Malaysia General Assembly Divine Work Report
The truth was preached to Malaysia in 1927, and for seventy years our main focus of evangelism was on the Chinese population. In 1997, two Indian members were baptized in the Lord, and they preached this gospel to their friends and relatives. The church began to grow in the number of Indian members. In 2003, the gospel was then preached to a native village called Semai, where a total of twelve people were baptized. Praise and thank God, the first indigenous church was established in 2006 at the foot of the Cameron Highlands, called Tapah Batu Lapan. Around 2011, through some of our Myanmar believers who were working in Malaysia at that time, we found a new channel to preach to the Myanmese, and a Myanmar Fellowship center was established in 2015.
In the past few years, the growth rate of our membership has been between two and three percent.. At the moment, the total number of members in West Malaysia is around 3,539. Apart from Chinese, there are also sixty-four Indian members, around 110 Orang Asli members, 200 Orang Asli members from Sabah, as well as members of other nationalities. Malaysia has a total of twenty-nine churches, four prayer houses, eight evangelical points, and five pioneering areas in the Orang Asli Village.
Throughout the years, although the Malaysia General Assembly (GA) has tried to improve the evangelism culture, i.e. to instill into members the spirit of evangelism and to motivate all churches to focus on evangelism, we are still far away from this goal. The church still needs preachers that focus on pioneering work. Although there is much “good soil” in this Orang Asli pioneering ministry, so far only a few volunteers and full-time workers are actively involved.
Thanks to the grace of God, the International Assembly has managed to arrange workers from Sabah, Indonesia, India, Myanmar, and Taiwan to help us with evangelism and pastoral work. The West Malaysia GA will also arrange more full-time workers to participate in pioneering work in and out of the country, and train more local ministers to take care of the pastoral ministry, with the strategies listed below:
- Deploy backup national volunteers. The church will send ministers, and brothers and sisters who are retired and have free time, to different churches or regions to assist in local pastoral and evangelism work in those areas.
- Delegate pastoral work to local ministers and divine workers, Local divine workers will be entrusted with the role of a pastor. For example, they will be leading family altar cell group services at certain times and locations.
- Strengthen the regions. The GA will promote cooperation among churches to share resources and workers. The GA will allocate resources according to the needs of different churches and regions.
It is our prayer that God will help motivate more youths and workers to continue working for the Lord Jesus according to His will and Great Commission.