THE CHURCH IN MANILA
Main Meeting Hall: 1007 Ongpin St., Sta. Cruz, Manila
Telephone Nos. (632) 7336936, (632) 7336939 Fax No. (632) 7342958
E-mail Address: [email protected]
March 10, 2020
To the family of Brother Paul Wu and the churches in Taiwan,
We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to you for the departure of our dear Brother Paul Wu. His passing is a sober reminder and caution regarding the frailty of the human life, but the legacy of his living and work is an excellent example for us all to imitate (1 Cor. 11:1).
In nearly four decades of faithful service to the Lord, Brother Wu had been an indefatigable fellow worker of God (1 Cor. 3:9) through his fruitful service to the churches not just in Taiwan but also in other countries like the Philippines, and as the general manager of the Taiwan Gospel Book Room, he was a true yokefellow of the ministry of the age. About a year before his passing, he once testified that he realized the reason the Lord kept him alive despite his poor physical health, which included perennial kidney problems and 3 stroke attacks, among other health issues, was for him to complete the publications of all the ministry speaking, propagate the life and truth from the ministry, and supply these riches to all the saints, including himself, for the constitution of the members unto the building up of the Body.
Aside from being skillful and efficient in the publication and propagation of the word, Brother Wu was extremely people-centered in shepherding the saints. He always went out of his way to attend to the need of the saints regardless of his own condition. One time brothers from the Philippines went to Taipei to have some fellowship with him, not knowing that he was confined in the hospital. Upon learning that we were looking for him, he took a “leave of absence” from the hospital just to meet, fellowship and eat with us. This is just one of the many instances where we could see our brother’s selfless sacrifice and diligent labor all the way to the last day of his life when he still worked the whole day in the book room up to 5 p.m.
Having finished his course, our brother has rested his labor on this earth and is in paradise enjoying a deeper union with the Lord whom he had served all his life, awaiting the resurrection and His promised reward. Our brother’s presence will be very missed among us, but memories of him will continue to inspire us to run the race so that we may win our crown. May we all take comfort in the Lord and His sure Word through the apostle Paul, that our Lord, the righteous
“…the church, which is His Body, the fullness of the One who fills all in all. (Eph. 1:22-23)
Judge, will recompense each one according to the things done through the body (2 Cor. 5:10). Upon His return, He will transfigure the body of our humiliation to be conformed to the body of His glory (Phil. 3:21). Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord. (1 Cor. 15:58)
Grace be with you all. Amen. (Heb. 13:25)
The Elders of the church in Manila