July 30, 2009

Sibu News: Cing Ang Tong of Sg. Sadit Caught Fire

This is a very old photo of the original Cing Ang Tong in which Rev. Hoover and his beloved wife Mrs. Mary Hoover would worship some Sundays throughout their 35 years in Sibu. The church had a beautiful portrait of the couple hanging on the wall until very recently in their honour.

50 years ago many of the worhippers walked barefoot to the church early on Sunday to sing praises to God for his blessings upon them.

So much progress has indeed come to this beautiful land. And during the Japanese war a new concrete church was built next to it to accomodate the bigger congregation.

The wooden Church of True Peace (Cing Ang Tong) of Sg. Sadit was razed to the ground leaving only two walls standing on Thursday 30th July.

The fire was purported started by a group of labourers who wanted to get rid of a hive of bees . They were to prepare the grounds for a new building when they accidentally set the church on fire. The Fire Brigade came from Sibu but they were too late to save the 70 year old American style wooden church building.

However most of the important items of historical value have been kept aside by the care takers.

These three wooden plaques : the Ten Commandments - The Apostles' Creed and The Lord's Prayers had graced the walls of the the Church for more than 50 years. They are some of the best calligraphy works of our Kutien forefathers.

A beautiful painting of Jesus by Lau Mang a famous Foochow artist of the 50's. His colourful life history is well known but his art will also remain in the hearts of those who appreciate his talent.

Further development of the church and the church grounds would be seen in the near future.

All photos are from Wong Meng Lei.


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