The Early Days
As early as 1846, a mission organisation
The first missionaries, led by Francis McDougall, arrived in Sarawak in 1848 (This was 6 years before Hudson Taylor first arrived in China!). Father McDougall was a surgeon by training.
Seven years later, on 18 October 1855, Fr Francis McDougall was consecrated Bishop of Labuan.
The Diocese of Labuan covered a very large area. It included Sarawak, North Borneo (now Sabah), Brunei, Singapore, Malaya (now West Malaysia) and Bangkok.
A large part of the ministry was to provide a chaplaincy to the European expatriates. Work also began among the Hakka Christians from Hong Kong and China. Bishop McDougall wanted to use Labuan as a base to reach out to the Dusuns in the Interior.
The Church of Our Holy Saviour was consecrated in 1866, and has the longest history of any parish in the Diocese of Sabah.
Following the footsteps of Bishop McDougall were scores of missionaries. Some came as priests, and their families. Others came as teachers and medical personnel. Many of them were sent b the United Society for the Propagation of the Gospel (USPG), while others by the Church Missionary Society (CMS). All of them served with the fullest dedication in the midst of every primitive conditions in olden day Borneo. We praise God for every one of them.Among the notable ones are:
The Sabah Anglican Interior Mission
After 100 years of hard work, church life was slowly established in the town areas of Kudat, Kota Kinabalu (then Jesselton), Sandakan, Tawau, Labuan, Beaufort and Keningau.
In the early 1950s, God began to move in the heart of one man to bring the gospel to the people in the interior of Sabah. His name was Bruce Sandilands.
Mr Sandilands was a government surveyor. During his many trips to the jungle of Sabah (then North Borneo), he saw the needs of the local people. They needed health care, education and the gospel. He shared his burden with his priest in Sandakan, Fr Frank Lomax.
In 1956, they made a trip up the Kinabatangan River and returned with a determination to start ministry among the people they met. The Sabah Anglican interior Mission (SAIM) was born. Its specific task was to share the love of God in Jesus Christ with the people in the interior of Sabah.
On 6 January 1958, the Epiphany Mission was officially opened in Tongud, by Bishop Nigel Cornwall, then Bishop of Borneo.
Later, mission work began along the Labuk river, the Segama river and the Sugut river. In the next 40 years, many people were baptised, churches were planted and church workers were raised. Today, a large part of the Diocese consists of Christians and their churches in the interior of Sabah.
The SAIM, as an organisation, was brought to a formal close in 1999. this was done to pave way for the whole Diocese to be involved in a wider mission, beyond the shores of Sabah.
The Diocese & The Province
1949 – the Diocese of Labuan became known as the Diocese of Borneo.
1962 – the Diocese of Borneo divided into 2 dioceses: the Diocese of Kuching and the Diocese of Jesselton.
1968 – the Diocese of Jesselton became known as the Diocese of Sabah.
1996 – the Province of South East Asia was formed comprising of the dioceses of Singapore, West Malaysia, Kuching and Sabah.
Being part of the Province, the mission of the Diocese of Sabah now reaches to the 9 countries of the Province with some 450 million people.
The People, Priests & Bishops
The 1st bishop of the Diocese was Bishop James Wong; originally from Hong Kong.
The 2nd bishop was Bishop Roland Koh; from Sandakan.
The 3rd bishop was Bishop Luke Chhoa Heng Sze; from Penang.
The 4th bishop was Bishop Yong Ping Chung; from Semporna.
The 5th and current bishop is Bishop Albert Vun Cheong Fui; from Kota Kinabalu.
Throughout her short history, the Diocese of Sabah was served by very able men and women, who were deeply committed to God and His people.
Some of them felt God’s call to the ‘full-time pastoral ministry’ and offered themselves to the ministry of the church. They were trained, and later served, as evangelists, pastors and priests. The majority, however, served as ‘lay-people’. They were professionals, civil servants, teachers, nurses, business people, home-makers, taxi-drivers, vegetable gardeners, hawkers, students, etc., etc. They are the ‘people of God’. They love God and they love the people of the land. They are God’s gift to Sabah.
Diocesan Boards’ Chairmen:
Diocesan Welfare & Disaster Relief Board:
Dr Peter Thien
Diocesan Education Board:
Datuk Mary Yap
Diocesan Vocation Committee:
Bishop John Yeo
Diocesan Mission & Church Planting Committee: Dean Chak Sen Fen
Diocesan Scholarship Board:
Rev Chin Kah Jin
Diocesan Training Committee:
Rev Lin Khee Vun
Diocesan Development Board:
Mr Chris Chiew
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