Campus Alive

October 22, 2011

Reaching Out

Filed under: CA Reports — campusalive @ 12:09 pm

I believe we are all drama kings and queens.

We complain way too much and we are never satisfied with life. We are seldom grateful for what we have and instead, we question why we are not given more. We whine about how life is terrible and how unfair life is for us. Whether it is a test that is coming up, or a pile of untouched assignments, we complain. But have we actually thought about how fortunate we already are? What about the people out there who doesn’t even get the opportunity for education? Next, we complain about our parents being too strict and not understanding enough. What about those people out there who are orphans and who would die to have parents who can nag them and care for them? To us, life may suck. But that’s only because we haven’t seen the lives of those less fortunate. Why compare ourselves to those that are rich and live lavishly? We should instead look at those who are less fortunate and reflect on how lucky we are.

That is the message I got from the sharing from Pastor Elisha last Thursday. He shared with us about stories of people who are grateful just to have a place to stay, people who are so poor that their entire house is the size of some of our living room, and also people whose parents are drug addicts. Upon hearing this, most peoples’ first thought would be that these situations are probably happening in all the poorer countries such as the rural parts of India or perhaps Africa.

But no, it is in fact happening right in front of us, right here in Kuala Lumpur.

This brings us to a call. This calling may not have to be a calling for us to give up all we have to be the next Mother Theresa or to give up our comfortable life and become a volunteer in some remote place in Africa. Instead, this calling is to ask us to do what we can for those in need. It may be in the form of money, help or just time. It also need not be only limited to visiting crisis homes or orphanages. I believe that even simple gestures like sharing your food with your poorer friends who can’t afford to eat a good meal or encouraging someone who has family problems are ways of giving back to society. It is all these small things that touch peoples’ hearts in a big way.

Start reaching out to those next to you! Care for the less fortunate and most importantly, ask the Lord for guidance always as we ask him to break our hearts for what breaks His. =)

Hannah Chen

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Break My Heart for What Breaks Yours

Filed under: CA Reports — campusalive @ 12:03 pm
What an inspiring and touching sermon! I can feel the Spirit moving around the place, moving everyone’s heart, moving me… For the past few weeks, I had been carried away by the hectic schedule and events. I really had a bad month, emotionally and spiritually. I felt that I am losing heart for God, no longer placing Him first in my heart. Before I came to CA tonight, I stared at my calendar, wondering how much time I had allocated for God. The answer was disappointing, He was not my priority. I felt sad, really bad. But God was so real, He spoke to me through the message!
“The choice of life is in my hands.”
It really struck me that I can actually do something to fix the problem I was facing. It refreshed my mind, reminding me on what my purpose is in INTEC, my calling in my future career. I want to make a difference for Him! Actions speak louder than words, please do pray one another and me as well that we will focus on God and finish our race here, and also encourage and support each other.
God bless,
Rachel Chong

October 20, 2011

The Private Room.

Filed under: Please Note,Testimony — campusalive @ 5:26 am

Its funny looking back, I have never felt nor seen the significance of this blog till now. I regret not having to put my utmost effort of fully utilizing this sphere of media to spread God’s daily bread to the people. Glad to see the new Board of Directors picking up the pace to keep this blog alive. Sorry for crashing the blog without informing you guys; I really wanted to share something of great importance to you but posting it on Facebook seemed too inappropriate; you can imagine the look on my face when I realized how you guys were still using the same password and username. Praise the Lord for providing His way!

Hello, my beautiful people from home, (:

I woke up today feeling extremely drained. In the midst of having my midterms, with projects and papers up to my neck this week, the tension mounted and it didn’t help that I’m slowly beginning to feel the pangs of homesickness hitting me day to day. Reinventing my life here, making new friends, finding a new home – nothing seemed harder than to find God in this place where I now live, alone and all by myself. It has been a month or so since I’ve reached Los Angeles, but nothing has yet to register to be “familiar” to me. Everything is (still) so new, and so strange to me. Meeting new people and learning about the many lives of others is what I do every single day. And finally today it hit me. I got out of bed this morning, I felt the stark emptiness filling up the gaps deep in my heart. I didn’t know who I was, what I was supposed to do, how I was supposed to live my life. But God did. I sat down in the dark on my bed, with an overwhelming urge to cry and go home. Praying in silence because my roommate was still asleep, I sought Him to guide me. I prayed for answers – and I was given one. Not quite knowing what I was supposed to do, I went to my weekly bible studies on campus, and there, I was given my answer: Matthew Chapter 6.

