11th Sept , By Ezra Chim , CM –
The Lord called and a family answered the call to go into Batu Arang, about 50 miles from Kuala Lumpur and to set up a church there. Sister Subashini and her husband brother Nicholas together with the whole family ( three sons and one daughter ) started this extraordinary journey of faith to this old coal mining land and where not many people knows the place let alone to build a church far away from the comfort of their home in Subang Jaya, Selangor.
The call came in a vision in the year 2006 and the Lord said to sister Subashini that He will give her a church with no souls and she must kneel down and pray. He will give her the harvest and signs and wonders will take place. So on the 23th August 2008, the Lord led her to set up the church in Batu Arang exactly on the date that was foretold in the vision. It started only with three souls and her family. The church was located in Taman Damai, a single storey low cost house with no air-conditioning, only fans. The work has started.
First ministry point in Taman Damai, Batu Arang. Single storey low-cost terrace house.
The whole family would travel from Subang Jaya every week without fail for prayer meetings, Sunday services and other occasions to minister to the needs of the people. The road leading in from the main road was without street lights then and it was a frightening experience to drive at night to the church. But the Lord was faithful on every occasion and the family was kept safe while travelling to and from Batu Arang.
The life of faith took a wondrous turn for the better as she faithfully serves there. On the 10th July 2010 approximately two years into the ministry, the Lord provided with a newly rented semi-detached bungalow in Jalan Bukit Nanas, within Batu Arang. This new sanctuary can accommodate 40 worshippers and is air-conditioned. Today the church has 20 regular worshippers and they were all previously from other religious background. This in itself is a miracle in a land where not many are willing to thread and persevere and is a land filled with idols. Sister Subashini pointed out that the early years of ministry was very tough as many people told her that this is a land with no hope of revival. She felt strongly in her heart that the people need a refuge and Jesus Christ is the refuge. Thus, the church was named as “Jesus is my Refuge Church.” She claimed on the promises of God that “The Name of the Lord is a strong tower, the righteous run to it and are safe” (Proverbs 18:10) and “The eternal God is your refuge and underneath are the everlasting arms” (Deuteronomy 33:27).
Jesus is My Refuge Church, Bukit Nanas in Batu Arang . The church family.
In the old mining land where many are not interested to serve, God chose an obedient lady who had the courage and fortitude to head this ministry. Together with the whole family, they served the people joyfully and with love since August 2008. Sister Subashini’s prayer is that the Lord would grant her 3000 souls in this land, to raise up youths and to conduct services in all our local languages. With God on her side, this is indeed possible. Amen!
The church has set up a 24 hour prayer line at 03-6035 1239 for those who are in need of prayer in times of affliction and pain.
Sister Subashini leading in worship and prayer.
Images of Batu Arang – An air shaft is built to serve ventilation purposes (left) and the main entrance of a mine in the half past century ago is now abandoned and covered with weeds (right).
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