Bedside Report

Sister Chew Peng got onto a bike,
She had wanted to go for a ride,
But when she tried to stop,
She swerved into a flower pot,
The pot was fine but she had a bad fall,
But God’s hand was on her through it all.

One of the things that will stand out for many of us from our recent church camp at Bagan Lalang was our sister Chew Peng unsuccessful attempt at riding a bicycle.  She had a bad fall and her condition was a cause of great concern; especially the weakness on one side, slurred speech and unresponsiveness.  Church members reacted  quickly to send her to hospital while other brothers and sisters gathered in small groups to pray for God’s  grace and protection for Chew Peng.   While they were still praying for her, her condition improved substantially and most of the worrying symptoms began to disappear about 15 minutes into her journey to the hospital to the great relief of those accompanying her.  We must acknowledge that God in His goodness and love had His protective and healing hand over Chew Peng and we have to praise Him and  thank Him for this miracle.

Since then, many have been to visit her both at hospital and later at home.  The doctors were surprised that her injuries while not minor, have not turned out to be as severe as they had initially feared and certainly they found nothing that would explain Chew Peng’s earlier condition.  Anyway, Chew Peng has been told to lie flat as much as possible, wear a medical equivalent of a corset for back support and daily physiotherapy which they cheerfully call “gym”.   So how is our patient?  Recovering well but bored, bored and bored!  Despite being told not to worry about the church newsletter, Chew Peng still managed to push people for articles and contributions (with Chui Thean’s help) and personally typed up the newsletter within that first week of “lying flat”.

Here is her own account and reflection of the Big Bagan Lalang Bike Blunder written from her bedside ;

WHAT IS GOD TELLING ME? I texted Yoke Kuan when she asked how I was after my fall from the bicycle Day 2 at camp. Since then, I’ve had loads of time to reflect on this. The thought of falling must have passed my mind when I decided against taking my phone with me to rent bicycles from Hotel Seri Malaysia with Mei Ling and Esther (I didn’t want to drop my phone!). I changed into my shorts, put RM10 in my pocket, relishing the thought of cycling to the beach and stopping by for a cuppa.

My cycling comeback saw a rude and undignified end after a 2 minute practice run in front of the hotel when I used my legs to stop my cycling, then remembered braking should be done using the hand pedals by which time I had swerved into the big flower pot and landed on my back.

I recall lying on the tarmac, unable to get up after hearing/feeling something on my back. I didn’t realise how pucat I had turned, how immobile I was, how my left hand had weakened and how profusely I was sweating, according to Siew Choo, Mei Ling and the others who had come to my rescue. They decided I should be admitted and, like magic, Sung Wah and his Esteema, appeared and I, like royalty on my rattan throne, was carried into my carriage for that long ride to Serdang Hospital.

Never did I think I was not going back to camp – wouldn’t I be treated, bandaged and be able to rejoin camp?

How was I to know I had fractured my Lumbar 3, bruised my left kidney and possibly suffered a stroke (although the brain scans showed no signs)? How could a short cycling spree cause so much damage? An ex-colleague, however, reminded me we’re no spring chickens. I told Min Fook not to challenge the over 50s to get out of our comfort zones!

I’m still kind of dazed. God had the humor to let me dream a few nights later of a cycling trip where I was on a tandem bike, except that the 2 bikes were side by side, not one behind the other. Some way down the slope, the 2 bikes separated and I, on the smaller bike, went downhill but landed safe and sound! Maybe that was God’s way of reassuring me it’s ok, He’ll keep me safe.

So, what has God been telling me? – Kam Weng had said in Jeremiah 1:8 that God will rescue (yes, there will be trouble but He will rescue). And He did!  God is showing me the depth and width of His love through the glorious body of believers. I’m spoilt for all the care and attention I’m getting – from BGC, my friends, neighbors, family and yes, even strangers.

I’m more sympathetic of my mum’s condition. Now I know what it is like to be immobile, not to want to drink too much water to save the hassle of going to the toilet, worry when the bowels don’t move, worry about the nausea that comes when I’ve been lying flat in bed too long… I’m reminded of Jesus who became man so that He could identify with and understand our human frailties.

I’ve always found it challenging to sing the song “And I thank you Lord for the trials that come my way” and “God is good all the time”. I think it’s gotten just a wee bit easier as I think of the love He’s showing and the assurance that He is God – our sovereign, loving God who knows and is in control of all.

But I won’t be cycling no more. So, Mei Ling, you go look for younger folks, ok?

Word from the Elders (September 2012)

BGC Camp 2012 – Brave enough to follow

Needless to say there were some murmurs when the venue of this year’s camp was revealed sometime in June. The fact that we had been to the same venue 4 times in the last 5 years for camp naturally would raise some mild grunts and murmurs amongst the people. Nevertheless, on the practical side of things, few would argue that Seri Malaysia Bagan Lalang is indeed a great place to have our BGC family camp. Therefore, kudos to this year’s camp organizing committee for their labor of love in planning the camp for all 149 of us.

