Paul & Mary Beth McLean, PCC, Taiwan. “Praise God for progress on the eleven indigenous Bible translation projects we support in Taiwan. The Kingdom of God has been advancing since Margy Mackay’s grandfather first landed in Tamsui in March 1872. Praise God for Margy and her family’s countless contributions to the Gospel mission in Formosa/Taiwan.”
• for the Lord's abundant blessing on the two Bible camps we had this summer
• for progress being made in the construction of the new main building's refectory
• that OMF colleagues, James & Maki Buss will be joining our ministry team at the end of November
Daniel is sick and will be taken to the hospital in the morning. He has trouble urinating and has a lot of pain. Please pray that they know what the problem is.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of George Leslie Mackay’s arrival in Tamsui on March 9, 1872, and the beginning of Canada’s engagement with Asia, the Canadian Mackay Committee has produced a bilingual English-Chinese wall calendar, with historic and contemporary pictures from Taiwan and Canada, plus informative text and dates. See picture of full inside page, attached.
One Calendar - C$15 / US$12 5 or more – C$12 / US$10 20 or more – C$10 /US$8 ( +shipping ) 50 or more $8 (+ shipping)
To place your order click here
(we will send you payment information)
Questions? : Edward Chung 416-564-5757 or Michael Stainton 647-978-1870
I would be remiss if I did not point out that if you order 5 @ $12 each, they cost the same as 4 individual ($15 each) . In any case, there is no charge for mailing up to 5. The calendars are being printed now and you can pay later. A cheque made out to "Canadian Mackay Committee" can be mailed to it c/o 31 Caldbeck Ave, Markham, ON L3S 3H4.
Baby Daniel arrived safe and sound this morning. Jacky is doing well.
Thanks again for all your prayers and support!
We are well here in Nakaale. The clinic admin came back for a couple of weeks which allowed me to travel to Mbale for a week to change the scenery for the first time in four months. I was also able to meet with Agnes to plan our research proposal for the second stage of our research project. I am always happy to meet with her and am very encouraged by our collaboration. Please pray that we can submit our request to the ethics committee asap, as it can take time to hear back from them. I want to work more on research, but the clinic also demands a lot of time and energy. I am back in charge of the clinic again this week until the end of September while the admin goes to Kampala to get his new daughter an American passport. Would you please pray for the staff at our mission clinic? They are growing weary of working short-staffed due to a recent nurse quitting and some other staff taking unscheduled days off. We have hired another midwife, but she has delayed beginning her contract. Recently, the clinicians have been more reluctant than usual to help each other out. Please pray for stamina to serve our community even though we are stretched beyond capacity. Usually, our patient numbers would be decreasing during this season, but we are still seeing many patients each day.
In this, the Summer 2021 edition of Nicaragua News, we tell recent stories through pictures. Each picture captures a story of sharing. Each instance of sharing—neighbour with neighbour, f…
It's been a while since our last update! This summer, we've done our best to keep journeying alongside students while also holding lots of hope for in-person gatherings in the fall. Keep reading to see what we've been up to!
Our yearly Missions Disciplers cohort finished up in April and registration for the new cohort is now open! We hope to start it sometime in September.
For six weeks from June to July, we held a Summer Missions Intensive (photo below) in lieu of in-person mission trips and in keeping with our usual tradition of having a multi-week summer event. 7-9 students attended our six-week program where we used MomentumYes curriculum to discuss what it looks like to live on mission. While summer can feel lethargic and it can be hard to encourage students to engage, we were thankful for an energetic, committed, interactive group!
‘A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reasons, to always be curious and to fight tirelessly for something’
I know many of you have been praying for me and for the work I do here and I am so glad to update you on the work that God has blessed me to work for Him.
It’s not easy to find words to describe how happy and grateful I am to be given the opportunity to serve God by working with Children at Kazima Children’s home. It’s even harder to find words through the tears of joy that easily flow when reflecting on my time here.
The joy and energy of this experience is simply magic. Joining as a carer has given me the opportunity to get in touch with the reality of what it means to take actions and do something that can make a real difference to the people. We always complain about how unfair life treats us however spending time with children make me realize that happiness is free for all.
