Tuesday, September 13, 2011

PROMISES

All of us experienced down seasons in our lives,
what do you do when you feel discouraged?

I will look at these!









It reminded me of His promises. And it never fails to lift me up again and again!

"Do not neglect your gift, which was given you through prophecy when the body of elders laid their hands on you."
- 1 Tim 4:14

"But he who prophesies speaks edification and exhortation and comfort to men."
- 1 Cor 14:3

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Loving Your People

Love begets love. When you love your people genuinely, they will love you back.

Over the years, the fact has been proven to me again and again. From many whose names I could not remember, and faces I could not identify, have come words of thanks and blessings for my loving for them and the prayers for them in their darkest hours.

I'm not trying to blow my own trumpet. But just want to respond to a dangerous trend of leadership - where leaders wants to be served and standing 'too tall' from the people in his or her flock, or standing 'too far' that the people could not get close.

The truth is that years from now... no, I think weeks from now - your people will scarcely remember the sermons you preached. But I promise, they will never forget the love you showed them, the encouragement you gave them and the time you've spent on them.

Love your people. The will love you back.

"It is right for me to feel this way about all of you, since I have you IN MY HEART." (Philippians 1:7)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Hello 30's, Goodbye 20's!


Many says that once you hit 20, your twenties will get by very fast.
That's absolutely true!



Celebrated my 30th Birthday (29 May 2011)


I'm now officially upgraded to Version 3.0.
With lots of improvements done since Version 2.0. That's for sure!

The past 10 years, lots of ups and downs
(I believe everyone has their own stories)


But the past 1 decade has been an amazing season of preparation for greater things ahead.

I've decided to archive the history and share the highlights with you.

The Happening Twenties (2001 - 2011)

2001 (20 yrs old)

  • Went abroad to Melbourne, Australia to pursue my Degree in Multimedia Arts upon receiving my Diploma in SAE International College in KL in year 2000. Scored 4-HDs in Swinburne University of Info. Technology, Melbourne.
  • Attended “You’re My World" Hillsong Conference, Sydney
  • Took a big step of faith to discontinued my studies and returned home to assist my pastor, Ps Kevin Loo to pioneer COHC (Now known as CHCKL). It was a big step of faith and sacrifice. But its worth it.
  • Volunteered to be a part-time staff in church.
  • Worked Part-time at Sunway Monash University Library as Multimedia designer.
  • Lead praise & worship every weekend. Wrote 1st worship song. "Lord I just want to love you."
  • Awarded The Ms. COHC Award in church.


2002 (21st year old)

  • Studied in City Harvest School Of Theology (SOT), Singapore. Straight As for all academic subjects.
  • In Singapore, got to know Ps Kong Hee. It's a divine connection - my spiritual father and inspiration.
  • In Singapore, got connected with great people around the world.
  • Met my SOT buddy Sun Ai Zheng from Taiwan. (Now in Singapore)
  • Preached in main service in CHCKL. (Sunway College Audi 7)
  • Started working as 1st Full Time Staff (PA to senior pastor) of CHCKL at a small office next to Sunway side-gate.


2003 (22yrs old)

  • Preaching and teaching a lot in Colleges/CFs/Camps. Reaching out to youths
  • Became a Cell Group Leader in CHCKL.
  • Faced with many challenges at work. It was a tough and stretching season. “One-Leg-Kick” and multitasking at workplace as I was the only staff we have back then.
  • Awarded "The Best CG Leader Award" & The” Most Hardwoking’ Award by the church.


2004 (23yrs old)

  • Visited Israel with Ps Kevin & Esther (Organized by Word of life & CHCSG) - A dream fulfilled!
  • Pioneered a youth CG in Eaglenest Youth Center, SS15. Now most of them are CGLs
  • Prayed for a car: MAZDA (Interestingly, it was fulfilled after 7 yrs on my birthday- 2011. That's why I wanna highlight it... )
  • Attended Fast-Track Pastors Course (Livets Ord University, Sweden) in Singapore with Ps Kevin, Esther & Keith.

2005 (24yrs old)

  • Stress and expectations increased at work and ministry.
  • Relationships faced many challenges.
  • Plunged into depression without realizing it
  • Depression got severe and brokenness took place.
  • Felt emotionally abused and manipulated in many ways. But I've then decided to keep forgiving, keep up a good attitude. Great season of learning obedience and submission too.
  • Went through a breakup. Short courtship that didn't work out. :( Learned tonnes of lessons from it too.
  • It was a tough season with no help available. My mum was the only pillar of strength, who encouraged me over the phone and prayed for me.
  • But despite it all, I kept moving forward, kept loving and kept believing that better days are coming.
  • Appointed as subzone leader.

