IMG_6639 DS Rev Esther Law inspecting the Guard of Honor (for web)
Miri District Methodist Churches Superintendent Rev. Esther Law inspecting the Guard of Honor.

by James TC Wong

MIRI – To commemorate Founder’s Day for the Boys’ Brigade Sarawak Northern Region this year, 6th Miri was given the honors to host the distinguished event on October 19.

The celebration was held at its sponsoring church, Permyjaya Methodist.

Present at the event were Rev. Esther Law, the District Superintendent of the Miri Methodist Churches, Rev. Wong Lik Kai (6th Miri Chaplain), Rev. Wong Sing Ming (3rd Miri Chaplain), Captains and fellow Officers from the six Miri-based Companies, Limbang, parents and well-wishers.

The event commenced with the Guard-of-Honor by Rev. Law escorted by WO Raymond Tie of 4th Miri.

This was followed by the solemn Color Guard March-in by the Northern Region Boys with Rev. Law and Rev. Wong Lik Kai receiving the colours.

David Wong, the Captain of 6th Miri welcomed the attendees in his opening address followed by singspiration led by 4th Miri.

The District Superintendent delivered her exhortation underlying the history and current status of the Boys’ Brigade.

She first praised the Boys’ Brigade founder Sir William Alexander Smith (1854 -1914) for his visionary establishment of the world’s oldest uniform youth organization.

Rev. Law also praised the Boys’ Brigade Malaysia on its inception 67 years ago. The good shepherd then commended the hard work of the Officers and Boys in the Northern Region. “Thank God for the sponsoring churches and the support from the parents that we now have six Companies in Miri,” she said.

The District Superintendent also expressed her concerns on the slow growth of the Boys’ Brigade. “The slowing-down in new recruitment not only affects us locally but also globally,” she bemoaned. “The present digital distractions from the internet and social media have impeded our growth and we need to do something about it.”

Rev. Law reminded all present on the importance of having faith in Christ and encouraged the Boys to have discipline. “Do not let laziness, procrastination, distraction and impatience hinder your positive character growth.”

To the Officers, the District Superintendent gave an encouragement based of the 8P’s – Plan Purposefully, Prepare Prayerfully, Proceed Positively and Pursue with Persistency.

IMG_6768 Founder's Day group pic (web)
Group pic – one for the album!

Other highlights of the event included performances from the Boys, Award Badges presentation and a cake-cutting to celebrate the 1st Anniversary of 6th Miri.

Dinner was served after a group photo-taking.

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