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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Walk For Jesus 'Love and Mercy' - 2015

Article by Raymond Wong and photos by G. Bell, Helda, Helen 

Sandakan : St Mary's Catholic Cathedral Parish together with 14 other Christian denominations of the Sandakan-Inter-Church participated in the “Walk for Jesus” themed 'Love and Mercy' held recently on 23rd August 2015.
This bi-annual event is organised by the Prison Ministry of the Sabah Council of Churches, held simultaneously in 18 other locations across Sabah. The walk, apart from inculcating solidarity among member churches is also a platform to pray in unity for peace, harmony, tolerance, the well-being and prosperity to prevail in our beloved nation, Malaysia.
In Sandakan the event is under the jurisdiction of the Sandakan Inter Church Committee and open to all denomination of churches in the district. A crowd of some one thousand five hundred participants from the member churches in Sandakan took part in the event.
Participants assembled at the Sandakan Municipal Padang, walking along the roads within the town up to Sandakan Yacht Club and returning by the coastal road towards the Community Centre. The walk proceeded to St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral as the ending point.
St Mary's Catholic Cathedral was well represented. Fr Sunny Chung and Sr Appollonia Gumpu fsic led the Catholic contingent of near 100 members.
Before the flagging off a praise and worship session was held at the padang with the presentations of T-shirts to Datuk Ir. James Wong, Sandakan Municipal Council President, YB Stephen Wong and YB Charles Pang. The President flagged off the walk at 4.00 pm. Datuk Ir. James and Datin led the way together with YB Stephen and Charles Pang.
The near 6-km walk took about an hour and ended in the compound of St Mary’s Catholic Cathedral.
A praise and worship session was again held in the Parish Hall and the crowd dispersed before 6.00 pm.

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