25 January 2009

Happy 'Niu' Year!Oh! This is my Niu year! The year of the Ox!
Wow! Last year was a year that I had several milestones with Jesus.

- attending DCLTP, Audition for support singing in April, Uni-camp in May, being part of ACTScalibre programming team in June, taking care of 1 more sheep in July, 1st on stage singing during August, Short term mission trip to Sarawak-Hope Kota Samarahan in September, raising up as CL in October, received physical healing in November, follow up-ping new believers in December.

I thank God for what has happened in 2008, in growing me in discipleship (leading follow-up, shepherding), in my service to God (using my voice as instrument to bring songs to God, taking care of God's flock), in challenging me to go out of my comfort zone (STM), and in a great leap of faith (experiencing physical healing of my terrible backache).

This year 2009 will be challenging for me, with uncertainties after my graduation this year. However, I think God will be revealing to me more of what He has for me in the working world.

* Just went for an interview last tuesday - for a teaching position in MOE. I will be receiving the outcome after CNY whether I am accepted. So do keep me in your prayers.

Meanwhile, I pray that you will enjoy the time with your family this festive season! And enjoy collecting hongbaosssss... Huat ah!

Signing Off.

12 October 2008

Members Appreciation Day

- a time where this family of brothers and sisters coming together to give thanks to God for bringing us through the ups and downs thru out these past 1 yr, a time of appreciating one another in serving God together to see His will be done on earth.

Slide 1
ACTScalibre – Programming Team
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“Wo(3) Ting(2) Ni(3)”

– That’s the commitment we have for one another in the team.

“I really enjoyed working together over the 2 months of meeting up, in FUNAN foodcourt, over long hrs of MSN!, & NTU Canteen 4! Thank you Swee Leong for leading us thru the planning, recce, executing.

I wanna thank the rest of the you for being part of this big project of drawing people nearer to God! I think thru the programmes, many of the freshmen found great friendship with the seniors. This is really wonderful!”

More photos!

Bowen, Jan (our shepherd), and me

Slide 3

(To my shepherd, Jan : "Thanks for guiding me in my walk with God. Thanks for meeting me up despite your busy work schedule. Really appreciate the times we meet up in the evening, feeding on the spiritual “grass” that you know I would need. Thank you for seeing me thru these 2 years, ups and downs, correcting, teaching, impacting, strengthening of my convictions and values. I know it’s not easy. Thank You! ”)

Me with my sheep - Ian

(a brother who is growing much in obedience in Christ and serving God more with his spiritual giftings. Bro, continue to walk close with God and seek Him in your ups and downs, in all circumstances. When you are faithful in the little things entrusted to you by God, more will be entrusted to you. Discover the glorious inheritances tt God has prepared for you!)

- Random Photos -

Signing Off.

30 September 2008

My reflections on Short Term Mission - Hope Kota Samarahan

I started this STM with a determined heart to see myself experience God. The rocky preparation phase did not stop me, but rather, makes me even determined to make this trip a worthwhile, cos its really not easy until the point we stepped onto the plane.

I learnt that relationship building is very important aspect of a mission trip. People really need to gain trust from one another, be comfortable to talk to one another, taking care of one another throughout the trip. So since we didn't really have time to interact much before the trip, i told myself to open up as much as possible to the rest, starting talking more to the few of us on the plane. Also on the lookout for people, reminding everyone about keep watch over belongings and boarding pass and such. Drink water also... We need to take care of the health of one another, so that our strength can be maximised.

Coming together as a huddle is important. We share what we observed, what we think is lacking, what is the something we can do to address the needs to the people there.

I also learnt that i should be always ready to share our testimonies - to challenge, to encourage, to engage. Need to constantly watch out for golden opportunities to share, be it to non-believers or bros and siss.

Actually thought that we had really good training in our UNI ministry here, equipped with the knowledge to share apologetics, auto-fill-in-the-blank instinct, ready to serve. Be opportunistic and pro-active, in striking conversations.

