JULY - AUGUST 2010
e th Malaysia Church Conference
10 - 13 June 2010
The Leap Forward: Transformation of Society
by Senior Pastor Dr Daniel Ho
A woman caught in adultery was dragged From all walks of life, many experienced potential and possibilities. A divine and
before Jesus. Accusing ngers were all the same. Whether it be shermen like eternal perspective has taken over in life.
around insisting on a quick verdict. The Peter and Andrew, a tax collector like Levi, One’s vision for living is stretched because
Law of Moses was clear. The punishment a demon-possessed man like the one in one no longer lives for self and the present.
for anyone caught in adultery was death the Gerasenes, a blind man like the one at From henceforth, living for God is what
(Leviticus 20:10). Bethsaida or the Syrophoenician woman. matters.
All these people in the gospel of Mark had
What did Jesus do? Jesus refused to be transforming encounters with Jesus which As a result, there is much passion for
caught in a judgmental attitude. He radically changed them. Many continue to present engagement in any enterprise and
refused to condemn. What did Jesus experience the same over the centuries a con dent hope for the future. Indeed, an
say? All He said was: “If any one of you is likewise. eternal hope! This passion is fuelled by a
without sin, let him be the rst to throw a sense of gratitude, of thankfulness and the
stone at her” (John 8:7). In an encounter with Jesus, a divine privilege of being called to serve Him.
exchange takes place. Jesus forgives and Anyone encountering Jesus would have
Suddenly the tables were turned. Accusing delivers us from sin and the Spirit of God his vision extended for living, his faith
ngers were now turned inwards. Each takes over and begins to do the renewing ignited with fervour and his perspective
one recognised the extent of sin in one’s and transforming work. He exchanges the enlarged to capture both the earthly and
own life. The older ones were the rst to eshly for the holy and godly, the earthly the heavenly.
acknowledge it. Age now held a clear for the heavenly and the temporal for the
disadvantage. And beginning with the eternal. He changes our a ection so that Fuelled by this kind of transformation, we
oldest, we are told, they each left one at a our passion is no longer, like the woman can only live with a great sense of urgency
time (John 8:9). above, driven by the esh but by the Spirit and a purposeful God-directed mission on
of God. In that exchange, divinity encoun- earth while we await timelessness to
Jesus then said, “Woman, where are they? ters humanity and transforms and invade our space/time-bound earth some-
Has no one condemned you? ... Neither do transports us into the realm of eternity with day.
I condemn you. ... Go now and leave your God. What an amazing transaction indeed!
life of sin” (John 8:10,11). That unexpected
encounter with Jesus absolutely More than the divine exchange, there is
transformed the life of the woman. also the enlargement of life with all the
of the Lord dwells
by Charlene Thum, PJ North 1
“… planted in the house of the Lord, they will ourish in the courts of our God.” (Psalm 92:13)
W hen I rst stepped into DUMC in
December 2007, I felt very at home.
Often after a long and di icult week at
work, I would look forward to be back in
I truly believe that DUMC is a church
where the Presence of the Lord dwells.
During worship, I could sense the Dream Centre again where I know I can The Lord is at work here. As we are being
awesome presence of the Lord. At that nd comfort and rest and be refreshed. I transformed by the Holy Spirit, let us all
time, I had returned to Malaysia after my am very excited about our church’s Vision bring glory to His name! Truly, those who
studies abroad where I just had a powerful which is to transform our communities and are planted in the house of the Lord will
encounter with the Lord. I was searching in turn, our nation of Malaysia. I thank God ourish in the courts of our God.
for a church in Malaysia where I could for the opportunity to give generously
grow in my walk with the Lord as I wanted through DUMC to the poor and needy and
to know Him more intimately. in the process, advance His Kingdom’s
Initially, I only attended the weekend
celebrations in DUMC. I worked in another I want to allow the Lord to transform me
country during the week and returned to rst so that I will have the privilege of
Kuala Lumpur for my weekends. After I partnering Him in His Kingdom’s purpose.
was transferred back to Kuala Lumpur I believe this is our Father’s heart and I
early this year, I joined a cell group, a know that this transformation is only
ministry and also started to get more possible with God! I am convicted and
involved in our church activities. inspired by Pr Daniel’s consistent remind-
ers to us to share our testimony and the
Looking back, during these past two years gospel in every opportunity that comes our
in DUMC, I have also been blessed with way. I often forget that all I need to do is
countless encounters with the Lord. I have merely to allow God’s grace to ow through
been touched by His Presence during me as His vessel and He will do the rest.
worship, cell meetings, altar calls, SOL
classes, Baptism & Membership Encoun-
ter Weekend, Missions Candidate Prepa-
ration Programme 1, Fast & Prayer
meetings, Children’s Church and while on
Spirit of God
is moving in Kota Damansara
by Janice Long, KIDS church
O n Thursday, 17 June 2010, Isabel,
Paul and I who serve in KIDS church
home cleansing due to objections from his
children. When we arrived this time, the
Subsequent to the house cleansing and
blessing, Mei Ling and I visited some of
visited Kota Damansara when we heard brother was waiting for us outside his our children’s homes. Most of the parents
about a ght where a brother’s son was house. He related the events and told us we met were happy and eager to send
badly beaten by four young men. All ve of that all the young men involved in the ght their children to church. Some even
them were taken away to a police lock-up. had been released. Praise the Lord! reprimanded their children for not being
We know the parents of all the youths as I conveyed Pr Nancy’s message of regular.
