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CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES TO THE GRADUATES

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2015 GRADUATE TESTIMONIES

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ENTERING GOD’S REST

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BE STILL AND OBEDIENT AND KNOW THAT HE IS GOD

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GOD IS DOING A NEW THING

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STEPPING INTO THE SANCTUARY

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ALBA’S JOURNEY

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THE PRODIGAL DAUGHTER

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INTERVIEW WITH LECTURERS

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LIFE AFTER ARROWS JONATHAN QUAY

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LIFE AFTER ARROWS SHIRLEY SEAH

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COLLEGE LIFE

The Board of Arrows College, Perth extends heartfelt gratitude to all volunteers who have in one way or another helped to make the School of Ministry 2015 a success. In the words of the Apostle Paul, “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus”.


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CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES TO THE GRADUATES

Pastor Benny Ho Founder Congratulations on the completion of your course! All of you have worked hard to come to this finishing line through many hours of lectures, many rounds of tests and many completed assignments. Thank you for your faithfulness and perseverance. Beyond all these, it is my prayer that you will take home with you more than a certificate of completion. You will walk away from this course with many moments of impartation and many memories of God encounters that will be life transforming. It has been said and rightly so that truth does not transform lives but truth applied transforms lives. So may you continue to live out and practice the truths that you have received through your 10 weeks in Arrows College. Continue to walk in the culture of “Well Done Thou Good And Faithful Servant” and we look forward to hear many more on-going stories of transformation in your life and ministry in the days ahead. May you continue to carry the anointing and spirit that you have experienced in Arrows into your local churches and the marketplaces where God will plant you in the days ahead. Let the Lord’s favour and blessings continue to be upon you!

Rev. Cheng Lai Lim Principal We are thankful to the LORD for His sustaining hand upon our Arrows School of Ministry, Perth for the past four years. We had a good intake of full-time as well as modular students over these past ten weeks and it gives us great joy to see another batch of students graduating this year. Feedback from our students has been very positive and many have reported that they have been greatly blessed and equipped by our godly and experienced team of bible teachers and pastoral practitioners to prepare them for ministry opportunities in the years ahead. Let me congratulate every student for your commitment to the 10-week programme and it is my prayer that God will launch you as sharpened arrows for His glory. It has been our privilege to serve you.

Ng Kin Ho Treasurer Congratulations to all of you, who have embarked on this journey and successfully completed what you have set out to do, learning along the way to submit yourselves to God and humbling yourselves to be taught not only by the lecturers but also your fellow students. We believe the lessons you have learned in class, as well as the ones you gained from the sharing of life experiences with one another, will serve you well. We are sure the Lord will continue to be with you as you seek to live a victorious life guided by the new knowledge gleaned during these ten weeks. We pray that you will stay focused on the path set before you, fixing your eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. At the end, after you have fought the good fight, finished the race, kept the faith, may the Lord say to you, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant”. DUNAMIS


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Pastor Choy Lee Dean of Students To my students, and now my friends, brothers and sisters-in-Christ, My heartiest congratulations to you for braving this challenge. Some paid more than others, especially in self-denial and surrender. Nevertheless, each of you placed your best at the altar. Well done!

We need to ask ourselves what and how we sow - Are we after size or substance? Gifts or the Giver? Programs or relationship? Sight and sound, or revelation? Do we sow seeds of debate or devotion? Leadership or servanthood? Sacrifice or obedience? Do we treasure Sundays or every day? Morning or every moment? 10% or everything? Are we into prayer meetings or prayerful living? Receiving wealth or giving wealth? Do we seek the grace of God without the fear of God? At different stages of your journey to maturity, you will have different answers. May your posture be one of dying daily to yourself for the sake of Christ and walking faithfully in the medium and long term, as you seek to hear from our Saviour, “Well Done Thou Good And Faithful Servant” (Matthew 25:23).

“A mile wide and an inch deep” describes the current climate in Christianity. As you go forth from here, may you continue to grow from strength to strength always willing to be pruned by our Lord (John 15:1-8). May the fruits you bear blossom, showing yourself an approved servant of the Lord (Col 1:10). Be alert and do not think you have it all after the 10 weeks of training. “A mile wide and an inch deep” describes the current climate in Christianity. May you grow in depth as well as breadth.

May you be reminded we are made up of Body, Soul and Spirit. Be prepared to be both a Mary and a Martha, as appropriate to the time and place, and constantly be prepared to sacrifice your “Isaac(s)”. It was a privilege to journey with all of you during these 10 weeks. Shalom.

“We need to ask ourselves what and how we sow - Are we after size or substance? Gifts or the Giver? Programs or relationship?... Are we into prayer meetings or prayerful living? Receiving wealth or giving wealth? Do we seek the grace of God without the fear of God?” ARROWS COLLEGE MAGAZINE #04-2015

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CONGRATULATORY MESSAGES TO THE GRADUATES

Trevin Choo Administrator Congratulations, graduates! It has been a great joy to journey with you all these 10 weeks! All your hard work is now over. Although your graduation may mark the completion of your time spent in Arrows College, it also marks the beginning of a ‘stronger’ you. You have not only displayed your enthusiasm in learning but have also demonstrated true leadership. I’m encouraged by your passion and the efforts you have shown. This isn’t the end of a tough journey but it is the beginning of a beautiful one. As you embark into a New Beginning, New Chapter, New Endeavours, New Challenges, may God’s Grace be with you as you step ahead towards God’s given purpose in your life. Finally, “keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.” ~ 2 Timothy 4:5 I wish you joy and peace in whatever you do and wherever you go. I wish you success and God’s favour upon you, in everything you do!

