Posts Tagged ‘Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference (SCAC)’

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Group photo of participants with the trainers.

What do we do when a disaster strikes our own backyard or our neighbouring country? Are we prepared to face a crisis head-on? Can we step up and make a difference?

These were some of the probing questions thrown at the participants during the opening session training by CREST in Grace Methodist Church Miri recently.

CREST is a non-profit Christian humanitarian organization based in Petaling Jaya, Selangor.

Since 1998 CREST has deployed multiple teams of Christians from various churches in Malaysia and Singapore to serve in disaster-stricken areas bringing God’s love to the poor and needy in crisis.

Its objective is to train relief volunteers to respond urgently to crises and disasters with medicine, food, clothing, shelter and other forms of aid.

Invited by the Methodist SCAC, similar trainings by CREST were also carried out in Sibu (18-20 June) and Kuching (25-27 June).

Coordinated by the Miri Methodist District Social Concerns Ministry, 132 participants as well as the District Superintendent Rev. Esther Law from the Methodist churches and other denominations attended the free training from July 16-18, 2010.

The 13-hour training were apportioned over three days covering A Biblical Perspective on Disasters, Introduction to Crisis, Personal Preparation for Disaster Response, Personal Survival Skills, Team Dynamics in Crisis Response, Cross Cultural Issues, Mobile Clinic Setup, 1st Responders Triage, Incident Command System, Crisis Response Planning, Base Camp Setup, Holistic Missions and Community Transformation.

Team discussion & planning
Team discussion and planning.

Ice-breaking - A team building task
Ice breaking – a team building task.

A team leader explains her team's Crisis Response Planning
Practical after learning – a team leader explains her team’s crisis response planning and dynamics.

A played scenerio - Chaos at the Mobile Clinic
A played scenario: Despite careful prior planning on the mobile clinic by one team, chaos erupted when another team of “patients” sought treatment. The lesson? Always plan for the unexpected too!

L-R Miri Methodist District Social Concerns Worker Magdeline Huang & Pastor Connie Yong during tea break
Take a break, have a mini doughnut! says Pastor Connie Yong. On her right is Magdalene Huang, the Chairperson for Miri Methodist District Social Concerns Ministry.

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The magnificent trainers from CREST, L-R Olivia, Lana and Steve.

“After this training, my understanding on disaster crisis relief has more depth. More than often what we see and read in the media is only the tip of the iceberg. I’m glad I’ve attended this useful training,” commented William Law, one of the participants from Grace Methodist Church.

“Always remember to put Christ first when you go out to volunteer. It’s all for His Glory, not ours,” reminded Steve, one of the trainers from CREST.

Mrs. Lana Wong, the Executive Director of CREST best summed up the training by saying, “Whatever reason you’re going, your perspective of life will be changed.”

If you or your church are interested in exploring the area of Disaster Response further, or if you want to be involved but do not know where to begin, please email CREST at crest@crestmalaysia.org

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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 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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Bishop Rev. Dr. Hwa Yung officiating the opening ceremony at the SCAC Board of Laity – 9th Methodist Convention. My wife and I were among the 1500 people who attended the opening session yesterday morning (June 3rd) at the newly-renovated Masland Methodist Church, Sibu.

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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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