 100km long, been going on for (10) days    c.f.    World's longest queue

Dick Smith and Australia's migration program - what an excellent article  - and c.f. The new White Australia
and c.f. another opinion Who's paying for Melbourne & Sydney?

  One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing         

As our world gets crazier,  a daily serving of God's Word  to stay "healthy":   Genesis  40 -    from www.simplebible.info
Chapter 40       Listen to Chapter  40

Even in jail, God protected Joseph.

When two of Pharaoh's officials,
his cup-bearer and his baker
also were put in jail,
Joseph was able to interpret dreams they had.

The cup-bearer dreamt he picked grapes
and made wine for Pharaoh's cup.

Joseph told him the meaning of his dream:
in three days he'd be free
and back at work as Pharaoh's cup-bearer.

The baker dreamt that birds ate bread 
from a tray on top of his head.

Joseph told him:
"In three days you'll be hanged, and birds will eat your flesh."

And so it happened as Joseph had said:
on the third day
the cup-bearer went back to work in Pharaoh's palace
while the baker was hanged.

Joseph asked the cup-bearer to help him get out of jail,
but when the cup-bearer was free,  he forgot about Joseph.
40 

即使在狱中,保护若瑟

法郞的两个官员,他的司酒长和他的司厨长
也闗进监狱里,若瑟能够解释他们的梦。

司酒长梦见他采摘葡萄,和为法郞的杯做葡萄酒。

若瑟告诉他他的梦的含意:
在三天内他会获自由,和恢复为法郞作司酒长工作。

司厨长梦见鸟
吃饼,取自他头顶上的托盘。

若瑟告诉他:
“在三天内你会被绞死,鸟
会吃掉你的肉。”  

所发生的如若瑟所说:
第三天
司酒长回到法郞的宫殿工作,
然而司厨长被绞死。

若瑟请司酒长帮他离开监狱,
但当司酒长获自由,他忘记了若瑟

 

Dear God, please bless everyone who has ever helped me  亲爱的,请祝福曾经帮助我的每个人

I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

After last Saturday's indecisive elections, Australia now has a  hung parliament
Forming a new government might take weeks rather than days.
My dream:  a government of national unity, comprising all members of parliament, who spend the next three years fighting unemployment, water shortage, climate change etc - instead of spending most of their time/money/energy fighting each other to get/keep power.
A government of national unity....with joint prime ministers Julia and Tony

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010     Dear Friends

Good afternoon from Hong Kong.   No Wed visit to Hei Ling Chau detention center today....visit made last Sunday, because of special English classes at a local school this week 

On this
18th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Shandong.   And also the people of Pakistan:

Pakistan floods  - 20 million people in urgent need of help 
-
What a golden opportunity for some good will co-operation between India, the USA and  the Taliban to help Pakistan
- If the world doesn't help and help quickly, diseases might spread from Pakistan to rest of world.  c.f. Facing 2nd wave of death
- USA & South Korea now holding war games in Sea of Japan.  How about those good men and that wonderful equipment being sent to help Pakistan??

- Twenty million people homeless
- Six million people facing starvation
- Disaster begets dissent begets disaster 
 
- Military coup on the horizon again -
a good thing says a Pakistani friend in HK who recently visited Pakistan. "No one cares about anything. Corruption is widespread. Only the military can restore order"
- No one helping victims
- Why  the world is ignoring Parkistan
- What countries are helping

Vatican  statement 
(hardly likely to set church on fire with compassion for Pakistan. When will Pope make a personal statement??).
- To its credit, HK Catholic Diocese has had a special appeal for Pakistan


let's do something to help .....on Aug 3 I used my Visa card to make a donation to Oxfam's appeal for Pakistan flood relief...and I hope to make a donation to an OMI fund if and when one is eventually opened 

Smile:  From Ray, thank you
 
Good news:  local canteen has given cooking job to man recently released from Hei Ling Chau detention center

No new photos this past week      Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sundays of August:  9am Mass at St James' Church, Yau Tong
Sundays of September, October & November: Mass(es) at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong

Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
(Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center)
Thursdays - English class for special secondary students (3.00 - 5.00)
Saturdays -    English classes at   St Eugene  (11.20 -12.50) & Notre Dame College (3.30 -5.00).

Many thanks:
- Edwin & group (HK, Aug 15)  - reading glasses for prisoners
- Judy (Shatin) - for helping A-Ming get to church (& prepare for First Communion)

Contrast: yesterday morning I had two English classes for younger primary students at a local girls school (...to raise funds for prison work etc).  In the afternoon I had two gatherings  at Lai Chi Kok detention center (in men's day rooms - one in room for drug users/sellers, one in room for murderers)  

Smile: elderly (my age!?) man now in local nursing home.  Was a guest in several prisons over the years.  Spent 4 years at Hei Ling Chau, in section "18C".   His bed number in nursing home?  18C  !

Recent items of interest

USA - Bedbugs in New York  - common in many old buildings in HK, during Summer.  If any NY friends need help, I can put you in contact with Ricky,  a HK professional pest exterminator, specializing in "muk sat" (bedbugs). 

