Posted on 16-Aug-2013
WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH, KUALA LUMPUR – Once again, Saturday has come after a good long week and around 9.30-10.00am, several BB Boys would already be in sight around school or the church compound. The Boys who arrived at 9.30am were mostly Boys who would be going for swimming lessons as part of their Swimming badge requirement, while the 10am Boys were the ones going to attend a seminar at church. Indeed, 1st KL members’ Saturdays are always teeming and bustling with life, even when the day’s still young.
Apart from that, the Boys who were involved in neither of the activities still came to attend the regular Saturday meeting tirelessly at 12.30pm. So here’s my story in the role of a Boy, a Private to be precise, who was involved in neither of the activities.
It was a beautiful Saturday afternoon with the sun beaming radiantly in the middle of the sky. Birds could be heard chirping away but time and tide wait for no man, I knew. I hastened to grab for my instrument just like my friends and settled down at long last for band. It was a typical BB band practice that started off with warm-ups, more warm-ups, and ended with some advice and some changes to the songs we play.
After band, parade took place with its familiar bugle calls, march-ins, and the prayer for the rest of the day to run smoothly.
But for this Saturday, there were some changes to our programme. Activities had to be cut out so that we could be punctual for the most exciting event of the day, the “Friend or Blocked” concert which is to be held later at the Wesley Legacy Center auditorium. Nevertheless, we had award classes after parade.
After the award classes, there was a surprise activity, a squad evaluation session. The activity let every Boy voice out how he feels about his squad, the NCOs, the Officers, the band and at last, the company. The main objective of this activity was to collect suggestions given by Boys so they can be taken into consideration at the Officer’s Retreat next Saturday to improve the company.
At long last, the clock struck 5.00pm. Cheering could be heard as the Boys scurried into the auditorium. “Friend or Blocked” was about to start any minute soon. Starred by Juwita Suwito, the event started when the auditorium resembled a concert and Juwita shook the place with her band, leading the congregation which sang along into a deeply amazing time with God.
His story was very touching. After Juwita and her crew finished singing, there was a short skit which pictured God leading a girl around, showing her the beauty of nature. Suddenly, the story took a different turn. It showed the temptations of the world - riches, fame and insincere friends. Finally, Death appeared asking her to take her own life away. All this while, God was waving at the girl but was blocked and covered by the temptations. The girl almost killed herself but stopped at the last second and the temptations suddenly pounced on her and the knife, trying to kill her. Now, she could see God trying to break her free but to no avail, as there were too many temptations. Finally, God jumped to her aid, bore all the temptations and she was freed from their grasp. She praised the Lord and felt relieved. God battled and returned victorious, welcoming her once again when all the temptations have fallen down dead.
It was a tiring day but an enjoyable one too.