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2018-07 Newsletter

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1. Partnering in Disaster Relief.

1a. CREST thanks NECF and look forward to continual partnership in disaster relief. A 15-foot long fiberglass boat equipped with 15HP Suzuki Engine, 2 paddles, 6 life jackets was delivered to CREST’s new office in Klang. This boat will be used for training, water surface rescue, food delivery and emergency evacuation.

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Left: Rev. Andy Chi, Secretary-General NECF
Right: CK Cheong, Executive Director CREST

Boat Accessories

1b. We also thank Reverend Woo Kit Siang of Segamat Wesley Methodist Church for inviting CREST to share God’s word on the night of 13 July. The following day, the church hosted a 2 hour discussion on setting up a local coordination center (LCC) in Segamat. About 20 church members attended this discussion. We thank God for His wisdom and may His church in Segamat be raised up to be His ambassador of love during crisis.

1c. CREST was invited by the Social Concern Committee, General Conference of the Churches of Methodist Malaysia to present our partnership in crisis. Bishop Ong, Mr Jacob Lee and representatives from Sabah Provisional AC, Sarawak CAC, Sarawak Iban AC & Chinese AC, attended this fruitful meeting. CREST has committed to provide further training to the Methodist group in 2019.

2. Wilderness Survival Search & Rescue.

WISSAR 3 was held at Sungai Congkak Recreational Forest in Hulu Langat on 7 and 8 July. 12 participants had a taste of camping at the fringe of the jungle and living on bare necessities under the watchful eyes of the facilitators. The rainy weather brought added value to the training even though the night jungle walk had to be abandoned half way.

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Camping under the stars and using whatever they can find to keep the fire going to cook a meal.

Learning how to use the GPS and walkie talkies.

3. Prayers

6-12 Aug 2018, CK Cheong will lead a team of 4 to provide relief to those affected by the flooding in Attapeu, Laos. Logistics and accessibility to the villages will be a challenge. Pray for unity among the team, our local partner and the wisdom of God to be His light and salt for the people of Laos.

4-9 Aug 2018, CREST will join Asia Pacific Baptist Aid Philippines on an assessment trip to Ormoc followed by a visit to beneficiaries of our livelihood project in East Samar. Pray for God’s wisdom in how we can assist in building capacity and resilience in communities vulnerable to disasters; pray for favorable weather and God’s protection as the team travels by air, sea and road.

In Him We Serve,
CK Cheong
Executive Director

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