By Goldie Chong
Twenty one years ago on 15 June, 1995 my dad left on his final journey because he obtained his visa just in time – on his deathbed. He and I had a special bond maybe because he welcomed me into this world delivering me himself in a blackout when the Japanese were bombing Hongkong during World War II. Ever since I accepted Jesus Christ as a teenager I had been praying for him but he was preoccupied with studying all different religions. He always insisted he had been baptized as a school boy. His motive for being baptized was he knew how to take advantage of the system: the Christian school he attended allowed the boarders to attend church on Sundays and to go home afterwards for the weekend, so he made himself a Christian.
It was 1994, at 86 when he was seriously ill that mom called all my siblings to go back to Hongkong to say goodbye I flew back from Perth. In the hospital I explained the Gospel of salvation and asked him again whether he wanted to be baptized. This time, surprisingly he said yes. God then did a wonderful transformation: besides an obvious change in his facial appearance, he had a genuine interest in reading the bible and praying. He did not die and was even well enough to come to Perth. I asked him what made him finally accept Jesus Christ. He replied, “Of all the religions I studied, only Jesus offered me what the others did not.”
We enjoyed his stay with us for about a year. One day he put up four fingers and said, “Four days….. I see writing on the wall but I can only see my name Renald Ching”. After asking us several times what the words were, Tek suggested it was “Welcome, Renald Ching” He agreed that was it. He told us he was dying. We asked him if he was afraid to die. He emphatically shook his head. He said he had no regrets, that he loved Ma and us and that he would see us again. We read the 23rd psalm and prayed with him. Four days later he went. There is indeed a welcome in heaven for him because he got the right visa just in time: Jesus Christ who forgave him his sins and made him fit for heaven.
*Adios is Spanish for farewell. Dios means I commend you to God