Words of Encouragement
As someone who served at St. Patrick’s in the early 1960s, I was reminded of the Prophet Zechariah’s words: “Do not despise the Day of small things.” God’s growth of the mustard seed since then through the teaching of His Word by faithful Sabahan leaders is a great inspiration to us all. I was particularly encouraged by the growth of the Bahasa Melayu congregation which I had helped Archdeacon Walter Newmarch begin with a small group of Toraja people from Sulawesi. The honour given to those who had laboured since 1917 was also moving. Indeed to God be the Glory!
From Dean Chak Sen Fen
St. Patrick’s Church has proven a remarkable gift of legacy which lives within our hearts. We have been touched by the gift of this lovely, beautiful and joyful event. We were encouraged and challenged to give the best to God for His glory!
From Graham Newmarch (Son of Archdeacon Walter Newmarch)
When I was just 8 years old, I remember living in the old rectory (which is no longer there) and my friend Marley from next door introduced me to eating mangoes which were green and eaten with soy sauce and salt. I shudder at the memory, but now I love mangoes. I remember building a tree-house on the tree next to the house and now I love building all sorts of things around my home. But most of all, I remember that in Tawau in 1966, God called me into His Kingdom and I became a follower of Him.
Tawau is my spiritual birthplace and coming back has been an absolute joy to see how God has continued calling children, men and women into His kingdom. From Lamentations 3:22-23 - The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Thanks for the invitation extended to us the Walter’s family in the centenary celebrations. It was a most enjoyable and meaningful celebration.
From Bishop Anthony Nichols (Australia)