Campus Alive

August 28, 2009

Transforming Our Nation – 20th August

Filed under: CA Pictures,CA Reports,CA Updates — campusalive @ 2:38 am

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I am so very impressed by juniors who are so willing to share about what they’ve learnt. And here they are, from Hannah, Sarah, Debbie, Steven and Jan. :) And yeah, they’ve written lengthy reports and its just so awesome, and I do hope that although the formatting seems small and the blog looks small, you’ll read it all. Because they’ve written amazing things, and testimonies and sharing.

By dear Steven

20th August has come! What awaits ahead is even more fascinating! It’s Edward Ling speaking this time for Campus Alive. If you know him he’s Hannah Yeoh’s secretary, and also a man of God who has a heart for sharing to young people.

Things kicked off in a favourable way. First of all, transport system was pretty organized and smooth except for a minor accident which rendered a bunch of Cendana guys waiting endlessly for their transport. Apparently , one of the church van ran out of gasoline. Sorry guys, petrol price is on the hike! =P Eventually everyone reached Kota Kemuning safe and sound though some a little later than others. As the saying goes “better late than never“. Praise God for bringing all of us here together to glorify His Name during this challenging moment with the H1N1 pandemic worsening.

The delectable and scrumptious Chinese food sold at the restaurant below CA never fails to draw fellow CA-ers to settle down. The wide array of gastronomic delights found here is just second to none! After sating ourselves with the ever desirable Chinese food, we headed up and were greeted by some familiar and some new faces and. Everyone was very generous with their smiles and that really made the day. After a while, I reasoned that the new faces were ex-caers. And indeed they are.

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Games session was never out of the itinerary. So as for this time round, Abigail was the game-master. It was quite a physical game as each and everyone will have a balloon tied to their bodies and their tasks is to safeguard the balloon from bursting . Not only that, they were also required to burst others balloons using a roll of newspapers provided. All of a sudden a COMMOTION evoked once Abigail signalled to start the game. The ladies were very smart. They allied with each other and formed a circle with their balloons hid inside. Bravo! However, there was hardly any explosions heard. A good indication. We despise war against each other. We should all unite in the name of Christ!

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Moving on, was worship session led by J-Cyn and with the help of her two vocalists of which 1 is a junior, David. David’s voice was undeniably low and sounded so manly. We also had Theng Theng with her magical fingers running through keyboard to produce melodious song, Larry with his tireless efforts to beat the drums as hard as possible, guitarists enhancing the worship session and most importantly worship leader and back-up singers to lead the crowd. Everyone was very much fired up when we sang the first song “Hari Ini Ku Rasa Bahagia” holding hands and actions together. Another song “ Yesuslah Tuhan” with the message revival and transformation for our nation, Malaysia.

Announcement was made by the emcee, Jonathan, offering was collected and testimony shared by some ex-caers, Mr. Edward Ling, our speaker of the night, went on stage to share about his personal life and testimony. He started his message with this simple yet meaningful Bible verse:

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Proverbs 14:34

To engage our attention, he requested us to shower him with questions and he will try his best to shed some light on them. He even shared with us his past experiences , and how he ended up in Malaysia for God’s calling unto him. The way he shared it was a bit quirky and not very much into politics instead how he overcame the hurdles in his life by believing and holding strong to God.

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He inspired all the scholars not to give up on Malaysia for this is our nation needs us the most, to rectify the mistakes and to better the situations and living conditions for everyone. Also the ultimate message of the night was “With God Everything Is Possible”. As Christians , being inaction means committing sin.

One of the CA members, Reuben who happened to be in the Russian Programme is going to depart soon to continue his medical studies over there. All the best and good luck in your future undertakings brother!

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After which, we headed over to the next room for our light refreshment. Food again! This time round, we were served with swiss rolls and syrup of which the swiss rolls are provided by Reuben. Thanks Reuben! Time flies when we are enjoying. Soon we will have to depart . Thanks to all who made this CA a great success. That’s all for my sharing and God bless! And don’t forget we are having a special speaker on the 11th of September.

