A letter from Hendry

Dear Friends,

Greetings in the matchless Name of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. 

I would like to thank my support group and the Churches for your prayers, generosity and love.  I would like to outline my Sabbatical journey. It was truly exciting, challenging and occasionally scary and sometimes felt utterly hopeless. I left United Kingdom on the 20th of May 2019 to Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia. I spent the first ten days in preparing myself physically and mentally to visit East Malaysia.

East Malaysia - Sarawak

Kuching – I spent a week in Kuching with a friend Pastor R. Steven who has been working among the Tamils people for the past 3 years.  As soon as I reached Kuching, Sarawak; we started our visitation and prayer ministry.  I spoke at their meetings the next five evenings and during the day time, we visited homes and hospitals.  Most of them are not yet Christians but have started to attend Worship Services and Bible Studies.

Bintulu – I spent the next week at Bintulu.  Upon arrival at the airport, I was met by Missionary Jerry who is my nephew and Pastor Peter.  We travelled by a four wheel drive for four hours to a village known as Long Peran.  The tribal people there are known as Penan.  They are the smallest tribe in Sarawak.  These are the people who were displaced during the building of the Bakun damp.  When they were asked to move, the government promised them schools, hospitals and roads.  After seven years, none of the promises have been fulfilled.  These people have been exploited and given empty promises. Praise God for the dedicated ministry of Pastor Peter and his wife.

Sibu – At Sibu, I was met by a group of eight Mission partners from Kuala Lumpur, West Malaysia. From Sibu, we took a high speed ferry and travelled along the Rejang River which is the longest river in Malaysia to Kapit.  It was 142 miles by river.  The tribal group here are known as Ibans who are the largest tribe in Sarawak.  We managed to minister to a number of villages.  I also had the privilege of ministering to a group of Pastors and leaders.  At another gathering, I had the opportunity to motivate, challenge and encourage a group of Christian teachers.  Praise God that we were also able to do some networking among the tribal people. 

Please pray for the ongoing ministry in East Malaysia.


West Malaysia

In West Malaysia, I had the privilege of conducting Revival and Healing Services at eight Churches at different parts of the country. The Kuala Lumpur Methodist Church organised a three days retreat on Spiritual Gifts.  During my time in West Malaysia, I also did some walking and hill climbing.

South Korea

In South Korea, Rita and our son Joshua joined me.  We had the joy of visiting the largest Church in the world – Yoido Full Gospel Church with a membership of 830,000.  Spiritually, the most amazing time was visiting the Prayer Mountain.  The Yoido Church provides coaches to take people to the Prayer Mountain.  Throughout the day, there are one to two thousand Prayer Warriors praying and interceding for the world and Churches.  On the mountain, there is a powerful prayer atmosphere.  There are over hundred Prayer Grottos (Prayer Closets) for anybody to go on a Prayer Retreat. On the Prayer Mountain Chapel, they have regular Worship Services which were solely in Korean language. All we could understand was the Name JESUS and that was sufficient. We felt united and one with them.  In the Name of JESUS, there is Love, Joy, Peace, Hope, Healing, Salvation, Eternal Life, Forgiveness and more……… 

 Finally, my Sabbatical, gave me the opportunity not only to minister to people but I myself was ministered too.  It was truly a spiritual experience which is ongoing. There are many things that I do not know, but the Name JESUS is sufficient.  Please continue to pray for our ministries.

In His Vineyard

Hendry Ponniah