Memoir of a doctor is the story of Dr Andrew C S Koh’s faith journey through life from his humble childhood in Tanjong Malim until his retirement in Ipoh in 2020. He came from a very poor background, born of very poor parents, from a very small and insignificant town in Malaysia. Although his parents were non Christians, God had sown the seed of gospel message into his heart as early as primary school in the chapel service through the story of the prodigal son. Through education, he managed to get out of poverty, moved out of Tanjong Malim and made it good by becoming a medical doctor, a heart specialist, and internal medicine specialist. He was born again as a Christian in his medical student days and some years later when he was working in Telok Intan, he rededicated his life to Christ. When he came to Ipoh, he was very fortunate to be mentored by two very prominent Bible teachers who taught him the whole counsel of God, teaching him all books of the Bible exposition-ally from Genesis to Revelation. I was fortunate enough to be his pastor for about 10 years when he worked in the Ipoh Specialist Hospital and worshiped in Holy Cross Luteran Church Ipoh where I was pastoring. Over the years, Dr Andrew C S Koh and his family had become our family friends as well. Dr Koh prayed for all his patients before they were subjected to any invasive or dangerous procedure. He used his medical profession as a tent-maker ministry to share the gospel to non Christians as a market place soul winner, to encourage and pray for Christians who needed his service. He loved the Lord, loved the Word, studied, preached and taught the Bible. In the course of his medical practice , he had helped a lot of people in need, both medically and spiritually. He also preached in the Holy Cross Lutheran Church periodically when I was pastoring there. In 1999, through God’s calling, he gave up his medical practice for 3 years to study full time in Laidlaw Bible College in Auckland New Zealand from 1999 to 2001. Memoir of a doctor traced his journey of faith from primary school to secondary school, to upper secondary school, to university, to the university of hard knocks until his retirement in January 2020. Memoir of a doctor is a story of how God can work in the life a person who is faithful, obedient, and surrendered to His calling. It is about how God can use a person as His instrument to serve Him in the Kingdom. The tale of 2 cities, I am told is about Tanjong Malim and Auckland. “It was the best of times and it was the worst of times” was the slogan of the book. This book will be a great inspiration to any readers, particularly to those who are starting the journey out in life. It will no doubt be a legacy to his wife, three sons, three daughters-in-laws, 5 grandsons, 4 granddaughters, and future generations. I wish him all the best in his golden years as he continued his ministry as author, lay preacher, bible teacher, bible expositor, blogger, market place soul winner, etc.
Pastor Paul Chong and Mrs Ame Chong, Retired pastors, London.