On the last week of June, a few university friends and I went to Sibu, Sarawak to attend NC (which stands for National Conference and organized by Fellowship of Evangelical Students (FES)), along with 360 other students from various campuses and denominations. It was truly an eye-opening experience and yet another milestone in my journey with God. It’s hard to describe the experience of NC in so few words, but I shall try to do so by sharing about the God who met me at NC.
Firstly, the God who met me at NC was also the God of everyone there. The gathering of 360 Malaysian students from various campuses and areas made me realize not only the bigger student movement we are a part of but also the bigger body of Christ in Malaysia. No matter our first language, where we live, the color of our skin, or what campus we’re from, we worship the same loving God. Although it was honestly difficult at first to engage with students of different cultures and languages, it helped me understand how sheltered us West Malaysians can be to the plight of our fellow brothers and sisters in East Malaysia and how important it is to be each other’s brothers keepers.
NC was also a turning point in my life where I realize our God is also the God of Malaysia. One of the speakers there said this ‘When we enter a dark room, we don’t ask why is it dark. We ask, ‘where is the light?’. Being apathetic to the issues of our nation, I was humbly made aware of how much Christians in Malaysia have been hiding God’s glory as well as the change we can bring in being the salt and light of Christ in our nation.
NC also reminded me that God is a God who never lets go of me. Through the exposition of Haggai, I met the God who does everything to bring us back to Him, a God who calls us to give careful thought to our ways and a faithful God who keeps His covenant with His people. Meeting with this personal God in NC, my response is: It’s time for me to get back to rebuilding God’s house instead of being busy with my own house (Haggai 1:9).It’s time to get my hands dirty. Am I ready?