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One for the album! Photo credit: Helper Mr Edmund Wee of 4th Bintulu using drone.

by Lt. James TC Wong, 4th Miri

MIRI – “Still work in progress,” announced Capt. Loh Pau Joo, President of The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia in his opening address during the 54th Brigade Council Meeting.

The Brigade President was referring to the revamping of the Exco’s structure and functions. New programs and activities centered on the various sections and age groups needed to stay relevant to the changing times. “But if we work together, I’m sure we will be able to come up with an ideal system for the benefit of our young people,” he added.

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Brigade President Capt. Loh Pau Joo making his speech. Photo credit: WO Lim Thiam Hee, 1st Ampang Jaya.

The Brigade President also mentioned the revival of the National Bible Quiz after a seven-year abeyance. He extended his thanks to Officers for their action because they had encouraged Members to participate. “I’d like to record a special thanks to Scripture Union Malaysia and Pristine World for partnering with us in making the revival of this quiz possible.”

Other important items articulated by the Brigade President included the Constitutional Review, and a revamp in the Seniors’ Section syllabus and programs that would help Officers in better carrying out awards syllabus in schools.

In winding-up his speech, Capt. Loh said, “Moving into my final year as Brigade President, I ask that you join me in prayer that the Lord our God will send the right volunteers and groom the next generation of leadership.”

He reiterated that he was encouraged and pleased with the current younger and proactive Exco this term. “With more young people coming onboard, I’m confident that BB Malaysia is in good hands. Indeed our hope has always been in our Heavenly Father, who has given us this hope like an anchor, that is ever Sure and Stedfast. For those of us already in the Brigade, it is our calling and responsibility to carry out the BB Object, which in many ways is a reflection of the Great Commission but with an additional educational aspect to it. It is our role to serve our young people, and indeed, serving God with our very best,” he concluded.

Over 170 delegates from the various State Councils throughout the country attended the AGM in Miri from April 20-21.

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Lt. Raymond Tie (4th Miri) inviting Datuk Bandar Miri Adam Yii to receive the General Salute from Guard-of-Honor. Photo credit: WO Lim Thiam Hee, 1st Ampang Jaya.

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Brigade President Capt. Loh Pau Joo escorting Miri Datuk Bandar Adam Yii during the Guard-of-Honor. Photo credit: WO Lim Thiam Hee, 1st Ampang Jaya.

The Guest-of-Honor gracing the event was Miri’s Yang Berbahagia Datuk Bandar, Adam Yii Siew Sang.

Other invited guests included Mr Tham Leong, Malaysia’s Honorary Brigade President, and representatives from the Sarawak Convention Bureau – Senior Business Development Manager, Mr Donny Tan and Bid Designer Mr Aaron Siaw.

For the Opening Ceremony, Datuk Bandar Adam with his entourage, arrived at Mega Hotel around 9:45 am on April 21.

He was warmly welcomed by the BB Sarawak State Commissioner Hon. Capt Hii King Ong, followed by Brigade President Capt. Loh introducing the respective National Exco members to the Datuk Bandar.

The highlight of the Opening Ceremony was the General Salute from Guard-of-Honor, which was solemnly received by the Datuk Bandar.

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Welcoming Datuk Bandar Adam Yii with a pua kumbu (Sarawak Iban shawl) and a colorful-beaded necklace. Photo credit: WO Lim Thiam Hee, 1st Ampang Jaya.

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Students from SMK Bakong performing a magnificent traditional welcome for all. Photo credit: WO Lim Thiam Hee, 1st Ampang Jaya.

Much to delight of the guests and delegates, a pua kumbu (Sarawak Iban traditional shawl) and a colorful-beaded native necklace were presented to Datuk Bandar Adam as he entered into the hotel foyer for the Indigenous Welcoming dance performed by SMK Bakong (1st Beluru).

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Delegates welcoming the Datuk Bandar. Photo credit: WO Lim Thiam Hee, 1st Ampang Jaya.

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Datuk Bandar Adam Yii making a speech. Photo credit: WO Lim Thiam Hee, 1st Ampang Jaya.

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Brigade President Capt. Loh Pau Joo presenting an appreciation plaque to Datuk Bandar Adam Yii. Photo credit: WO Lim Thiam Hee, 1st Ampang Jaya.

