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By God’s grace, tonight we were able to hold hands for this photo; a 3G (3-Generational) moment!

Proverbs 23:24 (KJV)

24 The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.

My eldest son became a proud dad early last year. Uncharacteristic of an attentive parent like me, I forgot to wish him a Happy Father’s Day. Perhaps, it was because we were overjoyed with the additional member to our small family!

No more a baby, toddler Ariel is now almost 18 months old. Son and d-i-l have given my wife and I the perfect gift!

Not all people know how to give the perfect gift. I mean, how would you know the person’s values and what is appropriate for the occasion? The key to sincere giving is, of course, not money. It’s more than that. Do you listen to the person when he or she speaks? Do you take a personal interest in him or her? Do you know what he or she enjoys and appreciates? Most of the time, we take people for granted especially when it’s among family and friends.

Though small, our family is strongly-knitted. We love and value each other. God wants us to honor our parents (Exodus 20:12) and expects us to be good to our neighbors (Luke 10:25-37).

Thank you for your unconditional love for God and for me, son. Now that you’re a Dad, may sweet Ariel have the same unconditional love for God and for you.

Happy Father’s Day, son.


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BB Sarawak led by Commissioner Hon. Capt. Hii King Ong (front row, LR 7)

by Lt. James TC Wong, 4th Miri

“It is important especially for Captains to attend this meeting to get updated with various happenings and new programs introduced.” – BB Sarawak State Commissioner Hon. Capt. Hii King Ong

220 Boys’ Brigade (BB) Officers throughout Malaysia attended the 55th Brigade Council Meeting (BCM) held in Ipoh from April 26-28, 2019.

Hosted by the Perak State Council and organized by The Boys’ Brigade In Malaysia, the annual event concluded with key changes to its Constitution and new Office Bearers elected.

Perak State Executive Councilor of Youth, Sports and Human Development, YB Howard Lee Chuan How, was the Guest-of-Honor.

Sarawak State Council was represented by 50 Officers from various Companies throughout the state. “I’m pleased to note that we have a commendable representation to the BCM,” commented Sarawak State Commissioner Hon. Capt. Hii King Ong. “It is important especially for Captains to attend this meeting to get updated with various happenings and new programs introduced.”

Sarawak Northern Region Chairman Hon. Capt. Lawrence Wong was encouraged by the attendance by the Officers from Bintulu, Miri and Limbang. “I thank you all for the excellent coordination on the travel arrangements despite travelling from different towns. I pray all 12 Companies in Northern Region make a conscientious effort to attend next year’s BCM in Selangor,” he added.

Recipients of Special Awards with Guest-of-Honor, YB Howard Lee Chuan How (front, LR 5)

During the meeting, reports were received from the Board of Finance, Board of Secretariat, Board of Pre-Juniors and Juniors Section, Board of Seniors Section, Board of Primers and Officers and Board of Headquarters.

Reports were also received from Penang State, Perak State, Selangor State, Kuala Lumpur State, Melaka State, Johor State, Sarawak State and Sabah State.

New Office Bearers elected for 2019-2020 were: Brigade President – Capt. Nicholas Yeap, Deputy Brigade President – Hon. Capt. Lo Hoi Fook, Brigade Vice-Presidents: Capt. Melvin Seah, Capt. Tan Giok Hui, Brigade Treasurer – Capt. Andy Tan, Brigade Secretary – Capt. Voon Zhen Yi.

Special Awards Recipients: President’s Award – Ang Kang Liang (1 Png),
Aaron Leong (12 Kl), Jonathan Leon (6 Iph), Ding Lijie (1 Mjg), Ting Siew Hui (1 Mjg), Wong Yong Wei (1 Mjg), Yeak Zu Yuan (1 Mjg).

Officer Bronze Service: Capt. Teng Phun (19 Png)

Officer Silver Service: Capt. Joel Goh (18 Png), Lt. Ng Kim Tee (18 Png)

Officer Gold Service: Lt. Hu Wei Ung (1 Sbu)

Officers Training Program (OTP) Purple Award: Capt. Nico Kuek (3 Sbu), Capt. Tan Sin Onn (8 Sbu), Lt. David Wong (8 Kch), Lt. Ting Tiew Whong (8 Kch).

