To Act in Compassion, Starts from Hug!
On Sept 16, 2010, the 4D3N of “First Malaysian Christian Holistic Care Conference” came to an end. It was a historical moment for Chinese churches and Christian social organization in Malaysia. There is total of 410 people attended this conference with 329 participants, 38 speakers, 32 volunteers and 11 committee members. There are 81 participating churches and 49 participating organizations and 44 Christian social organizations involved in Caring Ministry Exhibition. These are wonderful work of God!
We give all praise and thanksgiving unto our God. After the “baptism” of this conference, many churches, brothers and sisters were being revived by God and filled with Holy Spirit. In one accord, we see that it’s important to fulfill the mission to care about our community and act when we are moved. We should tear down the “wall” of church, by abiding the Great Commandment of loving God and others; we walk into the community and serve them. This is the mission that we Christian should shoulder together.
Before the conference ended, Rev June Yuen invited all church pastors and care-givers to embrace, confess, and forgive one another. Prayerfully through this opportunity, relationship between churches and social organizations will be restored and united as one in Christ. Let’s break the barrier that hinder us to go out, set aside all dissension and walk into the community hands in hands. Embrace the world with love, build the church in unity, and accomplish the Great Commission and the Great Commandment entrusted by God.
(II) 最新进展 Latest Updates
Three innovative service models have been introduced during the conference, and seeking partnering churches to work together. Following are some latest updates:
a. 7979全人关怀站 Holistic Care Station
许多教会牧者及领袖邀请全人关怀团队前往教会分享这模式。 其他出席研讨会的弟兄姐妹也答应把这模式带回教会，与教会牧者领袖分享，考虑加入此行列。 神也赐下许多这事工所需要的资源：有一位姐妹愿意加入全人成为陪读班协调员的全职同工，有弟兄为我们架设网站——宣传及推广7979，有一姐妹为我们设计行动外套或T-恤，也有弟兄愿意赞助2位同工去台湾受训的机票。
Many church pastors have invited HISTEAM to share this caring model in their church. Other brothers and sisters who have attended this conference also promise to share this model with their church pastors and leaders. God also grants us many resources that we need. These include a sister who is willing to join HISTEAM as full time staff to co-ordinate “Companionship Class for Underprivileged Children” programme, a brother who will help us to design and develop a website to promote 7979 ministry, a sister who is willing to help us to design “Care in unity” vest or T-shirt. Besides that, a brother agreed to sponsor air ticket for 2 staffs to attend training in Taiwan after hearing our ministry and needs.
b. 大马餐馆福音团契 Restaurant Gospel Fellowship
A pastor who has attended this conference, agreed to help in preaching to the workers in restaurant during their gathering in the midnight once a month. A sister from Jubilee Initiative is in charge of this ministry. With the help of Rev Foo Moy Peng, they have contacted many restaurants, in which 6 restaurants welcome them to share gospel with them (most of the workers there are Myanmarese, some are Chinese Myanmarese) and set up 2 cell groups among the 6 restaurants. There are 2 churches lending their premises for these fellowships to meet at 11.30pm. The Myanmarese does not understand our dialect, but God has sent 2 Myanmarese pastors who will partnership with us to serve this group of Myanmarese migrants.
c. 圣诞儿礼 Operation Christmas Child
善普施的代表Rev Bill Klear分享过去一年连接本地异象持有者的努力，祈望在来年能成立大马全国领袖团队来执行圣诞儿礼的事工。研讨会中，Bill Klear牧师用心地以华语分享，透过当地教会派发来自遥远国家的礼物给贫穷孩子之运动，祈望华人教会，愿意派送圣诞礼物，将爱与福音，一起传送到大马最大的福音未得之民手上。此崭新的事工，有待即将成立的全国领袖团队于2011年落实在大马这片土地上。
For the past one year, representative from Samaritan Purse, Rev Bill Klear has been working hard to share and network some local vision holders to form a national leadership team so that they can carry out the ministry of Operation Christmas Child. In the conference, Rev Bill Klear has shared in Mandarin about this movement of distributing gifts from faraway to poverty-stricken kids through local churches. Prayerfully the Chinese churches are willing to share the love and good news of Jesus by giving out Christmas gifts to the largest unreached group in Malaysia. This new ministry will be implemented in Malaysia when the national leadership team is formed in 2011.
Remark: Feel free to contact HISTEAM for further information and updates of these innovative strategies mentioned above.
As mentioned by Rev James Shia in the conference, dismiss is not an end but a start. After this conference, we received positive response and acknowledgement from many churches, especially the 3 innovative strategies introduced. The secretariat of the conference will continue to operate in order to update churches about the progress of these innovative strategies and prepare for the next conference. We have invited about 30 pastors and leaders from different area in Malaysia to be our Regional Promote and Contact Person. This is to assist the promotion of a book with conference messages collection, “Care in Unity” Vest and follow-up the innovative strategies and ministry introduced in the conference. Visit our blog for more information.
