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Scripture Memory: Honesty.
VERSE : Proverbs 11:1 
"A false balance is abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight."

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

18 August 2013
8 am & 1045 am Worship Service:
Rev Charles Seet (Cultivating Godliness, 2 Pet 1:6; Ps 103:1-3; 10-14)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Dn Lee Hock Chin (Jehovah Sabbaoth: The LORD of Hosts; Jer 11:20)

25 August 2013
8 am & 1045 am Worship Service:
Eld Ng Beng Kiong (Cultivating Godliness - Discipline,1 Tim 4:7-8; 2 Tim 2:3,4; 1 Cor 9:27)
6:00 pm Evening Service:
Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Jehovah Rohi: The LORD my Shepherd; Ps 23:1)

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MIGRANT WORKERS’ OUTREACH MINISTRY REPORT

God has opened a special door of evangelism for us to share the gospel to thousands of migrant workers in Singapore. We thank God for this opportunity to be able to minister to them at Soon Lee Road Recreation Center. As we reach out to them, some have responded to the gospel and prayed the sinner’s prayer. We praise God for these precious souls who have made their profession in Christ. May the Lord preserve them in the faith. Below are the reports from brother Lim Seng Hoo and brother Ong Beng Hong. We hope that more brethren will come and join us in this ministry for God. – Rev Daniel Khoo

Lim Seng Hoo:

At 5pm on Sunday, 14 July, some twenty five brothers with a few sisters gathered in Church and set out for Pasir Panjang Christ Church. There, we were given a white PPCC "Foreign Friends Ministry" tee-shirt each and briefed on the outreach to the SCAL Dormitory (Soon Lee), opened in 2001 with a capacity to house 3,000 foreign workers. This is the second year that PPCC has conducted their outreach program there, based on a cycle of two weeks of medical missions followed by ten weeks of English courses which allows personal interactions with the workers.

Rev Daniel Khoo had requested PPCC to allow LBPC to participate for this cycle to learn with a view to starting our own outreach. After the briefing, we headed for 21 Soon Lee Road and divided into two groups to cover the two dorm clusters. Our task was to distribute flyers and invite the workers for the free medical consultations on the following two Sundays and for the free English course commencing 18 August 2013. The dormitory management has agreed to provide the use of a spacious hall above the Mini-Mart for these activities. It was nearly 7pm when we passed through the security gates to the main assembly areas just outside the canteens where we set up our tables as we were not allowed into the dorms proper.

The dorm residents mostly worked in construction companies and those we spoke with hailed from Bangladesh, India, Myanmar and China. As there were sufficient of us with the joint PPCC-LBPC team, we took up strategic positions to greet the residents: at the security entrance, our tables and just before the dorm entrance. In the beginning, many of the workers tried to avoid us. However as we persisted with smiles and began to converse with them, things slowly warmed up. The mostly Muslim Bangladesh workers were also observing Ramadan and it was easier to talk with them after they had broken their fast and eaten. As the ice melted, the workers themselves brought their friends who in turn brought others.

I asked those I met how long they had been in Singapore, if their work was tough and what were their working hours like. The typical answers were one to eight years. Most leave for work early at 6.30am on their company buses and only return late at around 10.30pm, six days per week. They get two Sundays off each month and get back to the dorm at around 4.30pm on their working Sundays. A number worked at petrochemical projects on Jurong Island while some worked at other construction sites. Many of the Indians are from Tamil Nadu.

My heart went out to Harun, boyish looking and just 21 years old. He has been in Singapore for about a year after completing his "A" levels. Fortunately, he did office work at a construction site in Jurong Island but his hours were long. Some of the men asked why the medical consultations were free and we told them that a church had paid for it. Others asked if there were any dermatologist as they had some skin concerns. All in all, when we ended at around 8.30pm, over three hundred had signed up for the English courses.

Besides Soon Lee Dorm, JYC-NCL Pte Ltd runs three others providing 18,000 beds in all. The dorms are equipped with kitchens, 24-hour security, recreational facilities, services and other provisions. In December 2012, the Dormitory Association of Singapore Ltd was formed by eight dorm vendors, pledging to improve the living conditions of workers. DASL members provide 100,000 of the total 150,000 beds available in Singapore, which are gaining in popularity over HDB flats due to logistical transport convenience. This same convenience – being able to reach so many in one location - presents a unique evangelism opportunity: Missions at our doorsteps!