they come to church on Sundays. FORGIVENESS to him and he replied that
they have forgiven one another. We were warmly received on this visit. This
When we arrived in Kota Damansara, the was a sharp contrast from two years ago,
parents were out as their children were to This dear brother’s wife, daughters and when one of the families told us that they
be charged that day. We prayed for their others joined in. Isabel shared a message were Hindu worshippers and they did not
release. Then we met a teenager, aged 13 and we sang two praise songs. When want our things. We also invited parents
who attends KIDS church. Her brothers Isabel asked again if they wanted to have who have not been to our church to visit us
were involved in the ght. their house cleansed, they all said “YES”. with their children. It was heartening to see
Isabel explained to them that they have to some of our regular ladies in Kota Daman-
She shared that her mother has been renounce all their idols, cut o ties with sara ministering to their own who eagerly
crying for the last three days and has them and worship only Jesus from now on. agreed to be prayed for.
refused to eat any food. The teenager was They all agreed. Their daughters asked to
very worried and sad. Not knowing what to change their names to Christian names as It is wonderful that we now have a group of
do, she decided to pray to Jesus. She one of them had the name of a Hindu idol. youths in Kota Damansara who have
shared that Jesus appeared to her. become our prayer partners. They went
The head of the household with the help of from home to home with us and prayed
I was very excited and asked her to his family members broke the altar (the alongside us! The spirit of God is
describe what she saw. She described shelf that had all the idols) into pieces. We certainly MOVING in Kota Daman-
Jesus to be in shining white and had some helped to clear all the idols in every room. sara, transforming hearts and changing
goats with him. I asked her what happened We put everything into plastic bags and lives.
next. She told me that Jesus released the threw them into the bins. A youth came to
goats! She said Jesus told her that her carry the heavy pieces of wood to the bins.
brothers like the goats, will also be We took away the bigger idols and pictures
released. We prayed together and sealed to be destroyed. After the cleansing, we
the Lord’s revelation to her. blessed everyone in the family and invited
the Spirit of God into their home. It is hard
Two days later, we went back to Kota to describe the spiritual atmosphere then.
Damansara with two more people to There was joy and the liberating feeling of
cleanse the brother’s home. There were being set free.
three unsuccessful attempts earlier for
Marriages in the Community
by Rosalyn Ho, Floodgates
G ood marriage is important to the
e ective functioning of the family and
Discussing marriage issues in the comfort
of a home also makes the session less
learning platform. Through their dedica-
tion, beautiful marriages have blossomed
society. Recognising this, Bob and Ruby intimidating and allows couples to share into fragrances of love.
Chee have been reaching out to couples openly. Bob and Ruby hosted the rst
(Christians and non-Christians) through Marriage Course in their home and have
marriage-enhancing courses in their Sierra since helped in several other rounds of the
The Marriage Course is a seven-
Mas community since 2006. Their commit- same course conducted in Sierra Mas.
week course covering all the key
ment to strengthen marriages through After their pioneer run, the course has
topics relevant for a healthy
godly principles and thereby contributing to carried on for another ve more rounds.
the building blocks that lay the foundation
1) Building Strong Foundations,
for strong families is driven by their love for Bob and Ruby are truly happy to see
2) The Art of Communication,
people. couples well-bonded. They are also
3) Resolving Con ict,
energised by the fact that there is a real
4) The Power of Forgiveness,
Since 2008, they have also been involved community e ort in the gatherings and
5) Parents and In-laws,
in the seven-week Marriage Course there is much fun and laughter at these
6) Good Sex and
designed by Nicky and Sila Lee of Alpha events. A progression after the “Alpha
7) Love In Action.
International, London. How do Bob and Marriage” course is the classic “Alpha
Ruby get people to come to these Course”. This course has 15 sessions and
Each session starts o with food and
courses? According to Ruby, it is really not is evangelical in nature, sharing the good
fellowship followed by the screening
that hard. First, they need to invite their news of Jesus and exploring the meaning
of a DVD according to topic. The
friendly neighbours to their home for an of life.
Marriage Course has bene tted
interesting social event. They once had a
many couples in many di erent ways.
romantic dinner party for 20 couples where Bob and Ruby are currently involved in the
Those interested in The Marriage
all of the couples had a memorable time. Alpha Course that is conducted in Sierra
Course can either do it at Dream
Thereafter, they had the dessert served in Mas. Going forward, they wish to further
Centre or in a home setting. For more
the TV room. reach out to other communities through
information about The Marriage
social events and keep on doing the good
Course, please contact Joseph Tan
From there, with just a click of the remote work of “sowing”.
(012 327 1700) for course at DUMC
control button, The Marriage Course
and Ruby Chee (012 297 0676) for
promotion video would be launched. That Their hope is to see many more people
course in home setting.
was how the couples learnt about The coming along to bring The Marriage
Marriage Course and its bene ts. This Course into more communities. To this
modus operandi provided an informal and end, they have a DVD entitled “How to
non-pressurising way of encouraging run The Marriage Course in the
couples to join the course. community” that serves as an easy
by Warren and Amy Tan, PJ North 2
H ow did we decide to attend The
Marriage Course in DUMC? We were very
London were able to e ectively communi-
cate via DVD, very practical yet simple
could easily be swept under the carpet
without realising that these hurts are still in
blessed to have Pr Chris and Stella Kam teachings on how to maintain and improve our hearts.
initially as our relationship counsellors and our marriage relationship.
subsequently as our pre-marital counsel- Finally, we enjoyed The Marriage Course
lors. They imparted immense godly One topic that we felt was very important to because of the.....FOOD!!! We were
wisdom into our lives and we also had us was on The Art of Communication. We always treated to absolutely yummy food
much fun learning from them. So, after we realised that it is easy for one party to talk (usually home-cooked!) by the fantastic
got married in 2009 and our sessions with and the other not listening carefully and helpers from the ministry. We are
the Kams had ended, we, as expected, understanding the message. In that unashamed to say that the food was really
su ered from the pre-marital counselling session, we also learnt that it is very something we looked forward to, as much
withdrawal symptoms! common for one party to be overenthusias- as the opportunity to learn!
