When God Calls

KAOG Ministerial Interns L – R Lavender (Chinese) Misda (BM) Jamita (PCC Cheras) Kar Mun (English)

Do you know that KAOG have a Ministerial Internship program? Through this program, many young pastors had been raised and currently, there are four young ladies going through the program and they are (Pic above) Lavender Wei from Ipoh, Misda from Indonesia, Jamita from Ranau and Kar Mun from Ipoh. Having spent a few years with KAOG, we would like to get to know the story of their calling to come into full time ministry. Ministerial Interns usually work in the office on weekdays with the rest of the pastors and staff, serve in the various services and pursue their degree in the bible school all at the same time.

Photo by Arthur Miranda@arthur_miranda

This is the story of Jamita

Jamita hails from the small town of Ranau, Sabah. Looking back, she realised God called her since she was a child, around 9 years of age. At that time, she became Christian after attending Sunday School. There was not a proper church yet but whenever she attended a church service, she was curious about how a person can become a preacher. She wanted to become the person behind the pulpit, preaching the Word of God. However, being young, she did not understand it fully that it was a desire God had planted in her heart.

After Form 6, Jamita left her hometown and moved to West Malaysia to help her sister care for her new born baby. She started working in retail and moved around a lot. At that time, she began to have some personal problems that allowed a strain on her relationship with God. She was disappointed at things that didn’t work out and began to question God. Work stress piled on as well and she stopped going to church for a time while running away from God.

Photo from Akira Hojo@joephotography

Years later, she moved again and this time she stayed with her brother in Seri Kembangan. Her brother started bringing her back to church and that was when she ended up attending PCC Cheras, one of the outreach of KAOG headed by Ps Caleb in the BM service. The desire to serve God started coming back amidst her battle with her problems that was still going on. However, she kept it to herself and did not even share to her brother about her calling. She hated her job in retail at the time and did not know why she was working there.

She started asking God, not Why did you put me here? But What do You want me to do for you? Sometimes when we pray, it is not that God doesn’t answer, it is sometimes because we didn’t ask the right questions. When she asked God the right question finally, God answered with a scripture.

 “Leave the dead to bury their own dead. But as for you, go and proclaim the kingdom of God.” Matthew 8:22

Therefore, she decided to quit her job and go back to Sabah. Before heading back, Ps Caleb suddenly asked her if she wanted to go full time as an intern in KAOG. In her heart, the answer was YES immediately, however, she realised she needed to sort things out in her mind, to find rest in God once again.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

Jamita returned to Ranau and rested for 3 months. Upon coming back, she immediately started the internship program at KAOG until today. Jamita will start full time bible school in BCM in 2020 and is targeted to graduate with a Bachelor or Theology or Ministry in 2 years.

A Word of Encouragement from Jamita to the young people

Photo by Priscilla Du Preez@priscilladupreez

While you are young, seek God with all your heart. Do not waste your life idling. Even though you are young, you are precious in God’s eyes. You are His child, worthy of His calling. Everyone has a calling. While you are young, serve Him.