Malaysia Unit - EAA Seminar Report
East Asia Area Seminar was held from the 27-30 March 2019 in Hong Kong. There were about 370 participants and Malaysia representatives were 44 persons with 2 spouses. The seminar’s theme was ‘Here I am, Send Me’ from Isaiah 6:8. It was another motivating, enriching, and empowering session with many great speakers, example Re Heasun Kim, Prof Mabel Wu, Matilda Johnson among others. The EEA Officers for 2021-2025 were duly elected and we congratulate Sisters Mary Devadason & Margaret Chan for being elected as President and Secretary, respectively. The next major conference will be the World Assembly in August in Sweden and we pray that more women of EAA will come and join the session.
"ONE CHURCH ONE SCHOOL" COMMUNITY PROGRAM ~ PRESENTATION OF MANDARIN ORANGES TO SK METHODIST PJ
On 31st January 2019, the Methodist Women of Trinity Petaling Jaya together with Rev Paul S Christie, Pastor Lewis Loke, Brother Tan Hock Wah (Chairman Board of Management SK Methodist PJ) and Brother Andrew Wong (Lay Leader) presented Mandarin oranges to the students and teachers of SK Methodist Petaling Jaya as part of its community program in conjunction with the Chinese New Year celebration. We thank God for His grace to enable TMCPJ to fruitfully carry out this program since 2017. The unity and community of the LCEC leaders made it possible through their personal donation.
On the morning of 31st Jan, the MW ladies gathered in church at 9.00am to pack the goody bags which consists of mandarin oranges, biscuits and chocolates. The goody bags were swiftly transferred to the school once the packing was completed and ready to be given out to the children at 11.30am.
It was a delight to see the joy on the faces of the children upon receiving the goody bags! Indeed it was noteworthy to hear Puan Rita, the Student Welfare Teacher reminding the children to participate in community and fellowship by choosing one of their favourite items in the good bag to eat together. Many of the children presented a handwritten and hand drawn Chinese New Card to Rev Paul and Pastor Lewis to show their appreciation.
What an excellent program to bridge the community and establish a relationship with the school seeking to represent and honour God in all we do as we respond to the TRAC mission of "One Church One School Community Program".
May the favour of the Lord our God rest on us; establish the work of our hands for us, yes, establish the work of our hands. (Psalm 90:17)
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Reflections on MW Convention 2017
The 42nd Session TRAC Methodist Women’s Convention was held in Acappella Suite Hotel, Shah Alam from 22nd-24th September 2017. The theme of the convention is ‘Women of Strength & Dignity’ taken from Proverbs 31:25. Twelve ladies from Trinity Methodist Church, Petaling Jaya were blessed with a relaxing time, good accommodation and both physical and spiritual food. We had a time of fun, good fellowship and learning. Below are the reflections of some of the participants.
This was my first time attending the Women’s Convention. Being a working mother of four with kids from 4yr+ till 15yrs, I battled in my mind if I should sign up and go. I have my share of struggles such as no spare time, so many things to attend to and my son's PT3 exam is in 16 days' time. Yet I yearn to be strengthened and gained some insight from Rev Dr. Hea Sun Kim (Korean) and Rev Hikari Kokai-Chang (Japanese) from United Methodist Church, USA. The workshop "Women at Work" and "Cultivating Life-giving Disciplines" appealed to me.
This convention has blessed me tremendously. My spirit was lifted up when Rev. Dr Hea Sun Kim affirmed that each of us are God's unique, special and POWERFUL SEEDS! In the past, there were times when I felt unworthy. My family and friends deserve someone better. But through sharing from fellow sisters-in-Christ, I am assured that God did not make any mistake. We are God's unique and powerful seeds. The two plenary session speakers were captivating and their messages spoke to our hearts.
I learnt that I must remain in God and dwell in Him; then my roots will be strong and healthy for me to stand firm and bear fruits. In order to know my God, I must spend time with Him. Just like when we spend time with our loved ones, we can gauge their needs. I need to be mentored by older women and subsequently I need to mentor younger women.
My fellow sisters, do sign up for the Methodist Women's Convention in future. You will be blessed. There will be one next year!
"The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving toward all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to you, and you give them their food at proper time. You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing."(Psalm 145:13b-16)
Dr. Loo Peh Ling
Journey to becoming a PEACEMAKER
The experience of a lifetime which should have lasted 6 days but unfortunately reduced to merely 3 days can only be summarized into one word. GRACE!
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9
It was truly an exhilarating moment when I found out I was going to travel out of the country for the very first time. The feeling of having the Malaysian passport in hand and knowing it
REFLECTIONS OF THE MW CONVENTION
There was a feeling of excitement and anticipation as I stepped into the lobby of Acapella Hotel for the 42nd TRAC Women's Convention. It was held from 22 to 24 September 2017. I had no idea what was in store for me as this was my first time attending such convention. With the presence of two wonderful international speakers in the persons of Rev Hea Sun Kim and Rev Hikari, I knew that this was a convention not to be missed.
The theme 'Women of Strength & Dignity' was most apt fro this convention as we wanted to remember God's blessings on TRAC MW. As women, we play important roles in the various ministries in the church. Each of us has special gifts. We complemented each other and worked as one united body in God's kingdom.
The plenary sessions were conducted in a relaxed manner. We were divided into groups for discussion on topics arising. I was truly inspired by Rev Hea Sun Kim's sharing on ' The Seeds'. The choice is ours to make, to be a good or a bad seed. I would like to think of myself as the sower of the seeds and God as the one who tills the soil and nurtures the seeds to grow. The seeds sown may take a while to blossom but they will, for God will do the rest. They will sprout and grow to become big plants, impacting the next generation.
The next interesting sharing was on 'being connected'. Each branch is connected to a tree. Everyone has an important role but if we are connected to each other, we are stronger and more faithful to God. We can be a tree to someone else, offering shade and support in need, at the right time and at the right place.
The convention was not all about serious matters. The 'Fun Nite' was an opportunity to showcase the talents and creativity of our ladies. It was indeed a nite where all of us let our hair down.
In summary, the plenary sessions and the workshops were inspiring & meaningful, fun & fulfilling, informative & fruitful and a wonderful insight.
Most of all, I enjoyed the active interaction among the ladies. It brought us together for friendship and inspired us for future challenges. The plenary sessions also provided much input for my soul.
Let us put our focus on the Lord! We trust in Him to give us grace & strength. I would want to live a life of worship, prayer & service. There is so much that needs to be done.
God's work has just begun!
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