Campus Alive

September 10, 2011

Reaching out

Filed under: CA Reports — campusalive @ 10:59 am

After awaiting for so many weeks, Campus Alive was back again this week. It supposed to be a ‘normal’ fellowship to me, but you know what, it was just awesome! Actually I’ve already looking forward for this CA since the week before we had our Raya Break. What to say more when I got to know there’s CA for this week although at first I thought there will not be one because not all of the INTEC-ians are back here yet.

The challenging part is when, on Saturday afternoon, the worship leader, Shiau Xian texted me asking me whether to be the pianist or not. I was pretty excited and in fact, I remembered how I prayed for it because I wanna learn more through serving the Lord in this Ministry. Yeah, so I accepted the ‘request’ after knowing Fiona and Sharon were joining too. That’s why from Saturday I already looking forward for the CA!

After long waiting for 3days, finally it came to Thursday! I was so excited. For the past three days I remembered how 3 of us (me, Sharon and Fiona) keep on calling and inviting the people around us to join this week’s CA. Although people seemed to be reluctant when we called them, they had actually turned up on the CA night itself including our coursemates! It was just so relieved and amazed by God’s grace when we saw them coming out from the lift. I really will not forget that moment I saw them, it was just, so amazing and can’t be described by words.

The CA carried on as usual. We signed up to different ministries. I was attracted to everything, seriously. But then, I think I better make some choices. So I had three, hoped that it’s not too ‘greedy’. And after the signing up to ministries we had the praise and worship carried on. I was quite nervous because I did not really good during the practices I had. Furthermore this is the first time I’m serving in CA, which I suggested that I’m not really familiar with. Thank God that everything went on smoothly, at least better than what I’ve expected. This really reminded me a saying where I saw my friend posted in on facebook:

God doesn’t call the qualified. He qualifies the CALLED.

He’s just awesome, right?

The message brought by the speaker was very inspiring too. I don’t know why, while He was giving his message I just simply, thought of all my classmates. He touched about the yeast story, where we, as Christian, should be like a yeast, not expecting someone sent by God as tasks for us, but to go out and make disciples as what is written in Matthew 28:19. It knocked me, hard, asking myself whether which type of ‘method’ was I using before this.

Sometimes we really tend to be waiting for God to do His work, but was it an excuse from preventing us to really reach out to people around us who doesn’t really know who our dearest Christ Jesus is.

There’s a story he shared which inspired me the most, where he said that a person will go 39792137871290 kilometres away to another country to reach out to the people in that country but just ignore the people who are staying in the next street.

What challenge is bigger than physical distance and spiritual distance? The main cause, I guess, is the discrimination to each other.

Think about it, people.

What to say anymore, Campus Alive is just awesome. No, it should be: GOD IS JUST AWESOME! The Almighty that blessed me so much. I had never thought that I’ll experience this kind of LOVE in my college life. May God continue to build each and everyone of us to grow in Him and bring out His love in our Campus, and next bringing more impact to our lives.

Kar Suan

CA Movie Week

Filed under: CA Reports,Please Note — campusalive @ 10:41 am
On the 11th of August, our much anticipated CA finally arrived and on that week we had MOVIE WEEK! I felt really excited because we can loosen up a bit and leave our academic stuffs aside for a while besides the fact that topic test was really around the corner that time. Besides, we also get to meet new friends, worship God, listen to His words and taste delicious food as well…
Gadoh – That was the movie we watched.
It described the scenario of our society and way of life of many people in our country nowadays, especially the youngsters.
It was the very common problem that happened in school, especially secondary school. The movie was somehow relevant and seems so real to us. It really touched the inner side of me especially when the innocent, lovely Indian boy (sorry! i kinda forgot his name) talked about his feelings towards the entire school and society. It gave me a sudden spasm that our society today is really ill, and honestly how many of us really dare to say that we are not even 1% racism? Like what Beatrice shared at the end of the movie, that we are actually indirectly acting in that way (being racist) without realization. We tend to stick among the people with the same race! Since young, it have been planted in our mind set that we are living in this unfair society, that life is just unfair and we need to live with it. This perception is so strong that it is actually very hard to get rid of because we were building this wall and barriers since young. We had wrong perceptions, incorrect paradigms and misleading rumours around us. These walls are the major factors that cause the racial tension that we had today.
After watching that movie, I really felt that we need to appreciate the unity and love among us. It’s not because moral studies teaches us to do so or even our parents want us to do that way. It’s actually a way of life that Jesus wants us to live. 
Several times in the Bible we are told to love our neighbour — one of the Bible’s most repeated commands. Loving our neighbour is the opposite of selfishness. However, who are our neighbours? When Jesus was asked by someone who his neighbour was (Luke 10:29), Jesus responded by telling the story of the good Samaritan — who helped a stranger in need by the roadside. Then, in verse 37, Jesus told the man to go and do like the good Samaritan. A neighbour is someone who is near-by wherever you are.
It really makes me to ponder at this issue – RACIAL RECONCILIATION. Why are we doing this? Why do we need to break the barriers between different races? Isn’t it just enough to be like this? Does God really want us to do that? Yes! As stated above, God wants us to LOVE everyone, every singlehomosapien no matter what race, creed, religion colour of skin, gender etc. of the person is. Love is just simply loving and caring the person the God has created because everyone is unique and is God’s creation. God loves them, so we as the children of God should love them too.
One of the things that really knocked me was what described by the Indian boy in the movie. He told us that we really ignore the Indians in this country. “Korang Malay dan Cina asyik gaduh sahaja. Macam mana dengan saya? Saya hanya mahu berkawan…” Apparently, it’s so true because we always see Malays wanting their rights to be back and Chinese keep fighting for the betterment in their rights as well. So, like what Dr. Living Lee told us in the previous week in the testimony he shared, that the Indians in this country seem so small, quarrels always happen between Chinese and Malays. What we usually see in the news papers, in the politic arena are between the two majority races. Even in CA, there are really few Indians. It makes me ponder more…Towards the end of the movie, they actually showed us how their relationships can be rebuild and reconciled by simply forgiveness and acceptance. I think that’s the most basic things that we need to practise now.
Basically that was what i felt after CA that week. Oh ya, i was really exultant that my housemates were willing to join us that week. Back at our hostel, i asked them how do they feel about the whole CA and they replied by saying “It’s just awesome! I don’t know why…” I felt that God has really touched them in His way and i will continue to pray hard for them because I believe in the power of prayers! ^^
Last but not least, I would like to thanks the CA commitee for giving me the chance to share my testimony although it seems a bit not organised. Special thanks to Kar Suan for helping me up and also shared her testimony with me. Anyhow, life still have to go on and i pray that we can get closer to God each day, renewing ourselves and shine for Him everyday! P.T.L!!!
Julia Lim

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