What are our plans now to witness for Christ?
Well, with your contributions, support, and prayers, we are busying ourselves in the month of March with this task of “reconciliation” (See below)
In the first half of this month, Deacon Kenny Khoo, Ip Lee Lee, Janice Jeganathan, Angeline Lau, and Pastor Robert will visit Sombor Village, in northern Cambodia and Phnom Penh, the capital. They will teach, preach, and fellowship with the students and the church at Kampong Som. After that, they will travel by bus to Phnom Penh to teach and preach at a pastors conference to be held at Pastor Paul Sokha’s church for all our gospel partners in Cambodia.
Later in the month, Moriah, represented by Pastor Robert, Elder Gary and Shirley, and Ng Kok Eng will, on your behalf and the behalf of the Mandarin congregation, visit north Thailand at the invitation of the North Thailand Gospel Bible Institute to preach at their graduation and dedication (a new seminary building) service. We are honored to be given this opportunity to speak to all present and past students of this bible school as they gather together in Chiangrai, North Thailand.
We eagerly seek your prayer support for us as we embark on your behalf in these ministries of reconciliation.
What is the “ministry of reconciliation”?
When he wrote to the Christians at Corinth, the apostle Paul told them that if they were “in Christ” they were “a new creation” and God had, through Christ, “reconciled [them] to himself and gave [them] the ministry of reconciliation”. He further declared that he and his cohort were “ambassadors for Christ.” (see 2 Cor 5:17-20). The word “ambassadors” in the N. T. (2 Cor 5:20 and Eph 6:20) is used metaphorically to mean a representative of Christ carrying his message of reconciliation.
Christ commanded his disciples to be witnesses, promising “power” from the Holy Spirit to do so. In the first chapter of Acts, the disciples wanted to know when the kingdom will be restored to Israel. Jesus didn’t answer that question—he thus rejected speculation about “times” altogether. Instead, he brought up a more relevant and pressing topic—the Christian task to witness in the interim period before the kingdom’s coming. This puts the task of witnessing on a high priority, that we should take note of.
Therefore, to witness, to be an ambassador of Christ, is to carry his message of reconciliation to “the end of the earth”, starting of course in our homes and in our own backyard.
May it all be done to the glory of our Lord!
Pastor Robert Chew