Israel's ethnic cleansing of Jordan Valley

Government agency says there are 23 million Christians in China    "the Christian boom is a result of China's economic growth"??
Another example of "lies, dammed lies, statistics & Mainland statistics".
Real number of Christians is about 100 million....and the boom has absolutely nothing to do with economic growth

Drunk driving might soon be a crime in China   (what a novel idea...)

  One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing         

As our world gets crazier,  a daily serving of God's Word  to stay "healthy":   Genesis  39 -    from www.simplebible.info
Chapter 39      Listen to Chapter  39

The slave traders took Joseph to Egypt
and sold him to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's top officials.

God was with Joseph.
God blessed everything Joseph did.

Because Joseph did everything so well
Potiphar put Joseph in charge of his household and all his possessions.

Because of Joseph, God blessed Potiphar and all his interests.

Potiphar's wife tried to seduce Joseph who was very handsome.
But day after day Joseph refused to sleep with her.

Then one day when Joseph again refused her
she tore his clothes and started screaming.

She claimed Joseph had tried to seduce her.
Potiphar believed his wife and he put Joseph in jail.

39 

奴隶商人把若瑟带到埃及
并且把他卖给普提法尔法郞的高级官员之一。

若瑟同在。 祝福若瑟所做的一切。

由于若瑟做的一切都顺利
普提法尔若瑟管理他的家务和他的所有财产。

由于若瑟祝福普提法尔和他的所有利益。

普提法尔的妻子试图引诱若瑟,他很英俊。
若瑟
不断拒绝与她睡觉。

直到有一天,当若瑟再次拒绝了她
她撕毁他的衣服,并开始尖叫。

她声称若瑟曾试图引诱她。
普提法尔相信他的妻子,他
若瑟监禁。
 

Dear God, please don't let me cause other people to do wrong 亲爱的,请不要让我促使他人犯错

I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Saturday Aug 21 - Election day in Australia.  May Australia always be blessed with good government. 
Polls are predicting a Labor victory, but this scribe notes:
- that  Labor lost in Western Australia last time....and is hardly likely to do better this time, given the mining tax controversy.
- there's a strong anti-Labor backlash in New South Wales & Queensland.
So, how can you win if you lose in those three states? ...unless anti-labor swing goes to Greens, who in turn help Labor return power?


Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive 


Wednesday, August 11, 2010     Dear Friends

Good afternoon from Hong Kong.  Ramadan (Islam's Lent) starts today, finishes on September 9.  

On this
11th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Hunan .  And also the people of Pakistan:

Pakistan floods  - 14 million people in urgent need of help 
What a golden opportunity for some good will co-operation between India, the USA and  the Taliban to help Pakistan

- a disturbing article - only five countries helping in a decent way, and India refusing  - so far - to help its stricken neighbor

- We can't seem to get anyone interested in helping Pakistan

- has the Pope made a statement about Pakistan floods?  I can't find one....

-  after two weeks, not a mention - so far - on OMI website

- Rupert Murdoch obviously doesn't care about Pakistan:  not a mention on index pages of The Australian or The Courier Mail etc

 - "We are now in God's hands"

let's do something to help .....on Aug 3 I used my Visa card to make a donation to Oxfam's appeal for Pakistan flood relief

Last Sunday - a lovely experience.  After Mass I went to an old people's home in Wanchai, and then called in to nearby Sikh Temple (my first ever visit) to ask for items for Indian prisoners.  Temple staff extra friendly and helpful and gave me many books.  One of several hundred people at the temple was a guard from Lai Chi Kok prison!   And now I know: on entering temple, take off shoes and put on head cloth

Smile:  When I met the Indian Sikh prison guard at the Temple, I got mixed up and said "Hello Mohammed"  (lots of Pakistani guards in HK prisons)

New photos

2010-08-11  Meal at Ricci Center for A-Yun and Ben 
 
(Ben is looking for work after being released from Hei Ling Chau detention center two days ago. 
 Anyone able to give him even a short term or part time job please?)


Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sundays of August:  9am Mass at St James' Church, Yau Tong
Sundays of September, October & November: Mass(es) at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong

Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - English class for special secondary students (3.00 - 5.00)
Saturdays -    English classes at   St Eugene  (11.20 -12.50) & Notre Dame College (3.30 -5.00).

Many thanks:
- Anthony, Caroline Edwin & Ronald (HK, Aug 8) - rice boxes for street sleepers
- Caroline,
Anon (HK, Aug 3),  Anon (HK, Aug 6) - donation to support work for prisoners + help the poor in China

Recent items of interest

China

- Gansu landslide..... man-made?       700 dead and 1,000 missing 

- Chinese officials' gray income totalled $797.1 bln (!) in '09 - a remarkably frank article....a reliable Mainland statistic!