In his welcoming speech, Datuk Bandar Adam thanked Brigade Malaysia for inviting him to officiate the event. The good Mayor also welcomed all the delegates and congratulated the Miri team for doing an excellent job in coordinating the organizing of the event. “Well done, Sarawak Boys’ Brigade – YOU BOLEH!” commended Datuk Bandar Adam.

Datuk Bandar Adam also challenged the Boys’ Brigade to reach out to more rural schools. “Learning in classrooms has its merits and limitations. To equip our young people to become committed and responsible citizens, it is imperative to bring them to learn outside the classroom too. This is where The Boys’ Brigade comes in. May I suggest that you introduce your BB program to more rural schools because I believe the rural students will benefit tremendously through activities that inculcate discipline and leadership skills,” added Datuk Bandar Adam.

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Brigade National Chaplain Rev. Chieng Yu Hoo presenting an appreciation plaque to Mr Donny Tan, Senior Business Development Manager of the Sarawak Convention Bureau.

In his exhortation “We are the Saints in Christ”, Brigade National Chaplain Rev. Chieng Yu Hoo used Ephesians 1:1-4 as guiding verses.

The key points were:

  • We have been called by God to be His new creation, new community, new kingdom, and new household family.
  • Only Jesus alone is our Salvation and our Lord; no other Gods or persons can we rely on and stand for.
  • Because of our different and unique identities, we have to carefully to live our life.
  • Our life on earth is temporary because our destination is eternal life in heaven.
  • We are vulnerable to undesirable influences and material things in our environment but we need to stand firm on the Truth and Salvation.

In concluding his message, Rev Chieng asked all present to reflect on two things:

  • Fix our personal values and identities in Christ, not on worldly perceptions.
  • Persevere to serve in the BB ministry though it is challenging.

“May God continue to bless BB ministry through us, the Saints of Christ, in Christ and for Christ,” said Rev Chieng as he ended his exhortation.

Special Awards
President’s Badge – Sgt Ng Kie Cheng, 5th Miri
President’s Badge – S/Sgt Chew Zheng Kiat, 4th Kuching
Founder’s Badge – L/Cpl Than Ye Hao, 7th Kuching
Bronze Service – Lt Yeoh Kee Sing, 16th Penang

Lauding the event in Miri, visiting delegates had these comments to say:

“First of all I would like to congratulate Bro James and team for hosting a wonderful BCM in Miri. Appreciate the personal pick-up from the airport upon my arrival. It’s these small gestures of personal touch to see to the needs of the guests which makes your service 1st Class. I enjoyed my first trip to Miri very much and the fellowship and catching up with old friends in the BCM. All our needs were very well taken care of by the host. Well done and thank you!” – Capt. Jason Chong, 1st Johor Bahru

“A great BCM 2018 meeting, well organised with great support from B.B. companies in Malaysia. Really glad to Sarawak Northern region team willing to take up the challenges and working together for this annual event. It is a real great experience to me ! All Glory to Our Lord! Thank you!” – BB Sarawak State Commissioner Hon. Capt. Hii King Ong

“Everything was excellent; the food and accomodation were ‘mou tak teng’ … which is a bit out of BCM norm, haha!” – Capt. SP Lin, 1st Kota Kemuning

“It was great! Love the hospitality, food and people!” – Capt. Tan Giok Hui, Selangor State Commissioner

BCM 2018 Miri-based Organizing Chairman Hon. Capt. Lawrence Wong praised the efficiency and unity of the Miri team. “I also wish to express my heartfelt thanks 1st Bintulu for sending us two trumpeters and two drummers when we needed them for the Guard-of-Honor. All glory to God!”

The Brigade Council Malaysia Committee wishes to acknowledge and thank the Sarawak Convention Bureau for their generous sponsorship of door gifts and banners to the event.

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Flor Nera Woodford reminisces the sweet Methodist International Fellowship Night in Kapit way back in Dec 1964. At her left hand is the Bentara Bintang Sarawak (BBS) Award to her late husband.          

A tribute to Lt. Edward Woodford of 4th Miri Company, The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia

By Lt. James TC Wong, 4th Miri Coy

My wife Roseline first received news of Eddy’s passing via her Whatsapp a day after our return from Sibu whereby over the weekend, we had attended the Boys’ Brigade Sarawak State Council’s AGM and 1st Sibu Company’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

Though we knew Eddy’s health and gait had deteriorated over the past few years, and conditions worsened a couple of months ago, still the news of our former BB Officer’s demise ached our hearts.

