City Harvest Church (CHC) has released a statement calling on its members to ceaselessly pray for the safety and protection of their leaders.
The church’s executive pastors, Aries Zulkarnain and Bobby Chaw, also reminded them to continue serving God while remaining faithful in the things they are called to do.
Today, Pastor Kong, Pastor Tan, Sharon, Serina and John will start serving their sentences (Friday, April 21, 2017).
We will not see them for a season, but we must continue to uphold them in prayer. We pray for their safety and protection, and we pray that the presence of God is with them at all times.
Let’s also pray ceaselessly for their families, that through this period, God’s peace will fill them and His protection and grace will be upon them.
Church, in this time, let’s not forget Romans 12:12, which tells us to rejoice in hope, [be] patient in tribulation, continuing steadfastly in prayer.
Let us continue to love God wholeheartedly and love people fervently. Being faithful in the things we are called to do: come to service, attend cell group, serve in the House of God, reach out to the lost, pray and fellowship together.
See you in church this weekend.
Case not over for the 6 convicted former CHC leaders
The Attorney’s General Chamber (AGC) has on 10th of April, filed a Criminal Reference to the Court of Appeal (CA) requesting that the CA reinstate the original aggravated CBT charges against the 6 former leaders and sentence them according, if the CA agrees with the AGC’s submission that the 6 were agents for the purpose of Section 409 of the Penal Code.
Although the CA has the power to enhance the sentences of the 6 should it agrees with the AGC and reinstate the original convictions under Section 409 of the Penal Code, it is more likely that the sentences would be reinstated to the original ones meted by the States Court.
The current reduced sentences as it stands are:
- Kong Hee: From 8 years to 3 years and 6 months.
- Tan Ye Peng: From 5½ years’ to 3 years and 2 months.
- Chew Eng Han: From 6 years to 3 years and 4 months.
- Serina Wee Gek Yin : From 5 years to 2½ years.
- John Lam Leng Hung: From 3 years to 1½ years.
- Sharon Tan Shao Yuen: From 21 months to 7 months.
Of the 6 convicted, Sharon Tan was granted a 2-month deferment by the High Court because her family is moving to the United States and she wants to be able to help her child adjust to the new environment.
However, she changed her mind and decided to start her sentence earlier, together with 4 other former leaders.
Representing himself, Chew told the High Court that he needs ‘time and resources’ to conduct his defence because he is unrepresented.
On Wednesday (19 Apr), the High Court indicated that the CA’s decision will take at least seven months.