Pastor Yat Wan Eu Reference Committee Member, Senior Pastor of New Life City Church We wish to congratulate you on your graduation success! May God’s graces be with you as you step ahead towards your dreams. The future is all yours now. Go for it! May the Lord bless your steps and watch over you. Commit to the Creator whatever you do and your plans will succeed. Graduation is not the end - it’s the beginning! Anything is possible when you just believe in God and in yourself. Step into the future with a prayer in your heart and you’ll soon reap the fruits of your efforts and hard work! We exhort you with the words of the Apostle Paul: “I always thank God for you because of his grace given you in Christ Jesus. For in him you have been enriched in every way--in all your speaking and in all your knowledge-- because our testimony about Christ was confirmed in you. Therefore you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed. He will keep you strong to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. ~ 1 Corinthians 1:4-8

Serene Tan and Ellen Lim

Chaplains

Praise the Lord for bringing you thus far, and may these ten weeks be marked by a special altar you build to the Lord, to remember all the special encounters you had with Him. As you journey on, when facing life challenges, return to that altar and call upon His name. Recall those moments in His presence. He who calls you is faithful and will answer you. May His abiding presence and empowering of the Holy Spirit move you to yield daily to the Great Refiner and Purifier. And as you dare pass through its blaze, some may emerge as bronze, some as silver and some as gold, but all to be transformed in Christ-likeness. In obedience, partner Him in the ministry of reconciliation, and be bonded in the unity of love as one body in Christ. Thank you for this special privilege and honor to share your journey “And we desire each of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” ~ Hebrews 6:11-12 DUNAMIS


In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight Proverbs 3:6

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2015 GRADUATE TESTIMONIES

ALBA LUZ QUIAN

AGUNG WIDAGDHA

CALEB LEONG

CAROLYN TAN

51, Missionary

33, Missionary

43, Project Manager

Teacher

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.”

The 10 weeks of intensive School of Ministry at Arrows College had been the highlight of my sabbatical year. It could not have been time better spent than to invest in my spiritual life and at the same time, take inventory of where my life was heading and do some spiritual recalibration. I thought the course suited my needs because I had wanted some in-depth practical ministry teachings.

“And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are called according to His purpose”

“Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us…”

Romans 8:28

Ephesians 3:20

I thought coming to Arrows was about learning more about the Word of God and some ministry skills to be able to serve Him and the people better.

A couple of years ago, I had asked God for a refreshing sabbatical where I could be recharged and readied for another lap of ministry in Timor Leste. Then, after 7 years of full time ministry, God opened a door, and His providence is so real, for me to be in Arrows.

As a matter of fact, it has been so much more. Every part of the person is involved during this time in Arrows. This has been an amazing and challenging experience that has affected my whole being. I have learned so much about myself, my weaknesses, strengths, burdens, and pain that I thought I did not have anymore. He has used everyone and everything here to restore me, heal me and teach me. The lessons are so good we don’t want to miss a word, and the call to “go and make disciples” has resounded in my heart. I know now what I will do when I go back. Living in the Mission House has also been quite a challenge and gave me the opportunity to live with and learn from beautiful young women and men of God who want to walk with Him, serve Him and share His amazing love. I know we will all leave this place different than when we came. And I thank God for this special time.

DUNAMIS

God has answered my prayer and blessed me with a timely sabbatical. I am re-charged spiritually. By sharing their life experiences when presenting their subjects, the lecturers encourage me to live out the many things I have learned from them. God has also placed me among amazing people; we laugh, shed tears, and journey together! In a relatively short time, God knitted our hearts together as we encouraged and loved one another. What a beautiful family of God! Truly God can do amazing things, beyond what we can think of. Praise the Lord! The time spent in reflection at Nathanael’s Rest, an environment conducive to developing awareness of God’s presence, was a lesson in listening to His voice and sharpening my ears to hear Him more clearly. God speaks and it is so wonderful to hear Him speak to me through nature and even a small spider!

Psalm 91:1-2 When I enrolled into Arrows College, I thought it was going to be a long-drawn-out affair and really not knowing what I was in for. However, as the weeks flew by, I was proven wrong by one excellent lecture after another. I think I would have some withdrawal symptoms after the course. The 10-week Arrows College full-time course can be likened to a sample food platter. Every module is well conceived. The chief highlight of all the modules is the abundance of magnificent practical applications from which all participants have greatly benefited. The course has certainly caused a stir in me to want to know God more and hunger for His Word. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course. The wonderful cohort of students had made it even more enriching as we journeyed in our spiritual life together through daily fellowship and cell group discussions. This journey is definitely one I will never forget. Thank you Arrows for being such a great blessing.

Let me be one to admit that the course was physically draining but at the same time, intellectually stimulating. There were mountain loads of information to learn, critical book reviews to write, Bible verses to memorise and the entire New Testament to be read within weeks. Every day, I felt my spirit refreshed, watered and fed. It was the prayers of my classmates that sustained my otherwise very exhausted body and mind. It was everything I had expected of a spiritual boot-camp. There could be no faint hearted soldiers in God’s army. The modules were beyond my expectations as each lecturer taught from their heart, conviction and life experiences. I am thankful that they shared their wisdom and biblical understanding.


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DAVID WANG

JANE MARSH

JANEY HE

JOANNA SHI

26, Bank Manager

50, School Chaplain

26, Graduate

33, R adiation Therapist

“One thing I ask of the LORD, this is what I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.”

When I arrived in Perth four years ago, attending Arrows College was constantly on my mind after my home group leader in Singapore had highly recommended it to me. However, with the challenges of settling in Perth and relearning how to drive, I found myself engaged in church life which was close to where I lived and where I was trained as a school chaplain.

I used to think I was the one who chose to come to Arrows. But I have since discovered that it was actually God who chose me according to His good pleasure.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. He is like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

Psalm 27: 4 The lead-up to Arrows Perth was a divine appointment. In August this year, I met Pastor Hang Khee, Dean of Arrows China, in Chang Sha, China. That was just before I finished my one year’s commitment in a Christian Charity (Butterfly Children’s Hospice) and was planning what to do next. He told me that Arrows Perth will help me recognize God’s call on my life, and lead me to step into my destiny. My wife and I had already joined Arrows China last year and experienced the great change in our lives. As such, we believed that Arrows Perth could also make a difference. After praying about it, we decided to go. I have definitely made the right decision. During the past 10 weeks, I have benefitted so much from the wonderful lectures. I thank the excellent staff at Arrows, especially Pastor Choy, our Dean, for ensuring that Arrows is a perfect place to learn, to share, to review our past and encounter God. The good seeds that Arrows has planted in my heart will one day grow into towering trees. Thank you, Arrows!

In my zeal, I read many books and attended multiple conferences. But I was struggling to understand a lot of what I had heard and try to put them together. I felt a desperate need to start with a comprehensive course that is solidly grounded in truth; a course that would cover a wide range of topics to enrich and complete my learning, as well as to give me focus on my calling with God. I am very grateful that I have attended Arrows 2015. The teaching has been amazing. Each teacher gifted in his or her area. Some even flown in from overseas. The course is extremely well designed, and great in basics that challenge believers in all stages of their walk with God. I loved getting to know God better, through the teaching, fellowship and shared experiences with my Arrows friends. By the grace of God, I have learnt so much that I am leaving Arrows feeling enriched in every aspect of my life!