Hannah Yeoh is the Subang Jaya assemblyman, she is a DAP politician, and a Christian who inculcates her values into her leadership. Don’t miss it ya!

So now we are going to hear from our sharer for this week (drum rolls) JIEN LEE.

Hello I am Jien Lee.

-Initially, I, together with classmate Jan were not able to attend CA on 20th August. We were supposed to have Maths Studies replacement class from 6pm till 9pm. When we first heard the news, we were like, “Oh man! Cannot go CA anymore… I want to go larrr!…” We were seriously hoping that our dear lecturer would change his mind…

So on that fateful Thursday afternoon, after our Maths Studies class, the lecturer announced that the replacement class was cancelled! Praise God, our prayers were answered! Replacement class was deemed unnecessary as we had finished the syllabus in that class itself (albeit at breakneck speed). Yay!

At 6.10pm, I rushed down to the Cendana’s guardhouse, thinking that I was late already. No souls and vans in sight, I waited patiently. At 6.20pm, more and more people started waiting and still no vans to be seen. Then, a car turned up 5 minutes later which could only accommodate 4 people. We got the news that one of the van ran out of gas? And that’s why the transport system went haywire… We forgive you guys! Finally, we departed from Cendana at around 7.20pm (with a growling tummy).

I had to miss the earlier part of games and also praise and worship just to feed my hungry stomach. When I entered the hall, the song “Yesuslah Tuhan” started playing in my ears, the song of prayer to see a transformation and revival in our nation, Malaysia. I felt it was timely to sing this song as Malaysia is currently undergoing many changes, so we should unite our hearts to pray and ask God to heal our land. Kudos to the worship team for a wonderful time of worship too!

After the announcement, offering and testimony session, Mr. Edward Ling, our speaker of the night, went on stage to share about his personal life and testimony. He started his message with this simple yet meaningful Bible verse:

Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people. Proverbs 14:34

He then shared on his experiences of his early life, how he entered into the political scene, how he, together with his counterparts struggled with financial constrains in the 2008 elections and how he, as well as we can make an impact to the society.

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What I’ve learned in CA on that day:

1. We, Christians should be the salt and light of our nation, Malaysia.

2. We as students have a role to play in school and society; to practice integrity and to be a good example to the people around us.

3. We Christians must be bold to share the love of Christ to our friends.

4. Inaction can be a sin!

5. Never bribe!

This gathering was indeed an eye-opener for me personally as I’ve never heard a Christian politician speaking about both God and politics. I was greatly blessed by his sharing. I am already looking forward to the next CA featuring our guest speaker, Hannah Yeoh!

Jan the wonderful!

I wasn’t supposed to have gone, but to make a long story short, I ended up going anyway. I’m talking about our fortnightly CA gathering, of course. Apparently, God wanted me to see and hear what the speaker had to say that night.

Due to some transportation problems, CA started later than usual. In fact, there were quite a few minor problems popping up here and there. Nevertheless, we soon got started with two new MC’s – Jonathan Chua and Deborah. Praise God for them! They did a great job with that all through CA, by the way. Then we had games. Frankly, I’m not a huge fan of games, especially those really scary ones where everyone is in great potential danger of getting ‘kena’ by something or somebody. ‘Kena’ by what, I’ll leave you with your experience and imagination to decide. Of course, I still played along. So what did we do? Well, basically, we just had to run around and hit other people’s butts with newspaper-made sticks and try to burst the balloons tied behind their waist. Not a simple task, I tell you but Abigail did a great job for preparing the game to brighten the night.

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Anyways, we got over with that and moved on to our praise and worship session. Kudos to J-Cyn and her team for doing an awesome job! After that, two super seniors (no pun intended), who were definitely glad to be back in CA, shared their testimonies on how God has been working in their lives. Moving on to the highlight of the night – our speaker Mr Edward Ling, the political secretary of Hannah Yeo, shared about his testimony of working in the field of politics. Mr Ling is a young, vivacious, lively talkative dude guy. He was great fun and was obviously enjoying himself too.

