陳義悊 (1940-2011) 自傳
陳義悊撰 據家族提供 Gideon Booklet,V8Adoc. Celebration of Life 錄之。陳義悊 (Gideon) ，1940年12月6日生於嘉義水上，父親陳坤源醫師（長老）、母親蔡月秀。1966年2月6日與郭勝珠（Sandra，嘉義郭芳欽醫師次女）結婚，育三個孩子宜芳（Christina ）、立平（Eugene）和芝香（Helen）。陳義悊得悉病已經是癌末期，就 於2011年6月2日舉辦生前告別式，而於7月2日凌晨去世。請參見 "生前告別式 陳義悊先生選擇「光榮退場 」" on YouTube
遇到了勝珠，是在竹山溪頭一次基督教靈���會中，這是一個偶然却美麗的相遇。因為當時即將畢業入伍，我並不想交女朋友，但我覺得���是我筆友中我最喜愛的女孩子。入伍後去當空軍，我只 能和她魚雁往�����如��和她共寫了的40封信。服完兵役後，我覺得我們已非常了解對方，也很投緣，我決定帶她回家見我��父母。當然，我的父母非常喜歡她。1966年2月6日我們在水上教會 結婚。三個孩子宜芳、立平���芝香陸續出生。
My Story By Gideon
I was born on 12/6/1940 in Tsui-Siong, Taiwan. I was the third of the nine children, 7 boys and 2 girls. Of all the different religions in Taiwan, I was blessed to be born in a Christian home. My parents were second generation Christians and they loved the Lord all their lives. Dad was a doctor and our home was a clinic. Mom was Dad's best helper.
My childhood was full of fun memories with my brothers and sisters. We played in the creek and ponds nearby. Sometimes we went to orchards and play games, bugs, or built clay ovens to roast sweet potatoes. At school, my favorite subjects in school were math and English. I was top of the class on those two subjects.
As I grew older, life got more difficult. My Dad wanted all of us to get a good education, especially the boys. So I was sent to a boarding school when I was very young. Because the schools in Taiwan were few at the time, I had to take many tests. The scores of tests determine if we could attend college or not. Only 20% of the people taking the test were able to get in to college. I was one of those lucky 20%.
I met Sandra at a Christian retreat in Si-tou. It was a casual encounter since I was not ready for a girl friend at the time. But I thought she was most beautiful. I had to be enlisted in the military air force after college, so I wrote to Sandra during that year. We got to know each other through writing perhaps 40 letters or so. After the military service, I felt much closer to her and we got along so well that I decided to take her home to meet my parents. Of course, my parents loved her and gave me their blessings to pursue this relationship. We dated and got married on 2-6-1966. We have three children together, Christina, Eugene and Helen.
I love helping people, so my first job was a social worker for Christian Children's Fund in Tai-nan. I helped single parents and suffering children. Because I had to provide for my growing family, I began seeking career elsewhere. After much testing and interview, I was employed in the Human Resource Dept of China Steel, one of the most prominent companies in Taiwan. I worked there for 7 years and was successful in what I did, but I felt that opportunities were limited for my children in their future. So we began to make plans to immigrate to the U.S.
We moved to the U.S. In 1983. We had to start over since we didn't speak English well. Using all our savings, we bought a convenient store and supported all three children through college. After all three children married and have their own families, we retired and sold the store. Sadly, not long after retirement, Sandra had breast cancer. After 8 years of fighting cancer, she went home to be with the Lord in Aug of 2010. I miss her so much. Life after my wife's passing was lonely and difficult. In Sept of 2011, I was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. After 8 month of fighting cancer, I knew that my time is near. In this journey, I have grown close to my Lord and my loved ones. I have received countless home-cooked meals, kind words, phone calls and gifts. It is truly a privilege to personally know all of you. For all believers in Jesus Christ, may we meet again in heaven.