I had thought I already knew God and had a general idea of His will for me. I came wanting to know more of God and His will for me. But I have since come to understand that it is actually God, infinite beyond knowledge, who is going to great lengths to make Himself known to me, and to help me discover His call for me, a call that is way beyond anything I had ever imagined. Based on the many amazing things I have witnessed and experienced, it is safe to say that Arrows is where supernatural things happen naturally, coincidences happen purposely, and life transformation happens daily. After leaving Perth, my time at Arrows may only be a memory but having learnt to build my inner life and listen to His voice, there will be no slackening in my faith and my personal relationship with God will never cease. By God’s mercy and love, I need only obey and trust that He will provide all the courage and strength I need. Knowing as I do who He is and what He has done in my life, I will trust and obey.

Jeremiah 17: 7-8 Throughout Arrows, the verses above have been my challenge and comfort. It is a challenge to grow my roots deeper in His word as all that we have learnt serves only to whet our appetites for a deeper and more personal relationship with God, and to incarnate Him outwards to the world around us. It is also a source of comfort as I know that if I remain and put my trust in Him, He will always remain faithful. I came to Arrows to seek clarity in my calling and destiny, to learn more about the Bible, and to be prepared. These 10 weeks have given me a deeper sense of selfawareness, an increased understanding of my maker, an overview of the Bible, snippets of the prophetic, a glimpse of deliverance, theology, and ministry skills. It was also a time of quiet contemplation and recalibration of my compass which I believe will serve as an anchor in my life for many years to come.

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2015 GRADUATE TESTIMONIES

JUDITH GOI

KELLY SIAU

LING JIA GUE

LIT SIONG DING

45, Educator

45, Accounting A ssistant

24, Graduate

33, Marketing Manager

God told me He will bring me to a new pasture to heal and restore. I thought, “Wow! God knows I’m taking a break in 2016. He aligns with my plan.” When I was told 2015 would be the last time Arrows College conducts the 10-week programme, I resigned from work and packed for Perth within two weeks.

Through Arrows, I have grown deeper in my knowledge of God’s Word and understanding of His character. During the course, I began to feel overwhelmed by the daily hours of attendance, book review deadlines, tests and chapel sharing. In the face of these challenges, I thank God for reminding me of 2 Tim 1:7

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Coming to Arrows College has been the best way to begin my new life in Perth with my family. My wife and I came to Arrows wanting to understand and find our purpose for this season of our lives.

As a result of short resignation notice, I had to compensate three-month pay that I thought I could use to tide me over while looking for a new job. On my way to Perth, in the midst of sadness, God challenged me, “If you’d known the cost incurred, would you have come?” God knows my insecurities. I repented and decided to set my three objectives for attending the Arrows programme – to know God, myself and His will for me. God is really GOOD! Through the different classes, I gradually surrendered my “Isaacs”. Although I am unsure what my life will be when I return to Singapore, I know He wants me to be still in His presence, wait upon Him and align with Him. I’m thankful to all the friends from Arrows College, their love and encouragement. I thank God that I can serve, share and encourage people around me. I pray that I will shine for Him - to love, see and minister as Christ, with Holy Spirit’s guidance.

DUNAMIS

“For God did not give us a spirit of timidity but a spirit of power, of love and of selfdiscipline. “ Through His Word, I overcame all the fear and stress. I look back fondly on my reflection time when we went to Nathanael’s Rest and were given an opportunity to be alone with God for four hours in a ‘Garden of Eden’ here in Perth. There, I sensed the quiet nature of God’s creation, smelt the fragrance of wild flowers and felt the light breeze. I began to experience rest and peace in the presence of God as I heard the wind chimes producing a beautiful sound. In that moment, as I glanced at the blossoming garden, I saw all types of fruit trees, flowers and grass by the riverside, and Psalm 23:2 came to me, “… He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still water.” It was a good experience to enter into His rest and seek His plan for my destiny.

Psalm 73:25-26 My time in Arrows has been a fruitful experience. I initially attended Arrows for the purpose of discerning God’s will for my life. This was accomplished in Week 1 and the whole course has exceeded my expectations. I have been truly blessed by the teachings of all the lecturers. Arrows has provided for us a platform to discover and explore our strengths and weaknesses. I have been challenged to step out of my comfort zone and spiritually stretched. The modules covering the Old and New Testaments and Basic Theology have changed my perspective of the bible and deepened my understanding of God’s Sovereignty. I feel better equipped to share the newfound revelations with my peers. There is no better place than being in God’s presence to grow and rest before heading on to the next chapter in life. My fellow students and the social bonds formed during class interaction, college bonding and cell time have made my journey here both fun and memorable. It is rewarding to journey together and witness the breakthroughs and growth in everyone’s life. I am thankful to God for the opportunity to know all of you.

At Arrows, my wife and I have been greatly blessed by the anointed speakers, who have taught us many valuable skills and assets. The flow and the structure of the course was well planned, allowing individuals to experience God in countless different ways. Of these, one experience particularly resonates with meaning. During our reflection day, my wife and I experienced God when we both received the same revelation from God on how we should calibrate our lives in Perth, illuminating the scripture John 15:5-8 for both of us. My time in Arrows College has deepened my walk with God. These ten weeks have fully equipped me to be the head of my family, and lead them into a new season of our lives in Perth. Thank you, Arrows!


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LYDIA LING

SAMANTHA CHEW

SOPHIE NG

STEPHANIE CHAN

21, Graduate

22, Teacher

42, Teacher

23, Dancer

I had never set my mind on attending Arrows College. However, I am glad that life had brought me to this point where I got to spend time learning about God.

“It’s in Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in everything and everyone.” Ephesians 1:11-12

1. Draw closer to God

Coming to Arrows has been the best decision I’ve ever made in my life. Though 10 weeks is not a really long period, I felt that I’ve learned so much. I can really see how God has been progressively changing and shaping my core values and He has been constantly reminding me to put my focus on Him in everything I do. One word in this season for me is ‘intentional’. God truly revealed to me what He meant when Paul wrote that faith without action is dead. He has been challenging me to be intentional in everything I do and whether I am truly reflecting His image. It has been such a fun journey with a bunch of amazing people, doing and sharing life as we go. They are the true definition of what an authentic community is and I have been so blessed by their encouragement and support. I believe God has really equipped me and given me new perspectives for me to bless the community and people around me. Therefore, I am very excited to embark on this new chapter with a refreshed mind and heart.

