这种爱给我们家的感觉，这种爱让人思念，弥足珍贵。因为，正如使徒约翰曾经多次强调的，这是诚心的爱，love in the truth。换言之，这种爱基于真理，因而历久弥新。记得在教会不多的事奉中，不时有弟兄姐妹们的回馈。有鼓励，也有意见，这是诚心之爱的例子。我这么说，因为这样的意见对我有益处，凭爱心说的诚实话让人能长进，而不会带来纷争。
Sharing from brother Zheng, Guowen
Dear brothers and sisters, peace to you all!
Thank the Lord, after fifty years of ups and downs in the Portland area, our church still stands strong! Also, thanks be to God, two years later, we have returned home again. Allow me to briefly introduce myself and my family. My name is Zheng Guowen, and sitting beside me is my wife, Wang Yiping. We have two daughters who grew up in CEC. Two years ago, they both went to college in Southern California, and we moved to California with them.
Today is a milestone for CEC, and for us, it is significant as well. Twenty-eight years ago, we came to the United States from mainland China for study. Before that, I spent a full twenty-eight years in China. In these twenty-eight years in the U.S., I stayed on both the East and West coasts for fourteen years each. In the fourteen years on the West Coast, I experienced twelve years in Portland.
I was born and raised in Fuzhou, which is the only place I've spent more time than in Portland. Brother Xiaozhen's mother used to gather with us when she was alive. I remember trying to speak Fuzhou dialect with her, and she once said that what I spoke was no longer Fuzhou dialect. I realized that my hometown had become a foreign land, and the unfamiliar place had unintentionally become a home. Our daughters say that their hometown is Portland because they grew up here. For us, the sense of home in Portland comes from the fellowship, the outings, and the service we share with you, our brothers and sisters. In the words of Feng Gong, I miss you all!
This longing is due to the love you express. This love manifests in help during difficult times, listening during emotional lows, support and tolerance in service, and assistance in the workplace. Thank the Lord, thank you all!
This kind of love gives our family a special feeling, a feeling of longing, and it is precious. As the Apostle John emphasized many times, it is sincere love, love in the truth. In other words, this love is based on truth and thus endures. I remember during choir practice, brothers next to me would remind me to sing softly if I wasn't doing well. This is an example of sincere love. I say this because such love is beneficial to me; honest words spoken with love lead to growth without causing conflict.
Thank the Lord, with your love, we have found a group of people in California who are just as loving as you all. We were quickly able to integrate into our new home with your help. In the past two years, our new home has hosted double-digit numbers of brothers and sisters among you. To say we hosted is a bit of self-flattery because many of you took the initiative to host us. A recent example is during the Mid-Autumn Festival when my small group from our California church gathered at our home, and we invited Brother Wen Yi and Sister Minying to join us. Minying traveled from Portland to bring us delicious food, a plate of saltwater duck, and this saltwater duck was made by Sister Xiaoping, who couldn't attend the gathering. Who else would do such a thing except for loving relatives and family? Thank the Lord, when brothers and sisters of CEC love each other, the world recognizes us as disciples of Jesus Christ. Here, we also welcome more brothers and sisters to visit us in the Bay Area when you have time.
Thank you, brothers and sisters!"