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總決賽名單公佈! Announcement of Finalists!

非常抱歉,让大家久等了,因最近金豹步步追踪最新消息,搞到金豹疲惫不堪,身体欠佳。。。
看金豹下面憔悴倦容,你就明白了。。。
Thousand apologies for keeping all of you to wait so long, but it is due to Golden Leopard unceasing pursuit to get you the latest news till Leopard became physically exhausted and unwell…
You would understand when you see Leopard’s weary and haggard look below…

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但无论如何,很专业的金豹再病再累也要把最新的消息报告给忠心鸡婆的你们,所以哒啦!总决赛名单公布啦!第一位进入总决赛者当然是众望所归,妈妈听了代唱歌手所唱版本,大赞不已,但听了原著自己唱却默默无语的:

张秀月的“仰望祢”。。。但金豹应该会逼她改歌名,please啦!这种歌名随便拿石头就丢到一个,就好像名字叫John或Mary一样。。。单单我们这几个人的比赛都出现两首歌名叫“仰望祢”!所以基本上她歌名创意分数拿零分。。。

But no matter what, being very professional, even if he is sick or tired, Golden Leopard insists on reporting the latest news to all the faithful kepoes (busy-bodies), so tada! Here is the list of the finalists!
The first to enter the Grand Final is of course the all-time favourite, the one whose mother praised to the heavens the version the representing singer was singing but refused to comment when the original writer sang her own version:

Dorcas SG’s “I Look Unto You”… but most likely Leopard would force her to change the title of her song, please ok! Pick a stone to simply throw and you can hit this kind of title anytime, just like the name John and Mary… just within our own competition entries, there are already two songs called “I Look Unto You”! So she scored basically zero for creativity for song title…

上图:原著:张秀月(妈妈不要听她的版本),下图:代唱歌手:玉环
Top: Song-writer, Dorcas SG (mother didn’t want to listen to her version); bottom: Christine, representing singer.

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第二位:李玮妮(代唱:尸体飞恐)
两人的对唱造成轰动,也惹出暧昧绯闻的“祢在哪里。我在这里”,仿佛抄袭罗密欧和朱丽叶的对白。。。而且代唱歌手尸体飞恐Steve一鸣惊人,让大家认为原本demo版代唱的大泥鳅DannyQ可以留在中东无名沙漠晒到变咸鱼了,如风砂被吹,歌声被人遗忘。。。

2nd finalist: WeiNi (Representing singer: Steve Kong)
Their duet of “Where Art Thou. Here Am I”, likely to have copied Romeo and Juliet’s line, caused much stir and created some romantic rumour between them… and the representing singer Steve Kong is really “a rooster that frightens everyone with its first crow” (meaning very impressive), and everyone feels the original representing singer who sang in the demo version, Danny Q can just stay on in some obscure desert in the Middle East, like sand blown by the wind, his voice forgotten by people…

图示:为你和史提非,新版朱丽叶和罗密欧
Picture shows: WeiNi and Steve, new version Juliet and Romeo

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第三位:大家已经知道的甜丝丝姐(代唱:忠卫)
原著田丝姐有翻版S.H.E Selina 和翻版蔡依林之称。虽然代唱忠卫也如同尸体飞给人一种一鸣惊人的感觉,但遗憾的是在总决赛,不会再看到他唱这首歌,因为甜丝姐坚持要自己唱,她认为没有人能比她唱得更好。当初没自己唱是刚好出门,逼不得已,本来还要用录影片段比赛!自信心惊人!

The 3rd: This you all knew already, Stephanie Thian (Representing singer: Zhong Wei)
The writer Stephanie has such nicknames like the copy of S.H.E Selina and Jolene Tsai Yi Lin. Though the representing singer Zhong Wei gave people the same feeling as Steve like the frightening first crow of the rooster, regrettably we will not be hearing him sing this song again in the Final because Stephanie insists on singing this song herself, she thinks no one can sing it better than herself. She did not sing in the preliminary round because she had no choice as she was travelling then, in fact she wanted to submit her singing in video to compete then, you can see how threatening her confidence is!

图示:甜丝丝姐田思洁和初赛代唱歌手忠卫
Picture shows: Stephanie and Zhong Wei, the representing singer in the preliminary round

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第四位:王保安。
这个啊。。。也有点争论性啰,他认为他是属于红哥和蓝包那一类,因为太强而被威胁退赛的。。。你们说呢。。。?
The 4th: OPA.
Well, this one… kind of controversial too as he thinks he should be in the category as David Koh and Rambo to be threatened to withdraw from the competition for being too strong a contestant…what do you say…?

