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by Lt. James TC Wong, 4th Miri Coy

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Staff Sergeant Tang receives The President’s Badge from Kota Kinabalu Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai.

Staff Sergeant Christopher Tang Wei Hong recently received the second highest accolade of The Boys’ Brigade in Malaysia (BB) – The President’s Badge, from Kota Kinabalu Mayor Datuk Yeo Boon Hai.

Celebrating BB Sabah 50th Anniversary, the presentation ceremony took place at Putera Theatre Ballroom on Oct 8, 2017 in the capital city of Sabah.

The President’s Badge is only presented to the top percentile of NCOs who have completed the demanding requirements in leadership and service in the community. The applicant must be a current Member of minimum 15 years of age. He or she must have completed Christian Education and the required Proficiency Awards, and also undergo a stringent character assessment endorsed by relevant parties.

Tang first joined 4th Miri Coy in 2010 as a 13-year-old Senior. A 2nd Year Undergraduate majoring in History, Tang is currently pursuing his tertiary education at the Institute of Teacher Education Gaya Campus and serves in 3rd Kota Kinabalu Coy.

“Thank God for His perfect timing and grace. God has done a splendid work in my Brigade life beyond my dreams. I’ve never expected to be one of the President’s Badge recipients when I first enrolled in 2010,” Tang commented after receiving award.

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Staff Sergeant Tang (in blue sash) is the first BB Member in Miri City to receive The President’s Badge.

“Throughout the years in 4th Miri, I found Jesus Christ is my Personal Savior whom I must serve with integrity and reverence. Although our Coy was small and limiting in manpower resources, it built up my humility and character. I was promoted to the rank of Sergeant before leaving for my tertiary studies,” Tang added. “God has preserved my service in BB as I embarked to join 3rd Kota Kinabalu, a Coy with dedicated and committed Members. Serving there, I also uphold the responsibility in conducting Junior Award classes and mentoring drill performances.  By God’s grace, I was appointed to Staff Sergeant in April 2016. I wish to thank all the Officers from 4th Miri Coy and 3rd KK Coy for their tireless sacrifices in the BB ministry. Last but not least, I wish to express my heartfelt thanks to my parents for allowing me to enrol in BB in 2010.”

4th Miri Coy Captain Roseline Lee was elated to know that Tang became the first BB Member in Miri City to receive the President’s Badge. “In Sarawak we have more than 40 Members who have already received this prestigious award but this is a first in Miri, all glory to God! We are strongly encouraged by Tang when he received the President’s Badge. We would like to congratulate him for his perseverance and passion as a youth leader in The Boys’ Brigade,” said Captain Roseline.

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Cutting of the 15th Anniversary Cake. Photo credit – Aaron Wong.

by Lt. James TC Wong, 4th Miri Coy

June 18, Miri – A wonderful BB Enrollment Sunday as we celebrated our 15th Anniversary. Yes, God has sustained us!

The narrative of this journey first began in the year 2002 when then the pastor-in-charge of Grace Methodist Church Rev. Law Hui Seng, and a small team of like-minded church volunteers shared the same vision to start the Boys’ Brigade (BB).

“I can still remember it was a great struggle for us. We went to Sri Mawar Primary School to recruit. We had just a handful of boys joining us initially,” commented Rev. Law. “We held our weekly parade at the school and subsequently we moved the parade to the church.”

“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:19

Success is seldom the work of one but a team. Our salute and appreciation go to the pioneering officers; our first Captain Frederick Wong (now Honorary Captain), Eddie Woodford and his wife, Flor Nera, Tan Teck Choon, Vincent Kueh, Tiong Tung Yew, Margaret Lee, Anthony Ho and Moses Goh.

4th Miri group photo taken in 2003. Photo credit – 4th Miri Hon. Capt. Frederick Wong.

Our appreciation also goes to our other past two Captains; Clement Chin and Andy Chew who were dedicated to the BB ministry. Past and present, we also extend our thanks to our fellow officers and helpers who braved to undertake such a challenging ministry.

A big ‘Thank You’ to Rev. Law Hui Seng for his ‘never-give-up’ attitude to introduce BB to SJK (C) Chung Hua Pujut. Despite getting rejected by the school in 2008, Rev. Law never gave up hope. The good shepherd, as I remember, encouraged the congregation to pray earnestly during the weekly prayer night for acceptance. The breakthrough came two years later. The increase to the Boys’ membership greatly motivated and encouraged us!

Following Rev. Law, the next pastor-in-charge in GMC was Rev. Lisa Ting. Rev. Lisa during her four-year tenure, encouraged the BB ministry enthusiastically and never once missed our Enrollment Sunday!

Capt. Roseline Lee delivering her report during the 2017 Enrollment Sunday.

By God’s grace, my wife Roseline became the fourth Captain in the year 2010. Since 2015, she has been appointed as the State Secretary in the Executive Committee of The Boys’ Brigade Sarawak State Council. Presently Sarawak has 40 Companies with more than 4,000 Members.

In 2015, after many prayers and with God’s grace, Capt. Roseline was able to introduce BB to SMK Dato Permaisuri. We were overjoyed because it meant that our ministry covers three clusters; one church-based and two schools.

We will continue to glorify God as we march on in BB!

4th Miri Company group photo. Photo credit – Aaron Wong.

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