Before the ending of year 2018, CREST received a recognition from The Brand Laureate CSR Brandleadership Awards 2018. We were pleasantly surprised to receive the nomination letter and to this day we still wonder how we had achieved it. This award and the honor of receiving it goes to all our founders; current and former Executive Directors, Board of Directors, staffs, donors, supporters and volunteers who have contributed to CREST in the past 20 years. Without your support, hard work and contributions, CREST would not have gone this far.
10 November 2018, Brickfields Kuala Lumpur – CREST has conducted a total of 18 trainings and workshops across Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and China this year. Our last one for the year was done together with Tamil Methodist Church, Brickfields.
23 participants attended this 1-day training and we look forward to more training for the Tamil speaking community. Empowering them that one day, they may conduct the training in their mother tongue.
In this month, CREST has archive another milestone, 20 years we have established since year 1998. However, there is no celebration due to our busy schedule.
As usual, every year end, many areas in our region has reported disaster in their country. CREST responded Laos Hydro Dam crisis in the month of August, Lombok earthquake in the month of September and recently Centre Sulawesi earthquake and Tsunami.
On the other hand, we are continuing our Myanmar project since Cyclone Nargis back in 2008 by sending a team of trainers to empower (knowledge transfer) to the local teachers in Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC).
Up to this September, CREST has conducted 17 trainings across 4 countries: Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines and China. Due to our limited capacity in human resource and time, we are not able to accept many more requests for training.
We thank our partners who had hosted and worked hand in hand with us in crisis relief mission. We also thank individuals, organizations and churches who have funded our office operations.
In the month of August, CREST deployed teams to Philippines for post Haiyan development project and Laos flood relief. In September, we deployed a team to Lombok for post earthquake recovery. And following in the month of October, teams will be deployed to Palu, (North Sulawesi Earthquake & Tsunami), Myanmar (post Cyclone Nargis) and Laos (post flood).
We give thanks to our Almighty God, and CREST continues to seek for your continuous prayer support in the coming months. We have a busy schedule and expect ‘unexpected events’ ahead of us.
Dear friends of CREST, we are moving our office from SS15 Subang Jaya to Bandar Botanic, Klang. Starting from 1 September, 2018 we will operate from our new office with address and contact as below:-
52, Jalan Bungor 3/KS 6, Bandar Botanic,
41200 Klang, Selangor, Malaysia.
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1a. CREST thanks NECF and look forward to continual partnership in disaster relief. A 15-foot long fiberglass boat equipped with 15HP Suzuki Engine, 2 paddles, 6 life jackets was delivered to CREST’s new office in Klang. This boat will be used for training, water surface rescue, food delivery and emergency evacuation.
Left: Rev. Andy Chi, Secretary-General NECF
In February 2018, CREST signed an agreement with Asia Pacific Baptist Aid Philippines to provide capital assistance to existing livelihood and income-generating projects in 3 villages in Panay Island. On 10-19 June, CREST went to project sites for evaluation and to conduct a workshop on Community Based Disaster Risk Reduction Management for the community leaders.
Our hosts also invited the Department of the Interior and Local Government to share on the disaster management system in the Philippines and the Department of Social Welfare & Development to share on human trafficking in disasters.
May 2018, is a remarkable month for all Malaysians. After the 61 years ruling under the same government, Malaysia is starting a new chapter under the elected government. Personally, I have witnessed the power of one vote and the desire of Malaysian returned home to cast this vote.
2 days after the general election, I have travelled to Singapore to conduct a 1 day disaster preparedness training in partnership with Touch International. Alongside with my trip, many of our friends in Singapore asked me about the election result and they are really impressed with what the Malaysians have done. I give thanks to the Lord for He has granted peace to us despite of changing government and to all Malaysians, you have made this country proud again!
We give thanks to God, our Provider. I recall the first time I brought my wife to CREST office and her first impression was it was like a disaster zone. A regular double story link house that serves as administration office, staff hostel and machine repair.
Our prayers for a new and affordable office have been answered. Soon we will move into a double story corner house in Bandar Botanic in Klang, offered by a generous volunteer.
We will send out our relocation notice soon. Continue to pray with us for God to provide volunteers, transportation and financial support to carry out this operation.
It has always been challenging to plan and execute activities for the shorter month of February. Adding to the challenge this year was the Chinese New Year holidays. The Wilderness Survival, Search & Rescue training scheduled for 3rd March to be called off because only 3 persons had signed up.
The pace picks up in March as various churches in Malaysia moves into disaster preparedness and response. We praise God for the churches and NGOs who have requested for training events in their region or state. I am praying for these trainings will not clash with the coming General Election. Please pray with CREST for God’s strength, wisdom and knowledge to be upon us as we continue to serve in His Kingdom.
This was my 4th trip to Kunming after the 2014 Ludian Earthquake to conduct training with our local partners. It was a great joy to see the brothers and sisters in the province of Yunnan consistently sharing on disaster awareness with the locals. Yunnan is one of the provinces in China that has the highest risk in earthquake and poverty among the minority tribes.
A group of 9 completed IDRN 1100 & 1300. May they bring what they have learned to their family, friends and community.
On behalf of CREST, I would like to wish everyone a blessed New Year. Isaiah 40:30-31, even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Let’s put our hope in the Lord in this beginning of year 2018.
On behalf of CREST, I would like to thank our partners (HISTeam, Methodist Crisis Relief & Development), donors and volunteers for your faithful support towards our response in Penang. Most importantly, CREST staff had worked long hours and overtime during the response.