At first, I thought I was crazy for enrolling in Arrows, but God knew where I needed to be. He knew that I had walked away from Him, and He used Arrows to show me that He is real and that He is an unfailingly gracious and loving Father, who has never stopped drawing me closer to Him. Throughout the ten week course, I got to know my maker and build a relationship with the Father that had never existed before. I got to experience what it is like to truly walk with God and to surrender all to Him. Countless times during the course, God revealed Himself to me. He revealed that He has never stopped loving me, and that all it took was for me to choose to stop and to listen. The ten weeks at Arrows College is an unforgettable experience I will hold dear in my heart. I have established a relationship with God, made lifelong friends, and discovered my calling and destiny.

The desire to know God more and to seek direction in my life had led me to enrol in Arrows. Yet, I am blessed in more ways than what I had expected. Throughout the course, I gradually came to realise that God is constantly shaping my life because He loves me. This revelation has strengthened my faith as indeed, God has promised that “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” Matthew 7:7 Additionally, my perspectives towards who God is, what kind of relationship He desires from believers and the right biblical worldview Christians should have, have taken a paradigm shift. This empowering spiritual journey at Arrows is made possible with the dedicated team of lecturers and College Dean who have devoted themselves to teach and guide us in our spiritual growth.

2. Seek God’s will and have clarity 3. To be an obedient daughter to the Lord These were my three goals that I wrote before I started Arrows College. After these ten weeks, I am glad to say that God has answered my prayers. He has renewed and refreshed my relationship with Him. I have experienced Him and heard the Holy Spirit speaking like never before. It is such an amazing time of my life! I enjoyed every single module in this course and it has definitely caused a “brain explosion” in me (in a good way). I am inspired by every lecturer and their walk with God. One common thread among them is their obedience and total surrender to God. “So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in His ways and fearing Him.” Deuteronomy 8:8 “Study this Book of the Law continually. Meditate on it day and night so you may be sure to obey all that is written in it. Only then will you succeed.” Joshua 1:8 If I can summarise what I have learnt from my time in Arrows in one line, it would be this, ‘Take time to read His Word and immerse in the Holy Spirit.’

Indeed, all these have both stirred me to deepen my walk with God and better prepared me for the pilgrimage ahead.

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2015 GRADUATE TESTIMONIES

STEWART CHEW

VIVIENNE HARVEY

WAYNE TAN

72, Retired Lecturer

41, Sonographer

28, Engineer

The last seven years since I retired from teaching Medical Science at Curtin University, was surprisingly busier than I was before I stopped work! Since then, I have been indulging in many of the things in life that I never really had enough time to do before my retirement. My hobbies, including sport, have taken precedence. I can now go fishing every day if I like instead of just on Saturdays. Enjoying karaoke sessions at Brownlies Café can in fact take place once a week instead of once a month. I am also able to play badminton in the mornings instead of after work. I surprised myself for being busier than I was before I stopped working.

“Do you just want to survive or do you want to thrive?” - when that question was put to me, it struck a chord deep within me which made me decide to come to Arrows College.

When Arrows College was first suggested to me, I couldn’t decide if I wanted to attend. However, through the encouragement from my cell group and friends, I was convicted by God to attend Arrows and was the last person to be accepted as a full time student.

What I have achieved during my time at Arrows has been beyond my expectations. I am much more confident in my understanding and application of biblical knowledge and principles, especially those found in the books in the Old Testament. I have been truly challenged to embrace the importance of being well grounded in His word. This is to enable me to effectively apply biblical verses powerfully, particularly in the ministry of disciple making. In addition, the theory and practice of worship and music that I have learnt has benefitted me enormously in my current interest in song writing. My time in Arrows College has caused a paradigm shift in my spiritual walk with God. God be praised!

DUNAMIS

I am the Youth Ministry Leader at LifeGate Church. I was running on empty. And it was beginning to show. My pastor and his wife, so full of wisdom, prayed for me and gave me this opportunity to come to Perth. It was not an easy step to take. There were a few challenges. How would my family cope financially? How would my two girls under five understand why I would be away for so long? Did I really need to go so far for a break? But when God calls, you answer and you obey. And I have never looked back. It has been one amazing journey. I came with the intention to soak up and learn all that I could, to be renewed and re-energized. In the first 3 weeks alone, this had happened. Every day, God has challenged me about something. But most of all, it was about being intentional in meeting Him daily, reading His word and also being still in His presence - sitting at His feet like Mary did in Luke 10:42.

It was truly God’s plan for me to enter Arrows and I am so blessed to be here. Throughout these 10 weeks at Arrows, I daresay my life has been transformed through the modules that I have undertaken, from theory to practical. I now have a deeper understanding of God. I also had many breakthroughs and special revelations that will affect me greatly and positively in both my ministry as well as my life. Furthermore, through the time that I have surrendered to God to be in His presence, worshipping, praying and reading the Word, I have found the rest that I have been seeking for. The journey over the last ten weeks, the fellowship, words of encouragement, and prayers with my classmates, lecturers and staff, have allowed me to foster a lifelong friendship with these people. Coming to Arrows is a pivotal point for me in my Christian life. I have achieved what I came for, to ‘level up’ my Christian life as well as develop skills to improve my ministry. My time at Arrows will be a lasting memory that will follow me throughout my life.


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beyond

the

In October 2010, as I was returning to my departmental office from a lunch break, I heard God speak to me “In 4 years’ time you would do something different. Be ready.” Well, 4 years was a long time I thought but in faith I responded

to

become

embarked

my

Kennedy

on

yearly

As a

pursuit

of

and handouts; daily uploading them to the school’s portal and my careful and thorough lesson planning gave me and my team of

teachers

enough

learning

activities and worksheets to last a week!

to God “Please remind me when

But what price I paid! I gave up

time gets closer.”

time for God; reading the Bible;

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Then I suffered 2 miscarriages between 2013 and 2014. The experiences only compounded my misery. It was during these times of darkness, that I experienced the tangible presence of God and His love. I remembered sitting down in front of my laptop, typing out my week of relief lessons after suffering the 2nd miscarriage (in August 2014) that I felt a warm bright light had surrounded me and what felt like two arms of God embracing me.