The question now is "Who will go? Will you?" At the same time, please pray for Rev Daniel Khoo as he considers how best to conduct this outreach ministry for Life BP Church.

Ong Beng Hong:

"Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest." (Luke 10:2)

Together, the Migrant Friends Ministry (MFM) of Pasir Panjang Christ Church and the brethren from Life BP Church spent a Sunday at Soon Lee Road canvassing for migrant friends to sign up for the English Class. There were about 225 who signed up for the English class. For the next two Sundays, attempts were made during the medical clinic outreach to reach out to more workers and about 450 signed up for the English class. All in for the 3 days, about 675 workers have shown interest to participate in the course. This provides an opportunity for us to reach out to them and "build bridges" during the 10-week English class. The English class will commence on Sunday, 18th August 2013. Based on past experience, about a third of those who signed up will turn up for the English class.

God has sent these male workers into our local homeland. They come from Bangladesh, India, Philippines and China. The majority of them work in shipyard, construction sites, petrochemical complexes and oil and gas industries. They are here to make a living in order to support their families back home. They work in these industries as fitters, welders, crane drivers, construction site workers and odd job laborers. Most of them understand some basic English except for the China friends.

The medical clinic had seven stations. Beside the registration counter, the migrant friends had their eyes examined, blood pressure measured, blood glucose tested, examination by doctors, counseling, hospitality and vitamin dispensing unit.

Most of the Life BP Church participants were helping at the "Counseling" counters. At this unit, we had the chance to discuss with the migrant friends about their medical conditions, their work, their working conditions, their families and how they are coping with their stay in Singapore. This acted as an ice-breaker and allowed us to commence communication with these friends. Many of these friends were very honest and displayed great participation in the conversation. Many of us took the opportunity to discuss their faith and introduce Jesus Christ in our discussion. Each night of the medical clinics, we witnessed to about 25 men who confessed their sins and professed their faith in Jesus Christ.

I am deeply impressed by our brothers’ participation and who zealously and fearlessly discuss our Lord Jesus Christ with these friends (after getting their permission to do so). Many of our brothers took every opportunity to share Jesus and His salvation. Those friends who were interested were given tracts in their own language. One of our brothers who was there for the first time shared the gospel with eight friends on a single night. According to his own confession, this was the first time he shared with so many friends. Another brother brought his son to be a co-worker with him so that his son can witness the outreach exercise during the canvassing night. The surprising fact was that many of these friends had not heard of the Name of Jesus Christ at all. They asked, "What is Jesus?" instead of "Who is Jesus?" Some were very keen to know more about Christianity.

This exposure and experience has opened my eyes to see the need of the ministry. The whole place at Soon Lee dormitory is filled with friends. There are so many of them at one single location. Truly the harvest indeed is ready with God sending these friends into our land and making them available to our gospel reach. I thought to myself, "Has not the God of heaven prepared the way?" Will the Lord also touch your heart to have a small part of this ministry to reach out to these souls? We need men to befriend these foreigners and bring in the sheaves. Some will sow the seed, other will reap and God Himself will give the increase. It is indeed joyful to see and witness the zeal of our brothers executing our Lord’s Great Commission. Let’s all pray that the Lord of Harvest will send forth the laborers into the ripe field. Today God maybe calling you: Do hearken in your heart to His call.

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GOSPEL SUNDAY

Date: 29th September 2013

Time: 10:45 am

Topic: How Precious is Your Soul?

Speakers:
Rev Tan Soon Yong (English Service)

Rev Tang Chee Keong (Mandarin/Hokkien)

Members are encouraged to invite their friends and relatives.

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1) Migrant Workers Outreach: Please meet in Church at 6.15pm or at Soon Lee Road Recreation Center at 7pm. We need brothers to help in the befriending program. Please pray for salvation of souls and the Lord’s blessing on this ministry.

2) Infant Baptism on Anniversary Sunday, 20 Oct 13. Parents who intend to have their infants baptised must register by 1 Sep 13. Please call the Church Office (6594 9399) or email Yin Chan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.giving child’s name, date of birth and parents’ names and contact.

3) Traffic wardens needed, between 10.15 to 10.45am and 12 to 12.20 pm each Sunday. If interested to serve, please contact Dn David Tan at 9667-9733 or email, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Preaching appointment: Rev Quek at Thai Service, 2.30 pm.

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