The "new" Kelston Community Church (KCC) is now 13 years old. "New" because 13 years ago a group of Christians moved over from their church to merger with the former KCC, which was a "dying" church with a dozen members to form a new look church.
It was from what I understand and can see ... it was a great combination as the church grew slowly but surely.
The majority of the Christians who moved over were ex-Malaysian so this brought a Malaysian (truly Asia) flavour to the new KCC. Over time, we evolved to be a more international community... and this opened the door for me to come over as Pastor due to the international flavour. :-)
Today we have people who have roots in ... Malaysia, Singapore, Fiji, India, Ghana, Zimbawe, Tuvalu (I think), China, Australia, Germany, Holland, UK and of course NZ.
Oh, we had two cakes because we also surprised one of our elders and his wife (it will be their 40th wedding anniversary next week)... some of you might know them - Albert and Sharon Low. They did not suspect a thing! hahaha we were really sneaky :-)
In the second photo, the guy giving ther speech - some night recognize him - one of our elders Robert Boey. And the one grinning in the background ... one of Uncle Saw Beng Chong's sons, another of our elders - Lye Chye.
T'was a good day :-)