MISSING : A PASTOR
But know this in the last days perilous times will come…
Yes all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution
(2 Tim 3:1,12)
The mysterious abduction of Pastor Raymond Koh in broad daylight last week has shocked the Christian community throughout Malaysia. What could the motive be? He was a dedicated pastor who worked among the poor and needy, often sacrificially. Up to now there has been no news from his captors, no demand for ransom, no contact with his wife and family. Nothing. He was a simple man who lived a modest lifestyle; his ministry was given to the poor and marginalized, so it is unlikely money was the reason for his disappearance. He had no known enemies, was never involved in any nefarious activities. It leaves the mystifying possibility that some quarters have taken exception to his ministry to the poor which has reached all segments of our society.
The police up to now have been unable to trace the whereabouts of Pastor Koh or question any suspects involved in this abduction. His wife has issued a tearful plea on the internet news for his safe return. This is a new trajectory in our nation; such an incident involving a pastor has never happened before in our land. Does this put some pastors at risk? Is reaching to the poor with the good news of salvation and acts of mercy now something that carries with it unseen dangers from other quarters?
Let us intercede for our brother and his family. The Malaysian Church as a whole has been strangely silent in the face of this disturbing event. May I ask all of us as we enter into our 24/7 slots in SkyHop to include Pastor Raymond Koh, his wife Susanna and daughter Esther in our prayers and also for continuous and earnest supplications to be made for his safety. For in the body of Christ, “If one member suffers, then all the members suffer…” (1 Cor 12:26). Time for us to stand in the gap.
2017 YEAR OF OVERFLOWING LIFE
Ps Dr Philip Lyn