VISIT TO THE USA,
23 June to 21 July 2005
This visit to the USA has been a real
blessing to me and many others as well. It was a joy to "to make
all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning
of the world hath been hid in God, who created all things by Jesus Christ:
to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places
might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God, according to the
eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord: in whom we have
boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him" (Gal.3:9-12).
My daughter, Zoe, and son-in-law, Clement,
accommodated me in their apartment in Mountain View (Palo Alto), California
when I arrived on the 23 June. A brother, David Rajan, who recently
came across my website came to see me the day after. He had been
attending the church of Bro.
Ernest Hawtin in Oakland for some years before he switched over to a church
in Sacramento, pastored by a David Sidhu. I had told him to call Bro.
Hawtin about my visiting the States and see if he would have me come over to
have a fellowship with him (after all the many years of "separation" that we
have had over a "difference of opinion").
It was good to hear that I was not only welcomed to
his assembly but was invited to minister the Word of the Lord to the saints. So I went and
preached the Word on the Sunday morning. It was a joy to meet with the
The same evening, my children and I, together
with David Rajan and his family, drove to Sacramento to minister the Word to
Pastor David Sidhu's church. I preached on THE ABSOLUTE: THE
SUFFICIENCY OF THE SACRED SCRIPTURES and how one should take heed not only
on what one hears but how one hears concerning the preaching of the Word, especially the messages of the prophet
The following day, the children and I flew to Denver, Colorado to stay a
night with my sister's family before we rented a car and drove to Omaha,
Nebraska to meet with the Pipers - David and Jennie, and of course, their
little congregation of believers.
It was during this part of the trip that I
was able to take
a little time off to relax and have a little "fun and adventure".
Bro. Jim Haverkamp and some youths had organized a canoeing and kayaking
trip down some rivers in Missouri. They are certainly a group of
wonderful young people that one could ever get to meet.
After the "wet time" I had a short time
of fellowship with
Bro. David Curtman
and his son, Junior.
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Clement and Zoe flew back to California while
I returned to Omaha for another two days
before flying to Chicago, Illinois on July 7
to meet up with Bro. Nan Khorn.
Nan Khorn has a desire to see the Cambodian Christians who
gather in his uncle's home on Sunday to see the light of the God's Truth for
the present day.
Staying in Chicago was a treat of sorts for me
as I enjoyed the varieties of fresh herbs that came
with the Cambodian-Vietnamese type noodle soup.
I enjoyed them greatly.
This is the church in Chicago downtown where
Bro. Branham once preached in.
On the following Sunday morning, I was at Bro. Ken Walker's
church in Joliet. It's always a blessing to fellowship with believers
who can look at the Bible as our sole authority of the Faith.
Roanoke, Virginia was my last destination
in the east and Bro. Sam Spangler's church
was where I went. There are not many believers in the church.
Starting a church is difficult
if one takes a firm stand for the Absolute Authority of the Scriptures
in the midst of a sea of fanaticism. Certainly Sam Spangler needs our
Last stop for me was in Tucson, Arizona, in
the home of Bro. Stephen Martin and family.
I have known them since
1980 when I first met them in California. We are family.
stayed there for only a night. Clement and Zoe had also driven there
We had a Sunday service (17 July) before we drove
towards California for home in Mountain View.
The evening before I left for the airport I
was again invited to minister the Word to the believers
in Bro. Hawtin's church in Oakland.
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Past midnight, as the SIA Boeing plane took
off for my flight home to Singapore,
an unfortunate event took place. An engine malfunctioned and the plane
had to turn back to the airport.
The plane was grounded for repair and I found my way to an alternate flight
on United Airlines
that took me home 12½ hours late. That really squashed up my body time
clock that I had already set
to fight jet lag. It took me at least 2 days to set the body time
clock back in order.