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Group pic

IN A SIMPLE certificate award ceremony, The Reading Bus programme was concluded on December 18, 2010 at Gereja Tudan Methodist.

First launched in Miri by Grace Methodist Church three months ago, the fortnightly English reading series has produced significant results.

The Reading Bus is a mobile library programme.

It is the brainchild of Kuching-based Bethany Ministries Pastor Cheli Tamilselvam and his wife Lai Mei.

A demographic study reveals there are 20,000 residents within a 10 km radius of Tudan and Permyjaya mostly of the Iban race.

The majority of students living in this area find it difficult to cope with the increasing demands to perform well in English in school.

Many fail to make it beyond secondary education.

According to Pastor Cheli’s observation as an educator, one of the main factors for failure was the serious lack of proficiency in the English language.

The Reading Bus activity is carried out back to back with the Village Alpha.

Village Alpha provides church volunteers a basic but crucial tool for evangelizing to the unchurched.

With the seeds of Christ’s love sown, Gereja Tudan Methodist is now experiencing an increased congregational attendance in their Sunday service. In addition its Sunday School class has doubled to more than sixty children.

There were also heartwarming stories related by Mr. Richard Lin, the lead volunteer and member of Grace Methodist Church.

“We were told that the children would eagerly wait for The Reading Bus two hours ahead of scheduled time in each of our visit. We were delighted to discover a voracious reader named Romica, a 10 year old girl. We also hear that unchurched parents of the students are becoming more receptive to hearing the Good News when approached by the members from Gereja Tudan Methodist.”

Mr. Aaron Hii, the Missions Chairman for Grace Methodist Church was clearly elated with the results of this ministry.

“We encourage other churches in Miri and beyond to duplicate what we’re doing. Believe me, it is a powerful tool to do outreach. After visiting us at Tudan a few times to observe, Gan En Methodist Church and Piasau Baptist Church have undertaken to run the programmes at Lambir and Taman Tunku respectively,” he added.

IMG_0242 A student receiving his certificate
A student receiving his certificate

In the certificate award ceremony the outgoing Pastor-in-charge of Grace Methodist Church, Rev. Law Hui Seng reminded the 75 recipients to use the English language often. “The English language, like all languages will be forgotten easily if not used,” he advised. “When you are proficient in English, you will have better job options in the future.”

Rev. Law also thanked all the volunteers for their sacrifice and love.

To bless all the students of The Reading Bus, a set of encasement full of books was formally presented by Rev. Law to Pastor Chan Jing Mei of Gereja Tudan Methodist.

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Pastor Chan (right) receiving the bookcase from Rev. Law (left)

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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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This cute child kept on staring at me as I was photographing the groundbreaking ceremony at Gan En Methodist Church on last Sunday. Isn’t he adorable? 🙂

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Thick haze enveloped the whole of Miri as my wife and I drove towards Riam yesterday morning.

The time was around eight and visibility was really poor.

But by no means our spirit was dampened as we eagerly looked forward to the groundbreaking ceremony of the proposed building extension to its parsonage and Sunday School class of Gan En Methodist Church.

The SCAC President Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann was invited from Sibu to officiate the blessed occasion.

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Upon arrival at the site, we saw the Pastor-in-charge, Rev. Yii Kah Ching briefing President Rev. Dr. Su.

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Commencement of ceremony.

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Pastors and church leaders gathering together.

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A small group of the congregation present.

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Rev. Esther Law, District Superintendent of Miri Methodist Churches lead in the opening prayer.

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Ting Kong Yu, District Lay Leader of Miri Methodist Churches reading a passage from the Bible.

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Rev. Yii Kah Ching of Gan En Methodist Church reciting a responsive prayer.

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President Rev. Dr. Su saying a prayer to uphold the project to God prior to the groundbreaking.

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Singing a joyous thanksgiving hymn together.

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President Rev. Dr. Su being showed how to operate the excavator.

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There it was – the symbolic first shovel into the ground.

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This group photo is one for the album!

Our heartiest congratulations to Gan En Methodist Church on reaching another blessed milestone!

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