Batu Pahat is a developing town in Johor, Malaysia, situated about 130km northwest of Singapore. Batu Pahat Prayer House has a total congregation of about twenty members. The members congregate regularly for services on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. The prayer house in Batu Pahat requires outside assistance especially in the area of religious education work and pulpit ministry due to a shortage of local workers.
In the area of pulpit ministry, speakers from Singapore are scheduled to speak on the 3rd and 5th Saturday of the month, whilst Pr Nahum Lim, the preacher pastoring Southern Region and the deacons and members from Johor Bahru would take turns to speak on other weeks, including Friday nights.
In the area of Religious Education Work, RE teachers from Singapore are arranged to teach on every 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 5th week of the month. On the 4th week of every month, the Batu Pahat members themselves would conduct lessons for the students who are observers. In the year 2013, there were 2 RE classes in Batu Pahat with a total enrolment of 7 students. The Intermediate youth class had an enrolment of 4 students (2 members, 2 observers) and the Observer class had an enrolment of 3 students who had been attending to church on ad-hoc basis since 2012.
All praises be given to God, four RE teachers were recruited to the Batu Pahat missionary team. They are Sis Linda Kim, Bro Xiong An, Bro Lian Wei and Sis Phoebe. With this new recruit, each teacher is scheduled to teach once every three months. The drivers to fetch these teachers are scheduled to drive twice every three months to Batu Pahat.
For 2014, Batu Pahat Religious Education in-charge is looking to commence a regular RE class for students aged 3 to 7 years old. With the consent of the parents (one of whom is a member of the church), the brethren take turns to fetch the children who are aged 3 to 7 years so that regular RE classes could be conducted for these children.
With this arrangement, Singapore RE Teachers would teach the Intermediate Youth Class and the new RE class, whilst the Batu Pahat members would teach the observers class.
Kindly that God would continue to guide the Batu Pahat ministry in 2014. Amen!