Burma - most important article - corruption in church as well as in government

Greenland to disappear in 10 years?  - causing a 7 meter  rise in sea levels ....bye bye New Orleans, Shanghai, Calcutta etc ... (if I really care about climate change, I'll turn off unnecessary lights, turn off computers/boilers at night, travel by road/rail rather than air if possible  etc etc).
Re comments about this article - notice the bevy of anti-climate change responses....big business in background (just like years ago..."smoking not dangerous")

  One billion people starving - what can I do?                  Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing         

As our world gets crazier,  a daily serving of God's Word  to stay "healthy":   Genesis  38 -    from www.simplebible.info
Chapter 38       Listen to Chapter  38

Jacob's son Judah had three sons - Er, Onan and Shelah.

Er married Tamar,
but not long after the wedding, Er died.

So, according to custom, 
Judah asked Onan to marry Tamar
and have a child for his brother.

But Onan spilt his seed each time he slept with Tamar,
so Tamar did not conceive.

Judah then said to Tamar 
"Wait till Shelah grows up,
and you can marry him."

But when Shelah was older, he still hadn't been given to Tamar.

So Tamar tricked her father-in-law Judah.

She dressed as a prostitute and conceived a baby by Judah.

Judah did not know that the woman was Tamar;
her face was covered.

Three months later  Judah was told that his daughter-in-law
was pregnant after acting as a prostitute.

Judah followed the harsh local  custom and said
"Take her outside and burn her."

But Tamar  produced Judah's seal, stick and cord
which he had given to her as a pledge when he had sex with her.

So Judah admitted his guilt and freed Tamar
who gave birth to twin boys.

38

雅各伯的儿子犹大有三个儿子- 厄尔敖难舍拉

厄尔塔玛尔结婚,但婚礼后不久,厄尔死了

如此,根据习俗,
犹大要求敖难塔玛尔结婚
并为他的哥哥生一个孩子。

敖难他的精液溅出,每次他与塔玛尔睡觉时
这样
塔玛尔没有怀孕。

其后犹大塔玛尔: “舍拉长大,你可以嫁给他。”

但是,当舍拉长大,他
仍然没有娶塔玛尔

因此,塔玛尔骗她的公公犹大

她装扮成一个妓女,并通过犹大怀孕。

犹大不知道这女人是塔玛尔;
  她的脸被遮盖。

三个月后,当犹大被告知,他的儿媳作妓女后怀孕。

犹大遵守当地的严厉习俗说:“把她拉出来烧她”

塔玛尔拿出犹大的印章棍杖和印带,
他给她这些作为抵押,当他与她发生性行为时。


因此,犹大承认他的罪行,并释放塔玛尔
下双胞胎男孩。
 

 

Dear God, please help married people to be happy 亲爱的,请帮助已婚人士快乐
I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China.     If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful


Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive 


Wednesday, August 4, 2010     Dear Friends

Good morning from Hong Kong, where Summer Holidays are being enjoyed by students  - including  those students (30% of primary students?) who are taking part in Summer Schools and courses of various kinds

On this 4th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Guangdong  (.... good news .... many people using this list each day).
And Happy Birthday Barack Obama today.  May the Lord bless you with wisdom and courage. 

Pakistan floods. ...

Smile  Tea shirt now on sale in HK, has the words "Genuine fake"

New photos

2010-07-29    Seven Wonders of the world - beautiful

Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

New stamp to commemorate 400th anniversary of Matteo Ricci's death - from Italy

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sundays of August & September:  9am Mass at St James' Church, Yau Tong
Sundays of October & November: Mass(es) at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong

Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - English class for special secondary students (3.00 - 5.00)
Saturdays -    English classes at   St Eugene  (11.20 -12.50) & Notre Dame College (3.30 -5.00).

Many thanks:
- Kevin (July 17) for donation of blank DVDs

Smile, from Bible:  Which  Old Testament prophet would have been a star on the tv show Master Chef?   ......Habakkuk

Recent items of interest

26% of USA adults  (= 72 million) are obese

North Korea's World Cup team punished after "betraying their nation by losing three games"

UK prime minister David Cameron in India - important background info

Lies, damned lies, statistics and....Mainland statistics: - local governments cooking books?

Bible remains untranslated in 2,000 languages (representing 350 million people)

A place where Muslims and Christians pray together - amazing section from W. Dalrymple's "From the Holy Mountain"

ABC radio program: Donald Cozzens - abuse and other issues  (click "Download MP3")
- 3 people, two of them  sure like big words, but Fr Cozzens easy to understand and program worth listening to for his important sharing.
A lesson in how not to conduct an interview ....so many  interruptions......please let us hear more of Fr Cozzens' wisdom!

Recently updated  -  Grover's Disease file  

Torture in China.   Sometimes I lose not a little sleep when I think that so many people across the border are right now being tortured.
- Lawyer reveals grim details of client's torture
- Chinese police beat official's wife by mistake
- I'm half way through Paul Hathaway's book "Henan, the Galilee of China"....page after page has accounts of people being tortured 
- put "China + torture" into Google....so many accounts
"When will they ever learn, when will they ever learn?"

