Kenny Gan – Shining for Jesus

Kenny Gan Eng Huat, was called home to be with the Lord on the 17th of November 2012.  We here at Bangsar Gospel Centre have had the privilege of enjoying his fellowship and blessed many times by his teaching ministry and by his life testimony.

Brothers Jeffrey Tan and Kim Seng went down to Singapore to attend Kenny’s funeral and Wake Service.  They carried with them a message of condolences from our church to Kenny’s wife and daughter, Bee Lee and Debbie, for their loss.

However, we also gave thanks and praise to God for Kenny’s amazing life that was such a “great blessing to  countless people from all across the world”.

Kenny had a very friendly and universal face which made people find him very approachable and easy to relate to even though they often are confused about his nationality or his origins.  For example, he has been thought to have been a Thai, a Spaniard, a Malay, a Mexican, a Filipino, an Eskimo and an American Red Indian.

In fact, Kenny was born in 1954 to a Chinese family in Singapore who was of Taoist/Buddhist descent.  His father was abusive, a drunkard and a member of the criminal Triads.  His mother was a gambler. He grew up in the company of drug pushers and got into drugs and alcohol himself from an early age. He started smoking at 5 and took to drugs at 13; progressing from marijuana to heroin use.   His life was out of control.  The drugs was making his life a mess and making him feel lonely but he found solace in going deeper into drugs. He would end up being arrested and imprisoned in Thailand.

But God had a plan and purpose for Kenny and he would become a great testimony of God’s love and grace.  Kenny started a new life when he gave his life to the Lord through the Hiding Placeministry in Singapore in 1977.

He started with serving full-time with a Christian halfway house two months after conversion.  He then joined  Operation Mobilisation (OM) in 1979 and served there for over 30 years of which 17 years was spent on the M.V. Doulos in various capacity (advance preparation personnel, conference coordinator, evangelism coordinator, conference speaker, ministry and training, etc).

Kenny has been married for 27 years to Bee Lee (whom he met on the Doulos in 1979) and have a daughter, Deborah, who is now 25 years old and married to Jacob Choi.

Since 1996, served as Assistant to the Director, Partnership Development Manager, as Area Representative of OM East Asia & the Pacific and main conference & seminar speaker and also responsible for special leadership training & mentoring.

Kenny discovered he had late stage cancer in 2009 but continued to serve as an itinerant speaker for OM.  He continued to travel around the world in God’s service impressing people with how he handled his illness without complaint and with steadfast faith in God.  His last sermon was in Manila, Philippines just the weekend before.

God graciously enabled Kenny to attend his daughter’s wedding in June this year.

Matthew 11:28 “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”   Kenny has truly  ‘fought the good fight and finished the race.”  Now he is enjoying his rest in God which is so richly deserved.

 

View Kenny give his testimony in the following 3 videos.

Murmuration & Praise

Do you know what a murmuration is?   According to the Merrian-Webster Dictionary, there are two meanings to the word “murmuration”.  The first and more obvious meaning is  the act of murmuring; the utterance of low continuous sounds or complaining noises as in one of my favorite English phrases, “the murmur of discontent”.

The second more uncommon and therefore more interesting usage is when describing a flock of starlings flying and forming a living cloud.  I, myself, only discovered this a few of months ago and wondered how I went through so many years of life without knowing this.  Perhaps murmuration is not new to some of you gentle readers but for those of you who have never seen a murmuration, then a picture is worth a thousand words and a video is even better.

Below is a video shot by Sophie Windsor Clive and Liberty Smith, two intrepid women film-makers of Islands and Rivers which explains the wonder of murmuration much better than I ever could.

I have been meditating on the fact that God gives rest, peace and restores our strength when we come to Him  in our weariness and surrender ourselves to His comfort.

The Book of Isaiah 40 and verses 28 -31 says;

“Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint.”

This has been my experience of God and I hope you will have similar experiences.  God’s grace and love is like the hot thermals that gives lift to the eagles’ wings and allow them to soar ……….or the wind beneath the wings of starlings celebrating life with the aerial art of murmuration.

(Many thanks to Soong Mei Ling for suggesting this post).

The Legacy She Left Behind

What legacy will I leave behind?  What will my daughter, my husband (although he’s convinced he will go before me!), my siblings and my friends remember me by?

I’ve probably got, by the grace of God, some years to catch up but for sure it’ll be nothing remotely close to the legacy my headmistress, Miss Elena M Cooke has left behind.

We feared but did not hate her.  She had a look that pierced your conscience and a rebuke so sharp you’d think twice before fouling up again – but it was those same eyes and tongue that showed and spoke compassion.

She could smell out the defiant, the troubled and the poor and she opened her heart and home to them and, in turn, got them to open their hearts, mend and dare dream dreams.

She taught us to strive for excellence in the most mundane and lowly of chores (like cleaning the school toilets).  She sharpened our eyes to look out for and straighten lopsided pictures on walls.  Chairs have 4 legs and all 4 legs are to be on the ground. Litter belongs to litter bins.

She taught us pronunciation (I remember being corrected when I told her the “photo-GRAPHER had come”; she said “Girl, it’s pho-TOH –grapher”!).  She drummed into us the art of articulation (that’s why every BBGS girl will proudly tell you we were the BEST in choral-speaking!).

So many more lessons and values BBGS and Miss Cooke instilled in us.  Never mind that some labelled us as “squares”.  We learnt to stand our ground as “loyal women with our race”, as our school song says.

Most of all, she introduced Jesus Christ to the thousands of girls who had the privilege of studying under her.  This must be the richest inheritance our dear Miss Cooke left to generations of girls who walked the corridors of the Bukit Bintang Girls’ School.

by Kiang Chew Peng

NOTE: BBGS School Song & Interviews with Miss Elena Cooke taken from “BBGS GOLDEN HERITAGE”