Are You Giving Up, Or Getting Up?

Missionary to America Shing Me Wang (Mimi)

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Are You Giving Up, or, Getting Up?

Not many of you know Mrs. Shing Me Wang, although she is quite well known among the Chinese immigrants of New York City. She is quiet, self-effacing, and a great blessing to many young adult Chinese immigrants. Plus, she has a remarkable story to share.

Shing Me, or Mimi as she likes to be called, is a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitestone, Queens, New York City.  As she explains in the video interview, she and her husband came to the US so her husband could pursue a doctorate at Fuller Seminary in California. After receiving the doctorate, he was called to New York to pastor a Lutheran church in Bayside, Queens. Early on he earned recognition as a psycoanalyst by the State of New York. Mimi, her husband and children were settled in New York and felt destined for a wonderful ministry; but that was not to be.

After five months in New York Mimi’s husband suddenly passed away., leaving Mimi and the children to make their own way in their new land.  It would have been easy to give up, maybe go home to China.

Anyone involved in starting a new mission has had to make friends with disapointment, disapproval, disagreement and disaster. If you want an example, look at St. Paul. He gives us a list of the abuses he suffered:

I have been in  perils of rivers, perils of robbers, perils from my countrymen, perils from the Gentiles, perils in the city, perils in the wilderness, perils in the sea, perils among false brothers; in labor and travail, … in hunger and thirst, in fastings often, and in cold and nakedness. Besides those things that are outside, there is that which presses on me daily, anxiety for all the assemblies. Who is weak, and I am not weak? Who is caused to stumble, and I don’t burn with indignation?”                                                     ( 2 Corinthians 11:25-29). 

Or, consider Jesus. Celebrated on Palm Sunday, cruficied on Good Friday.

But He returned on Easter Sunday. God has a way to transform ministry in ways we never thought or imagined.

Mimi Wang didn’t give up, she got up – and stayed in New York. It was a struggle of more than ten years. Today Mimi is an assitant minister at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Whitestone, Queens, New York City; she helps her pastor, an immigrant from India, reach out to Chinese immigrants. Every week more than fifty Chinese young adults  gather for Bible study and prayer at Immanuel. Once a month a worship service is held in Chinese at Immanuel. Mimi receives phone calls, sometimes after midnight, from Chinese young adult immigrants looking for spiritual comfort and guidance. Besides all this, Mimi directs a choir of over 100 Chinese speaking immigrants from the five New York City boroughs.

Out of dispair the Holy Spirt can bring determination; out of disapointment He can bring delight; out of diaster new life can emerge. Just like Easter. If God could raise up Jesus from the dead, don’t your think He can get you back up on your feet? Just ask Mimi.

Please keep Missionary Mimi Wang in your heart, and in your prayers.

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