From 30 March to 3 April 2016, five Royal Rangers Commanders from Calvary Church, Commanders Eddy Law, Chin Yoke Yee, Ong Soon Aun, Esther Ong and Samuel Ngeow participated in a missions trip to Nepal lead by Jim Guneratnam, the coordinator for Royal Rangers Asia Pacific. This trip was organized to conduct Royal Rangers leadership training for them to start the ministry in Nepal.
Arriving one day before the training began, the team spent their first day navigating the traffic and the streets of Kathmandu, seeing the city which was ravaged by massive earthquakes just a year ago. For the next two day, 31 March and 1 April 2016, the team conducted Royal Rangers Fundamentals, the basic leadership training course and demonstrated the Royal Rangers ministry methods. A total of 52 leaders attended the training in order to learn more about the ministry and obtain the necessary tools to start the ministry. Upon the completion of the training, participants were recognised with certificates and were eager to return to their respective churches, ready to start the ministry.
On 2 April 2016, Commanders Jim Guneratnam and Eddy Law had the opportunity to share the message at two different churches at their worship service. Commander Samuel Ngeow was a blessing to the young people, sharing the message at the youth meeting that afternoon. The people were greatly blessed by our ministry. Before departing on 3 April 2016, we had the opportunity to meet with 25 pastors for the Kathmandu area at their monthly fellowship to share about the Royal Rangers ministry. The pastors were receptive and thankful for the availability of such a needful ministry to the children and youths.
We praise and thank God for His protection upon the team as well as a wonderful and fruitful missions trip, where the vision of the Royal Rangers ministry and tools for starting was imparted to leaders in Nepal. It is our continued hope and prayer that with God’s enabling, they will be able to reach, teach and keep the children and young people in Nepal for Christ.
During Calvary Family Camp 2015, our camp speaker Pastor David Sumrall was exposed to the Royal Rangers ministry as the Royal Rangers held their annual camp together with Family Camp. Seeing the effectiveness of the ministry in discipling children and youths, he invited us to his church, Cathedral of Praise (CoP), Manila to training their leaders to start the ministry.
Lead by Jim Guneratnam, who serves as Royal Rangers Asia Pacific Coordinator together with Commander Samuel Ngeow the team conducted an introductory course to the Royal Rangers ministry known as Ranger Fundamentals on 29 & 30 January 2016. A total of 15 leaders attended the training in order to learn more about the ministry and obtain the necessary tools to start the ministry. Upon the completion of the training, participants were recognised with certificates, carrying the eagerness to start the ministry to bless the children and youths from their church and community.
We praise and thank God for the opportunity to continue to grow and strengthen the Royal Rangers ministry in the Asia Pacific region.
After weeks of relentless training in the hills around Kuala Lumpur and Gunung Nuang, 26 Rangers and leaders from Outpost KL#1 embarked on an expedition to Mount Yong Yap, Peninsula Malaysia’s 6th highest mountain standing at 7,110 feet. The expedition lasted from 16th to 18th of July 2015, during the Hari Raya holidays.
Gathering at the wee hour of 4:00 a.m., we started our journey towards the assembly point at Kampung Raja, Cameron Highlands only to be deterred by the heavy traffic on the highways. However, the traffic and our lack of sleep did not dampen our anticipation for the hike. Upon reaching the assembly point, we savoured our last meal in human civilisation before heading into the forests.
The adventure officially started with the 4×4 ride to Pos Renggil, an orang asli village. It felt as if we were in Jurassic Park, without the dinosaurs. The strong wind in our faces and bumpy ride made the journey uneasy but nevertheless it was filled with laughter and giggles.
Rivers and more rivers to cross
At 1:00 p.m., we began to hike towards Kem Agas, the place we would call home for two nights. The hike up involved pushing through heavily overgrown ferns, bending over multiple deadfalls, avoiding thorns that could damage our attires and bags, and crossing multiple rivers. Following 6 hours of uphill trekking, we finally arrived at Kem Agas and settled for the night to prepare for the 2nd day: the conquest to the summit.
“A 10-hour hike awaits us”, our guide informed us on the second day. From 7.30 a.m. onwards, we braved ourselves through more river crossings and uphill climbs. The never-ending climb up was excruciating to bear, but we knew we could not afford to give up at that point of time. As we attained to higher elevation, we were rewarded with cool breeze and the sight of mossy forest. Yet, the last stretch to the peak was narrow and obstructed with boulders and fallen trees. The route was not straightforward; one had to survey the track to determine the best way to climb up.
