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In 1958 Rev Hodgkinson brought his young bride to Sarawak and later to Binatang (now Bintangor) to a very very remote outpost called Tulai. Both of them learned Chinese in Srawak although John Hodgkinson had already started to learn Chinese when he was serving in the British Armed Forces in Hong Kong. It was in Tulai where Margaret Hodgkinson found what it was really like to love God's people. Her husband's faith and love held her heart captive and she was touched to become her husband's right hand woman and help meet like all the Biblical women characters. She never regretted leaving her homeland Britain to serve God in Borneo.
Her love for her late husband and her good memory of her life in Sarawak continue to strengthen her today. Even though Rev Hodgkinson had been gone for seven years already she can still remember every minute detail about him and about her life with him.
In Cornwall recently she spoke to me of her past and brought so many stories to life for me. It was almost impossible for me to leave her and her stories. But I have to come home and put a few of her stories here for you. She has enriched my life with her stories no many can understand.
And for her I travelled to Tulai to see for myself what her beloved Tulai is really like today.
|Here Margaret and her husband John at the Tulai school or Tung Hua Secondary School started by the Methodist Church. This is a black and white photo which is still hanging on the wall of the Headmaster's office in SK Tung Hua (Mr. Wong Choon Soon).|
|This is the new church building - Tung Ang Methodist Church in Tulai.|
|One of the first batches of students of Tung Hua School which will soon celebrate its 89th Anniversary.|
|This is the kindergarten of Tung Ang Church. Still almost in its original structure it could have been an earlier parsonage.|
|Marageret at the Cornwall reunion. She is reaching her 80th year now.|