Berend & Choi Wan

Better late than never, right? Berend Malotaux and Lee Choi Wan got married on May 5 and we have only now been able to get the photos here to share with you (with thanks to Terence and others for the photos). Nevertheless, enjoy. And our best wishes and prayers for the newly wed couple.

Click on the photos for a larger image and slideshow.

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Sawadeeka!

Kimberley Chong recently got back to KL after spending 3 months in Thailand volunteering with ORIGINAL VOLUNTEERS, a UK organization.  Kim is taking a break after her A-levels to travel & volunteer.

“Before coming out to Thailand, I remember having several questions regarding different areas of my life that were not answered by God yet.  I won’t go into detail about it all in this letter but I must bring up the fact that most of them have been answered throughout my stay in Thailand, some of them very specifically through His Word too.

I’m always amazed and baffled at how God’s timing and perfect plan has its way on my life. It’s almost scary sometimes. I’ll admit though, I haven’t exactly been His best ambassador in reflecting His perfect light, but still He humbles me yet and yet again with a mercy that never fails, and this is the forgiving God we share as a family of Christ.”

[photo shows Kim with kids at Ban Jan School near Phuket where she taught English]

Praise Song: So You Would Come

The Praise Song series will highlight a worship song, including a video and the lyrics.  It is intended that this will help us learn and get familiar with many more songs of worship.  Contemporary songs, old hymns and new songs will all be included in this Praise Song Series.  If you have a song that you think should be included, just leave a message in the comment section, stating the name of the song and the artiste that sings it or even better, where we might find a music video of the song.

At our worship service last Sunday, we sang this song, “So You Would Come”.  As the Holy Spirit led our thoughts towards the wonderful fact that God as our Father desires a loving relationship with us, the words of this song remind us of what He has done so that we can enter this relationship with Him.  It is a song that we have sung before but I, for one, am still not too familiar with it.  So here it is below and it just so happens to be another song from the Australian group, Hillsong United.

“So You Would Come”

(by Hillsong United)

Before the world began
You were on His mind
And every tear you cry
Is precious in His eyes
Because of His great love
He gave His only Son
Everything was done
So you would come

Chorus

Come to the Father
Though your gift is small
Broken hearts, broken lives
He will take them all
The power of the Word
The power of His blood
Everything was done
So you would come

Nothing you can do
Could make Him love you more
And nothing that you’ve done
Could make Him close the door
Because of His great love
He gave His only Son
Everything was done
So you would come

Nicholas Liew: Experiencing the Power of Prayer

BY TIMOTHY LIEW & PIK CHIN

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:6-7

Nic: “What? Me Worry?”

Imagine being told that you have a crooked spine and that surgery needs to be done to straighten it by placing screws in your vertebrae (backbone) and metal rods to hold them straight (these things remain in your body for the rest of your life).

Or, for a parent, worst still, imagine being told that your young son has to go through that! Well, that’s exactly what happened to us in August last year when we discovered Nic had a 50 degree curve in the thorax region of his spine.

And, at 5.45 pm on the 14th of May this year, Nic was wheeled into the operating theaters in University Hospital, after almost 9 months of trying physiotherapy, spinal correction exercises, chiropractic, genetic tests, X-rays, MRI’s and a whole load of other things – but to no avail – surgery was imminent (his spine had continued to deteriorate to 70 degrees during that time).

Four hours later, at 9.45 pm, he was wheeled out to the recovery room and slowly awoken from his induced slumber. The doctors tested his reflexes and proclaimed that he was OK and there was no damage to his spinal cord.

The surgeon was, however, a little disappointed and broke the news to us that Nic’s spine was stiffer than expected and they couldn’t correct his curve as much as they would have liked – he would probably still have a 50 degree curve.

The next day, the surgeon came by and got Nic out of bed and examined him before sending him to the radiographer for an X-ray – imagine, only 16 hours from the surgery and he could, with some difficulty, walk around.

More amazing still, the X-ray showed that the correction was better than the surgeon had expected – he had corrected his curve to 30 degrees! Better still, he has also gained 4cm in height.

Nic’s “Bionic” Enhancements! And by God’s Grace, Nic’s Spinal Curve Reduced from 70 to 30 Degrees.

By Thursday, less than 3 days after surgery, Nic was back home and able to shower, walk about, get on the computer, etc – he is discovering new areas of his body which can experience pain but it’s all bearable. Next Monday, he goes to see the surgeon to have his bandages removed and discuss plans for the future.

