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Scripture Memory: Abounding Comfort.

VERSE : 2 Corinthians 1:5 “For as the sufferings of Christ abound in us, so our consolation also aboundeth by Christ.”.

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness 

6 December 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Ho Chee Lai (The Burdens of the Ministry, 2 Cor 11:23-33)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Pastor Tan Soon Yong (Give Me Neither Poverty Nor Riches, Proverbs 30:8,9)

13 December 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Colin Wong (Finding Strength in Weakness, 2 Cor 12:1-10)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Charles Seet (Favour is Deceitful, Beauty is Vain, Prov 31:30)

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MISSION TRIP TO CAMBODIA

27th April to 5th May 2015 (Part 4)

Testimony of John Lee

Weeks before the mission trip even began, we were told to research on various aspects of Cambodia such as their culture, religion and history. In the process, two issues made a particularly strong impression. The first was the Khmer Rouge Regime in the 1970s and its impact on the people of Cambodia today. The Cambodian Genocide took the lives of roughly two million people, many of whom died of starvation, forced labour, or political extermination. The regime left Cambodia in shambles, and the people have been recovering from its effects ever since. The second is the state of the education system today. Teachers are only paid about $20-$50 USD a month and this affects the quality of the teachers in public schools. They are further plagued by high dropout rates, great gender disparity and corruption.

It is against this backdrop that Rev Hahn and Rev Koo have been ministering to the people for the last 18 years. Interacting with the Cambodians on a more personal level allowed us to understand their situation even better. I thank God for giving us a heart for the people and allowing us to be of use by Him.

For the boys – Daniel, Jeremy, Enzhao and myself, one of the most interesting experiences was teaching Bible class and giving chapel devotions to the Life High School and Secondary School students. Although Cambodia is still largely influenced by Buddhist teachings and culture, they do not restrict the preaching of the gospel in schools. Over here, students hear the word of God every morning from Monday to Friday, and have weekly 50-minute Bible Classes. On one occasion, I remember asking a cohort of about 100 students how many of them were Christians, and only 5 raised their hands. It was then that I realised what a great opportunity this was to reach the unsaved. As we had little speaking and preaching experience before this, we really had to learn on the job. Most of our nights were spent frantically editing our scripts after realizing that the students might “switch off” if our examples/stories were not engaging enough. We thank God that they responded better as the days went by, and we pray that His word touched some of their lives. It was great to see how God was exposing these teens to the word of God and we hope that they will indeed remember their Creator in the days of their youth (Ecclesiastes 12:1).

While we taught the Bible lessons, the teacher in charge would usually help us translate the message from English to Khmer. Once, when I went up to speak, I asked the teacher, “Can you translate for me?” He replied by shaking his head. I was shocked. This had not happened in any of the lessons prior to this, and I knew that without a translator, there was no way the students would understand me. I believe that at this point in time all four of us were praying for a solution. Thankfully, one girl came forward to translate.

However, as I began to tell the backstory to Israel’s defeat at Ai and Bethel in Joshua 7, of how Israel had crossed the Jordan River and conquered Jericho, I realized that my translator seemed rather confused. To help her catch on, I began to use simpler words, although this meant that I had to omit many details. I thought to myself, how am I going to continue speaking like this for an hour? Without all the details and explanations, the lesson would end in 20 minutes! Just then, I saw a young teacher walking in from the back of the hall. He came up to my student translator and said, “I’ll take over from here”. What a joy it was to see God working in these little ways! Kok Sol (whose name we found out later) was a great translator, quick and spirited, and the students were able to learn much from the rest of the story. We later found out that he was formerly a theology student in Phnom Penh, and was now teaching English at Life school. Over the next few days, we learnt of his desire to help the students to grow in the Lord and to further his ministry.

Kok Sol is just one of many labourers in God’s field who were great encouragements to us. On the trip, we met so many different people who devoted their lives in various ways to serve God and the people of Cambodia. It is my hope that many of us will likewise serve God in the mission field whether through short term mission trips, or even for the long haul.