2006 (25yrs old)

  • Still fighting depression. Coping with manipulation, injustice and betrayals.
  • But I've learned so much about God’s love and grace in leadership. And that is also the reason why I love and accept people for who they are and do not pass judgments.
  • I've also learn that sowing mercy, reaps mercy.
  • 'Just keep on doing the right thing, God will see me through.' I told myself everyday.
  • Had some divine connections with great pastors and leaders who constantly encouraged me and prophesied over me.
  • The best thing this year, I accepted David Oh (Who has been pursuing for 1 year) but I made him wait cos I wasn't ready!). He is now my best friend and soul mate. He who loves me for who I am and believes God has a great calling in my life. Great encourager!

2007 (26 yrs old)

  • Went to USA (LA, Chicago, Texas, Boston) with Ps Kevin & Family, assisting them.
  • Many wonderful people came into my life this season. Appreciate each one!
  • Recovering from depression. Many breakthroughs in my life.
  • Continue to love God and love people.
  • Raised many great leaders this year. Multiplied a new subzone for Felicia Choong to lead.


2008 (27yrs old)

  • Pioneered Chinese Church.
  • Recovered from depression.
  • Mission Trip to Surabaya & Malang, Indoenesia. Preaching and teaching in churches. Brought Felicia with me.
  • Had sinusitis surgery in Sunway Medical Center. Finally, I can breathed with my nose after 27 years!
  • Organizing logistics for 1st Asia Conference in Singapore
  • Engaged to David Oh- Beautiful proposal at Langkawi’s BonBon Island.
  • Amazing birthday surprise party at CHEC organized by family & subzone.
  • Overwhelmed by the love of people around me!

2009 (28yrs old)

  • Bought a new house (with my sister) for my parents - moved them from Labuan to KL.
  • 1st Korea Visit – Yoido Ful Gospel Church. Eye-opener!
  • David & I got married. DASH UNITED wedding at Sime Darby Convention Center. Featuring Andy's blog for our wedding.
  • Honeymoon at Pangkor Laut Island YTL resort.
  • Mission Trip to Kuching, Sarawak. (
  • Wedding Banquet & Teaching session in Melbourne, Australia.
  • Ps Troy Marshall & Ps Andrew Gray gave me a powerful prophecy each. Click names to watch clips.
  • Many songs composed were recorded and published in "UNBELIEVABLE" album.
  • Interviewed by SongRadio for “教我去爱”。View Interview site

2010 (29 yrs old)

  • 2nd visit to Seoul, Korea. Prayer Mountain was a freezing cold experience!
  • Visited our goddaughter Alethea Yee, Yipp & Gillian (her parents) in Dubai. Beautiful city.
  • Organized Logistics for 2nd Asia Conference to Singapore. 1000 people exodus.
  • The FInal Chapter of Trilogy - Massive Birthday Celebration by my family and loved one. Its like a concert!
  • The Story (esp birthday) video was such an encouragement! Best birthday gift.
  • Another prophecy by Ps Troy Marshall for me and David. (Click link)
  • 2 songs written were recorded and published in "爱就是力量" album by Kingdom Works. 爱的翅膀 MV and 'Merry Christmas' MV (Click link to watch vids)
  • Its a new season for our church. Many changes took place.

2011 (30 yrs old)

  • Joined & addicted to bootcamps! Original Bootcamp, Rebel Bootcamp, DailyMuscle Bootcamp.
  • Ministries have been growing: Subzone - 280. (22 Cgs)
  • Chinese church is established and now about 170
  • Appointed as elder of church.
  • Committee for "TEN" CHCKL 10th anniversary coffeetable book - hard work!
  • Honeymoon at Macau & Hong Kong.
  • Watched the most expensive SHOW on earth (production cost: USD$250mil) - The House of Dancing Water.
  • "The Angel Operation" - A month of birthday blessings and gifts from friends and family.
  • Another big birthday bash by family and subzone with amazing performances & party!
  • Hubby gave me a Mazda3 Hatchback as birthday gift.

What an 'eventful' 10 years of my life huh?
Growing from strength to strength.

Through it all, I've learned one thing that really matters:


Without it..

we . are . nothing .

So... with this L.O.V.E.

Hello 30s, Here I Come!



-

A Birthday Poem By A Dear Friend













On this very special day
I've got something to say
Though I may be far away
In my heart you are to stay

You're truly sent from above
To show me how to love
To give, to share, to serve
To tell me what I'm worth

Your life is like a song
I want to sing along
For it's Love that makes it strong
For this my heart has longed

You are my dear sunshine
Rainy days are now behind
Colors of rainbow can shine
We'll make the day so fine

So I thank my God today
For you who've shown me a way
By your side I'm here to stay
That's all I want to say.