The one thing that stood out from all of this?

GOD’s peace which guarded our hearts – it was almost as if someone took away all worries and anxieties.

Why?

So many of you prayed with us every step of the way – before the surgery, during the surgery, after the surgery.

Thank you all.

ALL PRAISE AND GLORY TO OUR GOD.

Pik Chin & Tim

Called Home: Madam Nonia Chiew

Nonia Chiew (Christopher Leong’s mother) was called home to the Lord on the morning of Tuesday 22nd May.  Our condolences and prayers go out to Chris and the family over the loss of their loved one.  However, we know that one day we will all meet again on that distant shore.

1 Corinthians 15:51-53

“51 Listen, I tell you a mystery:We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed— 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable,and the mortal with immortality.”

The Wake will be held on Thursday 24th May with a service at 8.30 pm at  Room 7, Gui Yuan Funeral Parlour, Jalan 229, Section 51A, 46100 Petaling Jaya.

Funeral and Cremation will be at 10 am. Friday 25th May at Gui Yuan Crematorium.

Church Camp (2012) Registration Form

We look forward to seeing you at our Church Camp at Bagan Lallang from 30th August to 2nd September 2012.  For more details about the camp, click here.

If you would like to attend the camp, please fill up a registration form as soon as possible.  As places are limited, early registration will avoid disappointment.

For your reference, the cost per person for attending the camp (including meals, accommodation and materials) is as follows;

  1. Adult (twin sharing)         RM 300
  2. Adult (triple sharing)       RM 250
  3. Youth (triple sharing)      RM 200
  4. Children 6-12 year old     RM 100
  5. Children under 6               Free

You should receive a confirmation of registration within 2-3 days.  Please contact us if you do not receive any such confirmation.

Please make payment early to KING YI, PIK MUN, MEI LING, ESTHER, JIMMY OR CHEW PENG.

Jacob Rides High to Church

Jacob Arriving at the Church

Jacob Thomas was at church last Sunday for the worship service and stayed on for the church’s Mother’s Day lunch.  It was great to see Jacob and have fellowship with him.

Apart from being Mother’s Day, it was also very special because for the very first time, Jacob came to church riding high in a very special vehicle – the Mobiliti Van.

The Mobiliti Van is equipped with an electrical lift at the back of the van which allows for someone in a wheelchair to be lifted into the van easily while still remaining in the wheelchair.  This eliminates the usual difficulties faced in trying to get into and out of a normal car.

The Mobiliti Van can carry up to three wheelchairs at a time and is run by a non-profit organisation, Persatuan Mobiliti Selangor and Kuala Lumpur.  This organisation was established in 2001 to help provide a door-to-door transport service within the Klang Valley for the disabled.

Although, one of the main purposes is to help the disabled reach hospitals or medical centres for their medical treatments, Mobiliti provides the service for any reason such as visiting friends, going shopping or even going to church.

Jacob gives the experience of riding the van and the service provided two thumbs up.  The driver, Mawi, was courteous, efficient and reassuring.  He also commented that he was very impressed how Christians take the trouble to look out for those with disabilities and made the effort to include them in their church activities, stating that he has brought a number of clients to different churches.

Well, Mawi, thank you for your gracious words and our thanks to you and Mobiliti for taking on this important and impactful task and providing this vital service to the community..

Riding High and in Comfort

If any of you know of anyone who may have need of the services of the Mobiliti Vans, they can be contacted as follows:

Phone: +603-7957 7255/ 7957 7266
Email Address: mobiliti@po.jaring.my

They require a booking to be made 4 days before the van is needed and they will confirm 1-2 days before based on availability of vans and drivers.  A charge of  RM 5 per trip (i.e. RM 10 return trip) is levied for trips within normal working hours.  A surcharge is added on for trips outside working hours, weekends and holidays.

Psalm 41: 1 says “Blessed are those who have regard for the weak; the Lord delivers them in times of trouble.”

Matthew 25: 37-40; The Lord Jesus says, “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

Therefore, may we be encouraged to remember our brothers and sisters who are not well and are unable to fellowship with us on a regular basis and to pray for them, visit them, fellowship with them and minister to them as much as we are able.

3 ….. 2 …… 1….. Launch!

Bangsar Gospel Centre officially launched the church’s new website (Bangsar Gospel Centre) with a demonstration after the Sunday Worship Meeting today.

