GOD Chose a FAMILY of 5 MEMBERS to PREACH to a PARALYTIC
GOD CHOSE THE WORKERS
God chose a family of 5 members to preach to a partially paralysed woman. The father and two daughters recently arrived in Toronto from Malaysia. The son had been living in Houston and was on a visit to the family while the other daughter was already living in Toronto. There was no non denominational Chinese church in Canada at the time of the arrival of the family.
The father was in his seventies and he has eight children. He was an English teacher in a Methodist Boys School and a deacon in a non denominational Christian church. He had been a deacon for over 30 years before migrating to Canada. As a deacon he performed all the duties of a minister presiding over Holy Communion, preaching in church, overseeing funerals, and casting out demons and visiting the members in smaller towns. During this time, most of the churches in Malaysia had unpaid deacons presiding over the churches. His duties as a teacher ended at about 2.00 pm for school started at 7:30 a.m. He then devoted his time to the church.
MANY PROFESSIONALS LEFT MALAYSIA AND EMIGRATED TO OTHER COUNTRIES
The Chinese people were fairly influential in Malaysia during the British occupation of Malaysia. Most of the professionals like doctors, lawyers, dentists were all Chinese. Our family, being educated in English for three generations and many not knowing how to read or write in Chinese do not have the option of going to China. Some Chinese migrated to Australia, United Kingdom and Canada where they might be able to fit into the society because of their knowledge of English.
My parents, two brothers and two sisters all migrated to Canada in the early seventies. Two other sisters stayed behind to be with their husbands, but the second youngest sister also migrated to Canada later while the youngest sister and her husband went to live in Melbourne, Australia. Our ancestors had been living in Malaysia for four generations until after the Second World War when Britain gave Malaysia back to the natives.
FIRST TORONTO DOWNTOWN CONDOMINIUM
Sis. Ngan Ching Chan lived alone in the first Toronto downtown condominium building where the family also lived. The family paid a deposit price of half the cost of the apartment as a church prayer house. The apartment was bought in 1977 before the church was registered in 1979. There was not enough members to be registered as a church. When the membership reached 20, we registered with the government as a church.
The building is located in a very short distance from the house where Sir Frederick Grant Banting, the discoverer of insulin used to live on 73 Homewood Avenue, Toronto. The Banting House was purchased by Toronto University in the 1920's as accommodation for the faculty. It is an elegant superb building constructed in the Edwardian era. At present the house is converted into a Bed and Breakfast Inn owned and operated by a gay owner. It has a four star rating and is highly acclaimed.
Banting House, Toronto
Road Map of Banting House. Toronto
SISTER CHAN'S ILLNESS
Unable to speak English, Sis. Chan sought help from my sister Julie to write cheques for her condo fees every month. Sis. Chan was married to a man who was thirty years older and he went to live in Yee Hong Retirement Home. She had only one son, daughter in law and three grandchildren who moved to Sarnia in Southern Ontario, west of Windsor.
One day her son contacted us by phone to ask us to visit her in the Wellesley Hospital as he was living more than five hours away from Toronto. Sis. Chan, a laundress was ironing clothes in her work place when she had a stroke and was admitted to the hospital. She had partial paralysis on the left side of the body, high blood pressure and also diabetes.
My two sisters, Estella, Julie and I took turns to visit her in the hospital which was only a block from our home. I preached to her about Jesus Christ and the church. We taught her to pray in the name of Jesus Christ and that she could ask for help any time whenever she had any problems. She was told Jesus was always around whenever she needed help. She was encouraged to pray to Jesus often. She was asked to pray in Jesus name and say, "Hallelujah! and speak to Jesus as a personal friend about her problems." She believed in Jesus Christ and was healed of her partial paralysis.
When she was released from the hospital, my father Dn. Zacchaeus Wong visited her and preached the good news of salvation. She told us that many preachers had visited and asked her to go to their church, but she refused them all because our family was the first to try to reach out to her and visited her often when she was in the hospital.
THE FIRST CONVERSION
At that time our church was not registered yet in Toronto and there were no other members in Toronto. My father, Dn. Zacchaeus conducted the service every evening for our family of seven. When my brother from Houston visited us, we asked Sis. Chan whether she would like to be baptized. She confessed her sins, believed and accepted Jesus Christ as her Saviour and was baptized on the 12th of August, 1975 in the Beaches in Lake Ontario. Before her baptism she had many idols in her apartment for she was a Buddhist. She was asked to throw away all her idols and she replied she was afraid to do so, so my brother then took all her idols and put them into a bag and threw them into the garbage chute.
Jesus Christ was baptized in the river Jordan by John the Baptist. According to the Bible, baptism should be done fully immersed in the water to wash away the sins. The mode of baptism was immersion (John 3:23; Matthew 3:15-16). However, there is a difference in the significance between John's baptism and that of Jesus Christ (Acts19:3-5). Baptism is carried in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins while John's baptism is for repentance.
Remission of Sins
1. The remission of sins only comes from the precious blood of the Lord Jesus (Ephesians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:18,19).
2. The precious blood of Jesus Christ purges the baptized from sins by means of water in baptism (Hebrews 9;13, 14; 10:19-22; Zechariah 13:1; 1 John 5:6-8).
3. Baptism can have the effect of remission of sins, and wash away sins (Acts 2:38; 22:16).
During baptism, it is important to invoke the name of Jesus because to have the sins cleansed and the person to be baptized must believe that there is the blood of Christ in the water during baptism. When Jesus was already dead on the cross, one of the soldiers pierced his side, and forth came out blood and water. Does blood flow from a dead person? No!
This is he that came by water and blood, even Jesus Christ; not by water only, but by water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is truth (i John 5:6).
God used the father to preach, the son to conduct the baptism and the three daughters to make the contact in order to bring Sis. Ngan Ching Chan to be baptized in the church. All members in the family played a different role but each is still important in the house of God.
All glory to the Lord God for she was healed of her paralysis and she became part of the household of God. Hallelujah!
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