BEM (SIB) Olive Garden or in short BEMOG, is a church with unique identity as portrayed in its vision and purpose statement.
BEM (SIB) SIB Olive Garden was officially founded in Dec 1994. The name Olive Garden chose due to the name of the area and since than been using Ngee Fah Plaza building until now.
The building main hall where the service nomally held, can accomodate up until 800 people. The hall also has been Kuching Youth Disctrict Convention since 2006.
Christ For Our City
A City Church where people grow and are equipped, to serve to their full potential and to reach out to the city by the authority and in the power of the Holy Spirit.
“Arise And Shine” (Isaiah 60:1)
Sidang Injil Borneo (SIB) than known as Borneo Evangelical Mission (BEM) was started by Australian missionaries, Hudson Southwell, Frank Davidson and Carey Tolley. The three set sail from Adelaide in October 1928 and arrived in Sarawak a month later. In the than Rajah Brooke controlled Sarawak, they teamed up with a timber merchant by the name of Alexander Henderson, and together they established a mission base and named their mission the Borneo Evangelical Mission.
For the pioneer missionaries, life was tough as they had to battle a massive cross-cultural shift besides tackling rough snake infested jungles, dangerously fast flowing rivers and mountainous terrains. They also had to contend with the steamy hot tropical climate as well as tropical diseases like amoebic dysentery and malaria. Obstacles did not deter them as they continued to adapt to the local culture and mingle with the locals, sharing the love of Jesus to the indigenous people of Sarawak.
For many years, the labour was hard and the fruits were scanty. It was said that Carey Tolley prayed so much on his knees over the map of Borneo that calluses began to develop on his knee caps! Glory be to God, Sidang Injil Borneo, is now the fastest growing church in the Sabah and Sarawak states of Malaysia, with new churches set up in various part of the Peninsular Malaysia.