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Scripture Memory: God Gives the Increase.

VERSE : 1 Corinthians 3:7 “So then neither is he that planteth any thing, neither he that watereth; but God that giveth the increase.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness 

22 November 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Charles Seet (The True Measure of a Minister, 2 Cor 10:7-18)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Eric Kwan (The Poverty of Keeping Sin, Prov 28:13) 

29 November 2015

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Calvin Loh (When Love Leads to Jealousy, 2 Cor 11:1-12)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Eld Chia Ah Lak (Loving God’s Word, Prov 29:18) 

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MISSION TRIP TO CAMBODIA

27th April to 5th May 2015 (Part 2)

Testimony of Anna Ang

I was initially hesitant to embark upon this trip having been warned about the dire water condition at Life University, where we were to reside at for eight days. I was concerned as I have sensitive skin and a history of serious eczema. On the other hand, I did not want to unnecessarily worry the adults on the trip or parents in Singapore over my health. I shared my disappointment with some adults who had previously been to Cambodia for mission trips and they reassured me that the water situation was perfectly fine, and in fact improved over the years. I thank God that my skin condition remained relatively stable throughout the trip, despite the hot and humid climate. I am reminded of the verse, Psalm 103:2-3, which says ‘Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases’. Indeed, good health and strength only comes from the Lord, and I thank God - He has blessed with me with good health to serve him.

During this trip, I did many things which I have never done before. One such experience was the conducting of Vacation Bible School (VBS) for Primary school children. For me, this involved telling the story of Daniel’s friends in the fiery furnace and leading craftwork. Having little prior experience with teaching young children (and being naturally inept in handling them), I was rather nervous and hesitant. Nevertheless, I thank God for the counsel and guidance from more experienced Christians in these matters, such as Aunty Pui Meng, who provided practical help. Admittedly, my attempt at storytelling for the first time could have gone better. For example, I didn’t project my voice sufficiently and thus lost the attention of some children. In retrospect, I found that I should be more mindful of my audience whenever speaking publicly, a point which would serve me well in future sharings.

Another benefit I reaped from my involvement in VBS was a more personal one. In preparing for the story-telling, I had to familiarise myself with the story by reading the Bible text and committing the events to memory. In this process, I rediscovered the power of an event that I had grown up listening to. I was awed by His omnipotence and touched by His love for His people. I personally reflected upon the absolute obedience that God demands from His people, and how many times I myself, although professing to be a Christian, had fallen short of His holy standards. Would I, on the pain of death, be tempted to renounce my faith or stand firm in my convictions? It did make for sobering introspection.

I was also given a great opportunity to share personally during the youth seminar of the Life University Retreat. Unlike my participation in the VBS, this was an impromptu decision made a couple of days before the day itself. However, I found myself moved to open up about my struggle with low self-esteem, which I experienced in my younger teenage years. In all honesty, it was inexplicable why I felt compelled to since I am predominantly a quiet, reserved person. In opening up about my previous experiences, I was encouraged to reflect upon my past walk with God and how His word has transformed my thoughts and attitudes. I also found joy in sharing how putting my identity in Christ has freed me from the onerous demands of worldly standards.

The interaction we had with the Life University teachers and staff during the Retreat also blessed me. Many of them were not local Cambodians, but were instead Christians from different parts of the world who felt compelled to serve God and minister to the Cambodians. I was very touched by their willingness to leave behind the familiarity of their home countries to enter a land of foreign customs and a foreign language. In particular, I was moved by the testimony of a few young American-Korean women, not much older than myself, who disrupted their university studies to serve as teachers in Life School. It certainly brought to my mind Mark 6:19-20, ‘Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal’. Truly, only what is done for the Lord will last, and this has caused me to reflect upon my willingness to serve the Lord. At the same time, this has spurred me to serve Him more often and more wholeheartedly.

All praise and glory to Him alone.

Testimony of Ang Qing

Despite the cramped seating space at the back of the truck and the sweat sticking to our backs, the team was in high spirits as we enthusiastically sang a medley of children’s songs. As we passed a shabby two-storey building, we immediately sensed that the place we were going to conduct VBS in was unlike the others. For one, dusty train tracks lay next to the rusty metal gates that we had entered. Ahead of us was a broad streak of gravel intermixed with scraps of rubbish, which stretched into a forest. In the middle of the compound, stood a cluster of approximately hundred and twenty children singing ‘My God is So Big’ in Khmer at the top of their voices. Most importantly, everyone was there … but where was the church building? Alas, there was no shelter in sight. After the initial shock, we began the programme. This chronicles one of the most impactful experiences on the entire team. In fact, this was the only slum that we had visited.

