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One son and four daughters

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By Hyon O'Brien

When I was engaged to be married to Tim in 1968, he casually mentioned that he would like to have 17 children. Of course, I ignored such a crazy idea and stopped after two daughters (they are now 45 and 42). But maybe he wasn't kidding ― over the years I've noticed that Tim truly loves children. I have marveled at his enjoyment of his three grandchildren as a doting grandpa. If we walk down a street, I notice cute dogs, but he smiles sweetly at young children.

Strangely, instead of babies, toddlers and teenagers, I seem to have a keener interest in young people in their 20s, and something of a special knack for connecting with them. So perhaps it is not all that surprising that I've acquired three spiritual "children" through mentoring over the years.

I met the first one in Hong Kong in 2006. Vitalis is a Cameroonian. He was a part of the worship team at the ICM, a shelter for undocumented immigrants from Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka at the Chung King Mansion in Kowloon. This outreach program of the Hong Kong Union Church has been overseen by my close friends from India, Rev. Samuel Dhavale and his wife Shlyvia, since 2000. Some local homeless people also come for lunch and........

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