Roseline received a call on the afternoon of March 19 from Amy Lau of GMC, asking if she would be attending Eddy’s funeral wake. Amy had also hoped that my wife could share a few words during the wake as Captain of 4th Miri which Eddy had served previously for more than 10 years. Sensing my wife’s sad apprehension, I quickly volunteered to do it on her behalf.

The wake was held at a commercial funeral home at Riam at 5:00pm on Mar 20, a day after Eddy’s passing. Most of the people present were from GMC. Pastor Linberg Wong, from Agape Grace Methodist Preaching Centre, led in prayer. He also spoke fondly of Eddy, and so did Alex Tiang and Keith Chin who reminisced the good times they shared in mission trips and church activities.

Below is the full text of my eulogy delivered during the wake service:

Mrs Flor Nera Woodford and family,

On behalf of 4th Miri Captain Roseline, Honorary Captain Mr Frederick Wong, Chaplain Mr Tan Kok Chui, and fellow Officers – I offer you our deepest condolences.

Rev. Law Hui Seng, the previous Pastor-in-charge of GMC, has also asked me to convey his deepest condolences.

The writer of the Book of Ecclesiastes writes:

To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

For us today, we have lost a wonderful, church brother. For the bereaved family, Flor has lost a loving husband, and the family; a caring dad, granddad.

It would be time to break down, a time to moan, a time to weep, a time to heal; and a time to build up in due course.

The loss of someone dear can be sometimes surreal and traumatic.

I, for one could not accept it when my dad suddenly passed away in 1986.

And at that time my wife and I just started working in Brunei and our first born son Aaron never had the chance to meet his granddad.

It took me years to get over my grief because I loved my dad so much.

We, at 4th Miri Company also love Eddy and Flor.

Eddy together with Flor, were part of the founding Officers in 2002 when 4th Miri was formed. Pastor Law Hui Seng was a strong supporter of the Boys’ Brigade Ministry. Led by Honorary Captain Mr Frederick Wong, the team of dedicated Officers and Helpers began the ministry by recruiting Juniors from Sri Mawar Primary School because the church simply didn’t have the numbers.

Now into our 17th year, 4th Miri Company, our church-based ministry has expanded to two schools with membership adding the Sarawak’s BB membership to 4,000 members in 40 Companies.

Like all church ministries, we face challenges from time to time. But we are encouraged by Eddy’s “I can do it” attitude. Eddy and Flor never stopped serving in 4th Miri if they could. They only stopped during the past few years when they faced frailty and health issues.

Many of you know Eddy as the cheerful and happy-go-lucky man. But I can say many of you don’t know that Eddy was instrumental in setting up a BM ministry that eventually led to the formation of Tudan Methodist Church.

In 2005, Eddy proposed to Rev Law Hui Seng to start a BM ministry in the areas of Pujut 7 and Tudan. The first family contacted were the Gemongs. Together with 20 others, Mr Gemong and his family were the first group to be baptized. During Tudan outreach, Eddy and Flor together with several GMC members like Mr and Mrs William Ketit, Mr and Mrs Mak Mek, Margaret Lee and Audrey Lui persevered relentlessly in the BM ministry.

Eddy was also passionate on short-term missions to Ulu Belaga, Kapit, Balingian and Rh. Tatom in Selangau. His talent in languages and dialects made his a ‘people’s person’ – easy to relate to and get along with.

Eddy is my role model. Eddie never missed any prayer meeting for no good reason. At that time, prayer meeting was on Tuesday night. I would see him and Flor seated at the aisle left seats.

It was hardly surprising to see him present or participate at church events because he made the effort to be available.

I want to thank God for sending Eddy to me and my family, to 4th Miri Company.

Till we meet again, Eddy, Rest In Peace, my dear brother.

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Wedding of Eddy and Flor on Dec 18, 1965 at Kapit Methodist Church. Photo credit: Flor Nera Woodford.

Born Edward Kenneth Thomson Woodford in 1937 in Kuching to an Australian father and an Iban mother, Eddy grew up and studied in Sri Aman and Kuching. He worked as an Overseer in the District Council from 1961-1967 in Kapit.

