Saturday, August 25, 2007

Three O' Clock Incident

I would like to share you an article I wrote last May 2002 for
Couples for Christ site at
I sometimes share this story on CLP (Christian Life Program)

Three O' Clock Incident - May 2002

We've been in CFC for about 2 years now. Rachel was 3 months
pregnant when we first attended the Christian Life Program of
Couples for Christ in Tsing Yi.
Before we finish the CLP, Rachel lost her baby and we graduated
CLP without our first baby after 2 years in marriage. It was
really a sad experience to us. A month after, I lost my job .
I didn’t understand why all those things happened after we
decided to follow Jesus and be of service to God our Father.
Little did i know that God was slowly changing me. Little by
little He put all those things in order. He then gave a
better job, which I really like. We moved from Lantau to
Sham Tseng, close to my site office. We enjoyed more especially
during household meetings because we didn’t have to travel to
Lantau for hours. Household meetings become our routine and
there we become more attached to other members. Little by little
we grow in faith together.We tried to live as Christian couple,
but there's still something missing.

Last year, Rachel got pregnant for the second time. We were
so happy that God answered our prayer. That was His own time,
that Rachel will soon have her baby boy. She stopped working
to have more time to take care of herself.
I let her take time to enjoy her prenatal period without having
to wake up early and get off to office. She had her periodic
checkup in Chai Wan. It was in her third trimester that her
sugar level rose to above normal. She had her gestational
diabetes, the reason why we lost our first baby. First week
of January this year, she was confined in hospital to monitor
the baby and to lower her sugar to normal.

And for the first time, we slept on a separate bed at night.
She was in the hospital while I had to go back home and sleep
alone. Those were the lonely nights I had. Master bed suddenly
became too big. Every night, after 6, I had to rush to Pamela
Youde hospital in Chai Wan for an hour. We’re expecting she’ll
be fine in few days and one week is long enough. But days went
on. Yet, insulin didn’t help. Not only Rachel and me got really
worried, but also the doctors. They didn’t understand why her
sugar level won’t get to normal just like other pregnant patients.
They’re worried about our baby, which will be affected. The
other concern was that our baby has an enlarged or dilated left
kidney. We’re still so lucky we are in CFC.
Brother and sisters didn’t stop praying for Rachel and our baby.
Brother Joel B (Sikatz) arranged a household meeting in Chai Wan
just to pray and be with Rachel. Some elders went also to visit
and pray over for her.

My mind gets gloomy as days passed by. I was not able to
concentrate on my job. There were lots of work to finish but
my boss understands and let me go and not to take overtime .
I had to call overseas to Manila everyday to update our relatives
of her condition. Three weeks passed and Rachel didn’t get well .
Although I’m scared I didn’t lose my hope. There were times that
I was crying while talking to Rachel and saying everything will
be all right.

Yes, sweetheart, God will never let us down again. He loves us.
Our baby is a gift. I put all my trust in Him and let Him take
charge of the situation. I prayed sang, praised and thanked Him
for everything, for giving Rachel again this baby and for those
difficulties we're having that time.

We decided to go back to Manila. We ask permission from the
hospital to let us go. The Director of OB Dept. supported our
decision and gave us all her records and permit to fly. Rachel
was 8 months pregnant, so we had a hard time getting in to
plane. Rachel stayed home in Tondo and continued injecting
insulin and monitored her sugar by herself. We went to see her
OB and had her check up. I flew back to Hong Kong and get myself
busy, working after 6 till 8pm. I called her everyday.
She had her weekly checkup and later found out that 2 kidneys
of my baby were both dilated. It wasn't alarming but it added
up to my worries.

to be continued....

Three O' Clock Incident continuation....