“We are proud that our State Executive Secretary Lt. Hu Wei Ung received the Officer’s Gold Medal Service Award. Seeing him serve faithfully in his Company 1st Sibu for the past 20 years really makes me thank God more for sending Lt. Hu to us,” said an elated Capt. Edmund Wong, the Chairman of Sarawak Southern Region Council. “For the first time, we also have four Officers receiving the Purple Award for the Officers’ Training Program (OTP). This recognition of our Officers makes us all proud and thankful to God as we glorify Him.”

Other highlights of the event included ‘God Ask’ talk by Mr William Chan, and Our Daily Bread (ODB) engagement by Rev. David Boey.

Exhortation ‘God’s mercy on me’ was preached by the Brigade Chaplain, Rev. Chieng Yu Hoo of USJ Methodist Church, Subang Jaya.

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Dinner with Pastor Jabez and family. Also present were his former SMPC members who are now working in Sibu.

by James TC Wong

APRIL, MIRI  At the end of last month, my wife and I were in Sibu for Qing Ming. During our stay, we invited our friend, Pastor Jabez Tiong Huong Ong, for dinner. Since his posting to Sibu two years ago, Pastor Jabez has been busy and was not able to meet up for fellowship. I was glad to arrange for three of his former congregation to join us too.

My family and I have known Pastor Jabez when he was first posted to Senadin Methodist Christian Gospel Centre (SMCGC), now known as Senadin Methodist Preaching Centre (SMPC). That was in 2011 when the young, enthusiastic pastor was still a bachelor taking charge of the Preaching Centre. The congregation of about 70 members, mostly non-Mirian undergraduates, were from nearby Curtin University. Pastor Jabez also served as an Assistant Pastor at Grace Methodist Church for the next few years.

I attended Pastor Jabez’s wedding in Bintulu when he married his sweetheart Siew Ling, a pharmacist, in September 2011. My friendship with Pastor Jabez was initially on a collaborative platform. To do an activity outside Bible studies, I initiated my Small Group to serve chicken soup twice a year to the SMPC members before every semester examination from 2010-2017. 

The chicken soup, affectionately called the Love Soup, is traditionally served in Chinese families. The nourishing soup is known to enhance mental alertness and energy in preparation for exams. Over the years, as my Small Group matured in spiritual life, becoming more thankful knowing that it was more blessed to give rather than receive, we also witnessed the amazing growth in SMPC led by the good shepherd. 

The batches of members came and went as the years passed by. Encouraged by their caring pastor, the members took up Red Book Disciple Class and even joined local short-term missions. In 2014, Pastor Jabez and I joined Pastor Ling Biu and his 31-member team to Pa’ Adang, a small Penan settlement five hours’ drive from Lawas. Being first-timers to Pa’ Adang, our eyes opened to another dimension of God’s beauty and grace. I appreciated Pastor Jabez more from a ‘front-row seat’ view, knowing that physical prowess is not his forte yet he persevered carrying timber planks daily under the hot sun from the store to the construction site without a single voice of complaint. Likewise, all the team workers – from doctor to kitchen helper, worked tirelessly to glorify God.

The Pa’ Adang episode reminded me of the psalmist David when he said (Ps 23) God refreshed him with ‘green pastures’ and ‘quiet waters’ (vv. 2-3). He gave him guidance, protection, and comfort (vv. 3-4). David concluded: ‘Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life’ (v. 6).

Top Left Clockwise – Pastor Jabez with his SMPC flock, Pastor Jabez and family with Japan-based missionary Karen Goh (dark tee), Pastor Jabez and wife savoring the chicken soup, Pastor Jabez with a SMPC member.

Because of his good people skills, Pastor Jabez got along well with the young adults like an elder brother. His ability to listen, communicate and relate to others on a personal or spiritual level made him a very approachable pastor. His pulpit preaching was relevant and often anecdotal, and therefore it was was not surprising that his congregation grew to near 200 members during his tenure as pastor-in-charge. The premises of SMPC had to be extended to another shop lot unit. His pastoring was firm but friendly. He encouraged members to prioritize their objectives, and also made a rule to intending couples to seek counsel with him before entering into a biblical courtship.

I’m going to live a Thanks-Living life this year. Maybe you would like to as well? We have many reasons to thank God for; your family, your friends, your pastors, your health, your talents – the list goes on.

For starters, I thank God for sending Pastor Jabez to my life. I pray goodness and love of God will follow him all the days of his life.

