- 85 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 1, 1929
- Place of birth:
- Date of passing: Dec 6, 2014
- Place of passing:
California, United States
|Celebration of Life of Pastor Sen Wong|
"I have many fond memories of Pastor Sen -- an insightful, great teacher, so full and animated with life. Almost 40 years later I still have many of my notes from his Bible classes! It was my privilege to be organist for some of the years at Fellowship Bible Church in Belmont -- he was such an exuberant singer -- now he can sing in Heaven's Choir at the Throne of God! I'll always be glad the day June Wong invited me to that church to help with their music program and I know Pastor Sen will be greatly missed."
"I consider Pastor Sen my "spiritual father". It was through his ministry as pastor of Fellowship Bible Church, that I became a child of God when I was a sophomore in high school and I am forever thankful and grateful to our Lord for him. In fact, it's how my siblings and I came to know Jesus Christ as our Savior. And of course, it wasn't just about accepting Christ as your Savior but about growing in Him. I often wonder if it wasn't for him whether I would be a Christian. So many of us (probably thousands) have either been directly effected or indirectly effected by his & his wife's ministry. He passionately and humbly modeled and served Jesus all his life. He was never ashamed of the gospel, boldly declaring it with everyone he encountered. He was a true example of a godly servant to me and SO many others.
One of the funniest memories I have of him was I was in CTF. We went camping in Belden (think that was the name of the place) and were swimming in the nearby river. I remember my sister and I seeing a man swimming in the water near us who looked like a hippie. We were wondering who that man was with long hair and eventually realized it was Pastor Sen! His last piece of thinning hair from his balding head was dangling down like a ponytail! He also wasn't wearing his glasses so we were unable to recognize him. We realized he was just trying to keep the last of the hair he still had to cover his balding scalp.
I'll always remember how he would tell us to "circulate and percolate" and not to be a "bump on the log", his way of encouraging us to reach out to others. Pastor Sen has left a spiritual legacy that has impacted past and present generations and will no doubt continue with future generations."
"Pastor Sen was a true example of a servant leader and had a profound impact on my spiritual growth since 1978. At one FBC Easter retreat Pastor Sen challenged us to memorize the first chapter of James. I misheard him and ended up memorizing the entire book the next school year!"
"From being our pastor to performing our wedding, Pastor Sen leaves a huge spiritual legacy in our lives, and no doubt many others. It can truly be said of him: He finished the race, and kept the faith. "Now there is in store for [him] the crown" (2 Tim 4:8)."
"I first came to Chinese Bible Church at Pastor Sen & Junie's home on Wakefield Ave in Oakland in 1957 when I was 7. A year later the co-founder of the church Larry Low led me to the Lord in their mop & pail closet after Jr. Church which was held in the first yellow bus.
I have so many fond memories of those early days.. building a tabernacle out of sugar cubes in sunday school, DVBS, camps, Youth Bible Club, Lord's Credencers, watching the digging up of the basement of the home for a new sanctuary to hold more people for service, & later raising money for the new church property at East 29th street, and helping to put in the floor tile of the new sanctuary there at one of the many work days... learning all those wonderful songs and hymns and growing in my faith with sound Bible teaching and lots of love.
In the early days of the church, it was mostly children who came..and Pastor Sen and Larry Low often came to pick me and my 2 brothers up for church. It was their friendly contact with my parents which eventually led them to come to know Christ when I was in college.
Now at 64 I continue to serve as one of the team teachers in the Women's Sunday School class (GEMS)..mentoring and serve with my husband George in a Small Group Hiking activity. George himself was counselor at many of the CBM camps.
I am forever grateful to Pastor Sen & Junie for their wonderful vision and faithful ministry....and it is so amazing to think of the many lives they touched for the Lord..."
"Pastor Sen's impact on my life is a lot bigger than I can even imagine. It has been easy to just attend church and CBM camp without much thought about the ones who have organized and started these ministries. I realize that without Pastor Sen I might have not even been saved today or even know what the Gospel is. I don't know if I would have had the opportunity to be raised in a Bible preaching church, or attend CBM camp which has highly impacted so many of our lives. Even though there is a generational gap between me and Pastor Sen I clearly see the fruits of his labor. He is an example to a lot of us of what it means to be an instrument of the Lord, faithful and bold to what God calls us to do. We are glad to know that he has been ushered into the presence of the Lord as a good and oh so faithful servant."
"I met Pastor Wong when I was in Jr. High school (late 1960's). His daughter Grace and I were friends at school and she invited me to church. Pastor Wong would drive up every Sunday with a station wagon full of his family and room left over for me and a couple other friends. I loved attending church and listening to Pastor Wong and being surrounded by others eager to hear about The Lord. I came to Christ during that time and never looked back. These memories I have carried with me into my adult life and passed onto my two children who grew up in a Christian home, because of Pastor Wong's influence. He definitely was a good and faithful servant of God. Rest in peace Pastor. Thank you for setting such a good example for others to follow."
"I recall in late 2008 hearing Pastor Sen preach at FBC, the church he founded in the late 70s. He challenged us to be in the Word, asking for a show of hands who had read the Bible from cover to cover. A lot of hands went up, but they slowly went down when he asked who then had read the Bible through 5x, then 10x, until he got all the way up to 20x! I was shocked to see a couple hands still raised. So in 2009 I read the Bible from cover to cover, but that also was the last time. So I'm again reading through the Bible, which I started the day of Pastor Sen's passing, Dec. 6th. I hope to be through reading next Dec. 6th, upon which I will give thanks for the life and legacy of this great man of faith, who reminded me of the greatest thing - to always be in God's Word."
"Pastor Sen had a very unique role in my life. He taught me how to be a pastor's wife, how to stand next to my husband to greet people, how to be willing to serve the Lord in any job whether big or small, how to forgive, how to love unloveable people. He and June brought us to Idaho to meet his family. That was the first and probably last time I shot a rifle, rode a tractor, farmed and fished. But most importantly, Pastor Sen faithfully preached the Word and as a result, my faith in Christ grew. He was my spiritual dad on earth and I will miss him so much."
"Sen Wong was a true servant of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and it has been an honor to know him. Even though it has been a long time (the 70's) since I last saw him, the memories of him and his faithful ministries are enduring. We all can rejoice in the knowledge that he is now in the wonderful presence of our precious Lord!"
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