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2016 Pastor’s Appreciation Sunday

Pastor Appreciation Sunday 2016
Appreciating Rev. Lenita Tiong (far right) with a bouquet of flowers from GMC Lay Leader Michael Lee (left) and PPRC Chairperson Amy Lau (middle). Photo credit – William Ting.

by James TC Wong

MIRI - This year Grace Methodist Church (GMC) chose June 19 to honor their Pastor and church workers.

Pastor-in-charge Rev. Lenita Tiong and church workers Jessy Yong, Chia Soh Pei, Cynthia Ewi Seling and were acknowledged for their contributions.

In her short message, Amy Lau, the Chair for Pastor-Parish Relation Committee (PPRC), thanked Rev. Lenita for her love and dedication shown towards the church members. Amy also thanked the Local Church Executive Members (LCEC) and GMC members for their love and care shown toward the pastor and church staff. “Thank you for bearing with their weaknesses and using their strengths,” Amy said.

Guest preacher Dr. Simon Wong of Kuching Trinity Methodist Church (TMC) also praised Rev. Lenita as the latter had served in TMC before.

Amy also took the opportunity to read out some comments on Rev. Lenita written by congregational members:

“L-Loving Shepherd, E-Encourager, N-Negotiatable, I–Impartial with her wisdom, T-Thoughtful, A–Approachable.”

“Rev. Lenita has the perfect pastor qualities. She is godly, approachable, kind, caring. She sets good examples for me to follow. For example, how she takes care of her mum inspires me to also take care of my mum with love and patience. She serves God faithfully, joyfully and with high a standard of excellence; encouraging me to do the same. She is someone I can run to for advice. I pray that all of us will support her in whatever ways we can to lighten her burden and workload; to make her stay in GMC a happy and memorable one.”

“A pastor that have a heart of service for her flock wherever she may be serving. One that posses a remarkable spirit of calm, a gentle being that is able to deal with the most tense situations.”

“Her leadership in Cambodia and pastor to a new generation and nation of disciples – I can say takes someone special, specially gifted in that way. Hence I’m blessed to have her as my shepherd at GMC for a second tour of duty. She was the one who literally brought me to Christ’s Kingdom in April 2002 during her first posting here and significantly always is a shepherd to me. Rev. Lenita, may God grant you the compelling desire and spirit to sustain the same in service to His Kingdom.”

“Our caring Shepherd who know us by name. Gifted preacher who keeps her sermon simple, clear, easy to understand and life-transforming.”

“In infinite wisdom the Lord surely knew that we would
Need a pastor as faithful as you.
A love for Gods word and a heart for His flock.
You give of yourself and you stand on the rock.

A Pastor never gets to say ‘I’m off duty’.
Never gets to punch out at 5 pm,
Never gets to have a normal schedule.
We don’t know how many sleepless nights they spent praying on their knees for their church,
How much opposition they face,
How many family opportunities they miss out to meet those
Who need them.”

“I’m grateful to God for having a chance to know Pastor Lenita. She is willing to lean herself towards people in order to listen carefully to them. Sometimes it doesn’t have to take a long time to become close friends if we can recognize God in their heart, mind and life. I can easily feel and understand that Jesus abides in her and that’s why she tries to listen to people’s inner voice. I believe this encounter is God’s arrangement. It’s one more reaffirming proof in my life, showing that real power of love just flows out of being not from many words.
Thank God and may God bless her and the people around her.”

“In infinite wisdom the Lord surely knew that we would
Need a pastor as faithful as you.
A love for Gods word and a heart for His flock.
You give of yourself and you stand on the rock.

A Pastor never gets to say ‘I’m off duty’.
Never gets to punch out at 5 pm,
Never gets to have a normal schedule.
We don’t know how many sleepless nights they spent praying on their knees for their church,
How much opposition they face,
How many family opportunities they miss out to meet those
Who need them.”

