We are so grateful that we experienced God’s grace and miracle in this Kuching Tour! Prior to this, Raymond had fallen to sickness (Dengue Fever, throat infection, flu and cough) which caused the vocal cord to be extremely worn out. Unable to control the position of voicing out, let alone singing. To make thing worse, the vocal high pitch was worn out, lacking of moisture. Therefore, Raymond felt so down and so terrible! Keep telling myself that man is weak anyhow but God’s power is never lesser; Miracle and strong determination will be displayed on those who humbly yield upon Him! Hallelujah! God’s faithfulness is so real! Even though the voice in the continuous 4 Gospel concerts was not as good as previous but still able to sing out with real voice. Besides, Gospel was clearly shared, friends understand what was shared and responded to God’s salvation! All Glory to the Lord!
Another miracle? We had a breakthrough arrangement this time around as we went to 2 extremely small Chinese churches with less than 50 people but their heart of sharing the Gospel was not small. The first night, it was the first time the Chinese department of the church having evangelistic service. What surprised Raymond was that it was full house, brothers and sisters took initiative to encourage their friends to accept the Lord during the altar call. Hence, God added in saved souls to the church, hallelujah! Second night, Mother’s Day eve, the church considered for quite some time whether or not to go on with the service. At the end they worked hand in hand with us to put this Gospel concert in work out of love and faith. The brothers and sisters from English department gave their full support, so touching. As long as we are sincere, love can bring, change and even encourage people! Hence, the newcomers’ number is not big, mostly english speaking but still there are people accepted Jesus’ salvation!
Not only so, the Chinese department though they are small but their love for our team was great! They were not stingy in love offering, giving the best to support the Lord’s ministry. The CD purchase support level from them was not behind big churches. We appreciate them! Raymond thought that these 2 services were God’s miracle! Glory to the Lord!
Sunday service, also Mother’s Day, back to a familiar church! Have not seen for a long period, the heart of loving God and man is increasing. They had done many things which in others’ eyes are losing money ministry. Things like youth ministry, helping the poor families, support greatly for disadvantaged social group on monthly basis, community works and so on! Because of this, many Christian with rich and position left them. Who would want to suffer loss? But in response to God’s mission out of love, to love man you need mind, energy and money. “It is more blessed to give than to receive” which is easy to understand but hard to carry out. The lord’s words even remind us that road to the cross is hard and who are willing to enter the narrow gate? Raymond was touched and encouraged. Everybody like to have comfortable life; How many will value Jesus’ or Gospel inheritor Paul’s road of mission? Thank Lord for the church, and grateful that the Lord is willing to use us as a humble Gospel vessel.
It was not easy to invite friends in Mother’s Day morning. However, there were many willing to join and accepted Jesus in this special day! Excitement filled the heart. Same in the evening, no one absence just because the next day was working day. Friends who were cared for a long time were attracted by the Lord to the service. Hence, there were new believers in that night as well, hallelujah! Sharing Gospel is not the responsibility of “flyers”; It is the brothers and sisters who care for their friends, build the trust, and naturally not people, things or festivals can stop us from inviting them. Not every family will have this blessing of having meal together in this Mother’s Day. There are many mothers felt so lonely, sad, self-blaming, painful because not every child shows respect to parents. If we were to care and understand our friends in our lives, these lonely and left behind mothers (friends) would be embraced by Jesus’ love during this special day because our care for them that attract them to the church!
I admired and appreciated the young people in this church. They are committed, loving the Lord, talented, even better are their humbleness and politeness! Raymond’s youth was not as good as theirs! In this generation, it is hard to find good quality youth; yet this church is full of them, what a blessing! Young people will not having good attitude out of no way. Their pastors and leaders must have put much effort in this. These children’s backgrounds including single parent, broken hearted, on the fringe, autistic, even those were overlook due to parents’ busyness of earning money. They stood on stage and shared the greatness of mother’s love and their testimony touched Raymond, tears were all in the eyes. Solid words, real expression, touching, full of connotation are these young man! After the service, Raymond was having conversation with pastor in guest room and one group of youth coming in. The Bassist brother came and thank Raymond for 10 years ago when Raymond first came and inspired him to learn guitar, he can now play Bass extremely well! Wow… never thought of my life can have such influence, edifying a talented young man! Very touching. The band’s leader (pastor eldest son) represented the team saying, “We are still not working and having no money to support you but we would like to offer you something” – delivering a pack of guitar string to Raymond. Very sincere action and simple life! Plus, their gift is not totally unrelated but a very closely related Raymond’s serving and life – guitar string. You can see that their observance and sensitivity is very high, congratulation!
Some put income as first priority in life, we choose to share the Gospel as goal. With such attitude and vision, this tour brought us a different wave. We can be easier, simpler, and freer in serving; we gave our best sincerity. If it was not so, we would not need to spend another RM4000 as shipping fee for music equipments and other goods, and would not choose a small churches to serve. We understand, however, the mission of love is to go everywhere which is needy, bringing blessing to these people. The need is not necessary means poor in finance; but the lacking of source and empty souls to be filled, satisfied and most importantly to fulfill the Lord’s mission, serving God and man!
Special thanks to churches, giving your best to bless and support our ministry! Thank you for willing to be sacrifice everything for the lost souls God loved, to be a partner of Singpetra Mission, spreading the Gospel around! Your love and patience had been edifying our team, affirming our ambition to serve! Let’s uphold one another to God’s hand for this long time spiritual warfare, serving God and man until we see the Lord’s face! See you again, Kuching! Thank you for your love!