The spark in the children’s eyes truly touched my soul. The children have taught me more than I could have ever hoped for and have reminded me to appreciate the basic everyday things we take for granted. These children do not have access to some of the everyday necessities that children who live with parents have yet they are the kindest and most generous children I have ever met.
My work at this home is basically looking after the kids, supervising them with their homework, praying, playing together, being together reading stories and listening to each other’s story, laughing and cerebrating whatever God brings to us
Every time the kids always jump for joy when they see (me) “Uncle Mahona”. I am never able to get out of the place without having the kids hugging and cheering me and having fun together. This always make me be happy and enjoy the rest of the day in ways I can’t explain and I am grateful that God is helping me to be able help His children in my own small way. Most of them love books, coloring, playing with toys, puzzles and singing.
If I can give you any parting words it would be: If you accept working with children prepare your heart, because it will be stolen by each and every one of you encounter and you will long for those moments days and years after you have left. It will teach you to look at the world through different eyes, opening them to new wonders.
Please continue to pray that the Lord will continue to help the work at this home with His wisdom and strength. May He bless each and every one of you and protect you during this COVID-19 pandemic situation. I wish you best of health for you all
Thank you for your prayers for Hil's dad after his his ear started to bleed.
Today he is recovering very well. It was a tumor that burst in his right ear. Although his hearing is lost in that ear, he is feeling very well.
Continue to remember the people we are sharing the Good News with, they are increasingly interested.
"Last night (Saturday, August 21st), Margy 'went home' and , we are sure, was greeted joyously by all the rest of her family. The Mackay Family of Formosa is all together again.
"The last days of Margy were very peaceful: as she slowly slipped away, she was surrounded by much love and beautiful music. Sometimes, we sang and prayed together...told Margy stories (of which there are many!)...or just sat quietly beside her.
"All of our wonderful PSW's have said their farewells to her over the last days and the staff at Amica have been extremely caring and attentive.
"Lynda was noting that yesterday, August 21st, had some lovely connections: the 21st is Anna's birthday (she would have been109...but you remember that Anna and Margy lived together in their gracious, faith-filled, tea-filled home for many years). Yesterday, Lynda and Margy did a reading from a daily prayer book that belonged to Margy's Mom. It usually says the psalm of the date..so the psalm was Psalm 121...this much-loved psalm of the Mackay family which is called the Traveller's Psalm and which they sang together as a family every time they were going on a trip. And it seems very interesting to have August 21, 2021...A great day for Margy to be called home.
If you wish, you could send a personal note to Anne Mackay (Margy's niece) and Lynda Hayes (Margy's beautifully faithful companion). Click link below.
In the meantime you know how much each one of you meant to Margy. She was so appreciative of her family and friends who have been so faithful to her over the years...and she loved and valued her deep connections and roots with Taiwan and all her (their) Taiwanese connections.
"To quote one last time from her Reflections on Turning 99:
I feel great gratitude for Tamsui, Taiwan, and all we lived there and the rich Mackay heritage we inherited. I feel blessed with a lifetime of friends and family - including all of you who are reading this. In my old age, I am also grateful beyond measure to those dear friends and workers who have helped me live so well now.
"You all have my deep thanks for sharing this life journey with me....and faith sustains it all.
So - it seems fitting to end with the Mackay prayer on the journey:
"May the Lord preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.
"And ,always, Margy would say to each of us:
'Peng-an!!!! Banzi !!!!!'"
Margaret grew up in Tamsui, Formosa (now Taiwan), the youngest daughter
of Presbyterian missionary parents, George William Mackay and Jean Ross
Mackay. In the Tamsui area, she enjoyed summer hikes in the mountains
and baseball with her two brothers, Leslie and Ross, and her two sisters,
Anna and Isabel. Their grandfather, the legendary George Leslie Mackay,
was the first Canadian missionary to Formosa (Taiwan) and he established
some of the first medical clinics and a school for girls. As a child, Margy
was homeschooled by her mother and then from grade 2 - grade 13 she
attended the Canadian Academy, a school in Kobe, Japan, several days
journey away from home by ship. After completing grade 13 at CA, Margy
moved to Toronto and attended the University of Toronto, obtaining a BA
in English and History. She then enrolled in an office program mastering
shorthand and typing and was asked by St. Andrew’s College to work for
them in Aurora, Ontario, as the secretary to the Head Master for 5 years,
where she enjoyed listening to the cadet pipe band. Margy then returned
to Formosa, where she worked at the Taipei American School and lived
with her parents in the family home. In 1968, after her father passed away,
Margy returned to Toronto with her mother and the family dog, Parka.
