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挪亚团契

挪亚团契成立于1994年,当时从大陆来到迈阿密的学生学者慢慢多了起来,刘广华牧师、李世泽执事以及其他一些从香港、台湾来的弟兄姊妹们,对这个逐渐壮大的群体有传福音的负担,挪亚团契就此成为教会的一个以服事大陆学生学者为主要对象的团契。当时,马可团契的很多兄弟姊妹都来参与这个团契的福音事工。李执事开放自己的家庭,每月两个礼拜五晚上都有聚会,十年如一日,刘牧师也常在这个时候来到聚会中讲道。这个聚会,成为当时迈阿密华人学生学者们在每周繁重的学习工作之后向往的一个温馨的聚会,共有一百多位同胞在这里蒙恩得救,成为主耶稣基督的门徒。

挪亚团契的成员,流动性很大,大多数从大陆来的学生学者,在迈阿密大学(UM)或佛罗里达国际大学(FIU)学成、工作几年后,就会因为工作、学习的缘故去其他地方。多年来团契接触过的同胞已经超过一千人。今天,他们在全世界的各个角落,仍有七百多人,还会收到每周团契活动的通知。虽然很多人不能常常再回到团契,但他们却常对团契表示深切的关心。若是有机会来到南佛州,他们也必会来探望这个曾经让他们遇见主的地方。

挪亚团契中许多成员是年轻的学生,特别是从2009开始,大量本科生开始来到美国求学,他们中多数人是第一次远离父母,来到一个陌生的国度,在生活和情感上需要很多的帮助。从机场接送、到帮助办理银行手续、再到找住房、搬运家具、日常购物等等,在日常生活中逐步与他们建立良好的个人关系,并把他们带到团契、带到教会、带到主耶稣面前。针对学生群体年轻好动的特点,我们团契每年都组织了一些户外的活动。早年,教会还没有每年一度的退休会的时候,我们会利用长周末,选择一个靠近海滩的旅馆,在那里举行自己的退休会,一起敬拜神、一起分享团契生活、一起共度美好时光。此外,我们还一起去沼泽地国家公园举办野营,看露天电影。挪亚团契成为了迈阿密海外华人同胞的一个温馨之家。许多兄弟姊妹去了不同的地方,挪亚团契不断地有新的弟兄姊妹进来。

在迈阿密定居的几位兄弟姊妹家庭,成为了团契的骨干。这几个家庭,也因着主的爱,而一起服事。这群年轻的基督徒在团契中成长,彼此扶持,相互勉励,在基督耶稣的恩典和知识上一同长进。大家一起研读圣经的话语,讨论信仰的意义,探索人生的真谛,竭力传扬福音。十多年来,我们一起走过,一起唱圣诗,一起读经祷告,一起分享彼此的痛苦和欢乐。我们也有过争执流泪。一年一年的过去,我们的称谓也从师兄弟妹,变成了学长、叔叔阿姨,进而成为伯父伯母。岁月流逝,主的爱在我们身上更深沉、更真实,我们在这异乡做客旅时,有人接待了我们,我们蒙了恩,也在这里接待自己的同胞,一同结伴走天路。正如诗篇84篇所记:

“他们经过流泪谷,叫这谷变为泉源之地,并有秋雨之福盖满了全谷。” 

 

NCCF

 

NCCF was founded in 1994. As the students and scholars from mainland China gradually increased, Pastor Kwong Wah Lau and Deacon Shi-ze Li, along with some brothers and sisters from Hong Kong and Taiwan, started feeling the spiritual burden of spreading gospel to this increasingly growing group. NCCF from then on became a fellowship dedicating to mainly serve the students and scholars from mainland China. Many brothers and sisters from MYAF all joined to participate this ministry. Deacon Shize Li would always open his family, inviting students and scholars to his home in the evening on two Fridays every month. Such regular gathering became a routine for 10 years during which Pastor Lau would come to preach now and then. This gathering became a sweaty pastime for all after a busy and overloaded work and study each week. In total over 100 brothers and sisters derived their new lives here by being baptized as Jesus’ followers.

 

NCCF features high degree of flux in and out due to the nature of members that mostly are students and scholars from mainland to study or work in University of Miami (UM) and Florida International University (FIU). They would migrate to other cities or even other countries after completion of their study or work here in Miami. For this reason, the countrymen who have interfaced with NCCF sizes in total more than 1,000 persons. Nowadays, they are scattered in all over the world. Up to date, every week when we send out fellowship activity notice, we are sending to around over 700 recipients living in different parts of the world. Sometimes they would write back to express their feeling of deep spiritual bond and nostalgia with NCCF even though after many years’ absence. Despite they are not able to rejoin the fellowship, their hearts are connected with the fellowship. As long as they have chance to visit Miami, they would always visit this place where they submitted their life to our Lord.

 

In NCCF there are many young adult students, especially from 2009, many undergraduate students from China have chosen to study in the U.S. The majority of them have never had the experience of leaving their parents to a completely alien country hence many of them need transition help both in daily life and their sentiment toward the new environment for adaption and adjustment. Errands such as airport pickup, opening bank account, looking for living places, moving furniture, to as trivial as daily shopping, are both substantial obstacle and help to them for settling down. While reaching out, personal intimate relationship was established. They were brought to the fellowship and church and ultimately to our Lord Jesus. Catering to the characteristics of this young group of students, NCCF would organize some outdoor activities each year. In early years when our church had not annual retreat, NCCF would take advantage of a long weekend to host its own retreat in a hotel near beach, to worship God and share fellowship life and enjoy beautiful beach time. Besides, NCCF also had hosted camping, outdoor movie and so on activities to attract energetic students. NCCF became a cozy home for overseas Chinese in Miami. Every year members would flow in and out from and to different places, while NCCF still remains young and attractive.

 

Several families in NCCF that have settled down in Miami become the pillar of this fellowship. They serve with united hearts with the love originated from the Lord, supporting and encouraging one another, and growing together in Jesus’ grace. Everybody spares no efforts in spreading gospel. They study the Bible, discuss the significance of belief, and essence & mission of our life together. In near two decades, we have sung, prayed and shared the bittersweet of life together, and even have had argument, and tears. As time passes along, the past generation becomes uncles and aunts to the new generation, meanwhile, God’s love and grace sediments and accumulates on each of us, becoming more deep and authentic as time goes by. We had been well received while we were guests in this foreign soil, and we had been blessed. Now we throw arms also to well welcome our countrymen to this place, passing on the grace, and adding new companions to the road toward the heaven, just as Psalm 84 says, “As they pass through the Valley of Baca, they make it a place of springs; the autumn rains also cover it with pools.”