  One billion people starving - what can I do?  (c.f. Gospel of last Sunday, August 1)                 Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing         

As our world gets crazier,  a daily serving of God's Word  to stay "healthy":   Genesis  37 -    from www.simplebible.info
Chapter 37      Listen to Chapter  37

Jacob loved Joseph more than  his other sons
because Joseph was the son of his old age.

Jacob had a special coat of many colors made for Joseph.

Joseph's older brothers were jealous of Joseph and hated him.

Joseph had a dream: he became a famous person.
This made his brothers hate him all the more.

One day, when the brothers were looking after their sheep
in a distant place, Jacob sent Joseph to see how they were.

When the brothers saw Joseph coming
some of them wanted to kill him.

Eventually they sold Joseph to some slave traders
for 20 silver pieces.

The slave traders took Joseph to Egypt and re-sold him there.

The brothers told Jacob that a wild animal had killed Joseph.

Jacob was heart broken and mourned Joseph all the time.

37  

雅各伯若瑟多于他的其他儿子
因为若瑟是他的晚年子。

雅各伯若瑟做了一件彩色特别外套。

若瑟的哥哥们嫉妒若瑟和恨他。

若瑟做了一个梦:他成了一位名人。
这使他的哥哥们更恨他。

一天,当哥哥们在一个遥远的地方,在照料他们的羊时,
雅各伯
打发若瑟去看他们怎样。


当哥哥们看见若瑟来时,有些哥哥想杀死他。

最后,他们以二十块银钱把若瑟卖给奴隶商人。

奴隶商人把若瑟带到埃及并在那里再出售他。

哥哥们告诉雅各伯,一头野兽杀死了若瑟

雅各伯心碎和一直哀悼若瑟

Dear God, please help me not to be jealous of other people 亲爱的,请帮助我不嫉妒别人
I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China. 
    If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive 


Wednesday, July 28, 2010     Dear Friends

Good morning from Hong Kong where tourist numbers are up:

Newly released figures show that a record 16.8 million tourists visited Hong Kong over the first half of the year. That's an increase of 23 percent over the same period last year. Most of the tourists - about 10 million of them - came from the mainland. Anyone like to help form a little group to connect with Mainland tourists?  - once a week/month .... spend an hour or so standing at a place where most Mainland tourists are taken (e.g. jewelry shops near Oblate Primary School) to give out leaflets re The Cross: Jesus in China           Please contact me: 67095674    jdwomi@gmail.com 

That's more than  1,000,000 a month from the Mainland

On this 28th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Beijing  (.... good news that many people are using this list each day)

New  photos

2010-07-22   A-Yau and A-Sam:  Yum Cha with A-Ming, visit to A-Ming's home,  helping special students at Ricci Center English class

2010-07-27   Visit to Mr Chau in his new nursing home by Macau friends Fatima and Thomas (with nurse Lam)

Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

Smile   Eat one live toad first thing in the morning.    Nothing worse can happen all day.

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sundays of August & September:  9am Mass at St James' Church, Yau Tong
Sundays of October & November: Mass(es) at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong

Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - English class for special secondary students (3.00 - 5.00)
Saturdays -    English classes at   St Eugene  (11.20 -12.50) & Notre Dame College (3.30 -5.00).

Many thanks:
- A-Yau & A-Sam (Lantau, July 22) for donations to help obtain Bibles for prisoners + support work for poor in China
- Anon (Shun Lee Estate, July 25) for donation to help obtain Bibles for prisoners

Looking for work  - office job -  full time or part time - Paul Chan  6707 1582

Recent items of interest

As this diary has reported previously, there are lies, damned lies, statistics...and Mainland statistics...like this one (even the heading is misleading...)

But this HK statistic is true:  60% of homeless people have mental health problems

China - another barbaric practice to stop (in theory, and hopefully in practice)

Cambodia - if a state becomes evil, its orders must be resisted - excellent historical summary 

Church - some new items in link at top of this diary  Optional Celibacy

  One billion people starving - what can I do?  (c.f. Gospel of this coming Sunday, August 1)                 Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing         

As our world gets crazier,  a daily serving of God's Word  to stay "healthy":   Genesis  35, 36 -    from www.simplebible.info
Chapters 35, 36       Listen to Chapters  35, 36

God said to Jacob "Go to Bethel and live there."
so Jacob moved to the area of Bethel.

Not long after this,
Rachel conceived another baby.

But Rachel died in childbirth.
Jacob named the baby boy Benjamin.

In all, Jacob had 12 sons:
Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar and Zebulun
 - their mother being Leah;
Joseph and Benjamin
- their mother being Rachel;
Dan and Naphtali
- their mother being Bilhah;
Gad and Asher
- their mother being Zilpah.

Jacob and his family stayed in the land of Canaan,
the land of his father Isaac.

Esau and his family moved to the land of Edom.

