I have been married to my wife Daina Sulimin for more than 18 years (she’s a Catholic from Sabah). Never in my wildest dreams did I ever think that I will be accepting Christ & giving my testimony. In fact, I’m a stubborn husband and a staunch Buddhist. I have once told her sarcastically that, “I want to marry you, but not your religion”. I’m not sure how many men dare to say this to your future wife! Please don’t ahhh! ”. She should have asked me to read (1 Corinthians 7: 1-40; About Marriage). To me back then, all religious teachings are the same –to do good deeds & not to harm others.
But over the years, probably due to her tenderness, leading by example and prayers (1 Peter 3:1); I agreed to allow our 3 kids to be brought up in the Catholic way. They started attending Catechism classes. With the current increased in numbers of social illness among children and teenagers; I personally felt that they need to have a solid religious teaching foundation.
Early Mar’14, while sending my kids for Catechism class; sister Helen Chen stopped and told me that her husband, Valiant has already registered for the RCIA class. She said, why not I accompany him. The class is just to expose you to Catholic teaching and it was NOT meant to ‘convert’ people. Hearing that, I agreed to join in. To me, at least I have someone probably with the same thinking as mine, joining the RCIA. I just want to know more about Catholic teaching for the sake of my three kids.
Later, David Choo came to pass me the registration forms (see picture on the left). By God’s plan, he is now my “god-father’.
My journey into RCIA began after I came back from my Mt. Kinabalu hiking trip at the end of Mar’14. I felt something is ‘calling’; which I can’t explain. I took lots of picture
I started to dream…places that I’ve never been before – I saw huge church space, big Mother Mary statue, procession of candles, people queuing around a cave with our Lady (in my dream). I told my wife and she said it’s probably St. Lourdes. Who Created All This???
Our Lady Of Fatima
My journey into RCIA began after I came back from my Mt. Kinabalu hiking trip at the end of Mar’14. I felt something is ‘calling’; which I can’t explain. I took lots of pictures.
I only knew it when I saw some postcard pictures over the internet; it was indeed similar too St. Lourdes and our Lady of Fatima (pictures below) I had a goose bumps each time I see these pictures again.
Dear, brothers and sisters in Christ; this testimony are from my real life experienced and not even once I thought of seeking any personal fame or creating stories. As the scripture says:
1 Corinthians 10:33 – “Even as I try to please everybody in everyway; for I’m NOT seeking my own good but the good of many, so that they maybe saved”.
Isaiah 25:1 – “O Lord, you are my God, I’ll EXALT You, I’ll give thanks to your name; for You have worked wonders, plans formed long ago, with perfect faithfulness”. Amen.
On 22nd June’14, our 1st lesson started. I joined in with dozens of questions loaded in my mind. TWO important aspects in the bible teaching (shared by some of my Christian friends) that I personally couldn’t accept at that point of time. FIRST:
John 14:6 – “I am the way & the Truth & the Life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”
John 3:5 – “Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the spirit.”
Amy Wong, one of our RCIA teachers during the 1st class lesson, told me to refer to:
John 15:16 – “You yourselves did not choose Me, but I have personally chosen you”.
She explained, when the time you were born, its already written on your palm. It’s just a matter of time, you’ll come back to the Father.
I became more curious. How can God (Christ) choose me if I personally didn’t buy His words fully in the bible? I began to surf the internet to asked Mr. Google and started reading some simple religious books recommended by the RCIA teachers. The more I read, the more things were ‘revealed’ in front of me.
Matthew 7:7 – “Ask, and it will be given you, seek, and you will find; knock and it will be opened to you.”
Revelations 3:20 – “Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any one hears my voice & opens the door, I will come in to him & eat with him & he with me”.
My SECOND concern is about “honoring’ our parents – “filial piety”. I was against the teaching of Christianity when I saw some of my own relatives (from other Christian denomination); didn’t even one to respect/performed their father final funeral rites. Things change when I started to READ the Bible teaching. I came across scripture saying (Deuteronomy 5) about: The 10 Commandments. A huge rock at St. Anne Church in Bkt Mertajam, Penang; The Forth Commandments also mentioned about “honoring parents”. It clears my doubt.