“People cannot go to church because it is difficult to find transportation, so I bring the church to the village”. This line was uttered by Pastor Hor Pon Lok, a jovial, bespectacled Cambodian who is the missionary for Moriah BP Church. On this premise, he visits many sites within the slums (like the one that we visited) to share the gospel while his wife teaches the children. Occasionally, students from Rev Hahn’s KBS would help out. Having been exhausted from the planning and preparation for this short-term mission, what impressed me the most about him was his zeal and enthusiasm for the Lord’s work. He is just one of the many devoted examples that have dedicated their time and effort to serve the Lord in Cambodia. In fact, others such as an Indian male teacher that we met had re-located his entire family to live in a foreign land. How many of us can show the same fervour for the Lord?

In contrast, I felt extremely guilty. Indeed, I was reminded by Ephesians 5:15-16, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil”. While improving the flaws in the program was beneficial, I realised that effective sharing of the gospel was essential because that is what matters in the long run. As a first-time storyteller to young children, I learnt the need to explain the gospel in a systematic manner as well as the importance of clarifying any doubts. In one particular sharing of the Wordless book on the last day of VBS, I was especially startled to hear several children respond that “good works” were required for one to get to heaven! This led me to realise how important it was to iron out all the fundamentals since these children would have probably gone on with this notion if no one had asked the question. Similarly, I was reminded that as Christians, we ought to diligently study God’s Word lest we fall into dangerous misconceptions.

As mentioned by Chloe in our final reflection session, “Each day there were at least five things to thank God for”. Indeed, there were so many things I could thank God for, such as the fair weather and the enthusiastic and understanding team that kept everyone’s spirits up. Naturally, the trip was not without its challenges. On the third day, a dog nearly ran away with two shoes while one of us was telling the story of Daniel’s three friends and the fiery furnace. Thankfully, I spotted this in the nick of time (due to my fear of dogs) and the two moistened shoes were quickly recovered. In another instance, a blackout occurred once Reverend Lee started preaching his message on Spiritual Warfare. Despite the distracting circumstances where people started running around to fix the problem, Reverend Lee continued to preach via vocal projection and thankfully, a portable microphone was found within a few minutes. By showing the way in seemingly incapacitating situations such as these, I think God has really shown me the importance of trusting Him as said in Proverbs 3:5. Regardless of the preparation in cutting craft materials or the endless mulling over our devotion/ seminar/ Bible class scripts, He is ultimately the one who gives the guidance and strength to conquer any obstacle.

All in all, the fruit in the Mission field comes from the Lord. On the first day, I was encouraged by the devotion that Reverend Lee shared (John 21:15-17) where Christ restored Peter three times in spite of the apostle’s previous denials. Unworthy sinners as we are, the Lord still allows us to serve Him. All of us are called to do different things, whether it is to sow or to water, whether it is through subtle means of ministering to a friend or teaching Sunday school, everyone is called to serve. Ultimately, it is God who gives the increase.

All praise and glory to God.

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Chinese Service Gospel Sunday

  Date:      29 Nov (next Sunday)

  Time:     11.00 am

  Topic:     Breakthrough (Lk 12:16-21)

  Speaker:    Rev Daniel Khoo  (Hokkien interpretation)

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1) Family Worship on 27 Nov 15 (this Friday) at 8pm at the home of Alvin and Lynn Chow. 59G Gilstead Rd, Gilstead Mansion, S309103. Tel:88094975. No parking available so please park at church (5-10 min walk from church). Key in unit no. 597* at the small gate for access.

2) The annual Youth Fellowship Camp will be held on 14-18 Dec 15 at Life BPC premises. All youth who are 16-24 years of age are encouraged to join! Theme: Faith Unfeigned. 2 Tim 1:5). Speaker: Elder Ng Beng Kiong. Signup at tinyurl.com/LifeYFC15. Registration closes on 29 Nov.

3) 5 more traffic wardens are needed on Sundays to form 2 groups to do alternate month duty.  If interested to serve, please contact Dn David Tan 

4) The Annual LTF Camp will be held from 7th-11th Dec 15. All teens who are 11-17 years of age are encouraged to join! Register in front of the Sanctuary. For enquiries, please contact Matthew Sim  or Elder Lim Ching Wah 

5) Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 27 Mar 2016 commences on 13 Dec 15 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: 6 Dec 15.

 

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

October 15 & 22 - The Cost of Discipleship

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