LATEST UPDATE: MAY 2010
Hello to all alumni and everyone who have checked into this information column of our website. All I can say is, see you in SOL! Especially at a time like this – oh, how we need to get into the spirit of prayers and pleadings, how we need to have the Father Himself pour upon us the spirit of supplication from above. ( Zech 12:10) Do not burn for ministry (that’s why people burn out) but burn for God. As you burn for Him, He will take you into a lot of places you do not want to go and also do a lot of things you do not want to do; but as you submit to Him and go and do them as obeying Him, there will be a great sense of fulfillment and joy. Joy and fulfillment is always the by product of obedience.
That’s what Jesus meant when He said that His meat is to do the will of God. Meat is satisfying and it ‘substantiate’ our diet. Doing God’s will, will indeed ‘substantiate’ and satisfy us. Remember Jesus told Peter that when he (Peter) matured in the Lord, Peter will have to stretch out his hand and be led ‘by another’ to do the things he did not want to do. Have you learned to be led ‘by another?’ The ‘another’ is the Lord Himself who come to test our spiritual maturity by leading us into places we do not want to go and doing the things which we do not like to do Like Peter, we must learn to submit.
Certainly at this age and stage of my life and ministry, ( I want to study, pray and write) I did not expect to pick up a hoe (changkol) and dirty my feet with farm soil to plant vegetables or to shop for smelly fermented tapioca to cook for ‘sea gypsies;’ to mess myself up with lice medicine and teach them how to get rid of their kutus or to kneel on the dirt road under the dark sky to lead my intercessors to pray at midnight. Neither did I expect to teach indigenous or ‘kampong’ pastors in the Bahasa Malaysia language because I know so little of this language. Well, this is what happened as I stretch out my hands like Peter and got led by ’another.’
Yes, as we allow the Lord to work into our lives, the course of our ministry will definitely change. Too many of us do what we like to do and stay in it for years, that’s when the ‘brook’ dry up…and the unfulfillment sets in. God’s river don’t remain the same and I am surprised at the course His river had taken me. At this strategic time of our Lord’s soon return, the greatest that we can be is to heed His voice to “watch and pray,” so that we will be found worthy to escape the horrifying calamities ahead and to stand before the Son of God ( Luke 21:36) God is NOW calling for His church to return to priestliness. God is NOW calling for watchmen in the nations of the world to arise at this late hour and when I heeded the call, He just led me and led into things I do not want to do but found pleasure and fulfillment as I did them.
To stay back in this dingy insecure town and enter into the quiet labor of prayers and watching, to raise up other watchmen and intercessors, to impact God’s people from other nations, to write and to continue to overseer the church here had been my focus these days. I have no conflicting stimuli, praise God for the rest He had given. Prayers and waiting in God’s presence had also been the desire and the backbone of the life and ministry of the rest of the other three teachers at SOL…whose support I deeply valued. This is why, in these trying and strategic days, SOL had turned its whole emphasis on the work of the priest, or the watchmen and intercessors.
SOL is actually the educational arm of the church, (CALVARY CHARISMATIC CHURCH ), which I planted some 28 years ago. God had lengthened this educational arm of the church to touch the nations of the world and it has been our joy to see students coming to the school from almost every nation now. If God had been directing us, then what have we been doing on the church level? Firstly, God gave us the word He gave to Cornelius – that only two things, prayers and taking care of the poor, were truly the things that mattered to Him. They went up as a memorial in heaven. We have moved on to build houses for the poor and a school for poor kids. We call this RUMAH AGAPE ( houses 18 people ) AND SEKOLAH AGAPE. Education, (not just food and gifts which is transitory ) is the thing we should give to every child as it arms them for the future. We provide two meals for them too, lunch and tea and is now catering to 130 poor kids. However poor and depleted people may be in this life, they must have an education and the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Secondly, we have initiated the call to corporate prayers and unity among the churches here weekly and will be building a PRAYER HOUSE to cater to the needs of the churches here. The Prayer House can also serve as a camp-site or retreat for about 100 people. Both the school and the prayer house (two-storey building) should be finished by the middle of next year. Thirdly, we have also adopted 5 ‘sea-gypsies’ teens (BAJAUS) into our community with the purpose of educating them so that they can return to educate and evangelize their own people who are truly the ‘rejects’ of societies
The Bajaus are pathetic people. They are not permitted to land by the authorities in Malaysia or the Philippines or anywhere, so they just stay in their dirty little boats in the sea to multiply with filth, ‘ kutus’ and babies ! These five ‘kutued’ kids adopted by us are from our outreach church in Kunak. About 100 of them are Christians and our strategy is to get these five kids to “come clean” of both physical and spiritual filth so they can be impacted in the right way to return and serve their own people. These people, had indeed found favor in the eyes of the Lord when they came into His saving knowledge.
We shaved their ‘kutued’ head bald while the two girls had their hair shortened. They are taught hygiene, manners and the word of God besides the regular subjects of science, phonics, mathematics, English, etc.. I know they missed the “ probing-pressing-scratching-looking for kutus” lifestyle; so we teach them how to plant vegetables and worked the soil. They are always hungry and had almost stripped our mango and coconut trees bare. They love salt fish, smelly fermented tapioca, sea weeds and little fishes or anything that seems dirty, is smelly, tastes sour and of the sea! When they are scolded, they always scold back – in their language. I do not mind because I do not understand.