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(III) 参加者感言。。。 Feedback from participants…
An exit in the bottleneck of love and care
Written by Shen Chiu Hsiang, founder of Shuang Fu
From 2009 till 2010, as I restructure internal organization greatly, shockingly I found out that co-workers were in fatigue state. This unexpected big change among co-workers and within the ministry causes a lot of personnel problems. My intelligence, mental and physical efforts were greatly being challenged. I prayed to God and seek His will. Thank God, He has answered my prayer and prepared this “Malaysian Christian Holistic Care Conference” for us.
When churches and organization from all over Malaysia taking part in this conference actively, in the midst of gathering in God’s love, I could feel the harmonious and beautiful of the collective wisdom and effort. The working committee invited speakers from both overseas and local to nurture and teach us according to the needs of churches and organizations. They also invited leaders from various social organizations to share their experience through workshop.
Attending this conference, my body can have a rest but my soul is full. Actually, churches and organization are the best body to accomplish God mission hands in hands but most of the time we build our own wall using our own standard. On the last day, I saw spirit of humility and loving heart. Representatives of church and organization apologized to one another and hug one another. This is a warm current that flow to harmony, the path that pleases God.
God actually equip me through these 4 days of conference to face the problems I met in my ministry. Although I was hurt and exhausted, I strongly believe that God will help Double Blessing. Of course, we need to confess our sin and repent before God first, and then adjust ourselves with a heart of thanksgiving and obedience. On the other hand, the strategy of 7979 Holistic Care Station is an impressive push. I foresee the great battle formation of gospel and care. God will revive every church and brothers and sister to charge and save the oppressed souls.
I reflect with my co-workers about these questions again: Who is my neighbour? Is he/she the one that we work together every day in the centre? Are we too familiar with one another and become a habit and law to judge one another, embarrassing others? As the speaker mentioned, we are kind to treat those we need our help, but no patience for co-worker who lively together for quite some time. In Matthew 22:37-39, “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself. ”Love God and befriend with people are the most important things. When argument arises, learn to put down own point of view, then only you can see thing clearly from entire view.
One morning, a sister visited me. She is a PhD holder in psychology cum professor. She brought her students along and said that she was looking for Shuang Fu. I asked her how she gets to know Shuang Fu. She said, in the exhibition in conjunction with Holistic Care Conference, she saw 3 disabled friends from our centre, maybe they are not convenient in action, perhaps their talking are not clear, but their joyful heart truly touched her.
Thank God, His love fills our life, give us comfort and grace.
Dato Sri Idris Jala: 我们还有许多可以为我们的百姓及国家进行的事。若我们尽我们的本分及祷告，神的手必临到这土地。
Positive responses from the participants
Pr Khin Wai Yi: Thank God for this great opportunity to attend “First Malaysian Christian Holistic Care Conference”. In this short period of 4 days and 3 night’s conference, it’s like a necklace, chained one by one. Every session, it’s of independent content but with continuity and integrity. Through the messages of experienced speakers, plenary sharing of pastors and experience sharing of frontline co-workers in workshop had successfully brought out the continuity and integrity of the Greatest Commandment. At same time, churches are called to accomplish the Great Commandment entrusted by God in unity. Not only to love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength, but also to love our neighbours as ourselves.
Lana Wong: Well done for organising the Holistic Care Conference. Feedback from participants was the speakers were truly anointed and make all of them cry with all the deep soul searching questions. May God truly wake up the sleeping giant and the church to rise up to its destiny and sing a song to the hopeless. This is a benchmark for HISTEAM in organising and co-ordinating the churches, ministries in West and East Malaysia.
Dato Sri Idris Jala: We have a lot to do for our people and country. If we all do our bit & pray, the Lord’s hand will be upon this land.
Pr Mary Hung: Many people were upset because they have missed this wonderful conference. People who have attended commend that this conference is beyond all the praises. I hope that they are not only being moved in their heart and mouth but also they live it out in their action.
Anonymous comment from some participants:
- I’m truly grateful that I can attend this conference. It’s constructive; I’ve found the answer for the question that I’m troubling before this. I have the chance to get to know different caring ministry. From their sharing I gain a lot of insights, even enhance my faith in God for His faithfulness and guidance.
- It’s a timely conference. Hopefully in the next conference, what this conference has declared and planned will come true. I also notice that the co-workers and volunteers of the conference were serving wholehearted and make the conference run smoothly. Praise the Lord!