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Scripture Memory: The Lamb of God

VERSE: John 1:29 “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.”

 

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

4 June 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Spiritual Warfare, Daniel 10:1-21)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Calvin Loh (Our Faithful Friend, Psalm 41)

11 June 2017

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (How to be Strong and Do Exploits, Daniel 11:2-35 )

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Colin Wong (Thirsting for God to Answers to Spiritual Depression, Psalm 42)

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THANKSGIVING TESTIMONY

by sister Wendy Lee

 

I was enjoying the view through the window when it dawned on me that I was still alive. I still have my memory intact, and my cognitive and motor functions working well. I do not take all these for granted because these were the risks of my surgery performed more than two weeks ago. I marvel at the goodness of God to me and my family. How can I thank God enough for all His blessings? Indeed, “The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.” (Ps 126:3)

 

Since 1 Feb 2017 when it was confirmed that I had a 4-mm brain aneurysm, my desire was that, whatever happens, my family members will be strengthened in the faith and that God may be glorified. A brain aneurysm is a balloon-like bulge on a blood vessel due to weakness in the vessel wall. If left untreated, the aneurysm may rupture resulting in possible stroke or death with about 30% chance of complete recovery.

 

As my aneurysm was smaller than the 5mm threshold size for treatment, it was a very difficult decision for us. Should I wait and monitor the aneurysm or get it treated soon? If we decide on surgery, we also need to decide the timing for surgery. We needed to be calm, and needed wisdom and good expert advice to make this important decision. Therefore, we earnestly sought the Lord for guidance. He heard and answered our prayers. Over the next six weeks, we consulted six neurosurgeons/radiologists to explore, firstly whether to elect for surgery, and secondly, whether our preferred less invasive procedure such as endovascular embolisation or coiling is suitable. Five doctors recommended elective surgery if this aneurysm was found on them or their family members. All six confirmed that minimally-invasive coiling would not work due to the wide neck of my aneurysm and my earlier allergic reactions to the contrast dye required for the coiling procedure. Besides the size of the aneurysm, they saw that mine has a higher risk of rupture due to its irregular shape. Thus if I elect for surgery, I have no choice but to face the frightening prospect of an open skull surgery to clip the aneurysm. Its risks of complications are higher than the less invasive coiling procedure.

 

Looking back, we saw that step by step, our Lord was leading us to this decision to proceed with the brain aneurysm clipping surgery on 4 May. The Lord provided a good neurosurgeon. The surgeon would open the skull to reach the aneurysm located nearer the middle of my brain, and place a tiny clip across the neck of the bulge to prevent blood from leaking into the bulge. The surgery took 4 hours.

 

“It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness.”(Lam 3:22-23). There are so many things to thank God for and I pray that this testimony will encourage you. May our Lord receive all the glory.

 

Most people do not know they have an aneurysm until it ruptures. For me, the Lord was merciful to allow my aneurysm to be discovered before it ruptures. Since the end of last year, I had been experiencing frequent headaches, on average about 4 days per week. So Hock Chin suggested that I consult a neurologist. This was kindly arranged by a brother-in-Christ. The initial diagnosis was that I had classic migraine. The neurologist then sent me for a CT scan to rule out other possible causes of my headaches. Initially, the neurologist said my brain scan looked normal. However, 2 weeks later, I received a phone call from a hospital nurse. She said that their radiologist spotted a possible aneurysm and have arranged to perform a brain CT angiogram on 1 Feb in order to confirm the existence of the suspected aneurysm. This scan confirmed the location and size of the aneurysm. To help us make a more informed decision, the doctors wanted to get more accurate and detailed images through another procedure called cerebral angiogram. However, a few hours after the scan, I developed rashes all over my body and was admitted to A&E department of TTS Hospital. This was diagnosed as an allergic reaction to the contrast dye used in the earlier scans. Hence the brain angiogram could not be performed, and the doctors had to decide based on the “not so clear” scans obtained thus far.

 

Looking back, we can see the Lord’s leading each step of the way. I am grateful to the brother-in-Christ who helped me obtain an appointment with the neurologist. I also thank God for the radiologist’s keen eye in picking up the possibility of aneurysm from the first scan of poorer resolution. We thank God for the consistent recommendation from all the six doctors and radiologists we consulted. We know these did not happen by chance, but by the grace of our All-knowing Sovereign God.

