Monday, 28 July 2008

Testimony

Dr. Chong Kim Cheong

Singapore TEAM/
GLCC Netcasters Director


I am privileged to share what the LORD has been doing on the campuses of the Philippines recently-we were assigned to Negros!

As you read this testimony.... may I ask you to consider these questions: Will you pray that the Lord would send labourers into the harvest fields—where you are right now? Will you become a labourer? Or will you remain on the sidelines-observer or critic? Will you allow God's Spirit to stir you deeply with a burden for those who are like sheep without a shepherd?

The evangelistic team led by Pastor Mike comprised of Student Movement for Christ (SMC-Philippines) workers & students, 2 US groups from Highlands Baptist Church in Colorado and Baptist College of Ministry in Wisconsin and a Singapore team from GLCC. The members of the GLCC team are Kim Cheong, Hwee Min, Malcolm, Jessie, Eugene, Daphne, Maja, Ee Kwang, Norman, Jeffrey Woon, Ivan and Ray. Benjamin Quek (son of Pastor Sam) is interning with Pastor Mike and he was also with us.

Thank God for preserving the good working relationships SMC had with college presidents and high school principals over the past years as they granted us permission of 15-30 mins per classroom for room-to-room evangelism in Negros. In addition, mass evangelism meetings of one hundred to as many as 2000 students took place on some of the campuses.

As the campaign began, we met with fierce opposition from the enemy. On day one enroute to Guihulngan, we had to turn back as classes were called off that morning to commemorate Charter Day. We spent the day interceding and God gave us a breakthrough in prayer. We managed to return the next day at half strength as the rest went to another campus in Bayawan to share the Gospel.

Over the next few days, God gave us liberty in preaching the Gospel. In Leyte during one of the Gospel film meetings at night, there were so many technical interruptions that many students left halfway through the meeting. Still, we thank God for the unceasing prayers of the brethren all over the world! The spiritual battle was real and strong but prevailing prayer made a huge difference for us serving at the frontline.

There were so many students in need of the Gospel. Most have head knowledge about Jesus Christ but do not have a personal relationship with the Savior – they do not know how to receive God's simple gift of salvation as their own. They were so near yet so far from the Kingdom of God. Thank God for using each one of us to be His mouthpiece.

The Spirit of God indeed worked in the hearts of both students and teachers. Some wept as penalty of sin was preached and others came up to us confessing their sins wanting to make right with God. We also saw teachers raising their hands wanting to trust in Jesus alone for salvation. At the end of the first week of evangelistic campaign, approximately 12,000 students heard the Gospel and more than half made decisions to trust Jesus as their Savior. To God be the glory!

The harvest truly is plenteous but the labourers are few. The observers are many. The critics are many. But the labourers are few. God is looking for workers. He said, "The eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show Himself strong on behalf of those whose heart is loyal to Him" (2 Chr 16:9)

So, what will you do? Will you pray that the Lord would send labourers into the harvest fields—where you are right now? Will you become a labourer? Or will you remain on the sidelines-observer or critic? Will you ask the Holy Spirit to stir your heart to answer the desire and command of Jesus? Will you allow God's Spirit to stir you deeply with a burden for those who are like sheep without a shepherd?

Kim Cheong

Saturday, 26 July 2008

Philppines Crusade Update

As of today, the teams have reported 20,643 persons have heard the Gospel in personal evangelism, room to room evangelism on the campuses and other types of services and meetings. There were 11,391 decisions for salvation. The LORD is so amazing!

They saw people delivered from the bondage of sin, convicted to tears by the fact that Christ loved them, and died for them. There were those who could not wait to trust Him until the end of the presentation.

In the end, of the four islands targeted during the 2 weeks, 3 of them refused to grant the room to room evangelism! But the teams were not turned aside! They were able to be on campus witnessing, showing the Gospel Films in the student centers and preaching after. They used other creative means of providing opportunities for people to hear.

(Benjamin Quek, Linao High School)


The team was made up of over 50 people from the Philippines, Ireland, Singapore, and the U.S. They were fulltime christian workers, teachers, business men and women, students, housewives, a luthier, orthadontists--people from all walks of life. Many took their annual leave to spend it serving the LORD. They declared the Gospel in the power of the Spirit of God in faith believing and saw great results! For them too, this was a life-changing, humbling, faith-building experience!

A new island was opened--the island of leyte where a brand new chapter of SMCI has been set up and with a local church to work with. They saw wonderful blessing and many come to know the LORD.

