Saturday, April 29, 2017

What does CHOICE mean to you? #17

Preparing for the CHOICE weekends is truly an amazing experience. In these series of post, we interviewed some of the members to share their encounters with CHOICE that inspired them to return and to serve subsequent weekends.


1. Issues you struggled with before Choice    
  • Lost in the hustle of career 
  • No connection with the spirit in me 
  • Don't actually know about God that much as I was ignorant

2. What is Choice to you?
Choice is about the choice that I made to change myself internally. Later,  I learnt to externalise that change and strive to care and share genuinely with all human beings without expecting anything in return.

3. How has Choice changed my life?
My vision and purpose is clearer and I know the right channels to stay connected with God no matter where I am. Furthermore, I am given the opportunity to show my love and to share what I have with others.


4. What is life like after Choice?    
Much better in the sense that I am able to keep myself calm, freeing myself from destructive thoughts and equity to all people without being judgemental.

Lenna

CHOICE BM Kuala Lumpur 4



Date: 28th to 30th April 2017

Good Evening guys,

Today, CHOICE BMKL 4 begin the journey of soul-searching. Let us pray...

Heavenly Father, as the KL Team started the weekend today, we ask You to guide them. Bring Your Holy Spirit to shine bright towards participants, so they will experience to goodness of Your love. Reach their soul O Lord, so they will open up to you during this Weekends, and days ahead.

As for the Presenters, touch their hearts with Your most loving hands, so they too, will reach out to the participants in ways You wants them to be.

For the Service Team,  grant them peace and love O Lord, so they will work together in Your name and Your will, not their own agenda.

This we ask through our most loving name Jesus Christ, 

Amen.

Lincoln

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Rest Conference

Finally, FMCC (The Fellowship of Malaysian Covenantal Communities) in collaboration with Asayo Kuala Lumpur presents the much awaited REST CONFERENCE.

Date: 30.04.2017, from 2.00pm - 10.00pm
Venue: SIC Rooftop
Min. donation : RM10.00

Please register at Church of the Assumption or at asayokl89@gmail.com

Gregory Chan II


Getting to know our 99ners #1

We take this opportunity to acquaint ourselves with CEKL 99 members by inviting them to share about their life's passions, God and Noah's tattoo πŸ˜œπŸ˜œπŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸŸπŸŸ⛵⛵

What are you passionate about?
My passion is making others happy and exploring creation and encouraging others to be the best version of themselves.


When you think about God – what is the first thing that comes to mind?
God is Love.


If God suddenly appears before you, what will you say to him?
I wouldn't say anything I would just run to Him.


If Noah went out and got a tattoo – what would it be and why?
Noah's tattoo.... Hmmmm ... The GPS coordinates to his home... so he can get home after the flood subsided. πŸ˜†πŸ˜†


Ivy pat CEKL99

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

What does CHOICE mean to you? #16

Preparing for the CHOICE weekends is truly an amazing experience. In these series of post, we interviewed some of the members to share their encounters with CHOICE that inspired them to return and to serve subsequent weekends.



1. Issues you struggled with before Choice                                    
Among other issues, I had issues in areas of the relationship with parents and a relationship with a guy.              

2. What is Choice to you?
I went with an open mind not knowing anything about it. After Choice I think it was a great opportunity to reflect about life's journey and the relationships in my life      

3. How has Choice changed my life?
Choice gave me a chance to reflect on the state of my relationships with other people. I decided to focus my time and energy on relationships with people who are important in my life, and let go of those who are not sincere.

4. What is life like after Choice?       
My relationship with my parents has not changed much. But I gained new friends and had the chance to serve for the next batch of participants, and hope that they too find the sessions beneficial to their everyday life.


Sarah Tan CEKL97

Monday, April 24, 2017

Sesi Pembasuhan Kaki, CHOICE BMKL 4 - Persiapan yang mendatangkan sukacita!

 Salam Damai...


