This year, NLRC aims to build our families as kingdom families. This means not only will we be families that desire excellent relationships we wish to build our families to be in God’s kingdom purpose and destiny. This is a call beyond teaching how to be good mums and dads, teens and adolescents. I desire our families to be strong in the Lord in the power of faith as God’s kingdom children, warriors and generals. Such families are aware of the seasons and snares in the world, and are living in achievement, success and significance. In this way, they shine as light for Jesus, as the head and not the tail.
This article below is by Grace and Ron Hee. They have walked with the Lord for many years. Like some others, they helped me plant NLRC since its inception. They started their working and church life almost at the same time. I recalled Grace testified how she gave her entire first salary as her first-fruit to Jesus. That expression of faith was awesome. It is no wonder they have been financially blessed all these years. Over the years I witnessed how Ron and Grace victoriously fought serious illnesses. They are winners. They know the authority and power of kingdom faith. They are a model of kingdom family. Their article below will be an inspiration to you.
Pastor Jeremiah Yap
Legacy of Faith – Grace & Pr Ron Hee
“God does not have grandchildren”. With that truth in mind, it was clear in my heart as a young mother that my greatest mission in life was to ensure that Sarah and Nicholas accepted the Lord Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior. They could not rely on Ron’s or my faith to enter the Kingdom of God. It was therefore our greatest joy to lead both of them to accept Jesus at ages 5 and 3 respectively at our SS3 home. Is it possible at such a young age? Answer is yes.
As a family, we included the children in all our church activities and commitments, whether it be Sunday, cell or prayer meetings. Family was church and church was family. When I reflect on all of these now, I just sense joy because it was our family journey together.
In the Hee family, our highlights were always fun in the bed – playing steam rollers (where we took turns to roll over each other), playing ‘snort’ the front loader (where the children get slowly lifted up from our ankles) and reading stories. Initially, it was us parents who did all the reading. As they gained ability to read, we changed the bed time children’s books into family devotionals where each one took turns to read, share and to pray. Those were precious times.
While there were typical stresses of balancing family, church and work life, we were careful to ensure God was in the center of our decisions and activities. Prayer was central and I recall a night when we had an electricity black-out at home. After lighting up with candles, we started to pray for the lights to return. Nicholas (still toddler) burst into tears. Why? He didn’t want the electricity to come back because it was fun. His faith in prayer was amazing.
Imparting a legacy of faith required us to constantly pray that God gave us wisdom to guide the children to His destiny purpose, and not to what we as parents wanted. We were blessed to see our children encounter God in visions, through prophetic words, through Youth camps and through their relationships with church peers.
In their University and career choice, I recall distinctly the Holy Spirit telling me not to make decisions on the children’s future especially studies based on finances. God was clear that he would provide. Provide he did through scholarships for Nicholas’ medical degree, and extraordinary bonuses for Sarah’s degree course in Australia. While the trend was to seek PR status to get cheaper education overseas, God’s call for us was to live out Philippians 4:19 : my God shall supply all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.
Raising a Kingdom family demands faith, extreme faith to make God real in all that we teach, preach and do. And I thank God that He never failed us. He kept us in his loving arms through thick and thin. God is good, and He is with us to the 2nd and 3rd generations.
1. Share your strategy of leaving a legacy of “first hand” faith to your spouse and children
2. Have you ever asked God about his calling and purpose for each of your family members?