Wednesday, July 16, 2014

An Outing with Aunty Mary Rose

Helping to realise a lifetime dream

Yesterday being a public holiday we decided to give a pleasant surprise to Mdm.Mary Rose from the Happy Home in Sg.Dua. She had on previous visits mentioned that it was her dream to visit the St.Anne’s Church in BM during the month of July.She was sad she may not realise that dream in her lifetime as she is sickly and her heath deteriorating by the da. So we decided to take her there on last Tuedday, 15 July, 2014

Mdm. Rose is a 72 year old woman who had been handicapped by a stroke some years back. She has difficulty in walking and needs help to move around. It would be a difficult task to take her to St.Anne in her handicapped state. However Ms.Christina accepted the challenge she took her there in her car all by herself as we were not able to make it on that particular day. When she reached there she helped Aunty Rose get into the old church which is located on a hill, light candles and offer prayers. It was  a tough job but she did willingly with great love.

After that Mdm.Rose was entertained to a banana leaf lunch at Ananda Bahwan Restaurant in Bagan Ajam. Although she could not eat much but ate the little she could heartily. We could see the happiness in her face as she repeatedly thanked Joice and Christina for making her lifetime dream come true. She said she could not believe that such a day will come in her life. It was all like dream.

 
 
It is indeed a great blessing to help realise the dream of a sick, old and lonely woman lingering in an old folk’s home. Not many see Jesus in the poor and suffering faces around them, but those who see Him in those faces are really the blessed ones.

 

Friday, June 13, 2014

A Tribute to the late Stephen Grumach


  12 June 1951 – 12 June 2014
 
Bro.Stephen Grumach passed away peacefully on 11 June 2014.His demise is a great loss not only to his family but to all who knew him as well.

Mr Stephen Grumach was a 63 year old retired Health Officer. Over the last year or so he has been inflicted with a serious and crippling lung condition called Idiopathic Primary Pulmonary Fibrosis. This has left him confined to the house and dependent continuously on an oxygen concentrator machine. He used to be very active church goer and was involved in many church ministries. He lived lived with his wife Margaret and their 2 children, Desmond and Veronica.

Despite his serious debility, he was very active on social media, sharing his prayers and thoughts, the    church and about life in general. It is through this sharing I came to know this peasant gentleman. He was a good lesson for us on what fighting a battle against a crippling illness was all about – never give up as God is always there at all times.

Yes, he was a lesson on Faith, which many claim to have but only to be shattered when some illness or tragedy strikes them. Stephen had so much trust and faith in God which puts many of us to shame. He continued to pray for his family and friends who were in distress and continued to have an unshakable faith that God will continue to help him, even performing a miracle to cure him.

He impressed me with his sense of forgiveness saying that although many of his even close friends had left him but harboured no grudge against them but continued to pray for them. He understood that everyone had his own problems to cope with and whatever you do you are answerable to God and that he was not in a position to judge as God was the ultimate judge.
Despite his illness that left him incapacitated over last few months before his death, Stephen was a man of God who stood the trials that came his way with great courage and resilience. He never for once wavered in his faith and trust in God.

In the short period I knew him I had come to appreciate his deep sense of forgiveness for those, especially friends, who ‘deserted’ him after he was taken ill and was of no use to them. I admired his strength in facing death which he was fully aware was imminent, leaving everything in the hands of God in whom he had full trust. I was inspired by his wife, Margaret, who was there day and night with him in the house and in the over-crowded hospital during the difficult final days of his life.                                                                                                                                                                                 We extend our deepest condolence to his wife and his children, Edmund and Veronica. May the Lord give them the strength to continue their life with faith and dedication in the path of their beloved husband and father. May the Lord bless them and console them in this difficult time in the lives.

