Its a brand new month, and my travel schedule is picking up. I’m trying not to travel as much, and the ground work I laid down last year is showing some dividends… I’m not traveling as much to the old places. Alas…. new countries and issues have cropped up, and this year, I’m focusing more on the Philippines, Thailand and perhaps a little on Indonesia. Of course, Malaysia will still be a focus because of the the shear importance of the country from our business perspective.
I’m heading up to Manila for 4 days, and should be back by Wednesday night.
Yes, Manila, the land of the traffic jams. Its amazing how the traffic condition of the city has changed so much since 5 years ago. Its common place to be stuck-ed at one spot for more than 20 minutes.
A number of friends have asked Christine how she’s coped with the children, and with me out of the country so often. To be honest, I am truly and sincerely thankful for Christine. She has been a wonderful, wonderful wife and mother. Theres a saying that behind a successful man, theres always a woman. It is absolutely true. Without Christine’s support and strength, I would never have been able to keep this job. Of course, it also helps that the kids are now older, and are much easier to manage and handle. But, still, Christine takes care of all of their transport to and from school, and on top of that still guide them academically. Tell me I do not have a wonderful wife and mother! 😀
Proverbs 31:10-12 says
 A wife of noble character who can find? She is worth far more than rubies.  Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
and verses 27-29 says
 She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.  Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her:  “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”
I am truly truly thankful for Christine. She is more than I can ever ask for, and I hope that I am to her a husband she can be proud of as well.
In the midst of all these traveling, it is also easy to feel tired, and often the first thing to go, is God and church. In fact, I must admit, it has often come to this, and I am grateful for God, the Pastors and my leaders who constantly encourage me to not give up. I am also grateful for a bunch of core members in my CG who help me get through the most trying times. 🙂 Thank you.
Last Friday, Christine and I attended the first Prayer & Praise of the year at church. For the longest time, we’ve not been able to attend a Prayer & Praise because of the timing on Saturday afternoon. The kids just have a number of classes they needed to get to. But this time round, no excuses! 😀
I tell you, I have never seen the church sanctuary at Bukit Panjang so crowded before. When we entered the sanctuary, a wave of God’s presence hit us, and it was an ambience I have not felt in a long long time! 🙂 I know that God is truly doing a new work in CEFC, and that He is bringing about a new wave of revival amongst His people. I know that Christine, the kids and I MUST be part of this. It is also my sincere hope that the CG will also stand to be counted, and begin their on journey of reaching out to God and allowing God to touch us. There have been too many reasons and excuses we’ve tried and used over the years. It is time to come back, seek His face.
Psalms 85:6 says “Will you not revive us again, that your people may rejoice in you?”
I see this as a season where God will move in an unprecedented way.
CG, will you join me?
Joshua 24:14-15 (NIV)
 “Now fear the Lord and serve him with all faithfulness. Throw away the gods your forefathers worshiped beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the Lord.  But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your forefathers served beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.”