Lee Kuan Yew delivered a keynote address at the World Ethics and Integrity Forum 2005 yesterday in Kuala Lumpur.
Lee said then-President Ferdinard Marcos of the Philippines only had an annual salary of USD5,000 (RM19,000). He asked, “Do you believe he was living within his means?” His own answer – “Look at his wife”.
This seems to have nothing to do with my posting this evening. But I am asking you –
Look at these women.
We are hosting the GB Asia Fellowship in Sibu starting today until 2nd May. I have the chance to do a quick posting here because the Chairman of Asia Fellowship, Mrs Sally Chew is still in Kuala Lumpur waiting for a flight to Sibu. She is supposed to touch down Sibu at 5:20 pm and our dinner has earlier been fixed at 6:00 pm. Other groups from Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam, Hong Kong and West Malaysia are arriving at 9:00 pm. The International President, Ms Hee Piang Ching would arrive here tomorrow after her official trip to ChiangMai.
These women are all playing many roles in their lives. These roles include wife, mother, boss to someone, employees, daughter. Yet, week after week, they work faithfully with young girls teaching them about life and about Christ.
Look at these women. They travel from near and far to meet to discuss Girls’ Brigade matters, to sharpen their saw and to have fellowship. That’s why it’s call GB Asia Fellowship.
The Asia Fellowship meets twice every year. We met in Singapore last December.
Some women enjoy living alone with their own privacy being able to do what they want when they want. But it is hard for GB to be a hermit GB. We need each other to navigate the spiritual rocky bumps.
Fellowship in GB means women – imperfect but important fellow travellers on the highway to heaven. The fellowship provides encouragement and support for each other. The fellowship provides and environment for healthy spiritual growth. The fellowship provides the chance to be trained in the art of love and sservice. The fellowship provides a ground of togetherness and caring.
For the next three days, these women will worship together. They will pray together. They will eat together. They will discuss GB matter. They will discuss GB international business. They will sharpen their saw. They will study the words of God.
Look at these women. They relinquish the anxieties, distractions and busyness of the day and empty themselves completely on their Lord. These women lean, rest and rely upon Him. And as they listen, talk and ponder, these simple women learn the truth of what it meant “to abide in Him and He in them”.