tic in becoming an advice giver when all
About six months after our wedding, we the other party needs is a hug, a shoulder We highly recommend married couples to
discovered that The Marriage Course was to cry on or just to be listened to! Such attend The Marriage Course no matter
open for registration. Without hesitation, simple advice, yet we often failed to do so. how many months or years that they have
we signed up. We had expected the This lesson is useful not only for our been married. The course has certainly
course to be set up just like any other marriage but also for our relationships with helped us in our marriage because we
DUMC training session - chairs together in others. learnt everything from resolving con icts,
rows and a brightly-lit room. To our pleas- parents and in-laws, sex to building a
ant surprise, the hall looked really romantic On The Marriage Course, we also enjoyed strong marriage foundation. As Pr Daniel
with dimly-lit candles on tables for two! It the private exercises with our own spouse regularly says, the marriage institution is
was nice to know that the people serving in where we discussed questions that were in very important because strong marriages
the ministry had gone to great lengths to the manual. One very powerful exercise lead to strong families which in turn lead to
make the place comfortable and romantic that we covered was in the area of forgive- strong societies and a strong nation!
for couples. And we found that it was done ness and identifying unresolved hurts. We
so that during the times when we had had to honestly discuss some of the past
discussions with our spouses, we would hurts in our relationship. The guidelines to
have our privacy. help us worked through the issues were
very helpful like how to say the right words
We thoroughly enjoyed every session. or ask the right questions. It was a very
Nicky and Sila Lee of Alpha International, powerful exercise as many past issues
Why we attended
e Marriage Course
by Richard & Peggy Yeo, PJ North 1
A wedding takes only a while but a
marriage is a life long journey. It is during
The Marriage Course also covers the topic
on “Good Sex”. God created man and
any good advice then. We merely hoped
that time will heal their marriage. However,
the journey where the di erences of two woman and the intimacy of this relation- a year after their separation, they decided
people are discovered and overcome. We ship is to be enjoyed within the con ne of a to le for divorce.
have been married for 40 years and we marriage.
have three grown up children and many Hence, divorce is not only prevalent in
grandchildren. Even after 40 years of In 1 Corinthians 7:3-5, Paul says, “the young couples but can also happen to
marriage, we are still discovering our husband should ful l his marital duty to his couples who have been married for a long
di erences. wife, and likewise the wife to her husband. time. Having gone through The Marriage
The wife’s body does not belong to her Course, we hope to be able to share our
When DUMC organised The Marriage alone but also to her husband. In the same experiences in future and help other
Course, we decided to join. When we told way, the husband’s body does not belong couples with unresolved di erences.
some of our friends that we were joining to him alone but also to his wife. Do not
the course, their rst reaction was, “Hey, deprive each other except by mutual We encourage couples to take time to
what happened? Why do you need to consent and for a time, so that you may attend this course.
attend the course? You have marriage devote yourselves to prayer. Then come
problems?” together again so that Satan will not tempt
you because of your lack of self-control.” A
We explained that we only have small good intimate relationship with our spouse
problems and it is better to solve them according to Paul protects us from adulter-
before they become big problems. We ous relationship and helps to build a strong
attended The Marriage Course for two marriage.
reasons. Firstly, we would like to enrich
our marriage and make it even better. A Secondly, we would like to learn from The
good wedding is at the beginning while a Marriage Course and be in a position to
good marriage is at the end. help couples with unresolved di erences.
We are good and old friends to a couple
As husband and wife, we need to be who have been married for 30 years. They
connected. The marriage time as have three grown up children. They have a
prescribed on the course, helps us to son who is a doctor and another who is a
communicate with each other and stay lawyer. Their daughter is a psychology
connected. The marriage time is a time of graduate.
exchanging information and sharing of
ideas. There is mutual participation. Two years ago, they told us that they have
Often, marriages break up because of a decided to live apart because of irreconcil-
breakdown in communication. able di erences. We could not o er them
MALAYSIA CELL CHURCH CONFERENCE
10 – 13 JUNE 2010
by Ng Phaik May, Floodgates
DUMC hosted the 14th Malaysia Rev Jorge shared on church growth integrity causing unbelief in the people. We can receive the gifting but the anoint- Evangelism Challenges facing the church
Cell Church Conference (MCCC) and leadership He urged everyone to read the Bible and ing will only happen when we have the Pr Daniel expounded on evangelism, in Malaysia
from 10 to 13 June 2010. This Rev Jorge started by sharing the growth spend time with Jesus every day. If we right character. We will only be sent when Malaysian-style. He explained that Notwithstanding the challenges facing the
year’s MCCC themed “The Church journey of his church. Although the church have been with Jesus, we will be like we are ready under the authority of the evangelism is the life of the church and it church today which include deteriorating
that Makes a Di erence”, this year’s started with only a small group of people, Jesus. In Christ, we have all the blessings local church. determines the health and future of the social situation, the bane of racial politics
MCCC attracted 673 delegates from he had big vision. At the outset, he already we need and in holiness, we have proof church. Evangelism in a cell church takes and religious pluralism and religious
89 local and foreign churches. Rev told his people that they were building the that we have been with Jesus. We are not to despise or underestimate place at three levels, namely personal, cell resurgence, Pr Daniel is of the view that
Dr Jorge Lopez, Senior Pastor of biggest church in Guatemala. anyone irrespective of the person’s and church-wide. Pr Dr Chew Weng Chee there is no better time to live in Malaysia
Fraternidad Cristiana de Guate- He also covered on what Jesus taught background. God can use little things and of SIBKL and Pr Dr Philip Lyn of Skyline, than now. As Christians, our response
mala, Guatemala was the keynote There is power in visioning and confes- about leadership. Firstly, Jesus’ leader- transform them into something big, citing Kota Kinabalu also shared their views and should be to know clearly the call of the
speaker. The MCCC was a fantastic sion. He is convinced that if God has given ship begun with “being” the Son of God the feeding of the ve thousand with only experiences in evangelism. church, to live accountably, responsibly
conference and many delegates a vision, He will also make the provision. A and not with “doing” all kinds of things to ve loaves and two shes. God uses the and hold everybody else likewise to the
nished the conference spiritually church that wants to grow would need its please God. The true leader listens to the weak to confound the mighty (1 Corinthi- Pr Chew said evangelism should be made same high standards, fast and pray on
enriched. people to ”think big and think about Father, the Word of God and the Holy ans 1:27). Rev Jorge encouraged the a culture in the church. Every heart with behalf of the land and have the faith to
growth”. If church leaders want to see Spirit. Secondly, the true leader has a congregation to make ourselves available Jesus is a missionary while every heart believe God for a transformation of our
Rev Jorge is from humble beginnings growth, Rev Jorge reminded the delegates transforming vision, which is the vision to to God so that He can make us able. without Jesus is a mission eld. He also nation. He concluded that Malaysia can
Rev Jorge founded Fraternidad Cristiana that there is a price to pay. The leaders see the potential in people. Thirdly, the quoted Reinhard Bonke who said, “When become a leading nation if we have the
de Guatemala in 1979 with only 22 must be secure in their identity as they will true leader has transforming stories to tell. Relational life of the church we make saving souls our business, God boldness and courage to believe.
