Pastor Appreciation Sunday 2016
Appreciating Rev. Lenita Tiong (far right) with a bouquet of flowers from GMC Lay Leader Michael Lee (left) and PPRC Chairperson Amy Lau (middle). Photo credit – William Ting.

by James TC Wong

MIRI – This year Grace Methodist Church (GMC) chose June 19 to honor their Pastor and church workers.

Pastor-in-charge Rev. Lenita Tiong and church workers Jessy Yong, Chia Soh Pei, Cynthia Ewi Seling and were acknowledged for their contributions.

In her short message, Amy Lau, the Chair for Pastor-Parish Relation Committee (PPRC), thanked Rev. Lenita for her love and dedication shown towards the church members. Amy also thanked the Local Church Executive Members (LCEC) and GMC members for their love and care shown toward the pastor and church staff. “Thank you for bearing with their weaknesses and using their strengths,” Amy said.

Guest preacher Dr. Simon Wong of Kuching Trinity Methodist Church (TMC) also praised Rev. Lenita as the latter had served in TMC before.

Amy also took the opportunity to read out some comments on Rev. Lenita written by congregational members:

“L-Loving Shepherd, E-Encourager, N-Negotiatable, I–Impartial with her wisdom, T-Thoughtful, A–Approachable.”

“Rev. Lenita has the perfect pastor qualities. She is godly, approachable, kind, caring. She sets good examples for me to follow. For example, how she takes care of her mum inspires me to also take care of my mum with love and patience. She serves God faithfully, joyfully and with high a standard of excellence; encouraging me to do the same. She is someone I can run to for advice. I pray that all of us will support her in whatever ways we can to lighten her burden and workload; to make her stay in GMC a happy and memorable one.”

“A pastor that have a heart of service for her flock wherever she may be serving. One that posses a remarkable spirit of calm, a gentle being that is able to deal with the most tense situations.”

“Her leadership in Cambodia and pastor to a new generation and nation of disciples – I can say takes someone special, specially gifted in that way. Hence I’m blessed to have her as my shepherd at GMC for a second tour of duty. She was the one who literally brought me to Christ’s Kingdom in April 2002 during her first posting here and significantly always is a shepherd to me. Rev. Lenita, may God grant you the compelling desire and spirit to sustain the same in service to His Kingdom.”

“Our caring Shepherd who know us by name. Gifted preacher who keeps her sermon simple, clear, easy to understand and life-transforming.”

“In infinite wisdom the Lord surely knew that we would
Need a pastor as faithful as you.
A love for Gods word and a heart for His flock.
You give of yourself and you stand on the rock.

A Pastor never gets to say ‘I’m off duty’.
Never gets to punch out at 5 pm,
Never gets to have a normal schedule.
We don’t know how many sleepless nights they spent praying on their knees for their church,
How much opposition they face,
How many family opportunities they miss out to meet those
Who need them.”

“I’m grateful to God for having a chance to know Pastor Lenita. She is willing to lean herself towards people in order to listen carefully to them. Sometimes it doesn’t have to take a long time to become close friends if we can recognize God in their heart, mind and life. I can easily feel and understand that Jesus abides in her and that’s why she tries to listen to people’s inner voice. I believe this encounter is God’s arrangement. It’s one more reaffirming proof in my life, showing that real power of love just flows out of being not from many words.
Thank God and may God bless her and the people around her.”

“In infinite wisdom the Lord surely knew that we would
Need a pastor as faithful as you.
A love for Gods word and a heart for His flock.
You give of yourself and you stand on the rock.

A Pastor never gets to say ‘I’m off duty’.
Never gets to punch out at 5 pm,
Never gets to have a normal schedule.
We don’t know how many sleepless nights they spent praying on their knees for their church,
How much opposition they face,
How many family opportunities they miss out to meet those
Who need them.”

“GMC, once a meaningless acronym in my life, now it is part of my memorable pastoral ministries. Yes, sometimes Rev. Lenita do appear in my mind. She reminded me of the people that I met there, the ministries that I was involved over such a short period of time. Thank you for teaching me what it means to be a pastor with: Grace: by giving, Mercy: by forgiving, Compassion: by loving. These are all because you first gave, forgave and loved me.”

GMC Lay Leader Michael Lee presented a bouquet of flowers to Rev. Lenita, followed by a prayer led by Chairman Alex Tiang together with the standing congregation.

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