Matthew 15:4 – “For God commanded, Honor your father and mother, and who
speaks evil of father or mother, let him surely die”.
Ephesians 6:1-2 – “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right”.
I would say my conversion journey was un-planned for but I believe it has been “guided”; probably by those praying tirelessly for me and divine intervention. It is impossible for me to do this alone. I decided to go for Pilgrimage Tip to Holy-land (with my wife) last year Nov’14, in searching for the Gospel trail and to understand the bible better. I was the only non-Christian in the group. It was a very enlightening and fruitful trip. As they say, the rest is history. The journey was definitely not easy, filled with ups & downs; the closer you’re to be with God, the heavier your cross (testing moments). But it’s all worth it. After all, I’m reminded almost on a weekly basis by the RCIA teachers that, “no one is forcing us to convert’. Just go with the flow. Shalom!, Alleluia, Alleluia…
Our Lord is risen! Our Lord, Jesus Christ is risen indeed! Praise Him our Almighty Lord!
A second chance in life has taken me through a different journey with our Lord Jesus Christ. I used to be a Sunday parishioner, complacent and taking life for granted until that day, 18th September 2014. My experience with God has touched my life to witness how real and alive God is. I hardly had time for God but He was there with me when I had my heart attack.
Ignorantly, the last minor attack came around 12 midnight, 18th September. I was not aware how serious it was until my wife, Catherine, rushed me to Island Hospital. The second and deadly major attack came when I was at the operating room right in the good hands of Dr Chew (Dr Chew says that he was there because God made it happen). My heart went into ventricular fibrillation and my heart stopped for a minute. God was there to intervene, making available the cardiologist and AED machine to bring me back to life with an uneventful outcome.
I could have become a ‘vegetable’ thereafter, paralysed or with a weak heart. God gave me back my life with a new and strengthened heart (after 3 stents to my right and left arteries with 90%-100% blockage). I stand to testify how loving and awesome Our Lord God is!
Parish: Church of Divine Mercy (Penang)
Dear Mother of Perpetual Help,
I believe I have already thanked you in my heart a long time ago when your powerful intercession to Jesus allowed my eldest sister an extension of life here on earth.
Nevertheless, I felt that I should write out this letter of thanksgiving which seems long overdue and place it at your shrine to give testimony to your love and perpetual care for all who turn to you for help.
I can never thank you enough for powerfully interceding to God for my eldest sister who was diagnosed with 4th stage liver cancer in 2001. It is precisely because of your unceasing prayers from 2001 onwards that she is still alive to-date.
When the oncologist broke the sad news to my sister’s family on 8/12/2001, all of us were traumatised. We were told that her cancer was non-treatable and she was expected to last 3 months.
My sister went for a second consultation and a second biopsy to double confirm the first finding. We also wanted confirmation if the cancer was treatable or not. Shortly after, our family was asked to make a 9-day Novena to you Mother as my sister always turned to you when she needed help to intercede to your Son, Jesus. And so, we all gathered at home every night to pray the family Rosary for 9 consecutive days in 2001.
When we completed the Novena on the 9th day, my sister’s 2nd biopsy test results noted that her cancer was treatable as opposed to the findings of her 1st biopsy. This result was before we made the novena. Immediately, we knew that a miracle had taken place! God must have intervened through your most powerful intercessions by producing a contrasting result of the biopsy findings.
What was at first non-treatable for her cancer became treatable! Our hearts turned from despair into hope. We were greatly relieved, so overjoyed thanking God, thanking you Mother in our hearts at the clinic. We knew then and there that it was because of your powerful and miraculous intercessions to Jesus that our prayers were answered.
It has been 14 years since that beautiful miracle occurred. Yes, my sis is still taking oral chemo daily. Only this time, she is faced with an uphill task because her old chemo drug has lost its effectiveness to contain her cancer cells & tumour. New cancer tumours were found in her liver recently. She has started trying out a new chemo drug in place of the old one.
Mother, I know you love my sister dearly and I place her under your mantle, care and protection. I trust you will continue to intercede with Jesus in the most powerful way you can. It is my fervent hope that she will find peace, strength, hope & courage to endure all her pain and agony and if it is in accordance with God’s holy Will, may she get better and be blessed with a new and additional lease of life for the greater glory of God.
