1st Malaysia Day Prayer Rally
Report by Andy Chi, Prayer Executive Secretary
This year our 40-Day Fast and Prayer was held from the 8 August to 16 September. This change was made to coincide our fasting with Malaysia Day. Malaysia Day is a very significant day as it marks the birth and formation of our nation. It is a day when Malaysians from the East and the West celebrate our nationhood as one. Over 12 different cities held Prayer Rallies to mark the conclusion to the fast and to celebrate this auspicious Day.
Churches of various denominations came together in one accord and offered prayers for the Church and the nation. It was our first time conducting our Prayer Rally nationwide on Malaysia Day. Below are reports from four of the twelve locations.
In the Klang Valley, Malaysia Day Prayer Rally was held at Metro Tabernacle A/G on the evening of 15 September 2010. The estimated number of turnout was around 1400 people.
Among the highlights of the evening was the presence of the East Malaysians and the Orang Asli. There were around 200 East Malaysians and 100 Orang Asli that joined us for the meeting. The meeting began at 8.40pm. This was the first time the worship was conducted in Bahasa Malaysia led by the SIB Central worship team.
Following this, Rev. Eu Hong Seng shared his message from Malachi 4. He challenged the Church to put our trust in God, remembering the commandments of God, to place importance in relationships and to look for the return of Christ.
After the message, Bro Victor Chua led the congregation to pray for the East Malaysians, Orang Asli, the next generation, and for Malaysia. Pr Piri Agong, Pr Bakar Mogot, Rev. Ong Sek Leang and Elder Kong Yeng Phooi shared respective sections of prayer.
Finally, Bro Sam Ang concluded the meeting by appreciating and praying for Rev. Ong Sek Leang and Metro Tabernacle A/G for graciously hosting the event. The meeting ended around 11.00pm
Down in Johor Bahru, the JB Malaysia Day Prayer Rally began with breakfast at 8.30am served by our Crisis Relief (Helping Hands) team who came as early as 6.00 am to prepare the breakfast. This was a trial run of the soup kitchen that we are looking into setting up. A promotional video of our relief work was also shown at the same time.
This was followed by the prayer rally service from 10.00am to 12.20pm. It was attended by more than 600 people from different churches. We followed the theme "Uniting the Generations", focusing on praying for the family based on "Reclaiming the 7 mountains for the Kingdom of God". This year's prayer items were led by the younger generation of pastors.
At the last prayer item, we called on all the young people to the altar and prayed for God's blessings and anointing over them. There was such a powerful presence of God in the meeting. Following the prayer rally, all who came went on a prayer drive to the city, housing estates, and selected strategic places.
Over the South China Sea, the Kuching Malaysia Day Rally was held at the Trinity Methodist Church. There were over 1000 people who participated in this rally involving English, Bahasa Malaysia, Chinese and Iban churches. A voter registration counter was also set up at the foyer of the church entrance to register eligible voters.
To the far-east, the Kota Kinabalu Malaysia Day Prayer Rally organized by KK Pastors Fellowship was held over three nights from the 14 to 16 September at Holy Seal 611. Well over 1000 persons attended this rally which was conducted in the three major languages.
On the last night, two significant events took place. Firstly, the confession from West Malaysia leadership to the Sabah brethren represented by Ps Philip Lyn followed by the reconciliation represented by Ps Jerry Dusing. Ps Philip Lyn in his exhortation shared from Joshua 5:9 that the reproach of Sabah has been rolled away. Sabah Church should no longer be ashamed of herself. She will be the head rather the tail.
Secondly, the celebration of all the generations of the Sabah Churches to signify the passing of the baton and the uniting of the generations. Finally, this rally was also celebrated in preparation for the Year of Jubilee beginning on 16 September 2012.
We would like to express our thanks to all who participated in our 40-Day Fast and Pray initiative. We also would like to express our thanks to all the churches that hosted our Prayer Rally in their cities. We believe as we continue to stand in the gap and intercede, our nation will be restored and changed.