Happy 30th, my dearest Sunshine!
I LOVE YOU.

Angel Rainbow

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Are You Building A Life Team? Or Wasting Your Lifetime?

I remembered many years back when I first met Dr. Robb Thompson, he taught me a profound and valuable lesson when I sent him to airport one day. I asked him, "Dr. T, if there's only ONE THING that you would like to impart to me from all the principles that you've taught us? What will it be?".

He replied, with a smile... "Build your life team". I don't fully understand. So I asked him to explained to me.

He then shared with me stories about many great men and women of God that he knew, whom have spent their whole life ministering to people, building huge ministries, attempted great things for God.

However, in their old age, they are lonely. They sat on the rocking chairs, eyesight are blurred, ears can hardly hear, voice turned cranky, though they had never regret a life well-lived fulfilling God's calling. However, many wondered, will there ever be anyone visiting them today, any phone calls, any postcards showing gratuities for the things they've done for the people they have ministered to all these years. Where are they? Do they remember you? Who is going to walk through the journey with you? Where are your friends?

I stood there starring at him, I told him. Nodded. "Pastor, I get what you mean..."

Another year, he's back again to minister to us. This time, I had the chance to spend time with his PA, Justin Kane. I asked him the same question, he gave me the exact same answers. And he shared with me the people in his life team, and taught me how to select people to be in your inner circle, spend them investing in their lives, these are the people that will run with you all your life, people that is like family members to you, or com rads. Someone that you know and you know, one day when the sky falls down on you, they will be there to hold it up for you. Someone that knows you and still loves you the same. Someone that holds you accountable for your life.

He shared with me the people in his life team. Mentors, disciples, friends. Not too many, but enough for him to focus on building meaningful relationship with. I've learned a great lesson. And pondered upon this wisdom shared, it's indeed important.

I've got my life team sorted out after a season of prayers and observations. The list may change, as people changes. But I do hope that these people that I'm investing into would continue to stay in the life team together, supporting each other, and spurring each other to live out the destiny that God has for us all.

This is then truly a life well lived, a meaningful one that not only fulfil the call of God to serve Him but also having a real and fulfilling relationships in this journey of LIFE.

What about you? Are you building your life team? or are you busy building an empire that only you alone resides in it?

(This Blog Is Being Migrated Over From http://shirleyboon.multiply.com/journal/item/43)

Saturday, March 12, 2011

LET’S BUILD MEANINGFUL RELATIONSHIPS!

A special feature article written for CHCKL BULLETIN Feb 26-27, 2011.

Over the past 10 years of being in the Pastoral ministry, I realize that one of the best ways to impact lives is by investing our time and energy to build meaningful relationships with people around us. I’ve learnt that being ‘relational’ doesn't mean you’re building meaningful relationship’.

Very often we become too occupied with tasks, events and even our ‘ministries’ and neglect building genuine relationships with the people around us. Thus, though many are still actively serving and striving for achievements, they are actually suffering silently from loneliness and rejection behind their masks of busyness.

Nobody is meant to be a loner, especially when you’re in this cool church! ☺

Here are 10 things I’ve learnt in my life that I’m trying my best to apply daily:

1. Learn To Communicate With Openness
A ‘Relationship breakdown’ is usually due to the lack of communication and too much of assumptions. Openness is one of the keys to build meaningful relationship. Learn to share your heart openly and communicate your thoughts in order to clarify, connect (understand) and then only conclude a matter.

2. Say No to Gossip!
Very often a ‘get-together’ or ‘hangout’ session can easily turn into a gossip party. We gotta be watchful of this deadly habit! If you really have to discuss about someone else (where most of the time is none-of-your-business), be sure your discussion is out of love and provides solutions for him/her to be a better person!

3. Cease to Judge Or Criticize
There are too many judges around us! Everyone likes to play ‘judge’, but only God is our judge, so let the others be silent. Judgment and criticism are simply seeing yourself as superior. Stop judging and learn to put grace on your lips by praising and encouraging others!

4. Don't Be Jealous, Be Zealous!
Jealousy can burn down a house. It destroys beautiful relationships. Guard your heart and do not allow comparison, competition and jealousy to creep into your life and caus you to turn into a selfish beast. Learn to celebrate joys and successes with others! Be zealous in love.

5. Let’s Be Real. Nobody likes a ‘fake’.
If everyone is relating to each other behind a mask, then all relationships are superficial. No wonder there are so many lonely souls out there! Let’s be real to each other. If they can’t accept you for who you really are, then what’s the point of having them in your life anyway? Take off your mask today!