 

Before the surgery, we were warned of various possible complications, in particular, possible leg paralysis, and loss of my cognitive function and memory. Praise God for answering all our prayers for a smooth and successful surgery. I did not suffer any of these complications. God is in control. How I praise and thank Him for His mercies upon me and His marvellous works!

 

Later, the surgeon recounted to us a pivotal moment during the surgery, when he was able to access the aneurysm, he saw that the wall of the aneurysm was very thin and blood was swirling in it. This suggested that the pressure on the thin artery wall was very great and the aneurysm could burst any time. He had to take extra care to first clip the parent artery to limit the blood flow before clipping the aneurysm, otherwise the aneurysm might rupture in the process of clipping. The doctor said we have made the right decision to proceed with surgery because the aneurysm could potentially rupture any time. Again it was our merciful Lord who led us to this decision to elect for surgical clipping, and preserved me until the day of surgery. It was a very difficult decision for both Hock Chin and I as we sought the Lord‘s guidance in prayer during that stressful period. We were full of fears of the unknown, but the Lord is indeed gracious and patient with us.

 

Living with an aneurysm was unnerving. I felt uneasy, like having a time bomb ticking in my brain that could explode any time in the day or night. But I thank God for the experience because it forced me to reflect on my life, to think about what I have been doing and whether there were things I had wanted to do but never got down to it. Since then, I have learnt to live each day as though it was my last. I have no regrets should my Lord take me home. God had enabled me to serve my family and church brethren to the best of my ability. I feel privileged to serve and will continue to do so as long as I live. I realised I have so much to thank God for.

 

I have enjoyed many blessings from a loving family, to good jobs, to traveling, to good food, etc. I am thankful for a loving godly husband who worked hard and provided for the family. Also thankful for our two sons who have given us much joy and delight, for harmony, unity, support and love within my family and also extended families. I thank God for the church family and for all my friends. I can only say, “The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.” (Ps 23:1). I lack nothing for the Lord has graciously supplied everything that I needed, and more.

 

We are touched by all the prayers, offers of practical help, gifts, encouragement, concern and love that were showered upon us during this trial. John and his friends in UK stayed up at night to pray for me during my morning surgery. My primary school friends fasted and prayed for me. And many of you encouraged us and supported us in prayer since the discovery of the aneurysm. Post-surgery, my sister, my mother and Marc cooked nutritious food for me. My sister massaged me often to relieve me of my many body aches and headaches. Sisters-in-Christ boiled soup and bird’s nest for me. We are touched by the love of Christ that moved these brethren, and by the love and support from our family and friends. We don't deserve any of these.

 

I still have headaches and occasional nausea. There are bad days and better days. I often feel fatigued and need lots of rest. I look forward to the day when I can return to worship and fellowship. Until then, I covet your prayers for me.

 

To God be the glory!

Wendy Lee

19 May 2017

 

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1)        Camp Briefing (7pm) and Prayer Meeting (8pm) this Tuesday, 6 June 2017, at Beulah Centre MPH. All campers are to attend this briefing and are strongly encouraged to join in the prayer meeting immediately after it. Love gifts and offerings to defray the cost of the church camp are welcome.

 

2)        Car decal for church members. Kindly register for the church car decal if you do not have one. Application forms (pink colour) are obtainable at the Church Sanctuary reception counter. Kindly fill up the form and drop it in the registration box.

 

3)        ERBL: (a) Seminar: Appreciating Christology from the Psalms by Rev Philip Eveson, 19-22 Jun, 8.30am-1.00pm, and 19 & 22 Jun, 7.30pm-9.30pm.

(b) Evening Lectures, 7.30pm-9.30pm: Missions on Mondays (10 Jul-6 Nov) by Rev Charles Seet; The Gospel According to Isaiah on Thursdays (13 Jul-2 Nov) by Pastor Tan Soon Yong.

Registration forms are available at the front of the Sanctuary. Please complete the form and place them in the box together with payment.

 

4)        Brother Tan Tiong Chin and family would like to thank the pastoral team, Session members and church for their condolences, presence and prayers during the homegoing of his father, Mr Tan Kay Tin.

 

5)        Sister Agnes Yeo and family would like to express their heartfelt “Thank You” to the pastoral team, Session members and fellow Lifers for their condolences, presence and prayers during the homegoing of her father, Mr Goh Puay Leng, on 28 May 2017.

 

 

Preaching appointments: Rev Seet at Batam.      Rev Khoo at Chinese BSF, 7.00 pm.

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

December 3 & 10 - Holy Living

Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, 2 Peter 3:11