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Revival in Ba’kelalan (Michelle Chan & Hwa Yung) 9789671932568 (Canaanland)


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The story of how the message of Christ delivered the Lun Bawangs in Sarawak from becoming extinct as a people back in the 1930s was first told in Shirley Lee’s book Drunk Before Dawn (1979). God has continued to work His gracious and wonderful purposes among them through various revivals, culminating in the fourth, which was reported in the New Straits Times in December 1985. Today the Lun Bawangs are one of the strongest components of the Borneo Evangelical Mission church in Sarawak. But, for some inexplicable reason, the full story of the revivals has never been adequately told despite numerous attempts made.

In November 2023, the churches in Ba’kelalan will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1973 revival. It began with the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the churches there on the evening of 10 November. That was the second night of the visit of a team from Bario, where revival had broken out some weeks earlier. This book tells the story of what happened in 1973-74 and again in 1984-86, during which times God manifested His awesome power and glory to His people. And it leaves us with the question of what God may be saying through all these wonderful things to the church in Malaysia. The Ba’kelalan story invites us to discern His purposes together.

From the Foreword by President Bina Agong, BEM/SIB Sarawak:
“I experienced the 1973-74 revival when I was six years old. During the 1984-86 revival, I was already in my late teens and had the wonderful privilege of being personally involved and an eyewitness of some of the miraculous occurrence. All of this impacted me deeply and resulted in me offering myself to God as a full-time minister. As a first-hand witness, I am able to testify that what Michelle Chan and Hwa Yung have written are valid and accurate. This book will go a long way to strengthen the faith of readers who know God and are seeking to grow deeper in their faith and understanding of God’s awesome power and glory.”

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Product Introduction
Author:Michelle Chan & Hwa Yung
Size:21 cm x 14.7 cm
Weight:220 g

Michelle Chan
He is a former journalist and missionary-turned documentary filmmaker. She started her career as a sub-editor in the Corporate Section of Bernama, the National News Agency of Malaysia. From there, she went on to national daily The Star, reporting on news and court cases before eventually becoming a feature writer. Later, she joined Operation Mobilization, a missions agency, to kickstart the organisation’s international news and information centre in Carlisle, United Kingdom. After a stint in the Christian Broadcasting Network in Virginia Beach, USA, she started writing documentaries. In Malaysia, she is a full-time caregiver to her ageing parents while working as a freelance writer.

Hwa Yung
He is a Bishop Emeritus of the Methodist Church in Malaysia. He was Principal of Seminari Theoloji Malaysia for many years and has also taught at Trinity Theological College, Singapore. Among his various involvement outside his own church, he has served on the Oxford Centre for Mission Studies Council and the International Lausanne Board. Though retired, he maintains an active ministry of preaching and writing.



Introduction: A Story That Needs to Be Told
Chapter 1: The Beginnings of Sidang Injil Borneo
Chapter 2: God’s Wider Move
Chapter 3: The Spirit Outpoured in Ba’kelalan
Chapter 4: The First Sign
Rice Gains & Water Miraculously Changed into Flour, Sugar & Cooking Oil
Chapter 5: More Signs & Wonders
Fire in the Sky
Chapter 6: Prayer Gatherings at Mount Murud, Buduk Uned & Batu Lawi
Chapter 7: Building Gedung Haleluya on Mount Murud
Chapter 8: What on Earth Is God Doing?
Appendix: Newspaper Articles & Photos
Selected Bibliography



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