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第五位:也是你们知道的,边缘者最后挤进来的大屁虾。这个就似模似样,很会装艺人形象,事实上跳舞更厉害。你看他那么有型的头发,怎样动都不会乱,但他坚称那晚他的头发根本没吹,也没做造型过!一切都是自然的他说,我相信啰。。。

The 5th: This one you all know too as he was one of the borderline contestants to finally squeeze into the final, David Sia.
As for him, well, he has the style, very good at makinghimself look like a celebrity. In actual fact, he can dance much better. Look at how nicely styled his hair was and it did not get out of place no matter how he moved, but he insisted he did not style his hair at all that night! It was all natural he said… Well, I believe him….

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报告了五位,大概都是大家知道一定在决赛里的,接下来的就比较是按你们的猜测和认为,是否会出现在总决赛的参赛者了。。。金豹现在也累了,待会再继续报导吧。。。。

After announcing the five whom most of you would somehow know are surely in the final, now the remaining ones will be those whom you yourselves think or guess should be i the final…
But Leopard is kind of tired now, we shall continue later…

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诗歌创作:“蒙召为此”。。。 Song composition: “Called For This”…

寫經文詩歌應該是從1993年開始吧,因為那時在神學院每個禮拜都規定要背一些經文,把經文寫成歌,背起來容易多了。。。
也感謝主的恩典,讓我能夠一字不漏及一字不加的照着原來經文寫出來,而且也給我會喜歡的旋律。
跟你們分享這首我很喜歡的“蒙召為此”。。。

It must be the year 1993 when I first started writing Scriptural songs, it was because I was at Bible College then and it was required of us to memorize some verses each week. I found it much easier to memorize when I wrote the verses into songs…
Thank God for His grace too that He helped me to write directly from the actual verses without adding on or subtracting any words, and He also gave me the melodies that I like.
Share with you this one that I like very much “Called For This”…

“蒙召为此” (Called For This)
詞/Words:彼得前書/1Peter  2:21-25
曲/Music:林義忠 / GT Lim
(写于/Written on: 20/08/1993)

你们蒙召原是为此
(To this you were called)

因基督也为你们受过苦
(because Christ suffered for you)

给你们留下榜样
(leaving you an example)

叫你们跟随他的脚踪行
(that you should follow in his steps)

他并没有犯罪 口里也没有诡诈
(He committed no sin, and no deceit was found in his mouth)

他被骂不还口 受害不说威吓的话
(When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats)

只将自己交托那按公义 审判人的主
(Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly)

他被挂在木头上 亲身担当了我们的罪
(He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree)

使我们既然在罪上死 就得以在义上活
(so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness)

因他受的鞭伤 你们便得了医治
(by his wounds you have been healed)

你们从前好像迷路的羊
(For you were like sheep going astray)

如今却归到你们灵魂的牧人 监督了
(but now you have returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls)

 

 

 

 

我到底做錯甚麼? What did I do wrong?

我到底做错什么
倒霉的事总是找上我
我觉得我的人还算不错
可是机会为何总是躲避我

What did I do wrong
Why do bad things always happen to me
I consider myself quite a good person
But why do opportunities always elude me

 

我到底做错什么
好事仿佛都轮不到我
怎么别人都比我快乐
我在说什么你懂不懂

What did I do wrong
Why do good things not come to me
Why are others happier than me
Do you understand what I am saying

 

我到底做错什么
失败挫折一波波
何时才会停止
怎样才算受够

What did I do wrong
Failures and defeats keep coming
When will they stop
What is considered enough

 

我到底做错什么
你为何保持一贯的沉默
为何不把答案告诉我
我还有很多话要说

What did I do wrong
Why do You maintain Your silence
Why are You not giving me any answer
I still have a lot to say

 

暂停思索
无奈抬头
却见你沉默的温柔
依然深情的望着我

I pause a moment
Lifting my head helplessly
But I see Your quiet gentleness
Gazing at me with eyes deep with love

 

霎那间我发现
原来我已拥有那最好的
你。。。从来没离开常抱怨的我
我。。。
到底做对什么

Suddenly I realize
I already have the best there is
You… have never left the always complaining me
What did I do… right

 

**与一个很有才华的有人交谈时有感而发。。。他喜欢我写的东西,说过要合作,可是他几个月前回天家了。。。
**Inspired by my conversation with a very talented friend… he loved my writing, we talked about working together, but few months ago he had gone back to be with the Lord…

