Batu Pahat is a small township in Johor, Malaysia, about 130km northeast of Singapore. Batu Pahat Prayer House has a total congregation of about twenty (including observers). The members congregate for weekly services on Friday night as well as on Saturday afternoon. As there is shortage of workers in Batu Pahat, Batu Pahat prayer house requires assistance especially in the area of religious education work and pulpit ministry.
In the area of pulpit ministry, speakers from Singapore are scheduled to speak on the 3rd and 5th Saturday of the month, whilst the preacher pastoring Southern Region – Pr Joel Chong, the deacons and members from Johore Bahru will take turns to speak on other weeks, including Friday nights.
In the area of Religious Education Work, trained RE teachers and trainee teachers from Singapore are arranged to teach on every 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th week of the month, while teachers from Johor Bahru and Batu Pahat will teach on the 4th week of the month. In 2012, there is a total of 2 RE classes in Batu Pahat with a total enrollment of 9 students. The Intermediate youth class has a total enrollment of 4 students (2 members, 2 observers) and the Observer class has a total enrollment of about 5 students (all observers who started coming regularly in 2012).
We thank God for moving twenty willing members in Singapore, to take turn to make half-day trips on Saturday to support the church work in Batu Pahat prayer house. On the average, a teacher from Singapore is scheduled to teach once every three months and a driver is scheduled to drive twice every three months.
For 2013, the above mentioned arrangement with Batu Pahat prayer house will remain. Batu Pahat prayer house intends to commence a 3rd RE class for students aged 3 to 7 years old, this new class will be solely taught by our members in Batu Pahat.
We thank God that Bro Leonard and Bro Steven from Adam Road has agreed to participate in this ministry in 2013 as drivers. We will also like to recruit more teachers in the near future so as to involved younger youths in this ministry, and to lessen the burden of the existing teachers going to Batu Pahat.
Members are encouraged to pray for God's guidance in the Batu Pahat Ministry in 2013 and the growth and development of Batu Pahat Prayer House.