“GMC, once a meaningless acronym in my life, now it is part of my memorable pastoral ministries. Yes, sometimes Rev. Lenita do appear in my mind. She reminded me of the people that I met there, the ministries that I was involved over such a short period of time. Thank you for teaching me what it means to be a pastor with: Grace: by giving, Mercy: by forgiving, Compassion: by loving. These are all because you first gave, forgave and loved me.”

GMC Lay Leader Michael Lee presented a bouquet of flowers to Rev. Lenita, followed by a prayer led by Chairman Alex Tiang together with the standing congregation.

2016 4th Miri Enrolment Sunday

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One for the album – group photo of BB 4th Miri. Photographer – Peter Yong.

by James TC Wong, 4th Miri

JUNE 12, MIRI - The 4th Miri Boys’ Brigade (BB) held its annual Enrolment Sunday and Re-Dedication Service at its sponsoring church, Grace Methodist (GMC).

Also present were 4th Miri BB Chaplain Tan Kok Chui and Hon. Capt. Frederick Wong. Miri District BB Helper Reymond Tiong and his wife Ling Ling, and Caleb Cheung, teacher-in-charge of BB 66th Singapore were invited guests.

Enrolment Sunday is an important element in the life of the Boys’ Brigade and of the local Church. It is a time during which the Company and the Church unite in reminding each other of their objectives and obligations. It is also a time for new Boys to formalize their membership and to accept the teaching and guidance of the Company and of the Church. For Boys renewing their membership, it is a time of reflection and affirmation of their promises for the future. Officers and Helpers also re-dedicate themselves to accept the privileges and responsibilities of leadership. The congregation also promise to support the work done by the Company and pray for their Officers and members in keeping their motto and faith.

The solemn Color March-in and March-out were received and given by Chaplain Tan.

Highlights of the event included a testimony by L/Cpl. Jonah Lau, a drama, awards and promotion ceremony.

In his testimony, 16 year-old L/Cpl. Jonah said that he had been a BB for more than half of his life. He confessed that as a Pre-Junior (7 years old), he was naughty, rebellious and uncontrollable.

“I remember that I got scolded almost every week for doing something mischievous which resulted in me getting told off and receiving punishment from the Officers and Seniors. And I’m grateful that happened. Well, the Boy’s Brigade has molded my character in almost every way. From our BB object, the character traits that I took in would be of Reverance, Obedience, Self-respect, Discipline and all that tends towards a true Christian Manliness. These five factors are very important, and they would compose all of the Fruits of the Spirit. But of course, I am still learning and the Boy’s Brigade is still molding me here and there now. I would also like to thank my parents, for bringing me into the Boy’s Brigade and encouraging me not to quit when times were hard and when I was tired from all those drills. But thank God, I received all those drills and punishments because I learned from all these was to obey every command and be disciplined,” shared L/Cpl. Jonah.

The Seniors and Juniors acted in a short drama that was inspired by the Founder’s story on the formation of The Boys’ Brigade in 1883. Led by Lt. Raymond Tie, the drama depicted the journey of how the Juniors became Seniors guided by the twin pillars of The Boys’ Brigade; Religion and Discipline.

In the Scholastic Award, Nigel Tay received the Bronze badge (4A and 1C, UPSR) and the Silver badge went to L/Cpl. Jonah Lau (8A and 1B, PT3).

L/Cpl. William Chen was promoted to Cpl. while Pte. Hebert Chui and Pte. Jonah Lau were promoted to L/Cpl.

Hon. Capt. Frederick delivered a sermon entitled ‘Do you want to be made well?’. The guiding verses were taken from The Gospel of John, 5:1-9. The key points of the sermon were: 1) Jesus comes to heal; to address our suffering and lead us to new places of life and hope. 2) God wants to lift us out of all the issues and diseases that plague us. 3) Jesus invites us to ground our lives in the promise that nothing separates us from God’s love.

“There is a teaching in every miracle Jesus performed,” says the 61-year-old Hon. Capt., who is also GMC Lay Preacher. He summed up his message by saying: “Jesus asked the paralyzed man at the pool of Bethesda – do you want to be made well? He is speaking to you and me as well, because to be made well is to be made whole, and to be made whole is to experience the gift of life in all its abundance. He is saying, do you want to experience life in all its abundance?”