No matter what the outcome, Mother please pray for my sister and our family that we may truly submit to God’s holy Will as you have faithfully done as the handmaid of God for the love of all mankind.
Thank you dearest Mother for your most powerful, ever faithful and unceasing intercessions for my eldest sister.
You are truly a Mother of Perpetual Help!
Parish: Church of Divine Mercy (Penang)
During my recent tour to Guilin (China) with my sister, I took a path less travelled. I hiked up to Longsheng rice terraces.
The terraced fields are built along the winding slopes from the riverside up to the mountain top, between 600-800m above sea level. A coiling terrace line starts from the foot of the mountain up to the mountain top dividing the mountain into layers of water in spring, layers of green rice shoots in summer, layers of rice in the fall and layers of frost in winter. The terraced fields were built about 650 years ago.
I started fresh and fit, seeking the Lord to be with me and to guide me in this trail, not knowing that it would take an extended six hours to reach my homestay hotel located 600m above sea level!
Most of the travellers would have hired a local guide to track the path with them, but I took a more challenging path with my sister – brave and trusting as I was in His Divine care. I went into the tracking path alone, with just Jesus in my heart.
Without knowing it, I had stepped into a jungle zone! All I could see was the green forest, a stony, muddy path and a clear blue sky. It was awesome to experience the beauty of God’s creation. Had I not been lost, this would have a great journey with God in the wilderness.
I had missed some signboards earlier on. The forest looked the same everywhere and by the time I arrived at a set of crossroads, I wondered which way I should take. Feeling frightened and exhausted, I prayed and called upon the Lord… and He answered me!
He sent local natives who gave me directions and I continued my journey. Shortly after, I fell into a hole in a haystack but luckily I had a soft landing. However, I felt a twist in my left leg. Again, I called upon the Lord to heal me as I could not afford to have a fracture at this time.
Miracles do happen – after a short rest, I climbed out of the haystack unscathed and continued with my journey.
He leadeth me, He leadeth me
By His own hands, He leadeth me
His faithful follower I would be
For by His hand, He leadeth me
Thank you, Jesus for watching over me and keeping me safe from harm
Parish: Church of Divine Mercy (Penang)
An hour after he left our house to lecture at the hospital where he worked, I learnt that my husband, Segaran had suffered a stroke. Feelingstrangely detached, I went over to the image of the Divine Mercy and said, “Jesus, I trust in you” and to Mother Mary, it was simply to say, “Mother, you know what to do”.
It was a day after our 35th wedding anniversary on the 5th of October 2014. I messaged two wonderful friends who very quickly alerted our Parish priest, Father Martin, BECs and other church ministries to pray for him. By the time my sister and I reached Adventist Hospital, there was a reassuring avalanche of prayer messages.
AnMRI scan confirmed an infarct or clot in the brain which had affected Segaran’s speech. He could not form words,breaking down in frustration despite assurances that many people were praying for him.
Then within 30 minutes of our arrival at the Emergency Room, the situation began to change dramatically….without treatment.
My sister, Jesinta and I watched as 90% of Segaran’s speech returned. The Cardiologist cancelled the bed booked in ICU. To test his reflexes, the Neurologist ordered oral medicinewhich he swallowed without difficulty.The stroke test score was a healthy 2 over 40. (Higher score being unhealthy)
Surprisingly Segaran was discharged on the 3rd day and returned to work after 2 weeks. Relatives, colleagues and friends who were planning to visit were equally amazed at his speedy recovery.
The following is Segaran’s own words:
Well, I must say it was myscariest moment and I thought it was the end of me but with God’s grace I managed to recover fast. I became so emotional and I cried despite being a strong person… it is hard to explain.
His recovery was due to the power of prayers and the solidarity of church and BECs which came together in our hour of need. We are grateful for all their love and support. Two weeks after Segaran’s discharge, we came as a family to church to offer thanksgiving to the Divine Mercy. On Sunday, 9th November 2014, we travelled to Sungai Batu to thank Our Lady of Immaculate Conception for her powerful intercession.