As I broke down crying,

I heard the heavens opening up with angels singing and ministering to me in a song: Here now All I know is I know that You are Here Now Still my heart Let Your voice be all I hear now Spirit breathe Like the wind come have Your way Cause I know that You are here now Heart and soul God I know that You are here now Fix my eyes On the things that I can’t see now And all I see Is the glory of Your Name


ENTERING GOD’S REST I cried because I knew He saw my pain, tears and sadness. (This song

“It was during these times of darkness,

turned out to be Here Now (Madness)

that I experienced the tangible

by Hillsong United which was only

presence of God and HIS LOVE.”

released 9 months later in May 2015.)

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Then I met Pastor Paul who taught “Discipleship Making” and heard his testimony of how as he surrendered his choice of a life partner, his vocation, and where he was to live that I felt God

In September 2014, God began a series

(Love on the Line), I heard God say to

had been challenging me for some time

of conversations with me at work and

me “I made this song in heaven, but I

to surrender my carnal mind totally

at home. He said to take 1 year off work

let her write it on earth.” I began to see

to Him. Just thinking about these

and that 2015 would be my year of

from His perspective “Your kingdom

challenges pained me. It’s much easier

restoration. So in faith I applied for my

come, your will be done, on earth as it

sticking to what I was used to, life was

year off at the end of Term 3, not really

is in heaven” ~ Matthew 6:10.

certain even if somewhat powerless.

knowing how I was going to spend my 12 months not working besides taking a 1 month European holiday in May.

During my 10 weeks at Arrows College, I was greatly impacted by Pastor Benny’s teaching on “Calling and Destiny”. I

Now I knew how the Israelites felt while they stood on the east of the Jordan River.

God knows that I’m a forward planner

had for some time begun thinking

God also used my classmates to speak

and a dreamer. He gave me a dream in

there must be something more than

to me about the importance of watchful

September 2014 in which I heard the

just keeping a career at teaching and

prayer; faith; preparing our Spirit as

entire tune to a beautiful song sang in

honing my teaching skills. I know I’m

good soil to receive God’s words and

heaven. I began singing it in my dream

a marketplace minister and God had

walking out of darkness-sermonettes

and I had the tune to the chorus stuck

in the past used me to pray for the

that spoke volumes and touched my

in my mind upon waking. As I began

salvation of my students to which

heart.

humming the tune, I asked God to

I have seen them being brought to

bring to memory the words I so loved

Christ. I knew I’ve come to a listening

Many church friends had asked me

to sing in my dream. God’s response

point but felt I lacked faith to answer

was “Open your mouth and sing.”

my God who is calling.

In faith, I did and sang these words:

what I do during my sabbatical year. My response was rest. I do everything to rest. I read the Bible every day, spent

I continued to hear the voice of God

more time in prayer and Quiet Time, I

“To the one who has rescued my soul

challenged me on some inner issues

spent time reading Christian books,

To the one who has welcomed me home

that had begun choking the joy out

news online and journal articles. I had

To the one who is Saviour of all

of me. It was during Pastor Seaward’s

coffee with friends on their rostered

I sing forever”

“Inner Healing and Deliverance” that

day off, I watched sermons on DVDs,

I then asked God for the lyrics to the

the Lord again impressed on me to

went to Connect group and BSF weekly,

stop receiving acupuncture treatments

enjoyed my leisurely stroll in the parks

and to continue to rely on Him, taking

with friends, travelled, attended a few

Holy Communion for divine healing

Christian seminars, went to my first

and health. I repented and gave up

Hillsong Conference, cooked for family

well not to entertain my half-hearted

acupuncture.

and allowed God to minister to my

insincere request. I knew God doesn’t

Then it was the week surveying the Old

run on my timing, only I run on His

Testament with Dr Ashley Crane that I

time. But I did ask God when I will

came to realise that God, had indeed

hear this song again. He replied “You

appointed to meet with me at Arrows

My prayer is that both my husband

will hear it at Hillsong Conference” to

College. In a dream I had in February

and I hear God clearly for our future

which I understood, God was already

this year, I saw myself in a classroom,

directions. We are each other’s precious

under no uncertain term setting a date

studying Old Testament with a group

cargo and we are both in God’s service

to meet me in 2015. So in obedience,

of people I had never met before yet

together. Things I have learnt so far,

my husband and I immediately booked

they all seemed like they knew me as

when I surrender my time to God, He

our flights and secured our conference

friends. I saw written on their necks

will fill it up with His agenda. When

registrations.

the words “Arrows”. I shared this

I enter His rest, my body is restored.

It was on Thursday 2nd July 2015,

dream with a close friend and we both

When I feed on His Word, my Spirit is

concluded it was a literal dream that I

refreshed. When my Spirit prospers,

was to attend Arrows College and God

my soul sings.

first verse but because I was rushing to go to work, I stopped singing in the presence of God. Nothing came. I didn’t have time for God and He knew

during the night rally that I again heard that beautiful song I had dreamt about. When the worship leader was leading the audience to sing “that song”

had made another appointment with me.

friends through me. Now I understood why God instituted the Sabbath year of rest for the Israelites.

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FEATURE STORY

Be Still and Obedient And Know that He is God

ST EPHAN I E C HAN

ENROLLING IN ARROWS COLLEGE

around it. I can’t expect to experience

well

has to be one of the best decisions

God when I give Him a whole list of

encouragement, love and many more.

I’ve made in my life. It has not

conditions I have. I can’t expect God

only renewed and refreshed my

to work in my life when I want to be

relationship with God but has given

in control. I had to learn to let go and

One of the best part about Arrows is

me a new paradigm of thinking.

let God take control of the steering

that you have a new family! Before

wheel in my life. Once I did that and

the course started, Pastor Choy told

obeyed God and His commands, I

me that all the students will bond

began to see God’s blessings and

closely and be prepared to cry at

the work He was doing in my life.

the end of ten weeks. Honestly, I was

I came to know about Arrows through an

announcement

on

a

Sunday

Service. I had a conviction in my heart to apply for it but I knew that I won’t be able to afford it as my husband and I just do not have the finances for it. So I decided to leave the decision to my husband and I was certain he would say no to it. But to my surprise, after having a chat with my husband and family, they were fully supportive! They told me not to worry and to go for it. By God’s grace, finances for the course were sorted out and all I had to do was attend. First lesson learnt: When God has something planned for your life, you just have to obey.

