“Trials and problems are not obstacles; they are ways for God to show us His power and grace”. This statement was experienced by members of the Bahasa Malaysia Ministry of SPAC, who though lacking much and feeling weak at times, were able to start a new BM ministry. It was all due to God’s grace. The 11th of August 2018 was a historical day for the BM ministry as a new church was opened – the Kota Kinabalu Methodist Preaching Centre (KKMPC).
The opening ceremony was conducted by Bishop Dr. Ong Hwai Teik and President Dr. Hii Kong Hock, the SPAC President. Also in attendance were the district superintendents of the BM ministry and the West Sabah District together with about 60 church members and representatives from the Chinese and English Speaking Methodist churches.
KKMPC is situated in Asia City at the Centre of the City of Kota Kinabalu. It is located in a strategic place so as to reach many people especially the younger generation. Through the leadership of Rev. Effindy Pengiran and assisted by Pastor Fionalisa E. Aldrin, we pray that this ministry will grow and be a blessing to the surrounding communities.
The vision of expanding the BM ministry in the city was shared at the 2017 Annual Conference Session. In this sharing, Bishop Ong Hwai Teik made an Episcopal Directed Fund contribution of RM50,000. Together with the contributions of others as well, this premise was realized and dedicated to the Lord. The process of renovation began from the month of December 2017 and the church began it’s worship service on the 18th of March, 2018. President Hii was also in attendance on that day.
At the opening ceremony, Bishop Ong Hwai Teik shared from John 10:15-16. He urged all the members of the church to seek out God’s lost sheep who were missing and to become a church that shines God’s love in order for God’s sheep to hear his voice.
The opening ceremony ended at 5.30pm. It is hoped that this Opening Ceremony will be the beginning for a ministry that will grow and bear fruit for the glory of the Name of God.
By Pastor Fionalisa