by James TC Wong

MIRI – The future of the Methodist Children’s Home in Miri promises to be brighter than ever with the completion of its building at Jalan Jee Foh 8.

Hundreds of church members and well-wishers including the President of Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference (SCAC) Rev. Dato’ Dr. Su Chii Ann, Miri Methodist District Superintendent Rev. Esther Law, Miri Methodist District Lay Leader Mr. Lau Kung Mei, Chairman of the Miri Methodist Children’s Home Mr. Andrew Kuek, church pastors and leaders were present to witness the joyous dedication ceremony on Dec 8.

In his opening message, Rev. Dato’ Dr. Su thanked God and the people who have contributed much to the realization of the new home.

“We call this place a ‘home’, not an ‘orphanage’ because we wish this place to be a holistic dwelling for our children,” said Rev. Dato’ Dr. Su.

“Rendering social services to all people regardless of race, education background, culture or religion is one of our church’s social ministry’s concerns. The physical infrastructure provides a shelter but more importantly, this home strives to provide love, care and warmth.”

Rev. Dato’ Dr. Su also praised the staff of the Children’s Home for nurturing the children academically. “I’m delighted to note that Jong Fah Chun scored an impressive 6A, 1B in his UPSR this year,” he commented. “Thank God the children here are receiving an all-rounded education including life skills.”

In continuing his message, Rev. Dato’ Dr. Su emphasized on the following points based on the acronym H.O.M.E.

  • H – Home is like a family where mutual relationship is nurtured.
  • O – Openness is the attitude one should have when running a Children’s Home.
  • M – Mission of the Methodist Home is based on the mission of the church (James 1:27).
  • E – Equipping the children to be the leaders and servants for the future development of country and church.

In closing, Rev. Dato’ Dr. Su encouraged more volunteers to come forward to play an active role in the Children’s Home. “We will certainly appreciate your help in making our Children’s Home a real home.”

Mr. Ling Chin Chuoi, the Superintendent of the Children’s Home praised God for the new building. “Our job now to help nurture our children to their fullest potential so that they will serve our community well in the future,” he added.

The home has 20 children and three full-time staff. With the new facilities, it now has the capacity to accommodate up to 150 children.