Greybark

THE BROWNIE EXPERT GREYBARK FERRETMASTER
(MIKE COGAN/KE YONG GUANG)


BIOGRAPHY - PERSONAL DETAILS - SANTHARIAN WORKS - DEV AWARDS
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ike was born in Alameda, CA. He moved to Washington D.C. by the time he was 6 weeks old, than moved back again before he turned seven. He has thus spent a good portion of his lifetime in airports and on airplanes. He longs for transporter technology so that the feeling of displacement while travelling can be avoided.

Mike and his fiancee Elaine

Mike and his fiancee Elaine

It was at about this time that Mike's entire family came to know Jesus. The change was dramatic. Before, furniture would fly, and tensions would almost reach the breaking point. Afterword, periods of calm began occasionally, growing slowly in frequency and duration as the years passed. This was a happy time for Mike. He liked school, reading, playing with friends, and sharing Jesus.

In Mike's teenage years, he began to feel that he was missing out somehow. He believed he had seen everything when it came to Christianity, and so found it boring. He didn't pay attention in class, either, as he had found that aceing tests was not the road to popularity. 100% of his time was spent either reading or hanging out with friends; it was normal for him to read three or four books a day, ranging from The Lord of The Rings to University-level textbooks, which he started devouring in Junior High. He also learned how to be a hypocrite, showing completely different faces to different groups of people, a habit that continued through college.

The reason he chose the college he did is because it was far away from home and far away from the church people who had watched him growing up. Having distanced himself from watchful eyes, he tried things that had been previously forbidden. The first year, he had a blast. The second year, he began to feel that even though he was doing anything he wanted, fulfilling long-held fantasies, it wasn't enough. He did not feel fulfilled. He longed to have a Cause, a Quest, something worth living and dying for, and he knew he hadn't found it yet

In the summer of 1992, as he was standing in a church meeting with no one nearby, he felt someone push him sharply from behind. Thinking that someone was trying to start a fight, he whirled quickly around to face his attacker. No one was there. He looked up and asked God what he wanted. God answered (this is the part where the reader gets to decide if Mike is crazy or not :) ), and showed him a picture of what his life would be like in five years if he continued on the road he was currently living. He also showed him how much he loved him, no matter what. That night Mike told God he would go anywhere God wanted him to go, and do anything He wanted him to do. In short, he finally had the opportunity to offer his life for the worthy quest of putting his all into whatever God had for him. One month later he debarked from a plane in Hong Kong, ready to help the Christian Church in China by supplying them with scarce Bibles. He helped in this way for five months, then went back to California for a short visit which turned into almost two years.

Once in America, his pastors encouraged him to go to Bible College. It was difficult to stay in America for so long, as he really felt an urgency to get back to China. He studied night and day, finishing four years of classes in just a year and a half. He also began learning Mandarin in a Chinese restaurant in Oakland. When he was about to graduate, he and his pastors began to pray about where he should go next. His pastor was reminded of an old friend she had in Taiwan, and Mike ended up going there to help in his church and learn Mandarin for future use in China.

Mike was in Taiwan for three years. Most of the time, he was the only non-Taiwanese, and since he often didn't know the "right" way to do things, people would often treat him as a child, yelling at him for the smallest unintentional mistakes. This was invaluable in learning the culture and getting the language ingrained deep within him. His heart was still for China, however, and after his three years he left to prepare to go to Hong Kong, pausing for a few months in America to make sure nothing untoward happened in the 1997 handover.

The first two and a half years in Hong Kong, Mike traveled to every major city in the southern half of China, as well as many smaller places. He taught Bible classes in both Mandarin and English. He learned a third language, Cantonese. He began to have responsiblilty for the spiritual health of a small group of people - a cell group.

The middle of the year 2000 was a new beginning for Mike. Those over him brought some attitude problems to his attention, and Mike listened and did his best to change. Since then, more ministry opportunities have opened up, including the kind that is really on Mike's heart -- pouring into young leaders, people who want to know God better. He is also more determined to know God and His Word better for himself.

In 2000 he began persuing, than dating Elaine, a beautiful, talented, amazingly wonderful person who will most likely never read this :). And by now Mike got already engaged with Elaine!

This is also the same timeframe that Mike joined the Santharian Dream, providing needed expression for his creativity, and hopefully entertaining others at the same time, as well as adding to the Dream as a whole. Return to the top


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Gender
Male
Date of Birth
July 15th, 1972
Profession
Christian Minister
Languages
English (native), Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese, and a smattering of several others.
Location
Hong Kong, China
Nationality USA USA (birth) and China China (adopted)
E-Mail
Messengers ICQ: 31768812 (Mikonet)
Website
Favourite Books
The Bible; Judson Cornwall; Kevin Conner; anything creatively imaginative
Favourite Music
Drop the Bomb Productions; Nitro Praise; Christifari
Favourite Games
Varies
Hobbies Reading, hanging out with friends, movies
Santharian Focus
Brownie Expert, Ideas & Writing
Joining Date
May 10th, 2000

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 Date of last edit 18th Sleeping Dreameress 1669 a.S.

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