The Methodists are a happening people! Involved, committed, diverse and open; a people who try to be accepting, caring, hospitable and inclusive. Family and community oriented. A people who are concerned for those beyond their own communities and around the world. Active in missions and responsive whether in prayer or financial partnership or in good works. A people who love God and who reaches out to include others in God’s redeeming grace.
Below are some of the many ministries and what we have done thus far:
1. Serundong Laut in Sabah
Serundong Laut is a village situated in the district of Tawau in Sabah. It is accessible by river with the boat journey taking three hours from Tawau town. The community in Serundong Laut consist of indigenous people of the tribes of Muruts and Tidungs numbering about 320 in total. The villagers lack basic amenities, have poor living conditions and education level. The focus of Missions in Serundong Laut is :
- Education (kindergarten, English, mathematics and health science)
- Improving living conditions
- Emphasis on clean water supply
- Medical treatments
- Living skills
- Sharing/Fellowship/Praise & Worship/Music Ministry
- Support for the local pastors
The ultimate aim of our mission in Serundong Laut is to spread the GOOD NEWS!!
2. Lower Myanmar
Myanmar was devastated by Cyclone Nargis in May 2008 and large parts of the country were decimated. The population in Myanmar were reduced to living hand to mouth as international aid could not reach some parts of the country.
In 2009 when TMCPJ partnered TRAC and the Methodist HQ to explore the possibility of setting up missions fields near Yangon, the process of rebuilding the infrastructure in Myanmar was on-going but slow.
A TMCPJ missions team was sent to Lower Myanmar on a fact-finding mission and to explore the setting up of the missions fields. Our missions work in Lower Myanmar is on-going and we hope to involve church wide participation on a longer term basis in our outreach programmes there for 2012.
3. Sengoi (Gopeng, Kampar & Raub)
TMCPJ is involved in the missions work for the Sengoi people in Gopeng, Kampar and Raub. A community hall was built in Kampung Jelintuk, Gopeng and the consecration of the hall was carried out by the TRAC President, Rev Dr Ong Hwai Teik.
The Sengoi Missions Conference in Kampar which oversees Gopeng is ably led by Pendeta Bah Uda and his ministry staff. TMCPJ is now exploring the possibility of pastoral training in partnership with the Sengoi Missions Conference for these dedicated ministry staff so as to enable them to reach out effectively to the Sengois.
The Sengois in Raub has been living in poverty and our mission there would be to ensure that they are properly equipped with living skills.
4. Protestant Church in Sabah (PCS) at Shah Alam
PCS consists mainly of the Rungus tribe based in Sabah. The PCS had set up a branch in Shah Alam for worship on Sundays. TMCPJ partners PCS in some of its programmes. TMCPJ has also sponsored Bibles and assisted in the rewiring of the electrical cables and supply of ceiling and wall fans in the Shah Alam church.
5. Thai-Myanmar border
In early 2010, our Missions Committee member and church member, Janice Tay left for the Thai-Burmese border as a missionary worker under OM. Over there, she was mainly involved with the children’s ministry and had clearly touched the lives of the local community through her sharing and fellowship.
Missions Night (“Malam Muhibbah”)
For the past couple of years, the Missions Committee had organised Missions Night or “Malam Muhibbah” on the first Saturday of August where our Mission partners from Sengoi (Kampar and Raub), PCS, Serundong Laut and Myanmar were invited for the event. The rich cultural diversity was really apparent where the participants were mostly garbed in their traditional costumes and presented skits and native dances to the delight of church members.