members. Today, the congregation lose touch with the people once they Fourthly, he is a servant leader. Fifthly, the Pr Chris Kam summarised Christianity in is interested in our success”.
numbers more than 15,000 members, delegate their responsibilities to others. true leader empowers others to do the one word, which is “relationships”. He said,
making it one of the biggest churches in work. “the way we serve people comes from the Pr Philip Lyn of Skyline SIB, Kota Kinabalu
Guatemala. Through his leadership, Rev Jorge stressed on the importance of way we view our own worth in God”. In shared that evangelism in his church is
Fraternidad Cristiana has become a model praise and worship. He said praise and Rev Jorge also spoke on the di erence attaining spiritual leadership, one must very simple. It is about :
church to Latin America and the world. worship prepare us to receive the power of between “calling” and “sending”. “Calling” assume responsibility for the health and (1) sowing simply,
Rev Jorge who started preaching at 15 the Holy Spirit. If we hear the voice of the is the “what”, whereas “sending” is the development of his relationships. Leaders (2) sowing faithfully,
years old, is a very in uential gure in Spirit and act on His guidance, our lives “when”, and both may not necessarily ought to develop and empower others to (3) sowing sacri cially and
Guatemala. He is also a skilful and an will not be in a mess. occur simultaneously. For example, do the job, as it is in the doing that the (4) sowing together.
anointed preacher, an excellent adminis- Joseph was called at 17 but sent at 30. members will grow. The animated feature
trator and more importantly, a humble Rev Jorge also shared that the challenge Jesus too, did not do any ministry until he of “Kung Fu Panda” was a very e ective
servant of the Lord. in the Christian world today is the lack of was 30. Anointing is di erent from gifting. illustration of this point.
What did the
about the 14th MCCC?
by Ng Phaik May & Low Mei Ling, Floodgates
“It’s amazing! We had our di erences For Professor Paul Nah and his wife, Dr the Cell Church” workshop. Vicky felt
among ourselves when we came. At Chiam, it was their rst time at MCCC. blessed having attended the Family
MCCC, we found forgiveness, healing and They found Rev Jorge an eloquent and Stream workshops, which focused on
reconciliation. We are on talking terms charismatic speaker. He infused enthusi- marriage. They all agreed that many of the
again as though nothing has happened.” asm in the people to serve the Lord. They lessons learnt at the conference were very
This was shared to us by a group of concur with Rev Jorge’s tenet that for a relevant to them.
delegates from an outstation church. Isn’t church to grow, an e ective leader must be
it amazing to see the fruits of MCCC even secure in the Lord and be able to strike a It is evident that all the delegates also
before the end of the conference? It also balance in exerting control without sti ing enjoyed the meals and refreshments
reinforced what Pr Daniel once shared its church members and having leadership provided. The break times provided
about the need to have this conference nurtured at every level. opportunities for delegates to network and
annually. fellowship with other delegates from other
For Ruth Cheah of Calvary Church, Rev churches. It is also a time of sharing in the
At the 14th MCCC, there were many Jorge’s messages spoke to her on a knowledge and experience gained from
familiar faces. Many delegates have been personal level. She thought Rev Jorge’s the sessions.
coming to MCCC annually. One frequent messages provided clarity in training a
delegate is Pr Lee Peng Chiat of Wesley new generation of leaders and they were During the conference, there was no
Methodist Church, Alor Setar who has also relevant for personal development shortage of volunteers to assist the
faithfully attended more than ten MCCCs. and growth. delegates. Many helped out in hospitality
As we have di erent keynote speaker while others were like one-stop information
every year, he explained that he gets to During a break time, we observed one centre. Many DUMC members also played
hear and learn new things every time. Pr group of delegates deep in discussion and hosts by opening up their homes to out-of-
Lee admires Rev Jorge’s humility. To him, enthusiastically sharing their lessons from town and overseas delegates. DUMC’s
the substance of Rev Jorge’s messages this conference. When we approached Community Excel Services specially
also demonstrates the power of the Holy this group comprising Janny Yapp, Soo formed an almost 100-strong choir and
Spirit. Kok Chan, Doreen Lim and Vicky Lam they beautifully presented the song, “There
from SIB Likas (English), they were very is still a Dream” during the two nal
For Amanda and Dave Boce, who were open to share their thoughts and experi- sessions of MCCC.
from The Church of Acts, Adelaide this ences.
was their second time at MCCC. They had Praise the Lord for enabling DUMC to
such a memorable cell visit last year that Janny Yapp extolled the virtues organise yet another fruitful cell church
they decided to visit the same cell group propounded by Rev Lopez. Soo Kok Chan conference. As usual, as we seek to bless
again this year. They even made their own admired Rev Jorge’s humility despite others, we ourselves are blessed.
way to reconnect with some of these helming a mega church. For Doreen Lim
DUMC members before the start of the and Vicky Lam, they found the workshops
conference. Both Amanda and Dave will to be particularly useful. Doreen was
encourage their fellow church members to overwhelmed by the presence of the Holy
attend future MCCCs. Spirit during Pr Daniel’s “Prayer Ministry in
From Lost Sheep
to Runner for God
Global Day of Prayer
by Low Mei Ling, Floodgates
E xcitement was in the air. Imagine
12,000 Christians from di erent churches,
GDOP, the crowd cheered and clapped.
