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PLUC Newsletter 通讯 2018

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Blessed New Year 2018!

I am entering my 16th year serving in PLUC and I thank Him for His grace and strength each day. Turning 50 this year is a milestone, and I am reminded that everything I am and have done is only by His grace. Without Him, I can truly do nothing.

When the Apostle Paul wrote from his prison cell in Rome, knowing that his own death was approaching, he sent out warnings, especially to Timothy, of difficult days to come (2 Timothy 3). We are living in the last days and as Bible-believing Christians, we are to pay attention to what has happened and is still happening around us. Men are casting off all moral restraints, as society further disintegrates.

Personally, I do not like confrontation. For many years in PLUC, I laid low while faithfully responding to His call to “Relate” or journey with strugglers and their families, the first of PLUC’s three-fold mission. However, I have realised I cannot do the same anymore, especially given how rapidly trends are changing and darkness is overwhelming our society today. There is a sense of urgency to what is happening in our society today, be it locally or globally.

Australia is currently the 25th country to join the list of nations that have endorsed same-sex marriage. We may not be on our guard, thinking we are spared or safe. But are we? Closer to home, around 28,000 Singaporeans and Permanent Residents gathered at Hong Lim Park on 1 July 2017 for the 7th Pink Dot event. Pink Dot SG is an annual, non-profit, free-for-all event which started in 2009 with 2,500 people in support of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) community in Singapore.

A year ago, in January 2017, National Geographic magazine published a special focus issue on “the gender revolution”. Today’s generation no longer embraces two genders (male & female) but more than 50 types of gender (71 in the UK). It’s all about gender fluidity in the world we are living in today. If this is not a crisis point, then what else is? I want to challenge pastors and leaders today to educate their church with regards to these changing trends in the world, especially relating to sexuality.

Our younger generations today want engaging dialogue pertaining to issues like this. We cannot sweep things under the carpet anymore. It is time to raise our gender IQ and start to engage with and educate this generation. We cannot afford to allow the world to teach them, but must facilitate change with the truth of God’s Word. Today’s generation seeks authentic and godly leaders to follow after. They need guidelines on how to not be distracted by worldly agendas but rather, to apply God’s truth as they navigate situations that challenge their convictions. They are watching how we, the adults, are approaching all these crises. This is why I have been deeply convicted by the Holy Spirit not to lay low anymore but in keeping with the second of PLUC’s threefold mission, to “Advocate” among the churches to help lift up the church’s gender IQ.

At PLUC, we are more than willing to share whatever we know in order to “Educate”, another of our 3-fold missions. In this, we are committed to producing targeted booklets and resources in redeeming and restoring sexually broken lives. We recently translated a handbook “Embracing Truth & Grace: A Manual to Understand and Journey with the Same-sex Attracted” (from the Chinese “Love and Learning”) that will come in handy when you journey with a struggler. This English manual will be published and circulated this year at an estimated cost of RM20K. If you would like to partner with us to fund this groundbreaking project, please don’t hesitate to contact us for more details.

Last but not least, please pray with us for more men to join PLUC’s team. We need young, energetic and passionate young men who will respond to God’s call to journey with those who are broken. We trust the Lord to bring in the right workers for His harvest field and we trust your prayers will join ours to make a difference. Once again, may the Lord bless all of you who have been quietly and faithfully serving, giving and remembering us in prayer. We appreciate your friendship and partnership.











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