In the name of our Lord Jesus I testify. Thank the Lord, I finally got married last year on the 12th December 2017. I thank those brethren who attended and assisted in the marriage ceremony. I first made a covenant with God and now, my marriage has enabled me to make a lifetime covenant with my spouse and share in this grace.
It has been less than a year since the day I met my wife Yun-Ting to the day we got married. We only met five times before our wedding. We faced many challenges along the way but were persistent as we firmly believed that by marrying in the Lord, we would be blessed by the Lord.
Since both of my parents are idol worshippers, from the start of our engagement to the morning of the wedding ceremony, there has never been a moment where I stopped being fearful. From the beginning, I was extremely worried that my parents would have many requests that involved idol worship, also, there was my minimal talent in speaking Mandarin, the need to purchase a property in a high-priced property market, the need for Yun-Ting to find work in Hong Kong etc.
Thank God, surprisingly, my parents did not have any ritual requests and accepted the demands of our church and beliefs. It was only on the matter of the bridal couple kneeling to serve tea that we could not reach a consensus.
My mother had hoped we would kneel to serve her tea, yet the local church had not fully come to a consensus regarding the topic of kneeling. My father even took a bible and asked me to find the verses that stated we couldn’t kneel to serve tea to living parents. This matter caused me to be in a constant tug-of-war with the resident preacher of that time. Thank God, though the Bible does not state we cannot kneel before those who are still living, Yun-Ting and I decided to relent and fulfill the wishes of our elders.