At age 91, Taiwan’s wealthiest man Wang Yung-Ching (also known as YC Wang) passed away on Oct. 15, 2008 in Livingston, New Jersey. His death has aroused international media coverage among the Chinese communities around the world. Every mainstream media covered the incident from various perspectives and made a review of YC Wang’s contributions to the society. In the midst of numerous reports, however, some points have been ignored – his sons and daughters testified about Jesus Christ at the farewell ceremony.
In reality, Wang family is a Christian family. YC Wang’s father was a devout Christian. Till YC Wang’s generation, every member of the household are Christians, and his children have authentic experiences of faith, especially his youngest son Walter Wang has in many occasions shared how God has healed his later-term nasopharyngeal carcinoma.
YC Wang’s sons and daughters eagerly testified Jesus at farewell ceremony
According to Taiwan Central News Agency, the farewell ceremony broadcasted slideshows that showed YC Wang’s life and Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou presented an award commemorating his lifetime contribution to the society. In his dedication speech, Mr. Ma affirmed Wang’s extraordinary life that left behind a proud model and is the light of Taiwan and Wang surely deserve the honorable name of Taiwan’s son.
Then, four of YC Wang’s children each gave their reminiscing speech, thanking their father for his grace in raising them, and they testified the Lord Jesus Christ.
Winston Wang, YC Wang’s eldest son, dedicated a Taiwanese hymn, which is his grandfather’s favorite hymn, and invited Mr. Ma and the special guests to together worship God, dedicating the song to their deceased father. One of YC Wang’s daughter emphasized that Wang has been a Christian and she gave the example of how his father has copied Bible verses from the Book of John and gave it to her to model after. She believes her father is in heaven now and is filled with joy.
Furthermore, another daughter of YC Wang shared her grandfather has believed in Christ and his death’s will was for YC Wang to bring the kids to church. YC Wang obediently brought his children to worship at Chi-nan Church each Sunday. She believes that her father has received eternal life.
Following is another daughter of the deceased Christian billionaire, Cher Wang read a letter that she wrote to her father, revealing her gratitude for his father's love for her. She said her grandfather has passed down cup of blessings that contains the selfless love to her father, and she will inherit this cup and pass it down from generations to generations. Upon finishing her speech, she led the guests in prayers.
Representing the family, Winston Wang thanked the attendants from all sectors of the society. He said that his father has always emphasized that the path to learning is a path to ultimate goodness, and he listed some of his father's life philosophies and philanthropic acts that which blessed numerous people. He said that his father's spirit of love will remain in this world.
YC Wang’s Will: The essence of wealth is entrusted to us by God for management and control
As one who possessed enormous wealth, YC Wang wrote a letter before his passed away to his children, telling them to establish a proper understanding on wealth, for God has entrusted wealth to us for managment and control. He hopes that they would be able to enrich their lives with this fundamental principle in fully grasping the purpose and meaning of life. The following is the translation of the letter:
Although everyone likes wealth, but nobody is born with it, nor can it be taken away easily by anyone. Since people differ in their degree of diligence, some people earn more while others earn less. However, when you are about to end this life and leave this world, none of this wealth can be taken with you and all of it will return to the society. No one is an exception.
Therefore, wealth is essentially entrusted to us by God to manage and to control, so nobody can genuinely possess it. Facing the problems of wealth, I hope that you can have a proper understanding and build a meaningful life with this as the foundation.
Although I was born in a poor family, I came to have today's achievement through sowing and reaping diligently. In this life time process of fighting, I firmly believe that the greatest meaning and value of life lies in the full display of one's strength in contributing to the society and in creating a better developmental outlook, while building this concept and goals in life so one can persevere, self-motivate to work diligently and diligently contribute and achieve. In this way, this life will not be wasted.
Because of this deep realization, I, therefore, hope that all of you can understand fully the meaning of life, and through agreements and supports in one heart, reserve my wealth for the benefit of the society, allowing it to grow continuously and to promote the advancement of the society, so that it can serve as a blessing to the masses. I hope that the company that I’ve founded in this life time can be managed everlastingly, blessing the employees and society in the long-run.
Meanwhile, I also sincerely hope that all of you in your daily lives, instead of seeking for selfish gains, to not forget to serve and dedicate to the society, to set giving blessings to the people as the ultimate motivation, so you can establish a broad heart and deep wisdom, fully displaying the power of intelligence and not letting down the purpose of life.
[Editor's note: reporter Ruth Wong from San Francisco contributed to this report.]