She is from Malaysia and frequently visited her son and family in Singapore. In Malaysia she has idols in her home, with frequent visits from the temple monk. However, when visiting Singapore, for over twenty years she has accompanied her grandchildren to church and watched them grow up in Sunday School. She speaks a smattering of English, Malay and Chinese and even though she sits in the back row at Sunday Worship, I was curious and had to ascertain if she knew The Lord as she lived a life of contradictions in faith and practice.
She is the most senior lady at church, and as I was next most senior when I joined the church about six years ago, I felt a responsibilty in The Lord to befriend her. One Sunday, I asked if she was a Christian and she replied “not yet”. I felt then that I should share the Navigator’s bridge illustration for salvation. For the first time I shared the gospel in Malay as I only know a smattering of Chinese and she a smattering of English.
In my illustration, I drew her on one side of the cross bridge and Jesus and her son’s family on the other side. I explained she could only get over the other side by way of the cross and accepting the Savior Jesus Christ. I prayed with her that The Lord would open her eyes and draw her to Him. She requested to keep my salvation artwork for reference.
I was privileged to accompany her to hospital one whole afternoon, when she was hospitalized in Singapore, and everyone in her family was too busy to be with her. She shared how her brother chose to become a Singapore citizen and became a Christian. After that, I periodically over the years, asked if she was ready to accept Jesus Christ as Saviour when we met in Church.
One day her brother in Singapore passed away. I met her in church and she advised that her brother and his family were Christians. I reminded her that they were on the same side of the bridge as Jesus, her son and his family. Would she cross over?
“no” she said “not yet” – it was getting lonelier on her side.
The Holy Spirit was convicting her and later one Sunday, she felt compelled to tell me that her mother was also a Christian when she died. It was as if she felt she had to add her mother to the other side of the bridge as she felt more isolated from the rest.
We are celebrating at church next Easter weekend, for this lost sheep has decided at last to cross the salvation bridge to join the rest of her family in Christ. It is truly a victory won by Christ through His convicting work of many years.
On Saturday, 23 March, 2013, our Pastor and his wife, and Madam Tan’s son’s family and their Home cell group members will cross the bridge (Causeway) separating Singapore and Malaysia. They will be heading for her home in Batu Pahat town, Malaysia, and will remove all idols from her home in the Name of Jesus, Name above all names.
On Easter Sunday, 31 March, 2013, Madam Wong will be baptised during our Easter Service – what a day of rejoicing that will be! Praise The Lord as many years of tug of war and spiritual struggle is now over and the peace and joy of The Lord fills her.
Praise The Lord for His faithfulness and patience with her – His lost sheep has been redeemed – it has been a long journey of 83 years and now the babe in Christ has to be fed with the milk and then the meat of the Word.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within her will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. Philippians 1:6. All glory to Him because He lives, all fear is gone for Madam Tan.
Perhaps there is among us someone who is struggling and undecided about our Jesus.
Reach out to Jesus in faith because you cannot experience The Risen Lord, until you touch Him. Don’t wait any longer. He waits to hear your heart’s cry. He will wait up to a point in time. Then time will be no more and your opportunity will be lost. Jesus loves you. It was for you He died on the cross to save you from sin.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life . John 3:16