Often Zhan

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I am not asking about “Love” the emotion, but “Love” the action.

I try to show “Love” by telling her about my stressful day. Allow her to share in my suffering. (Don’t ask me why. After writing it down, it does not make sense. I’m silly.)

For her, she shows “Love” by sharing with me her current financial plan including her brokerage accounts and daily food expenditures.

We are on two completely different wavelengths. So why am I still with her?

Because when those wavelengths sync… Oh! What a beautiful moment that is!!!

- Often

Often Zhan

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Dear Maybe,

You are the coolness of a shade on a hot day, a cool breeze a warm night, the warm radiance of a fire on a winter’s day.

Yours forever, Often

Often Zhan

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(This was an email that I sent to the leader of a potential ministry partner.)

I’ve been thinking about the meeting that we had between the leaders of our two ministries. Everyone was pressed for time especially because the school year was about to start. I remember your sigh of relief when [this ministry] said that we desired a partnership.

After reflecting on your concerns about the details of our partnership, I wanted to spend time to write to you a letter. Please read this whenever you have the time at your leisure. Although I do not know how our two ministries will interact in the long-term future, what I can tell you is that [this ministry]’s sole purpose is to co-work with other ministries to help fulfill the Great Commission and to help build Christian leaders for the next generation. As a para-church and para-ministry organization, we cannot exist without partnering with smaller organizations and working with them to help make an impact with their local community. We try not to go into a local town and create events on our own. Preferably, we like to work with already existing ministries where God is already at work. Partially, we do this as a sign of respect to the local ministries. Secondly, if we try to do things on our own, perhaps we will succeed, but if we work with local ministries where God is already at work, then we WILL succeed.

While our two ministries are similar, I do think that both our ministries have strengths in different aspects, and I truly believe that we can both learn and grow from each other. [This ministry]’s hope and goal is to work with many ministries similar to yours. So, from my perspective, I come to the table with the mentality of “[This ministry] are partnering with you because we know that God is already at work in your ministry, and we want to be a part of that.”

Hopefully, this clears up many concerns and misconceptions about our ministry.

Best Regards,
Tennyson L. Zhan

Often Zhan

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To my sexy fox,

When I die, I want you to publish my journals. Feel free to edit them and cut out unnecessary or inappropriate information. HA! I can just imagine you scouring through my journal flustered and embarrassed. When you publish my works, people will debate on whether your broad edits will be considered a co-authorship or my sole ownership. Imagining your frustration in editing my work provides me with immeasurable gleeful joy.

Be sure to capture the essence of who I am and the purpose of my writing when you remove words, sentences, and paragraphs. I’ll be sure to make your task of fulfilling my dying request as difficult as possible.

May your slender curves be forever transfixed in my mind, my dearest “Mayflower”.

Your pilgrim,
Often Zhan

Often Zhan

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This is a letter for the new writers in a magazine that I am revitalizing. I wanted to share it with you.

Dear writers and editors,

I am very excited to begin this project of starting The Messenger after around a decade of hiatus. This is an opportunity for both mature and novice writers to apply their skills and their interests in something that can benefit others for years to come.

I am honored to be part of this long-standing tradition, and I hope that we can work together in harmony for the sake of building leaders and for using our skills as students and working adults to help fulfill the great commission.

If you have an idea, whether it is well thought-out or inchoate, we welcome those ideas.

Often Zhan