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The pioneering volunteers taking a pic with Rev Jabez.

NOV 11, MIRI – As the second semester examinations draw near, Senadin Methodist Preaching Centre (SMPC) members took ownership to cook Love Soup (chicken soup) to a delighted group of more than 160 Curtin undergraduates and guests last evening.

SMPC Seniors serving with a smile.

Pastor-in-charge Rev. Jabez Tiong welcomed everyone in the packed centre. In his opening message, the good shepherd thanked the pioneering batch of church volunteers and praised them for their love toward the students.”Tonight is rather special. I am indeed blessed to say that we now have more members from SMPC than the pioneer volunteers cooking the chicken soup for this event. This is a significant breakthrough for us and I thank God.”

It’s a blessing to serve and be served.

Initiated eight years ago by a Small Group from Grace Methodist Church, the Love Soup is served twice a year before every semester examination. Chicken Soup is traditionally served in Asian families and is known to enhance mental alertness and energy for students in preparation for examinations.

Christian love in action; Methodist missionary Karen Goh.

For SCAC Methodist missionary Karen Goh, it was an eye-opener as she volunteered to serve the Love Soup for the first time. Based in Japan for the past four years, Goh praised SMPC in her short message of encouragement. “Most churches organize in-house fellowship gatherings for their own members but this evening, I could see there are also non-Christian friends present. This is a very good way to conduct outreach to our unchurched friends. Rev Jabez, you have done a great job,” Goh voiced.

The smiles say it all.

“I was very touched tonight. The feeling is the same when Mum cooked chicken soup for me at home in Sekinchan. Though home is far away, I can still have a bowl of love soup that makes me warm. I appreciate it much. This also shows I am not lonely in my university life with everyone in the church caring and loving me. Thanks for sending this love to me,” said Lim Jin En, who is in Year One Accounting.

Uplifting Praise & Worship before the dinner starts.

Roland Soh, a Year One undergraduate taking Bachelor of Technology, was thankful and appreciative of the heartwarming soup. “Unlike the soup sold in the Kopi Tiam, the soup provided is less salty, thus nutritionally good for us. Thanks for the lovely soup and thanks to those who spent time for cooking!”

One for the album!

In closing, a group photo was taken after the end of the dinner to remember the happy event.

 

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Last Saturday night I paid a visit to SMCGC as the English-speaking Christian Small Group held its last session for this year.

Most of its members are from Curtin.

The three-month long holidays will commence once their exams end this week.

My sons Aaron and Abel have been active serving in SMCGC for a couple of years now.

Here are some of the random shots I took during their warm fellowship. As you view the pics, you can see much of God’s grace, :p.

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This is one of my fav angles, :P.

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Group pic with pose, :p.

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Celebrating a birthday. Lights were dimmed.

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Peter (standing) lead in the ice-breaker. A Final Year student from the School of Engineering next year, Peter has been active serving since his youth days at Wesley Methodist Church, Sibu. I praise Peter for he serves our Lord wholeheartedly. And he’s a good cook too! :p.

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My sons enjoying themselves, :p.

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And so did she, :p.

The Small Group will meet again in Jan 2010. Time really flies! :p

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An informal dinner was hosted at a leading hotel by the LCEC (Local Church Executive Committee) of Gan En Church when the SCAC President Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann arrived in Miri on last Saturday evening.

Among those who also present were LCEC members and Pastor Chan Jing Mei of Tudan Methodist Church, Ting Kong Yu the Lay Leader of Miri District Methodist Churches and Rev. Esther Law, District Superintendent of Miri District Methodist Churches.

On the following day, President Rev. Dr. Su’s itinerary was to officiate the groundbreaking ceremony of Gan En Church’s proposed building extension.

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Group photo taken at the hotel’s restaurant.

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No matter what, people love happy surprises.

My Small Group member’s birthday falls on next Monday but last night after our Bible discussion, we took the liberty to surprise her with a birthday cake.

Of course, she was caught by surprise!
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I went to buy this chocolate cake at Ma Baker. The quality was excellent! πŸ™‚

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Singing the birthday song in two versions; English and Mandarin.

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The birthday girl removing the decorations before apportioning the cake.

Happy birthday Joyce! Thank you for blessing us in our Small Group!

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IS THIS IT?

If God did exist, what would you ask? (Alpha.org)

Come this Friday evening, my church will receive a guest who is a member of Wesley Methodist Church, Sibu. The visitor, John Tiong will share with our church members on Alpha, an inter-denominational evangelism tool.

According to its USA website, over 13 million people have attended an Alpha course. It offers an opportunity to explore the meaning of life, running in tens of thousands of churches of all denominations, and at universities, in prisons and on military bases across the world.

Here’s a good testimony on Alpha:

If you interested to know more, why not drop me an email to reserve your free seat? πŸ™‚

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Great food, great fun and great fellowship last night as my Small Group combined with another group from our church. After dinner, we had Praise and Worship. The highlight for the evening was the Bible Quiz; it was a close call between the two teams so the final question had to be the decider!

Now let the photos tell the story, :).

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Look at her hands – it was as if she was also pulling the rope! My wife couldn’t contain herself as she watched helplessly our team going down to a better side during the Miri Methodist District Churches Sports Day on May 1, 2009.

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