In early 1960s, many Americans believed they were standing at the dawn of a golden age. Kapit soon became a thriving evangelism hub for American-sponsored Methodist missionaries as they built school and hostel to cater for the local indigenous children’s education.

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Eddy and Flor in Kapit. Photo credit: Flor Nera Woodford.

It was in Kapit that Eddy met and fell in love with his future wife. The beautiful, petite Methodist missionary Florentina Nera hailed from San Roque, San Manuel, Pangasinan, The Philippines. Initially Florentina was reluctant to commit to a relationship as she was on a working contract. Eventually true love prevailed and the couple tied the knot on Dec 18, 1965 at Kapit Methodist Church with the wedding service conducted by Reverends Burr Baughman, Joseph Andrew Fowler and Terence Joseph.

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Eddy and Flor taking a stroll by the river in Kapit. Photo credit: Flor Nera Woodford.

Over the years, Eddy also worked in commercial companies in Sarikei, Bandar Seri Begawan and Seria before joining Sarawak Shell Berhad. He retired in 1992. Besides actively serving in church ministries, Eddy was also passionate in community services and deserving of the ‘Bentara Bintang Sarawak’ (BBS Award) in 2000 by the then TYT Sarawak Abang Muhammad Salahuddin Abang Barieng.

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Lt Eddy (4th from left) attending the BCM 2005 in Miri. Photo credit: Flor Nera Woodford.

Daughter Sharon remembered her dad with much love and gratitude. “Dad was strict and straightforward. He seldom raised his voice or got angry. He was responsible and looked out for his family whenever he could. Dad was thrifty but not with time. He would make time for his family and other people who needed his help. He didn’t express his love but I know he loved us a lot.”

The Boys’ Brigade Sarawak State Council Executive Secretary Lt Hu Wei Ung commended the dedication of Eddy and his wife. “Despite their advanced years, Eddy and Flor were always enthusiastic about BB and the advancement of Christ’s Kingdom. We were very privileged that they were our team in Sarawak,” he added.

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Eddy during his church mission trip to Ulu Kapit. Photo credit: Flor Nera Woodford.

This Easter, as I conclude this tribute, and when no words are enough to express our gratitude to Lt Edward Woodford – let us take a moment to ponder and appreciate the ‘Eddys’ in our lives; the  Officers (past and present) who dedicated themselves unconditionally to The Boys’ Brigade. Sure and Stedfast, all glory to God!

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Cutting of the 15th Anniversary Cake. Photo credit – Aaron Wong.

by Lt. James TC Wong, 4th Miri Coy

June 18, Miri – A wonderful BB Enrollment Sunday as we celebrated our 15th Anniversary. Yes, God has sustained us!

The narrative of this journey first began in the year 2002 when then the pastor-in-charge of Grace Methodist Church Rev. Law Hui Seng, and a small team of like-minded church volunteers shared the same vision to start the Boys’ Brigade (BB).

“I can still remember it was a great struggle for us. We went to Sri Mawar Primary School to recruit. We had just a handful of boys joining us initially,” commented Rev. Law. “We held our weekly parade at the school and subsequently we moved the parade to the church.”

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19

Success is seldom the work of one but a team. Our salute and appreciation go to the pioneering officers; our first Captain Frederick Wong (now Honorary Captain), Eddie Woodford and his wife, Flor Nera, Tan Teck Choon, Vincent Kueh, Tiong Tung Yew, Margaret Lee, Anthony Ho and Moses Goh.

4th Miri group photo taken in 2003. Photo credit – 4th Miri Hon. Capt. Frederick Wong.

Our appreciation also goes to our other past two Captains; Clement Chin and Andy Chew who were dedicated to the BB ministry. Past and present, we also extend our thanks to our fellow officers and helpers who braved to undertake such a challenging ministry.

A big ‘Thank You’ to Rev. Law Hui Seng for his ‘never-give-up’ attitude to introduce BB to SJK (C) Chung Hua Pujut. Despite getting rejected by the school in 2008, Rev. Law never gave up hope. The good shepherd, as I remember, encouraged the congregation to pray earnestly during the weekly prayer night for acceptance. The breakthrough came two years later. The increase to the Boys’ membership greatly motivated and encouraged us!

Following Rev. Law, the next pastor-in-charge in GMC was Rev. Lisa Ting. Rev. Lisa during her four-year tenure, encouraged the BB ministry enthusiastically and never once missed our Enrollment Sunday!

