Sunday, March 15, 2009

Next Step: Foursquare Gospel Church

Yes, I'm moving on. As the last post have informed you of my exodus, this would be my genesis.
Again, some of you would have already heard from someone else. It is not a secret but I just wanted to personally inform some people before making it official here on Lemuel Yee's official site. I will be joining a new church.



There, it's official.


I will be joining Foursquare Gospel Church, USJ. This church is part of a bigger group of churches headed by Pas. Henry Liew under the Shekinah Community Center group of churches. There are about 10 churches across Malaysia, but I will be based in the USJ branch. Foursquare is another denomination, but is pretty much the AG's twin. It is a classical Pentecostal church. So far from my observations it looks and feels like AG about 10 years ago.


Many people have asked me if I had some problems with the Assemblies of God (AG), and why I was joining a church from another denomination. Let me make it clear for everyone here. I don't have any problems with the AG, it's just a really big opportunity for me here and I am moving on because the door has opened up for me, and I believe God wants me to walk through this door.


I received the offer and have been considering this option since Chinese New Year. Two weeks ago (1st March), after Sunday service with Pas. Tony Chua (the missionary to Japan), Pas. Henry called me to ask me for a meeting later that night. At the meeting he asked me if I have made my decision about his offer. I figured that since everything was seemed to be falling in place so nicely and the timing seemed to almost be perfect, I decided to give him a positive answer. No point delaying it anymore as I had previously planned.

Pas. Henry proceeded to inform me that I “started this morning” (1st March), even though I was at Canaan that morning for service.

I have already been joining their cell groups for almost a month now, and the church is a small church, so I already know a majority of the church members now. However I continue to suffer from namenesia (suckiness in remembering names). But so far I must say that everyone has been overwhelmingly accepting and welcoming of us.


Melanie is very supportive of my move, and Mikayla seems to be happy with it as well. She tried out the baby room and was very comfortable with it, as if her own house. They are both such a great support and asset to my ministry. You won't believe the spell a cute baby can cast on people. People are just totally open to you when they see you have a cute baby! My parents have told me to just go for it and follow where God leads me. Their advice to me is just to take it one step at a time, which is what many are saying to me. This represents a new phase and a chance to do things differently and grow, so I guess I can try letting some things run their course instead of forcing everything along.


This week there will be a Foursquare Conference in Hotel Malaya, but I will miss out on it since I will be at the AG's Ministers' Retreat which I have signed up and already paid in full. However I will be going with a few of them to Thailand the very next week for a Foursquare South East Asian Leaders' Conference there. I will also be in Philippines on the first week of April. So it’s a busy, blurry few weeks. I will be missing much of the action in FGC but soon enough I’ll be back in the thick of it.


We would appreciate your prayers and support as we embark on this new phase in our lives and ministry. Again, feel free to call me, or email me if you have any questions. I would appreciate the opportunity to personally share with you about our new phase in our lives and ministry, and even how we could possibly partner together in the future.


Just for fun, I am posting scenes from FGC without any people. These pictures were taken just this morning before anyone arrived at church. But watch this space, soon the church members will start to appear.


20 comments:

Caryn said...

hey.... = )
Welcome to Foursquare USJ = D
Glad to have u and ur family together with us.. serving God together as one body and one family = D

yes! FAMILY = D

the ponteng-ed church wan said...

Woohooo!!!

Lemuel Yee Ngan Foong said...

Ahh... New readers!

Thank you for the open arms, you all have also been very understanding to allow me time to settle in.

Lots to learn and do, looking forward with anticipation.

hoyden said...

mannn your shots of our church makes me feel like we gotta revamp/re-deco a whole lotta stuff now.

Lemuel Yee Ngan Foong said...

I guess I have a talent for making things look bad...

Perhaps you all just got used to it. But my wife and I were talking about the deco a bit.

We could put it on our to-do list?

Stephen said...

His Grace is Enough!!!

hoyden said...

yeah definitely!

Ekaputra Tupamahu said...

Bro... May God use you even more in this new phase of your life.

best wishes,
Eka - from Indonesia

Lemuel Yee Ngan Foong said...

Thank you all for the encouragement... All I can say is "yes and amen!"

Jordan Quah said...

Hey hey, I haven't really been blogging or reading blogs for quite awhile. I heard about this from my mom so i decided to check your blog. Anyway, may God always bless you in everything you do.

Btw, I'll be coming back to Malaysia early April. I'll catch up with you for mamak and probably visit your new church. See you then.

Jo said...

the world is so small, 2 of my friends from uni told me they are attending the same church :D

Lemuel Yee Ngan Foong said...

LOL! Who are they? Next time maybe I can get some of them to come dota with us.

Jo said...

lol i dun think they are dota materials lol...

Lemuel Yee Ngan Foong said...

Got others who ARE dota players la... but who are the ones that you know?

Jo said...

deric and charis...charis was from canaan if i'm not mistaken...

Lemuel Yee Ngan Foong said...

Ooh...

Charis is PK as well, and Deric, is just Deric. He's in charge of the worship ministry.

The both of them are "deacons" at the church.

Most of the church are young people. So it's really dynamic. Hopefully can tap into their youths.

Jo said...

deric is not just deric :D he's deric john tan :D shall leave it to u to explore more :D

all the best and God bless in your ministry!

catcha said...

Hi there

I just got back from Australia and I'm looking for a nice church around the PJ area. Just wonder how different are the AOG churches from FGCs? Does your church move in the prophetic similar to the charismatics? Thanks

Lemuel Yee Ngan Foong said...

FGC is just the name of our church, the denomination is actually called "Foursquare". It is pretty much the twin of AOG. If you have been attending an AOG church then you can expect pretty much the exact same thing. As you read from the blog post, I too was from an AOG church.

Our church is made up of mostly young college students as well as fresh grads. I hope you will drop by for a visit. Check out another blog post to find out more about our address, our location, service times, etc.

Thanks for stopping by.
Pas. Lemuel Yee

catcha said...

Thanks ps for the reply. The thing is I live in SS2 and your church is miles away hehe. I came across Foursquare from a previous pastor of mine in Aus. I will drop by at your church if I do happen to go to that area. Thanks for the invitation again.