Here is a short excerpt from Elder Michael Choo’s message about the website (read the full message here).

“Welcome to our BGC website! It is great that you have logged on and we hope that all the information provided regarding our church will be of help and of encouragement to you.

We in BGC have various teachings, ministries and fellowship (as listed in our website) with the purpose of spurring us on to become a church that will obey our Lord’s calling and growing deeper in love with Him more and more each day, through the teaching of God’s word and the enabling of the Holy Spirit.

For all our friends who are visiting our website for the first time, it would be our pleasure if you would visit or join us if you live in the Klang Valley or if you happen to be in our vicinity.  Please do not hesitate to contact us if we can be of help in any way.

We also wish to warmly welcome all our members currently residing overseas to our website. We hope that through this website, you will be kept abreast of all the happenings in BGC, as all of you are and will always be a part of BGC.

Lastly but not least, may God’s richest blessings and grace be upon you all.

In Christ Jesus love,
Michael Choo
On behalf of BGC Elders”

Blessed Mother’s Day 2012

Purr-fect Sleep in the Arms of Mother’s Love

On this Mother’s Day, I am sure that we all would very much want to tell our mother’s how much we love them and appreciate all their sacrifices of love for us.  But for all of us who are tongue-tied when it comes to sharing our feelings or those of us with no poetic bone in our body, here are some poems you can use to serenade your mom.

Mothers have a special way
Of saying ‘I love you’
A love that God has given them
A love that will hold true
For Mothers sacrifice so much
Providing for the home
Creating there an atmosphere
That reflects God’s love alone.

© By M.S.Lowndes

I just want to thank the Lord
For a Mother such as you
You were there throughout the years
Whatever I went through
And I just want to say that I
Love you so very much
And am praying that the Lord
Will shower you in love.

© By M.S.Lowndes

May God’s blessings be on you
Today and every day
For you have more than been a blessing
And shown others the way
I just want you to know today
How much you’ve really meant
And that I love you very much
A Mother heaven sent.

© By M.S.Lowndes

Poems from Heavenly Inspirations.

Save the Date – Church Camp 2012

Glitter Photos

WHEN?

Keep August 30th to September 2nd, 2012 free so that you can attend this year’s Bangsar Gospel Centre Church Camp.

WHERE?

Seri Malaysia Hotel, Bagan Lalang, Sepang.  Well, we’ve been there before and we must have liked it cause we’ve been back there a few times and we’re there again for 2012!  And why not!

Not too far away.  Reasonable priced accommodation and facilities.  The sea and beach nearby.  Great place to catch the sea breeze or taste the catch of the day (great seafood).  Plenty of space for solitude or for boisterous group activities and games.

WHAT …… will it be about?

This year, our church has been focusing on “following Christ” and what it means to be truly his disciples.  At the camp, we will be looking into how to follow after Christ when things get difficult or uncertain.  The theme for the camp is “Brave Enough to Follow“.

Of course, the camp is also where we build up our relationships as part of one body and one family.  Discussion groups where we learn from one another and encourage one another as well as all the fellowship and also the “fai lo -ship” are also important components of the camp activities.

WHO …… will be giving the teaching?

We have been blessed to have two great Camp Speakers.  Dr. Ng Kam Wing, who needs little introduction (but we give some anyway below) &  internationally renowned teacher, pastor and author, Stuart Briscoe.   Stuart’s wife Jill is also a great resource and there may be opportunity for her to minister too.

 STUART BRISCOE

•is now 82
• born to a Christian family in Cumbria, England.
• He started preaching at the age of 17
• Started work as a banker
• but in 1953, he and his wife, Jill, joined Torchbearers, an international Christian ministry organization involved in evangelism and Bible teaching.
• 1970 – 2000; served as pastor to Elmbrook Church in Brookfield, Wisconsin.
• Church grew from 300 to 7,000 with many churches planted.
•  Author of over 40 books
•  He & his wife now support under-resourced churches and missionaries.

  DR. NG KAM WENG

  • He’s no stranger to BGC.
       But did you know that ……
    • he got his PhD from Cambridge University?
    • he was a fellow at the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies and a member of the Center for Theological Inquiry at Princeton University?
    • he taught at the Malaysia Bible Seminary Graduate School from 1989-1992?
    • he is Research Director of the Kairos Research Centre in Petaling Jaya, Malaysia?
    • he is one of the foremost Christian intellectuals in Malaysia?

(Costs and registration forms)