For the next while, Margy cared for her mother and worked part-time at
the University of Toronto in the Fine Arts Department, later moving to
Simcoe Hall in the Research and Planning Department. In Toronto, Margy
was very involved with her church, Knox Presbyterian, helping mainly in
the library and attending numerous church functions. In the community,
Margy was active in fighting for tenants’ rights. She and her sister, Anna,
also helped to start a Block Watch program for their Spadina Avenue
building. Margy loved animals and after Parka, always had a resident cat
which she enjoyed spoiling. Margy had an extensive community of friends
and especially enjoyed time spent at the cabin on Beauty Lake with friends
Mollie and Frank. Margy’ s home (which she shared for many years with her
sister, Anna) was a welcome sanctuary for Toronto friends and for family and
visitors from other parts of Canada, Taiwan and around the globe. The family
wishes to thank Lynda Hayes, Margy’s companion for the last years, for her
love and caring companionship. Much gratitude to all the PSWs and Amica
Balmoral Club who lovingly cared for Margy.
I received the following letter from a Cuban pastor, a former student of mine. He has written about the situation in Cuba and I thought it best the send it on to you and solicit your prayers for Cuba.
I would like to give you a brief update on our situation here in Cuba. The description that first comes to mind is “absolute chaos”. The Cuba you knew has very little in common with the Cuba as it now exists. I'm not exaggerating. Conditions are extremely serious. The most basic items that sustain life are in scarce supply. We are in a continual state of emergency, in a scramble for survival.
Regarding the pandemic, the aggressiveness of the virus combined with the collapsing condition of our healthcare system conspire against all Cubans. Several brothers, friends, and acquaintances have died because of the COVID virus. However, the most horrific thing is not death, which is indeed heartbreaking, but the conditions in which death finds thousands of Cubans. People are passing from life to death without palliatives for either body or soul.
The official figures on the impact of the pandemic reported by our government are far from reality. My mother-in-law, for example, as well as several close friends are suffering from Covid at home in a weakened state and living among other high-risk individuals. There is nowhere to take them, and there are no medicines to administer. COVID patients are packed into the halls of our hospitals throughout the island. Images of very crude and filthy conditions of our hospitals are circulating on social media, mocking the triumphalist veil of the Cuban socialist system.
Regarding the social unrest that has gripped the country, recent protests have been brutally silenced. Many Cubans are still in prison for peacefully demanding freedom. Many who have been jailed are awaiting their day in court, which is going to take up to a year before coming to trial. The protesters were arrested and jailed for publicly and peacefully expressing their discontent of how the government has handled the pandemic and the country’s economic crisis. There are a number of protestors who have simply disappeared, and no one knows where they have been taken or how they are coping physically and emotionally. As a response to the protest, the government organized mass communist marches as a counter-protest to whitewash its public image (and this amid an unprecedented spike on the island of the COVID virus). Ours is a governmental system that perpetually justifies its malfeasance by blaming others for its failures. But then, it’s the only script that it has.
Despair and social suffocation continue to grow and to leave a very deep mark on the social fabric of our country. These are extremely stressful times; times where only God can help us to walk through the valley of the shadow of death. Death is closing in on us at a rapid pace. In these days, Psalm 11 has been a refuge for me:
"When the foundations are being destroyed, what can the righteous do? The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord is on his heavenly throne. He observes the sons of men; his eyes examine them. The Lord examines the righteous but the wicked and those who love violence his soul hates...For the Lord is righteous, he loves justice; upright men will see his face."
May God intervene with help from on high and heal our wounds, have mercy on our people, and quench our hunger and thirst for justice. Do not stop praying for your Cuban brothers and sisters in Christ, and for our nation in general.
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