I congratulated him in the German vernacular when his team won the recent World Cup in soccer; in turn he greeted me in the same language on my birthday. In fact, he gifted me with a nice jacket from Germany’s national carrier Lufthansa, not the one worn by aircraft mechanics, he claims, but the one worn by the managers. He thinks I look more like a manager than a mechanic. Laugh out loud!
This was actually the second Lufthansa jacket I received from him. The first one, a rain jacket, he gave me a few years ago. Maybe that’s the one worn by the mechanics. I got promoted!
Deacon Dick has stayed put in one office for the past 25 years–the German embassy in Makati. Talk about loyalty! Even if he may not qualify to write for Der Spiegel, his long association with people from the Deutschland has made him pick up enough Vokabel to make a small German dictionary.
But it’s not only Germany that’s his business. He has been a faithful deacon for many long years at MCBC. There was a time when his forte was church fellowships; now he is in charge of benevolence concerns.
His family just moved from Paranaque to a high-rise condo in Manila for practical reasons. The children are studying in universities situated nearby the place and wife Melba is both teaching and studying in an adjacent school.
They rent a unit on the 26th floor. Didn’t they lose their exercise space in a nice, quiet park nearby their former dwelling? Not really, the family has engaged in a newly created sport called stair-climbing. It doesn’t only work during brownouts but going up and down the 9th to 29th floors using the staircase has become a regular fitness routine since they moved to this smog-filled city.
I am encouraged at this family especially in the way that both Dick and Mel have labored to rear their children in the things of Christ. God has blessed their labors by saving three of their children, with the fourth and last also professing the name of Christ. Hopefully, the last would be interviewed soon and the family would be the envy of all–complete in Christ!
Eldest Bridget is graduating from music education next year while Ingrid is taking up fashion design and at her spare time experimenting with cooking at home. Gerda is in college taking up secondary education while youngest Martin is in Grade 7 and a former class president.
With everyone professing Christ in their home, the parents are now looking beyond the borders of their immediate family. They are presently inviting their relatives over to their new place and Dick is engaging them in “dinner-evangelism” (or, more accurately “dinner (first) then evangelism”). I have heard that instead of being offended, their loved ones actually appreciated the activity and looked forward to returning! May the Lord bless these efforts in reaching out to loved ones!
Let’s be in prayer for this family: First, that the teenage children would remain pure and faithful to their profession of Christ. And then, second, that the parents would overcome particular challenges that they face at the moment, not with respect to relationship, but with respect to more mundane concerns. May the Lord provide for all of their needs!