CNY CNY visitations at GMC members’ homes. Photo credit – from various sources.

by James TC Wong

MAR 5, MIRI – As the new pastor-in-charge of Grace Methodist Church (GMC), Rev. Lenita Tiong took the opportunity to visit church members during the recent Chinese New Year (CNY) holidays.

Accompanying her were Associate Lay Leader Tan Kok Chui and some members of GMC. They visited homes of LCEC leaders as well as members who especially held Open House on the first day of the New Lunar Year.

These visits allowed the new Pastor to know her congregation better and vice versa. Frederick Wong, Honorary Captain of 4th Miri Boys’ Brigade, was elated to receive the visiting group on the first day when he held an Open House. “Though the visit by Pastor Lenita and the church members was brief, it meant a lot to me and my family. We really appreciate the singing of hymns and Pastor’s blessing prayer upon my household,” he said.

GMC Lay Leader Michael Lee praised God for the fellowship opportunity. “Pastor Lenita, leaders, i-Youth and the Boys’ Brigade visitations encouraged us greatly,” he added.

“It’s wonderful for our good shepherd to visit her flock during this festive holidays. Not only it provided time for fellowship and blessing, but also time for bonding as a family of God,” commented Paul Wong, the LCEC Vice Chairman.

For Aaron Tie, a New Zealand PR spending his first Chinese New Year in Miri, said the event was meaningful being blessed by the sincerity from brothers and sisters-in-Christ. “The worship and prayers for the families who opened their houses were so unique and important on the first day and I enjoyed it much. I am thankful that I could join the visiting group after the CNY Worship Service. It was a wonderful experience and a great start for the Year of the Goat,” he added.

Kuala Lumpur-based Sunway College student Emmanuel Lee also joined his parents Simon and Sally for visitation. The 18-year-old who was back for the CNY break said: “The best thing about it was we could actually gather and have fellowship with one another and even sang Christian songs in each house that we visited. It was indeed and enjoyable experience for me.”

For Rosanna Ting, wife of Dr. Roy Wong, it was a blessed visit from the good pastor and church members. “We had a wonderful time of fellowship, praise and worship and a blessing prayer. A very effective way of pastoral care. Thank you all for the much treasured visit,” she said. Her son Daniel Wong, who was back on holidays from his studies at the National University of Singapore, played the piano for the worship and singing during the home visitation. It was so good that the Associate Lay Leader gleefully declared that they would bring Daniel and the piano along for next year’s visitations.

After the weekend, Pastor Lenita also dropped by the GMC Ladies Fellowship Group to share blessings with them. The good shepherd and her team also visited house-bound members such as Michelle Chong and Alfred Sim, as well as Uncle Hong Yin Tiew who was recently admitted to a private hospital.

On a separate occasion, the 4th Miri Boys’ Brigade led by Captain Roseline Lee and officers also visited their members’ homes last Saturday as part of their scheduled CNY activity.