3536

雅各伯:“贝特耳和住在那里。”
所以雅各伯
迁到贝特耳的地区。

这之后不久 辣黑耳怀有另一个婴儿。

辣黑耳难产逝世
雅各伯命名男婴本雅明

总计,雅各伯有十二个儿子:
勒乌本
西默盎肋未犹大依撒加尔则步隆
-他们的母亲是
肋阿;
若瑟本雅明
-他们的母亲是
辣黑耳;
纳斐塔里
-他们的母亲是彼耳哈;
加得阿协尔
-他们的母亲是齐耳帕

雅各伯和他的家人留在客纳罕土地

他的父亲依撒格之土地。


厄撒乌和他的家人搬到厄东之地。
 

Dear God, please bless and protect my brothers and sisters 亲爱的,请祝福和保护我的兄弟姐妹
I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China. 
    If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive 


A special invitation for friends in  Brisbane (July 22):  - see "Recent items of interest" in diary of last week (July 14)

Wednesday, July 21, 2010     Dear Friends

Late afternoon hello from Hong Kong.  I've just come back from visiting three prisons, I mean detention centers,  on Hei Ling Chau island.
Usually go on Wed afternoon, but since there's a typhoon in the neighborhood I went this morning (since small ferry from Peng Chau island to HLC stops on typhoon signal 3 which went up 10 minutes ago).   Looks like we can expect a typhoon each week for the next two months.

Recent photos

2010-07-15  Secondary students' English Corner at Ricci Center

Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

On this 21st of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Yun Nan

Smile - another true story from Syria (in W. Dalrymple's "From the Holy Mountain")

Taxi collided with big black limousine which had gone through a red light.  
Taxi driver, very angry, went over to limo and demanded compensation.
Back window of limo went down a little and a name card was passed out.  Limo then sped off.

Next day when taxi driver was finally able to make phone contact, he swore with all his skill and called the limo owner every
insulting name under the sky.
Finally the limo owner revealed his name and asked the driver "Do you know who I am?"

"Yes", said the taxi driver, "you are the president of our country"    (... a president with a ruthless reputation...).
The taxi driver then asked the president "Do you know who I am?"
"No", said the president.
"That's good", said the taxi driver, who slammed down the public phone he was using and shot through before anyone could trace his identity.

10am - noon each Friday I have a  prayer service in the chapel of Lai Chi Kok detention center.  Last Friday, July 16, about 30 inmates attended.  I have permission for up to nine  volunteers to join me each week (.. men only, sorry).  Just need to be 18 years old or over &  have a HK   ID card.
Two weeks before each Friday, I need to submit  each  volunteer's name and ID card number  to Correctional Services Department in Wan Chai  for approval.   If any kind friends would like to join me in this most worthwhile ministry, please contact me:  jdwomi@gmail.com    or mobile - 6709 5674.    
July 23:  four volunteers are due to attend DG

Also:  Help  please to obtain old/new Bibles/magazines/books  for the prisoners.  Need Chinese + Bengali, Dutch, English, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean,  Nepali, Punjabi,   Spanish , Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Urdu & Vietnamese.  There are many inmates from Africa, the Sub-Continent &  South America,  - as well as from HK & Mainland.
So many inmates, most of them from Pakistan (language = Urdu),  are followers of Islam....have never had a chance to read Bible.  An Urdu Bible costs HK$110 if any kind friends would like to help one man receive a copy as an outreach to Islam.
Best place for obtaining Bibles:  HK Bible Society, 67 Chatham Road, TST.    Phone   23685147 & ask for Shirley (who will give you 10% discount if you let her know that  items are for prisons)

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday July 25:  9am & 10.30am Masses at Queen of Angels Church, Shun Lee Estate
Sundays of August & September:  9am Mass at St James' Church, Yau Tong
Sundays of October & November: Mass(es) at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong

Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Tuesdays: English class for special primary students (3.00 - 5.00)
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - English class for special secondary students (3.00 - 5.00)
Saturdays -    English class at   Notre Dame College (3.30 -5.00).

Many thanks:
- HK Kung Kao Po & Notre Dame OMI community (July 15 & July 17) for newspapers for prisoners
- Anon (July 17) for items for Sat English prizes
- Mrs Wong and Mrs Ma (July 18, Notre Dame parish) for donations to buy Bibles for  prisoners
- Ling & Zoe (July 19) for toys and books for poor children in Yau Ma Tei area

Pest exterminator (..professional, employed by many shops in Jordan area) - when cat can't cope with so many rats + problems like "muk sat" etc - Mr C - graduated a few years ago from Shek Pik prison where he "studied" for 22 years....and where I used to visit him each week during 1995 -2001.
Met him on street last week, invited him to my center for a drink....so happy to hear he is a successful tradesman.  If anyone would  like to employ his skills, please give me a call  - 67095674

Recent items of interest

This year the hottest (for whole world) since records began

Afghanistan: Humanitarian worker's book Three Cups of Tea has become required reading for US high command 
(I have a copy of this if anyone would like to borrow it.  Excellent book)

A group that is doing something to help Israelis and Palestinians be friends - CEO is my schoolmate Paul from Brisbane.  If any kind friends, especially in Australia and USA, could please help Paul  in this beautiful work of peace.....I'd be most grateful.    Paul recently received a tribute from the US Congress and the Northern Ireland Assembly for his contribution to peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland.  Now his mission is the Middle East.....

