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St Matthew the Apostle

News St Martin – Talking Points

Sunday 16 September 2012

China is a blessed country, and its people are a blessed nation because many foreign missionaries chose to devote their lives to sow the seeds of the Good News across this land and among its people.  


Dr Tami Friske (1965-2005), an American, was a fine example; she served the poor mountain people at Dai Ling Shan (a 2000ft mountain), in Si Chung Province, as a missionary and gave free medical treatment but ended up with skin cancer and died because of the hot climate.  Another devoted missionary, Barbara Rose, travels from outer London into Soho weekly to give the people from China free English classes.

Saint Matthew was a tax collector but when Jesus called him, he gave up his easy way to be a one hundred million dream millionaire, but rather to follow Christ and became a martyr for Christ’s sake.

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me.  For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it.  What good is it for a man to gain the whole world, and yet lose or forfeit his very self?” (Luke 9.23-25)

Saint Matthew served the Lord with all his heart, his soul, his mind and his strength, so in remembrance of Saint Matthew’s Day, let us all be more like him, and become the faithful servants that God desires.

Revd Paul Lau