Capt. Roseline Lee delivering her report during the 2017 Enrollment Sunday.

By God’s grace, my wife Roseline became the fourth Captain in the year 2010. Since 2015, she has been appointed as the State Secretary in the Executive Committee of The Boys’ Brigade Sarawak State Council. Presently Sarawak has 40 Companies with more than 4,000 Members.

In 2015, after many prayers and with God’s grace, Capt. Roseline was able to introduce BB to SMK Dato Permaisuri. We were overjoyed because it meant that our ministry covers three clusters; one church-based and two schools.

We will continue to glorify God as we march on in BB!

4th Miri Company group photo. Photo credit – Aaron Wong.

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Group pic of BCM2018 Sarawak Committee members present last night.

by Lt. James TC Wong, 4th Miri

MAY 15, MIRI – During last month’s Brigade Council Meeting in Muar, it was announced that Miri was unanimously chosen as next year’s AGM venue.

It is a great honor for Sarawak Boys’ Brigade State Council to host such an important event in the calendar of The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia.

About 200 Officers, Delegates and Observers throughout the country are expected to attend.

Prior to this announcement at the ongoing meeting in Muar, BB Sarawak State Commissioner Hon. Capt. Hii King Ong briefly introduced about Miri. Following that, a powerpoint presentation given by 4th Miri Capt. Roseline Lee received a warm response and applause from the participants.

The BCM2018 Sarawak Committee was formalized last night after receiving the prayer blessing from Rev. George Wong Hin Hung, former Chaplain of the Sarawak State Boys’ Brigade. The good shepherd also gave a short exhortation to the committee members present. He urged them to be extra diligent and hardworking in the BB ministry. “You all have the means to reach out to the indigenous groups of students in the rural areas. You have a duty and you have the capability to do so,” urged Rev George.

BB Deputy Sarawak State Commissioner and Northern Region President Hon. Capt. Lawrence Wong was elected as the Organizing Chairman with BB Sarawak State Commissioner Hon. Capt. Hii King Ong and Honorary BB Sarawak State Commissioner Hon. Capt. Lo Hoi Fook as Advisors.

Other members include Capt. Patrick Tiong (2nd Miri), Capt. Kenneth Law (3rd Miri), Capt. Roseline Lee (4th Miri), Hon. Capt. Ling Yew Kwong (5th Miri), Capt. David Wong (6th Miri), Capt. Tiong Hee Kwong (7th Miri), Capt. Mutang (1st Beluru), Capt. Edmund Wong (7th Kuching), Lt. Hu Wei Ung (ES, SSC), Lt. James TC Wong and Helper Aaron Wong (both of 4th Miri).

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Top L Clockwise: New BB Sarawak State Commissioner Hon. Capt. Hii King Ong, Installation of 2017-2018 Exco, Hon. State Commissioner Hon. Capt. Joseph Tin presenting an award to Lt. Wong Pang Kui of 2nd Bintulu, retiring State Chaplain Rev. George Wong receives a farewell gift from outgoing State Commissioner Hon. Capt. Lo Hoi Fook.

“God chooses volunteers and gives us amazing jobs to do. I believe He will help me for He is my constant companion.” – New BB Sarawak State Commissioner Hon. Capt. Hii King Ong

by James Tc Wong, 4th Miri

BINTULU – Seventy-two officers and delegates from 33 Coys in Sarawak attended the 2017 Sarawak State Council AGM of The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia at Eng Kwang Methodist Church from Feb 24-25.

On Feb 25, retiring BB Sarawak State Chaplain Rev. George Wong Hin Hung commenced the AGM with an opening prayer. Following that, Rev. George gave his exhortation guided by Philippians 3:13-14 (NIV): “Brothers and sisters, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.”

The good shepherd mentioned that while the members worked hard to earn their awards, officers and helpers hardly gained any recognition. Rev. George encouraged the latter not to lose heart because of the promise of rewards awaiting in Jesus Christ. He also thanked the EXCO members and fellow officers for their love and congenial support during his eight-year tenure as State Chaplain. He added that he would be taking a sabbatical and wished the BB Ministry the best in their endeavors.

With much appreciation, outgoing Commissioner Hon. Capt. Lo Hoi Fook presented a BB logo clock to Rev. George.