Another incident that greatly impacted me happened when we visited a village outreach of Pastor Hor Pon Lok (a missionary from Moriah BP Church) to conduct VBS for the children in an open space with no shelter or buildings. I must admit that I am not a natural at handling young children, and I felt the inertia of stepping out of my comfort zone to engage them. However, I thank God that during the Bible story, I was able to sit amongst them and remind them occasionally to focus on the storytelling. This gave me confidence that God would help me to build rapport with them. When the craft segment began, I took about 7-8 children to one side and taught them how to make their sock puppets. At one point, they were getting impatient and wanted to pluck the puppets’ eyes out without letting the glue dry. I thank God that he helped me to invent a counting game that they enjoyed to distract them from destroying their artwork. I did not think I had it in me to engage the children, but it was indeed by God’s strength that I could. Furthermore, I also realised that these children were really no different from us. As the song goes, “Red and yellow black and white, All are precious in His sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world”. This incident reminded me that God’s grace is indeed sufficient for me, and is also sufficient to save the children we ministered to.

It would be impractical to fully describe what I learnt from the trip as there were far too many points. However, in closing, I would like to reiterate something Rev Calvin Loh said in his sermon one Sunday: Going for a mission trip will give you a much better understanding of the mission field, and allow you to pray for it more specifically and vividly. I definitely experienced that. Never before have I felt so deeply for people living in a foreign land. I sincerely desire to return to Cambodia when I next have the chance. To be honest, before the trip, I did not expect myself to want to return as I am generally very comfortable at home in Singapore. I now recognize that this heart for the people could only be the work of the Holy Spirit, and I thank God for it. I pray that God will move you to join a mission trip to Cambodia to witness the work for yourself. To God be the glory for the things He has done.

Testimony of Elizabeth Wun

Initially, I was hesitant to go for the mission trip as I already had school commitments. It was tough for me during the weeks leading up to the trip as I had to juggle between going to school and mission trip meetings. I even complained multiple times to the people around me about it. Looking back, I realised how bad a testimony I was, but I thank God for allowing me to be a part of the team to Cambodia as I have gained much from it.

Having no experience with handling children, it was a daunting task for me to lead in singspiration, as well as to narrate the story of Daniel and the lion’s den to them. I was very grateful for Aunty Chui Hwa for her tips on how to tell stories to the children and how to engage them and draw their attention. They were really helpful for all of us. During the trip, we took turns to rehearse our stories and instructions for the craft. I learnt a lot from listening to the others on their delivery, and also got constructive criticisms from them. It was a good experience stepping out of my comfort zone to do God’s work. I thank Him for giving me the courage to do so. It made me realise how I often let my fear of being judged by others take over when I sense an opportunity to try and share the gospel with my friends. God did not ask us to tell others about the gospel only if we are comfortable doing so! He commands us to do so no matter our feelings.

I thank God as well for the smooth running of the VBS programme in the different village churches. It was heartening to see the children there paying close attention to the stories being told. They also proceeded to sing songs that were in a different language from their own with so much excitement and enthusiasm. It made me reflect on my own behaviour during worship services. I sang hymns without much emotion, and only because everyone else was singing as well. I even got myself distracted by the things around me during messages!

All in all, the short nine days to Cambodia was an amazing experience. Not only was I there to serve God beyond the borders of Singapore, I was also there to learn. It was a time of reflection on my life as a Christian and on my walk with God, not forgetting a time of bonding and getting to know the rest of the team better.

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62nd YF / 34th YAF Anniversary 2015

Theme:         “Remember Thy Creator in the Days of Thy Youth”, Ecclesiastes 12

Speaker:       Elder Sherman Ong

Date:   31st December 2015Thursday (before Watchnight Service)

Time:   7pm

Venue:          Beulah Centre MPH

Other info:    Everyone is invited to fellowship over dinner thereafter (dinner will be provided)

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1) Life B-P Church Calendar 2016. Please obtain a copy at the front counter.

2) Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 27 Mar 2016 commences next Sunday at Beulah Centre Rm 2-1, 9.40am. Please pre-register by emailing Church Office or filling up the form available at the front counter. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the catechism class. Closing date: Today.

Preaching appointment: Rev Seet in Batam.

Rev Khoo at New Life BPC Chinese Service, 11.30am.  

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

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For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25