Words by Datuk Bishop Albert Vun 温昌辉会督
Year of Jubilee
On the 24th July, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the formation of the Diocese of Sabah. The 50th year is also the biblical Jubilee year. We see this celebration as a spiritual crossroad for our Diocese. This is a time for thanksgiving for all that the Lord has done in the diocese and for the fruitfulness of our mission works within the Diocese. Jubilee is also a time of spiritual renewal as we seek to make right whatever shortcomings we have before the Lord. We have our “debts” forgiven and our inheritance restored. Even more so, this is a time to look ahead in strong faith to move into the next 50 years with a clear vision for vibrant growth.
On the 24th July, leaders and members will be gathering from throughout the Diocese for a Thanksgiving service and a Celebration Dinner. We will have leaders from our Province coming to join in the celebration. Our new Archbishop, Archbishop Bolly Lapok will be coming. As part of our vision for the next 50 years, we will be doing the Ground-Breaking for the House of Celebration in front of Wisma Anglican. We want leaders from our whole Diocese involved in the ground-breaking to signify that this project is for the whole Diocese because the House of Celebration will not only house a 3000 seating sanctuary but it will also house our new training school, where many future pastors, missionaries and clergy will be trained. This Ground-Breaking ceremony will be an act of faith and an act of commitment to launch the project together as a Diocese. Together, we commit ourselves to give by faith and to trust the Lord for His provision. We commit ourselves to work together following one common vision. The House of Celebration will be the crossroad project as our Diocese commits ourselves to growth. We believe all our congregations will grow as we preach the gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit. I call on all our members to work together.
“Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.’ (Jeremiah 33:3)