A Week Off in Sydney (With Van!)
It’s my sem break now and I thought it would be a good chance to visit my fellow CMA-er (Church Ministers’ Apprenticeship) who’s now studying in Moore Theological College. It’s been a long-time desire of mine to visit Moore College, to actually see for myself the wealth of resources they have in their library, and also the new building I’ve heard so much about. Now that Van’s there, I can finally justify to myself why I would be willing to spend the time and money to fly to Sydney: to visit Van, to check out Moore College and a bit of sightseeing.
A Good Comrade in Christ for the Gospel in Malaysia
Van: Passionate about the Gospel, Passionate about People
Van and I differ a lot in our personalities, likes and dislikes, and because of this, I’ve been able to learn a lot from her just from our work and conversations together. Van is the type that’s always looking to engage people in gospel conversations and her seemingly boundless energy for people is always an encouragement for someone like me to keep pushing on and work hard to engage in people ministry. One of the most encouraging examples I’ve seen in her is back at home (Malaysia), when she’d try to go to the same food stall again and again just so that she can engage the owner with gospel conversations and also invite his/her children to Little People (CERC’s children’s evangelistic event). Her passion for people to know and understand the Gospel continues on even in her time in Australia. Even during my short week of stay in Sydney, I’ve already had the chance to meet and speak to one of her one-to-ones, and I know she has more!
A Great Sunday School Teacher/Trainer in the Making
Besides a love for people, she’s also really good at creatively explaining the Gospel to people, especially kids. I’m usually the kind that focuses on getting the content right at the expense of a good delivery, but Van is always also focused on making sure that the message gets across to people in a creative and clever way, and a glimpse of her creativity can already be seen in the craft she made for me, stuck on the wall in the room I checked in.
Now in Sydney, God’s given her the privilege to serve as a student minister in Multicultural Bible Ministry (MBM) Rooty Hill, and she’s currently training under Sandy Galea to serve in the children’s ministry. I pray that God will continually use her well in the church and also to train her well so that she will be a great addition to CERC when she comes back!
Determined and Focus on The Gospel Back Home
One final and most important point to highlight about Van is her determination and focus to the Gospel work back home. Of the many things I enjoyed during my time in Sydney, the best were the daily conversations and reflections I had with a fellow partner in Christ who is equally keen and determined on Gospel work in Malaysia. During the week, someone asked me, “Given the difficulties you will face in doing ministry back in Malaysia, wouldn’t you rather stay in Australia where you can serve God in ministry and have an easier life?” Not so for Van and I, because we know that life now is not about comfort, but about serving Christ with all that God has gifted us, and for us, that means Malaysia. We’ve spent almost every night winding down over dinner, reflecting and sharing the stories and lessons we’ve learnt from Australia, working out how we can adapt them in a Malaysian context, getting ready for a lifelong service back home. We’re really grateful for the chance to experience and learn from the strongly evangelical ministries in Australia, and we’re hoping to use it well when we get back.
The week I’ve spent in Sydney has definitely been encouraging and refreshing, and I pray that both of us will be able to work hard so that we can be better equipped for ministry back home.
To my friends and supporters, please continue to pray for us and consider how you can help support our ministry financially.
Also, please check out Van’s blog here too.
Posted on 2nd August 2018