Later on, a few years later I met his father and mother at a conference (on a totally different subject) and had a better understanding in part of why he gave me such a good impression. His parents were the old fashioned godly and down to earth people who held dear traditional values of hard work, thrift, respect for others etc. His father was a school teacher who was dedicated to his job and the very rare handful that refused to give tuition for money (hence he remained poor). But I digress ... as usual :-)
Anyway, I bumped into him a few months when I was back in Malaysia as he had joined my former church. We had a few quick words and I think he was surprised that I remembered his name! Hahaha! Surprised me too as if I don't see someone for a long time I struggle with names and even faces - poor memory Must be due to not being punished in school in a certain way?! LOL! If you didn't get the joke in that last sentence, never mind ....
Anyway he e-mailed me about matter, and I replied and then he replied back and this paragraph that he wrote blew me away!
Luke 17:7-10 7 "Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, 'Come along now and sit down to eat'? 8 Would he not rather say, 'Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink'? 9 Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'"