Wah, ringan rasanya tangan mahu mencoret sesuatu dalam halaman blog ini. Hihi...
Apa tidaknya, seharian hari ini saya bersama dengan ahli keluarga Choice Berbahasa Malaysia Kuala Lumpur (CBMKL). Persiapan terakhir untuk semua team sepelayanan untuk Hujung Minggu CBMKL4 pada minggu hadapan! 

Dalam persiapan service team CBMKL4 kali ini, sudah menjadi kewajipan untuk melakukan ini, Pembasuhan Kaki sesama tim pelayanan. 

Sesi pembasuhan kaki dimulai dengan pengisian bacaan firman, sebagaimana yang tertulis dalam Alkitab, agar setiap yang mahu melayani di dalam Yesus, hendaklah meneladani apa yang dilakukanNya terhadap murid-muridNya, dan itulah yang dilakukan hari ini khas untuk Choice akan datang.

 Nah!, here we go! 

Walaupun beberapa ahli sepelayanan tidak dapat bersama-sama kali ini atas sebab yang tidak dapat dielakkan, we believe that we can make it! hehe!

" Sebab dimana ada dua atau tiga orang berkumpul didalam nama-Ku, disitu Aku ada ditengah-tengah mereka", dia bilang Tuhan dalam injilNya, Matius 18:20

BUT, for sure, semua dapat bersama-sama-dalam pelayanan sepanjang Choice BMKL4 nanti!!!




Tq for your support!

Jangan nangis Gabe! haha


Our DYMP! TQ for your loving guidance! 
Seperti yang sedia maklum, ini adalah kali pertama CBM mengadakan sesi pembasuhan kaki dan Hujung Minggu Choice BMKL.

Sangat menyentuh hati saya secara peribadi, kebanyakan dalam kalangan service team yang datang untuk sesi ini, mengakui bahawa sesi ini berkesan untuk persediaan rohani dalam kalangan tim pelayan. 

Banyak benda yang dipelajari, Ya, bukan sahaja merendahkan diri, bahkan belajar merendahkan hati! Mengetahui perbezaan akan rendah hati dan rendah diri!






Selesai sahaja sesi pembasuhan kaki, beralih kepada sesi menyalahkan lilin, Seperti sifat lilin yang menyalah, membiarkan 'diri' terbakar dan terus mencair demi menerangi sekeliling, demikian juga para pelayan CBMKL4 bersedia memberikan komitmen penuh sepanjang CBMKL4 nanti.




Melayani lebih sungguh!  sepertimana kami bersedia untuk melayani, satu hal yang pasti, cabaran dan halangan pasti datang seiring..

Sudah menjadi lumrah dalam pelayanan, yang membezakannya ialah bagaimana sebuah keluarga bersatu untuk menghadadapinya bersama. Dalam Choice, kesatuan itu ada menyinari dalam setiap ahli! Bersyukur untuk itu.

"Anakku, jikalau engkau bersiap untuk mengabdi kepada Tuhan, maka bersedialah untuk pencobaan."  Sirakh 2:1

Diakhir sesi, kami akhiri dengan perkongsiaan daripada setiap yang datang, sememangnya setiap alhi mempunyai kesaksiannya yang tersendiri, dan membawa sukacita! 



Suatu misi yang pasti, "Melayani seperti Yesus melayani!" 
Dan waktu itu, tiba dalam  beberapa hari lagi! CBMKL 4! 

Jum, kobarkan semangat pelayanan kita dalam Choice kali ini! 

Selamat Melayani!



Cherry, CBM3

Thursday, April 20, 2017

What does CHOICE mean to you? #15

Preparing for the CHOICE weekends is truly an amazing experience. In these series of post, we interviewed some of the members to share their encounters with CHOICE that inspired them to return and to serve subsequent weekends.



1. What is Choice to you?
Choice is a fantastic spiritual and realistic program for self reflection and realisation on the important things in life. It's also about putting others before yourself and a checklist of sorts on the way your life is going and how to improve thereon.


2. How has Choice changed your life?
A lot. I am no longer the same person as before. Things that I initially felt were important were actually not. It had helped me to prioritise the important aspects of my life such as my relationship with others and more importantly my personal relationship with God.