They were all ready to spring into action for
Tabernacle Church shared on how his
church responded when it was torched
di erent parts of the city, di erent ethnic God. earlier this year and how God had power-
backgrounds, yet belonging to the same fully turned an adversity into a positive
Loh Yuen Tuck, PJ North 2
body of Christ making their way to Stadium What followed was an incredible worship outcome.
Malawati in Shah Alam. On the evening of experience at GDOP. To have 12,000
23 May 2010, they made their way to the people united in one voice and one heart Pr Chew Weng Chee of SIBKL led the
eing a new Christian, I had no idea possible. I am also reminded of Matthew As we ran the 5 km route, we prayed for historic Global Day of Prayer (GDOP) in and worshipping the one true and living closing ceremony where he shared about
what Run for the Nation 2010 (RunNat) 5:16 which says, “In the same way, let your God’s intervention and breakthroughs in Malaysia, to pray for the nation and joining God was amazing. God’s strong presence how the cup in Isaiah 51:17 which
was about. I merely followed the prompt- light shine before men, that they may see the various places of power and in uence. hundreds of millions of Christians around was felt in the stadium. represents the wrath of God is lling up but
ing of the Holy Spirit to participate for the your good deeds and praise your Father in We declared the Word of our Lord in the world in prayer. how the censer in Numbers 16:46-48,
glory of God. Prior to this event, I had heaven”. defeating spiritual forces of evil over the Pr Daniel had the privilege of delivering the which represents the prayer of the saints
never run a 5 km marathon. Neither had I places that we ran past. We were only a DUMC was well-represented at this main message for the evening. He shared can stand between the living and the dead
ran on the streets of Kuala Lumpur at 7.00 On 22 May 2010, over 1,100 runners in small group of runners but we believe that historic event. Some went in chartered from Joel 2 and he made three points and stop the wrath. He explained that as
am nor prayed and ran in a group. groups of four, participated in the RunNat God started to work His way through our buses while others went in their own cars. namely, the Call to return, the Call to we pray, we will ll up the censer. The
across Malaysia. My group consisted of land step-by-step as over 1,100 chain Entry to the stadium was by coupon. Pat repent and the Call to restore. He said the mercy of God will then pour out over our
At rst, it all seemed like a daunting task. four runners, namely, Andrew, June, runners would have ran and prayed over Wong who was one of 1,000 DUMC Call to return was a serious, important and nation and we will see a revival. He urged
However, once I exercised my faith and Audrey and me. We were from di erent 1,000 km across Malaysia. members said, “I considered it a privilege merciful call for all God’s people to return everyone to continue praying, sow good
placed my trust in God, it was as if I was on churches and we did not know each other to be at GDOP as there were people from and in uence the destiny of Malaysia. works and love everyone with the love of
the auto pilot mode. God laid His steps prior to the run. We were assigned to pray other churches who wanted to go but did Jesus. He wrapped up the evening with a
ahead of me and things just fell into place. and run along the landmark routes cover- This experience has taught me that if we not have coupons.” He went on to explain that based on 2 prayer for all the pastors at the stadium.
God knew my needs. He had the organis- ing DBKL, Dataran Merdeka, Industrial were to unite our hearts and spirits in Chronicles 7:14, Christians hold the key to
ing chairman of RunNat, Victor Chua Courts, Bank Negara, Parliament and part prayer for our nation, God will start to From where many DUMC members were the healing of the land. We must repent The experience at GDOP was incredible.
whom I met during the signing-up, to of Bukit Aman police headquarters. transform our nation. We just need to seated, one could see our DEW crew busy and plea for God’s forgiveness so that There was unity in the body of Christ in
personally guide and train me for my begin by doing our small individual bits but at work at the stadium. They did an Malaysia can be restored. He then led Malaysia and many people desire to make
prayer run. On that morning, the road leading to with a common goal. In life, we all seek to excellent job in manning the sound system everyone through a prayer of repentance. a di erence for the Kingdom of God. The
Dataran Merdeka was cordoned o for nish the race well. For me who have only for such a massive event. Those who were able, were encouraged to messages of the pastors gave us the hope
Pledges of support for my nominated another celebration practice. As a result, accepted the Lord earlier this year, partici- kneel and pray. This was a de ning and the key to do our bit and make a
charity organisations also streamed in hundreds of people witnessed our prayers pating in RunNat was a good start to my By 6.30pm, the stadium was packed. The moment and many sensed a spiritual di erence in this land where God has
from my cell members, family and friends. in public and many people clapped in new race of life. I now seek to nish my atmosphere was awesome. I had never breakthrough for Malaysia. placed us.
During the RunNat o icial brie ng, God support when we ran. It was also wonder- race in partnership with our everlasting seen so many Christians gathered
gave me an opportunity to share and ful to have our families coming along to God. together. When runners from Run for the Many leaders from di erent churches and
encourage other runners. I realised that encourage and support us. Nation entered the stadium with their torch representing di erent ethnic groups also
on my own, I was nothing but once I relied and ags representing the di erent states had their turns on stage to lead, share and
on His strength, He made the impossible of Malaysia and marking the start of pray. Rev Ong Sek Leang from Metro
GOD’s work in steps and muttered the minimum when
one of them followed me on his bicycle.
and good support from spectators. It was a
splendid experience for me! Glory to God
gun was ready for harvest. I consider it a
great privilege to be used as God’s worker
Nanga Ngungun When I realised there was no place to run,
the Lord amazingly sent a group of
children to accompany me, at the time
who made a way where there seemed no
in His eld.
