Faith Story by Philip Koh
I have one brother (and 2 sisters). He came to know the Lord in his teens but after he left our hometown Ipoh to work in Penang and Kuala Lumpur, he drifted away from the Lord.
My sister-in-law was not a Christian, and we have been praying for them for many years. Every year since the start of the dawn prayer, we would put their names in the prayer bowl to pray for my sister-in-law’s salvation, and for my brother to come back to the Lord. Every time we went to visit them, we would usually be asked to pray to bless them at meal times. They pay, and we pray.
Last year in March 2019, Kim Ean and I went to visit Kuala Lumpur. On our return trip, my brother and my sister-in-law sent us to the airport. As we arrived early, we had a drink together at the airport. At that time, my sister-in-law was diagnosed with cancer. As the opportunity arose, I asked my sister-in-law whether she has heard about the grace of God. She said “No”. I then shared the gospel with her and told her about the love and grace of God. After sharing with her, I asked her whether she would like to open her heart to accept Jesus as her personal saviour, and know and experience God’s grace in her life. To my joy and surprise, she said “Yes”. She was a staunched Buddhist. So there at KLIA2 in a restaurant, I led her to say the sinner’s prayer. She subsequently re-affirmed her faith in Christ when she attended another Christian meeting.
The last time I visited my sister-in-law was in March this year, just before the MCO. It was a week-end trip, but God arranged the timing such that when we were there, a close Christian friend of my brother and sister-in-law were also visiting them. They were the labourers that God sent to minister to my brother and sister-in-law.
My sister-in law went home to be with the Lord in May this year. But through all that happened, my brother has come back to the Lord, and is attending church services. He is being followed-up by this close Christian friend who also helped to organise the funeral for my sister-in-law, and to settle my brother in a church community.
I thank God for saving my sister-in-law and for bringing my brother back to him. God is gracious!