Following the sermon was the Re-Dedication of Officers. It was conducted by the Chaplain, and witnessed by the Hon. Capt. and congregation.

Earlier on, 4th Miri Captain Roseline Lee presented her annual report to all present.

Love Soup again at SMPC!

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by James TC Wong

JUNE 10, MIRI - In continuing the act of love shown to Curtin University undergraduates, a Small Group from Grace Methodist Church (GMC) again cooked and served chicken soup at Senadin Methodist Preaching Centre (SMPC).

The chicken soup, affectionately called the Love Soup, is traditionally served in Chinese families. The nourishing soup is known to enhance mental alertness and energy in preparation for exams.

SMPC Pastor-in-charge Rev. Jabez Tiong welcomed everyone in the packed centre. He also thanked and praised the Small Group for their love toward the students.

“I like it when the SMPC Chairman earlier mentioned that these Uncles and Aunties cooked chicken soup for strangers. This is true in the sense that most of them do not know you personally and yet they are so willing to spend their time and money to cook just for you all,” said the good shepherd. “Another piece of good news is that we have a record attendance tonight – 158 students! This means we have a ‘good problem’ with our limited space, ” Rev. Tiong added jovially.

Sabahan Celyne Foo was thrilled. “Wow, the Love Soup is here again! Every student can’t wait for this event including myself because we can taste the various types of chicken soup filled with full of love prepared by our brothers and sisters-in-Christ from GMC. I would like to thank God that there is such a group willing to spend their precious time to serve and cook soup for us each semester. May God bless them with good health and lots of happiness to do His work,” said Foo, a Year 2 undergraduate in Accounting and Finance.

“The biannual Love Soup event in SMPC has always been a great blessing for the students studying in Curtin University. Not only the chicken soup prepared by the Uncles and Aunties from GMC is delicious but it is also packed full of nutrients to nourish the students for their exams. It is always around this time that students tend to struggle or backslide in their faith in Christ especially when the going gets tough. But thank God for Love Soup, the students are able to find peace, hope and strengthen their faith. Knowing what they are studying is not for their own sake only, but to glorify God,” commented Brian Chew, a Year 2, Mechanical Engineering undergraduate from Kuching.

A group photo was taken after the dinner to document the event.

Disciple Class students on mission trip

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Disciple Class students with Gan En Methodist Church members. Photo credit – Jacky Chew.

by James TC Wong

JUNE 6, MIRI – My Disciple Red Book class for Senadin Methodist Preaching Centre (SMPC) Curtin undergraduates covered Chapter 26 last Saturday night (June 4). We are scheduled to complete the remaining 8 chapters by this September.

Usually the session is held at SMPC but last Saturday was special. I took the opportunity to host a farewell dinner to fellow Disciple student Jacky Chew from Kuala Lumpur. The Year Two Chemical Engineering Curtin undergraduate shall be continuing his tertiary education in Perth for the next semester.

Started April last year, the Red Book class (in English) was initiated by Rev. Jabez Tiong. The good shepherd of SMPC had blessed me with the task of facilitator. Nine people enrolled. One has since dropped out.

A graduation requirement for every student in the SMPC Disciple Class is to at least experience one mission trip while undertaking the 34-chapter study.

On March 20, 2016, together with four members from Gan En Methodist Church – Stephen Pan, Barbara Ruran, Kon Sang Haw, Jacky Chew, Dean Ling, Vincent Tan, Darren Gan and Brian Chew visited Rh. Kam, Rh. Ree and Rh. Turan at Sg. Buri.

Sg. Buri is about an hour’s drive from the city.

Jacky Chew shares his thoughts on the trip:

On a sunny and warm afternoon, a group of Christian students studying Disciple Red Book set out on their mission trip.

The trip is a necessity for the Disciple Course graduation. We went to the rural outskirts of Miri. Our journey started from Gan En Methodist Church to three secluded longhouses that are nevertheless accessible by vehicles.