Mutiny rumblings among senior Australian clergy

New English Missal - latest from "What if we just said wait" - new translation "up in the air"

  One billion people starving - what can I do?                   Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing         

As our world gets crazier,  a daily serving of God's Word  to stay "healthy":   Genesis  33, 34 -    from www.simplebible.info
Chapters 33, 34        Listen to Chapters 33, 34

When Esau and Jacob met, 
Esau was friendly and kind to Jacob.

Esau accepted all the gifts of animals that Jacob gave him.
But Jacob continued to be wary of Esau.

Jacob moved to Shechem.

One of the men of Shechem raped
and then wanted to marry Jacob's daughter, Dinah.

Jacob and his sons craftily said they would agree to the marriage
if all of the men of Shechem were circumcised.

The men agreed. 
But on the third day
while the Shechem men  were still in a lot of pain
Jacob's sons Simeon and Levi took matters into their own hands.

They killed all the Shechem men,
because their sister Dinah had been raped. 
Jacob did not approve of the killings.

3334

厄撒乌雅各伯会面时厄撒乌雅各伯友好和亲切。

厄撒乌接受雅各伯给他的牲畜作为礼物。
雅各伯
继续提防厄撒乌

雅各伯搬到舍根城


舍根城中一名男子强奸雅各的女儿狄纳后想与她结婚。

雅各伯和他的儿子诡诈地说他们将同意婚事
如果舍根城所有男子进行
割包皮

男子同意。
但第三天
舍根城的男子仍然在非常痛苦中
雅各伯的儿子西默盎肋未擅自处理。

他们杀死舍根城的所有男子,

因为他们的妹妹狄纳被强奸。
雅各伯没有批准屠杀
 

Dear God, please help me forgive anyone who has offended me 亲爱的,请帮助我宽恕任何触犯了我的人
I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China. 
    If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive 


Wednesday, July 14, 2010     Dear Friends

Good afternoon from Hong Kong on Bastille Day.   A good day to "keep your head" with two warning signals up ("thunderstorm" & "very hot") + this Summer's first typhoon on the doorstep
May all students and staff have a safe and happy Summer holiday (till school resumes September 1)

I've just come back from pauper's funeral for Mr Leung Yu Wah,  former resident of House of Hope for homeless men.  Four of us saw him off: a Salvation Army social worker, a young Evangelical leader (Mr L was baptized in his church), myself and another social worker - Lanly (who works for the charity group St. James Settlement  which has a beautiful outreach called life and death education (!) ....that among other things arranges pauper funerals)

Recent photos

2010-07-11   Chu Tak Ming, Dominic, with his Godmother Judy and Godfather Anthony

2010-07-13  Signs of life in Hong Kong

Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

On this 14th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Jilin

Smile - for  last Sunday's Gospel of the Good Samaritan...A true story from pages 143 - 145 of From the Holy Mountain by William Dalrymple

About 1930, a man spent five years developing a small farm in a desert area of Syria.  He had a good harvest and needed to repay money borrowed to buy the farm....but the road to where he was going was famous for robbers....so he asked an Armenian driver in a T-model Ford to take him, hiding some 50 gold coins in his inner clothing.
Along the road they saw an old man hitchhiking, but they did not stop for him.  Then they felt guilty about not helping the old man, so they went back and gave him a ride.
Ten minutes later the old man pulled out two guns and ordered the men to stop and strip.  As the farmer stripped, his gold coins fell to the ground.
The old man bent down to pick them up....and as he did so, the farmer and Armenian grabbed the guns. The old man struggled...produced a knife...and a fierce fight  took place.  Everyone was covered in blood....and the old man died.
The farmer said to the Armenian "you killed him".  The Armenian said to the farmer "you killed him".
They left the old man's body by the side of the road and drove on nervously.
They were stopped by a police patrol....and when the police saw blood, asked what had happened.
The farmer said the Armenian had killed an old hitchhiker.  The Armenian said the farmer killed him.
A policeman checked their car, and found the old man's ID card.
"The old man was a wanted criminal.....there's a reward of 100 gold coins for anyone who finds him dead or alive".
"I killed him", said the farmer.  "No you didn't....I killed him" said the Armenian.
Eventually the split the reward.

10am - noon each Friday I have a  prayer service in the chapel of Lai Chi Kok detention center.  Last Friday, July 9, about 40 inmates attended.  I have permission for up to nine volunteers to join me each week.  Just need to be 18 years old or over &  have a HK   ID card.
Two weeks before each Friday, I need to submit (by fax) each  volunteer's name and ID card number  to Correctional Services Department in Wan Chai  for approval.   If any kind friends would like to join me in this most worthwhile ministry, please contact me:  jdwomi@gmail.com    or mobile - 6709 5674.   (July 17 update:  sorry, have just found out that from July 30  onwards, only male volunteers!)
July 23:  four volunteers are due to attend DG

