Aspiring pastor and his family adjust to MCO requirements

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 09 Apr 2020

(From left) Lam with his wife Joan Lew, 43, daughter Chanel, 10, sister-in-law Samantha Yeoh, 45, father-in-law Danny Lew, 71, mother-in-law Jacqueline Ong, 68, and brother-in-law Marcus Lew, 40, praying while following a recorded sermon at their home.

GOOD Friday tomorrow holds a special meaning for Kenneth Lam, 43, who will be completing a 21-day fast and prayer obligation with his family.

The former interior designer who aspires to become a pastor said while staying home during the movement control order (MCO) period, he had been skipping breakfast and having simple lunches and dinners daily.

“Despite recovering from liver problems, I insisted on leading the family in fasting and praying as a small sacrifice for God during the Christian Lent season.

“My family and I embraced Christianity in 2015 and I have seen God’s favour in our lives that I now do church work on a full-time basis.

“I joined the church’s 21-day fast and prayer to listen for God’s confirmation for me to take up a pastoral role in the church, ” he said during an online Holy Week service at his house in Lengkok York, Penang.

Apart from being the facilities manager and youth leader at Excel Point Community Church, Lam is also part of their social media team that produces pre-recorded sermons for YouTube upload.

During the MCO, most churches have been actively beaming sermons and conducting online services via social media applications such as WhatsApp, Facebook Live, YouTube, Instagram and their respective websites.

“Every year, our church Easter celebration is marked with a short drama.

Lam (right) with his family members following a recorded praise and worship session during the MCO at their house in Lengkok York, George Town. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The StarLam (right) with his family members following a recorded praise and worship session during the MCO at their house in Lengkok York, George Town. — Photos: ZHAFARAN NASIB/The Star

“For this year’s drama, I was supposed to play the part of Jesus. But just after we finished our first rehearsal, the MCO came into force and the drama had to be called off, ” he said.

Lam also missed out on decorating the church for Easter due to the MCO.

He said that this year, the church’s Good Friday service led by senior pastor Sam Surendran would be available via YouTube from 8pm tomorrow while the early Easter service would be available from 5pm on Saturday.

“As we follow the sermons via mobile gadgets and smart TVs in our homes, we will also join in the Holy Communion for Easter Sunday with the pastor virtually leading us through the ceremony, ” he said.

Lam added that joining online services was definitely not the same as meeting up with fellow members in person at church.

“But the online services teach us to be more disciplined in following the recorded service.

“We can also replay the sermons as well as the praise and worship sessions at any time suitable to us, ” he said.

Lam said that in previous years, he would join fellow cell group members for an Easter luncheon but this year, he and his family would just have a simple home-cooked meal.

The Holy Week started with Palm Sunday followed by Maundy Thursday today.

It continues with Good Friday tomorrow and culminates with Easter on Sunday.

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