In his opening message, Hon. Capt. Lo welcomed all the officers and delegates. He extended his heartfelt thanks to the host church for the use of its excellent venue and facilities.

Hon. Capt. Lo began his address by indicating his intention to step down, adding that he had already planned the move a few years ago for a change in leadership.

He continued by professing that it was neither a hard or easy decision for him to make knowing that God is in control and God will raise a more capable person to lead the BB to HIS glory.

Hon. Capt. Lo also affirmed that becoming volunteers in the BB ministry is one’s own choice. In doing so, the volunteer has to commit his or her talents, time and money. As such, there are no material or earthly gains for the volunteer except experiencing peace and joy in serving Christ Jesus.

He attested that not only in Malaysia that Sarawak is a model state for the BB ministry but also internationally. “Sarawak is operating our own depot well, blessed with a committed FTO for 12+ years, and our own HQ building. We have achieved much not because of our strength but because Sarawak BB is very united,” he explained. “We also need to support BB Malaysia, especially at a time when they are facing various challenges. We should put God first, BBM second, and BB Sarawak third. Likewise, EXCO should put benefits to local Coys first, Sarawak second and lastly, EXCO.”

He asked all present to be wise to know what is best for BBM; to stay humble and submissive to the leading of His Spirit.

In conclusion, the outgoing Commissioner reminded all the delegates of their leadership responsibilities by putting ministry above self-interests.

Reports were also received from the Presidents of the three respective regions; Southern, Central and Northern.

Other important reports included:

State Secretary’s Report – by Capt. Roseline Lee, 4th Miri
State Treasurer’s Report – by Lt. Linda Ting, 1st Sibu
State Training Chairman’s Report – by Lt. Aaron Tieng, 1st Sibu
State Extension Works Chairman’s Report – by Hon. Capt. Hii King Ong, 7th Kuching
State Competition Chairman’s Report – Capt. Wong Chek Ing, 2nd Bintulu

The date and venue of the 2018 AGM were proposed and accepted to be in Sibu, March 16-18.

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Group photo of the delegates taken after the AGM.

State Executive Council 2015/2016 was dissolved smoothly, followed by the election of the new State Commissioner. Nominations Chairman Rev. George Wong announced that Hon. Capt. Hii King Ong was the only candidate to receive more than three nominations to qualify for the post. Hence, Hon. Capt. Hii was unanimously elected as the new State Commissioner for 2017/2018.

Appointment of State Executive Council 2017/2018

Commissioner – Hon. Capt. Hii King Ong
Honorary Commissioner – Hon. Capt. Joseph Tin Kiew Seng, Hon. Capt. Lo Hoi Fook
Deputy Commissioner – Capt. Edmund Wong, 7th Kuching (Southern Region), Hon. Capt. Guang Chin Tung, 10th Sibu (Central Region), Hon. Capt. Lawrence Wong, 1st Limbang (Northern Region)
Secretary – Capt. Roseline Lee, 4th Miri
Treasurer – Lt. Linda Ting, 1st Sibu
Training Chairman – Lt. Aaron Tieng, 1st Sibu
State Extension Chairman – Hon. Capt. Lawrence Wong, 1st Limbang
State Chaplain – TBA

Message by new State Commissioner

In his acceptance speech as the newly-elected State Commissioner, Hon. Capt. Hii thanked God for the opportunity to serve in BB ministry. He also thanked the retiring State Chaplain who had served eight years and the former State Commissioner (serving 16 years) for their great effort in leading the BB ministry in Sarawak.

Hon. Capt. Hii conceded that he had struggled for the past year to seek God’s will whether he was ready for the top post after the former State Commissioner dropped him a hint.

“I decided to fast once a week to seek His will. Perhaps God will speak to me with encouraging words through close friends or during Bible-reading in my quiet time. Amazingly, God told me to have a willing heart to serve Him!” he declared.”God chooses volunteers and gives us amazing jobs to do. I believe He will help me for He is my constant companion.”

The new State Commissioner recalled in one of the sermons preached by his Pastor on how God prepared Elisha to become a leader (2 Kings 2:1-14). Knowing the heavy responsibilities that lay ahead, Hon. Capt. Hii prayed to God to equip him just as what Elisha asked Elijah for a double portion of the latter’s spirit (2 Kings 2:9).

