Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Mr. Lim Ah Nge

Our beloved Mr. Lim, I think by far he is the most humble and generous man I've ever seen. I've known him for 6 years, he has always been a quiet and caring person... But yet he is the least talked to person in the Cell Group. Always sits in a corner, greets anyone who walks past him saying : "Have you eaten?"

Looking a whole lot younger than 67, the senior citizen does push-ups and half-squats for half hour everyday to keep fit before leaving for work. Some of us half his age can't even do exercise for 5 minutes... tsk.. tsk.. tsk...

Born in a moderate family with 4 other siblings, the man has since young set his heart on conquering the great wide sea, determined to travel the moment he comes of age.

He started as a sailor for a fishing company, traveled and battled the rough South-China Sea many times for 2 years. When opportunity opened, he started to work for another fishing company sailing the coast of Sarawak.

During the years when property boomed in Singapore, he started to work in a construction company building HDB flats... Maybe one of you guys are staying in a flat built by him.

His list of working experience goes on a little further, but the most important is when he was working in the textile trading company, where he met Stella Sim, an on fire CHC member. She shared and encouraged him, always there with a listening ear, but never was ever pushy when it comes to inviting him to church.

The crucial moment came when his marriage failed almost a decade ago. Broken in the spirit, he agreed to come to church to see what church is all about. What he found was the sense of peace and joy that will never leave him, since then, he is happily planted in church.

For many years he has suffered from gastric problem, taking 8 different pills everyday in order to survive. But in 2003 God healed him completely, from then on he has totally been free from the medications. Praise the Lord!

Although he doesn't earn much from the current job in Burger King, but he never has a poverty mind set. When ever we had dinner, he will buy us drinks and refuse to take money from us. He is always the first few to give to the Cell Group Fund every month, he doesn't want to owe God any money, to him, giving to CGF is just as important to Tithe and offering, all these are God's money.

So much more we can learn from him... His life experience, his people experience,his relationship experience... When was the last time you talked to him?


Monday, October 15, 2007

Baby Dedication Lunch

We are so happy for Johnny, His baby Stephen has been dedicated to God, blessed by our Honorary Pastor Kong. So on this joyous occasion, he has invited us for a lunch buffet.

Father and Son

Stephen is now 20 months old. A beautiful and active boy, not shy with people.

A mixture of good looks from both parents.
The bright eyed little boy playfully walked among the guests, entertaining them with his laughter.

Isabel and Danniel played at the fountain.

Children are always a joy to watch, their laughter contagious, their cheerfulness uplifting the spirits of those around them.

Ally help to take care of little Stephen

Some helped to set up the place to welcome the guest.

Others "trying" to help.

The beautiful Ibarrola family

Although Johnny has been in Singapore for many years, the whole family came only a year ago. The bond within the family is very strongly knitted together, the 2 elder sisters are great help to their mother, looking after the younger brothers without being told to do so. They are all doing so well in school.

Through them we can see the love of God really flow through them.

Amanda said grace for the sumptuous food that's cooked in Philippine style.

For most of us, its the first time we had Philippine food... simply delicious.

A great time of fellowship.

Daniel Ang graciously presented his latest creation specially made for the "Man" of the day.

As usual, his cake is well loved by everyone, including little Stephen, who could not help being attracted by the beautiful present.

His favorite is the 2 little toys covered in a blanket of sugar, not only its nice to look at, but good to eat too.

Little Stephen is such a joy to be with.
May God continue to bless him and his wonderful family, giving them good health and great wisdom.

Friday, October 12, 2007

Cell Group Fun

Amanda loves watching the "Banana Dance" as long as she's not the one doing it.

Its Michael's Birthday! Actually his birthday is on the 14th Oct, but we celebrated it earlier.

We know his old bag has been used for many years, so we got him a new one. See how happy he is? He may be man of few words, but his expression says it all.

Happy Birthday Michael!
God Bless!

This cake is another creative product of Daniel Ang.


Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Moon Cakes...

After the Combine Zone meeting at Riverwalk, we had a moon cake feast. But as everyone contributed to the amount of moon cakes, we had abundance to eat.
We played "Oor, Beh, Som" to determine who is the one who will eat all the moon cakes...
Guess who lost?