New Life Restoration Centre started with six people. Besides my wife Susan and I, there was Pastor Joshua Lee, now our Pastor of Shah Alam English Church. Out of the six, three left to work in Singapore.
Joshua stayed through the years of early challenges in church planting. He and his twelve string guitar formed our orchestra in our seedling church. He later married Yin Chun, a wonderful Sister whom we appreciate and love. Pastor Joshua, whom we also fondly called Pastor Chin Ban, has been faithful and wonderfully fruitful in the Lord, not only in his career as an Financial Controller in his company, and Pastor, he has also been effective as a family person.
Yin Chun must be acknowledged too. Both have raised a family with two sons having their own careers and also walking closely with the Lord and serving Him. A quality that is most amazing about Joshua is that he never failed to stay positive, no matter what happens. His faith in Jesus has taken him through his entire journey of life with a powerful testimony. He is a great encouragement to many of us in NLRC, and many more out in his world.
Pastor Jeremiah Yap
The Value of Kingdom Life & Kingdom Family
By Pr Joshua & Yin Chun Lee
The Value of Kingdom Life and Kingdom Family
1 Blessed are all who fear the Lord, who walk in obedience to him.
2 You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.
4 Yes, this will be the blessing
Psalm 128 lays the foundation of Kingdom life and family. It begins with an exhortation of making a personal commitment, walking in obedience to the written Word with promises of fruitful labor, blessings and prosperity, which are the hallmark values of Kingdom life.
In verse 3, the psalmist begins talking about family. When families are centered on God, the family unit is strengthened. Strong families make strong churches, and strong churches can have a powerful impact on society.
In our personal journey with God as a couple, we found marriage courses to be extremely helpful, e.g. United Marriage Encounter, Durrano schools, and various others. We endeavored to pray and read the bible together as a family and took time to go on holidays on a regular basis to strengthen the family ties.
Our children, Jason & Joel, were raised in Sunday school and served in worship, youth and young adults ministries.
The guidance of Christian teachers in school also played a key role in nurturing their faith in God. The school that Jason & Joel attended had a strong Christian fellowship. Coming from various churches, they banded together in early morning prayer and fellowship, and encouraging one another to excel in studies. These Christian kids played active roles in sports and clubs such as the Scout movement, Young Entrepreneur’s Clubs, Red Crescent etc. and made remarkable impact with their Christian outlook and good works.
The strong fellowship among believers in school continued when the boys started working, and many kept in touch and became active in Full Gospel Businessmen’s Fellowship and Graduates Christian Fellowship. Jason initiated a mentoring program (M2- Emerging Leaders Mentoring Program) by connecting successful Christian businessmen with the youth to raise up future God fearing leaders of the nation. Joel in turn did a two(2) year teaching program in Teach for Malaysia, an NGO teaching underprivileged children in low performing schools in Malaysia. It was encouraging to note that a high percentage of those participating in the program were Christian teachers with a mission to make a difference in society.
As a couple, some of our struggles include balancing the time between church, family and secular work. Having good mentors and support from the New Life family provided useful guidance. Sharing sessions among fellow believers on issues facing our kids such as social media and internet game addiction also helped.
Questions to Ponder:
i) What do you think is the most important factor in building strong relationships?
ii) As parents, in relation to raising children, what mistakes could you have avoided if you can turn back the clock?