The first destination took an hour to reach because of potholes and uneven surfaces of winding road. We would describe this experience as ‘interesting’; like gentle earthquake simulation! The road was dangerous because at certain points it was narrow and there were no road barriers alongside to prevent vehicles from accidentally falling into valleys. But thank God, our drivers were skillful and they knew the terrain well because of frequent visitations. Though there was nothing to worry about, it was still a terrifying experience for us.

Every student had to contribute to the mission trip through our pre-assigned roles. Brian was in charge of Bible-sharing, Barbara – testimony, Dean and I – Praise and Worship, while Vincent, Sang Haw and Stephen – Children’s Sunday School. Before the trip, we confessed that we were anxious and nervous because we had no prior experience doing our respective tasks except for Barbara.

We were unable to do Praise and Worship in the first two longhouses due to respect given to a recently-bereaved family and relatives.

Our program began with testimony and Bible-characters sharing instead. The Children’s Sunday School was conducted concurrently with the main service. Vincent, Sang Haw and Stephen led the children to an enclosed room in the longhouse. Because Dean and I did not do Praise and Worship, we were able to assist in the Sunday School. Dean, the assigned pianist, had to switch his task in helping out in the Sunday School for the entire mission trip. Because of miscommunication, no keyboard or piano was available on site and we did not bring our own.

In the main service, Barbara shared her interesting testimony on her struggles with God when she was a teenager. The story was really impactful as the residents listened attentively since they easily understood Barbara due to her fluency in BM. After the testimony, Brian shared about Esther’s Story and related it to his struggles during his A- Level in MCKL (Methodist College Kuala Lumpur). Brian also encountered difficulties in translating his story to the audience in BM but managed to pull through with Barbara’s help.

The Sunday School activities were very energetic. The children and teachers got along well. The children also had coloring work. During the Bible story-telling, the children listened attentively. At the end of the service, time was allocated for the residents to request for intersession. We prayed for them on the spot. Most common prayer requests were healing of health challenges.

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Sharing session with the longhouse residents. Photo credit – Jacky Chew.

We have learned so much from this mission trip. We experienced rich, indigenous culture from the interactive sessions with the residents and understood more about longhouses. We were able to glorify God through our ministry as well as strengthening our faith. We achieved our trip’s purpose!

Undoubtedly after the trip, we appreciate our lives more. Our bonding in the Disciple Class became stronger! This mission trip could be the start of an auspicious effect in our Christian life. We could emerge to be a ripple effect for future mission trips that involve evangelism, community engagement/service etc., producing potential future leaders in the Christian community, all glory and praise to God!

Here are some comments after the trip:

Seeing them worshipping God wholeheartedly in these living conditions, it has made me realized how privileged I am to easily access to the Word of God. – Vincent Tan

It was a meaningful experience. I am really glad I had a chance to come. – Stephen Pan

The kids from the longhuouses are so adorable and attentive! I hope I was able to make an impact to the community in some way. – Barbara Ruran

Language may have been the barrier and difficulty I faced to convey to the locals. But I managed to pull through and they understood the message. I believe the Word of God is truly universal and without bounds; it speaks through the heart, soul and Holy Spirit. – Brian Chew

Newly-proposed 7th Miri Coy

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Group pic LR: Capt. Roseline Lee, Capt. Lawrence Wong, Capt. Tiong Hee Kwong, Lt. John Khu, Lt. Clement Chiew

by James TC Wong, 4th Miri

MAY 29, MIRI - The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia Sarawak State Council Exco members Deputy Commissioner Lawrence Wong Ching Tuong and State Secretary Roseline Lee dropped by to observe the Weekly Parade of the newly-proposed 7th Miri at its sponsoring church Life Methodist, Lutong.

The newly-proposed Company is the result of a collective effort put in months ago by dedicated Members, Helpers and Officers from 6th Miri (Sponsoring Church – Permy Methodist) and Life Methodist Church.

Visibly elated, Tiong Hee Kwong, the proposed Captain of 7th Miri, warmly welcomed the visitors. “We are much encouraged by your presence today. As we are new, we will need to count on you for your support and guidance,” he said.