Rev Jabez Tiong Huong Ong is the Pastor-in-charge of Sibu Wesley Methodist Church since 2018. He graduated from National Taiwan Normal University in Educational Psychological and Counseling degree. Following that, Pastor Jabez attended Asbury Theological Seminary, USA, obtaining Master of Divinity and MA in Counseling degrees.

Pastor Jabez is married to Siew Ling. They have two young sons. He also has an identical twin brother, Wesley, who resides in Bintulu. In his leisure, Pastor Jabez likes reading.

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Our first lesson was on The Book of Ruth. We learned that maintaining family is not easy because it is often constrictive and demanding.

Feb 27, Miri – After some years of waiting, my wife Roseline and I finally got to join the Yellow Book Disciple Course after having completed the Red, Purple, and Green Books.

This year, DISCIPLE – Under The Tree of Life (Yellow Book) is facilitated by Pastor Linberg Wong of Agape Grace Methodist Church.

In total, 13 participants enrolled.

To study this Book, one needs to have at least completed DISCIPLE: Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study (Red Book).

One is expected in terms of time and discipline – investing 30 to 45 minutes of daily reading and note-taking, reflecting and praying 6 days a week, and participation in a two-and-a-half-hour weekly group study for 32 weeks.

Bishop Richard B. Wilke, who created The DISCIPLE Bible Study Series, has always said that the Disciple Study is not for information but for Transformation.

“A loving family is worth more than the whole wealth in the world. And we ought to learn from the Book of Ruth how we should take our family seriously and apply loyalty and loving-kindness,” commented participant Robert Ting, a Small Group Leader and Chairman of Agape Grace Methodist Church.

“Often family cohesiveness is not easy to maintain; what more about connections with our extended family? Effort and sacrifices need to be made,” my wife expressed.

“I pray you all will be disciplined and stay faithful to complete the course,” encouraged Pastor Linberg. “Remember to do your daily reading and do not try to rush everything,” added the good shepherd.

A simple celebratory dinner was held in my home last evening before we commenced our first lesson reciting Ruth 1:16,

Do not press me to leave you
or to turn back from following you!
Where you go, I will go;
where you lodge, I will lodge;
your people shall be my people,
and your God my God.

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Panoramic photo taken at Tanjung, Miri on Dec 29, 2018. Photographer – Abel Wong

Today is the last day of 2018. Reflection time.

As I write, my thoughts inevitably turn to the past twelve months of happenings.

Topping the list is of course, the addition to our family – baby Ariel!

Ariel, a gift from God, is our little treasure and bundle of joy. From her early three-month-old body turns to her wobbling first steps, I relished in taking photos and videos. I would smile as I think of her every morning when I awake. Truth be told, much to our joy, the apple of our eye has disrupted our daily rhythms though we do not stay under the same roof!

Perhaps in a more subtle aspect, being grandparents for wife and I, also meant that the parenting role for us is diminishing. Wife and I now take a front-seat row to observe our son and d-i-l navigate their parenting tasks that will surely bring new delights and unknown challenges.

On church ministry works, wife and I did our best to coordinate organizing the Brigade Council Meeting hosted in Miri. This Boys’ Brigade event is held annually in different nominated cities in the country. Miri Mayor Adam Yii was our Guest-of-Honor. More than 170 delegates from the various State Councils throughout the country were in attendance from April 20-21.

Wife and I are also grateful to be given the opportunity to serve in the BB Love Box from November 3 to December 8. Collectively, all seven Miri Boys’ Brigade Companies managed to raise 5,700 gifts benefiting needy students and families in 17 schools and longhouses. I’m thankful to Rev. Dr. Tie King Tai, President of Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference (SCAC) of the Methodist Churches, for taking time and effort to do a personal video with his mobile phone to promote the BB Love Box when I called for his help.

On healthy lifestyle, son managed to convince me to play badminton again after a lapse of five years. Playing twice a week on average, I now feel rejuvenated and fit. It was also a blessing that I was fine enough to donate blood in April, July and October. I also passed my annual blood tests.

Wife and I were reconnected with an old friend in Ipoh in June when we took a short break during the Raya holidays. We have not seen Alice since 1995 when she relocated back to West Malaysia from Brunei. Friends like her are gems! In Ipoh, we also met up with my 84-year-old 3rd Aunt (maternal side). Our previous encounter was way back in 1973! However, little did we realize that it would be the last time meeting her as she was called to The Lord recently. I also grieved when a dear friend and school mate in Sibu passed away due to illness.

