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|“The LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep SILENCE before him.”|
Tai Mei Lan
Tucked along the east coast of Peninsular Malaysia and forming the southernmost tip of the state of Terengganu is the district of Kemaman. It is here that Elder Dr and Mrs Wee helm the Kemaman Life Bible-Presbyterian Church.
Vacation Bible School this year ran from 5–7 December 2018. Fifteen helpers embarked on a seven-odd hour night journey by minivan, convenient compared with semi-public bus, but still going at breakneck speed. As the drivers sped, we prayed!
God Himself protected us, He heard our prayers and led us safely to Kemaman around 3am. After a short but restful night, we gathered at 7:45am for morning devotion, to receive God’s word and ask the Lord’s blessing for the work ahead. Dr and Mrs Wee soon came with a sumptuous breakfast which we ate with relish.
Then the children arrived! We were happy to see familiar faces again, like our long distance children who had grown in a year. We were also delighted to meet new faces and get to know them. The attendance was about 30 odd children.
VBS theme this year was Answering the Call of God, with five lessons on Abraham, Moses, Samuel, Jonah and Paul spread over three days. The Gospel of Jesus Christ was delivered and the need for salvation emphasised to the children repeatedly. At least one prayed and accepted Jesus as her Saviour on the spot. Several others expressed willingness to believe the Gospel and be saved. What spiritual blessing and encouragement from the Lord.
Singspiration everyday was always rousing and energetic. Games were naturally full of life and activity. Meal times were hearty affairs over homecooked Malaysian Chinese cuisine prepared by Mrs Wee and fellow aunties. Physical blessings hence were also added unto us.
Dr and Mrs Wee are an example on how to serve the Lord wholeheartedly, following Him all the way, through thick and thin, trusting Jesus every day. The Lord gives them physical and mental strength to carry on the spiritual work there. The power of the Holy Spirit in equipping and enabling this godly elderly couple is clearly seen, to the glory of God.
The many children who came lay a burden in our hearts, they are precious in God’s sight, they know the Gospel but God alone knows how many of them are truly converted. There were several newcomers, Mrs Wee had approached them when she saw them playing outside as she drove around and invited them to VBS. Having got to know the children, we must not forget them now we are back home, but continually pray and intercede for them, that they find salvation grace and grow in the fear and knowledge of God.
The helpers who came were united in serving the Lord and love and care for one another. We were kitchen helpers, game and craft assistants, teaching, photography, and cleaning staff, we are happy and grateful to be able to do our little bit for the Lord at Kemaman VBS. Appended below are some testimonies.
Jen Lio: “I thank God for the opportunity to serve for Kemaman VBS. Thank God for helping me prepare the teaching lessons and materials in Mandarin. Having to speak and teach in Mandarin is something that I was worried about prior to the trip. But the Lord is good, He enables. Thank God for all the children that He has brought in to hear His word, especially for the pre-schoolers whom I was teaching together with Brother Bee Heng and Sister Yee Fong; and Li Ann as teacher assistant. Through teaching these little ones, I am encouraged by the childlike faith that many of them have. It is my humble prayer that the Lord work in the hearts of these children, that they may remember the gospel seed sown and bear fruits in His good time.”
Sok Sin: “Mrs Wee asked me in September to help in the kitchen for the VBS. Perceived it to be God’s call to service, I agreed immediately. But, my trip was jeopardised by 2 incidents— an urgent project and a sore back. Nevertheless, God is sovereign, His will must prevail. With God’s intervention, my boss and team accommodated my schedule despite the tight timeline, and the pain in my lower back was lessened to the extent that it didn’t prevent me from going. Praise the Lord!”
Jason and Kee Sing: “We thank the Lord for the opportunity to serve together on the Kemaman VBS team and the manifold blessings that we have received. By His providential hand, we were kept safe on the roads throughout the trip. Serving in the Uppers class, we praise and thank God for helping us in the preparation and delivery of the lessons in Chinese, and we pray that the spiritual seeds sown would bear good fruit in due time. We also thank God for the brethren from Kemaman Life BPC and the VBS team for their encouragement and help along the way.”
JOINT FELLOWSHIP MEETING
At Godhill today, 3 pm. This is between the Filipino Bible Fellowship (FilBF) and Adults Fellowship (AF). But all are welcome. Elder Douglas Ho will chair the meeting and pastor will speak on “Christian Unity” (Ps 133:1–3).
Dr Jose Lagapa is away today in the Philippines ministering to the Christian Bible Fellowship (CBF) in Lapu Lapu City, Cebu. Dr Lagapa, and brothers Jude and Carlo are taking turns to minister to the fellowship of about 15–20 there. While in Cebu, he will also speak at Gethsemane Bible-Presbyterian Mission Church (under Rev Reggor Galarpe). On Monday January 7, he will be at his hometown in Bohol to look at the possibility of setting up a gospel station there (DV). He will return on Tuesday January 8. Please remember him in prayer.
We also want to remember Carlo who has just quit his job as a mechanical engineer to study full time at FEBC, to be equipped for full-time service. Carlo was one of the engineers involved in the construction of Jewel Changi Airport. Now that it is almost completed, he feels strongly that he must now give his life to work for the Lord Jesus—the greatest Jewel of all. “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls: Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.” (Matt 13:45–46). Our brother Carlo is active in the FilBF and Men’s Fellowship (MF).
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