Acknowledgement: Above report and photographs are contributed by JAG ofIpoh Guide.
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OPMPH Church recently purchased a 14 seater van to ferry students from the Sultan Azlan Shah Allied Health Science College (Kolej Sains Kesihatan Bersekutu, Sultan Azlan Shah) Ulu Kinta, Tg Rambutan to participate in the church activities.
Currently there are 30 students, all from Sabah and Sarawak who are part of the Students Christian Fellowship group at the College with 60% of them regularly participating in Catholic Charismatic Renewal (CCR) prayer meetings on Wednesdays evening from 8-10pm and attending the Bahasa Malaysia mass on Sunday morning.
The participation of the students in OMPH church activities began 3 years earlier when Parishioner Peter Lam began ferrying students from the college to attend the Wednesday evening charismatic sessions.
Lam said he started ferrying the students in 2014 when there was 3 to 5 students in the group.
“I would pick them up at 630pm have a meal with them and send them back at 11pm after the session.
“A year later their numbers increased to 10 students and it was 20 at the beginning of 2016 and 30 by the third quarter of this year”.
Lam said that initially the students would attend the CCR Wednesday session and the English mass on Sunday.
“When the Bahasa Malaysia mass was shifted from the Rangers camp to be held at the OMPH Church hall in the middle of this year the number of students number grew to 30 with the student switching to attend the BM mass.
“At this time we car pooled to bring in the students so the church offered to subsidise for our fuel expenses.
Lam subsequently requested for approval to raise funds to buy a second hand van. Thankfully both Parish Priest Fr Joseph Stephen and Bishop Sebastian Francis approved the request and the van was delivered recently on October 12.
The van can seat 14 passengers so some of the students still have to car pool which the church is still subsidizing RM100 each week.
Lam described the acquisition of the Van as a 3rd Milestone of the Student Christian Fellowship group.