Posts Tagged ‘Senadin Methodist Christian Gospel Centre (SMCGC)’

A young lady from the SMCGC Praise and Worship team caught my attention during the Maundy Thursday Night Service organized by the Miri Methodist District of Churches at Dewan Suarah last April 1.

I must say I was awed by her vocal performance and expression. Clearly she is a blessed child.











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Wedding bells rang in Sibu recently for Connie Yong, my church’s Pastor.

Last Saturday evening she and her husband, Pastor Wong Lik Kai hosted an informal gathering for their friends and well-wishers at PermyJaya Methodist Church, Miri.

Now in her third year, Connie has been the Pastor-in-charge of SMCGC, a centre planted by my church catering mostly to the spiritual needs of students in Curtin University at Senadin.

I wish Pastor Connie and Pastor Lik Kai much joy, love and good health as they begin their journey as lifelong partners serving many.

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The sweet smile from the newlywed bride says it all!

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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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Last night my wife and I attended the welcoming dinner (for English-speaking Fellowship group) for new and current students of Curtin at SMCGC as the second semester of the year has commenced.

My two sons are also active serving in SMCGC and that motivates us even more to visit them as long as an opportunity arises, :).

Here are some of my fav photos to share:

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Self-introduction before the ice-breaker started.

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Interestingly the ice-breaking game was “Fingers Maths”. Two opponents hide their hands behind their backs. Upon showing their fingers of both hands at a strike, each opponent has to answer correctly according to prior instructions given. This exciting game is not easy as the variables can be many!

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My sons also had fun challenging each other!

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The shepherd of SMCGC, Pastor Connie Yong (in dark blouse) enjoying herself while the game continued.

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Of course the young Pastor also joined in the fun!

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This one is definitely my fav!

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No gathering can be complete without a group photo, :).

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In the blink of an eye, the first half of the year came and went!

Last night Pastor Connie Yong visited my Small Group. We “booked” the young and dedicated shepherd six months ago (how time flies) when we first planned the activities schedule for our group. Her topic “How to do Devotional” effectively helped us to understand and plan better in our spiritual walk.

Two children of our members who were back from Kuala Lumpur for their semester break also joined us. We were also delighted to welcome two church members Peter and his wife Teresa, who dropped by for the first time.

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Pastor Connie helping a hearing-impaired member to find a Bible verse.

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The good shepherd used Powerpoint slides to benefit our hearing-impaired members.

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My wife used Sign Language to communicate with the hearing-impaired members who were present.

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The setting was informal – we enjoyed learning from Pastor Connie’s sharing. For the first time an invited speaker to our Small Group divided us into five groups and assigned us to do some discussion for a subsequent task, :).

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Yesterday I have had the priviledge to witness Christian love in action.

Seeing through the lens of my camera as a photographer.

My church Grace Methodist, in partnership with the Sarawak Society for the Blind (Miri branch), the Malaysia Diabetes Association (Miri branch) and the Miri General Hospital held a free health screening at Tabika Perpaduan Permyjaya.

The community service was initiated by my church.

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The queue started as early as 8:30 am.

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Registration was required for the three categories: Eye testing, Blood sugar levels and High blood pressure.

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This was one of the kindergarten classrooms converted into a temporary “testing room”.

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Can you read this? asked my church volunteer.

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This staff from the Miri General Hospital was very thorough and professional.

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Everybody received full attention and care.

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The two doctors from the hospital showed great care while examining the patients.

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Taking high blood pressure was a professional nurse who is our church member (in pink blouse).

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Personnel from the Malaysia Diabetic Association taking blood sample.

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The response was overwhelming for eye sight consultation.

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Young and old, they came to receive help. And it was a blessing to be able to give our service.

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Our Shepherd and Church Pastor, Rev. Law Hui Seng was on site to encourage everyone.

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Miri Methodist Churches District Superintendent Rev. Esther Law (in pink t-shirt) was also present.

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The busiest room had to be this one – serving those who needed free eye wear.

The hours flew by quickly (I was there with my family members from 10 am to 5 pm) without us realizing. It also dawned on me that free health screening was a serious need in our own backyard.

I also found out that because of the generosity of Yang Low Ophthalmic Opticians and the Sarawak Society for the Blind (Miri) many people who came yesterday will receive free eye wear.

I want to applaud Miri General Hospital (the Specialist Doctors and nurses present), Sarawak Society for the Blind (Miri), the Malaysia Diabetes Association (Miri), Tabika Perpaduan Permyjaya (for use of venue), Nestle (sponsoring Milo drinks) and Mr. YK Yang of Yang Low Ophthalmic Opticians. Without their unselfish contribution and help, our community service couldn’t have been so successful.

But success is seldom the work of one but from many who work as a team; I also want to applaud all my church volunteers and those from Permyjaya Methodist Church, Life Methodist Church and SMCGC for their serving hearts and hands.

All Glory to God!

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Today I’m going to email the photos to Jeremy, the blog administrator of SMCGC. Jeremy, like many of his peers, has returned to his hometown since Curtin’s semester break started. I think Jeremy will update SMCGC’s blog soon when he receives the photos.

Meanwhile here are a few photos to whet your appetite, :).

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The young emcees did a fine job!

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One of the awesome performances presented was the tambourine dance.

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The tambourine lasses – but I’m not too sure all of them are in this photo, haha.

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My two sons also served in the Praise and Worship team – I asked them to give me a great pose and they did!

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Wah … I woke up this morning to find that this blog has passed 10,000 hits! Since Jan Shim of Brunei encouraged convinced me to migrate from Blogspot to WordPress three and a half months ago, I must confess I’ve got no regrets – in fact I’m glad I was not stubborn to stay put at Blogspot. You see, at my “cow” age I don’t like to unlearn and learn new things. Eg, switching from Nokia to Sony Ericsson handphone is something I’d be reluctant to do, haha.

I also realized that maintaining an interesting blog with a steady readership is so difficult. The contents must have quality and that’s the challenging part. From the beginning, the number of visitors was around 40 each day and now it’s averaging between 100 – 200. What can I say – except thanks so much to you all!

Now for some updates of what’s happening on this weekend.

Tonight, my Small Group members are attending SMCGC’s 6th Anniversary Celebration at Imperial Hotel. There will be some performances but tonight is going to be really special because my Small Group is presenting! Ssh… I’m not allowed to say more.

On Sunday, the Social Concerns Ministry of my church shall be involved with a Health Screening activity at Senadin township – we are hoping that many people will turn out for the free eye testings, taking of blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Before wishing you a fantastic weekend ahead, here’s an awesome clip from Ally McBeal to set your mood on the right track. Cheers and Happy Father’s Day!

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