Monday, October 22, 2018
NEWSLETTER - OCTOBER 2018
In our last newsletter we mentioned that on 15 June we would be flying to Sydney, Australia to do some teaching for Asia Pacific Seminary. On the night before we flew Julia slipped on some water and fell backwards onto the marble floor in the house in Subang Jaya. She damaged her coccyx, split open her head and split her mouth with her teeth. She continued with the Australia trip but was in intense pain the whole time.
When we returned to Malaysia she went for x-ray and MRI scan which revealed what the doctor described as a foreign object in her brain. The only explanation seems to be that a hormonal implant she had many years ago has migrated through her body. She is due for another MRI scan when we return to the UK. The ongoing result of the bang on her head is that she has lost her sense of smell and taste and her hearing is also affected. Please pray for a full recovery. She is still serving Jesus passionately.
On 7th July we celebrated the 40th anniversary of our arrival in Malaysia (4 July 1978) with many of those we have worked with over those forty years. Then we returned to UK and on 28th July we had our family gathering to celebrate Julia’s 70th birthday (actually on 2nd July). Paula flew in from USA and Julia (daughter) flew in from New Zealand. It was a great time together.
We are now back in Malaysia as on 28th September it was the 40th anniversary of Lifeline Assembly of God in Kuala Terengganu which we planted in 1978. Here’s how it all began: On the first Friday morning we got up with our four children to drive from Kuantan where we were living to Kuala Terengganu. We had no building to meet in so we began our worship service on the beach. Then it began to rain so the six of us relocated to a nearby
bus shelter to continue. Then a brother called Billy arrived for the service. The people he was living
with sent a message for us to go to their home for the meeting because of the rain. So the third part of our gathering was in the home of Mr and Mrs Wee. They both accepted Christ. That’s how Lifeline Church was born. It was wonderful to be at the celebration and see the participation of various ministries from the main church and the two daughter churches.
Shortly after the Kuala Terengganu anniversary we were once again reminded of the goodness of God. We met for morning coffee/tea with our good friend Leila (now in her eighties). Her husband, Dr Mahalingam was the first person in Malaysia we had the privilege of bringing to Christ in 1978. He was Hindu by background. Colin spent several weeks visiting him and sharing the gospel. One afternoon the Lord told Colin that all of his objections to the gospel were now over. Colin went to see him, expecting to lead him to Christ. His response was – “Not yet. I now believe all you are telling me about Jesus; but the Bible tells me my commitment must be 100% or nothing. I am not sure I am ready for that.” Colin went home feeling disappointed. The next morning the phone rang – the doctor’s voice - “Colin, when can I get baptised.” Shortly after we had the joy of baptising him and twelve family members in the ocean in Kuantan. Dr Paul (as he became) went on to pastor a church in Kuantan until he went into the presence of Jesus.
After we return to UK next week we have ministry in several churches around Wales and England up until Christmas. Colin will travel to Singapore from 16-20 December to minister at a church camp for Rock of Ages Church.
Then in January we will return to Malaysia to resume our Bible school teaching and church ministry.
The privilege continues.
Monday, May 07, 2018
NEWSLETTER - MAY, 2018
THE YEAR SO FAR
A lot of our involvement has been with the Tung Ling Seminary/Bible School both in Malaysia and Singapore. In January Colin taught in the Pastoral Interns Programme in both Subang Jaya and Ipoh. One of the students in the Ipoh class (Raymond) was still a pupil in school when Colin came to Malaysia in 1975 on a missions trip with Bob Stevenson. Raymond remembered going on door-to-door evangelism by bicycle with Colin.
In February we were in Singapore for the Tung Ling School of Ministry then back in Malaysia for Tung Ling in March. This was combined with preaching in different churches every weekend.
In April Colin went to Nepal to teach for two weeks in the Eagles Bible School in Nepalgunj. It was a real privilege to be there when for the first time we had ladies in the class. After preaching at the graduation Colin went on the Pokhara to speak at the Full Gospel Tabernacle Pastors’ Conference. Getting out of Pokhara was exciting as it was raining and flights were being cancelled throughout the day. But we made it.
Whilst Colin was in Nepal Julia took the opportunity to fly home for a visit and was there for the birth of our second great grandson, Jaxson. It was two days before she got to see him as she was snowed in.