Heart is more important that words. I always think that i can't speak very charismatically in group setting, poor vocab of bombastic words in prayer. Have been thinking that it is a limitation. When i went there, i was moved by the fire that the leaders there have, the clear vision and trust, assurance that God will provide, very sure of where God is leading and doing in the ministry. I want to have this power in my ministry, i want to be effective in my sharing and prayer, i want God to give me more of His heartbeart, this heartbeat that beats like a drum, able to impact, to move the hearts of many.

This trip has broaden my view, seeing what God is doing in other lands, thru many people that i dun know. Seeing the same WOG been preached in different areas, song sung in a different language, But i know that is it the same God we are serving, praising, and worshipping. A row of familiar words greeted me at Hope - KS, "To fufill the Great Commission in our life time..." We are all workers for the same BOSS man!

Now as i read the epistles in the bible, i feel a glimpse of what Paul is feeling when he writes to the churches he visited, encouraging the believers in the church... and being encouraged to see the church growing in strength.

We might not sail the sea or ride on donkeys to a foreign land, now we go by planes. We might not be writing letters by mail, but we can continue to keep in contact with our churches outside thru MSN, blogs, Facebook... Isn't that wonderful?

@ Universiti Malaysia Sarawak (UNI-MAS)

@ Ocean Resort, Lundu, Sarawak
(with new friends -Chia Yen, Yan Jye, Julian)

- Food Special -

3-layer Teh Si Peng

Kuching Laksa
(this is really yummy and taste different from what we have in Singapore)

Kolo Mee
(It taste just as good by eating the mee alone!)

- More photos -

Signing Off.

23 September 2008

Dim Sum Lunch Buffet

a bunch of GREAT EATERS!

We had a dim sum lunch buffet together at Mirama Hotel.

We sat at 2 tables, guys and girls.

Guess what? Without any disappointment, the brothers side (7) had a total order of 52 baskets of dim sum.

Hmm.... while knowing that we are great eaters, we might want to consider more exercise as well?

Signing Off.

05 August 2008

Hillsong - Desert Song

This is my prayer in the desert
When all that’s within me feels dry
This is my prayer in my hunger and need
My God is the God who provides

This is my prayer in the fire
In weakness or trial or pain
There is a faith proved of more worth than gold
So refine me Lord through the flame

And I will bring praise, I will bring praise
No weapon formed against me shall remain
I will rejoice, I will declare
God is my victory and He is here

This is my prayer in the battle
When triumph is still on its way
I am a conqueror and co-heir with Christ
So firm on His promise I’ll stand

All of my life, In every season
You are still God
I have a reason to sing
I have a reason to worship

This is my prayer in the harvest
When favor and providence flow
I know I’m filled to be emptied again
The seed I’ve received I will sow

I really enjoyed this song, thanks calyn for intro-ing this song to me. Hope this song will bring you to God's presence.

Signing Off.

31 July 2008

For Christ died for sins once for all, the righteous for the unrighteous, to bring you to God. He was put to death in the body but made alive by the Spirit.
- 1 Peter 3:18

Why?- Nicole Nordeman

We rode into town the other day, just me and my Daddy.
He said I’d finally reached that age,
and I
could ride next to him on a horse
that of course
was not quite as wide
We heard a crowd of people
and so we stopped to find out why
was that man that my dad said he loved,
but today
there was fear in his eyes

So I said Daddy why are they screaming?
Why are
the faces of some of them beaming?
Why is he
dressed in that bright purple robe?
I bet that
crown hurts him more than he shows
Daddy please

can’t you do something?
He looks as though he’s
gonna cry
You said he is stronger than all of

those guys-Daddy please tell me why,
why does
everyone want him to die?

Later that day the sky grew cloudy
and daddy said
I should go inside
Some how he knew things would
get stormy,
boy was he right
But I could not keep
from wondering
if there was something he had
to hide
So after he left I had to find out,
I was
not afraid of getting lost
So I followed the
crowds to a hill where I knew men had been killed
And I heard a voice come from a cross:

And it said : Father why are they screaming.
are the faces of some of them beaming?
Why are
they casting their lots for my robes??
This crown
of thorns hurts me more than it shows.
please can’t you do something?
I know that you
must hear my cry.
I thought I could handle a cross
of this size,
Father remind me why,
why does
everyone want me to die.
When will I understand


My precious Son, I hear them screaming.
watching the face of the enemy beaming
but soon I
will clothe you in robes of my own.
Jesus this
hurts me much more than you know,
but this dark
hour I must do nothing.
Though I’ve heard your unbearable
cry —
the power in your blood destroys all the
soon you’ll see past their unmerciful eyes.

