who oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker.” (Prov. 14:31)
Our church Restaurant Workers Ministry started on
Nov. 1995. In the beginning, we
gathered every Tuesday evening around ten o’clock, after business closed, at Bro.
Chan’s First Wok for Bible study. One
year later, several brothers accepted the Lord and were baptized. Later, Bro. Chan opened several restaurants
in this area; we had more participants and had to meet at their living
quarters. In 1997, Bro. Djung and his wife joined us. They brought refreshments to the meetings
and we really enjoyed the time together.
On one occasion, some brothers were on
their way home and had a severe car accident. The van was totally wrecked. The helicopter ambulance came to take the
injured persons to UC Hospital. Thank
the Lord, after the prayers of many brothers and sisters, all of the people
were discharged from the hospital without major injuries. Some said that they would have never had a
chance to ride on the helicopter, if it were not for this incidence.
Restaurant employees are highly mobile,
and some come to work for one or two months then disappear. After a Chinese
operated bus line was established from New York- Cincinnati, it made changing
jobs even easier. Restaurant work is busy
and boring. They have to get up around
ten o’clock in the morning and rush to the restaurant, and then they work
without stopping until ten o’clock in the evening. After cleaning, they go home to watch videos
until two o’clock in the morning. Some
rush to New York on their off day on the evening bus, spend the day shopping,
then take the evening bus back, and then go to work directly.
After 2007, the Northern Kentucky
Restaurant Fellowship moved to the Cornerstone Church of God. We have about
eight restaurants employees join, and now about 20 participants weekly. Recently, they started a Chinese School
on Saturday morning. Many parents want
to send their children to the class, but they do not have enough workers to
handle them. There are two more
Restaurant employees Bible Study groups in Mason and Fairfield. About ten brothers and sisters are involved
in this ministry. Praise the Lord; it
is a great joy to see these hard working people in the
restaurant business have the opportunities to believe the Gospel. May God remind us not to forget there are
still many unsaved among us.