In late August, wife and I joined her family for a Taiwan trip. There were 13 of us. The fellowship we had was priceless and we enjoyed each other’s company every bit.

Thank You, God, for your blessings in 2018.

Thank you to all our friends for being part of our lives in 2018.

Tomorrow is the New Year.

It fills me new hope and great anticipation.

For me and my family, we will continue to serve The Lord faithfully.

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Group pic after Closing Ceremony. Photographer- Ling Ling

by Lt James TC Wong, 4th Miri

DEC 8, MIRI – After five weeks from its launching, the BB Love Box came to a close at Bintang Mega Mall (BMM).

The Guest-of-Honor was Dato’ Lau Siu Wai, duly represented by Allen Wong Lung Hing, the Event Manager of BMM.

Honorary Captain Hii King Ong, the Sarawak State Commissioner of The Boys’ Brigade In Malaysia (BB), delivered his speech during the Closing Ceremony.

Also in attendance were the BB Deputy Sarawak State Commissioner, Honorary Captain Lawrence Wong Ching Tuong,  Rev. Simon Ting Chu Yih, Miri District Superintendent of the Methodist Churches, Frankie Choo Ngie Ping from Sarawak Oil Palms Bhd, Petrus Lasong from BEM On The Rock, Miri Brigade Officers and Members.

In his speech, Commissioner Hii thanked Dato’ Lau Siu Wai and Bintang Mega Mall for their generosity and the free use of premises. He also congratulated the Northern Region Boys’ Brigade (Bintulu, Miri and Limbang) for collectively raising 5,500 gifts for the needy people and students in communities and schools.

The recipients were: Bintulu – SJK Sebiew, SMK Bandar, Perpikat Bintulu, PKKN Bintulu, Kidurong KM15, Sg Plan New Squatters, Rumah Panjang Jalan Sebauh, Miri – SMK Chung Hua, SMK Dato’ Permaisuri, SMK St. Columba, SMK Bakong, SMK Riam, SMK Pujut, SJK(C) Chung Hua Krokop, SJK(C) Chung Hua Lutong, SJK(C) Chung Hua Miri, SJK(C) Chung Hua Pujut, SJK(C) North, SJK(C) Chung San, SJK(C) Chung Hua Tudan, SJK(C) Chung Hua Bakam, SK Pujut Corner, SK St Columba, Tadika Riam, Mei Ann MC (BM Congregation), Gan En MC (BM Congregation), Taman Tunku MC (BM Congregation), Gereja Methodist Tudan (BM Congregation), Life MC (BM Congregation), Yi En MC (BM Congregation), Permyjaya MC (BM Congregation), BEM On The Rock, Tudan Learning Center, Rumah Panjang Peter, Rumah Panjang Nora, Rumah Panjang Kam, Rumah Panjang Gasah, Desarus, Limbang – SMK Limbang, SMK Kubong, SJK (C) Yuk Hin and SJK Chung Hwa Limbang.

For the first time since its inception six years ago, the BB Love Box was done simultaneously throughout Sarawak’s three regions Southern (Kuching and Sri Aman), Central (Sibu, Bintangor and Sarikei) and Northern (Bintulu, Miri and Limbang).

Publicity on the Love Box was further enhanced through major newspapers, the popular radio station TEA FM and social media platforms Facebook, YouTube and Whatsapp.

Rev. Dr. Tie King Tai, the President of the Methodist Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference (SCAC), personally helped to promote the project with video via YouTube and Whatsapp. Other pastors who also enthusiastically promoted the Love Box were Rev. Alfred Damu Bulang (St. Columba Anglican Church, Miri), Rev. Law Hui Seng (Eng Tao MC, Sibu), Rev. Nicholas Tan (Gereja Methodist Tudan, Miri) and Pastor Linberg Wong (Agape Grace MC, Miri), Rev. Winnie Lau (Gan En MC, Miri), Rev. Eric Hii (Hwai En MC) and Rev. Lu Yia Ping (Mei Ann MC).

A Mosaic of Generosity
Encouragement and support for the Love Box came in all forms of unexpected and pleasant surprises bundled with heartwarming stories.

