23 July 2013 by Adeline Lum CM-
On 15 of July, more than ten people from eight churches came together to recount their missionary trips under the International Christian Mission Malaysia (ICM Malaysia) to Nepal, Indonesia and Temenggor.
Pastor Steve Dixon, Vice Chairman of Worldwide Missions Evangelism (WME) and of International Christian Mission Inc. (ICM Inc.) hailing from Arkansas, was the speaker that day.
He shared a sign he saw hanging in a shop, which says, ‘You have a power to say this is not how my story would end’ and cited 2 Peter 1:5-11.
2 Peter 1:5-11
For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness, love. For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. Therefore, my brothers, be all the more eager to make your calling and election sure. For if you do these things, you will never fall,and you will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
“Everyone has the power to say that. The scripture says that if we don’t add on these virtues, we will become short sighted and fail.”
“I don’t think anyone of you would give yourselves for a short mission trip if you don’t think you would have eternal results,” said Pr. Steve.
TRIP TO NEPAL
On 22 to 29 June, Dorai Raju and Edwin Marsden led a mission trip of eight people to Nepal, i.e. Gorkha, Tinpiple, Pokhara and Dhading.
In Gorkha, they could not reach the church because the bridge broke down but God provided them a school bus to reach the Nepal Presbyterian Church to minister.
“A girl shared how she was scared to share her testimony on-stage but after taking the ICM course, she feels more confident. Every time she sees the cert, she knows her call to evangelize,” said Edwin Marsden for an ICM graduation in Pokhara.
Finally, in Dhading, 17 people crammed into a truck and four of them were sitting on the roof of the truck to ride up to the mountainous areas.
“Pastor Harun, who uses ICM training modules, travels for days to reach the village just to share the gospel,” said Dorai.
More than 50 people gave their lives to the Lord and many more came to the altar for healing. Praise God for healing and ministering to the people!
The highlight of the mission trip was a 73-year-old grandfather who followed his grandson, Peter Siew, to the trip and accepted Christ at the end!
TRIP TO SUMATRA, INDONESIA
And on 4th to 9th of July, Dorai led another team to Sumatra, Indonesia with a pastor and his extended family, of 6 adults and 2 children from New South Wales.
“What is beautiful about this team is that the whole family came from the same church and they go as a team to this mission trip,” said Dorai.
They had an open-air crusade in Samosir Island with the ICM truck that can be fully converted into a stage!
They also went to Siddikalang and Pangururan. In Pangururan, they had to walk 15 minutes in pitch darkness before reaching the village. Many people in these villages came out to hear the good news and were touched by the Lord.
TRIP TO TEMENGGOR, MALAYSIA
Lastly, on 12th to 14th July, Jimmy Chang from FGA KL led a team of 11 people to Temenggor as a follow-up trip to the Jerai tribe who resides at Pulau Banding and the Lanoh tribe at Bukit Sapi over the weekend. The Lanoh tribe is a small tribe with only approximately 300 people in Malaysia.
Many of them in the mission trip recounted how they felt blessed seeing the joy and gratefulness of the people they visited, despite their lack and impoverished state.
“One elderly lady who has not seen her son for eight years, started to mumble without any teeth and worship with us. It’s actually sad to see so many of them in this kind of condition. And that’s why our mission trip brings God’s love to them,” said Evelina Appaduray from Trinity Methodist Church in Petaling Jaya.
“I met a fifteen-year-old girl who did not even know her date of birth or how old her baby was. These people have such a tough life, yet we complain so much. They touched my life,” said Rebecca Ooi from Cheras EFC.
“I was shocked to see an old lady lying there for so many years. Yet, she wished she could buy us durians and boil water for us. That really taught me to be grateful to God,” said Susan Tan from Seremban Gospel Chapel.
A few members of the mission trip also shared how they encountered God in the trip.
“In Kuala Kangsar, I smelled a sweet fragrance during the Sunday worship. I asked around and only Fong Fong could smell it. But during refreshment, I could still smell the fragrance and, while in Lenggong too. I knew that the fragrance came from Jesus,” said Helen Ee from FGA KL.
“What I experienced in this trip is that I have to share my testimonies. But I didn’t know whether I can do it, I didn’t know what to tell them or preach to them. That is why the Holy Spirit is good. I just opened my mouth and couldn’t stop sharing. They started to open up a bit. We got to give them the truth from the heart,” said Kelvin Lau from FGA KL.
A few from the Ampang Chinese Methodist Church also learned a lot from their ministry to the children.
“While I was teaching the children, I observed that they are very kind and pure-hearted. They would repeat what we taught them. But because we had limited time, we could not make the material simpler so they could learned more,” said Kuo Hsiang Lan from Ampang Chinese Methodist Church, a Taiwanese lady currently staying in Malaysia.
“For me, it’s great because I am fluent in my mother tongues, which are Cantonese and Mandarin; I was comfortable in the Chinese church. But when I was with the Orang Asli, I had to translate what I said to Malay. Maybe this is my opportunity to improve my Bahasa,” said Tong Fong Fong from Ampang Chinese Methodist Church.
Ending the prayer meeting, Jimmy felt very encouraged with the unity of the mission trip in bringing love and hope to the Lanoh people which the team had visited.
The team also ministered at Chinese churches in Kuala Kangsar and Lenggong and the locals were very blessed.
“This is fantastic. For the Bahasa-speaking people, we have the Bahasa-speaking team. And for the Chinese-speaking people, we have the Chinese-speaking team. Thank you, you make my job much easier and I hope that you would share what you experienced in mission trips with other people,” said Jimmy Chang.
Are you looking to join a mission trip but lack time? ICM Malaysia send short-term mission trips over the weekend as well for working adults.
If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or contact +603 6205 3137.
1) ICM Training & STM to Sarawak, East Malaysia
1st-7th August 2013
(together with a team from Australia)
2) Medical Mission in Kuala Kubu Bharu & Tanjung Malim, West Malaysia
9th-12th August 2013
(hosting the medical students of Malaysian Fellowship, Russia)
3) STM to Mantin, Negeri Sembilan, West Malaysia
24th-25th August 2013
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