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  PASTORAL LETTER, January 2018

A PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE EPISCOPAL OFFICE,
THE METHODIST CHURCH IN MALAYSIA

by Bishop Dr. Ong Hwai Teik, January 2018

2 Samuel 7:22 "How great you are, O Sovereign LORD!
There is no one like you, and there is no God but you, as we have heard with our own ears.

The Methodist Church in Malaysia family praises and thanks Almighty God for His sovereign protection and providence as we stand steadfast in the light of unprovoked attacks on our Chinese Methodist Church, Kota Bahru, Kelantan [see CCM statement reported in Malay Mail On Line on 10 Jan 2018]. We continue to maintain prayerful vigilance even as we also pray for the perpetrators.

As the General Elections 14 [GE 14] that need to take place by August 2018 marches nearer, let us all pray for peace and orderliness for the run-up to the elections as well as integrity of the election process and for God's sovereign providential outcome thereafter.

Let us keep our eyes on the Highest Authority, Almighty God, as we pray for the high cause of the election of those who will guide the future of this beloved nation of ours – at federal and state levels. Let the Methodist churches unite with other churches and congregations locally to fervently pray for the GE 14.

Together as God's people, we shall reverently seek the sovereign Almighty God's glory in blessing our fair land with leadership of governance that is just, honest, compassionate and righteous - that would sincerely serve the people and committedly deepen their welfare, uphold the rule of law, honour the Federal Constitution and courageously act to unite the people of Malaysia.

As we fervently watch and pray, let us also committedly act where we can to contribute to a clean and fair election process and to fulfil our responsibility of casting our vote as citizens of this land.

Jeremiah 29:7 "Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you …."

Romans 15:13 "Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit".

Bishop Ong Hwai Teik
The Methodist Church in Malaysia
16 January 2018