In March this year, our daughter Sophia started vomiting in the middle of the night and subsequently became unconscious. We rushed her to the hospital and discovered that she had a bleed in her brain due to a ruptured abnormal blood vessel in her head. Over the next six weeks, Sophia underwent four different surgeries on her head. It was such a painful and miserable time for her and for us. There were many doubts and fears. However, through those difficult times, we saw the hand of God upon Sophia and our family.

On the fourth day in hospital, Sophia developed a high fever because of meningitis. She was asleep most of the time and when she was awake, she would just stare into the space and occasionally blink to answer questions. Sophia’s grandma arrived from Malaysia the next day, and she started to sing ‘Jesus Loves Me’. Suddenly, Sophia opened her eyes, her face brightened up and she started singing the entire song with grandma in a clear voice! She then drifted back to sleep. On another day, upon waking up, we asked her, “Sophia, you had a long sleep, what did you dream about?”, and she answered, “Jesus!”

Sophia gradually got better over the next few days, but the fluid draining from her head remained very blood-stained. The surgeons said that if it did not clear up, she would need a permanent shunt – which means more surgery. So we prayed, and we asked for those around us to pray with us. One Sunday morning, I got a text message from Sophia’s grandfather, in which he prayed that the fluid would “clear up immediately”. True enough, from that moment on, the fluid started to clear up. From being a deep red fluid, it became orange the very next hour, and by the next day, it was clear. Praise the Lord!

Another challenge came when Sophia developed a deep wound infection. She was in pain and the thought of needing another surgery felt unjust. I asked God why these things were happening. In my not-so-humble opinion, a little 3-year-old should be spared from all this pain and suffering! Yet God in His grace, brought me back to His word in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him…” It gave me peace and reassurance to know that God is in control of every situation!

After having undergone a few surgeries, Sophia had difficulty with balance and coordination for many weeks. She could walk only if she held on to our hands, and when she tried to walk by herself, she would stagger and fall over. The rehabilitation specialist told us that balance is one of the most difficult things to rehabilitate, and it would take some time before Sophia regains her balance and coordination. One night, as I was praying about this in her room, I felt this great sense of joy and peace. The next morning, I picked her up to go to the toilet, but she said, “Mummy, remember you said today I am going to walk everywhere?” So I set her down, and I noticed right away that she was much steadier in her walking. There was no swaying to the left or to the right. By the end of the morning, she was walking all by herself without holding on to anything or anyone. Praise the Lord!

Today, Sophia is back to her loud, joyful, running, jumping, climbing self again. We would like to thank everyone who stood alongside us in prayer, and for visiting us in the hospital.

Erik & Chia Ying Fung
Family 2, Willawong Service

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Thursday, 5 July

Registration: 8:30am
Session 1: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 2: 11:00am
Lunch: 12:00pm
Breakout Sessions: 1:00pm
Free Time: 3:00pm
Dinner: 4:45pm
Session 3: 6:00pm

Friday, 6 July

Session 4: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 5: 11:00am (demographic spheres)
Lunch: 12:00pm
Breakout Sessions: 1:30pm (optional)
Free Time: 2:45pm
Dinner: 4:45pm
Session 6: 6:00pm (Missions)

Saturday, 7 July

Session 7: 9:00am
Break: 10:40am
Session 8: 11:20am
Closing: 12:05pm
Lunch: 12:20pm

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Breakout & Demographics Spheres

Day 1 / Breakout Topics

/ Parenting Children with Challenging Behaviour

/ Enjoying Parenting Babies

/ Handling Peer Pressure

/ Sharing Hope in Crisis

/ Speaking Truth in Love in light of Same-Sex Marriage

/ Apologetics

/ Simplify Your Life for the Gospel

/ Discipling Millennnials

Day 2 / Demographic Spheres

/ Family - Getting Real about Marriage

/ Working Adults - The Ministry of Work

/ Students - Missions at Tough Places

/ Youth - Ready to Soar at your Next Life Station

Day 2 / Breakout Topics (Optional)

/ I want to communicate God's Word to others in a helpful way

/ I want to finance God's kingdom (working adults)

/ I want to raise godly children (families)

/ I want to help someone out of addiction

/ I want to reach communities

/ I want to reach out to my colleagues (working adults)

/ I want to reach out through creative medium

/ I want to reach out to my parents/siblings.

This session is to provide the avenue for people who are passionate about living out love on a particular frontline, to come together and exchange practical ideas of doing it personally or together.

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RAVI SUNDAR

Rev. D. Ravi Sundar is a leader with zeal, committed to God-given vision and founded Shalom Church in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India in the year 2001. Pastor Ravi is a well-known and well-respected preacher who has traveled to over 16 nations declaring the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ in Churches, sharing principles of leadership at Seminars, encouraging pastors conducting prayer drives and planted 76 churches across the countries Sri Lanka, Fiji and Philippines.

A shepherd at heart, he identifies and understands the challenges of pastoral ministry and makes every effort to uplift pastors and their families. He strongly believes that Church must make an impact on society. The ministry of Pastor Ravi reaches to thousands of people across India and his messages are a blessing to the sick, the brokenhearted and to those who are helpless.

 

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SIMON ENG

Pastor Simon Eng graduated as a Civil Engineer from Melbourne, Australia. In 1992, together with a team, they pioneered Hope Kuching and the church has successfully produced many leaders and pioneers to this day. In 2001, Pastor Simon and family moved back to Kuala Lumpur to be the Senior Pastor of Hope Kuala Lumpur. Pastor Simon is currently also the President of Hope International Ministries. He travels extensively to minister to various regional churches of Hope. He loves to build God’s people and is actively serving to fulfill God’s Great Commission.

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WILSON LIM

Pastor Wilson Lim is the founding and senior pastor for Hope Church in Brisbane and also serves as an Elder with Hope International Ministries. He was a former research scientist with CSIRO. Pastor Wilson also serves on the Board of a community services organization, Australian Care and Trauma Services (ACTS) and previously on an interdenominational Bible college. He is recognised for his balanced, in-depth teaching and engaging-style of expository preaching. His passion is teaching, equipping leaders and building the church.  He travels extensively to minister to HIM churches in different parts of the world.

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