11 August 2018
Greetings in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
1 Corinthians 9:18 (NKJ).
“What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel.”
In the Word of God above, the apostle Paul told us that when we serve God in the mission field, we are to refrain from serving just for the pursuit of rewards. Rewards in this world are fleeting and temporary, while rewards in heaven are permanent. To seek rewards in this world can cause us to be easily disheartened, discouraged or even to give up when we do not achieve what we seek. To pursue the rewards of this world can also cause us to lose our vision when what we see in reality today do not align with our expectations, aspirations and hopes.
By the same Word of God, Dehes Ministries continue to work and serve in the mission field today without expecting any rewards, except we have deep-hearted aspirations to win more souls for the kingdom of God. The mission of this ministry has never been to seek the recognition or applause of men but we work to fulfil the vision and calling of God in our respective lives.
I have just returned from Central Kalimantan after completing three months of work in the mission field. By the grace of God, we have just completed the second building of the campsite project in Kereng Humbang. Generally speaking, the construction work is finished. However, there are still a lot of small pieces of work which need to be done around the place such as painting, completing all the external amenities such as washrooms, fitting out the sleeping/camping areas, furnishing the kitchen, landscape the open field and purchasing equipment for stage and pulpit so that the whole facility could be used for the outreach events.
Just before I left Kereng Humbang, I stood at our premises and gazed at the open field where the grass are slowly growing. The campsite where we will be holding open air revival meetings are slowly starting to take shape. In my heart, that was truly a pleasing sight because I could envisage a day not far in the future when in that field, we will have gatherings of people who will be giving their life to Jesus and receive salvation. What a sight to behold when that happens. It would be worth all the sacrifices, huge expenses, hard work, efforts and tears that have gone into setting up this campsite for the glory of God. We can be assured that there will be joy in the presence of the angels of God rejoicing over sinners who repent and receive Jesus as their Lord and Saviour (Luke 15:10).
While the work to set-up the campsite is now approaching the end stage, there are also other ministry activities which have been running concurrently with this project. One activity which we have been focusing on is to build-up and develop the human resources for our ministry. This work is of paramount importance because the younger generation, comprising of our Bible School graduates, will one day be spear-heading as well as continuing with the work which we have started 18 years ago.
We need future servants of God who have good character, who are well-grounded and disciplined as well as competent in Theology and Biblical studies. The work of developing human resources is intense and challenging but we are determined to ensure that this task is done well to preserve the quality and future of our ministry. To this end, besides bringing in guests lecturers who specialise in certain discipline of Theology to teach in the Bible College, we have also recently invited lecturers who teach Psychology and other subjects in secular universities to educate our students. We want to serve the community as well as be the best witness we can for our Lord Jesus Christ in the region where He has called us to serve Him.
It is indeed true that the work we are doing for God is on-going i.e. ministry work is a life-long service to God. The apostle Paul likens his calling to serve God as this: “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil 3:13-14) We also follow to run, to fight the good fight of faith and to press forward with one goal in mind - to present the fruit of our labor which are souls for His Heavenly Kingdom.
Praise the Lord, for His calling and the work which He has entrusted to all of us to carry out for Him. I personally thank you for your faith and confidence in me to lead the work which we are continuing to do in Katingan, Central Kalimantan. I also thank you for all your sacrifices and generous financial support which you have given to Dehes Ministries for all these years.
I pray that our God will meet all your needs as you continue to serve Him and may He grant you divine favour in all your undertakings.
God bless you and your loved ones today and always.