Chris and Jia Ling's Update.
I’ve just completed the CELTA course at the British Council. It's one of the better certifications for those wanting to teach English overseas. It’s a grueling, but highly rewarding course and indeed one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in relation to career or study. I would often work 60 plus hours a week and not even to do particularly well, just merely to pass. I was amongst people with 14 years of teaching experience, lawyers, PHD’s, a few people with masters degrees, and literally everyone found it, at best highly demanding.
So praise God, I am much better equipped to teach now and I'm told I'm in a good position in terms of getting a job. I’ve not actually got the results back yet, however I passed 13 of 15 assessments, so I'm quite hopeful that I will pass.
The bells are ringn' in Britn
There was one Middle Eastern woman who showed particular interest in the things of God and would have me pray for her regularly. She was like a spiritual sponge for the presence of God and would keep telling me, "There is power in your hands." At the end of CELTA just before she left home, Jia Ling and I met up with her and her father, and by request we ministered to them before they went back to their nation.
We met them, had tea, and they told us heartbreaking stories about their country and its terrible leadership. From this place we shared with them about our ‘country’, the Kingdom of Heaven, and its amazing leader Jesus. On the journey to their house I asked the Lord for words of knowledge and felt Him tell me, 'Back ache and left leg.' So I asked my friends' father if he had problems with his back and left leg, sure enough he had a reoccurring problem with pain in the back that extends to his left leg whilst his right leg is fine. So we shared with them about the Kingdom of Heaven and Holy Spirit backed us with His power. We are blessed to plant a seed in their lovely hearts.
Here are some other links of healings/testimonies of healings I've filmed recently.
This is not the greatest, but it is the most dramatic healing I've had whilst praying for someone. Hearing bones pop back into place is NEXT LEVEL, MORE LORD!!;
This is footage I filmed of a 77 year old Chinese missionary growing out another senior lady's leg, this too is NEXT LEVEL!!! MORE!!!
I love filmmaking, and for the past 5 years, God has led me to really do kingdom-centric videos, vision casting of what God is doing through the Church.
The dream that God has put in my heart is to capture stories that are reverse culture, to show people what the Kingdom is like. Jesus often says “the kingdom is like…” because you can’t give straight answers to the vastness and the goodness of the Kingdom, and Jesus uses parallels, stories and visuals to elaborate what the kingdom is like.
A simple example is when I was asked to make a video to call God’s people to participate in praying for the world and Malaysia during Global Day of Prayer 2012, instead of the usual footage of stadium prayer meetings, international faces and announcer-type voice over, I filmed characters who represent what we need, as a church to be repenting and intercede for, showing us what corporate prayer is about – for healing of the land and restoration, and there is a lot of brokenness and injustice around where the church is more than able to do something. You can watch the video here.
ANTIOCH NETWORK COMMUNITY
ANC is a house church movement, so eventually disciples move out and plant new churches in their communities, and this means we are learning about being apostolic and missional, community penetration into various cultures, (Petaling Jaya is a melting pot of cultures, aside from the locals, we have Africans, Middle Easterners, Mainland Chinese, Central Asians, etc.)
I personally am convicted that before I think of any branch of ‘ministry’ centering around our spiritual gifts, I need to pursue a lifestyle of discipleship, my own and for others, stay faithful to the whole process, and then only the platform for deeper things can occur and the unreached can be reached.
For now I’m discipling two young ladies age 16 and 19. And I no longer feel ‘constipated’, knowing much but giving little – I’m channeling what I learn everyday to them, and I see their progress greater and deeper than my own, as if God is telling me, ‘See, this is how much I can do if you can give devote yourself to walking consistently with one or two’. In this relationship we are mutually accountable, so as a leader I am constantly challenged to be humble and not act like I’m without weaknesses, and stay faithful to the girls.
CHRIS: From the student ministry, I’ve started discipling two 17 year old buys from the high school Christian fellowship. We spend a lot of time together, eating, praying, studying the Word and doing evangelism. Discipling is a new thing for me, I didn't put too much thought into it before coming to ANC. However since being here Jia Ling convinced me it was important, so I began to look for people to mentor. The Lord let me walk with these 2 boys and watching their growth accelerate in the Lord has been amazing.
OUR LIVES TOGETHER
We have the affirmation and conviction that we are good as a couple, however we have found that we need more time before we actually get married. So at this stage, rather than prolong the engagement, we have chosen to put it off for the time being. Within an engagement, there is a lot of pressure to have the wedding sooner rather than later, and given our first year in the same place together, we feel we need more time to lay our marriage foundation.
We are thankful that God has brought us through the past few months of unsettledness and uncertainty, for now we know that everything we’re led to do here is a stage of preparation.
We’re excited but not anxious to where we will be next, and that’s what we would love for you to support us in – we invite you, pray for us if you understand what we are going through: adjusting our careers and passions to seek the kingdom first, and learning to serve and provide for each other as a couple.