Our Heart, Our Story
In 1994, God gave a vision to Kenneth Chin that revealed His heart’s desire to bring revival and transformation to and through the youths in Malaysia and from Malaysia to the world. Although Kenneth was prepared to believe God for the birth of a radical youth ministry that will carry out the mission effectively, he was overwhelmed with the thought that the vision included planting a church.
By the grace of God and with the support of his wife, Sandra, Kenneth founded the Asian Youth Ambassadors (AYA) one month after his wedding in October 1995. Both husband and wife began an exciting journey of faith that has seen God’s faithfulness and power in transforming lives of hundreds of youth till this day, turning them around to become purposeful, passionate and productive servants of God and responsible citizens of the community.
In August 1999, while Kenneth was on a sponsored break in the United States, God brought to his attention again the ‘idea’ of planting a church. This time, there was an even greater sense of urgency. It was as if God was saying that if Kenneth failed to do this, he would fail completely to see the fulfilment of the vision, and thereby fail in his calling altogether.
By October of the same year, Kenneth took leave from the awesome church he was already serving to pray concerning the birth of this new church. Two young adults joined him and together the three spent many months seeking God for His direction. They met at AYA Centre from November 1999 to February 2000 every Sunday for worship and prayer and a short devotion.
Acts Church was officially birthed on 27th February 2000 with three more members added to the original three. Sandra had to stay back at their former church to help the youth ministry weather through the transition created by Kenneth’s absence. She did such an amazing job that until today, relationship with that former church remains strong. Less than six months later, Sandra joined her husband and 15 others as new members of Acts and immediately utilised her experience and expertise to help build a strong worship ministry.
God’s call to both Kenneth and Sandra was clear and unchanging even with the birth of Acts. They were to raise up a generation (just as David served his generation – Acts 13:36) whose first priority and purpose was to please God and do His will. God promised Kenneth that if he would obey Him to plant and shepherd a local church that would reach out primarily to the X generation, He would bless the work and transform the ‘X’ to become the ‘Acts’ generation. He promised that this local church would be an international movement and a model to many and that if we will remain faithful to build according to His pattern, we will see “one generation praise His name to another…”
Today, Acts has grown from a congregation of 3 to over 1,700 people, with service plants in Cyberjaya, Nilai, Ampang, Petaling Jaya, and Cheras. Acts has also ventured beyond the shores of Malaysia with churches in the Singapore, Indonesia, Botswana, London, Melbourne… with many more in the pipeline, as the Holy Spirit leads!
We continue in our journey – learning, changing and growing as we go – dependent on His Spirit and desperate for His manifest presence. Acts desires that lives be transformed and God be glorified!