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PLUC Newsletter 通讯 2012
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This year is a significant one as PLUC turns 10 years old. Ten great years of witnessing His faithfulness and the privilege of journeying with many who are broken in their sexuality. As I reminisced on these 10 years, I saw how this ministry has grown. When the founder, Bro Steven Lim entrusted me with this ministry in 2003, PLUC began with just a box of books and operated in an apartment where I used to stay. I am thankful for friends who stuck with me through thick and thin like Rev Martha Hor, Rev Pax Tan and Pas Lazarus Chin who joined me from the beginning at PLUC. Then, Pas Andrew Ong, Dr John Tan, Sis Eunice Sin and Dr Johnben Loy joined the team. For the past 9 years we had been operating from apartments and a double-storey house; and today, we are located in a shoplot that provides us more space to run support groups and conduct teaching sessions. We started with just 1 counseling room and today we have 2 rooms.

From a handful of clients in the beginning, throughout the years we have seen many coming through the door of PLUC especially parents and spouses of strugglers, leading the way to the establishment of 3 types of support groups, designed to cater for the individual strugglers, parents and spouses. Although the parents and spousal groups only started late last year, we saw the dynamics of these groups and most importantly, they saw hope in Christ.

We witnessed the providence from the Lord through individuals and churches who have given faithfully to this ministry. The Lord never failed to provide and we know He will send the right people who have a burden for the same-sex relationship issues into this ministry. May the Lord touch the hearts of many men responding to His call to the homosexuals. This has been my prayer all these years.

What have we been doing for the last 10 years besides running support groups? PLUC have been invited to churches from different denominations to preach and teach on “Church’s response to homosexuality”, “God’s truth and grace in homosexuality”, “How porn affects the generation today” and other topics related to this ministry. We have also partnered with some churches in teaching their leaders and members to enable Christians with the knowledge and ability to journey with strugglers that walk into their churches.

In 2007, we organized “Break Free” in Banner of Love church and “Change is Possible” in 2009 at Full Gospel Assembly, KL. The purpose of these conferences was to create awareness for pastors and Christians on how to reach and respond to the homosexuals. These conferences opened opportunities and we were invited to speak in their churches, schools or even Christian fellowship in varsities. What would be PLUC’s focus in the coming 5 years? One is to continue to create awareness among churches in Malaysia that transformation in Christ for those with same-sex attraction issues is possible. The upcoming conferences in Kuala Lumpur and Penang in September 2012 in conjunction with PLUC’s 10th anniversary will act as a platform for conveying the message on “Truth and Grace in Sexuality”.

Besides conferences, PLUC desires to see many more cities in Malaysia with similar support groups for strugglers. It is not about starting many PLUC centers but partnering with churches and Christians through training programs. The harvest field is plentiful but the workers are few, so we trust the Lord to raise fellow workers to this harvest field.

The media and the radical change in world views are great influences to the younger generation. This group of youths is also one of PLUC’s focuses and I hope to be able to work closely with some youth organizations in training their leaders to educate the youth with the correct understanding of the natural sexuality that God has given to us. This year, God is opening doors for PLUC to go to nations like Cambodia and China to share life transforming testimonies. As the Lord has placed us in South East Asia, I trust the Lord to use PLUC to be a blessing to the nations around us. I thank you for your constant prayer and financial support, which helped us to do so much. I look forward to the hope that He has placed in my heart in 2012.

“Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved by him, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly explaining the word of truth.” – I am encouraged by His truth and grace for my life!

基督里得自由(PLUC)投入事奉行列已有10年了!10年来见证上帝的信实,陪伴了多位在性方面挣扎的弟兄姐妹。2003年创办人林永城弟兄把PLUC交到我手上时,我们只有一箱书,而办公室就是我居住的公寓。我感恩与我患难与共、并肩服侍的朋友,当中有从起初就参与PLUC的何雪卿牧师、陈超然牧师和陈修圣牧师,之后还有王东洋牧师、陈忠仁医生、陈珍音姐妹、雷德雀博士和陈建豪弟兄加入侍奉团队。过去9年,我们在狭小的住家办公,今天我们搬迁到一间宽敞的店屋,拥有了更大的空间给予支持小组和教课的用途。过去我们只有一间辅导室,今天我们拥有两间辅导室。

到PLUC来求助的朋友逐年增加,父母与配偶的人数更为显著。这促使了我们开办三个支持小组,协助各阶层的不同需要。父母与配偶的小组于去年年底才开始,但我们已略见成果,组员们更在基督里看见盼望。

上帝是信实的,祂透过个人和教会来供应钱财物资,从来没有忘记我们,适时感动人关注同性恋课题,也派合适的人来帮助我们。多年来我不断祷告,恳求上帝感动一位或多位弟兄的心,来帮助同性恋挣扎者。

除了支持小组的事工,这10年来我们也应邀到各宗派的教会去讲道和教导,课题有“教会对同性恋课题的回应”、“同性恋课题中看上帝的真理和恩典”,“情色如何影响现今的世代”等。我们也与一些教会配搭,教导领袖和弟兄姐妹如何接待与陪伴教会中的性挣扎者。

我们举办了两届国际性大会,即2007年的“脱捆锁,得自由”研习会与2009年“改变是可能的”研习营。会议目的是要唤醒更多教会领袖与信徒对同性恋课题的认识及帮助陷在同性恋困境的人。会议也开启了教会、学校和大专团契的大门,使我们有机会到他们当中分享。

来临五年PLUC要关注哪些方面呢?其一是继续在马来西亚的教会提高觉醒,知道在基督里同性相吸是可以转化的。2012年9月,PLUC十周年庆典暨大会将分两地进行,即吉隆坡与槟城。“上帝的真理与性”将是我们要传达的信息,盼望透过这个研习会能促使我们在未来进入更多的教会、团体、中小学和大专。

PLUC渴望有更多的城市设立帮助同性恋挣扎者的支持小组。不是建立许多PLUC中心,乃是透过培训计划与教会和基督徒配搭。禾场广阔,工人稀少,所以我们信靠主必兴起同工,收割这片禾场的庄稼。传媒和世界观影响巨大,彻底改变年轻一代。年轻人是PLUC关注的一群,我希望能够与一些青年组织有密切配搭,训练他们的领导人,教导青少年们确认上帝对性别的正确概念。

今年,上帝为PLUC开启了到柬埔寨和中国的门,让我们能到这些国家分享生命改变的见证。上帝把我们放置在东南亚,我相信祂会透过PLUC赐福给邻近的国家。感谢大家不住的祈祷和在财政上的大力支持,我期待2012年上帝放在我心里的感动将化成明日的见证。

“你当竭力,在神面前得蒙喜悦,作无愧的工人,按着正意分解真理的道”——我的生命被上帝的真理和恩典深深的感动了!

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