May his soul rest in peace.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

A Tribute to the late Bro.Stephen Gurmach



A man of great faith and trust in God

12 June 1951 - 11 June 2014

Bro.Stephen Grumach passed away peacefully yesterday 11 June 2014.
Despite his illness that left him incapacitated, Stephen was a man of God who stood the trials that came his way with great courage and resilience. He never for once wavered in his faith and trust in God.
In the short period I knew him I had come to appreciate his deep sense of forgiveness for those, especially friends, who ‘deserted’ him after he was sick and of no use to them. I admired his strength in facing death which he was fully aware was imminent, leaving everything in the hands of God in him he had full trust was inspired by his wife who was there day and night with him in the house and in the hospital during the difficult final days of his life.  
 
We extend our deepest condolence to his wife, Margaret and his children. May the Lord give them the strength to continue their life with faith and dedication in the path of Stephen. May the Lord bless them and console them in this difficult time in the lives.

May his soul rest in peace.


Saturday, May 10, 2014

Mother's day 2014



Prayer for Mothers
Lord on this Mother’s Day we offer all the mothers to you. Bless each one them with good health, peace of mind and happiness.

For the younger mothers grant them the energy and vigour to care for their children. Grant them the wisdom to lead their children in the path of righteousness and away from sins. For the older mothers bless them with good and caring children who will be with them in times of their need especially in sickness and dotage

Lord give your special blessing to single mothers who are burdened with bringing up their children all alone without money, without shelter and without the company of helpful relatives and friends.
Also lord shower your blessings abundantly on mothers who are sick and dying. Give them the courage to accept their illness with full trust in your mercy and compassion. Bless mothers who are rejected by their children, those lonely and lingering in nursing homes and those waiting to meet you in death in hospitals and in their homes.

Lord we pray for all the mothers in the world wherever they are and whatever state they may be. Grant them lasting happiness with their loved ones. Mother Mary, you are our heavenly mother and you know the plight of our own mothers on earth. Be with them to guide and guard them always in everything they do.


We ask these through Christ our Lord

Saturday, April 26, 2014

A tribute to Aunty Adeline



The 40th day memorial for late aunty Adeline Loh  


We are gathered here tonight to pray for the repose of the soul of the late Mdm. Adelene Loh on the 40th day of her death. We are also here to celebrate the life of this wonderful woman whom we fondly called Aunty Adeline who passed away at the ripe old age of 91. I do not know her personally as she was already old when I came to know her a few years ago. But her calm and pleasant look struck me like many others who see her even for the very first time.
I understand that she had a very difficult time during her earlier days, struggling to bring up her six daughters. The untimely death of her husband in the mid-seventies left her all alone to care for all her children. I am sure in her arduous journey of over the 91 years on earth, she would have encountered numerous problems and challenges that would have given her extensive experience which she would have imparted to her children. The fact that her children have all become successful in their own ways speaks volumes for her care for them.
As we pay tribute to aunty Adeline we must not forget the members of her family that has sacrificed a great deal of their time, money and energy to care for her especially overt last few years when she was physically infirm and needed constant care and company. We pay special tribute to her daughter Josephine who sacrificed her own personal likes and conveniences and devoted much of her time to care for her ailing mother, a rare attribute these days. She was indeed a great daughter to an extremely old mother. I am aware she spent sleepless nights in agony when her mother fell ill.
We also salute her husband Bro.Augustine who was a very understanding husband and a caring son-in-law. In fact I was touched by his words after the mother-in-law recovered from a severe infection last year, “The longer she stays on the more I seem to love her like a mother”. We also salute their two children,Sharon and Rodney, who also took great pains in caring for their grandmother who spent a large part of her life with them. They are especially grateful to her for taking care of them since they were children.
On behalf of the TBC Community we register our utmost admiration and respect for Augustine and his family to whom many of us should look up for guidance in caring for our elderly parents.
As we bid the final farewell to our beloved aunty, let us adopt her good values into our lives and especially the caring and loving attitude of Augustine, Josephine and their children towards their sick old lady of 91 years. Let us offer them whatever help we can to encourage and support them during their bereavement and the years that follow.
We pray that God grant aunty Adeline eternal rest in His heavenly home in the midst of His angels and saints. We also pray that God bless her family that she has left behind with us.

May Aunty Adeline rest in peace

Thank you & God bless you  


For video tribute to Adeline please go to:

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5PTaxEzaX0c