Praising the newly-proposed Company, Roseline Lee said that she was encouraged by the enrollment of new Members. “Your Officers and Helpers are dedicated and we can foresee how you all will advance Christ’s Kingdom even further,” added Lee, who is also the Captain of 4th Miri.

“With the leadership of Capt. Tiong, his Officers and Helpers, I am confident that this Company will do well. Always seek to extend His Kingdom with a united heart and teamwork. I thank God that we now have 12 Companies in Northern Region including the proposed 1st Beluru Coy,” said Lawrence Wong, the BB President of Northern Region and Captain of 1st Limbang.

The Parade ended with a formal Fall-out.

Alpha in the Workplace kicks off in Miri

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During lunch, guests view a video while enjoying the home-cooked food.

by James TC Wong, Grace Methodist Church, Miri

MIRI - Grace Methodist Church (GMC) has launched Alpha in the Workplace on last Friday, March 18.

The venue was held in town at a local inn.

Richard Lin, the Chairman of Membership and Evangelism Ministry in GMC said he was encouraged by the response. “Our door is still open to people even though the first session has commenced,” he commented.

Alpha in the Workplace consists of 15 sessions of practical introduction to the Christian faith conducted in a relaxed, stress-free environment.

The ongoing weekly Friday sessions are effected during one-hour lunches. Guests partake home-cooked food while watching a 20-minute video clip. After lunch, a group discussion ensues with guests asking questions freely.

According to Alpha Malaysia, the program aims to connect people in the marketplace to God in a manner that will lead to transformed lives, transformed businesses, transformed communities, and a transformed nation.

For more information, please contact Simon Wee at 012-850 1995.

“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.”

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Youth Jeremy Lee giving his testimony during a prayer night at GMC.

by James TC Wong, Grace Methodist Church, Miri

SIBU - Five youths Jeremy Lee, Chai Chung Ho, Ronald Ling, Martin Ng and Stephanie Lai from Grace Methodist Church (GMC) Miri who enrolled in the Short Term Missions School (STMS) at Methodist Theological School (MTS) in early January this year have completed their course with a graduation service held at Wesley Methodist Church on March 4.

The annual two-month course in English aims to equip Christians (mainly youths) to become Christ’s disciples and to provide in-depth study for the purpose of more effective ministries. Concurrently, three-month courses are also available in Iban and Chinese languages, as well as in Music Ministry.

The total intake for this year was 135 students.

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Group photo of the youths attending the 11th STMS in English. Photo credit: www.mtssibu.edu.my

GMC member Michelle Chee, the mother of Jeremy Lee, was elated that her 17-year-old son attended the course. “I really thank God that I can see the positive transformation in my son. Since his return from Sibu, Jeremy has become proactive in doing household chores unlike before. Last Thursday he even attended the Prayer Night by his own initiative, praise God!”

Here’s Jeremy’s testimony:

For the past two months I had the opportunity to attend the STMS at Methodist Theological School in Sibu. I would like to share my experience and what I’ve learned throughout the course.

To be very honest, at first I wasn’t that prompted to join but in the last minute, I decided just to go for it. I’m glad that I made that decision because until this day I have no regrets.

I’ve learned a lot from doing daily devotion to build up my self-discipline. Almost every day, we had to wake up at 4:45 a.m. to prepare for early morning devotion in the chapel. That for me was the most difficult part!

The lecturers and the pastors treated us quite well by giving us the right amount of time to complete the right amount of work and at the same time, learn as much as possible. We were each assigned to different churches to do our fieldwork every weekend.

At the end of the two months, each of us with our family group were assigned to a new locality during the Mission Awareness Week. My family group was assigned to Julau, a small town situated 45-minutes drive from Sibu. We stayed for four days to share the gospel with the people there. I am grateful for the chance to experience a mission trip.

I also had the chance to experience going to longhouses together with Rev. Diong Pick Chiong of Wesley Methodist Church (WMC). Our group started our journey at 4:00 p.m. and returned around midnight. During the visit, Chung Ho and I were asked to share our personal testimony in Bahasa Malaysia. It was the first time I had to share in a different language other than English.