One Tuesday night, I had fellowship with Bro.Bob and Bro.Jong
in Tsing Yi and talked about anything as well as our plans
and dreams. We stayed till midnight and went home separately.
I reached home at about 1 am and slept.
An hour later, phone rang and immediately woke me up. I knew
it was Rachel. She had fluid discharged and will be taken to
hospital. After saying goodbye, I prayed. I can’t sleep so
I prayed till 3:00 am, same time Rachel was admitted. I woke
up at about 7am, called up Rachel, she was already in the
labor room. I prepared my clothes and rushed to office. I ask
permission to my boss that I ‘ll leave for Manila. I went to
Central to pick up my plane ticket and OEC. After that I went
home, and called her again. I wasn't able to talk to her.
My sister-in-law said she’s still in the labor room. I started
packing up my stuff and finished at about half past 2pm. I
still have a lots of time and during that time, I started to
worry, and got scared. Rachel should have normal delivery.

Then my mobile phone rang. It was 3:00 prayer alarm. I stop.
I paused and started praying the 3 o’clock prayer. While I
was praying, I can't stop those tears falling from my eyes.
I lifted up all my concerns to God, and ask for safety of
Rachel and my baby. After that, I was relieved. I closed
my luggage and locked and prepared myself to leave. 15 minutes,
later, phone rang. It was my sister-in-law.

Rachel had given a healthy 8.5lb baby boy by normal delivery.
Rachel was fine as well as my baby.

YES!, PRAISE THE LORD!!! I shouted.

It was 3:00pm when my little boy got out of Rachel’s womb,
the same time when I was crying while praying. And even
though I wasn’t there, my heart, my mind was there, but one
thing I knew for sure was that Jesus Christ was there. He took
care of everything. Doctors and nurses were amazed with
Rachel’s will and determination to deliver her baby
in normal way. It took her almost 12 hours in labor.
I was really so overjoyed that time and immediately called
Bro.Jong, but he wasn't there.

My trip to back to Manila was the longest journey I had.
I can't really wait to see my dearest Rachel and my baby boy.
If I could only snap and bring myself instantly there, I will
do. I arrived in Manila and my brother took me straight to
Medical City. I hurriedly rush to Rachel's room.
The moment I saw her, she has the happiest smile in her
haggard face and I kissed her while laying in bed.
She was just fine and felt better. The doctor said her sugar
level stabilized and went back to normal. She said that my
baby’s in the nursery room. After several minutes, she let
me go to see my baby boy. Excitement grew stronger as I
went down through the stair to 2nd floor. The viewing window
was closed and I went straight inside. I just found myself
in the middle of the room surrounded by many babies in
their tiny boxes. Nurses pushed me out and said that I’m not
allowed to go inside. Of course I’m not. I know I could
smell EDSA smog in me, but I really wanted to see my baby.
They opened up curtain in the viewing window.

Rachel was discharged after 2 days but my little boy had
to stay for further examination. He was vaccinated.

Ultrasound result showed that both kidneys were back to
normal size. All other test showed that everything were
normal. God has healed my baby boy. After 5 days in nursery,
we went home in Rachel’s uncle in San Mateo. I stayed with
them for 2 days and went back to HK.

I went back to Manila for the third time since January to
attend my baby's baptism. Last May 1, we came back to
Hong Kong with Rachel , my baby and my Mom. Franz Kristoffer
which means bearer of Jesus Christ is the name given by Rachel.
He is now 2 months old, getting bigger and more active. He is
also the reason now I’m always late to work and rush
home after 6pm.

Once again, God proved to me that He is a loving God. He
will always keep His promise to us that He will never leave
us nor forsake us. In His own time, He gave us this precious
gift we’ve been longing for. In times of trouble, in times
of suffering, we often think that God has left us, but he
hasn't. God brings us to these kinds of circumstances
because He loves us. He wants us to draw closer to Him and
believe in Him.

May 2002

Here's the recent picture of my family taken in Tsing Yi 2 months ago
L-R>> 5 year old Franz "Enzo", me, Rachel and 2 year old GianCarlo