When YB Dr Michael Teo Yu Keng, the Member of Parliament for Miri, pledged RM3,000 during the Opening Ceremony, the BB Sarawak State Council subsequently received RM5,000!

The community-at-large are such a generous and caring people. During the event period, so many good-hearted people came forward to donate unconditionally. Many were humble and chose to remain anonymous.

At the Bintang Mall Love Box booth, a group of five visiting students from SJK Chee Mung (Batu Niah), even pooled their pocket money to buy a 2-kg packet of Milo! Their testimony was uploaded to Facebook. “I’m sure these students have learned the good moral value of helping others who are in need. Thank you to Miss Choo Chung Mee, the teacher-in-charge of these students. You have taught them education is not confined to learning inside the classroom only,” commented Commissioner Hii in his speech.

A young family from Brunei bought three bags of rice, Milo, school bags without any hesitation when they were approached by the BB Officers on duty at the booth. Such acts of generosity were aplenty and encouraging.

“Helping people when they are down is the gift of a helping hand depicted in the Book of Ecclesiastes (4:9) and a friend brings warmth to our lives.,” continued Commissioner Hii, who is also the Honorary Captain of 7th Kuching Coy.

“We cannot deny there are needy people in our community. During this season of Christmas, it is a timely reminder for the more fortunate to render practical and emotional support to the less fortunate. In The Boys’ Brigade, it is our duty to lift them up. When we bless others, we in turn receive blessings, encouragement and strength,” he added.

Big corporations Pullman Waterfront Hotel Miri and Sarawak Oil Palms Berhad participated as collaborators in Miri. The former even organized a Christmas Lighting Ceremony on Nov 22 and extended their invitation to students and teachers of Tudan Learning Center to the event, followed by a scrumptious buffet dinner.

The Boys’ Brigade Sarawak State Council thank all who have donated and helped make the BB Love Box an overwhelming success.

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One for the album – Group photo of participants and officers.

by Lt James Tc Wong, 4th Miri

Miri – The Sarawak State Boys’ Brigade Council organized a Juniors Leadership Camp from Sep 8 – 9 held at Permy Methodist Church.

Officers and Helpers from 3rd Miri, 4th Miri, 6th Miri and 7th Miri were involved in the 2D/1N camp attended by 42 Boys and Girls ages 10-12 years.

The goal of the camp was to inculcate good character values and to prepare the Juniors for leadership roles in the future.

Ice-breaking – “Trees and Squirrels “.

Moreover, Juniors are now at a vulnerable age when character-building needs to be firmly instilled before they reach adolescence after which the moulding of good character will be more difficult and challenging to fulfill.

Sarawak State Training Chairman Lt Aaron Tieng (1st Sibu) was the event trainer. “I’m delighted to work with the Miri BB Companies. Today’s young people are heavily influenced by social media. They learn the world through the tiny screen in front of them. They may not be adequately prepared to face any challenges growing up. We have a huge responsibility and task ahead to guide our young Members,” he emphasized.

Before the camp commenced, the participants were briefed on the importance of:

1. Punctuality

2. No gossiping/unnecessary chatting

3. Caring for fellow Members

4. Respect for all

5. Honesty

During the camp, participants learned to work with others. They learned to follow instructions, to focus on the given objectives, to be responsible for their own belongings and doings, to admit their mistakes and commit not to make the same mistakes again.

11 year-old Leading Boy Andy Sii (White Lanyard, 6th Miri) shared his testimony during the camp debriefing: “What burdened me during this camp was the responsibility looking after my balloon; making sure it didn’t burst due to any carelessness caused by me. I’m really relieved when our trainer announced that the task was over which meant that I took good care of my balloon. I also aspire to be a higher-rank Leading Boy.”

7th Miri Emily Kiu commented that she was apprehensive in joining the camp initially because it was her first time away from her parents hence making her feeling insecure. “I’m glad I joined because I’ve learned a lot and made new friends.”

In closing, Lt Aaron Tieng said: “I do hope the camp is not the end for them, but a new beginning to grow with a good character. The Juniors are our future leaders and we need to train them well. I believe with this training, and the support from schools and families, we are able to transform our Juniors to be better leaders for tomorrow.”

(To enroll your child in The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia, kindly contact Lt James Tc Wong, Miri Outreach Coordinator, at jamestcwong@hotmailcom).

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