Campus Alive

September 23, 2009

Healing Hands

Filed under: CA Pictures,CA Reports — campusalive @ 9:09 pm

Hey once again! I’d like to thank the juniors once again for burning with the passion to serve Him! You guys are so alive! :D I know that this post is super long as well, but let’s nudge Cedric to post up the awesome pictures soon yes? XD Thank you once again for the wonderful feedback, sharing and love.

You juniors are made of awesome.

It was yet another wonderful, fantastic Thursday night indeed for Campus Alive! Due to the sudden heavy downpour, transports arrived a little later than usual and the programme only started half an hour later.

The welcoming team for the night did a marvellous job as everyone was showered with friendly smiles and warm handshakes as they entered. Albeit the raining of cats and dogs out there, the “ushers” (Sze Jia, Eileen, and Graham) was encouraging and we even had wonderful newcomers in our midst. Welcome! Welcome! We love to have you with us! Li Sia and Bryan, the MCs, got everyone warmed up with a cute ice-breaker. Three 20cent coins were “sent out” among us. As everyone go about greeting one another and shaking hands, we are required to exchanged identities and informations like name, programme, and the colour of our toothbrushes. Meanwhile, those with the coins will have to transfer it through handshakes to the next person he/she meets. Soon, the hall came alive with a huge lump of bustling INTEC students shaking hands while shouting their names, programmes, and toothbrush colors in the clamor. That was one powerful ice-breaker!

The ball was kept rolling as the game master, Carolynne, took over. She began by teaching us a cheeky dance-The Banana Split Dance. After getting familiar with the “moves” and actions of the dance, the real fun began. Each of us was given a number. The game was really simple, it was a variation of the classic Simon Says. Caroline will call out a single digit, and if our given number contains the single digit she called out, we will have to squat down quickly. However, this only applies to statements beginning with “Simon Says”. We had immense fun and were even bent over in laughter as some of us were “punished” to do the Banana Split dance, doing the “moves” and shaking their hips in the middle.

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Next up was praise and worship session led by juniors Jan and Abigail, backed-up by Yen Mei, along with Philip as the drummer, Vincent as the guitarist, and Hannah as the keyboardist. A joyful atmosphere set in as we sang the first two praise songs “Always and Forever” and “You Are Good”, many were jumping to the beat, praising God. Praises smoothly segued into calm worship with the songs “Hosanna”, followed by “Shout To The Lord”. We were later led into a moment of free worship to enjoy the tangible presence of God in our midst.

Soon afterwards, we were introduced to the speaker for that night, Bro. David from ACTS church! After the “Yo!”s and “What’s up”s, he got us all warmed up before starting to share. The topic was on healing, both the physical and the inner healing. Bro. David shared about the importance of having faith in the living God who wants and CAN heal us, and challenged us to address the problem of our lack of faith and trust in God’s power. He encouraged us by giving examples of healing by faith found in the Bible-the healing of the woman with the issue of blood and the healing of the Roman centurion’s servant. Besides, the inner healing was also one of the main highlights. Bro. David shared his personal experience of a broken relationship which subsequently led him into a state of bitterness, unforgiveness, and hatred.

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However, as his life began to seem bleak and hopeless, God intervened. Hence, he was able to let go of the past, forgive the person who hurt him so deeply and most importantly, he learnt to forgive himself. His testimony was indeed a great encouragement to us. Then, he asked us to write down on a piece of paper the names of people whom we have not forgiven, and also any secret sins that we were hiding. Next, we sang the bridge of the song “Hosanna” as our prayer to God to heal and cleanse our hearts. Many among us were set free and moved by God. Then Bro. David told us to tear the paper into pieces, and symbolically, we threw our unforgiveness, hatred, bitterness and past sins into the dustbin.

