In Memory of Brother Raymond – The Sheep of the Heavenly Kingdom
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you as a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’ “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”
I still remember what Brother Raymond used to say to me often, “Pastor Ng, please pray that my Popeyes business would make more profits so that I can provide more financial support to the gospel ministries.” What a heart of generosity!
I met Brother Raymond in the early 90’s when our short term mission office was still in a small corner in his factory building. I had the opportunity to share the gospel with his factory workers whenever I went to our office. He generously lent his space for us without charge and our ministries have been expanded steadily.
Financially he has supported many orphans and widows so they were able to settle down with their lives. He also supported many seminary students who have now become pastors to advance the Kingdom of God.
Even my church has received support from Brother Raymond too. When we started our young people’s group on Wednesday night several years ago, he fed our young people with his Popeye chickens so nobody had to come to our group study with an empty stomach.
The reason why I call Brother Raymond the sheep of the Heavenly Kingdom, and I believe his biblical generosity would definitely be remembered and rewarded by God. In his posthumous writing, “Tears of My Heart”, we can see how God has cultivated him, trained him, taught him, and model him to become a sheep of the Heavenly Kingdom. I believe that Jesus, the King of kings would say this to him: “Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.”
As we approach the end of the ages, may more devoted Christians rise like Brother Raymond to become the sheep of the Heavenly Kingdom.