Posts Tagged ‘Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann’

If you have noticed why my blog hasn’t been updated recently, it was because I was away in Sibu for nine days. Ha, I was on a mission to re-connect my peers from the Sacred Heart Class of ’78 (Form Five).

I also took the opportunity to attend Sunday service (Aug 23) at the newly-renovated Xin Fu Yuan Methodist Church at Brooke Drive. In conjunction with their 40th Anniversary, the church held a banquet at the Centennial Hall of my Alma Mater.

Here are some of my favourite shots taken randomly. Enjoy, :p.

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The Praise and Worship team in the morning service. They were fantastic!

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The choir members in the morning service were so angelic, :p.

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Choir boy praying during the church morning service.

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SCAC President Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann at the evening celebration.

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The Ladies Group performing a beautiful dance.

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Another awesome performance by the Ladies Group.

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Outstanding singing from the choir members! I’m much impressed by the dedication of the church conductor Madam Loi.

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I like this photo so much! I’m speechless, :p.

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The young ones were amazing!

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The Xin Fu Yuan top-notch Praise Dance team. Many are instructors at church.

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Happy 40th Anniversary to Xin Fu Yuan!

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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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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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This is the last of the Sibu Praise Dance series I’ll be posting.

About seven hundred people attended the dinner and dance on the night of June 1st. The occasion was graced by Sibu Mayor Datuk Tiong Thai King and wife Datin Mrs Tiong. Also present were SCAC President Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann and wife, SCAC Lay Leader Mr Hii Ching Chiong and wife and Pastor Rev. Wong Kai Ho.

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Praise Dance Founder Ng Mei Yun adjusting the hat for the ladies from Miri before their presentation. I was touched by her gesture of motherly love, :).

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The team from Miri!

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Seeing my wife happy really made my day!

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Happy 4th Anniversary to Praise Dance in Sarawak! It was first introduced in Miri in 2005.

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The Sibu Praise Dancers were absolutely awesome!

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Even President Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann could not resist photographing the Sibu dancers, haha!

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Datin Mrs Tiong presenting the Tupperware hamper to the first prize winning table. Instead of an individual winning a prize, all the prizes drawn were according to the table numbers. Nice change, :).

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These kids kicked up a storm when they performed – they almost stole the show for the night! Well done children and the teacher (pic-far right) did a fantastic job!

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Ng Mei Yun gave a beautiful and sincere thank you speech.

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Sibu Mayor Datuk Tiong Thai King presenting the appreciation gift to Ng Mei Yun.

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The closing song and dance – it was very emotional as everyone participated.

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Wah, this was a nice surprising performance from the men!

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This photo is special! The three ladies Wendy, Jenny and Roseline from our church Grace Methodist Miri taking a group photo with Rev. Dr. Su and wife, and the Taiwanese.

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Kudos to the Sibu team – they have done a brilliant job! Looking forward to the next big Praise Dance in the future.

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We arrived in Sibu on Saturday (May 30th) in time for the Praise Dance performance at the Gateway. With the Taiwan Praise Dance founder Ng Mei Yun and her two assistants, I estimated there were about five hundred participants including those from outstation. The atmosphere was electrifying with anticipation of a fun time ahead!

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The Gateway is an open square catering to multi-purpose use. The gathering of such a huge number of Praise Dancers at one spot definitely made the free and popular exercise it a high profile event.

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The Organizing Chairlady was Lau Sie Poh (pic). She and her team are from Xin Fu Yuan Methodist Church. I applaud them for doing such a fantastic job! Organizing such a big scale event is not easy so two thumbs up to them!

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The opening number caught me by surprise. I was much impressed with their creativity when the Sibu Praise Dancers presented their own unique version of welcome – wow! What a pity – I should have videoed it! My wife and church member Wendy (see pic) were among the hundreds who enjoyed the opening song and dance.

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SCAC President Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann was there to grace the opening ceremony. He candidly asked, “How many of you men out there are Praise Dancers – please raise your hands?” This was because men are always reluctant to participate though the Praise Dance exercise is open to both genders.

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The Praise Dance “Sarawak Convention” (May 30 – June 1) was declared open.

