Every year, the Pentecostal Church of Malaysia will organize this convention to gather believers and new souls to the presence of God. It is held over a period of four days and have a series of prayer sessions and healing services. In Malaysia, we have a few Faith Homes around -- some as far North as Sg. Petani and down South as Senai -- and believers in those area attends this yearly convention. Some also come from missions from neighbouring countries like Singapore and Brunei.
Pastors and servants of God come together in this convention to do the will of God. This time round, we had several pastors from Sri Lanka, India, and even Australia. Here, people with sickness, problems, or even distress come to receive God's blessings and be saved by the Word of God.
Last year, Mummy had the privilege to attend the convention. She was already ill with cancer, and the whole family came to seek healing. For Mummy, however, i finally realized that it was not God's plan to heal her, but it was His plan to take her home early so she didn't need to suffer, to be tempted by the world, and to commit sin. Part of His marvellous plan, which i only recently came to realize (and accept), was that Mummy was the mustard seed in our family. God had a plan to save us through Mummy. Since she left, we have been frequenting church and experiencing God -- something we seldom did as a family when she was around.
Tonight, i want to testify that i felt the grace of God filling my heart. I did, I really did. You know, when people receive the blessings of God, their hearts will be filled with joy; a joy so wonderful, they feel like bursting out in tears! I had the exact same feeling tonight.
As i was standing there in my place, praising God, the atmosphere in the hall was so moving that i felt full in the presence of the Lord. My heart just felt full and complete while i kept on praising God and sang praises. I closed my eyes, but even so, i could feel it tearing inside. It was such a wonderful experience.
For many times i prayed, but this is the first time i felt so relived and full of joy... Praise the Lord!
Tomorrow will see the end of the four day convention. Many have received blessings and have testified how the grace of God worked in their lives. Here it is in some snapshots:
Pastors praying and blessing for believers. On the right is Pastor Joshua, he baptised Mummy. and boy, he can sing. Haha.
my Mission Impossible shot while pretending to make a call, just before receiving prayer from Pastor Joshua.
Not bad eh? lolx
the people we fed.
how they were served.
Serving a mass of people without proper waste management caused this:
during dinner on Friday.
So, steps were taken to solve the problem.
a bin each for left over food, polystyrene cups and plates, and plastic cutleries.
But still, the peoples' mindset got the best of the situation. So Daddy and I took to task waste management. Kinda like a father son tag team. Har. har.
Crappy job, but high on satisfaction.
Tidak apa, got people will clean wan.What ever happened to "A random act of kindness" and "A good Samaritan"? Okay-lah, the least is some civic conciousness right? And i'm referring to Malaysian in general here. Haih T.T
Tidak apa, just rubbish what, not important wan.
Tidak apa, others don't do, i also shouldn't do.
Nway, i feel i need to justify WHY i was all out in waste management. You see, every day, Malaysians consume so much, they can fill the whole height of KLCC with garbage in just 3 days! That's why its so important to go 3R -- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle. (click to find out more)
We have established that, in this kind of event, we serve food to the masses. Lunch, dinner, and tea breaks in between. Over four days. And that sums up to ALOT of garbage. So, just for point of argument, hear me out on proper management and disposal of Styrofoam materials.
When we do not properly dispose the Styrofoam, meaning with just chuck it into a garbage bag with left over food and other what nots, it will be broken into smaller bits and pieces from the original whole Styrofoam cup or plate. Being crushed beyond recognition in the garbage bags, it will just end up in a land field days later. By this time, even if the workers were paid RM1mil, they wouldn't waste their time picking up small bits and pieces of Styrofoam (now among soiled and spoiled left over food), simply because 1. there's just TOO MANY, and 2. It's a nightmare to do it.
Let's rewind. Say we separate the Styrofoam plates and cups at the bins and stack them up i order, while we dispose left over food in another bin. This way, we not only effectively recollect and arrange Styrofoam material, but also reduce mismanagement of soiled left overs. Left overs are biodegradable through natural processes, but if its all mixed up, it's gonna a big mess. What's more, the plastic cutleries which are also separated can now be effectively sent for recycling. Kapish?
What's a little effort for Mother Earth? C'mon, i'm sure were are ALL capable of doing our 'small' part in caring for the environment. Notice 'small' actually translates into 'VERY SUPER BIG' for Mother Earth when most of her 6 billion inhabitants starts to care for her well being.
So, you have read what i wanted to say. What's your next move? I recommend watching The 11th Hour by Leonardo DiCaprio and An Inconvenient Truth by Al-Gore. (click links) Those got me going green!
You can too! And trust me, if that doesn't spark a dire awareness in you, i honestly don't know what will.
dinner-ing on Friday.