 

一片留不住的云。。。 A cloud that will not stay…

 

我像一片留不住的云
我的家在天上
我自由自在随风翱翔
看似飘浮不定却有一定的方向。。。

I am like a cloud that will not stay
The sky is my home
Carried by the wind freely
Seemingly wandering aimlessly but I do have a definite direction…

 

 

我像一片留不住的云
不能久留在人间
因我被造是为天
在人间的逗留只是短暂。。。

I am like a cloud that will not stay
I cannot stay forever on earth
For I was created for the sky
The stop on earth is only temporal…

 

 

我像一片留不住的云
未必停留拜访同一个地方
当你有需要却找不到我时
请记得在别处有别人需要我的帮忙
有别人的生命也很枯干。。。

I am like a cloud that will not stay
I may not stop or visit the same place twice
When you need me and find me not there
Remember somewhere out there someone else is needing my help too
There are others whose lives are also dry and weary…

 

 

我像一片留不住的云
有时候我也会伤心哭泣
却发现我掉下的泪滴却也能带给别人生命和欢喜
我就因此不抱怨我的遭遇。。。

I am like a cloud that will not stay
Sometimes I will feel sad and weep
And discover my tears that fall can also bring life and joy to others
I therefore do not grumble over my journey…

 

我像一片留不住的云
有一天我将会离你而去
因为我听到天父召唤我回家的声音
你不要为我难过
不要为我伤心。。。

I am like a cloud that will not stay
One day I will certainly leave you
For I hear the voice of Father calling me home
Do not feel sad for me
Do not be sorrowful…

 

 

我像一片留不住的云
最后的旅程飘进天父的怀抱里
我会永远停留在那里
那时我不再是留不住的云。

I am like a cloud that will not stay
My final journey ends in my Father’s embrace
I will stay there forever
By then I will no longer be a cloud that will not stay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

我不会写歌了! I don’t know how to write songs anymore!

我不会写歌了!
I don’t know how to write songs anymore!

那段日子我真的是这样想过,特别是2003年。。。几天前翻开我旧创作歌本而回想起。。。
发现原来2003年就只写了一首歌!然后我也读旁边与下面的笔录。。。

During that period of time, I really had such a thought, especially in 2003… I recalled those days when I turned the pages of the song book of my older compositions…
I discovered I only wrote but one song in the year 2003! And I read too my notes I wrote down beside and below that song…

下面写着我已怀疑自己失去这恩赐,所以当写完“爱到永远”时都不会分辨这首歌好听不好听,却只有感恩无论如何还是写完了一首歌。。。

没写歌其中一个原因是有好几年我的喉咙出现严重状况,只要是不在台上我就无法好好唱歌,私底下无论是要灵修敬拜或尝试要写歌都会唱得非常辛苦,常常失声、走调,或唱不上。。。
久而久之私底下就放弃唱歌了,也逐渐失去写歌的灵感或因为我的状况而根本没心情写,所以也渐渐有这个隐忧在心中,认为说:我不会写歌了!

是什么又激发我写歌的恩赐呢?我当时写完”爱到永远“也有记录下来。。。
原来是去了印尼棉兰诗歌布道后,回程在飞机上的感动。。。

Below wrote, I wondered whether I had already lost my song-writing gift, that was why after completing “Love Forever” I was not even sure whether the song was nice, but I was grateful nonetheless then because at least I could complete a song…

The reason I did not write songs then was, for a few years I encountered serious vocal or throat problem. As long as I was not on stage, I was not able to sing properly. Privately, whether wanting to worship during my quiet time or attempting to write songs, it was a torture just to sing, I often lost my voice, sang out of key or could not reach high notes…
So after a while, I gave up singing during my private time, and I began to lose the inspiration to write or I simply had no mood to write at all due to my condition. So I slowly had that nagging concern in my heart: I don’t know how to write songs anymore!

