Morning Dew: Bringing the Whole Tithe into the Storehouse

American University of Health Sciences (AUHS) faculty and staff gathered in the 2nd Floor Conference room for their weekly Morning Dew meeting at 9 am on Monday, April 17, 2017. This week’s Morning Dew was led by Dr. Mok Chong, the AUHS Dean of General Education. Candidates for AUHS’ School of Nursing (SON) program also attended the meeting. After the opening prayer, Dr. Chong explained what Morning Dew was to the candidates.

“Every Monday morning from 9-10 am, Pastor Gregory Johnson (the Co-founder of AUHS) has a Morning Dew meeting with his staff. We talk about the Bible, we reflect on the Word of God, and we share our life lessons. It’s a good way to start off the week,” Dr. Chong said, “Pastor Gregory is unable to make it today, which is why I’m leading this meeting.”

They each took turns reading the following passages out loud and discussed what each excerpt meant to them on a personal, professional and spiritual level.

He is alive!

We served a rising Savior, who is in our heart today

For the old things have passed away, behold, all things become new!

Every day is a new day because of the grace of God. It is important to always look forward and to not dwell on the past. Tomorrow is a new day!

“Every day we have a chance to make things new,” said Dr. Caroll Ryan, the President of AUHS, “It’s all about perspective. If we maintain a positive perspective and if we keep our mission and our values at the forefront of our lives, every day we have a chance to start over. Every day we have a chance to grow and develop and every day we have a chance to be excited about our lives.”

Dr. Chong then discussed how the verse was about Easter Sunday and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

“Yesterday was Easter Sunday and there was a lot of people at my church. I have always liked Easter because that is when Jesus was resurrected. His resurrection gave us the power to overcome death,” Dr. Chong said, “Only with God’s power we can do so much more.”

Hai Luong, an AUHS Admissions Coordinator, shared how he and his family ate chicken curry on Easter Sunday. Luong grew up in Vietnam and his family raised chickens. Then every Easter Sunday and Christmas, his family would have chicken curry to celebrate. Luong also reflected on the meaning of Jesus’ resurrection and how he was able to come to terms with death.

“As I was growing up in Vietnam, I watched many people die in my village. When I was a kid, there was a deep, dark sadness inside of me. I saw my grandfather on my mom’s side pass away,” Luong said, “In Vietnam, we would set off these firecrackers during funerals. Before they took my grandfather’s coffin out of the house, they lit a firecracker and out came a banner that said, ‘Goodbye forever!’ The message was eternal separation.”

When he was a child, Luong was not a Christian so he believed that he would never see his grandfather again. When he got a bit older, Luong’s grandfather on his father’s side passed away. But it was different because his grandfather was Christian.

“I felt that there was a difference because I knew I would see my grandfather in heaven. We would not be separated forever,” Luong said, “And I know now that Jesus died and came back to life so that he could give us life. He gave us a new beginning. He gave us hope.”

Malachi 3:10-12 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the LORD Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the LORD Almighty. “Then all the nations will call you blessed, for yours will be a delightful land,” says the LORD Almighty.

The Lord always provides. He is always there for you as long as you believe.

“God will make sure that everything you need will be given to you at the right time,” said Amarri Sanders, and AUHS Student Success Coordinator, “I like that it says, ‘the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe.’ I think this goes back to timing and as long as you’re on God’s time, you will be okay.”

Everything that you have does not compare to what God can provide for you.

“Give all that you have to God because He’s going to bless you ten times more than you can imagine,” said Cynthia Chambers, an AUHS Financial Aid Adviser.

Carlet Lacno, the AUHS Accountant, shared with the room how she struggled to provide her daughters with an education at a private Catholic school.

“My daughters are a year apart so I had to pay two tuitions all the time, to the point where I maxed out all my credit cards. I kept telling myself, ‘It’s okay, I’m paying for their security and I’m paying for them to be closer to God,’” said Lacno, “And indeed, God provides. I was able to send them to Catholic school even though I couldn’t really spend anything for myself.”

Lacno said she had to make many sacrifices in order to help her daughters receive a “Catholic education.” Lacno admitted that when she attended parties, she would take food to go so that she could use it as a meal for tomorrow. But Lacno’s hard work and sacrifice paid off when her daughters graduated from college.

“When my daughters graduated college, believe me, I was crying the loudest. When they were walking to the stage to get their diploma, one of my daughters said, ‘Mom! Stop! You’re embarrassing me!’ And I said, ‘Baby, you don’t realize how much it means to me to see you graduate,’” Lacno said, “My other daughter told me, ‘Mommy, I want to get my Master’s degree,’ and I said, ‘Oh dear. This is why I still need to work.”

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

“God certainly expects us to do our part. Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. I have been obsessing with the fishes and the loaves story in the bible because whatever we need, somehow, God will make it happen,” Dr. Ryan said, “But we have to do our part. We can’t just sit back and wait. We can’t just sit back and think it will somehow it will magically come down from heaven. We have to do our part and so long as we’re working hard and as long as we’re giving it our all, God will certainly provide us with what we need. ”

Dr. Chong agreed that everyone in the university had to work collectively to make sure the University and its many students become successful.

“It’s just like Dr. Ryan said, bring the whole tithe into the storehouse. We’re not asking you to bring money, we’re asking you to bring your talent, your effort, and your time into AUHS,” Dr. Chong said, “This is a house of God. We have to bring love into it, we have to bring patience into it, we have to bring perseverance into it. If you don’t bring all that you have, heaven will not open. We are in a place where heaven is opening and we have the opportunity to bless and uplift others.”

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