(Ray Lee giving the Gospel at Western Leyte College)


I believe this is the 6th year we have been doing this! The LORD has been good all along. With more resources, this type of meeting could be going on all during the year ... all we need are workers, time, and funds! Join us in praying that the closed campuses will be opened and pray about coming yourself next time!

Pray for the follow-up teams! The job is much bigger than all of us.
Pray for those who heard and those who trusted!

More details and individual accounts coming...

Tuesday, 22 July 2008

“I Will Wait On Thy Name.” Psalm 52:9

Today I read something marvellous in Green Leaf In Drought-Time, By Isobel Kuhn. It's on page 148!

The author is reading from the letters of a China Inland Missions missionary. By June of 1953, in the wake of China's Cultural Revolution, he had already been under house arrest for a year and a half-- separated from his wife and baby-- systematically starved, betrayed, and tormented by the communists—now facing the ultimate mockery of a "peoples' trial," he writes:


On Saturday I read Luke 22:37: The things concerning me have an end, and it has been a growing seed of comfort in my mind since then . . . . You will know that I am not trying to fix any time-limit; we've learned that it is not given to us to know. It is not for you to know the times; but we can fix on facts. And the fact is, there is an end. [It won't go on forever.] . . . .


The next morning in my quiet time I read, Psalm 52:9: I will wait on thy name. The LORD spoke clearly to me from Matthew Henry's Commentary on this verse, he says:


"There is nothing better to calm our spirits and to keep us in the way of duty (when we are tempted to an indirect course for our own relief), than to hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD."


That clicked very clearly in my mind and I would add to it Hudson Taylor's remark:


"I have never seen the willingness to suffer and leave God to vindicate His own cause, His own people and their right, where the result has not been beneficial, if there has been rest and faith in Him."


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What a lovely account—especially knowing now the complete end to the tale! The LORD gave the seed of a promise to this dear brother in the verse, ...the things concerning me have an end. In less than a month he was to be on his way out of China, delivered from the threats and persecution.


It is clear, however, that my world is so very small in comparison to the one I read about today. The tiny calumnies the LORD has privileged me to bear-- so minuscule in the light of "this man's one life." And although I too can add my amen to what Hudson Taylor said, and have rested in peace waiting on the LORD to do His wonderful work, I must confess of how sad it is that often I can't wait just a short time—a very short time--for Him to work. And often I too am sorely tempted to an indirect course for my own relief.


Give me grace LORD, to see the seeds of the promises of victory and wait for the deliverance you give-that nothing suffered in your name should be wasted. Allow me to "always hope and quietly wait for your salvation..."

Friday, 18 July 2008

It's Not Too Late To Join the Team!

Did you know that there is a full scale evangelistic crusade going on right now in the Philippines? Are you are part of it? I hope so!!

It's amazing what the LORD is doing so far... after the first four days, 10,709 people have heard the Gospel and 5,635 have made decisions!

The evangelistic team led by Pastor Mike is made up of our own SMCI Team and workers in the Philippines, a team from Highlands Baptist Church in Colorado, a team from Baptist College of Ministry in Wisconsin, and a team from our home church in Singapore! All these Netcasters have joined together for a total of 3 weeks of evangelistic meetings on 4 islands and 40 campuses!

There has been great victory, but there is opposition as well!

Let's join them in the battle!

For the duration of the campaign, why not . . .
commit to pray everytime you eat!

As you are reading this, why not add yourself to the Evangelistic Team right now, and commit to pray? It's not too late! Pray for ...

...the LOST
...for those proclaiming the truth
...for the administration that needs to give the permission for preaching
...for safetly, boldness, strength
...for provision

"Meet you at throne!"

Thursday, 10 July 2008

The Time To Pray Is Now!

Evangelistic Crusade Update:

The presidents of all three universities we approached on the island of Bohol in the Philippines have rejected our requests to hold room to room evangelism during the Crusade which is set to begin next week on 5 islands.

There has been opposition from the very beginnning on Bohol. It was a difficult island to break into, but the LORD has made a way to plant a foundation there with a student center and 4 fulltime workers teamed with a local church!

We believe The LORD would have us in Bohol for the Crusade! So join us in praying that He will open the door for evangelism there for the next two weeks especially! Please pray for the SMC Team Leader in the Bohol Chapter, Bro Ven (pictured), that he will have wisdom to know what to do, and how and when to speak to the authorities!