He touched on many topics and reminded us that at the end of the day, it all comes down to politics. The leaders we choose decide how we live. And thus, it is our responsibility as Christian Malaysians to make wise decisions concerning politics because we CAN make a difference in Malaysia and it’s about time we take the initiative to do so. I myself am not really into politics, but just for the record, his sharing opened my eyes to a great many things. So in conclusion, I’m glad I made it for CA that night. Praise God for His ever accurate timing.

After the sharing, we prayed for Reuben who was leaving for Russia and blessed him to continue to shine for Christ even in a foreign land. Then we had a brief tea fellowship time where we just mixed around and chatted as quickly as we could over delicious swiss rolls and drinks which Reuben had prepared for us. After that, it was hostel-bound for us all.

God works in many ways. That night, I’m not sure how many were touched by the message, but I for one did get something out of it. Once again, glory to God, politics and all. =)

In Christ,

Jan

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Debbie, our awesome MC.

It was the first time being the MC for CA and I was really nervous that everything would be screwed up. Well, I don’t really have much experience on MC-ing. Being the MC-ing for CA is my second emceeing experience and my first time was just 1 week before that. The first time being an MC didn’t turn out as what I had expected it to be and everything turned upside down. So when I received J-cyn message, asking me whether I could be the MC for that week, I really doubted it.

Can I be a good MC? What if I screwed it up again? But then I remembered that someone told me before that whatever we are doing, we didn’t do it for our own, nor for others; but we did it for God. This is when I make up my mind that I will be the emcee for CA on that week no matter how it would turns out.

Thank God everything went on smoothly, although there are some obstacles between it. But it was really a good experience and I am glad to have learnt so much with my fellow MC, Jonathan.

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I love you Hannah!

Hi! This is Hannah, again!

Last CA was another wonderful experience for me. Especially seeing juniors beginning to serve…I loved the funny game that we had, the beat balloons on people’s butt game!!! Haha…

The praise and worship songs did touch my heart especially the one about Malaysia as our homeland (oopsie, forgot the titile)…it stirred my heart to really love and appreciate Malaysia, and commit the future of Malaysia into God’s hand, praying that God will indeed prosper this land.

The sharing by Mr. Edward was truly not only an eye-, but mind-opener as well. I have never thought of politics as a mission field. And I am comforted and at peace to know that there are politicians out there determined to do the right thing, and to fulfill the will of God. May God’s kingdom be established here!

Finally, the food was great. Tasty swiss rolls! (Thanks to the Russian program brother who contributed, God bless you!) Anyway, I left CA that night not only filled in the physical (stomach), but filled in the Spirit as well. Splendid night!

By lovely Sarah

Hi,

here’s just a teeny-weeny short one on CA last week.

With national day just around the corner, I felt that the Malay songs (sung during praise&worship) and the sermon were very appropriate. It suddenly occurred to me that we, students, could actually make a difference in our schools, particularly INTEC. ‘Making a difference’ does not necessarily have to be a huge impression in someone’s life, but rather the little things we do for others, which involve Christian values like love and forgiveness. Made me think about the reason being Malaysian too =). Oh yeah, my heartfelt gratitude to everyone who made last CA possible!

Okay, I know that’s like really short, haha, hope that’s alright!

Sarah.

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I’d really like to thank all the juniors for just writing all this. Because the response has been overwhelming and I thank God that He has truly touched so many. My prayer for more writers has been answered too, praise God! It’s just totally amazing, watching this emails flood my mailbox, and I’m just so thankful. Thank you all who’s been willing to write, share, and all. :)

Thank you. Thank you God.

Have a blessed week. :)

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1 Comment »

  1. you juniors write beautiful testimonies! and indeed, a wonderful ca that night was! – Larry

    Comment by campusalive — August 28, 2009 @ 9:22 am


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