The Reading Bus ends well Admin May 31, 2011 4th Miri, Christian Education, Community outreach, Grace Methodist Church, Missions Ministry, Sunday School Pastor Tiong presenting the certificate to one of the participants. Story and pics by James TC Wong May 31 – With its inception three months ago, The Reading Bus programme has ended well in the church with encouraging results. More than 100 parents, well-wishers, and students from SJK (C) Chung Hua Pujut attended the certificate award ceremony last Saturday. Also present to witness the ceremony were Pastor Tiong Huong Ong, Lay Leader Ting Kong Yu, Associate Lay Leader Paul Wong, Missions Chairman Aaron Hii, and volunteers from The Reading Bus and the Sunday School. Richard Lin, the lead volunteer for The Reading Bus warmly welcomed the guests and the students in his opening address. He also thanked all involved in making the reading series beneficial and enjoyable to the children who enrolled. In his congratulatory speech, Pastor Tiong thanked all the church volunteers for their love and dedication to the children. Trained in Psychology and Counseling, Pastor Tiong took the opportunity to share his past research on child development. “Research has shown that watching TV is not a healthy stimulation to a child’s brain. The Reading Bus is certainly a much better option to stimulate a child’s brain through words, pictures and hands-on activities.” The good shepherd also quoted Proverbs 22:6 to illustrate good parenting skills: “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.” Pastor Tiong reiterated that the Bible emphasized on the teaching of children and it was important to educate the young so they would not be led astray. “I also urge all parents to enroll their children in the Sunday School. Let the Word of God live in their hearts to guide them, to be a lamp for their feet and a light on their path.” 50 students received their attendance certificates. The Girls’ Brigade presented a promotional video clip followed by another similar clip from the Sunday School. Three girls from the Sunday School gave a short oration in English, followed by a performance by The Reading Bus students. One of the Sunday School children gave a short oration. Irene Chen, a volunteer, then briefed the parents on the benefits of sending their children to the Sunday School. Many of the parents expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the church for launching the free English enrichment programme. “It is a boost to us because we hardly speak English at home,” said Madam Law whose son Eugene was one of the students receiving the Certificate of Attendance. “Though my son is reluctant to converse in English, I will still insist on sending him to the Sunday School here in this church.” In the final tally, 17 children enrolled in the Sunday School with some also enrolling in the Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade. All glory to God!