“I have found that there are three stages in every great work of God: first, it is impossible, then it is difficult, then it is done” (Hudson Taylor)
What a special day this is! Skyline Mandarin starts today! So exciting! We also have Tan Sri Tan Koon Swan as her inaugural guest speaker. At last, after sixteen years of Skyline English, we have a new sister congregation! A little sister that will one day grow into a major partner. One church two congregations! A Mandarin congregation is in some ways, a more natural birth in this city than an English one. The bulk of non-indigenous people in KK speak Mandarin. English is really only a “third” language after Bahasa Malaysia (the administrative language) and Mandarin (the business language). But God has grown Skyline English (SE) so that today we are over nine hundred strong; a significant presence in a city that is not primarily English speaking!
It’s been a wonderful and incredibly amazing journey over the years. Growth in SE has come about as a result of clear vision, a united and strong leadership, solid teachings, passionate Sunday celebrations, vibrant small groups and above all a S.K.Y.L.I.N.E culture of Sacrifice, Kneel, Yahoo, Love, Inspire, Never-give-up and an E-Culture of Empowerment, Enthusiasm and Evangelism. Prayer has always been central. Without praying together we would never have grown in faith and weathered past storms. As Skyline Mandarin (SM) launches today, we must unite in prayer once more!
SM will carry the same S.K.Y.L.I.N.E culture and core values as SE. We are after all, blood siblings. Her success is our success. Her growth means our extension into this city; we will now reach those we couldn’t reach before. Our vision is hers. Acts 10:34-36 (NLT) tells us that: “God shows no favouritism” and that “in every nation (and ethnic tongue), He accepts all who fear Him.” The Good News is for all. And so today, we launch our own Chinese version so that the Mandarin-speaking people in our city might grow to “Love God, Make Disciples and Transform Communities”!
2017 YEAR OF OVERFLOWING LIFE
Ps Dr Philip Lyn