Where will you be my darling? Where will you be when the dark is rising?
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Heh... been a while since I updated. Sorry about that, I had a funeral and Asia Conference to attend to.
Well, I think I'll just keep things brief. For the funeral, no offence to Buddhists, the entire thing was quite boring to be honest. Sure, I paid my respects and all, but I did find the 3 hour chants each day to be unnecessary. Plus all the burning and all to be pointless. Whenever we bowed towards my grandmother, I did. Whenever we bowed towards the three statues though, I merely nodded. Non-Christians probably won't understand why, so I'll leave the reasons and all out. Sorry, a bit lazy?
For Asia Conference, it was really good. Somewhat of a Emerge more geared towards the marketplace and workforce, it definitely didn't disappoint. It was good, it was a blessing, but in terms of hype and excitement, I found Emerge better. After all, it was more towards youths and activities, so I can see why. But in terms of spirituality and lessons, it definitely lived up to the expectations. Ulf Ekman, AR Bernard, Phil Pringle, Christine Pringle, Benny Hinn and Pastor Kong all gave tremendous messages and lessons, and it was interesting how different aspects of them all somehow intertwined on many issues. I missed the first 2 days though, because of the funeral.
Not really convenient to blog about the entire conference happenings, so I'll just list down some notable points:
I met Jill Lowe and Celest Foo for the social etiquette and grooming workshop. Actually, those 2 are the only reason I went to see it again, 'cause it was a very interesting time back in Emerge KL. Took a picture with Celest too. Woots!
Got to meet up a lot of GT Zone (ex, specifically) people, and I saw quite a few noticeable changes. For example, Ling Hui looks a lot prettier! Martin's got a tattoo (no, I didn't purposely put his name after hers), Juswin's dressing up fine and my dear Loo Loo is very distracted and forgetful when she's around food =p. Oh yes, I was there when Isabel was discipling E458 too. Kinda funny, 'cause the last time I was really "among" the cellgroup was before I left, and Isabel hadn't done any discipling yet. Suddenly I come back and she's discipling. Heh, no disrespect intended! I just found it quirky.
Phil Pringle didn't preach as much as I'd like. He was mostly praying for the overseas delegates during his sessions, and his sermons, though short, were straight to the point and very relevant.
Benny Hinn service was a great blessing as well, although since it was only one night, the anointing wasn't the usual we've come to expect like on the finale of his usual crusades, although it was still powerful. Lot's of people were healed, he also prophesied an assassination by radical Islam of the next Prime Minister of Israel, some guy with "Benjamin" in his name. This would spark off another Israeli-Arab conflict and lead to further darkness. Will it come to pass? No idea. We'll just wait and see.
AR Bernard preached the finale. Talking about entering the marketplace through getting into people's lives, relating and getting to know them. His son Jamaal also talked about going into prison and entering the maximum security area where the inmates there were so serious about faith that they'd kill you if you didn't take your own faith seriously. Also, we learned an American slang. OD is the term for overdose in normal terms. In slang terms, when a girl is really cute, she's OD on cuteness! HAHA! Nice!
Asia Conference has been a great blessing. The hype and all weren't comparable to Emerge, but the spiritual lessons were more than comparable. Everyone was dead tired though. Being foreign delegates, since the sessions ended late, we'd reach our hostels late and sleep late, thanks to the overload in the washrooms. Then we also needed to wake up extra early for the buses that would bring us down. We'd sweat and line up for hours just to get our seats inside, and we'd sleep in the hall waiting for the sessions to start. People were cranky, uptight and paranoid, but blame the lack of sleep.
But we also got to know each other better, and for Venetia, Hui Wearn, Kean Hoong and I, we probably had the least amount of sleep compared to anyone else. Heng's (our subzone supervisor) birthday was supposed to be celebrated during our time there, and the 4 of us spent 2 entire nights doing up his very creative birthday card, and on the night of the celebration, we slept very late but had to wake up the earliest of all days the next day. I didn't sleep properly for 3 days because of one birthday -.-. Haha... but it was fun and fulfilling though. In fact, I wasn't even supposed to be doing that. I was watching the dancers practice and just happened to be there, and helped a little bit. I ended up doing so much with the rest of them.
It's rare to be with your cellgroup for 5 days straight, staying up and chatting, getting to know each other better, being annoyed by each other, helping each other, sacrificing for each other in so many ways. Stretched emotionally, physically and spiritually, I can only say I wouldn't have it any other way. I treasured all the times we had together, eating, sharing deep things or listening to the speakers. Unforgettable. Truly a blessing, I can't wait for the next Asia Conference, and the next level CHCKL will be in when we go back.