CHRISTMAS JOY AND PEACE
FROM THE REIGNING KING OF KINGS
|At Istanbul March 2012|
|At Cappadocia March 2012|
|At Penang December 2012|
Christmas is a time of giving and sharing. It is a great joy for all of us to be in the position to and also willing to share our joy and peace with those loved ones who are around us and abroad, our friends and neighbours, our community, and those who are less fortunate than us. Let us carry on sharing God’s love and blessings with each other and especially those who are in need. Do remember the Anglican Care which is a diocesan caring department which covers a whole range of social services from children homes, food for the hungry, soup kitchens, people with disabilities, people who are visually, physically and mentally challenged, senior citizen homes, etc. Of course, we should not forget the needs of the rural villages and kampungs of the Anglican Village Ministries and the Orang Asli ministry.
We can hear many Malaysians talking about and guessing of the date of the 13th General Election of the nation especially in the kopitiams and after church services and at mamak stalls. Many believe that this GE is a watershed and may mark the transformation of the nation permanently. We wish to pray that the Christmas Joy and Peace shall prevail among the different parties of the nation. Many believe that the Lord has placed our nation in a very special position within the region of South East Asia and beyond for a purpose – a giver of Joy and Peace. We seek your constant prayers. A group of concerned Christians has set aside the 24 – 26 January 2013 as the 3 days of fasting to discern God’s direction for our nation. Let us also bring our nation to God Almighty in prayers.
At the end of July 2012, we have moved into the newly completed Rumah Bishop in Ampang. It is a huge building but there are only two of us while Joshua and Sarah are in Singapore, and Charlotte in Texas. Joshua is presently working as an IT Officer, Sarah is planning for her marriage and not working yet, and Charlotte is doing her final year in Texas. Bisfe Siew Lan is very busy with her Malaysian Indigenous Clinical Pastoral Education (MICPE) and Theological Education by Extension (TEE) courses. I am as usual running around visiting churches and attending diocesan, national and provincial meetings.
The diocese is growing steadily though not without challenges. Praise the Lord for the number of non stipendiary workers and ministers who have answered the Call of God to ministry over the last five years. The number of full-time workers being trained is still coming in slowly. We thank God for the encouraging response of many lay people who have attended the Lay Pastors and Lay Readers Schools. The third stage that the diocese is moving towards is the Discipleship Training. We have begun this year with the Introductory to Discipleship Training and we will bring this Introductory Seminar to the regional level for next year. Hopefully we can begin the full Discipleship Training seminar in 2014 and eventually to see many disciples of Jesus Christ who can transform the church and the nation.
Wishing you all a very blessed and meaningful Christmas and New Year!
May the Almighty God continue to lead and guide you in His footsteps daily!
Shalom Christmastide 2012
The Son of God became the Son of Man
so that the sons of man can become sons of God.