Dear Prayer Partners,
The Title of our Message this Sunday is, “ASK, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN UNTO YOU”
Simple & terse, yet too simple for many as we do not always take God at His Word.
In years 1975, 1976 and even early 1977 there were times of great testing of our faith. Many times God provided at the very last minutes or even to the last seconds.
But living like this is not the norm. The Children of Israel lived by the provision of Manna in the desert for 40 years till they entered Canaan. Elijah and the poor widow woman lived on the flour and oil that never failed “till the day God sent rain on the earth”.
Now in early 1977 God led us to pray for more specific supplies.
- A quiet place.
In the BHS JSM the hall downstairs was used as a Kindergarten during the week days. And on Saturday the Student’s Club. Then on Sunday we have our Worship Service. Upstairs were 2 rooms. One used by our Resident Missioner Rhoda & one used as a Store.
Many days I would try to study or catch some sleep in the day. But no sooner a I closed the door will come a knock. Someone and somebody always come in to get stuff for the kindergarten or others. So there is no peace unless we go to Mt. Faber.
But that again has no proper shelter when it rained
So we prayed for a place. Thank Almighty God. One day Brother Matthew Khoo said a bother has been touched to open his home for us to use. That was a marvelous answer to pray. That 1st Floor walk up HDB Apartment about 15 minutes away was a place of sanctuary for prayer, rest and meditation.
This was how the Shunamite Woman provided a small room for Prophet Elisha
Let us make a little chamber, I pray thee, on the wall; and let us set for him there a bed, and a table, and a stool, and a candlestick: and it shall be, when he cometh to us, that he shall turn in thither.
2. More consistent supply of financial needs
There were days when i don’t even have One dollar in the pocket. One day in year 1977 a brother wanted to borrow a dollar. I had very little money then. A dollar in those days will get a good meal as noodles only 50 sen a bowl & mixed rice cost about a dollar. A cup of iced drink only 10 cent. Having needs of my own at first i hesitated but I gave to him seeing his urgent plea.
Lo! and behold! few hours later I received S$3.70!
But again $3.70 will only last less than a few days.
So I prayed more earnestly & looked to God for more
One day I received a money order sent from Christmas Island
The sender was Bro Peter Ho who worked there in the phosphate mining industry
And for the next two years Bro Peter Ho sent help regular month after month with money orders of $40, $65 or more each time. (May God reward him abundantly.)
This opens the door for more settled peace and quietness for the two Greatest Years of Battles yet ahead in BHS JSM: Circa 1977 & 1978
See a photo of Phosphate Mining on Christmas Island (circa 1977)
Unbeknownst to us one day in years 1980/81 at ShamRock Beach, Tanjung Bungah, Penang, I met brother Peter Ho who returned from his work on Christmas Island & I was called to serve God in Penang Rifle Range JSM for 2 years 3 months from year 1979, 1980 & till March 1981
Below squatting right in front 4th from left is Brother Peter Ho in white long sleeved shirt with black framed spectacle.
Also above photo 1st from Top left sister Suan Ho, 6th from Top left is sister Phobe Tan (saved in year 1979 Ipoh Camp), Top 2nd from Right is Brother Elisha Yee Bee Chong (his salvation will be another interesting story of grace). 4th from Top Right is Sister Jeannie Koay
All these 4 were Called to SOM later in years 1980/81
Also kneeling 1st from front row left is Sister Eunice Khoo (Sister of Rev. Matthew Khoo) who responded to the Call and in later years was a great blessing in the BEREAN BOOK ROOM MINSTRY IN KL JSM (Circa 1982 to 1987.)
ASK, AND IT SHALL BE GIVEN UNTO YOU (Matthew 7:7a)
All Praise & Glory to Almigthy Loving Father
We would request your earnest prayers as we post on 1977 & 78 in BHS JSM, Spore (battling against the powers of darkness)
And 1979 to March 1981 Penang JSM (Very fierce battle against the devil)
It is only when you go into battle for Souls that you feel the keenest attack of the enemy
So please pray for us as we post
Thank you for praying