Here are some of  the highlights of the one hour show. The lead instructor on stage was 74-year-“young” music teacher and founder Ng Mei Yun.

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Look at the sky – heavy downpour was reported to have started in other parts of Sibu already. But believe it or not, the threatening dark clouds held on the rain until the event was over, :).

It was an evening my wife and I will treasure and remember.

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During our trip to Sibu, my wife and I visited Masland Methodist Church on June 2, a day before the big convention commenced. Having gone through massive expansion and renovations for the past few years, the century-old church is one of the distinguished landmarks in Sarawak.

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What a magnificent facade!

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To preserve its rich history, the church’s main doors remained unchanged.

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Stepping into the Holy Sanctuary gives us a deep sense of God’s grace.

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There are also balcony seats along both sides on Level One. The seats on the ground floor are temporary because the wooden pews are not ready yet.

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For effective functionality, the large TV screen serves those in the pulpit area. Towards the end section you will notice the mezzanine floor with wooden pews. Overhead lies the glass skylight that allows natural light to shine into the Sanctuary. Good design, :).

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The array of coloured lights creates a soothing and peaceful ambience.

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Central to the church’s beautiful design is the huge majestic Cross suspended from the ceiling.

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Much gratitude and thanks to SCAC President Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann for the guided tour despite his busy schedule.

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One of the activities we enjoyed during our church camp at Rainforest was trekking to explore what nature has to offer. Before starting off, we assembled at the sports hall for a safety briefing and did some warming-up exercises.

Here are some of the photos.

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We boarded this tram for our first ride to the farm.

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This was one of the areas of the domestic animals farm. The sight itself was reminiscent of my childhood days when everyone in my neighbourhood reared poultry, :).

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A signage showing the various species of fish found in the large reservoir. But no fishing allowed here, :(. The photo also shows a path that was specially constructed for foot reflexology – I’m impressed!

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Pausing for a pose!

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This spot is the highest altitude of the resort . You can see thousands of acres of oil palm and lush forests stretching to beyond the horizon. We missed the sunset (the guide mentioned it’s awesome) because we were there too early (4:00pm).

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The sun was blazing hot as we approached the reservoir that rears primarily Patin fish.

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Waiting to cross the reservoir – life vest is compulsory for all on board.

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An interesting exchange of questions and answers in progress. With an enquiring mind, Ronald kept addressing my wife as “Officer” as he’s in the Boys’ Brigade that Roseline is serving.

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We reached land. While waiting for our ride to arrive, I suggested taking a group photo.

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Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann obviously enjoying the tour and (himself), :).

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The ladies at the entrance of the path leading to the waterfall.

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Our last stop was the waterfall – a disappointment because it was a “midget”. The guide said, “Sorry, no rain for the past week.” But I was rewarded with this opportunity – using this angle I was able to shoot at the luminous rays breaking through from the thick canopy above. Wow – I’ve never taken this kind of shot before, with such sharp details and beautiful composition – a first for me! I’m so pleased, :).

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Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann, President of the Methodist Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference (SCAC) at the Rainforest Grace Methodist Church camp. His talk “Spreading Scriptural Holiness & Transforming the Nation” was segmented over three sessions and well-received by the participants.

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We gathered at church on Friday night to attend the opening talk by Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann.

The Praise and Worship by the young adults.

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The photo below was deliberately processed with noise (grainy texture), :).

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A rare glimpse of the humble Rev. Dr. Su in his quiet time. The photo was also deliberately processed with noise (grainy texture).

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Rev. Dr. Su delivering his talk. Personally I’ve never experienced such an enriching Christian session before. I’m grateful.

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Taking notes.

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The evening concluded with the camp’s final briefing. Light refreshments were also being served.

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An emotional moment between mother and son captured during the Grace Methodist Church camp yesterday. Initiated by the camp’s invited speaker Rev. Dr. Su Chii Ann, President of the Methodist Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference (SCAC), my eldest son was asked to organize an impromptu performance by the youths to honour their parents. Thereafter the youths hugged their parents – the experience, to say the least, was priceless, :).

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