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PLUC Newsletter 通讯 2013
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How did you usher in the New Year? I had the privilege of concluding my 2012 at a silent retreat center where I ushered in the New Year spending time in His presence and allowing my soul to be refreshed by Him. Taking time for silence and solitude has become part of my spiritual rhythm and it has been a great help in my own life transformation. I remember lying in my bed that New Year’s Eve night, hearing the sound of fireworks all around me outside, but in the midst of the noise, there was His gentle whisper assuring me that I am His Beloved. It was so comforting and encouraging.

People around the world anticipate great things to happen for them in 2013. What about you? We at PLUC also anticipate greater things that the Lord is going to do for those who desire to seek Him for life transformation. 2012 was a significant year for PLUC because of our 10th anniversary in September. We appreciate all who have contributed in time, effort and finance to make this thanksgiving celebration-cum conference a success.

My personal reflection on the whole celebration has been the wonder of His forgiveness, faithfulness and unconditional love for those who cry out to Him. Truly, we have witnessed many churches and Christian leaders acknowledging the power of Christ in life-transformation for those who are struggling with gender issues. This has always been the heartbeat of PLUC – to share with Christians and churches the reality that they can journey with those who have deviated from God’s truth.

It is not just the responsibility of just a few. We welcomed 2013 with the launch of a new cycle of men and women support groups, besides our regular parents and spouses support groups. We ended our first support group meeting of the year by showing participants the life story of “Dick and Rick Hoyt”. This inspirational real-life story really encouraged all those present who are embarking on their journey of life-transformation together. What touched me personally about the story this time around (despite watching it many times) was how the son requests of his father to compete in the charity run (journey) and how the father, without a second thought, says “Yes”. I believe this is exactly what happens when we ask our Heavenly Father to run or journey with us – He immediately says “Yes” to each one of us. .”

Reflecting on this, a scripture verse that I hold dearly in my heart reminds me, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.” I am very sure God wants to abide in each of us and for this, He desires that we abide in Him. He says “Yes” to us, but can we say “Yes” to Him, too? Deep and lasting life transformation can only take place when we abide in Him, and at the end of the day, this will be seen as each of our lives bear fruit. Indeed, this fruit of life transformation is visible and it is not about being gay, bisexual or heterosexual, but it is all about our IDENTITY in Christ.

For many years, I have been praying for God to open doors in the South-East Asian nations. He answered by opening the door into Cambodia last year, and I am excited because this year, He has paved the way to another two nations – Thailand and Vietnam. We thank the Lord for local churches in these countries who have invited PLUC to conduct seminars as well as to preach. We covet your prayers as PLUC ministers in these nations, even as we are grateful for your financial support that will enable the ministry to bless other nations that are crying for help, and most importantly, for a message of hope in Christ. Locally, we are also traveling to the north, south and east coast, as well as to East Malaysia. No doubt, it is going to be an exciting year ahead for us!

Beyond this, I believe a team can be strong and healthy if proper emphasis is given to developing proper communication and loving relationships among team members. This will inevitably impact healthily on those whom God sends to PLUC. The end result of building healthy teams is healthy ministry because “lives impact lives”. Please pray for our team and for me as I learn to lead the PLUC team to greater heights for His glory.

Have a blessed and fruitful 2013!

您怎么迎接新年的到来呢?新年前夕,我选择在一家退休中心安静的与神独处,透过安静和放松,心灵不但得到休息,灵命也得以更新。抽时间单独与神亲近,已成为了我属灵生命的韵律,更为我个人的生命转变带来极大的帮助。犹记得爆竹声声响的除夕夜,我躺在床上竟意外听见上帝用细小又温柔的声音对我说我是祂的心肝宝贝,那时的我倍感安慰,心灵深受鼓励。

进入2013年,人人都有许多的期盼。新的一年里,你有什么心愿呢?在PLUC,我们盼望那些在主里寻求祂的人能经历到美好的生命转变。2012年对PLUC来说是极有意义的一年,因为我们在9月度过了10周年感恩庆典。我们感激所有参与者,不论是在时间、精力或金钱上的付出,都让整个庆典与研讨会的进行取得圆满成功。

在庆典中,我从那些寻求神医治的人身上看见了神的赦免、信实与慈爱。许多教会及领袖也意识到基督的大能确实已让人的生命得改变,包括那些在性别混淆中挣扎的人。这样的醒觉一直以来都是PLUC的心愿,就是要让基督徒及教会知道他们有绝对的能力去帮助与陪伴那些偏离真理的人,而不是仅限于少数人的责任。

除了父母与配偶支援小组,我们在2013年成立了新一届的男女支援小组。在第一次的聚会中,我们播放了一部真人真事的电影——《迪克与理克.海得》。这部励志电影的生命见证鼓舞了大家决心携手开启新生命转变的路程。虽然我已无数次的观赏了这部影片,但此次最令我感动的,就是当片中的小男孩要求父亲参加慈善义跑时,父亲便不假思索地回答他说“是的!”这样的画面,使我相信每当我们要求阿爸天父陪伴我们一起走过人生旅程时,神必也即刻的回应我们说“是的!”

这使我联想起常常铭记在心中的一段经文:“我是葡萄树,你们是枝子。常在我里面的,我也常在他里面,这人就多结果子。因为离了我,你们就不能作什么。”(约15:5)我深信上帝要住进每个人的心里,祂也要我们活在祂的同在裡面。当神对我们说“是”的时候,我们是否也能回应祂说“是”呢?只要我们常在上帝里面,个人生命的转变便能稳固而持久,直到最后结出生命的果子。生命转变所结出的果子是显而易见的,问题不再围绕着同性、双性或异性,而是关乎个人在基督里的身份。

多年来,我一直祈求上帝开启东南亚国家的福音大门。神垂听了我的祷告,并在去年为我们打开了柬埔寨的门。我感到无比兴奋,因为神在今年又为我们铺开了两个国家的道路,即泰国和越南。感谢神让PLUC有机会接受当地教会的邀请到该国去举办讲座会和证道。在我们服侍这些族群时,我们也邀请您为着PLUC的事工代祷。您的经济资助除了能为当地人民带来祝福,最主要的还是基督福音的信息和盼望。在马来西亚,我们也继续到北马、南马、东海岸,甚至东马服侍。无庸置疑的, 2013年对我们来说,是相当充实又兴奋的一年!

我相信一个健康而强盛的团队,来自于队员彼此间的沟通与关爱。PLUC的每一位事奉人员,彼此都以“生命影响生命”来服侍神。因为有了健康的团队,才能建立健康的服事目标。请您为我和我的团队祷告,求上帝指导我如何学习与带领PLUC在神的国度里更上一层楼。

祝您有个丰硕与蒙福的一年!

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