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Thursday, May 21, 2015

3rd Day ~ 7th Annual Conference of EMI-MSB

BY DS / sj


3rd Day,9th May 2015 
Port Dickson : The day began with the presentation of reports. 
After the session, EMI Commission Members in prearranged groups for the Exposure Trip visited the Myanmar refugee families at a few venues in Pudu and Lok Yew, Kuala Lumpur. They had lunch together and were engaged in informal conversation. The exposure had enlightened members the reality of life as a refugee in Malaysia.

 The new EMI-MSB Executive Committee for the term 2015-2017;
  1. Chairperson: Peter Barnabas (Diocese of Penang)
  2. Vice-Chairperson: Josephine Tey (Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur)
  3. Secretary: Ken Chua (Diocese of Melaka-Johor)
  4. Treasurer: Sr. Angeline Lau, rgs (Diocese of Melaka-Johor)
  5. Core Team: 
  6. a) Jeremy Khoo (Archdiocese of Singapore) 
    b) Fr. Arin Sugit (Apostolic Vicariate of Brunei) 
    c) Fr. Alvin Ng (Archdiocese of Kuching)
The Eucharistic celebration on the 3rd day was presided over by Fr. Alvin Ng of Kuching. He shared that in ministry and service, we have to please a lot of people if we want to get things done. Sometimes, it may go against our very own conscience. It is easy for us to minister our own ministry or to sit in conferences and talk about the situation from our perspective.
However, the realities on ground differ much. No matter how many times we may have been at the grass roots, it is always they, who continue to amaze us. More often than not, the members of the grassroots evangelize us through their witnessing in spite of  their tough life.
'Perhaps I would say that, it is their faith that makes them survived the storm. They cling on to the understanding that somehow there is a greater power that moves them towards hope for the future and certainly provides them courage.'

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