“So obey the commands of the Lord your God by walking in His ways and fearing Him.” ~ Deuteronomy 8:8

strength,

time,

support,

A New Family

thinking to myself, ‘Yea, no way I

Be Still

would be able to bond with people

“The busier you get, the more time

that fast. I am an introvert.’ But boy

you need to spend with Jesus.” This

was I wrong! I am now surrounded

quote by Pastor Rajan is something

with like-minded people who cares

that I will always remember. Being

and loves me. I feel so safe and

someone who is constantly filled with

encouraged whenever I share my

work and events, I often found it hard

problems. They kept me accountable

to be still and rest at God’s feet. God

and prayed for me during my times

has been chasing me and I chasing

of need. They are truly God-sent

the world. It’s time I slowed down and

and I thank every one of them for

‘go-stun’ and chase after God. He is

blessing me with their friendships.

all that matters and enough for me.

A

special

shout-out

to

Pastor

Choy and Aunty Ellen who has

God’s Providence

Obedience

mentored me through this journey.

It has not been easy, attending Arrows from 8.30am to 2pm and going to

An Amazing Journey

work from 3.30pm to 8pm. But with

Being in Arrows has been nothing

God’s strength and help, I was able to

short of amazing. It is definitely

complete all the assignments on time

the highlight of 2015 for me. My

This verse summarises what I have

and most importantly, encounter

prayer is that I will continue to

learnt during my time in Arrows.

God. God has

shown Himself time

be obedient and still before God.

Throughout these ten weeks, one

after time that He is Yahweh, my

I trust that God has a great plan

thought kept popping up in my head,

Provider. He has not only provided

for my life. All I need to do is to let

‘You want to see a change in your

in

finances,

go and allow Him to lead me in the

life? Obey God and His commands.’

friends, support in marriage; but

direction He wants me to go. Praise

I have learnt that there is no other way

has provided in the unseen as

and Glory be to God forever. Amen.

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A New Beginning

God is Doing a New Thing

I believe that for me attending Arrows is not a coincidence. It is definitely a divine appointment. Coming to

“What one generation neglects, the next generation will reject.”

Arrows has opened my eyes to so many things. I consider it such a privilege and honour to be able to sit under the teaching of so many great men of God. All of them blew me away with how passionate they are about the things of God. Some quote

2015 started off like any other

Perspective Change

year before a sudden turn of events

It all started during the first week of

their hand. I ask myself how they do

changed everything in my life. I was

class when Ps Benny was teaching on

that. The only answer I can think of

given the golden handshake with

Calling & Destiny. We were asked to

is, spending time with God. There

no prior warning from my manager

write down a life purpose statement

is no other way but to intentionally

whom

the bible like they know the back of

many

and what things we want to see

spend time with God and make an

years. I did not see it coming, and

changed in our lives. I wrote down

effort to memorise bible verses.

when it happened, it hit me quite

many things. One of them was to

As 2 Tim 3:16 says, “all Scripture

hard. To make matters worse, I was

have a regular family devotion time.

is God-breathed and is useful for

I

have

known

for

disappointed at how it happened and how the situation was handled.

Fast-forward to week 6, during Ps Paul

Jeyachandran’s

teaching

on

teaching, and

rebuking,

training

in

correcting

righteousness.”

It was then that Ps Benny approached

Discipleship, the word “intentional”

I am now definitely more passionate

me and invited me to consider joining

kept coming back to me. Suddenly,

and intentional about reading the bible

Arrows College. To my mind, Arrows

God reminded me that I had wanted to

and praying daily. Our God is a God

College was not for me. It was only

have a regular family devotion time. I

of second chances. If we are willing

for those who were thinking of going

purposed in my heart to take action

to yield ourselves to Him, He will do

full time, pastors or missionaries.

and since then, we have had our

great and mighty works through us.

I brushed that idea aside and told

family devotion on a weekly basis. I

Ps Benny I would pray about it. To

thank God for the word that has been

I would never exchange these 10

cut the long story short, after a

spoken through the lecturers. One of

weeks of class for any other things.

couple of weeks’ consideration, I

the quotes made in class that impacted

I have been blessed and I do highly

decided to sign up for the 10-week

me most was, “What One Generation

encourage anyone who is considering

course, and see how things go.

Neglects,

Generation

joining Arrows to just go for it. Your

Will Reject”. How true a saying.

life will be so blessed. All glory to God.

CAL EB L EO N G

The

Next

“... during Ps Paul Jeyachandran’s teaching on Discipleship, the word “intentional” kept coming back to me. Suddenly, God reminded me that I had wanted to have a regular family devotion time. I purposed in my heart to take action and since then, we have had our family devotion on a weekly basis.”

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FEATURE STORY

Stepping Into the Sanctuary The Search for Meaning

was well past midnight when he hung

When I graduated from the University

up!

of Western Australia, and started on a very promising career, I had achieved all that I aspired to in life but was still leading quite an aimless life! I envied my good friend and housemate, an apprentice

electrician,

and

wished

that I could also have the happy and carefree

life

that

he

was

leading.

“But if from thence thou shalt seek the LORD thy God, thou shalt find [him], if thou seek him with all thy heart and with all thy soul”. ~ Deuteronomy 4:29

I learned that being a Christian

is having a personal experience of Jesus Christ and living life in total relationship and commitment to Him.

“He may be our Saviour; but He hasn’t yet become our Lord as Lord and Saviour must go together. We are made in the image of God and we are made to glorify Him. We are made for God and without Him (in our lives) there is a void. This emptiness can (only) be filled by a simple surrender to Jesus Christ”. ~ Billy Graham

ST EWART C H EW September through to early November coincides with the two best months for fishing salmon in Western Australia! Fishing the Aussie salmon every year

It is quite easy for me or anyone else

is something I have done for as long

to accept Christ as Saviour as this is

as I have lived in Perth! Secondly, my

just an acknowledgement without any

daughter, Alyssa gets married in the

committed

responsibility.

middle of November. Relatives and

I can go on to serve as a very active

friends coming from Malaysia and

member in my local church or run

Singapore had already bought their

a Christian sponsored care project

tickets to come earlier to enjoy a holiday

for the homeless community or lead

in Perth! Doing the course would mean

worship in evangelical crusades and

cancelling all my fishing excursions

meetings etc., but as long as I have not

during this very productive period

One fine Sunday in church, when the

truly experienced Him as Lord, I would

and leaving my wife to look after our

pastor made the altar call, to my own

still have a vacuum deep inside of me.

visitors while I go to ministry school.

surprise, I responded and walked to

My close associates recognize the

the front to receive Jesus!

