This is a transcript of Uncle Tee Fatt’s parting words on the 1st of July 2012 as he announced his retirement from the position of Elder of Bangsar Gospel Centre.
“Don’t worry I am not up here to give you a sermon. I am here to make an announcement.
30th June 2012 was my last day as an elder after having served as an Elder of BGC from 1993, a total of 19 years. I would like to record my appreciation to all of you for your prayers and support. I think all of you deserve a prize for having me as an Elder for the last 19 years.
I would also like to thank Mabel and Francis Dunn who joined us when we started giving tuition and running the Sunday School at Nilai Gospel Chapel from 1998 to 2010. Along came Kareen, Irene Ngiam, Chew Kim Sun and Jonathan Wong who supported this ministry. This was followed by Gary Chien, Edward Soong, Roy Lim, Yan and Jennette Tan. Jennette has since given her heart to a young man from Nilai Gospel Chapel and they will be married by early next year.
I take my hat off to the youths who served Nilai Sunday School and provided tuition for 12 years. They would normally leave for Nilai by or before 1 pm and would not be back until 6.30pm provided we were not caught in the notorious Sg Besi evening traffic on Sunday. The youth not only helped out in the Sunday School and tuition, they even washed toilets and cleaned up the premises before they left. Today Nilai Gospel Chapel is independent and in their own premises. The Lord has blessed the work richly.
Now some advice to the youth and the church:
(1) Youth: Don’t tattoo your body. In Gal 6:17 “You can only bear on your body the mark of Jesus.” In Levi 19:28, we read, “You shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you. I am the Lord.”
(2) The church : Paul in 1 Tim 3:1 “commends the role of serving the church as an Elder as a noble task”. It is therefore good for a believer to aspire to be an Elder.
I am confident with God’s help the present leaders will do a good job for BGC. Please uphold them in your prayers.
Finally, forgive me if I have hurt anyone in my 19 years as an Elder.
May God bless all of you richly.”