One for the album!

by James TC Wong

NOV 29, MIRI – Saying goodbye is often not easy. Especially when a church leader relocates, his departure touches the entire congregation.

Last evening members of the LCEC threw a farewell potbless dinner for Lay Leader Ting Kong Yu to celebrate his years at Grace Methodist Church (GMC).

They also took the opportunity to individually appreciate and thank him for all he has done, and reminiscing the heartwarming anecdotes of how the soft-spoken and humble Lay Leader has impacted the lives so many during his 22½ years of membership since the inception of GMC.

Pastor-in-charge Rev. Lisa Ting recalled how glad she was when she first found out her posting to GMC two years ago. “Rev. Liik Tung Yew, who at that time was my Pastor-in-charge of my church in Sibu, told me that I would receiving much support from Kong Yu. I was much comforted by Rev. Liik’s assurance.”

Rev. Lisa continued to praise Kong Yu and his wife Ming Hung who both have served God and the church faithfully.

Incidentally Kong Yu is also the Miri District Methodist Churches Lay Leader having served three terms (6 years) until this year.

Small Group Leader Yew Tiong Hoo sent his message via email as he was away overseas. “My wife and I and thankful that you and Ming Hung were in my group. Over the years we have become good friends. You have been a good spiritual mentor nurturing us much.”

Newly-elected Lay Leader Michael Lee thanked Kong Yu for his leadership and service through out the years. “You are a person with a cool temperament and a warm heart, and we shall miss you and your family greatly,” he said.

Other members also thanked and praised Ming Hung for her role in GMC.

Another family, the Tiens and church member Audrey Lui were also present during the gathering as they would be re-locating back to West Malaysia after several years of worshiping and serving in the church.

They also received acknowledgement of praises for their love and care shown in the ministries served.

Current Associate Lay Leader Paul Wong Hee Kwong led in the thanksgiving prayer for the three families when the gathering came to an end.

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