No sparks

roles I play and may even envy me as a

flew, nor did I sense any transformation

tireless soldier in His service, but I have

afterwards in myself, as I had been led

been convinced what I do is a just my

to expect.

I came home disappointed

work-duty. I am obligated but certainly

and did not tell anyone what I had

not motivated or inspired and the “I do

done, least of all my Perth friend,

it because I love Jesus” element is far

Jonathan.

I felt quite disappointed,

from the truth. Therefore I must, first

as I realized that my commitment had

and foremost, rendezvous at the cross

not changed me in any way. I thought

at Calvary with the sacrificial Lamb of

my conversion was another one of my

God and surrender my life to Him and

many failed attempts to relieve the

to receive His forgiveness. To do that

universal and ageless human problem

is to possess the spirit of acceptance

of an empty and discontented life.

of Jesus Christ in my life that in

A Personal Encounter

turn gives me contentment in life.

I knew that he was a Christian and appreciated that he did not preach his religion to me. When I left Perth to return to Penang for good, I continued to keep in contact with Jonathan. He often encouraged me to join my local church, and said he would continue to pray for me to become a Christian.

personal

One evening, as I was preparing to go to

God’s Provision

bed, I was surprised by a call from Perth.

As my wife enrolled me very early in

I was glad when I found it was Jonathan

Arrows School of Ministry, I had quite

on the line. I had thought of talking to

a lot of time to change my mind and

him about my personal dilemma but

withdraw from the course. In fact, I

had not found the courage to call him

had two very legitimate reasons for

for his advice. I took advantage of him

not doing the course. Firstly, the 10-

calling me, we spoke at length and it

week semester that stretches from

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A week before the start of term, I was still unsure whether I would be able to juggle my time and join the class. I had a strong inclination that I should go along with what my wife had initially decided for me to do. But in my heart I wanted to be absolutely sure. Amy and I got on our knees to pray. When we stood up after praying, we both experienced this overwhelming stillness and peace in our hearts. On that day, I felt that I had made a successful rendezvous with God.

I am convinced that God

was telling me that He wanted me to begin a close relationship with Him. Arrows College is the starting point. After 2 weeks in Arrows College, my wife and I received (good) news that the wedding guests from overseas had already secured for themselves an apartment in Perth and would also arrange their own touring of Western Australia! God is good!


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It was not until somebody gave me In 2009, June and Kari were going to a John Gospel that I started to think leave to Spain because they had the about this Person: Jesus. Was He call of God to go and plant churches really the Son of God? Was He really in Valencia. Having recently been resurrected?

Was

He

a

liar?

Was in Spain to visit my older son who

He a good man with some mental lives in Valencia, I had no desire to issues?

Those

were

my

thoughts. leave my country. But after a time,

But this Person bothered me. Every I felt that uneasiness in my heart, time I thought of Him, I felt uneasy. that Holy Dissatisfaction, as Pastor One day, I was watching one of those movies about His life. During the crucifixion scene, I fell on my knees

Benny Ho says. Soon I heard God calling me to Spain and so I went with

my

youngest

son,

Santiago.

crying. I did not know what had I have been part of the team of happened to me, but my heart was La

Roca

broken. I heard His soft sweet voice 2009 saying, “Now do you believe Me?”. And in tears, I answered, “Yes, I do”.

in

(The Puçol.

Rock)

since

Valencia,

July Spain.

During the last two years, I had been feeling a need to learn more, to

But my life continued to be the same. dedicate a time only for God, to seek

AL BA LUZ Q U IAN ITU R B U R U

I worked, went out with my friends, Him, to learn from Scripture, to receive

“I know the plans which I am planning for you, plans of welfare and not of calamity, to give you a future and a hope” ~ Jeremiah 29:11

started

dating

and

got

married. teaching and training. One day, I saw the

I had children, my marriage did Arrows page on Facebook, and thought not work and we finally divorced. “I want to go there”. At the same time, At

an

evangelistic

campaign

of

Carlos Anacondia, the Argentinean evangelist, I was touched by the Holy Spirit, I could see how real Jesus was and how He dwells among His

I was born in 1958 and grew up in Montevideo, Uruguay,

people. Subsequently, at the Holy

I did not mention my desire to anyone as I thought that at 57, I was too old and people would not invest in me. But last year, just before Christmas, Pastor Benny and his wife Cecilia came to visit us and invited me to come to Arrows.

Spirit’s prompting, I got baptised. It was like God saying, “I do not do

things like the world does. I still have in a family with many problems, When I eventually started going to plans for you and things I want to making the environment at home church, I served first in a Pentecostal teach you, show you and heal you of”. very aggressive. My parents were Assemblies of God church, then a “Catholic” in name but not practice church in my neighborhood, before This time in Arrows has been so rich in As a result, I could never believe anything about God. I thought it was something

“weak

people”

needed.

I was very curious and read and attended

many

different

religious

meetings in Uruguay and U.S.A., where I finished high school. Afterwards, I started to study psychology, but did

finally becoming part of the workers every aspect for me. I have learned so team at Vino Nuevo (New Wine) a church much, my hunger for God has increased, in downtown Montevideo, where Kari I have been healed of huge pains that and June Ahola were the pastors. We I had unknowingly been storing up, took kids who were into drugs and I have met precious brothers and alcohol, brought them in for rehab, sisters, I have new expectations and and told them about the love of Jesus. plans for my work in Spain, and I have even discovered that I love Theology!

not finish. I went to work very young because my father left the house and my mother could not sustain me and my two younger brothers. During my youth, I was very “hippy”, very “liberal”, but although I had many friends, a very lonely person inside. I used drugs, and thought

“I am with you always, even to the end of the age” ~ Matthew 28:20b

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The Prodigal Daughter Samantha enrolled in Arrows College to find answers to her many life questions. She presumed she might only get a few answered, but what she got out of the course was much more than she initially expected... I WAS RAISED IN A LOVING CHRISTIAN FAMILY. My whole family attends church faithfully and are active members in various ministries. They each had a personal relationship with God, all except for me. Having grown up in a Christian family, I grew up reading the bible and ‘worshipping’ God. However, I treated the bible like a storybook. I ‘worshipped’ meaninglessly, if you know what I mean. I served in children’s ministry, solely because I love children, and it gave me the opportunity to skip a few Sunday sermons. Simply put, I knew how to behave like a Christian, but my heart was not in the right place. I was not a true follower of Christ, and had no personal relationship with God. As I grew older, I became more interested in the things of the world and found an intense dislike for the things of God.