3. What is life after Choice?
Life is always full of challenges but after Choice I found it easier to deal with them as I realised that there are many others who are going through the same challenges as me. I realised that I'm not alone and together we are able to grow and share our joys and sadness.

Edwin CEKL95



Friday, April 14, 2017

A conversation with God

Go get yourself some popcorns as this is a really long. I would normally ask my friends to summarise long messages and until now never expected to type so many words (Guess now my fingers moves as much as my mouth). Yesterday was Maundy Thursday; today, Good Friday and tomorrow is Eve of Easter.


The Maundy Thursday preparation:
A group of us CHOICEEs decided to have to have our very own Malaysian Visita Iglesia. A total of over 15 (we needed 5 cars to move around) of us from various Choice weekends (CEKL78 to CEKL99) and not to forget a Choicee parent (A really cool parent, so cool that she would be mistaken for being your buddy). The team was split in 2, the ones that had leave and went for the 4pm mass at SFX and the ones who had to 'work hard' and go for the 8pm mass at Assumption.


The negative side of not taking leave and going for mass is that you do not get to have dinner and on the positive side we didn’t have to waste time looking for parking. We met up at our regular hangout Strawberry Fields Cafe and managed to stuff in about 6 to 8 people and and driver who went for the 5pm mass in 1 car (brought back some nostalgic memories). And met up with the rest again at Strawberry Fields Cafe.


The Churches we visited were:
  • Assumption, PJ or St Francis Xavier Church, PJ (this is where we were separated by the 5pm and 8pm mass goers)
  • St Thomas More, Subang.
  • Church of Divine Mercy, Subang.
  • St. Ignatius Church, Kelana Jaya
  • Holy Rosary Church, Brickfields
  • Our Lady of Fatima Church, Brickfields
  • St Johns Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur


Conversation with God
There has been a book I was reading in recent time ‘Conversation with God’ (yes I have not finished reading that book yet). There were a few things which I read in that book that made me start reflecting and ponder upon.
  • Who is God
  • How does God communicate with you


The things that made me reflect and think deeper were:

  1. Discussion with someone. (Will write more on this later la)
    1. I was told by a newer Choicee that this was his first time that there been a follow up after his retreat and the team has not died out yet(looking at all the older Choicees), I have heard this before but its the first time it made me get into deep thought and think why are we able to do this after some time it came down to 3 things
      1. My Big BOSS (The Father himself)
      2. The PEOPLE:
      3. Ability to adapt to others
  2. Maundy Thursday Mass made me reflect on:
    1. When Jesus washed his disciples feet
    2. During the Eucharistic celebration
      1. And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, "This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me."
    3. Stripping of the altar. This is the first time it touched me and I felt a shiver down my spine (Also I think this is the first time I paid attention to it)
  3. A friend asked why are we visiting 7 churches and not 8 or 10 or 4 or any other number
    1. I only remembered
      1. Very vaguely that the number 7 is a very significant number in the bible
      2. That there was used to be people that walked to 7 different basilicas in Rome as penance
    2. This made me want to find out more about the bible
  4. My thoughts and and what was happening in my surrounding
    1. For some odd reasons on the day was thinking to myself,
      1. How do I be happy
      2. How do I fight temptation
      3. How to fight the wrong in me
    2. This were the thoughts running in my mind and each of the 7 churches we visited had a different message to me just like the book I read ‘Conversation with God’
      1. Assumption - My experience of Maundy Thursday Mass
      2. St Thomas More - The floors were wet and slippery and I had to watch my steps.
      3. Church of Divine Mercy. - The hall was partially dark and spacious and I felt like I had all the space in the world and the world was mine
      4. St. Ignatius Church - What I was facing to me looked like a house behind the waterfalls which took me to my happy place, I suddenly heard sound of the waterfalls and felt the coolness. I was just happy.
      5. Holy Rosary Church - As we reached Holy Rosary Church I was still in my happy mode and I was just questioning God “How can I be happy” and in response I heard the 3 people in front of me singing this hymn “God Of Mercy And Compassion” and this reminded me of my most recent confession where the priest told me if you love Jesus you would not sin.
      6. Our Lady of Fatima Church - This place was packed, I don’t think I have ever seen this much of crowd in Church at midnight and this told me that I am never alone.
      7. St Johns Cathedral - This was the funniest experience I had. Time for adoration was over. I was seated almost at the same place I was seated 6 years ago when I had prayed and asked God for something that made me happy and in sacrifice I would light up a hundred candles in his name and I had yet to do it after 6 years.