Also:  Help  please to obtain old/new Bibles/magazines/books  for the prisoners.  Need Chinese + Bengali, Dutch, English, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean,  Nepali, Punjabi,   Spanish , Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Urdu & Vietnamese.  There are many inmates from Africa, the Sub-Continent &  South America,  - as well as from HK & Mainland.
So many inmates, most of them from Pakistan (language = Urdu),  are followers of Islam....have never had a chance to read Bible.  An Urdu Bible costs HK$110 if any kind friends would like to help one man receive a copy as an outreach to Islam.
Best place for obtaining Bibles:  HK Bible Society, 67 Chatham Road, TST.    Phone   23685147 & ask for Shirley (who will give you 10% discount if you let her know that  items are for prisons)

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday July 18:  8am & 9.30am Masses at Notre Dame College, Ma Tau Wei
Sunday July 25:  9am & 10.30am Masses at Queen of Angels Church, Shun Lee Estate
Sundays of August & September:  9am Mass at St James' Church, Yau Tong
Sundays of October & November: Mass(es) at St John the Baptist Church, Kwun Tong

Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Thursdays - English class for special secondary students (3.00 - 5.00)
Saturdays -    English class at   Notre Dame College (3.30 -5.00).

Many thanks for items for Yau Ma Tei poor people:
July 7 - Peter Yeung  (Peng Chau)
July 11 - Judy & Anthony (Shatin)


Lord, thank you for the life of Fr Robert McGregor O.M.I. who died in Melbourne last Saturday, July 10.   R.I.P.

Recent items of interest

How Iranian women are stoned to death - buried up to then neck 

Foreign companies in China - becoming more nervous

Church leadership lacking - a most important article.  
Re this issue: 
1. This week in Sydney there is a most important conference for priests with special visitor from USA  Fr Donald Cozzens, who will also be giving public lectures in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane on July 19, 20 & 22.  Cannot recommend these lectures highly enough.
2. Some people have a new way of praying  each day for the next pope to return to the vision of Vatican 2.  The way they pray?....they pick up a few bits of rubbish from the street each day....and as they put rubbish in bin they say "Jesus, this act of humility is my prayer and  vote...for a Vatican 2 pope"

  One billion people starving - what can I do?                   Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing         

As our world gets crazier,  a daily serving of God's Word  to stay "healthy":   Genesis  32 -    from www.simplebible.info
Chapter 32       Listen to Chapter 32

As Jacob returned to his own land of Canaan,
he feared that his brother Esau would  try to kill him.

So Jacob, always clever and wily, 
sent messengers ahead of him
to make friends with Esau.

The messengers reported  
that Esau was on his way to meet Jacob
and had 400 men with him.

This news increased Jacob's fears
so he divided his family and flocks into two groups,
thinking that if Esau attacked one group
then the other group could escape.

Jacob also prayed hard to God for protection.

Jacob sent gifts of animals to Esau,
hoping that Esau would be friendly to him.

On the night before Jacob and Esau met,
God appeared to Jacob
and gave him a new name: Israel.

32 

雅各伯回到自己的出生地客纳罕
他担心他的哥哥厄撒乌试图杀死他。

因此雅各伯,总是聪明和诡计多端, 
先派出使者与厄撒乌交好。

该使者报告厄撒乌正前来迎接雅各伯并带有四百人。

这一消息增加了雅各伯的恐惧
所以他把他的家人和牲畜分为两队,
想,如果厄撒乌攻击一队,那么,另一队可以逃跑。

雅各伯
努力地祈求的保护。

雅各伯将牲畜作为礼物送给厄撒乌
希望厄撒乌将会对他友好。

雅各伯厄撒乌会面前一晚,
雅各伯显现,
并给他一个新名字:以色列

Dear God, please help me to be kind and clever 亲爱的,请帮助我成为友善和聪明
I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China. 
    If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive 


Wednesday, July 7, 2010     Dear Friends

Good morning from Hong Kong on the anniversary of the Marco Polo Bridge incident near Beijing in 1937,  which was the start of World War 2 for China.   May China and Japan fight all future battles on the football field,  like Germany and its European neighbors

Recent photos

2010-07-06 Two special groups of friends:  Ling, Mabel, Shiela & Una   +  Maria 1, Maria 2, Rose and Pastor Chan

Previous HK photos                   Previous Zhaoqing photos

On this 7th of the month: Dear Lord, please bless the people of Hebei

Smile   (thank you, Gordon)  THE MEANING OF LIFE  EXPLAINED 

On the first day, God created the dog and said, "Sit all day by the door of your house and bark at anyone who comes in or walks past. For this, I will give you a life span of twenty years.."
The dog said, "That's a long time to be barking. How about only ten years and I'll give you back the other ten?"  So God agreed......

On the second day, God created the monkey and said, "Entertain people, do tricks, and make them laugh. For this, I'll give you a twenty-year life span."  The monkey said, "Monkey tricks for twenty years? That's a pretty long time to perform. How about I give you back ten like the dog did?" And God agreed........

