So when the 2010 reunion in the UK was mooted to be held in Cornwal and presided by Rev Tomlinson Judy thought that it would be a good idea if one or two of their former students and congregation would go all the way to England to convey our gratitude for moulding and shaping us!! I also made up my mind to be there - and make it a dream trip.
Thus she liaised with Janet Tomlinson and we were then all set to go and also give some of them a good Sarawak surprise.
Rev and Mrs. Chris Tomlinson. He founded the lst Boys Brigade Company of Sibu.
Mrs. MacDonald and Judy. Seated are Mr and Mrs. Jim Reutler.
Rev and Mrs. David MacDonald. I was impressed by the pastors and teachers who would dry the dishes (they did not have dishwashers then) and stacked the plates nicely for their wives.( I grew up in a conservative Chinese family where the menfolks were "invited" to the table when dinner was ready.)
Our pastors and teachers would also make tea (put the kettle on) for their wives and ask politely who much sugar and/or milk they would like to have. Rev. Tomlinson has since the start of their marriage bring a cup of tea or a glass of juice for Janet as soon as she opens her eyes in the morning!! These are the little touches that we learn and keep in our hearts. And perhaps it is these which keep their marriages so strong and alive!! And Rev. MacDonald is always so courteous to his wife in his gentle manner!
Mrs. Pauline Wiltshire - one of the founders of the Sibu Family Planning Association. Pauline is always very polite to Mr. Wiltshire and gives him her ears whenever he speaks. They are still so in synch together from the days they arrived in Sibu!!
Mrs. Hodgkinson served in Tulai and Sarikei for many years. She has a remarkable marriage and even though John has passed away seven years ago she still remembers everything in their married life to the minutest detail. Her love for John is just so powerful and so inspiring!!
Mr. and Mrs. David Johnson. These two teachers of ours are in awespiring harmony like a great symphony. Mr. Johnson plays the piano and so does Mrs. Johnson (Pat). Their children who grew up in Sibu always remember Sibu with great fondness.
Rev and Mrs. Dennis Capes who also served in Miri and later Kuching.
Mr. K.V. Wiltshire - Principal of the Methodist Secondary School . His remarkable mind still makes us think profoundly of the issues he raises.
Rev and Mrs. Philip
Williams. Rev. Williams is a real Cornish gentleman who is very learned and good to converse with. The farewell photo taken in front of the Sibu Wesley Chapel is the photo that we all remember extremely well.
A feast based on Sibu style was planned by Mrs. Tomlinson. Since the Sibu days most of the missionaries love Chinese food. Hence the welcome lunch was a fantastic Chinese banquet prepared by Mrs. Tomlinson who had planned months ahead for her exquisite menu. She is one of the most organised women I have ever known.
You can see the dishes she prepared. How we enjoyed the food. It was like a good harvest celebration.
Lychee as desserts - reminiscent of Sibu days. (We told her that as children all of us expected to be equal number of lycees and our elders would make sure that none would be "stolen" from our bowls. It was fun counting the number of lycees we got.) We were really tickled pink when we started to chat about old days and shared jokes about Sarawak.
What a wonderful feast - both spiritually and physically. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. May God bless them all.