Conclusion & Makan time
I guess this was the conversation that God was trying to have with me since my last confession. God is within me and he loves me and to be happy is for me to live in HIM.

So anyways after the visiting 7 churches we were all exhausted and hungry (Yes of coz I was hungry I am growing child <horizontally>) so a few of us went out to eat and I got late for work on Friday.


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The hungry children

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Daily fellowship

Some says a family that prays together stays together.  This is the gang that normally goes for breakfast after 6.15 am Mass at SFX, Petaling Jaya. Breakfast is from 6.45 am - 8 am . 

Come and join us in our daily worship to the big big boss !!! Trust us, when you start the day with Christ, nothing can go wrong ! 

 


I am alone and in deep distress

Turn to me and have mercy, for I am alone and in deep distress.  My problems go from bad to worse.  Oh, save me from them all!
  -Psalm 25:16-17
Nothing is more disturbing than being in distress and all alone.  Isn't this why people who don't believe in God turn to Him when there is no where else to turn?  We don't have to walk alone though.  God is literally dying for you to turn to Him for help with your problems.  It doesn't take much. Just pray for God to guide and lead you in the right direction.


Fear of exploitation

Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone - especially to those in the family of faith.
  -Galatians 6:10
Who wants to be taken advantage of?  No one.  However, we are called to do good to everyone and not be selective in who we serve.  Do you let fear of exploitation of your generosity keep you from sharing with others?  It's a good thing Jesus didn't have this fear when He chose to die on the cross for sins He knew we would commit again and again.


Monday, April 10, 2017

Post CEKL #99 fellowship day

We opened our beautiful Saturday morning, 8th April 2017 with a Gasing hike. 22 angelic πŸ˜‡πŸ˜‡ members joined the fun.



Our CHOICE friend, Ali on the other hand, had no choice but to come to honour the 'memorandum of understanding' that was made with the CHOICE team. Ahem.. thank you people for persistently attending morning mass for this purpose πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜. He also came for health reasons la..




This is the story of our Ali. As he was hiking Gasing hill for the first time, he saw this...



Wahlaowei... he muttered. Dia pun berkata,
"Merenung masa depan, turun tak boleh, naik lagi tak boleh😜😜😜." 
hahahah, jangan marah Alis



 And then...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...


He is still thereπŸ˜†πŸ˜œ


Sitting like a meditating Buddha.

Already bertaubat d from


He is also very sweet and 'helpful'
"Cherry, u ok? I jaga u ar..."πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

" Cherry, jum duduk jap"πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜œπŸ˜œ


Alex was laughing so loud at him. No choice la, or not Ali would need to be carried out by a helicopter. Surprisingly, when it was down hill, Ali pecut down nicely... this one can really simpan his energy.


And then there were the rest of us just sweating it out



Having fun on the suspended bridge of Gasing - safe kot πŸ˜†πŸ˜†πŸ˜«πŸ˜«





And the Power ranger, Red one, keluar hutan proudlyπŸ˜œπŸ˜…


Hurray we conquered Gasing - at the Peak


Ali, remember ah what the uncle in orange who was always bumping into you said... See you again next week!


Next we had our pool side dinner.

With excellent directions we were there... er... on time?


Ali, suddenly from being a poor soul in Gasing redeemed himself and became a Hero! He saved a poor little girl from the swimming pool!


EH 😡😱 the other way round ah? was it rescued from the pool or thrown into the pool? I seriously cannot remember.

 Welcome CEKL 99 to the team

 Sedap punya makan from Geraldine and Gang.







Thanks everybody for coming. Hidup CHOICE forever!!! 😎😎


I wonder who are these giant girls.