Today, Malaysia celebrates her 50th Independence Day. No doubt, it is a historic day for the nation.
It is also a historic day for me. Today marks a very significant milestone in my journey of faith. On this day, 9 years ago, I packed my bags and left Malaysia, heading towards Boston, to begin my new adventurous journey as a student in a seminary. It also marks the beginning of a new chapter in my life as I embarked on the journey of entering full-time Christian vocation.
Today I celebrate my 9th year in full-time Christian vocation. 9 years - not a very long period of time, but long enough for me to learn many important lessons of faith through the ups and downs of Christian ministry.
I can only thank God for his provision, guidance, wisdom, strength, and empowerment over the 9 years.
I also would like to thank all my mentors, prayer partners, friends, and supporters who cheer me on, speak timely words of encouragement, and constantly remember me in your prayers. I could not have come this far without all of you. Thank you for being there for me, for listening to my frustrations and discouragement, for sharing my joy and tears and for digging into your pockets to support me in many practical ways.
Finally, to all the anonymous donors out there, thank you so much for your financial contribution. There are many occasions when I received unexpected gift vouchers and cheques in the mailbox, right at the time when I needed them most. Thank you so much for being channels of blessings from the Almighty. You have taught me precious lessons of what it means to "live by faith"!
Thank you, all of you, for your partnership in the ministry of the gospel. I can only pray that God will, in his own time and ways, shower you with all the blessings you have been to me in greater portion in your life!
So, here's to many more fruitful years of Christian ministry.....