At this year’s camp, our Lord’s blessing came in double doses as we were extremely privileged to secure 2 excellent and gifted teachers in Dr Ng Kam Weng and Stuart Briscoe to be our camp teachers. I was joking with Dr Ng before he left home on Saturday morning that if we were to liken our 2 speakers to coffee, then Dr Ng is our ‘Aik Cheong’ coffee with local flavor (strong and hard hitting) and Stuart Briscoe is our gourmet coffee (refreshing but equally potent).

On hindsight, the analogy of coffee describing our 2 speakers is truly apt to me because in-spite of my tiredness and ill health at camp, I was kept totally awake by the inspired sharing and teaching of both our speakers. The messages were so rich spiritually, with so much to ponder, so much to learn, so much to work through and so much to be thankful for. There is no denying that our Lord is truly a Magnificent God, mighty in power and love and certainly worth following.

Dr Ng started his teaching on Thursday night by introducing us to the prophet Jeremiah, a young reluctant prophet lacking in confidence but yet called by the Lord. I will not go into details the 4 messages shared by Dr Ng as I know that many of us have been busy taking notes and searching our hearts as we learn how to follow our Lord faithfully and bravely in whatever situations we face through the examples and lessons learnt from the life of Jeremiah and his scribe, Baruch.

On Saturday morning, the teaching baton at camp was passed to Stuart Briscoe. Stuart took us through the life of one of my favorite character in the New Testament, Simon later known as Peter. Stuart had a style of teaching that was kind of new to BGC. Nevertheless, in each of the 4 sessions that Stuart taught and told stories about the successes and failures of Peter in following our Lord Jesus Christ, and supplemented by stories from his very own spiritual journey, we were blessed by the wealth of spiritual insights and lessons that Stuart provided us in our quest to follow our Lord bravely and steadfastly.

In the midst of all the camp activities, the incessant eating and our prayers of faith for Chew Peng’s recovery, the Lord has spoken to us through His word and His Spirit in this camp. I am so aware now that to be brave enough to follow our Lord steadfastly as individuals and as a church, we must firstly resolve the problem of our hearts (i.e., we must love the Lord our God with all our heart, soul, mind and strength and to love one another deeply) and just like Peter, we must also allow the Holy Spirit to transform us to the true potential that the Lord has called us to be.

I thank the Lord because this year’s camp is a fresh reminder and encouragement to us in BGC of our continuing desire to follow after the Lord’s heart as individuals and as a church.

As we in BGC seek to follow the Lord bravely and steadfastly, may He lead us to bring forth much glory and honour to His great and holy name. Amen.

Choo Min Fook

The Bangsar Church Camp 2012 in Pictures

Well, Church Camp 2012 has left us with much spiritual food, many fond memories and one shocking incident involving our sister Chew Peng but we can praise God for His goodness and greatness and thank Him that Chew Peng’s injuries were not more severe and that she is on the mend now.  Much to tell and we will be posting more about the camp through this week.  But for now, here are some pictures…….

Many thanks to Terence Ng for the photos.  For many more photos, visit Terence on his facebook page.

Countdown to 2012 Family Camp

The excitement’s building.  We’ve got 147 campers (as at 23 Aug), the youngest is 3 and the oldest 90.  We’ve got seasoned and 1st time campers.  Look forward to a invigorating time of fellowship.  Plus a stimulating time of learning from our two camp teachers, Ng Kam Weng and Stuart Briscoe.

 

Some questions you may have:

1.  When’s it again?

Thursday, 30 Aug to Sunday, 2 Sept.

2.  Need to take leave?

School’s out so no need to ponteng school.  If you’re working and don’t want to take leave on Thursday, that’s ok so long as you get to Hotel Seri Malaysia before 7pm for dinner on Thursday.

3.  How do I get to the hotel?

Hotel Seri Malaysia, Bagan Lalang is only about 1 hour from KL.  The map’s attached (map to serimalaysia baganlalang (pdf file)).  If lost, call Chien Seng at 012-2386078.

 

4.  When & how do I check in?

Check in is from 2pm on Thursday, 30 Aug.  Just go straight to the hotel reception and they’ll tell you which room you’re in.

5.  Who’s my roommate(s)?

The hotel has a list so when you check in, you’ll know who’ll be your snore mate(s) for 3 nights.

6.  What do I have to bring?

Your own stuff, including change and shoes for games, bathing costumes for swimming.  Dressing is casual throughout camp.  Bring a shawl or sweater if you cannot tahan cold we’ll be spending lots of time in the conference hall which can be cold depending on where you sit).  Hotel supplies towels and clean bed sheets, pillows and blankets. (Some campers, however, bring their own pillows, blankets, towels, soap, teddy bears….)

Bring a notebook and pen to take notes cos we’ve got 2 really great camp teachers, Ng Kam Weng and Stuart Briscoe.

Don’t bring too much money (for your personal snacks) or valuables – you’ll be spending most of your time out of your hotel room so nobody’s going to keep watch over your stuff.

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.

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)