Moving? Need a Hand? Lend a Hand!

We had to go through the difficult process of moving house just last month.  There was a lot of packing to be done and before even that, there was a lot of things that we had to decide to get rid off or give away as we were moving into much smaller accommodation.

One of the problems we faced was getting a reasonably priced but reliable movers.  The first two movers we approached turned up to be most unreliable – either trying to introduce new charges above and beyond what was agreed to or not showing up at all.

Eventually, God led us to two Christian organisations which gave us a helping hand with our move and allowing us to give a helping hand to others at the same time.

First, there is “Shuang Fu” or “Double Blessing”.  This organisation was established in Malaysia in 2001 and aims to help disabled persons achieve independence through providing vocational training and helping them find employment.  One of their activities is recycling.  They are willing to come to your home and take away anything that you may want to throw away.  Useable items may be given to churches or other charitable organisations.  Other items may end up in their Second-hand Shop with the proceeds from their sale helping to fund the organisation activities.  Of what remains, paper, glass and plastics are recycled if possible.  They will also dispose of rubbish for you as part of the service.  Find out more on their Facebook or call at 603-79831842/43.

The second organisation is Kenosis.  Kenosis is not unknown to some of us as they are assisting our outreach work in Taman Desa by providing space at their premises.  Kenosis is a Christian Drug Rehabilitation Program with ex-addicts reaching out to current addicts.  Addicts are required to take part in a 4 stage process that may take at least 2 years and is aimed to lead them away from drug addiction towards being avble to live independent and productive lives.

As their website explains;

“The word “Kenosis” comes from the Greek term, “kenos” which means “empty”, or “kenoun”, which means “to empty”. Used by Apostle Paul in Philippians 2:7, the word refers to the ‘self-emptying’ of Christ in order to share human life and death.

‘ Have this mind in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: who, existing in the form of God, counted not the being on an equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men; and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, becoming obedient even unto death, yea, the death of the cross.’

– Philippians 2:5-8 (GNB)-

Why this name? “Jesus gave up His all for us, are we willing to give our all for Him?” That was a question that lingered in the minds of three ex-drug addicts (Richard Lee, Bob Leong and Elvie Ho), who believed their rehabilitation could not be possible without the power, love and direction of God through the Holy Spirit. Jesus, the Son of God who is perfectly holy, just, merciful, righteous and loving has ’emptied’ and ‘humbled’ Himself, died upon the cross for to save mankind. He has ’emptied’ His life utterly to become the transparent medium in which God dwells and through which people or mankind can see God.Hence, this self-emptying Christ in Philippians 2:5-8, has become an attraction for Richard, Bob and Elvie which caused them to ask : “How much are we willing to “give up” or to “kenoun” for the Lord whose love and power have saved us from the bondage of drug abuse?” And the answer to that question had led them to establish Kenosis Home in 2001.The idea of setting a non-profit Christian drug rehabilitation center in Kuala Lumpur began to take shape when they felt the calling of the Lord to reach out to male addicts with a ministry specially “for drug-addicts from ex-addicts”. With assistance from the leaders in Gethsemane Centre, Kepong, a Christian drug rehab center, they founded Kenosis Home.”

As part of the process, advanced residents take part in Kenosis work programs which include the following services;

1.     Home or office moving
2.     Painting
3.     Renovation works/welding
4.     Lorry transport services
5.     Grass-cutting

We found their service really good, reliable and they were very careful in handling the furniture.  It was also good to get to know them better and to participate in their journey to recovery.  You can contact them at 603-7987 1820 or at kenosiscenter@gmail.com .

So, if any of you have use of these services, we fully recommend using these two organisations.  Need a hand? Lend a hand at the same time.

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Parents – Need Help?

“Parenting Trends

Raising Children for the 21st Century”

Speaker: Lee Wee Min from Focus on the Family

28th  July 2012; 10 am to 12 pm

Venue:   Mosaic Community Studio Sdn. Bhd
S20,Centrepoint, Lebuh Bandar Utama, Bandar Utama.

Calling all parents.  Feeling the generation gap?  Unsure or unfamiliar with the changing challenges that children face today?   Did you use to play with spiders when you were young but your children now play with Playstation?  This may be the seminar for you.   The session highlights include a) trends confronting both parents and children today, b) trends from media and cultural influences, c)  trends in contradiction with traditional perspectives; d) modern barriers to parent -child relationships and e) ingredients to develop meaningful relationships.   Admission is FREE!

To find out more about Focus on the Family, please click this link.

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]

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.