On the third day, God created the cow and said, "You must go into the field with the farmer all day long and suffer under the sun, have calves and give milk to support the farmer's family. For this, I will give you a life span of sixty years."
The cow said, "That's kind of a tough life you want me to live for sixty years. How about twenty and I'll give back the other forty?"
And God agreed again......

On the fourth day, God created humans and said, "Eat, sleep, play, marry and enjoy your life. For this, I'll give you twenty years."

But the humans said, "Only twenty years? Could you possibly give us our twenty, the forty the cow gave back, the ten the monkey gave back, and the ten the dog gave back; that makes eighty, okay?"  "Okay," said God. "You asked for it."

So that is why for our first twenty years, we eat, sleep, play and enjoy ourselves. For the next forty years, we slave in the sun to support our family. For the next ten years, we do monkey tricks to entertain the grandchildren. And for the last ten years, we sit on the front porch and bark at everyone.  

10am - noon each Friday,  from July 9, I am due to have a  prayer service in the chapel of Lai Chi Kok detention center.  About 30 inmates are expected to attend each week.  I have permission for up to nine volunteers to join me each week.  Just need to be 18 years old or over &  have a HK   ID card.
Two weeks before each Friday, I need to submit (by email) each  volunteer's name and ID card number  to Correctional Services Department in Wan Chai  for approval.   If any kind friends would like to join me in this most worthwhile ministry, please contact me:  jdwomi@gmail.com    or mobile - 6709 5674

Also:  Help  please to obtain old/new Bibles/magazines/books  for the prisoners.  Need Chinese, Dutch, English, Hindi, Punjabe,   Spanish , Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, Vietnamese.  There are many inmates from Africa, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South America, Vietnam - as well as from HK & Mainland.

Calendar: (all Masses are in Chinese unless otherwise indicated)
Sunday July 11:  3pm -  Matteo Ricci group meeting at YMT bookstore
Sunday July 18:  8am & 9.30am Masses at Notre Dame College, Ma Tau Wei
Sunday July 25:  9am & 10.30am Masses at Queen of Angels Church, Shun Lee Estate

Mondays & Fridays:   Lai Chi Kok Detention Center
Wednesdays - Hei Ling Chau Correctional Center
Saturdays -    English class at   Notre Dame College (3.30 -5.00).

Many thanks: 
- Rosa (HK, June 30) for Bibles/books for prisons
- Andrea (Peng Chau, July 1) and Una & group (HK, July 6) for items for House of Hope for homeless men
- Yeung family (Peng Chau, July 2) for donation to buy Bibles for prisons
- Mrs Yung & fellow parishioner of Shun Lee Estate (July 4), Anon (HK, July 5),  Mrs Dang (St Alfred's, Shatin, July 6) and Anon (HK, July 6) for donations to support my work for the poor in Yau Ma Tei + to support work for the poor in China

Recent items of interest
China's universities in a mess - an amazingly frank article

U.S. questions its  unwavering support for Israel  (...Australia should do the same, for the same reasons...) 

  One billion people starving - what can I do?                   Why I'm in HK and not in Zhaoqing         

China library            General library            Items available for loan from Matteo Ricci Center in Jordan   ( John  6709 5674)

New movie now in library:  The Hunchback of Notre Dame  
(Disney animation - excellent story of how ugliness of heart is the only real ugliness)

As our world gets crazier, we need  a daily serving of God's Word  to stay "healthy". 
 Let's digest  Genesis  31 -    from www.simplebible.info
Chapter 31       Listen to Chapter 31

Jacob said to Rachel and Leah

"You know how hard I have worked for your father,
yet he has treated me unfairly - ten times he changed my wages.
Now God has told me to go back to my own land.
So, get ready, we are going".

Jacob took his wives, children and livestock and left
 - without telling Laban.

Only after three days did Laban find out
that Jacob had outsmarted him.

Laban chased Jacob, 
but God told Laban not to hurt Jacob.

So Laban made a treaty with Jacob and let him go on his way.

31 

雅各伯辣黑耳肋阿:

“你知道我多么努力为你的父亲工作,
然而,他对我不公平-他十次变换了我的工价。
现在,告诉我回到我的出生地。
所以,做好准备,我们要走。”

雅各伯带他的妻子,孩子和牲畜离开
-而没有告诉拉班

三天后拉班才发现,
由于雅各伯瞒过他。

拉班追赶雅各伯,但告诉拉班伤害雅各伯

因此,拉班雅各伯订立
条约,和让他继续他的前行。

Dear God, please help us to treat everyone fairly

亲爱的,请帮助我们公平对待每个人

I now go to Hei Ling Chau & Lai Chi Kok detention centers each week, and I give copies of Genesis (Simple Bible) to some of the 2,000+ prisoners
.....especially to the 400  men from Mainland China. 
    If anyone would like to support this work, I'd sure be grateful

Thank you for a prayer

God bless everyone, especially the many special friends on my cancer list -  in HK, the Mainland & overseas.  

John W omi

If you email me and don't receive a reply within 2 days, please send email again to john@china8.org or jdwomi@gmail.com 
Maybe your message or my reply did not arrive 


Diary         December 2009 to June 2010