6. Kick Out The ‘Offenses’
Keeping offenses in your heart is like having a bullet in your soul. Let me warn you that keeping offenses is highly destructive. It can even destroy a strong relationship if it is not dealt with soon enough. The way to remove offenses is to forgive as Christ has forgiven you. Remember, it is a choice!

7. They are not YOU, you are not THEM
Never impose your standards on others. You are not God. Have you met people where only their standards are ‘THE’ standards? It’s stressful hanging out with such people. We can’t expect everyone to like what we like because everyone is unique! We should celebrate diversity and appreciate uniqueness. If you think this is cool and they don't think so, love them anyway! ☺

8. Walk The Talk – Show Love and Empathy!
Yes! “Show” it with actions and not just your words. The best sermons preached are those sermons applied. Talk is cheap… living it may cost you everything. Let’s not become too mechanical in the way we care and love others. Let’s be human! Learn to empathize with them and you will win them over because there are indeed not many who ‘truly care’.

9. Putting Others First!
Has anyone told you yet? You’re NOT the center of the universe! Therefore, don't just think about yourself all the time. Abstain from the selfishness that dresses itself in many disguises. If you can start dying to yourself, you can then start living for others. Learn to esteem others better than yourself!

10. I Believe In You!
Believing in people is a great way to build meaningful relationship. I don't believe in building relationship by just ‘scratching the surface’. Go into that person’s life and minister to him/her is the best way to get connected. Don't condemn anyone. Learn to believe in people (with wisdom and discernment), you will win many friends.

Remember, success is not determined by how much money and fame you possess but by the fruits of meaningful relationships you’ve cultivated. The rich and famous may one day still die a lonely man.

So, let’s cultivate fresh love in our hearts and work on our relationships with one another. We are only as strong as our weakest link!



Why don't you make it your aim this year to restore broken relationships & start building meaningful relationships!

Love God, Love people, Love life!
Shirley Boon

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Have Myself A Merry Little Christmas 2010...

Here's how I celebrated my 2010 Christmas! It was really an enjoyable and memorable one.

DASH candle lights

2 weeks prior to Christmas, together with musical lovers. We've watched two musicals:

FOLLOW THE LIGHT
- a musical MOSTLY based on the Christmas story

Books, music and lyrics by
NICK CHOO

Directed by
COLIN KIRTON

Presented by
KIRTON CALL PRODUCTIONS
and
NICK KNACK PRODUCTIONS

2-19 December 2010
PJ Live Arts @ Jaya One



And

MADWORLD by DUMC & SIB @ Dream Center, PJ

High-cultured musicals. We enjoyed ourselves. Good way to kindle up our christmas mood!

1 week prior to Christmas. Probably the most anticipated event this Christmas - is our very own musical production : Pins & Needles! It was a relevant, touching, funny and 'breakthough' drama production. Broadway music and dance were simply awesome! *Claps* Well done and thank all the cast and crew. Not forgetting, our Director/scriptwriter Esther Ku and Producer Pastor Kevin Loo for coming out with this brilliant story. Totally enjoyed it!


My Hubby and His "Mistress" in "Pins & Needles". Juicy! I know.

"Shionng-Hoi Tan" by the Chinese church leaders, part of the scene from "Pins & Needles"


The Finale Dance of "Pins & Needles"

The "Pins & Needles" Cast and Crew

Christmas weekend countdown. Firstly, we had a CG Christmas party at Leonard & Baldwin's crib on Bt Damansara on the 21 Dec 2010. It was fun! We had entertaining performances by Luke, Hunter and Shaboon. And Jin's twisted arm stunt. Unbelievable. Lynn's Testimony was touching too. And oh, not forgetting the Karaoke and Guitar Hero session. Thanks Bella for mesmerizing us with her sweet voice with the song "Lydia" by F.I.R. Food was good and we had a great night of fellowship!



The Top 3 winners of Emerge 2010 Talentime at the party:
Front left, Richard Tan (Singing), Sharon Boon (Songwriting) and Luke (Dancing)

Next, on the 23 Dec, I had a CHC/Ayria Staff Christmas party at MY CHURCH OFFICE. Yes, my church office common area was being transformed into a nice cozy jazz bar-like chillax room. There were 50 of us and my Pastor's little apartment too humble to hold so many of us. We had a feast that night. No greens though, meat and lots of meat. Well, food was super delicious. David and I had a vegetarian-fast that night.