What motivated my song-writing gift again? I recorded that after completing “Love Forever” too…
It was the conviction I received in the flight on my way home after my evangelistic concert in Medan, Indonesia…

因之前的“牵我的手”和其他福建诗歌在棉兰引起的共鸣,和救了许多灵魂,让我自觉惭愧为什么没有善用上帝给我的写歌恩赐来继续创作,祝福听福建话的社群。。。
但我的另一个问题是,我的福建词汇非常有限,所懂的福建词句就只那么几个,感觉是已江郎才尽!所以,我在飞机上就跟上帝认罪悔改因我没继续认真写歌,但也求他印证是还要我写福建歌,若是他就要给我新的感动。。。结果上帝就以这首“爱到永远”给了我印证,也让我发现在我糟糕的喉咙状况之下,在我软弱和放弃的当儿,他对我的爱是不改变的。。。

Because of the previous “Khan Gua e Chiu” (Hold My Hand) and other Hokkien songs that won good rapport in Medan, and saved many souls, I felt ashamed that I did not properly use the gift God gave me to continue writing songs to bless the Hokkien community…
But I had one other problem, my Hokkien language is limited, I thought my Hokkien vocabulary was totally used up and I felt I had nothing more to offer! So in the flight I repented to God for not continuing to write songs seriously, and I prayed for His confirmation too that if He wanted me to write Hokkien songs again, then He would have to give me new inspirations…
As a result, God used this song “Love Forever” to confirm, also to show me despite my terrible throat condition and in the midst of my weaknesses and giving-up, God’s love for me was still unchanging…

 

感谢主,“爱到永远”也是一首感动了很多人的歌。。。可是之后,我又没写歌了!很大的原因跟我的喉咙有关,结果2004年也只写了三首歌,而且没有一首是福建歌!
好吧,那就改天再跟你们分享我其他写歌的故事吧。。。
Thank God “Love Forever” is also a song that touches many people… But after that, I stopped writing again! The biggest reason was to do with my throat condition, so I managed to write three songs only as well in 2004, and none was a Hokkien song!
Oh well, I shall share with you some other song-writing stories again some other day…

 

但有一件事我很清楚知道,若不是上帝,我真的是不会写歌。。。
But one thing for sure, if not for God, I really don’t know how to write songs…

 

 

 

“牵我的手”的由来。。。 The origin of “Hold My Hand”…

有时候写完一首歌,你真的不知道它的功效和影响力。。。一首“牵我的手”让很多华文教会都认识了我,也牵着我的手到很多地方,甚至海外服事。。。这是我没预料到的, 也不是我当初写这首歌的原因。。。但神做工就是超乎我们所求所想。。。

Sometimes after writing a song, you would not know its effect and impact… Just through this one song ” Hold My Hand “, many Chinese churches got to know me and it has held my hand and brought me to many places and even overseas to minister… That was beyond my expectation, and was not the reason why I wrote this song too… However, the way God works is always beyond our imagination…

特别把我牵到印尼。。。Especially brought me to Indonesia…

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新加坡。。。  Singapore…

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当然马来西亚各地,还有别的国家。。。  Of course all over Malaysia, and other countries…

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很多人被“牵我的手”感动,也有很多人用这首歌传福音给未信主者、老人家等等,在布道会我也常用这首歌结尾做呼召。。。因此,很多人都会问我在什么情况下写了这首歌。。。
Many people have been touched by ” Hold My Hand “, and many have used this song to reach out to non-believers, the elderly and so on, and I often use this song for the altar call after my sharing too…As a result, many have asked me under what circumstances I wrote this song…

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其实我之所以会写福建/闽南语诗歌也有一段故事,那会写在另一篇,还有我根本为什么会写歌有一天也会跟你们分享。。。今天这一篇就专注在我为什么会写“牵我的手”。。。

话说当时我已写了十多首福建诗歌,而且每一首教会都常常唱了,我已没有新的福建诗歌好教会众唱;所以有一次主日我就在台上跟大家说,我已江郎才尽,没有福建诗歌了,如果大家还想要有新的福建敬拜赞美诗歌,那就要为我祷告,求主膏抹我,赐我新歌了。。。

我想应该有人祷告吧?

几天后的某一个晚上,半夜十一点左右,我坐在床上还不打算睡觉,就拿起吉他,很简单的对上帝说:主啊,我们教会有很多老人家,很多人面对死亡难免都有一点恐惧,你可不可以给我一首歌,唱了特别叫垂死的病人不会害怕,知道耶稣会牵着他们的手,引领他们到天国,而因此会很平安?