The time was then given back to the MCs, and Samantha came forward wih great news! The latest Campus Alive tees were out! And for sale for RM25 per shirt, available in two different colours-funky black and cool white. The tees were totally hot cakes because just right after CA ended, a crowd immediately swarmed to the sales counter and seniors in charge suddenly found themselves in a chaos. Supper or refreshment was great that night, (Thanks J-Cyn and her team!) we had beans soup and French toasts! Yummy!

Praise God for a wonderful Campus Alive! Thank God also for all who made themselves available to serve Him! To God be all the Glory!

Hannah.

When Abigail told me that we were going to have another CA that week, I was surprised since we had CA the week before. But honestly, I was happy because I like CA so much. For me, it is the only time for all of us to gather together as one family and forget about all the problems and the hectic life full of datelines, revisions, homework, presentations etc…

Miryam called me late on Wednesday night. She told me to take over her place to become the game master for CA because she could not make it. I was doing my bio report, which was due on Thursday—served me right for doing things at eleventh hour—and I told myself that, game can wait. Hahaha… Abigail offered to help and suggested some brilliant ideas. While busy typing out my bio report, I could not helped brainstorming about the game.

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The next day, after done with the ALMEC Photography Challenge—I was in the organizer committee—and handed in my bio report, I was so relieved. For the whole week I was so busy, tired and not in a good mood -_-“ … that afternoon, I spent my time thinking about the best game for the night. I was a bit nervous too, since it was my first time handling the game or anything in CA. I surfed the net for games and some games did catch my attention but I was still not satisfied.

While in the van, on the way to Kota Kemuning, I was still thinking about the most suitable game. Somehow, on the way there, I finally made up my mind. I could feel that God guided and asked me to do it. He knew my ability and He knew I could make it. I did pray in my heart, asking for guidance and support since I was so blanked.

Luckily—mixed up with a bit nervousness—I finally made it. Thanks to Abigail and Jan for helping me out to demonstrate the dance and the game and also Jian Li, the keyboard-guy! I could not make it without you guys.

For me, the sermon that night from Brother David was so awesome. I learned a lot. I like the way he shared his experiences and his open-minded-ness… HEALING. That was exactly what I needed after the continuous weeks full of ups and downs, tests, heartbreaks, emotional imbalance etc… The week before, we had a lost in our family. Everything seemed to be happening at the same time. The sermon about healing really taught me about how God can cure us—physically, emotionally and in fact in everything—and I really felt that from the sermon, God showed us how much He loves us. After what had happened for the past few weeks, I was so down until I questioned Him… I asked Him, why now, why this, why that… now I realized that, He did that because He has plans for all of us and they are not for us to know—but for us to wait and see.

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So guys, it is not our right to blame Him for anything that happen in our lives but instead, we should think back, thank Him and feel His love for every breath we take, for every person we that He blessed to love us in every second we have in this world.

The week before, I was caught by the message on the graphic I found in the net and was driven to use it as the wallpaper for my hand phone and my laptop. The message written was “If I can touch His shirt, I will be healed. Matt 9:21” Can you see the message? I bet I was not the only one that begged for healing. God sent Brother David to deliver the holy power of healing to all of us that present that night. Blessed are those that listened to His words. Amen.

Love, Carolynne

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So CA was on again on the 17 September 2009. As usual we had our dinner first den everyone gathered in church and after very warm welcomes by the ushers, CA meeting officially started…our MCs of the day were Bryan and Li Sia.they got the crowd of about 70 people warmed up by a short icebreaker.

After that Carolynne led us to a game called ‘Simon’s Number’…it was quite hilarious watching those who got punished doing the ‘banana dance’…after some announcements, we proceeded to praise and worship…for this week, the whole team consists of juniors that was led by Jan Tie and Abigail…we had a great time of worship and I can really sensed the presence of the Holy Spirit there moving…even while a group of us were praying before CA meeting started..I believe the Holy Spirit was there preparing the hearts of the people.moving on, the speaker for this week was Brother David from ACTS church.