I was given this material that said,

SHUT THE DOOR

The Lord said, “But you, when you pray, enter into your private room, and shut your door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.” The private room is the place you fellowship with God in secret; it is the place where you pray without trying consciously to exhibit your prayer. This means to shut out the world and shut yourself in. In other words, it is to ignore all the outside voices and to pray to God quietly and alone.

I was rendered speechless at how apt and precise God conveyed his message to me through his words. Even more, as we got into reading Matthew 6 out aloud.

“Therefore I tell you: do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?” Matt 6:25

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matt 6:27

“Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” Matt 6:27

“So do not worry, saying “What shall we eat? or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” Matt 6:31

“Therefore do no worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” Matt 6:34

He knew and He delivered me from my helplessness just like that. The power of prayers really manifested before me, and I was reminded by how we so often ask ourselves, if God knows what we need before we ask, then why should we even ask? Its simple. My bible (New International Version) answered the query by asserting, “Prayer was never intended to inform God of something he doesn’t know. The point of prayer isn’t merely to get what we want, but to NURTURE OUR RELATIONSHIP WITH GOD. As a result, the prayer can change US rather than the SITUATION, reinforcing our confidence in our God’s sufficiency and realigning our will with His will.”

So turn to Him, build your own private room and strengthen your relationship with God by prayer. For when a true man of God prays continuously for His name, kingdom, and will, the Lord takes care of the man himself. Hallelujah.

Best,

Bell.

October 15, 2011

Break My Heart for What Breaks Yours…

Filed under: CA Reports — campusalive @ 7:36 am

As I write this, it has officially been a week since I’ve answered the call to be CA guy leader-in-waiting. The past week has been a time of learning, both about CA and how it works, as well as the people who I will be working with.

Thursday’s CA was a real eye-opener.

It is not the first time that I have listened to Pr. Elisha’s stories but I am touched each time I hear them. Coming to CA and hearing his stories on how he has encountered the marginalized has awoken in me again this desire to just do something for the people in need. Pr. Elisha really challenges me. How many times as a student I gripe about what I have? I complain when it is to hot in the hostels. I complain when my lecturers are not very good. I complain when the food is not nice. But, have I ever thought about those who don’t even have food? Have I thought about those who don’t even have a proper place to stay like I do? Have I thought about those who don’t even have a chance to learn to read and write?

It is really an eye-opening session where I started to realize that, I am blessed beyond measure by God.

What am I doing with what I have been blessed with? Am I changing lives? Am I impacting lives? What am I doing for those who encounter injustice? God’s heart breaks for those who are treated unjustly. Does my heart break when I see injustice? Personally, yes it does. But what am I doing with it? Am I acting on these feelings where my heart is broken because of this injustice that I see?

I came out of that sharing with a heart, a will to make a conscious effort to help out those who are treated unjustly or those who are marginalized.

Hopefully this is one way I can do it: To continue on with what Zhong Xiang has been doing, which is, to visit homes like Shelter, Crisis Home and so on. There was this discussion when I was with Pr. Elisha, chatting with him as he ate. He asked Zhong Xiang what he has been doing concerning reaching out to the marginalized this semester. Zhong Xiang explained what CA has been doing in the visitation of homes. Pr. Elisha commented back and asked, “So, is this just a one off thing?” At that point in time, I knew that I was to continue on what Zhong Xiang has been doing. Hopefully I will be able to continue this activity of bringing CA members to visit homes to learn more about the marginalized and to show them how they live in order that they might come to know God’s heart for the marginalized.