“Lastly, l pray every officer will give me his and her full support through prayer. Together we continue the advancement of the Kingdom of Christ. Amen!” he said.

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Source – BB Sarawak State Council.

State Training Workshop

A good number of delegates arrived on Feb 24 to attend the State Training Workshop by Penang-based Rev. Lawrence Toh Kim Seng.

The four sessions in the Workshop were: Serve Like Jesus, Calling And Purpose of Life, To See What The Lord Has Seen, To do What The Lord Has Commanded.

Newly-appointed Capt. Hii Ting Ik of 6th Kuching said he was glad to attend the AGM. “The self-development training by Rev. Lawrence was very good. It awakened me and I believe other Officers felt the same. We need to refresh our relationship with God from time to time to ensure that we are serving HIM happily,” he recounted.

“Thank God for the opportunity to attend this AGM. The training has inspired me how to lead my Coy and myself with the right attitude. May God bless the Boys’ Brigade,” expressed Siung Wen Loon, another newly-appointed Captain of 6th Sibu.

The highlight of the AGM was the celebration of the 15th Anniversary of 1st Bintulu held in the sanctuary of the hosting church. Prior to that, all the delegates and invited guests were treated to a scrumptious buffet dinner served in the church premises, followed by wonderful performances by the Boys of 1st Bintulu.

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One big BB family, all glory to God! Photo credit – Aaron and Abel Wong.

THE Year of the Rooster had my family visiting Mom in Kuching. We arrived late on Monday night (Jan 23). Eldest son and d-i-l flew in the following Thursday morning; youngest son arrived from KL on the same afternoon – yes, the family was wholesome again!

On Reunion Dinner night (Jan 27), I was delighted to receive a WhatsApp message from the BB Sarawak State Commissioner, Hon. Capt. Lo Hoi Fook. He caught wind that we were in town and graciously extended an Open House invitation to my family for the first day of the Lunar Year.

We arrived at Commissioner’s house around 6:30 pm. The rain arrived too. In my heart, I was silently encouraged by Deuteronomy 28.12, “The Lord will open to you his good treasury, the heavens, to give the rain to your land in its season and to bless all the work of your hands…” Yes, raining is a blessing!

Armed with an umbrella and a big smile, Commissioner warmly welcomed us and brought us in one-by-one from our car that was parked at the gate. One lady Officer Lt. Chris Han and her family had earlier arrived before us. Within an hour, more guests came.

Hannah, the Commissioner’s wife, was equally welcoming and hospitable. All of us felt very much at home. Stepping into their house makes one feel like stepping into a mini BB depot! I was awed by the BB commemorative and award badges, and other paraphernalia adorning the walls and in the cabinets.

The specially-ordered home-cooked food made me almost fall off my chair! The Lo’s family certainly knows how to be a great host! More guests arrived as we were savoring the scrumptious dinner.

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Hannah, the warm and hospitable hostess (left front) and Commissioner Lo behind her.

We had a wonderful meal with our fellow Officers, their spouses and children. The few hours just flew by in a blink of an eye because we enjoyed every moment. We learned from Commissioner that he had been inviting the BB Officers and their families to his house every Chinese New Year for the past many years. “I can still recall some of the Officers were single then and now they are married with kids! It’s a pleasure for Hannah and I to see our Officers grow and progress through the years,” the good Commissioner commented.

“This is our yearly activity for the first day of Chinese New Year. And it is the best gathering of all,” declared Lt. Desmond Chan of 2nd Kuching.

Lt. Michael Hung also of 2nd Kuching expressed his thoughts with fondness. “I was a young Officer then when I was first invited to Commissioner’s Open House. It’s so heartwarming. We chat at the same level, we laugh, we enjoy the good food and most importantly, we have special bonding time,” he said.

“It’s wonderful to be reunited with fellow BB members and their families. It’s like a big family coming home from a hectic year of work and school. To see all the familiar faces gives me a wonderful sense of nostalgia and reminds me of the fun times with our BB family,” added Lavender Bong of 9th Kuching Coy Girls’ Wing.

In the car on our way home, my eldest son proclaimed he had such an awesome evening and in future his children will be enrolled in The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia! This is, indeed, a “BBlessed” family we have, all praises to God!

The writer serves as a Warrant Officer in 4th Miri Coy, The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia. His wife is the Captain of the mentioned Coy.

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