He is here!

Sunday, August 10, 2008

Thank you for your prayers, care and support.
Our baby 
Maximilan Christopher Tan was born @ 12:46 AM; 
Baby's Weight = 7.06 lb, Length = 18.75 inches, Head Circumference = 33cm

The contraction and labor went very fast & smooth. Mommy, baby, and daddy are doing well.
We still can get enough sleep thanks to grandpa & grandma who has been so helpful: cooking & taking care of the baby while mom & dad are resting.

The name Maximilan is inspired by the story of Maximilian Kolbe (below). We just took out the letter 'i'

In Christ's grace and mercy,
Chris & Kiki

The Testimony of Maximilian Kolbe
"I am a priest; I wish to die for that man."

These were the last words of Maximilian Kolbe as he offered to give his life in a Nazi concentration camp for another man who pleaded for mercy.

Kolbe was born to hard-working Polish nationalist parents on January 8, 1894. At 12 years of age he gave himself completely to the service of the Lord. When asked whether he would like a crown of purity or martyrdom, he said, "Both."

After his studies, Maximilian served as a missionary in Japan, opened a seminary in Warsaw and started a radio station, newspaper and magazine. At age 45 Kolbe was a vibrant leader, but to be a Polish leader in 1939 was neither safe nor prudent. Indeed, his media outreach began to assail the dangers of Germany's militarism. Kobe and his team also began to hide Jewish refugees. Before his arrest by the Gestapo, they kept 1,500 Jews under cover.

Kolbe brought these words with him to Aushwitz in May of 1941. After offering his life for another, his wish was granted and he was locked in a starvation cell with nine other prisoners. Kolbe was heard leading hymns and prayers. 

When he was too weak to speak, he whispered After two weeks he was still alive, so a Nazi guard ejected him with carbolic acid to kill him. He was later found drowned in the camp latrine. Francis Gajowiczek, the man for whom Kolbe offered his life, lived to an old age, dying in Poland in 1997 owing his life to a faithful priest who had chosen the two crowns of purity and martyrdom.

When I read this, I was thinking wow.... if somebody died to save me, I will live my life to it fullest. I don't want to take for granted the life that another person has given me. Then, it dawn on me that somebody already did: Jesus Christ.

Our prayer is that Maximilan will grow to know and love God and others.