Participants of the Bible conference learned that witnessing starts with a personal encounter with Christ.Participants of the Bible conference learned that witnessing starts with a personal encounter with Christ.

KUALA LUMPUR – More than 125 participants from 10 different parishes attended a Bible Conference with the theme “You shall be My Witnesses” on Oct 3. It was organised by the Kuala Lumpur Archdiocesan Bible Apostolate (KLABA) and held at Assumption Family House in Petaling Jaya.

Sr Sandra Seow and Sr Leticia Lopez from the Verbum Dei Missionaries in Singapore were the main speakers.

Sr Sandra said that witnessing starts with a personal encounter. Referring to William Holman Hunt’s painting, “The Light of the World”, which illustrates Revelation 3:20, Sr Sandra said that like the door upon which Jesus is knocking and which has no handle on the outside, participants are free to keep the door shut or allow Jesus to enter into their lives.

Sr Leticia, during her session, referred to the 12 apostles who were appointed “to be with Him and to be sent forth..” (Mark 3:14). Similarly, Catholics are called to be evangelised and to evangelise. Growing personally and as a community, they will become communities of worship, proclamation and service who will reach out to the poor and needy.

After a small group discussion and lunch, Msgr James Gnanapiragasam, the outgoing chairperson of KLABA, briefed participants on the various Bible courses conducted in the diocese through the years. He also asked participants to consider how they could bring the Word of God to their parishes.

The conference ended with a panel discussion, where the speakers answered various questions brought up by the attendees.

By Justina Pakiam

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