Look there below see the child trembling by her father’s side.
Now I can tell you why,
she is why

you must die.

Signing Off.

28 July 2008

Spiritual Habit of Worship

As I read thru the teaching and preparing for this topic, I was reminded of this simple truth - that worship is about the heart attitude.
During caregroup last week, we discussed and shared on the topic of worship.

As i have said before, although the teaching on worship seems "back to basics", there are still insights to be learnt as we re-visit the truth.

What is not worship?
-Slow music
- Happens once a week
- Raising of hands and kneeling down
- Must be singing songs

What is worship?
- Glorifying and Edifying God
- A lifestyle
- WORTH-SHIP: Telling God the worth he holds in our lives

Why worship?
- Worship simply comes out of a relationship with Jesus
- Worship causes us to be more like God

How is your relationship with God recently? Do you have the habit of worship?

How to worship?
( John 4:20-24)

- In spirit (allow our emotions to come alive)
-In truth (in response to the biblical truths in the Scriptures)

In the passage, Jesus was telling the Samaritan woman at the well that worship is not about the location, but IT'S ABOUT THE ATTITUDE.

God is not trapped on the altar or locked in the temple.

Our body is the temple of God, in which the Holy Spirit given by God takes its dwellling. (1 Cor 6:19-20)

I have found a video clip about worship!

Remember, Worship is not what we can gain from God, it's about coming to the cross daily, to cry, to surrender, to laugh, to be humbled, to confess, TO GIVE OUR LIVES BACK TO GOD!

Spiritual Habits: Word of God, Prayer, Worship
These are the habits we have covered so far during caregroup recently. We really put action points to follow thru our understanding.

M&M this week . . .
~ Memorise & Meditate ~

God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.
(John 4:24)

My heart is steadfast, O God;
I will sing and make music with all my soul.
(Psalm 108:1)

Signing Off.

21 July 2008

Both a musician and instrument

Wow! It's been quite a experience for me recently, having the chance to be part of the praise and worship team for the tertiary service.

Still remember my shepherd asked me to consider to serve the Body of Christ, to join a ministry at the church level. For quite a while, I wasn't sure what i am looking out for, every ministry seems like harmless, either to learn a new skill or maximising my current talents to serve in the kingdom of God.

1 thing i am sure is that the passion for the ministry i am going to join, must be something burning, something that is for-God, not self-glorifying but to bring glory to God.

These period of training as a support singer on stage was fun! Managed to be involved in trying out as a support singer during the UNI camp on St. John Island. Still remember Timothy told me that all of us are ministers of God, and that i should not see myself just as a back-up singer. He says we are ALL ministering to the people and leading the bros and siss to see God in the songs.

Similar to this, I was even more excited for singing during the service last saturday.

What are the moments i enjoy?

- I like the music practice we had on thursday, i enjoy the dinner time tog before that too! although i don't know many of the musicians then, I really appreciate Jason(Nehemiah) who initiated to talk to me and express his joy to talk to me more since we would get to serve tog more in the future. Makes me feel comfortable.

- I like to try out harmonising the songs at certain parts, and i enjoy the "weng~weng~" sensation when the notes hit at the right frequency. (hmmm hard to describe here, need to listen one...) I really want to see the songs touch people's heart, seeing myself as the "enhancer" of this spiritual atmosphere.

- I am glad to function as a part in this Body of Christ. Haha! impressed by the talents in the different musicians on stage, but also reminded by the passage about everyone is a part of the Body. One Body many parts.

After the evaluation, Joanne shared to us singers about her passion and burden for this ministry, which I caught as she share to us. Yes! This ministry will be one where all the singers will be part in bringing up the spiritual atmosphere in the church, where both believers and non-believers feel God's presence through the songs.

Perhaps we have so many things to share about God's love in words, in speech.
But a song of God's love is enough to soften and touch many hearts.

I want to be part of this vision for God.

Signing Off.