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Iban Methodist Church re-opens after 40 years

SIBU – Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.” More than 40 years of its closing down, the Tutus Iban Methodist Church located downstream of Igan River was finally filled with worship-pers again. The heavenly Father has indeed heard the cry of the Iban people and remembered them.

On April 21,the Rev Dr Su Chii Ann, President of the Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference (SCAC), and the Rev Steward Damat, President of the Sarawak Iban Annual Conference (SIAC), together with representatives from the two Annual Conferences, travelled to Tutus and attended the worship service at 1 pm in the newly-renovated church building.

The Rev Steward preached from the text of Luke 12: 15-34 and the Rev Dr Su shared a short message with the partici-pants. The Rev Dr Su used the acronym WELL to remind the congregation to worship (W), evangelise (E), learn (L) the word of God and lead (L).

The mission work in Tutus district was pioneered by missionaries from the United States. Tutus Iban Methodist Church was first built in 1965 and dedicated on Nov 7, 1965. It was funded by family members of missionary Jonas Baker. It was then a house full of worship-pers but as the years went by, the church closed down due to a lack of pastors.

In 2007, members of Guong Sieng Church and Ching Ing Church of Sibu West District of the SCAC went there on a short-term mission trip. It was then that they heard the cry of the neighbouring seven longhouses and decided that the Chinese church would come once a month to re-start the wor-ship service.

Tutus District has nine longhouses and 110 families with a total number of about 500 residents. Churches from Sibu West District now take turns to conduct worship service once a month. The average adult attendance is 90 to 120. There are 35 children attending the Sunday School.

Winnie Tie is the Editor of Connection, the English publication of The Chinese Methodist Message of the Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference.

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Methodist Church in Britain lends support to Christians in North Korea

LONDON – Many people are not aware that there are Christians in North Korea, let alone that The Methodist Church in Britain has been working with them.

In January, the Fund for World Mission granted £5,000 (S$11,000) to help the Church in North Korea run a food production company to help people there.

Mr Steve Pearce, Partnership Coordinator for Asia and the Pacific, said: “Times are particularly hard for all the people of North Korea at the present time. The North Korean population is cut off and isolated from the rest of the world and dependent on the regime for their needs. Food is scarce for many – there are problems in the supply of humanitarian aid.

“Christianity is treated as ‘a bad element’ in this socialist country. Christians have been beaten, arrested, tortured, or killed because of their religious beliefs but local sources estimate the number of underground Christians to be at least 200,000, maybe many more, and many of them are imprisoned for their faith.” – The Methodist Church in Britain.

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Logo contest for 20th World Methodist Conference

LAKE JUNALUSKA (North Carolina) – The World Methodist Council (WMC) is sponsoring a contest for a logo design for the 20th World Methodist Conference, which will be held from Aug 4 to 8, 2011, in Durban, South Africa.

The winning entry will receive an award of US$500 (S$725). The conference theme is “Jesus Christ – For The Healing Of The Nations”.

All entries must be received by Sept 10, 2009 and must adhere to these criteria:

• The winning entry becomes the property of the World Methodist Council for its sole use and purposes, including editing, publication and distribution rights;

• Each entry must include the words “Jesus Christ – For The Healing Of The Nations”;

• Entries may be submitted in black and white or colour format.

The conference logo will be used in a variety of formats which may include forms of correspondence, posters, banners, backdrops, pins, pre-conference publicity, website, PowerPoint presentations, etc.;

• Entries must bear the name of the person(s) responsible for its design, postal address and email address;

• Entries may be submitted electronically and by hard copy.

Please send all entries to: Mrs Roma Wyatt, World Methodist Council, P. O. Box 518, Lake Junaluska, NC 28745 USA. (Email: romawyatt@charter.net) – World Methodist Council.

When the WMC organised the logo contest for the 19th World Methodist Conference in 2004, it was a Singaporean Methodist’s design that was selected. Mr Michael Tan Soo Guan’s design was picked over more than 50 entries worldwide.

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