Then our famous Tai Loong kickstarted the Karaoke session with his 'Love Story' by Taylor Swift. We had a great time of catching up, phototaking, singing, eating, and... Oh, not forgetting the highlight of the night, discovered a new young talent -my god-daughter Alethea Minn Yee (2 yrs + old) took over the stage and started dancing! Everyone were impressed by her self-choreographed dance... Pewiit!~ She will surely become one of the "So you think you can dance" champion when she grows up! Oh well, I sang some chinese songs with Wen Dee and some other mandarin songs K-queens. That ends the night for me. Memorable!


A snapshot with my beloved colleagues, fun bunch!


Alethea took over the stage and 'shocked' us with her hidden talents.

David, my hubby singing his favorite oldies.

The highlight was on Christmas eve, 24 Dec. We had our family dinner at Little Korea, Sunway Mentari. The Korean BBQ food and refillable appetizers were delicious, except that the service is kinda slow. Exchange our gifts among family members that night. Received some cool gifts...

1 of the gift from my sister, Sandra Boon - half dozen of Guitar picks! One year's supply.

Anyway, best part is the joy of having my whole family (together with dad and mum) celebrating Christmas. The reality finally sets in, the fact that my whole family has officially moved and relocated to KL, something which I've never thought possible given 10 years back. God is good. He has been faithful. His plans are higher than ours. He knows best!

After the family dinner, we went to our church (City Harvest KL) for Candlelight Christmas Eve service. Full with joy and anticipation, I enjoyed the service to the max. We had testimony and caroling as the highlight and Pastor preached about the "The Light". The service ended with heart-warming moment of candle lit singing of our all time favorite "Silent Night" followed by "O Holy Night" ended with "Merry Christmas" and "Feliz Navidad". Greetings, hugs, gifts giving, phototakings ... more hugs.. more handshakes... more greeting... more prezzies followed.
It was a peaceful night.

Candle lit - beautiful!
And here's the christmas carols choir

On Christmas day, 25 Dec we woke up early and went to Sunway Pyramid for the Finale of our City Care's project "Love Is A Verb". A joint-venture community project by Sunway Pyramid and City Care to fulfill the wishes of the OKU (Orang Kurang Upaya) from different homes. We served and entertained the 50+ OKUs, it was heart-warming to see them finding joy this Christmas. It was a successful event. Thanks to all the Orange-people - the volunteers of City Care.





In the afternoon, I presented David his Christmas gift, he too gave me a nice Christmas prezzie: Silver Puma Bag. Yes, Puma is our favorite sport-fashion brand. I love it! :)


In the evening, we had another family dinner at a chinese restaurant nearby our house, we are the only family there when we first arrived. (Since everyone is in the mall, we do not want to fight with everyone for car park and restaurant tables). After the dinner, mum, dad, sisters all came to our house - Dash Residence, to chill out. We chat, eat snacks and decided to watch a movie together. We then watched The Chronicles of Narnia - The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. I've watched it many years ago but not for David and the rest. It was nice to watch it again and still, I must salute C.S Lewis for his brilliant writing of this series of fantasy story with apologetic truths. Love it!

Well, that ends the Christmas evening.

On Boxing Day, 26 Dec. We went to church for service and it was a great Sunday morning to be in church again. Everyone is happy and christmas mood is filling the air.


In the evening, David and I had our romantic dinner at EEST, Westin Hotel KL. One of our favorite restaurant and had a really nice meal with great service. Oh, the highlight? David was happy that one of the Westin Waitress came to him and told him that she loves the book "Cafe David" and the fact that the book is easy-reading and interesting. David *blushed* and smiling in his heart. I'm proud of him. Making a difference as an author. :)


After the dinner, we walked to Pavilion for our little sweet time at BR. Tried their Christmas special Snow Choc Ice Cream. Nyummy! As we strolled around Pavilion, I saw this cute Hello Kitty floating at the ceiling of pavilion, high up. Poor thing.. the owner must be so sad to contribute her Hello Kitty to Pavilion as ceiling deco.. :p
The beautiful "fake snow" christmas deco at Pavilion KL. (can't really see)

The lonely high-up Hello Kitty In Pavilion that I spotted!

We then walked around, get some stuff and came home. I'm sitting on my bed writing this Christmas journal and getting ready to sleep. Just before I rest, a friend Denise Lim, dropped by my house and pass me a Christmas gift. It's something I wanted! Starbucks limited Edition diary 2011. Best still, she customized it by putting on all my photos on almost every page. Great effort. Very touched! Thanks so much sis.


Going for a road trip tomorrow to Penang and Ipoh with my family. Happy. Merry Little Christmas.

Life is good when we have God, family and friends. No one is meant to be lonely.

May your life be filled with love, joy and peace this Christmas and have a brand new year ahead.

Ciao!