Other than going on missions, every Thursday after the prayer meeting we had to fast and pray until Friday lunch time. That meant that there was no supper on Thursday night! But before we broke our fast on Friday afternoon, we went to evangelize to the people of Sibu. At first I was really scared to talk but after a few tries and help from my friends, I managed to spread the gospel to a few people. Although I was rejected a number of times but that will not stop me from doing the same in future. I believe that God will speak to them someday.

Every week we had to lead a prayer meeting specifically for the STMS English students. Through this, we were able to come together as a Small Group to worship and pray for each other’s needs. Other than attending morning devotion in chapel, assignments and prayer meetings, we also had physical activities every evening like playing basketball and Frisbee. Every Tuesday or Thursday, we did gardening to clear weeds around the MTS compound. I was fortunate enough to participate in the basketball competition organized by MTS. Although I only played a few games because of my graduation, I still thank God for the opportunity.

On Saturdays we had to clean the whole dining area where we had our breakfast, lunch and dinner. Sometimes even after dinner we would still be hungry . But luckily for us there is a food court about a 7-minute walk from MTS where we could have supper almost every night. Sometimes when we felt adventurous, we would walk to the Pasar Malam (local night market), a 15-minutes walk away. The food in Sibu is too good to resist especially the Kampua (noodles)! There was once when we walked for about 50 minutes with our fellow STMS students from the Chinese and Music class just to have the famous “Shui Guo Bing” at Taman Muhibbah. It was really a great time of fun and fellowship with my peers from all around Sarawak!

I am truly grateful that God has put me in this community of Christ to show me that although we come from different cultures and backgrounds, we can be united as one Body of Christ. I can say that throughout this two months my spiritual life has grown and improved a lot.

I now know that God has a plan for everyone of us and he wants us to surrender all to Him. Although maybe we’re facing some problems in life but through God nothing is impossible. God will never forsake us and His love is never ending. I’ll end my sharing with a verse from Philippians 4:13 (NIV) – I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

2016 BB Sarawak State AGM

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2016 BB Sarawak State AGM in session.

by James TC Wong, 4th Miri

MIRI - Delegates representing 31 Companies in Sarawak attended the 2016 Annual General Meeting (AGM) of The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia, Sarawak State, at Mei Ann Methodist Church from March 11-12.

In the absence of State Chaplain Rev. George Wong Hin Hung who sent his apologies, Rev. Lau Hing Jin (Capt., 4th Sarikei) gave an exhortation centered on John 10:16 (NIV) that says, ” I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd.”

The good shepherd encouraged all the Officers to be persistent in their ministry. “Sometimes Officers are being stumbled by unkind words but by the power from God, you won’t give up easily when you face challenges,” Rev Lau pointed out. “Pastor Roselind Merang during this morning’s workshop also gave us a timely reminder to reach out to our indigenous children so they can be physically, mentally and spiritually healthy too,” he added.

In his opening message, BB State Commissioner Hon. Capt. Lo Hoi Fook welcomed all the delegates and extended his heartfelt thanks to Mei Ann Methodist Church for the use of their excellent venue and facilities. He also shared about his thoughts on retiring from his post next year and handing over the baton to his successor. “Every alternate year, I ask myself this question: Should I continue? Frankly, I am not so worried about Sarawak State as we all have been very united and committed to our calling.”

In the second part of his speech, Commissioner Lo spoke on the importance of continuity and the different styles of leadership. “If it is the work of The Lord’s, our ministry will go on,” he reiterated. “We also have to recognize that every Officer is different, hence very often, God selects a leader who is different for God’s purpose,” he summed up.

Reports were received from the three regions. Deputy State Commissioner Hon. Capt. Hii King Ong (7th Kuching) presented the Southern Region report while Capt. Dew Ka Kiang (5th Sibu) and Deputy State Commissioner Capt. Lawrence Wong (1st Limbang) presented the Central and Northern Regions’ reports respectively.

