According to its 2019 report, Sarawak Iban Annual Conference (SIAC) has 50 pastors shepherding 512 long houses and 90 churches.
The total membership was 46,016 this year, an increase of 362 compared to last year’s number. However, the total worshippers read only 12,522, about a quarter of the total membership. Thus the total number of worshippers dropped by 558 from 13,080 last year. Offerings increased by RM44,821 giving a total amount of RM903,000.
In conjunction with the dedication of the Sibujaya Iban Methodist Church, the ordination service was carried out at Sibujaya Iban MC. Two deacons (Lau Lee Lam and Mathias Yusser) and three elders (Yan Foong Peng, Senorita Simba Watt, Johnnycal Mallet) were ordained this year. The dedication cum ordination ceremony was conducted by Bishop Ong Hwai Teik.
The 44th session of SIAC was held from 22nd to 24th November at Iban Methodist Centre in Sibu.
Written by Menglei, translated by Saffronlee