Report by Jonathan Lim
7th of December 2003, another chapter in the history of Royal Rangers KL#1
was marked as we celebrated our 21st Council of Achievement in the Berean
Bungalow. This wonderful event was sparked off with a bugle call, announcing
the arrival of our guests-of-honour for the evening – the US National Team
consisting of the National Commander, Programme Coordinator, International
Coordinator and FCF Vice President – who graced the event together with
fellow Commanders, Rangers, parents and friends.
Our guests-of-honour from the US (left to
right): James Rounsville, National FCF Vice
President; Rev. Doug March, International Coordinator; Rev. Brian
Hendrickson, Programmes Coordinator and Rev. Richard Mariott, National
ceremony was then officiated by the Ranger Kids who surprised us with a 21
“balloon” guns salute, following an opening prayer by Associate Pastor
Steven Kum. We then arose for a few worship songs led by Commander Alvin K.
Nathan. As the programme continued, we saw songs and skits presented by the
Pioneers and Trailblazers respectively. We also heard testimonies from Trail
Ranger Wee Liang-Shyen on his experience on Mount Kinabalu (see report
below) and parent Johnny Wong on his participation with his son in the
Royal Rangers Father and Son Campout.
guests-of-honour also took turns to talk about Royal Rangers around the
world, as well as the implementation of the new Royal Rangers programme,
which would take place next year. Rev. Richard Mariott, the US National
Commander, shared the evening’s devotion. The highlight of the event finally
arrived, as the boys got all excited as they received certificates for
advancements and merits they had completed throughout the year.
Senior Associate Pastor Petrina Guneratnam
praying for Victor Yong together with his parents
Ranger Victor Yong was awarded the Gold Medal of Achievement, the highest
advancement attainable as a Royal Rangers, in a special ceremony accompanied
by guards-of-honour and drums. Associate Pastor Petrina Guneratnam then
prayed for Victor, that he would continue to burn bright for Christ.
Finally, this illustrious
day was brought to a close with the Ranger Kids reciting Psalm 23 and
prayer by Associate Pastor Christopher Lee. Everyone then proceeded for
refreshments and fellowship. Even as this event marks the end of this
year, we look forward with great anticipation and pray to the new
chapter that will open next year, one that is much greater and one that
is led in His footsteps to reach, teach and keep boys for Christ.