Wednesday, 02 March 2011 13:11
Gloria and her husband, Don, came to Bangladesh in 1989 to do medical work as a result of devastating floods the year before. Don had recently retired from general practice as a doctor and so was available to serve God overseas several times in periods of one to three years during the following 10 years.
Before Don and Gloria arrived, there was discussion about what to call them. The senior nursing staff decided that Dadu and Didima – grandfather and grandmother – would suit best because of their age, and these names stuck. The name followed Gloria to New Zealand and that’s what her grandchildren call her. Her car even had a “Didima” number plate.
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 13:09
On Christmas Eve 2010, Bethel Hui passed away after succumbing to pancreatic cancer. Bethel had been the voluntary pastor of Epsom Baptist Church’s Saturday night Chinese/English congregation since planting it in 2005.
His death has been a shock not only to all of us at Epsom Baptist Church, but also to the wider Chinese community. Bethel is survived by his wife Willa and children Jasmine and Jacob.
Bethel Hui was born in Hong Kong in 1955. From the age of 8 he began attending various church activities. At some point he was deeply touched by the gospel message and made a commitment to following Jesus. The behavioural change observed in him added effectiveness to his passionate gospel witness.