I think another thing that impacted me was the fact that Pr. Elisha said we will be the generation that will help these people. It’s a long hard journey to do so but I believe that if I am commit my heart to it, by God’s strength I will.

Will you join me in helping these people who are less fortunate than us?

Matthew Chan

October 10, 2011

Future Nation Builders

Filed under: Please Note — campusalive @ 9:49 pm

It was my second time being the emcee for Campus Alive. The first was when I first took over the Ministry of Hospitality about a year ago. What a coincidence that the juniors will be taking over the next CA meeting.

 

Every beginning has an ending? Or God has a plan in everything? I opt for the latter.

 

So CA tonight began as it always has. The other emcee, Kar Suan and I had a hard time getting the people’s attention. I wonder why this happens to almost every emcee. Anyway, we, the emcees, had the event flowing quite smoothly in my opinion. Hopefully my opinion is true.

 

Worship session has always been my favorite way of drawing near to God. I like to sing and to praise God in a melodic way. And the thing about worshiping God in CA is that you don’t need to care whether your singing is good or the other way round. Nobody cares about that. All you need to do is just sing out and call out loud to God. Above all, I like peaceful worship songs which always make me feel the presence of God. At times when my mind is in a mess, listening to these songs never fails in calming me down. And that is one of the reasons I always attend Campus Alive. It restores me spiritually and physiologically.

 

We had a very interesting speaker today, Rev. Pax Tan – the senior director of Malaysian Care’s Prison, Drugs and AIDS Service. The way he talked was so humorous that we kept on laughing as he preached.

And he made a lot of points throughout his sharing about us being the future nation builders. Indeed, we are unique in the way that we are all scholarships holders.

We are very much blessed, and we should really thank God by putting us in this position that a lot of people envy and long for.

 

Rev. Pax Tan has given us a really beneficial preaching. Humorous as it was, it actually contained a lot of messages to build our characters and prepare us to be the nation builders in time to come.

It feels great to listen and learn God’s words, but it feels even better to apply the things that we have learned in our lives.

 

I hope the others enjoyed Campus Alive tonight as much as I enjoyed it.

Especially the refreshment. =)

 

 

Sing Kiet.

Awesome!

Filed under: Please Note — campusalive @ 9:27 pm

Last Thursday was an awesome day, filled with excitement and a series of meaningful events, but the Campus Alive gathering was the highlight of the day. It was a night of friends or should I say brothers and sisters in the family of God spending time with each other.

I was sitting on the couch with the Cendana boys or I like to call them my “children” when Joash came and he said ‘Come guys, take a picture.” So we smiled for the camera and let Joash do his thing. What hit me was in smiling for the photo, I realised those smiles were not forced, but a mutual feeling among us. I looked around and saw everyone else smiling and laughing, and it struck me of such an awesome movement all this were. I was so blessed that I found CA the first week I came here. Through prayers and worship, all of us are truly a family.

God has had definitely blessed CA, as not only real but also real happy. That was something that calms the soul of those who had emotional struggle that day.

I did have one in the previous CA but new hope came after this CA.

After that, there was a game, which I was confused of and still am, but hearing those laughs and seeing those smiles, I was sure that God was establishing a bridge among us. Following the game session was praise and worship and it was stunning to see how the hearts of those present opening up to God.

There was then a talk from Mr. Pax Tan. He said how God placed us in our respective places and destinations for a wonderful purpose and that we should never forget our roots in God. It was asked why God let His only Son, Jesus Christ to be born in a barn. Was it done deliberately? One I could remember was the senior said it is that God accepts everyone no matter how lowly the person may be.

The talk was surely an inspirational message from God so that we would not doubt his purposes and that He planned something awesome for everyone. With that, it concluded the night.

I hope everyone realised how great God’s love is and for sure, God will speak to all of us to shine a path for our dreams to still be on the road He built for us.

 

Alleluia and Amen.

 

Chris Patterson

Nation Builders in Making

Filed under: Please Note — campusalive @ 12:04 am

Recruiting members. INTERESTED?

It’ll be the experience of a lifetime ;)

 

Rev. Pax Tan

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