Other essential reports included:

  • State Secretary’s Report – by Capt. Roseline Lee (4th Miri)
  • State Treasurer’s Report – by Lt. Linda Ting (1st Sibu)
  • State Training Chairman’s Report – by Lt. Aaron Tieng (7th Sibu)
  • State Extension Works Chairman’s Report – by Hon. Capt. Hii King Ong (7th Kuching)
  • State Competition Chairman’s Report – Capt. Wong Chek Ing (2nd Bintulu)

The date and venue of the 2017 AGM were proposed and accepted to be at Bintulu, from February 24 to 25.

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Group photo of the delegates from 31 Companies throughout Sarawak.

A good number of delegates arrived a day earlier to attend the State Training Workshop coordinated by Lt. Aaron Tieng, the Chairman.

The sessions in the Workshop were:

Weekday Parade Program – by Lt. Frankie Ting (1st Sibu)
Officers’ Training Program – by Capt. David Wong (8th Kuching)
Constitution Review Committee Updates – by Hon. Capt. Lo Hoi Fook (2nd Kuching)

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A wefie shot during the Workshop led by Lt. Aaron Tieng, the Chairman for State Training.

Highlights of the Workshop included sharing from delegates from the various Companies. This is what they had to say:

Lt. Michele Pau (1st Sri Aman) - We sometimes have combined meeting with GB especially for band practice and performances. We lack Helpers and Officers in teaching the Award class. Thank God, the number of Boys is increasing!

Capt. Henry Chew (1st Bintulu) - One of the ways we reach out and do recruitment is using our community run (Running Man). The participation is around 100 people. Though the recruitment number is low, we are not discouraged at all because we strongly believe we are doing awareness and “sowing the seeds”. By doing something different, we are encouraging our Officers and Boys.

Capt. Edmund Wong (7th Kuching) - We highly recommend the Fire and Rescue Course conducted by the Fire Brigade Department which we did in Kuching. It’s a one day course ending with a theory and practical test. For those who are interested, you can contact me to find out more about it. Besides from the Officers’ Retreat(sharing our ideas and vision on how to advance God’s Kingdom), outings and Chinese New Year gathering, we also organize Officers’ Family Day once a year to strengthen our relationship among fellow officers.

Mutang Lawai Tugau (Proposed 1st Beluru) - I thank God for the efficient support I receive from the various Officers Lt. Hu Wei Ung, Capt. Roseline Lee, Reymond Tiong and others. We are still in our infancy and we welcome this BB ministry to the rural areas to benefit our students.

Capt. Roseline Lee (4th Miri) - In our school-based Parade, the teachers-in-charge play a very important role. They can make a big difference. We want to thank God that the teachers in our present affiliate-schools are committed and share the same vision in our ministry.

Capt. Yong Soon Fuan (5th Miri) - When we first started BB in our church, we faced many challenges. Over the years these challenges have strengthened us, especially in our BB band. We also established good rapport with the GB Officers. They were touched when we used the church vans to fetch their members to the Saturday church-based parade. Now the GB Officers also serve as drivers to fetch our Boys. Under the Bahasa Malaysia (BM) ministry, we are also working on the translation of the Juniors Workbook to BM. BB ministry is a rewarding ministry, thank God. We are counting our blessings!

Prizes were awarded to the winners of last year’s competitions. The results are as follows:

DRILL COMPETITION
Team result: 1) 2nd Bintulu Team A, 2) 2nd Bintulu Team B, 3) 1st Bintulu
Best Commander: 1) Cpl. Wong Soon Kan (2nd Bintulu Team A), 2) Pte. Bobby Lee Kwong Yii (2nd Bintulu Team B), 3) Cpl. Ivan Chai Min Chi (6th Kuching)
Drill Down: 1) L/Cpl. Eric Wong Wen Hui (2nd Bintulu), 2) Cpl, Kong Ping Hao (2nd Bintulu), 3) L/Cpl. Charles Liong Zhao Gang (3rd Sibu)

