When I was 16, my brother and I attended a Methodist Youth Retreat organized by the Tamil Methodist Church, Taiping which was held in Bukit Larut. It was at this retreat that I accepted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Saviour. I was a Methodist then.
Then the whole family was transferred to Kota Baru, Kelantan. There was no Methodist Church there; we had to settle for the nearest church and that was St. Martin’s Church. Since my parents were too poor to assist in my tuition and other related educational fees, I approached the church leadership to take up the post of being a “caretaker,” a sort of verger in the church to which they readily accepted. It was while “working” in the church, that I experienced a dream or a vision of Christ one night. It was difficult then and it is still now; to determine whether that was a dream or a vision. In the dream/vision, I was stark naked and hiding behind a huge rock, very much like Adam and Eve hiding from God in Eden! Christ came looking for me and kept calling my name, “Jason, where are you? I AM calling you” I inquired about it from one visiting Anglican clergyman and he said that perhaps Jesus is calling me into the full-time ministry. He told me to try it out.
So, following the MCE/SPM examination, I applied to Bishop Savarimuthu to join the seminary. I was invited to attend the Ordination & Evangelistic Workers committee for an interview but was rejected. The committee wanted me to pursue HSC/STPM studies and apply again after that. I felt hurt and disappointed and began questioning the call. But, God did not give up on me and He instilled in me the passion and determination to serve Him. To cut a long story short, I was accepted by the said Committee and started my theological studies in STM and here I am now after almost 40 years still serving God and His Church.
The Rt. Rev. Dr. Jason Selvaraj
Since my retirement as Diocesan Bishop at the end of March 2007, God has been faithful in caring for us over the twelve years.
I was asked to serve as the Chairman of St. Mark’s Cozy Home for a year and Honorary Acting Vicar of All Saints’ Church for more than two years during my retirement. At the same time, I am down to take Holy Communion Services (English and Cantonese) on the third Sunday of every month, if I am in Kuala Lumpur.
Soon after our retirement, we felt God leading us to look after our grandchildren. Besides caring for our three grandchildren on my son, Stephen’s side, we also go down to Singapore to care for our daughter, Irene’s two daughters. Amy had to spend three months for the elder granddaughter, (now 12 years old) and six months for the younger daughter (now 10 years old) until they were able to be sent to the child care centre in Singapore. Over in Kuala Lumpur, we helped to look after Tobias (16 years old), Gaby (12 years old) and Tabitha (10 years old) during the day.
We thank God for our children who have taken us on holidays to Vietnam, China, Europe and Korea over different years. We feel blessed by them for the care we shower by looking after our grandchildren.
We thank God for blessing us with good health, in spite of my diabetes for over 25 years and Amy having two surgeries. With well-monitored medical check-ups every three or two months and careful management of our savings and God’s guidance, we are able to meet our expenses over the years.
Each day we spend time with God in prayer, read His word and seek His guidance for our daily work, our family and happenings around us and in the world. I am also able to find more time to read books and commentaries to study the Bible in depth.
We are grateful to God who keeps us occupied each day and who is able to meet our needs even though we go through difficult times or sickness. As we honour Him, He will honour His servants: this is our faith in our ministry.
Lim Cheng Ean
5 June 2019