IMG_6855b Farewell but not goodbye to the Chews (web)
One for the album – we love you Andy and Siew Yew!

by James TC Wong

OCT 30, MIRI – Last Saturday’s i-Youth Fellowship Night in Grace Methodist Church was indeed a special one as the youths honored their advisors Andy Chew and his wife Siew Yew with a potbless dinner, tributes and souvenir gift.

Also present were Pastor-in-charge Rev. Lisa Ting, Rev. Law Hui Seng, i-Youth helpers and well-wishers from the congregation.

After serving as youth advisors for almost four years, the dedicated husband-and-wife team are relocating away from Miri.

In her welcoming speech, i-Youth President Teng Li-Fung expressed her heartfelt thanks to Andy and Siew Yew for their love and dedication in their ministry.

She recalled an occasion when she decided to re-join the i-Youth after receiving encouragement from Andy. “Thank you Uncle Andy and Aunty Siew Yew from the bottom of my heart,” said the bubbly teenager. “Without your encouragement I would be backsliding and won’t be what I am today serving our Lord Jesus.”

“I want to thank Aunty Siew Yew for reprimanding me when I was naughty,” said youth Esther Su in her tribute to the Chews. “You are like my second family and I’m going to miss you much.”

From West Malaysia, the Chews accepted Christ after moving to Miri ten years ago. “It is not easy to give up our personal priorities and desires,” confessed Andy once when he shared his testimony in church.

But the Chews’ Christ-like service to the people around them has touched many lives. As parents to three teenagers, the Chews are willing to set aside personal convenience for unselfish service.

“The Disciple Class my wife and I enrolled was instrumental to my spiritual foundation,” said Andy.

Despite his busy job schedule, Andy was willing to sacrifice and consecrate his time and talents for the ministries in the church.

He served as Captain in the 4th Miri Boys’ Brigade and was also a Small Group Leader while his wife was active in the Girls’ Brigade and Ladies Small Group catering mostly to the Mandarin-speaking members and friends.

Whether it is in the workplace or at a social gathering, both husband and wife are always trying their best to live exemplary lives, bringing people to Christ whenever an opportunity arises.

“Love people like Jesus does,” Andy told the youths during the Fellowship Night. Using the acronym G-O-D, he reminded them to “love God, be Obedient and be Disciplined.”

Rev. Lisa Ting also praised the Chews. “Their love for the youths and their willingness to sacrifice time come from their faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, and we are really blessed to have them in our church. I pray they will continue to impact the people they meet in their new environment.”

A fond farewell to the Chews, but certainly not goodbye as we wish them a blessed journey ahead!

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