Let us pray that the Ibans in Nanga Ngun-
by Treonica Ayun Saliang, PJ North 5 when I most needed His protection! Treonica Ayun Saliang gun will rise up and become the shakers for
God is faithful. God is love. Like the God in Kanowit...in Sibu...in Sarawak! All
A little seven-year-old boy, Robin, came shepherd, He guides us to still waters and glory, honour and praise be unto our great
In March 2010, John Loh led a team gun, we were informed by the local pastor Debbie Ann Loh running, saying, “Saya dengar kakak jerit, makes us lie down on green pastures. and almighty God!
of four on a mission trip to Nanga that 38 people gave their lives to Jesus in “Let the children come to Me”, Jesus said. Tolong, tolong! Sebab itu, kami lari ke Indeed God reveals His greatness among
one of the longhouses we had visited. In the midst of their enthusiasm, excite- His people who trust Him. He gives rest to
Ngungun in Sarawak. Our team is mari.” (We came running because I heard
Hallellujah! ment and energy, the Lord showed me your shouts for help). A sense of peace those who put their hope in His name.
very grateful for all the support – how much these children desired love and ooded my heart as I heard those words. I
spiritually, nancially, mentally - from As apostle Paul said in 1 Corinthains 3:5-9, belonging. Just walking them half-way had not shouted for help. I then knew that it When I took a step of faith to go, God
the church, cell groups, friends and “What, after all, is Apollos? And what is home meant the world to them, as did a was the Holy Spirit who prompted them to miraculously settled all my worries about
families. We saw God’s miraculous Paul? Only servants, through whom you packet of biscuits. Giving each one a name come to my rescue. The Lord had sent His work and nance. He taught me many
power at work on the mission eld. came to believe – as the Lord has tag and involving them in seemingly trivial angels to deliver me from danger. Praise things on the mission eld. Day after day, I
assigned to each his task. I planted the things like sharpening colour pencils and God! learnt to depend on God's strength and
We had a great time and good
seed, Apollos watered it, but God made it blowing balloons made them feel so signi - power. He sustained me when I was weak
memories from the trip. grow. So neither he who plants nor he who cant. Wong Li Leong and healed me when I was sick.
waters is anything, but only God, who Having returned from Nanga Ngungun, I
John Loh makes things grow. The man who plants It was a joy when these children (who were have learnt to count my blessings for the God loves the Ibans in Nanga Ngungun.
The children’s squeals of excitement not churched yet) wanted to stay on in the
and the man who waters have one daily things in life like uninterrupted electric Throughout the ve nights of revival
during “Sukaneka” (a sports event) were house of God, long after Children’s Minis-
purpose, and each will be rewarded supply and internet connection. I also meetings in the longhouses, we saw God
indeed a moment to remember. The sheer try was over? The precious opportunities
according to his own labour. For we are learnt to appreciate simple home-cooked working in the hearts of the people. As we
joy of the children and the youths, the to chat with them over pencil sharpening
God’s fellow workers; you are God’s eld, food. sang “datai mrintah ba ati ku Tuhan”, the
smiles on the faces of the adults coupled were priceless moments. These taught me
God’s building.” spiritual atmosphere was shaken as the
with the great team mates on this trip that small acts of kindness opened up the In Nanga Ngungun, God answered our name of the Lord Jesus was lifted high
brought great satisfaction to my heart. hearts of people.
I thank the Lord for all the people who have prayer for a eld to have a futsal competi- causing hearts to be touched and lives
gone before us to Nanga Ngungun to plant tion. He provided a eld which belonged to rededicated to Jesus. On the nal night
Many responded to the Lord in the nightly I still marvel at how God intervened one
the initial seeds. We pray that Nanga the clinic. Turnout for the competition was meeting held in the church, over 100 young
evangelistic meetings held in four morning when I was there. I felt uneasy
Ngungun will be transformed into a good. All the participants were very keen. and old people came to worship God! I was
longhouses. The praise and worship of when I saw a group of drunken men
God-fearing and prosperous community Each team wanted to win and be the cham- overwhelmed by the unexpected high
Jesus lled the atmosphere wherever we loitering on the streets. I hastened my
for the glory of God. pion. Thank God for ne weather, fair play turnout. Indeed the eld in Nanga Ngun-
went. The day after we left Nanga Ngun-
People of Kg om province
Are friendly to strangers
For they will smile
And welcome us inside
But better still is our happiness
When we see their willingness
To welcome Jesus
In to their lives
We met the young ones
Curious and willing
To join in the fun
While others prefer
To watch and listen
From a distance
Lessons from our Cambodian trip
Now we were excited
With the many who responded
And so we were able
To draw them
To the wonderful love
By Moly Mathews, PJ North 1 God has for them
O ur team went on a mission trip to
Cambodia in March 2010. It was interest-
know their callings and remain faithful to
their callings. I asked myself, “Do I know
being bitten by a deadly cobra. She was
on re for God. I could sense her excite-
God showed me in a very di erent way -
how precious the little children are to Him
and why children evangelism is crucial!