I took them to preach the gospel to their own people last evening but they wanted to eat, so I took them to a stall that sell ‘baksu’ – a bowl of whatever (dog or cat meat?) with some noodles, for just 1.50rm. Whatever meat it was, it was cheap, piping hot and delicious! Got chilly sauce too. Yes, it has to be cheap, for every time I pay for something, it has to be multiplied by five! You should see them eat! They wolfed down the contents, and since the chilly sauce was free, they took plenty of it – that’s when some of their ‘bajau’ eyes popped, their noses dripped and they opened their mouths, trying to suck in fresh air, but well, not a drop of soup was left. Then they looked into my face.. I dare not ask if they want some more, we all know the answer. These teens are like bottomless pits!
About 22 ‘Bajau’ boats had landed here in town and these pathetic people were ‘spilling’ all over the place, sleeping on pavements near rubbish heaps and dirty drains. where rodents hang out. They sleep with rats and cockroaches. I wanted to enter one of their boats, but as I got nearer, oh … a harbinger of nausea. I quickly pulled away as I fear I might vomit. This family have five kids and the eldest is a girl about eleven years. The mother told us she had prayed and waited for two years for someone to come and help them because she wanted her kids to be educated.
All her kids have glum and dirty faces but the oldest child, Aisa, whom I found crying at the sea shore had a sweet but haunting face. I knew she was in some form of suffering. Today Aisa, who was sexually abused is with us. We took her home with us when her mother begged us to. Now who washes her hair and deal with her ‘kutus’? Sarah and Rebecca – the two Bajau girls whom we adopted three months ago. Aisa’s mother is not a Christian but she had cried out to the great ‘God in heaven,’ to help her children. Now we know who heard her! There is only one great God in heaven who hears the cries of the poor, the ‘bullied,’ the pathetic and those who are violated (like Aisa) That’s why He came to the Cross.
We cannot remain a body of light or salt if we do not do something about these people. We cannot be so pseudo-spiritual to want to go to the ends of the world to preach the gospel but are not willing to help the poor at our very door-step. Why would the Lord direct me as I was writing my book to go and see them? He transferred me from my comfortable office to the smelly boat. One moment I was alone and the next moment, I have these five rugged smelly teens crawled into my car to go evangelize these boat people. God acts in accuracy! God had heard the cry of this sea gypsy woman and connected us. Watchmen and intercessors do not just pray – we hear God’s voice in accuracy and see what He sees to move in His timing.
This is why we opened the BM SOL for the indigenous and BM speaking people about a year ago. It is called “PENJAGA.” O, we have much joy to see so many set free and nourished by the word of God and by food, food, food and food. I repeated food four times because we fed them four times a day! I have never imagined that interior indigenous pastors and leaders would come here to Lahad Datu to be trained and that I would be the main one teaching them. Again, it is hearing the voice of God and acting in spiritual accuracy.
I could not have done all this if the church I am now pasturing had not move on further in the Lord, but praise God, they had. One cannot lead if others do not follow. My people were willing to add another slot of prayers, from midnight to 3:30 in the morning. We now have a group who comes to pray from 12 pm to 3;30 am besides the regular groups who came in from morning, noon and night. This is normalcy, yes, normal church life. Jesus told us to “watch and pray” so that we can be counted worthy to escape the calamities in the end times and stand before Him. (Luke 21:36) Any church that prepares for the end times must have less of other activities so that they can return to “watching and praying.”
The quiet labor of prayers, of watching and ministering to God had yielded much fruits, both in the church and school. The Lord had also directed me to write two very timely books on the end times entitled, “LIVING BETWEEN THE SEALS” AND “MIDNIGHT PRAYERS.” This book “ LIVING BETWEEN THE SEALS” had already been translated in India into Tamil. Persecutions of Christians in India had been very intense lately and God’s timing to have this book printed in Tamil is just perfect.
Many had turned up for the training of WATCHMEN AND INTERCESSORS in the first week since we initiated the training about two and a half years ago, but many did not stay back for the follow up teaching of THE DEALINGS OF GOD AND INNER HEALING AND DELIVERANCES in the second week of school. Honestly, you have almost missed the ‘CRUX’ of the school ! The lessons of the first week is merely to prepare you for the SECOND WEEK OF MORE INTENSE DEALINGS AND TEACHINGS FROM GOD AND IN - DEPTH MINISTRY.
Ministry of INNER HEALING AND DELIVERANCES is done very differently in the school – this is why crowds are not accepted – we minister as we teach. Deliverances and inner healings OCCURRED AND IS ACTIVELY WORKED INTO THE STUDENTS DURING CLASS TIME by the sharp word of God, who ‘discover’ sins and administer healing. The anointing is strong as we seek God corporately. Often, when a rebuke is given in general, spirits will surface as the Spirit of God moved actively in the anointed surroundings. God declared that “the anointing breaks the yoke,” and it happens here often in the classroom. The testimonies from pastors and lay leaders had been overwhelming. They had told us to keep their stories confidential, so we honor their requests and did not put in their testimonies.
Do not forget, as you apply for the 1st week of SOL WATCHMAN, consider the 2nd week too. Actually, the 1st week of the school is basically for the alumni and for those who could not take leave. To set aside two weeks for the change of a lifetime is SO LITTLE! Many alumni return because they want deeper impact. Beyond my wildest dream, God had truly turned this insignificant insecure town into the safest place, by transforming it into the ‘ ENHAKKORE’ or “Spring of the Caller” of Judges 15:19. Many who are thirsty,( nigh to death like Samson,) had come to drink and be refreshed again to serve,( like Samson) for another twenty years! See you at the school!