2022年5月刊 ∙ MAy 2022
Written by Chun Siew Yoong
向东实习：带着在弥迦所经历的一切，我们回来了！STE internship: with all the experiences i had at micah centre, i'm back!
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With All The Experiences I Had At Micah Centre, I'm Back!
Written by Loh Li Bo, Translated by Gillian Wong
In April 2021, I came to Micah Centre to be trained and equipped, to build an intimate relationship with God, and to have practical training in Indigenous village for three months.
God's Words Captivated Me
Our life as trainees at Micah Centre was very disciplined. Woke up at 5.30 a.m. and at 6.30 a.m., we would have our morning devotion followed by breakfast. From Monday until Thursday, we would have gardening sessions after class. My life here was very fulfilling. Even though it was busy, I could still find time with God and grow closer to God. To me, this was the most enjoyable time.
Every time I spend time before God, I can feel an in-pouring of indescribable peace and joy while I interact with God spiritually. I would tell him every tiny incident in my life because I know He is waiting and willing to listen to me. I'm thankful that God gave me an opportunity to learn to be a worshiper and an intercessor. I have also grown closer to God through worship and intercession. I really enjoyed the time spent in getting closer to God; I was captivated by God, and I had a growing desire for God's words.
She Treated Me Like Her Own Daughter, I Would Miss Her!
During our three months of practical training in the Indigenous village, I got to know an Indigenous woman whom everyone calls Mother Helen (Ibu Helen). She treated me like her own daughter and loves me very much. There was this period of time when I woke up at 3.30 a.m. to follow her to the market and help her with her farm produce, and when we finished everything and headed back home it was already after 2.00 p.m.. Indeed, I felt tired, but knowing that I was learning to be like Jesus by helping those in need, the tiredness I felt ceased at once. Instead, I felt a renewal of inner strength and experienced God' s empowerment in my life.
Mother Helen reckons I've done a lot to help her, so she would repeatedly express her gratitude. She also bought delicious food for me. Her motherly love touched me, as I see her simple and kind heart with no pretence or prejudice. I hope I can be like Mother Helen, following Jesus, loving others as myself. Upon completion of three months, we ended our practical training and left. I truly miss her!
The Indigenous Woman Who Missed God!
Other than the practical training in the indigenous village, we also had the opportunity to enter rural places in Ranau to visit the villagers there. We visited an old lady who was a Christian, but converted to another religion. She could no longer enter the local church and no one dared to visit her, making her feel very lonely. We were about to leave after chatting with her and she suddenly broke down and cried. She said that she missed God, and thanked God for sending us to visit her. Seeing that, I cried too.
This incident led me to greater reflection to pray more for the indigenous people, and in particular their spiritual needs and relationships with God.
I hope to see their spiritual life being nurtured. God touched my heart to stay back to care, help and journey together with them.
In April this year, I came back to Sabah as an intern to join Serve the East ministry, learning to serve and journey together with the indigenous. Please pray for me, that I may learn to trust God and experience Him throughout my serving here.
"After 10 months of training at Micah Centre, how can I help the trainees to fulfill their desire to serve?" This has become an issue that Micah Centre's mentors ponder on for the past few years. Upon graduation, trainees would usually return to their original places and back to their busy schedule either for study or work. Although some trainees are willing to continue serving the indigenous people, there is often a lack of such opportunity. This year, the mentors have decided to invite trainees who have the burden to serve, to return as interns at Micah Centre to participate in the Serve The East ministry. Thank God, we have three trainees responded!
文 / 骆丽宝
在乡村实习的三个月，我认识了一位原住民妇女，大家都叫她海伦妈妈 (Ibu Helen)。她待我如自己的亲生女儿，非常疼爱我。有一段时间，为了帮他处理农作物，我清晨3点半就起床随她到巴刹，忙完回家已是下午2点多。我确实感到累，但想到这是效法基督，学习帮助他人的需要，我顿时就不觉得累了。反而有一种重新得力的感觉涌上心头，经历神所赐的力量。