Christmas With A Mission

ChristmasWithAMission

Christmas with a Mission is a music festival/concert by the Luther House Chapel‘s Youth.

Through this Christmas music festival/concert, they have a mission is to raise enough funds to buy 2 motorboats for the Pulau Banding Orang Asli community. Pulau Banding is in Temenggor Lake, Perak with an estimated community of 1,600 people.

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The Pulau Banding Orang Asli previously lived on dry land before the Temenggor Dam was built. Since then, they have had to adjust to a new life with different living skills to adapt. They live in shanty huts with leaky roofs and need to learn how to live off the water. Because of the remoteness of their location, there is no piped water supply; no food without fishing, hunting or gathering; or no sanitation services. Without a good boat, access to civilization is severely limited: it is difficult to send children to school; gain access to jobs as well as medical services and maternity care.

All this is why the Pulau Banding community needs the two motorboats.

Come for the music, stay for the good cause!

All you need to do is to come and enjoy yourself with fantastic music (Yes, you can even stomp and dance)!

The suggested love offering of RM35 per entry for the concert. Concert doors open at 6.30pm.

There will also be food sales before the concert starts at 2pm.

The music line up features:

How you can help:

  1. Come for the concert for just a minimum love offering of RM35!
  2. Help spread the word:

#GettingToKnowYou – BLC Council 2013-2015: Sheryl Chong, Missions

[Since we have just installed our BLC Council for 2013-2015, we thought it would be good to get to know them better. To do that, we are posting a profile of each council member – a profile a day for the next 8 days! The profiles will cover the roles and responsibilities of each council member, as well as a short question-and-answer interview – in their own words.]

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As a Council Member, Sheryl has been appointed to oversee our Missions work. In this capacity, she:

  • Chiefly responsible for and champions the relationships OUTSIDE the BLC Family congregation, including highlighting and explaining to the congregation the mission needs and plans
  • To stimulate and lead all members of the congregation in both personal and congregational outreach with the Gospel to those yet won
  • Oversees the organizations we support, including ensuring they receive financial support on time every year, as well as reviewing this list and making the recommendations to add/drop as necessary
  • Works with the OA partner congregation, including driving initiatives to strengthen this partnership/relationship
  • Works in the context of supporting the Lutheran Church of Malaysia’s Mission work

Tell us briefly about yourself? 
I’m a PJ/KL Malaysian, 28 going on 29, I was in academia for a while but now looking to see where life takes me.

How long have you been at BLC and what were your first impressions about it, when you first came?
I started attending in 2008 and thought it was cool that like my the church I attended during my uni days, BLC allowed the kids to run around during service. =)

What was your initial reaction to being asked to join/remain in Council?
Umm … I was hesitant and reluctant.

What do you do during your free time?
I watch films and listen to a sinful amount of kpop. Yes, I am out and proud.

What’s your favorite…

  • Food? – Easier to say what I don’t like. I don’t like fresh coriander leaves.
  • Drink? – Ribena and Vitagen.
  • Movie? – This is a difficult question.
  • Smell? – Freshly baked bread, coffee and rain.
  • Music genre? – KPOP!
  • Book or literary genre? – I think Agatha Christie should be a genre by herself because she is that awesome. But for favourite book, it’s Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘Remains of the Day’.
  • Conversation topic? – KPOP! Sorry, Kpop.

What would you consider your strength(s) and weakness(es)?
Strengths? I’m warm and friendly and have pretty neat handwriting. Weaknesses? I over-think and according to my friends, am a terrible person to watch ‘X Factor’ with because I diva my way through it.

Can you share what your personal dream and aspiration is, for the next 10 years?
Hmm … to build or make tangible what is intangible in my heart.

What is your dream for Malaysia (or the world), for the next 10 years?
Better public transportation, those machines in European supermarkets which spit out coins when you feed it your plastic/glass bottles, Malaysian drivers to collectively learn to indicate and stick to their lanes. And World Peace.

What does it mean for you to follow Christ today?
I don’t know if this makes sense but you know how you learn to wait out (or wade through) the first impressions of everything as you grow older? I feel that’s what God’s kinda teaching me nowadays – to enlarge my waiting room.

What do you think God is saying to you lately?
This may worry you, my good reader, but I never really know what He’s saying. However, I find myself thinking a lot about Matt 6:25-34 – He clothes the lilies and feeds the birds; surely He is looking out for me in these small things and therefore, in the bigger things.

What’s the most random thing you can think of right… NOW?
좋아 니 모든 것이 좋아 …

What’s the best way(s) to get in touch with you?

Identity, mission and calling – Emily Shipman

This morning, Emily preached from Luke 4:14-21.

In today’s gospel (Luke 4:14-21), Jesus’ address announces his identity and mission in the world. This also identifies what Christ’s followers’ mission ought to be, and it reveals to us God’s heart for the poor, oppressed, and imprisoned. By his use of scripture to make this declaration, Jesus also reminds us of the great gift that God has blessed us with by giving us the written Word of God: why not open it?

Ray of Hope

This morning seemed to be an all-star Sunday with a worship team that included a full music band (Chin Hor on drums! Jason on guitar! Yu Chiet on bass! Sonia on flute!) and a special devotional sharing on poverty and what we can do about it by Ray Chung, our BLC Family friend who’s back with his lovely family for Chinese New Year – all the way from Harrisburg Pennsylvania!

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Ray shared a little bit about his work with Hope International.

Augustin then shared a sermon based on Mark 1:21-28, on how God calls us and “disturbs” us – to see what is wrong with the world – and give us the power and grace to go and be a “disturbance” for good and change to His glory.

Like rays of hope. 😉