Getting to Know You: Reverend Ung Soon Nguang December 2016
I will never forget the touch that God put in my heart ten years ago, when I was attending a thanksgiving anniversary service in one of the churches in Sarawak, Malaysia. The church had invited all the pastors that had served in their churches before. I came across a group of British people; they were missionaries who had come to Sarawak, in the years 1930 to 1970. One of them shared his story in front of the congregation. He spoke in Mandarin; I was so touched at that time. They were British people, from a very modern country. They spoke English and yet they could also speak Mandarin because they wanted to share the Gospel to the Chinese at that time. If they had not made the sacrifice themselves in order to come to Sarawak, I would not have become a Christian today. Their passion, love, and sacrifice is my role model.
In 2014, I had the opportunity to go to Britain. I had an opportunity to participate in the Sunday school in Kings Cross Methodist church and visited the Chinese compatriots’ families that the church had care for. I was surprised at that time to discover so many Chinese in Britain were hungry for the Gospel and truth.
In 2015, I responded to God’s calling to be a missionary. In the beginning, my wife Hie Sing and I planned to be missionaries in Nepal, but some time later, the Board of Mission suggested we come to England. To reaffirm it was the calling from God, I put it in my prayers. God once again raised up the call that I had heard in Britain. I chose Britain, because local Chinese ethnic groups need the Gospel, need the feeding of the truth of God. I arrived in England on 28th August 2016. May God grant and provide me with wisdom to guide the believers of Jesus Christ. I hope that I can continue to lead and develop Christians to become leaders who can subsequently lead others to Christ.
John Wesley, founder of Methodism once said, “Give me one hundred preachers who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God, and I care not a straw whether they be clergymen or laymen; such alone will shake the gates of hell and set up the kingdom of heaven on Earth.” This is my prayer as well when I come to CCEMC. Pray that our work will enable His Kingdom to come down on earth and revive the church. When we are spreading the scripture holiness, we will transform and shake the place. Are you willing to be one of the people who fear nothing but sin, and desire nothing but God?
In the18th century, John Wesley and Charles Wesley brought their personal Christianity to the spiritual revival of Britain. John Wesley emphasized the work of piety together with the work of mercy. He stuck to the truth of Holy Bible, the renewal transformed society.
We as members of Methodist Church, require unity in faith and uphold the truth and holiness to transform our lovely community and country. After we receive sanctifying grace, we need to practise to live in holiness and make every effort to enter full sanctification or Christian perfection. We shall respond to institute essential means of grace and apply these in our daily life. In addition, I also encourage the followers to carry out the work of mercy vigorously with the love of God. After a follower accepts Jesus Christ, he must understand how Christianity can influence and work in their life. We need to be like Jesus Christ, learn to care for others and involve in mercy works with a grateful heart.
May God help you and me, to be the people who are willing to serve God more and help build the kingdom of heaven on Earth. Ung Soon