He preached on ‘HEALING’, both physical healing and inner (emotional) healing. I was really amazed by his openness and honesty. Sharing some of his deepest secret sins to us.how many of us are brave enough to face the fact that we sinned and tell the whole world about it? Taking the risks that some will never look at him the same again. But I believe that he told his stories for a reason. The fact that he so bravely and openly talk about his past sins is because he knows that God has forgiven his sins and he has forgiven himself and the person that hurt him so badly.

He had a breakthrough! He was set free! And he wants us to know that it is possible to be healed both inwardly and outwardly by the grace and power of God! I believe he is a living testimony that Jesus indeed love us and He has forgiven us all our sins so that we may live victorious lives.not being defeated by hurts and secret sins we secretly hide deep inside our hearts..

He also spoke about faith.faith is all it takes to be healed! It’s as simple as that, to believe that we WILL be healed! Even while he was speaking about healing and that God WANTS to heal us because he loves us and sharing with us a testimony about this boy in China who had that child like faith in him that eventually cause God to raise his parents from the dead!! When I heard it I had no words but just amazed by what God can do through us if only we had faith in Him!

I was really moved. I can feel the Spirit working in our midst and touching each and everyone of our hearts.Brother David then encouraged us to do something really practical.he ask us to write down our pass hurts, secret sins, the name of the person that we hate, people that we can’t forgive and also physical illnesses such as serious ones like cancer or even minor ones like a common skin allergy, eczema or anything at all that we want God to heal us from on a piece of paper without anyone looking to the left or right..

Then he prayed for us and he then asked us to tear the piece of paper that carried all our sins and shame, our pains and unforgiveness.he told us to tear and tear and tear as much as we want.and then to step out to throw the torn paper into the rubbish bin..It was really meaningful.it symbolizes that we do not want those things that are not of God anymore.we want to surrender it to God once and for all..To be free from this bondage forever! Some were even moved to tears. Me included.

I was so glad that God gave me and I believe everyone else this opportunity to release everything to Him. A chance to be healed. A chance to be free..I believe many responded to the message and were touched by the Spirit..I felt relieved and much peace in my heart knowing that Jesus loves me and he has forgiven all my sins and he has taken away all my hurts..

Thank you Jesus!! =D

Although there was no salvation on the night but I believe that the seed has been planted and that alone is already more than enough..We should not lose heart for there are some who will plant, some who will water and others who will harvest in due season..Maybe our job that night was just to plant..After the meaningful sermon..

Our CA leaders advertised our new CA t-shirt that is being sold for RM25.. After that we had some refreshments and fellowship…and soon we said our ‘byes and good nights’ and headed back to our respective hostels..Really praise God for what He has done that night!! Lets continue praying and having faith and expecting greater things from God this year..Thank you Jesus! AMEN! =D;

Yen Mei.

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At first, what i think about joining campus alive is a waste of time as i’m here in INTEC only to study hard. But as soon as the programme started, i joined campus alive and suddenly i realised i gained pros than cons and my complexion about campus alive earlier is totally wrong! In campus alive, i learned myself being closer and closer to my creator and my father God. I learned a lot of things in here such as singing, dancing, having fun and somehow i learned myself to release stress in school by joining it too!

Campus Alive is surely something you don’t want to miss. From Campus Alive i made a lot of friends and sharing their thoughts and ideas as well as their backgrounds made me feel excited and interesting to learn about their origins and status in different states. I felt myself serving for God is something that really comforts me as i had joined the worshipping team as an electric guitarist and driver to fetch the students. These life-time experiences is one of a way to show our royalty and appreciation towards God and i felt happy in that way. I got the opportunity to have seen those great speakers in every gatherings and listen to their testimonial, speech and some involved politics under Christ. It is a honour to listen to their every advice and lessons. I felt really grateful for that.

Surely we dont want to miss Campus Alive, I Love it!

By Morgan.

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