20th Sept. 2012 by Mindy Oon , CM –
After three long grueling years of six weeks of 4 hour classes per night for 4 nights a week, the first batch of Tung Ling Ipoh students have (finally!) graduated. The graduation ceremony was held on the 14th of September at Elim Gospel Hall Ipoh. Nineteen proud students dressed in white shirts received their diploma in ministry as proud family, friends and lecturers cheered them on.
It was a night to remember as the graduating students sang the song ‘People Need the Lord’. The song was sung with much passion and emotion, a reminder to all who were present that many still needed to come to know Jesus as their Lord and Savior.
Rev. Eu Hong Seng, Chairman of NECF commended the students on their graduation theme ‘Into His Fields’ and reminded them that harvesting is more than just reaping benefits, but also hard work and sacrifice. Both Rev. Ng WahLok and Rev. Chan Theam Lai, principal of Tung Ling and dean of Tung Ling Ipoh respectively also gave speeches encouraging the graduates to continue their journey into the harvest fields for according to Luke 10:2, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest”.
Among the students who graduated is Asher Amos from Word of Life Centre Ipoh who wrote in his testimony that Tung Ling Ipoh has helped him see things in from a different angle and that he is now inspired to be more passionate about the things God is doing not only in Malaysia, but around the world.
Another graduate, Wong Hoe Cheong, from FGA Ipoh said in his testimony that he “experienced spiritual refreshing and now have a deeper understanding of God’s character and the response to the call for service to expand His kingdom”.
The nineteen students who graduated were also prayed for by the pastors and leaders present, and were commissioned to go into his fields.
The joyous occasion ended with all who were present mingling and fellowshipping over light supper that was provided.