只是一个很简单、很短的祷告,我就拿起吉他来弹,没想到灵感就涌现,连词带曲一起来,差不多十五分钟的时间就把歌写完了!我现在正看着当初写这首歌的草稿书(我都有收起来),日期写着1996年2月5日,晚上11:20pm。。。

有时候写完一首歌也不太清楚好听不好听,人会不会喜欢;但很多时候我自己灵修时就很喜欢唱这些自创的新歌,因为是发自自己内心跟神说话。。。
所以我也不太清楚大家对“牵我的手”会有什么反应,我只知道经祷告过后这么顺畅流露出来,一定是神所赐,我就决定下来的主日教唱这首歌。。。

主日那天是我带领敬拜,我是打算讲道之前才教“牵我的手”。。。那天带领敬拜感觉很平常,没什么特别事情发生,我心里就想今天大概神就只用他的道感动人吧?

敬拜完毕,做了一些报告,要开始讲道之前,我拿起我的吉他,告诉大家说上帝给了我一首新歌,现在教大家唱。。。
结果是一唱不可收拾!我非常讶异台下的反应!只见大家哭成一团,唱几遍过后有些抱在一起哭,然后弟兄姐妹也开始走动,互相拥抱、相爱、和好等等。。。

让我印象最深刻的是一位三十岁的弟兄,因从小父母把他送给没孩子的亲戚作孩子,他对这件事耿耿于怀,虽然生母和他都有交往,也还很疼他,也一起在教会,但他无法释怀,始终无法开口叫生母一句“妈妈”。可是就在那天,我看到台下的情景而不停的唱“牵我的手”时,他就走过去生母那里,抱着母亲叫他“妈妈”,那是他生平第一次,两人抱着哭成一团,上帝以一首简单的歌医治了他们内心多年的创伤。。。还有很多其他的人。。。

老实说,那时我在台上有点不知所措,不知该停还是继续,心里想再唱下去,我就没时间讲道了。。。这突来的事件对我很新鲜,感谢主我没有停,因为那是圣灵的运行和工作;安息日的主在安息日医治、安慰、释放很多人。。。那天我一个人在台上拿着吉他自弹自唱“牵我的手”足足有差不多一个小时!过后我没讲什么道,只给他们一些劝勉,因为神已经做了他那天要做的,我是谁,岂敢因着人的制度大胆去阻挡上帝要做的事情?。。。经过了那么多年,这件事历历在我眼前,无法忘怀;那天我实实在在经历到什么叫圣灵运行,是人无法复制也不可模仿的。。。

几个月过后我要到吉隆坡灌录新专辑,当初都是只唱华语诗歌,可是这一次我的会友却求我把“牵我的手”收录在我专辑里。。。我很抗拒因为我知道我们古晋的华语早已被同化,很不标准,我怕被人笑话,就跟他们说别开玩笑。。。可是大家还是“苦苦哀求”说就为了他们录这一首吧,还说“外面”的人若不喜欢大可越过这首听下一首啊。。。说不过他们,我就硬着头皮用我不标准的福建话把“牵我的手”收录在我的第五张华语专辑“不要只风闻有你”里头。。。

万万没想到我却是因着这首歌一炮而红,关于林义忠,很多人就只注意到或只知道这首歌!真的是神的意念高过我们的意念。。。

“牵我的手”就是这样而传出去的,也因着“牵我的手”,我的第六张专辑变成福建语专辑“会笑的嘴”,我也莫名其妙成为一个福建歌手和布道会讲员,也被称为“老人家”的牧师等等。。。神做事情真是出乎我预料之外。。。

我自己本身听了很多有关“牵我的手”的见证,结果不只是面对死亡的病人或老人家被这首歌鼓励、感动,很多基督徒也纷纷跟我分享说面对挫折或困难时,这首歌也很鼓励他们。。。因为见证太多了没有办法一一的在这里分享。。。但若果这首歌对你们也有鼓励和帮助,或者你们也知道一些关于这首歌的见证,不妨在这里留言分享,彼此鼓励。。。

至于“牵我的手”怎么仿佛较我其他的歌更有恩膏,当然除了它是神所赐的歌之外,我自己也有思想过,相信还有一些其他因素,若有机会就在另一篇跟你们分享吧, 这一篇已经够长了。。。

Actually, there is also a story behind how I started writing Hokkien songs, I will share about that in another article, and in fact, how did I even start or know how to write songs is also another story I will share with you some day… As for today, let us just concentrate on the story of ” Hold My Hand “…

By that time I had already written ten or so Hokkien Gospel songs, and our church had already been singing all those regularly, I did not have any more new Hokkien song to teach them; so on one Sunday I told the congregation that I had run out of “stock” completely for Hokkien songs, so if they long for new ones, then they must pray for God to anoint me to give me new songs…

I believe some must have prayed…

Few nights later, round about 11pm, I was sitting on my bed not ready to sleep yet, I took my guitar and said very simply to God : Lord, we have many elderly people in our church, most people will be a little fearful or uncertain facing death, can you give me a song to sing to especially people who are dying that they will no longer feel afraid after hearing the song, knowing well that Jesus will hold their hand all the way to heaven, and so they will have peace in their hearts?