July will be a very special month for us. On 4th July it will be exactly 40 years since we arrived in Malaysia with our four children for our first term as missionaries. Two days before that, on 2nd July, Julia will celebrate her 70th birthday. We are both just amazed at the great things the Lord has done for us over these forty years. It has been a series of miracles upon miracles.
Our schedule until we return to the UK in July:
6 May: Agape Community Church, Seremban.
13 May: Full Gospel Tabernacle, Sri Damansara.
20 May: Full Gospel Tabernacle, Kuala Lumpur.
24 May: Preach at graduation and 25th anniversary service of Tung Ling Seminary, Malaysia.
NOTE: Colin was the first teacher when the school opened 25 years ago.
26 May – 2 June: Ministry in Myanmar (Burma) – preaching at the anniversary service of one of the Full Gospel Tabernacle churches and teaching in the FGT Pastors’ Conference.
3 June: Preach at High Praise Church, Subang Jaya.
4-9 June: Teach in the School of Acts.
10 June: Preach at City Revival Church.
15 June: Fly to Australia for ministry in Sydney and Melbourne. In Sydney Colin will be teaching a seminar in conjunction with Asia Pacific Seminary which is based in Malaysia. In Melbourne we will be ministering in Malaysian/Singaporean, Filipino and Tongan churches.
28-29 June: Preach in Lifeline Church, Kuala Terengganu.
30 June- 1 July: Preach in Full Gospel Tabernacle, Subang Jaya.
4 July: Preach at St. Mary’s Cathedral (Anglican) in Kuala Lumpur.
7 July: A celebration of our 40 years in Malaysia. Many pastors and leaders will be joining us for this special event which has been organised by Pastor Alan Tan of Harvest Christian Assembly. When we first met Alan 40 year ago he was a young man attending a church camp at which we were ministering. He now pastors a thriving church in Klang.
YOUR SUPPORT IN PRAYER AND PRACTICAL HELP MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE
Sunday, January 14, 2018
NEWSLETTER JANUARY 2018
2018 will be a very special year for us.
On 4th July it will exactly forty years since we arrived in Malaysia with our four children to commence our service as missionaries. What a wonderful forty years it has been.
Two days before on 2nd July Julia will be celebrating her 70th birthday. She had just celebrated her 30th birthday when we arrived in 1978.
In June last year we celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary. The anniversary was actually on 4th March but we postponed the celebration until June so that all our family could be together. What a great time of memories that was. We are blessed to have such a great family and such wonderful friends.
As we are getting older we do face some health challenges. Over the past couple of years we have both had some problems.
Julia is having difficulty controlling her type two diabetes. She also has problems with arthritis and a recurring pain in her leg which started when she was horse riding in New Zealand a couple of years back and the horse stumbled. She also has bladder problems.
Colin has largely recovered from the minor stroke he suffered in 2016, except for an occasional lack of balance and weakness in his legs.
We would greatly value your prayers for these issues so that we will both have the strength and energy to keep serving the Lord in his kingdom.
Recently Colin noted in Numbers 1:3 that the minimum age for enrollment was twenty, but there was no maximum age as long as they were able to go to war.
Our schedule for the first quarter of 2018:
6th Seminar in Asia Pacific Seminary
7th Preach in Evangelical Free Church, Seremban
8th – 13th Teach in PIP in Tung Ling Seminary
14th Preach in Alpha Colors Church in Shah Alam
21st Preach in Ignite Church, Serdang
22nd – 27th Teach in PIP, Tung Ling Seminary, Ipoh
28th Preach in Full Gospel Tabernacle, Kota Kinabalu
4th Preach in High Praise Church
7th – 9th Teach in Tung Ling Bible School, Singapore
11th Preach in Rock of Ages Church, Singapore
17th – 18th Preach in Full Gospel Tabernacle, Subang Jaya
25th Preach in New Life Community Church, Subang Jaya
4th Preach in Harvest Community Church, Kuala Lumpur
9th - 10th Preach in Full Gospel Tabernacle, Johore Bahru
11th Preach in Full Gospel Tabernacle, Melaka
12th – 14th Teach in School of Ministry, Tung Ling Seminary
17th – 5th April Teach in Bible School in Nepal
We rarely mention finance but if you feel the Lord would like you to participate in our ministry please email us at email@example.com so we can supply you with details.
YOUR SUPPORT IN PRAYER AND PRACTICAL HELP MAKES A BIG DIFFERENCE