ART COMPETITION
Category A: 1) Lau Chong Hong (8th Sibu), 2) Brian Siew (4th Sibu), 3) Vernon Teng Dao Keng (1st Sarikei)
Category B: 1) Johnson Pau Jion Seng (2nd Bintulu), 2) Liew Guan Yi (8th Kuching), Kong Ming Chai (8th Kuching)
Category C: 1) Cpl. Kong Zhe Yi (1st Sibu), 2) Ashley Hii Shan Tai (5th Miri), 3) Cpl. Frederick Ting Toh Nih (3rd Sarikei)

QUIZ COMPETITION
Category A: 1) Christopher Yap (8th Kuching), Wilson Lu Yew Siong (1st Sarikei), 3) Lau Yong Feng (8th Sibu)
Category B: 1) RCT Nathan Sia Tze Yuan (2nd Bintulu), L/Cpl. Lee Guan Yu (2nd Bintulu), 3) L/Cpl. Lau Hui Hong (1st Sibu)
Category C: 1) Nge Kie Cheng (5th Miri), 2) Huang Wei Hong (3rd Sarikei), 3) Cpl. Wong Soon Kang (2nd Bintulu)

3rd English Sunday Worship Service takes off

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One for the album – the congregants of the inaugural 3rd English Worship Service of Grace Methodist Church (GMC) at Mciti Square, Miri!

by James TC Wong, Grace Methodist Church, Miri

MIRI - 88 adults, 12 children and 2 babies attended the inaugural Sunday Worship Service at Mciti Square on March 6. Among the 102 congregants were 15 newcomers.

During last Thursday’s Prayer Meeting (March 3), the new premises was cleansed and blessed by the District Superintendent Rev Simon Ting Chu Yih together with the Pastor-in-charge Rev Lenita Tiong, witnessed by Lay Leader Michael Lee, Associate Lay Leaders Tan Kok Chui and Yung Teck Chung, and other church members.

In his message during the opening Sunday Worship Service, Liturgist Aaron Hii welcomed everyone to the new place of worship. “We are blessed to have this opportunity to meet the spiritual needs of the community in the airport and surrounding areas,” he added.

LCEC Vice-Chairman Paul Wong, who is also a Local Preacher candidate currently doing his practicum, delivered a sermon entitled “Awakening” using the text from John 4:27-38.

Mdm Tiong, a newcomer residing in the Luak Bay area, attended the service with her two children who are in their late teens. “My children are looking for a church to worship and this is our first visit to get the feel,” she commented with a smile.

Refreshments were served after the service ended at 10:00 am.

page Top Left clockwise – Liturgist Aaron Hii, Praise and Worship, Local Preacher candidate Paul Wong, congregants getting ready for a group photo.

The launching of the 3rd Worship Service of Miri Grace Methodist Church is in line with the 20 resolutions passed and subsequently adopted by the SCAC English Ministry Committee.

At the 2014 Annual Conference, a task force was formed under the leadership of Dr Simon Wong from Trinity Methodist Church, Kuching. This Task Force was given five key areas to study and to come up with suggestions and proposals. They were:-

• Pastoral and Lay Leadership
• Structure & efficiency of the English Ministry Com & future direction
• Small Group Ministry
• Care & Compassionate Ministry
• Youth and Young Adults

Under the area of future direction, the Committee with the support of the SCAC President Rev Dato’ Dr Su Chii Ann, envisioned an English-speaking District under SCAC.

In alignment with this vision, the planting of new churches and new congregations have to be attained. The paradigm shift from traditional church-planting methods has enabled existing churches to start new worship services and new congregations in rented premises or in existing Chinese-speaking churches.

By God’s Grace, three such congregations have started. Wesley Methodist Church took the lead and in June 2015, commenced a new English Worship Service at 11:00 am at a rented shoplot at Permai, Sibu. In January this year, Trinity Methodist Church also started an English worship service at 5:00 pm at the Chin Daw Methodist Church, Jalan Song, Kuching.

The time for the Sunday Worship Service at Mciti Square is from 8:30 am. Concurrently, Sunday School classes are available to children ages 7 – 12 years. All are welcome!