A team of Royal Rangers commanders led by Commander Stephanie designed and made a nativity scene for Calvary’s Christmas Decoration contest.Participating teams were challenged to re-create a nativity scene using different country themes. Royal Rangers selected the country of Sweden.The concept of the scene depicts a manger located next to a fully occupied inn. Swedish elements featured the country’s flag, Dala horses, the IKIA inn (IKEA) and Swedish costumes.Recycled materials used reflect the country’s commitment to recycling 90% waste. The entire stable, manger crib, the characters and animals and surrounding decorations were made out of ice-cream sticks, while the inn was made out of milk cartons. The team’s Royal Rangers emblem was made out of aluminum cans to look like the “Star”.
To add flavour to the stable, the backdrop featured a back-lit wall with an outlined cross that lit up while it was displayed in the CCC concourse area.Congratulations for winning 2nd place and thank you to all commanders who participated.
“On a cold Christmas day in Sweden Whilst IKIA has a fully occupied inn The manger next door is humbly occupied by parents Whose child is born, whose Son is given”
On the 15th December, 19 Discovery Rangers led by Outpost Commander Kah Yun and 10 other commanders, went on an advancement camp in Pasir Putih Resort, Kalumpang to complete their advancement merits.
Prior to the departure for camp, our Outpost Chaplain, Pastor Steven shared a devotional thought emphasizing the importance of teamwork amongst the campers and encouraged them to help each other. He later prayed for the safety of the camp.
The three day & two night camp with the theme “Alight” which is based on John 8:12 provided inspiration for the Rangers to complete their fire craft and lashing merits. Although most of them were first time campers, they managed well and also completed their tasks. Commander Chee Wah demonstrated the Imu Fire or cooking pit as an introduction to cooking their food. On the second day, lunch was prepared and delivered by Commander Stephanie and her ‘food truck’.
The Rangers not only managed to start their own fires, but had to maintain them by feeding wood when necessary. The Rangers were later assisted by the commanders in their lashing projects before taking a well deserved dip in the nearby river to cool off, under the supervision of the commanders.
On the second night, a council fire was held with some leaders arriving the scene dressed as ‘cavemen’. The skit depicted the ‘cavemen’ discovering fire and thus, found hope. Senior Commander Jason shared a devotion on Jesus Christ being the light in our lives which saw 7 Rangers responding to accept our Lord as their personal Saviour.
Queing up for breakfast
The objectives of the camp were met and the Discovery Rangers had many memorable moments during the camp. Most importantly, we learned that Jesus Christ is the hope and light in our lives. To God Be the Glory!
On December the 13th a group of Expedition Rangers attended a leadership course that helped the Rangers learn leadership skills that would help in a role such as being a commander if the so wish to be when they come out of the Expedition Rangers outpost.
There were four parts to this course. Each of these parts started off with an activity. The reason for these activities are to understand the importance of a leader. For example the game Magic Carpet, the goal of the game is to flip a carpet while a number of people stand on it. The carpet would never be flipped when everyone is screaming their own idea unless there is one person that guides everyone to do what needs to be done.
After an activity, we had a discussion of the following topics which are the social distinctive – helping people win, equipping distinctive – reproducing leaders, attitude distinctive – being empowered with God’s help, and lastly, the leadership distinctive – empowerment. And each part was concluded with a devotional thought on the respective topics.
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.