With unwavering determination, we pushed on and finally reached the top of Mount Yong Yap! We took some time to appreciate our achievement and God’s creation. Not long after we summited, it started to rain heavily. The raindrops felt as heavy as marbles dropping unto our cheeks and the rain forced us to take shelter among the bushes. It was cold as we headed down the mud-filled and slippery trail. Our success of conquering the peak has given us the strength to keep calm and carry on. We returned to Kem Agas safely at 6:00 p.m. to rest for the day.
At 6:00 a.m. on the third day, we were ready to head back to civilisation. It took us 6 hours to arrive back at Pos Renggil and we celebrated our feat by bathing in the cool, refreshing river. God has displayed his awesomeness through nature and His protection upon us throughout this whole expedition. The sandfly bites may itch for a week, but the memories of Mount Yong Yap will stay with us for a lifetime.
There is a special ring to any event that has the word ‘first’ added to it. Such was the case for the KL#1 Father & Ranger Derby… It was the first of its kind for the KL#1 outpost, for Calvary Church and for Royal Rangers in Malaysia!
Ranger Derby is a project for Fathers & Rangers to design and build a car out of a block of pinewood before finally racing against other teams. This event is organised by Royal Rangers outposts all over the world and we are proud to be the first outpost in Malaysia to host this event.
It was also the first for most, if not all, of the participants. However, it being a first-time challenge did not deter an overwhelming 30 parents and 36 Rangers from signing up. This was shown in the superb workmanship that many teams put into the design of their cars.
Participants were given three weeks to design and build their car in time to submit for judging on Father’s Day 2015. Cars were given design specifications to meet, including the incorporation of the theme of the event, “Seek Ye First”. Pastor Peter Ong, Pastor Lee Peng and Councilman David Peter had a tough time judging scores for the 36 cars as some of the cars were very well designed.
The Derby race was held on the following Sunday. Praise God for the Multi-Purpose Hall of Calvary Convention Centre that was big enough to house the 30-foot long racetrack and over 200 parents and Rangers who were invited to witness the races. We were blessed to also have special guests with us, Senior Pastor and Sister as well as commanders from Selangor #9, Metro-tabernacle.
Excitement was in the air even before the race started as participants gathered around the Derby car display area to proudly point out their cars to their family and friends. The race began with Derby emcee Commander Samuel Soong and Race Manager Commander Kah Yun welcoming the audience and explaning the rules for the race.
The names of each car owner were read out as the cars were prepared for each race. Cars were categorised and raced according to the respective groups, Ranger Kids, Discovery Rangers and Adventure Rangers. Kids would gather around the finish line area, especially those whose cars were next up to race, so they could get a first-hand witness to see which car would pass through first.
At the end of all heats, a final race was held to determine the Race Champion. It comprised of the first placed winners from each Heat category. It was certainly a fun-filled first family event!
The Discovery Training Camp was held as part of the Rangers programme in conjunction with Church Camp 2015.
The goal of the DTC is to give Rangers an opportunity to experience leadership and teamwork.
The 20 Rangers that attended DTC were divided into 3 team patrols and were required to create patrol songs, yells and flags as a group.
The level of teamwork displayed was amazing as the children rose to the challenge to complete the patrol tasks; some even took the initiative to meet before breakfast and sit together during meal times to practice their songs and yells.
Everyday duties were rotated among patrol members so each ranger received a chance to serve either as a patrol leader or quartermaster or scribe.
The Rangers also participated in Olympic Games and class activities that were designed to teach teamwork and objective principles like making right decisions and punctuality.
The highlight was the council of fire held on the last night of camp. This is the time the patrols presented their songs and yells and skits they have prepared.
During the campfire, Chaplain Pastor Steven Kum shared a devotion about how a nice car may look good on the outside but without fuel, it will not run. Similarly having medals and merits will look good on the outside but without the Holy Spirit we cannot run the Christian life.
By the end of the camp, the patrol teams had done well in their teamwork and leadership and this was reflected in the hard work and dedication they had put together during the 3 days.
This effort was reflected in each of the 3 patrol teams all receiving the Gold Medal of Excellence from the Camp Commander which they proudly could display on their patrol banner.