And now I thank God
For these opportunities
To tell them Bible stories
ing that all of us came back with very God’s calling for me?” ment as she spoke. I was suddenly While we were there, we stayed in a place And to share our testimonies
di erent lessons from the same trip. Here humbled. Here I was thinking that my which only had electricity for four hours a I was excited to go and share this to the To preach and to teach
is our brief account of the highlights of our I was humbled in Cambodia sharing and testimony would encouraged day. The electricity was supplied by a teachers there. Although there were And to pray for their needs
trip. Mary Lim the congregation but after hearing this generator which was turned on from 6.00 moments when I was nervous as it was Like never before
sister’s testimony, I realised that I was so to 10.00 pm. We bathed with water drawn my rst time to teach and preach, I thank
My best mission trip thus far It was a hot Sunday afternoon and I was on small and what I experienced could not be from a well and which had a little muddy the Lord for guiding and giving me so
compared with the experiences of the
And so the Lord was with us
Isaac Cheng my way to repeat my morning sermon at feel. By getting a taste of how the villagers many ideas during the worship in the
the afternoon service of Ta Prok church. people in Ta Prok. This encounter has lived, I learnt how fortunate we are here in Cambodian churches or when I was lost
For He gave courage
I went with a view to encourage our However, while I was on the motorbike and taught me not to be proud; thinking that I Malaysia. Although we were stretched for words. It was a warm experience to feel And He gave understanding
Cambodian pastors and fellow believers rehearsing my sermon points, new words am the one who can bless others. In fact, beyond our usual comfort zone in Cambo- Him, so close by me – in partnership. And His grace
but I was greatly encouraged in return. Pr kept coming to my mind. I knew I had to the sharing from this sister in Ta Prok has dia, we brought back valuable lessons and was su cient for us
Mot’s church is small, dirty and quite change my sermon that afternoon. blessed me even more in return. I thank insights. While in Cambodia, I marvelled at the And as we walked in obedience
isolated. There are only women, no man God for this humbling experience in mission work that has been established in His blessings owed freely
and more children than adults. Notwith- I shared my testimonies on how God Cambodia. Encouraged to live more purposefully Baray for almost 15 years and which is still Amongst all who were present
standing these, Pr Mot patiently ministers healed my eyes before my trip to Cambo- Sabrina Ong going strong. We have thus far raised 10
to his lady members and lovingly attends dia. Then I spoke about the changes one Stretched beyond usual comfort zone pastors, planted 30 churches, established And so, thank you, pastors
to the little children and he has been doing would experience after encountering Andy Lim As a student without much money, I Khmer Life and touched and transformed
For making this possible
this for years. What a faithful man of God Christ. I was rather proud of myself and the consulted my father if I should go to many of the villagers’ lives. These gave
In Cambodia, I learnt some things which
And thank you intercessors
he is! I asked myself, “Can I do this?” fact I was able to change my sermon topic Cambodia. He was very encouraging and me an insight into the impact of mission
so quickly. After my sharing, a few people cannot be learnt in any other way. Notwith- he said, “Go Sabrina, this is God’s money, work and how it can change the landscape
For your faithful prayers
I was also encouraged by the women came forward for prayer. standing the hardship that people go not mine.” of a society. The trip has encouraged me And now ank You, Dear Lord
leaders I met. They are very committed through and the lack of hygiene due to to live my life more purposefully and have For blessing us and using us
and passionate about touching their After the service, a sister-in-Christ stayed poverty, the people praise and worship Before the trip, I learnt the importance of a bigger view of God as I continue to seek To bless others
communities. They face persecution and behind. She shared with me on how God God enthusiastically in their cramped little team unity and the need to be humble Him for direction for my future.
are often mocked by their fellow village healed her breast cancer eight years ago churches and unfazed by the heat. always. While studying the Children
folks yet they persevere for the Lord. They and how her husband was still alive after Leader’s teaching materials one night,
See a need,
by Mary Anne Tan, PJ South 1
J oshua was only 48 days old when he
was embroiled in a drama involving his
the arrival of the police. We also had to
make sure that Danni was not too near to
It was near midnight by the time we
brought Rumanan to PPUM. Little Joshua
Nepalese father, Danni and his Indonesian Joshua that the baby could be taken away. was admitted as an “unknown” in ICU. He
mother, Rumanan. Danni works as a The police arrived but on motorbikes. We had su ered a hemorrhage in his brain and
security guard at the condominium had to wait for another half hour for a both his arms were broken. He was put
opposite Jumble Station while Rumanan police car to take Joshua for medical through a series of tests. Meanwhile, his
works as a cleaner in the same place. treatment. father was kept in the Puchong lock-up
They met and married without much pending investigations into whether
fanfare and had little Joshua. However, to our surprise, we were told that Joshua’s injuries were caused by his
Joshua could not go in a police car. Frantic father’s deliberate throwing as some
The drama began when Danni took with worry over his increased swelling and Angsana residents had alleged or due to
Joshua for his usual morning walk and got his constant crying, we rushed Joshua to an accidental fall.
enticed into drinking by two of his Nepal- Subang Jaya Medical Centre in an
ese friends. Rumanan came to get her son ordinary car. The private hospital refused Five nights later, Joshua was well enough
on the ground oor of the ats they were to treat unless someone was willing to pay to be discharged from the hospital to the
living and also to inform Danni that lunch for it! Eventually it was decided that great relief of Rumanan. The next day,
was ready. However, Danni was not Joshua would be sent to the PPUM (former Joshua was smothered in kisses by his
himself. They had a terrible ght which Universiti Hospital) where he was immedi- very relieved, happy and sober father
became violent. A badly injured Rumanan ately admitted into the children’s Intensive Danni. Unfortunately for Danni, his fate will
ran o leaving Joshua with a drunken Care Unit (ICU). now be dependent on the outcome of a
Danni. court hearing. For Joshua, it was a narrow
Much later, Joshua’s mother came to and miraculous escape from death!
As Danni was in such a bad shape, he Jumble Station just as Universiti Hospital’s
tripped on a stone, causing Joshua to fall ambulance arrived. Rumanan was taken Although Jumble Station's policy is to
and hit his head. Although Joshua was to the hospital to await her son. However, assist only Malaysian single parents, when
screaming in pain as he had a severe swell after waiting for four hours, she returned to we saw a real critical need as in Joshua's
on his head, his drunken father refused to Jumble Station not knowing where Joshua case, how could we not assist this helpless
allow anyone to help him with Joshua. A had been placed. The police then insisted little innocent infant? Yes, it meant we had
huge crowd had gathered just outside of that she and our Jumble Station sta to bend our rules a little to help Rumanan
Jumble Station with many customers lodge a report on the incident at USJ 8 with some emergency cash, clothes,
begging us to do something! police station. It was a very long process diapers and transport to hospital and
and we ended up having to drive all the police station but at the end of it, it was
We managed to persuade Danni. We told way to Seri Kembangan where the Subang wonderful to see little Joshua safe and well
him that his little boy needed new clothes Inspector Police Director was located. We again.
and Jumble Station had lots of new infant had to have our statements taken in case
clothes. Danni then handed Joshua to us. Joshua took a turn for the worse.
Meanwhile, our sta tried to protect Danni
from the brutal beating by the crowd before
love our cell
by Kao Chee Ming’s cell, PJ South 1
T here are 230 cell groups in DUMC.
Each cell is a small community of people
also committed all our children to the Lord
and prayed that we will be able to bring
brought together by God and bonded by them up to know Jesus. My cell group encourages me to read the
His love. During a recent sermon, Pr Chris Bible. At cell, I also get to hear the journal-
Kam asked, “Who are in the boat with May Yap ing experiences of other cell members. I
you?” This is an important question am touched by the genuine sharing and
especially when one is heading towards a When I rst came to Kuala Lumpur in care in the cell and from the cell, I also
storm or in the midst of a storm. 2009, my brother and I decided to worship realised that real man can be godly.
in DUMC. However, we did not join any
For many in DUMC who belong to a cell cell group until January 2010. Being in a Kelly Goh
group, their cell members are the ones cell group has allowed me to serve in small
who are in the boat with them. When one but meaningful ways like in song leading, I truly appreciate the support of my cell
member is down, the other members who interceding for others and sharing my group even though I am not regular in my
are well will help out. As cell members go experiences. It is in the cell that I learnt to attendance because of my travels. My
through the many ups and downs of life pray for healing for others and see the leader, Kao always makes the e ort to
together, trust, loyalty and understanding power of prayer. Now that I have a close keep us informed of what is happening in
for one another are built up and the cell “family” of Christians, I am very at home in our cell group. Love of Christ and words of
group becomes an extended family. DUMC. encouragement are hallmarks of our cell
In this issue, we have the cell members of Ray Yap
Kao Chee Ming to share what they like and Kao Chee Ming, cell leader
appreciate about their cell group. The cell group is the place where I can
comfortably hang out and my cell I am encouraged to see the hunger and
Edgar & Jamy members are the people whom I can share desire of our cell members in seeking
my life with. The cell group is also the God’s Word. I wish I had started serving
We appreciate the prayer support of our place that has allowed me to minister and God earlier. I will devote whatever active
cell members, especially in times of be ministered by fellow cell members. At years I have left to impact more people for
sickness. We have experienced miracu- cell, I am able to use my talents to serve God.
lous healing arising from prayers. In April, God.
when we dedicated our baby during the
cell meeting, it was a very meaningful
event witnessed by our cell members. We
by Pastor Chris Kam
It was a great joy on recent Father’s Day to Our ultimate goal in parenting is not Son, whom I love; with you I am well
hear my 20-year old son, Ian shared from whether our children behave themselves pleased." (Mark 1:11)
the stage about the fruits of our relationship when we are looking. Our goal is to have
and that I am his hero, friend and teacher. them knowing how to live rightly and make In the formative pre-adolescent years, the
Many people have also complimented wise decisions when we are not looking. It mother’s input is vital. The father’s most
about his sharing. The funny thing about is inculcating a godly fear of God in their important in uence is at adolescence.
being a father is this: We will never be lives so that they will have godly wisdom to Before the industrial revolution of the 18th
envious when our children do better than make good decisions. (Psalm 111:10 The century, fathers passed on their trade skills
us. In fact, we rejoice when that happens as fear of the LORD is the beginning of to their sons, and thus led the adolescent
we see the multiplying e ect of our lives wisdom; all who follow his precepts have son into manhood through apprenticeship.
through our children. good understanding.) Adolescent daughters also need their
fathers’ a irmation that they are beautiful
I still remember that awesome yet fearful We often prepare our children well with and loved. Her choice of future partner and
moment of seeing Ian coming into this “mind-training” thinking that the higher the satisfaction in marriage are hinged on her
world. I was entrusted with someone whom IQ, the better they will be. The endless relationship she has with her father.
I had no idea of how or what he will turn out pursuit of academic trainings misses the
to be in this challenging world. While we point about the heart and spiritual develop- Using the metaphor of an arrow in the
may be con dent about taking on a new ments. These are priceless preparation that hands of a warrior, the Psalmist described
assignment at our workplace because we comes only through much personal in Psalm 127 that children are blessings to
are adequately trained over time, fathering contact, coaching and attention from us keep our legacy going for the family, city
is something else. I had wished I was more fathers. Often we put high price tags on and nation. They are arrows to be released
prepared. low-priced items and the consequences of and let us pray they will hit their marks
that mistake will reveal itself in the later accurately. The family preserves the best of
The toughest thing about being a father is years. the past and invests this legacy for the
that we will not know how we fare in our role future. Every baby born is God's a irmative
until years later when our children are on Many adults I counselled reveal the pains vote for the future of man and our opportu-
their own. Often, in their growing years, we of bad decisions. If only they had certain nity to initiate some new beginnings.
are more concerned about their behaviour basic biblical principles to work with or
and our interventions tend to be reactive. someone they could seek counsel from We have just launched our Fathers Club!
We focus on what is urgent rather than before they made those decisions. Fathers, (dumcfathersclub.blogspot.com). Father-
what is important. Urgent matters require we play a crucial role in the lives of our hood is a journey we need not walk alone.
our immediate attention and important children. Fathers build con dence, prepare We have many who have boldly gone
matters are often relegated to another time, children for the real world and provide a before us.
which is often unavailable anyway, or look at the world of men. Our children are
forgotten. For many, pro-active parenting is longing to hear from us what our Heavenly
not the norm. Father said to His Son Jesus, "You are my