50 + 10,000

Compared to recent years, this last year was relatively uneventful. Well, other than the fact that I turned the big 5 – uh-oh! (that’s 50 years; guess I can’t pass off as a teenager anymore!). Yet while, it has not been as eventful as it has been for sister Chew Peng (see previous post), I too have experienced God’s goodness and greatness. While we often remember God’s faithfulness and grace in the big events, challenges and triumphs in our lives, it is just as wonderful to know His faithfulness and grace in the small things and the mundane things of our lives too. He is our God of our years but He is also God of our days and we can rest assured that He walks beside us each day.

Having stopped full time employment, this year gave me more opportunity to get involved in God’s work and it has been an amazing and rewarding experience. God’s help and guidance was evident in all the little victories and all the many things achieved.  Perhaps I am most thankful for the way God has been changing me and teaching me this year and also for the encouragement of brothers and sisters during this journey.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

Lamentations 3: 22-24

Oh, and did you notice that this website has exceeded 10,000 visitors in its first 10 months?  Praise God.

Calvin Loh

(photo by Calvin Loh; creation by God)

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My Cup Runneth Over..

Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over… ~Psalm 23:5 KJV

As I remember 2012, I remember my mum who went home to be with the Lord on 27 September – finally free from pain, free from being confined to her bed in her battle with cancer.  I thank God she is now resting in the arms of Jesus.

I remember, too, how I fell from the bicycle at church camp on 31 August and how I fractured my lumbar 3 and how I recovered from a possible transient ischemic attack.  All was in God’s hands – and I thank Him for rallying the church to love and pray so fervently for me.

My cup overflows with blessings!  Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever! (Psalm 23:5,6)  ~chew peng

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Scrapbook of Memories for Uncle Wong Tee Fatt

 

Last Sunday, on the 1st of July, Mr. Wong Tee Fatt, our church elder and “Uncle” to almost everyone, took the step of retiring from being an elder.  He was one of the longest serving elder at Bangsar Gospel Centre having chalked up 19 long years which will be remembered for his dedicated and loving service to God and His people; his humble leadership through servanthood and example and his passion for the young, the sick and the unsaved.  Of course, Uncle Tee Fatt will still be an active member of the church but to mark this occasion and as a token of our love and appreciation, he was given a scrapbook of memories which was put together with contributions from almost every group in church.

 

 

To see this fantastic scrapbook (many thanks to everyone for helping to put it together), click on the link below.  It is a very large file and may take a minute or two to load but please be patient……it will be worth the wait.

Uncle Tee Fatt’s Scrapbook of Memories

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

God’s Blessings (March 2012)

The Psalmist extols us to ” give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.”  And indeed, God has constantly shown His faithfulness and His graciousness to us as individuals and also to us as a family and a church.

At the Combined Prayer Meeting on the 28th March, we reflected on some of the ways that God has blessed us in the month of March.  They include;

  1. The Youth Fellowship’s YEAH (Youth Expeditionary Adventure Holiday) to Gopeng, Perak  and to the exciting caves at Gua Tempurung was a great success.  Praise God for the good turnout (84 pax), for journey mercies and His protection as no accidents or injuries occurred and especially for the 7 youth that committed their lives to Jesus.
  2. The 9 baptism candidates that have completed their baptism classes and are committed to testify about their faith in Jesus through the waters of baptism early next month.
  3. Praise God for the two groups this month that went to fellowship with Ruby and the team there in Triang; for a safe and blessed journey.
  4. Another family has come to accept the Lord as their saviour.  We rejoice with the family and praise God.
  5. Elder Calvin’s trip to the NTM training centre in Indonesia was a great success and a blessing for all those who went with him.
  6. Praise God for the more than 35 pax who attended the special meeting on how to encourage children with learning difficulties and special needs.  God used Paul and Emily Sebastian to bless all who attended.
  7. Praise God also for giving the burden for missions and discipleship to both leaders and members.

Psalm 77: 16-20 (NIV)

The waters saw you, God,
the waters saw you and writhed;
the very depths were convulsed.
17 The clouds poured down water,
the heavens resounded with thunder;
your arrows flashed back and forth.
18 Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind,
your lightning lit up the world;
the earth trembled and quaked.
19 Your path led through the sea,
your way through the mighty waters,
though your footprints were not seen.

 20 You led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron.