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IMG_6226 Foo with Starfish
A man was walking along a beach in Mexico. And he saw that what had happened is the tide had gone out and there were tens of thousands of starfish left stranded on the beach, dying for lack of oxygen, in the heat of the sun. And there was a young boy who was picking up the starfish one at a time, going down to the sea and just throwing them in, and going back to get another one, pick it up and going back and throwing it into the sea.

And this man went up to him and he said, `Look, can’t you see—there are tens of thousands of starfish out here! I don’t really think that what you’re doing is going to make any difference.’ And the young boy picked up another one, and he went down to the water’s edge and he threw it in the sea, and he said, `I bet it made a difference for that one!’

IMG_5889 Praise and Worship

Back to back from the successful launching of the Reading Bus outreach in Tudan, Grace Methodist Church (GMC) has stepped up another level and organized training for leaders and helpers to facilitate on the Alpha course.

It is also the church’s desire to animate its congregation to impact the marketplace.

Held at its own premises, the 1½ days intensive training ended on October 9, 2010.

Forty-nine church members enrolled in the training conducted by a lay team of four members from Alpha Malaysia.

IMG_6177 The trainers

The four trainers were Alpha Malaysia’s National Director Mr. Foo Lai Wei, Mr. Yip Siew Kee, Mr. Lee Kee Huat and his wife Gay.

Last April a group of GMC leaders attended the 2010 Alpha Conference in Kuching. They discovered that Alpha members’ convictions about their faith are strong and their preparatory training on evangelism is simple, duplicable and effective.

According to the Alpha Malaysia website, over 15 million people worldwide have now attended an Alpha course. In Malaysia, thousands of people have attended courses in hundreds of locations across the country.

Alpha runs in hundreds of churches throughout the country as well as in homes, schools, national service camps, workplaces, homes for the elderly and prisons. It takes place over ten weekly sessions, and also includes a weekend away. Each week begins with a meal, tea or coffee with the other guests and the hosts of the course.

People attend for a variety of reasons. Some want to investigate the concept of God from a Christian perspective; others want to know if there is a point to life; others may have attended church their whole life, but have never really understood Christianity.

Breakout exercise after lunch

GMC’s Prayer leader Sally Tan who attended the course said she was encouraged by the tools used to reach out to the pre-Christians. She also added that the course was also a journey to discover Jesus in a non-intimidating environment.

Another elated participant and LCEC member Wendy Tiong said, “It’s an excellent training, especially the acronym for A.L.P.H.A – it’s for everyone.” (A – Anyone can come, L – Learning and laughter, P – Pasta, popiah, prata, pizza, H – Helping one another, A – Ask anything).

“The Alpha weekend was simply too great! The seeker-sensitive approach is considerate. This course will help our church as it transforms people and fills them with the power of the Holy Spirit,” said Rev. Law Hui Seng, the Pastor-in-charge of Grace Methodist Church. “We’re excited to have 191 Starfish (people) to pray for now and we are looking forward to inviting them to the Alpha course. I pray we will continue to make disciples of all nations.”

Sticking the symbolic starfish

In the Alpha training course context, saving the symbolic Starfish stranded on the perilous beach is used to illustrate how one can make a difference to a pre-believer by sharing the Good News with him or her.

Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” – Matthew 28:18-20

For more information on the Alpha course, please email info@my.alpha.org

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Group pic of the graduates with Rev. Law Hui Seng

There were smiles and congratulatory handshakes at Grace Methodist Church (GMC) as the students received their sign language certificates yesterday morning.

Also known as MySL, the basic course started in last April. It is one of the outreach programmes under the auspice of the Membership and Evangelism ministry in GMC.

The course is intended to equip more people in the marketplace with the sign language skill for effective communication with the hearing impaired.

Twenty-one people graduated. Most of them are working adults from other church denominations.

Assisting the principal instructor Victor Hii were his wife Kristy, church volunteer Lucy Kong and 4th Miri Boys’ Brigade Captain Roseline Lee who are all proficient in the basic sign language.

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Rev. Law Hui Seng presenting a certificate to a student

In his congratulatory message Rev. Law Hui Seng praised the students for their purpose and perseverance.

“The sign language itself is a language. Like all languages, if unused it will be forgotten. Seize the opportunity to communicate with the hearing impaired. It can also be a wonderful ministry in your respective church to share the good news with the hearing-impaired community,” encouraged the Pastor-in-charge of GMC.

IMG_3682 Joseph Ang, the top student doing his sharing by speaking and sign language
Joseph Ang delivered his speech in English and by signing

One of the promising students is Joseph Ang.

Even the axiom “shoes come in pairs” holds true as his reason to join the class was initially just to accompany his girlfriend Genevieve, a school teacher.

Contrary to his expectations, Joseph was hooked from lesson one.

“I want to thank GMC for offering this useful course to the public. Without the opportunity I wouldn’t have discovered the fascinating world of sign language. My new found focus is now on the next elementary level. In the long term I aspire to be an instructor. I hope to create more awareness about our hearing-impaired community. Though a minority group, they too need our love and due consideration,” shared the 29-year old administration executive working in an oil and gas contractor company.

IMG_3748 Instructor Victor Hii
Julia, wife of Rev. Law Hui Seng received a badge for not missing a single lesson!

Registration is now open at GMC office for the upcoming elementary class (Aug 21, 2010) and the basic course (Aug 22, 2010).

For more information, please email Victor Hii at victorh@tm.net.my

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Yesterday my wife was guiding the Boys’ Brigade class at SJK (C) Chung Hua Pujut on how to make an Easter egg. Everyone had such great fun!

More photos at

http://4thboysbrigadecompany.wordpress.com/

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Some random shots I took last Saturday when I dropped by to visit my wife during the closing ceremony of the Kursus Asas Asuhan Kanak- Kanak Ke-21 (KAAK 21) in Miri.

The course for teachers working in childcare centres was held from Oct 19 to Nov 7. Organized by the Persatuan Pengasuh Kanank-Kanak Berdaftar Sarawak, the course is essential for teachers and childcare operators alike as it is endorsed by the governing authority, Kebajikan Masyarakat Malaysia.

My wife has had a hectic time as Coordinator as well as Facilitator during the past three weeks. Consequence? I think she has lost some weight, :p.

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