By ALVIN HANG
in Malay means lamp. Although not a Thai word, it is an apt imagery
used to describe The Methodist Church in Singapore's first church
planting project in northeastern Thailand in the Isaan region
- the Nong Bua Lamphu Methodist Church (NBLPMC) - a joint partnership
project between the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) and Wesley
Consecrated on Aug 5, 2005, Bishop Dr Robert Solomon, who presided at the occasion, referred to the NBLPMC as "a lamp in the darkness".
Using different illustrations and analogies to bring home the message of the transforming power of God's light to bring new life to the lost, he urged the local congregation to live as "children of light" by loving one another and serving in God's name.
|Thank you, MMS
towards our social
says Mayor of
Nong Bua Lamphu
Alvin Hang is the Secretary of the Missions Field Development Sub-Committee of Wesley Methodist Church.
PICTURES BY SIMON WEE OF
WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH
Bishop Dr Solomon unveiling the Nong Bua Lamphu Methodist Church signboard. Next to him is Mr David Wong.
The four villagers (in front)
who were baptised at the Consecration Service with leaders from
Wesley Methodist Church, Nong Bua Lamphu MC and Mr Rakpong Na Ubon, the Mayor of Nong Bua
Lamphu (second from right).
Gratitude and joy
"We are grateful to God for giving us this wonderful opportunity to serve Him in this pioneering work amongst the people of the Isaan region. During the last two years since we signed the MOU, Wesley has sent many teams to support the work and growth of the NBLPMC. The consecration ceremony is just the beginning of God's work here and we are committed to give our full support to see His Kingdom grow in this region through NBLPMC."
-- Mr David Wong, LCEC Chairman, Wesley Methodist Church.
"One hundred and twenty years ago, the Americans came to Singapore and shared that God loves us. God left us with a legacy to share this good news and today we are very happy to share this same truth and blessing with the people of Nong Bua Lamphu. On behalf of Wesley Methodist Church, I wish to commend Pastor Sanit and his family and their co-workers to you. May you find in them new and trusted friends who will help to point you to Jesus, who alone cares for us."
-- Rev Lilian Ang, Pastor, Wesley Methodist Church.
"We rejoice with the NBLPMC team and Wesley Methodist Church on this occasion of the consecration of the church. The MMS planted its first church in Rangsit 10 years ago. Today, five churches have been consecrated and we are seeing God's work in Thailand grow from strength to strength. We also look forward to the continued growth of the NBLPMC and pray that God will provide more missionaries from Singapore to serve alongside the local team in Thailand."
-- Rev Dr Clarence Lim, Director, Methodist Missions Society.