Just a very simple and short prayer, I took my guitar and started to play, unexpectedly inspiration just flowed and lyrics and melody came together, within about 15 minutes or so I completed writing the song! Right now I’m looking at the “rough” copy of this song when I first wrote it ( I keep all my “rough” ), the date I wrote this song was February 5th, 1996, 11:20pm…

Sometimes after writing a certain song, you would not know how people would respond to it, whether they would like it; but many times I would use my own compositions to sing to the Lord during my own quiet time because they are really words from my own heart speaking to the Lord…
So I was not very sure how people would respond to ” Hold My Hand “, all I knew was it must be from God as it came to me so smoothly and easily especially after I had just prayed, so I decided to teach this song that following Sunday…

I was the worship-leader that Sunday, I planned to sing ” Hold My Hand ” just before I preached… I felt the worship was kind of ordinary that day, nothing special happened, so I thought in my heart perhaps God would just speak through the sermon that day…

After the worship, I made some weekly announcements, and just before I started preaching, I took up my guitar and told the congregation I was going to teach them a new song God had given me…
The result was I could not stop once I started singing the song! I was amazed at the response! People were crying and hugging each other after I had sung the song a few times, and they started to move around to hug others, to show their love for each other, to reconcile etc…

One of my deepest impressions was a man of about 30 year-old then who was given away for adoption to relatives when small and who had always been feeling rejected by his biological parents, he was really impacted by the song. Though his biological mother came to the same church and still loved him dearly, he could not bring himself to call her “mum” because of the hurt; however that day as I kept singing the song ” Hold My Hand “, he was so moved that he walked towards his mother to hug her and called her “mum” for the first time in his life, and both hugged each other tightly and cried, after so many hurting years, God healed both their hearts through this simple song…and many others too…

Honestly I was at a loss on stage, I did not know whether to stop or carry on singing, thinking if I continued to sing, I would not have time to preach anymore… All this was very new to me, thank God I did not stop because that was the moving and work of the Holy Spirit; the Lord of the Sabbath healed, comforted and delivered many people that “Sabbath” day… That day I was standing on the stage playing and singing ” Hold My Hand ” all alone for almost an hour! After that, I did not really preach any sermon but to give some words of encouragement, because God had already done what He wanted to do that day, who was I to hinder God’s work with my human system?… After many years, this incident is still so clear in my mind, an unforgettable experience; that day I truly witnessed the moving of the Holy Spirit, something we cannot and should not duplicate or imitate…

Few months later I was going to KL to record my new album, at that time I only sang Mandarin songs, but this time my church members requested for me to include ” Hold My Hand ” in my album… I was rather resistant because I felt our Kuching Hokkien had been severely “localised” and not the pure or standardised Hokkien anymore, I did not want people to criticise and make fun of my Hokkien, so I asked them not to joke with me… However they did not give up and kept “begging” for me to just record this song for their sake, and they said if “outside” people did not like this song, they could always skip it to go to the next song… In the end I gave in and “took the risk” to record ” Hold My Hand ” with my “not-so-pure” Hokkien in my fifth Mandarin album, ” Not Just To Hear Of You “…

Beyond my wildest imagination, I became “famous” because of this one song, with regard GT Lim, many people only notice and know this song! God’s thoughts are really higher than our thoughts…

That’s how ” Hold My Hand ” started to spread, and also because of this song, my sixth album became the Hokkien album ” A Smiling Face “, and I suddenly became known as a Hokkien singer and preacher, and even called ” pastor for the elderly ” etc… God’s ways are really beyond our imagination…

I myself have heard many testimonies about ” Hold My Hand “, in the end it is not just people who are dying or the elderly who are encouraged and touched by this song, many Christians have also shared with me that this song has encouraged them through hours of darkness and difficulties… There are so many of them and I cannot share every of these testimonies with you here… but if you yourselves have been encouraged and helped by this song, or you have heard of any testimony regarding it, do share with us here to encourage each other…

As to why ” Hold My Hand ” comparatively seems to have more anointing than my other songs, of course apart from the fact that it is a song given by God, as I have thought about it too, I believe there are also other factors, if I have a chance, I will share some more with you in another article, this article is already long enough…