Wednesday, 9 July 2008

Generosity of Heart & Speech

But the wisdom that is from above is first pure,
then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits,
without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
James 3:17

Mike and I have been reading Ordained of the LORD, by E. Schuyler English. It's the biography of H.A. Ironside. Have you read it? I have been so moved by his generous spirit-he was so generous of heart and speech.

Last night we read an account of a conversation he had with a Jesuit priest. They traveled together on a train in the early 1900's somewhere near Fresno, CA. (I've been on that line--it's still bumpy!) It was a lovely story in which HAI (ch. 10) protected the man's personal conversation and thoughts even though we (the readers) would never come to know his name. Imagine the picture--HAI in his suit and starched collar--and the Jesuit priest...well, Jesuit priest-like (you get the idea!) With gentle, generous speech, in the power of the Holy Spirit, he spoke the words of salvation and saw the dear man trust Christ alone over the "church". It was a beautiful account--reminded me of what has been going on in the Philippines during the past few years--so many formerly resting in a false security, even serving the LORD without really know Him--now turning to Christ!

Yes, generosity...

My Saviour is generous. He was generous when He came to live, to suffer, to die, to forgive; generous when He loved all mankind with His sacrifice. He is generous in allowing me to fail. Then He allows me to fail again . . . and quite often, yet again. He reproves, forgives, restores. He forgave me knowing I would fail but also gave me the power to succeed in Him by grace, through faith... "As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him:" (Col. 2:6) He knows who I really am . . . in fact He knows what kind of clothes my heart wears-- but still, in His generosity He teaches me, uses me, protects me, and allows trials to make me more like Him. He loves me. He was generous to save me. He is generous to keep me and enable me to victory--as with all who belong to Him.

"I want to be generous like you LORD... enable me LORD. Enable me to see others with your sight, to be generous with your love, with your truth, with your Gospel. Thank you."

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

You Prayed, He Answered

Mary Louise Redick

"So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality,
then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written,
Death is swallowed up in victory."
1 Corinthians 15:54

Thanks for praying for Mike's mom, Mary Louise Redick, who passed from this world to the glory of Heaven and the presence of her Savior on Sunday, the 29th of June.

The Lord was gracious to answer prayer and allow us to spend 3 weeks with her before that day and even have a Bible Study together with Mike's sis Deb about Heaven just 3 days before she left us!

At the ceremony to celebrate her life, many testimonies were given of thanksgiving for a life well spent as wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend. The LORD was glorified and Mike preached the Gospel with full-liberty! We saw the Spirit open hearts and trust that a great work was done!

Mike had two moms all his life--one who bore him and one who raised him--this is the wonderful woman who raised him. We thank the LORD for her steadfast care and love which she gave so freely and unconditionally to her family. We thank Him also for her sweet testimony of salvation and peaceful homegoing!
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Mary Louise Redick
Mary Louise Redick, born Plemons, slipped gently from her Cedarpines Park home into heaven on June 29th at 12 noon where she met her Savior!

Born on Feb 21, 1943 in Covina, CA, she later married Tom Redick and eventually the couple and their family moved to Cedarpines Park. Louise spent most of her life as a resident of CPP where she and her husband Tom were active in the CB community doing fire-watch on the mountain in the 70’s, the San Moritz Beach Club, and many volunteer activities.

Louise was a wonderful wife, mother, grandmother, ggrandmother and friend—an exceptional homemaker who provided a perfect home for their 7 children. She successfully managed to meld two broken families into a single strong one!

In her later years, she worked with Fun Scraping and Mary Cuccin in Crestline where she finally found her calling-scrapping, making many friends and encouraging all she met! She loved reading, scrapping and crocheting with her best friend, Pat Grier who was by her side up to the end.

She is survived by her 7 children, Mark Thomas Redick of LaQuinta; Debora Lynn Fisher of Oklahoma City, OK, Michael Allen Redick of Singapore; Kimberly Ann Grier of San Diego; Leeayn Elizabeth Redick of Huntington Beach; Sherman Scott Stone of Troy, NC; Georgia Ann Thomsen of Edmonds, WA; 9 grandchildren- Veronica, Jesse, Bailey, Ashley, Brianna, Mary Coe, Michael, Jenna, and Kameron; 2 great-grandchildren- Christopher and Blake; as well as sons-in-law Scott Grier and Kirk Thomsen and daughters-in-law Susie, Lisa and Robyn Stone along with many loving friends. She was predeceased by her parents, Ralph and Allene Plemons, husband Tom Redick, and brother, Fred Plemons.

A lovely celebration of her life was held Wed, July 2nd at the family home. Clearly, she will be missed.