I felt that being a Christian was all about rules and prohibitions; dictating what I can and cannot do. I obviously didn’t know God personally. A critical time in my life came in 2012 when I moved to Japan by myself for half a year. There, I was completely isolated from my family and Christian-related things. I started to live for the temporal and material world, and forsook the eternal Christ-centred one. From then on, I barely attended church for the next three years and stopped socialising with many Christian friends. You are probably asking, ‘Why did you enrol in Arrows College then?’ I think the best way to explain it will be what Pastor Benny Ho termed as the “Holy Dissatisfaction.” And that all will come to experience it when they realise that living without God is a meaningless life, and He is always calling you to draw closer to Him. All you need to do is respond to His call. How I came to enrol in Arrows was not an immediate and spontaneous action. It took God ‘calling’ me over a nine-month period. As both my other siblings were graduates of Arrows from previous years, I had the first-hand experience of witnessing how God completely transform their lives for the better through their encounters at Arrows. At that time I thought they were completely out-of-their minds for wanting to go to bible school and study the bible for ten WHOLE weeks. I couldn’t even read the bible for more than two minutes at that time. However, I cannot deny the course had such a significant impact on both their lives. Unsuspecting to me, the seed for Arrows was already planted! At the beginning of 2015, I worked really hard to save up for a trip around Europe for a few months. I had an amazing time, saw many beautiful sights and tasted lots of delicious food. For some reasons, during my travels, the thought of Arrows continuously sat at the back of my mind. I vividly recall whilst eating gelato in Italy one day, the thought of Arrows came to mind for no apparent reason.

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Despite the frustration I felt towards

And I am now a graduate of the

And just like the prodigal son, I have

God’s prompting at first, I slowly

Arrows College 2015. In addition, God

a Father waiting for me to run back

warmed up to the idea. God kept

supernaturally restored what I gave

into His loving arms. I have a Father

dropping many hints for me to enrol

up (the job). On the very same day

who embraced me with love. I have

with Arrows. I am eternally thankful

I enrolled in Arrows, I was offered

a Father who showed me grace even

to the Lord that He never gave up on

another contract for next year on my

though I don’t deserve it.

me.

own terms. God is indeed faithful!!!

Before I finally enrolled in Arrows,

During the course, God completely

Father waited every day for my

I was offered a job opportunity

revealed Himself to me. I now know

return. He unconditionally restored

that was too hard to pass up. It

that I have a Father in heaven, and

meaning into my life. I thank God

checked off all the boxes in terms

that Christ died on the cross for

for using Arrows to draw me back to

of salary, job description, location,

me and for you, to make us Sons of

Him. This course has been a blessing

and employment benefits. Within

God. In these past weeks at Arrows,

to me in such a tremendous way. I

that week, I had to make a decision

I have encountered too many signs,

will never forget the time spent with

between enrolling in Arrows and

miracles

Arrows. I know it will greatly bless

accepting the job offer. I was tempted

life, that I will never doubt God’s

not to enrol myself in Arrows 2015 but

existence again. Together with my

I could not ignore that inward holy

Arrows family, we have learnt more

dissatisfaction. I asked my parents

about God and His Word than we

to pray on my behalf, since I didn’t

could ever possibly think or imagine.

talk to God nor did I really believe He existed. I just wanted someone to make a choice for me. They said ‘No’ and that I had to pray for myself and seek Him for my answer.

My

and

revelations

testimony

draws

in

my

many

similarities to the parable of The Prodigal Son. I forsook my Godly Father; I lived life to satisfy my flesh; a life of sin and instant gratification.

That night, I prayed the shortest

I spent my money whichever way

prayer, and probably one of the

I chose. However, I felt the holy

only prayers I had prayed in the last

dissatisfaction in me. I felt empty. I

three years. Surprisingly I got a clear

was not living for anyone or anything.

answer and subsequently enrolled in

I was just living life with no meaning.

Arrows.

What will I be when life was all over?

I was the prodigal daughter, whose

others in the future as well.

SAMANTHA C H EW

“I have a Father waiting for me to run back into His loving arms. I have a Father who embraced me with love. I have a Father who showed me grace even though I don’t deserve it. I was the prodigal daughter, whose Father waited every day for my return. He unconditionally restored meaning into my life...”

“Having grown up in a Christian family, I grew up reading the bible and ‘worshipping’ God. However, I treated the bible like a storybook. I ‘worshipped’ meaninglessly, if you know what I mean. I served in children’s ministry, solely because I love children, and it gave me the opportunity to skip a few Sunday sermons. Simply put, I knew how to behave like a Christian, but my heart was not in the right place. I was not a true follower of Christ, and had no personal relationship with God.”

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TWO QUICK QUESTIONS

two quick questions

WITH PASTOR PAUL JEYACHANDRAN

What makes you so passionate about the subject on Discipleship? Jesus is coming again soon and because He is coming soon, there is an urgent need for world evangelization. The key to world evangelization is radical discipleship to Jesus Christ. That is why we are so passionate about disciple-making and mentoring. Well, isn’t the ONE thing Jesus has called us to do is to go and make disciples? Thus, that is the ONE thing we want to do today. Like I’ve shared my journey with you before, through the product of our disciple-making and mentoring, we can see that God has done so much.

ABOUT PAUL JEYACHANDRAN Lead Pastor of Life Church Castlehill in Sydney, Australia, Paul is a prolific and powerful communicator of God’s word. Paul challenges conventional mindsets and stretches the capacity of his listeners to new levels of believing to maximise their God-given potential. His heart is to see people envisioned with God’s purpose, equipped with God’s Word and empowered to champion the cause of Jesus Christ in their world.

If you have known the Paul 15 years ago and the Paul you have come to know now, he is a new man that has been changed. The change happened because of the journey of life God has brought me through and the mentors He has used to shape my life.

In your opinion, what is the message for the church today and why?  We always say that the world is in trouble and the church is in need of volunteers and leaders but it is actually the other way round. The church is in trouble and the world is in need, and that’s the reality. The church is in trouble because we are a compromise church. We are raising consumers, we are entertaining people rather than educating them, we are keeping them occupied with service and ministry rather than empowering them to go and make disciples. So we are not transmitting or testifying or teaching the Truth and we are only one generation from completely walking away. The message of the popular church today is very inspirational and motivational and it is very much seeker-sensitive and practical, however, it is not anchoring people in the Truth. This is very dangerous and therefore, it makes us very passionate about wanting to become a disciple-making church and a disciple-making pastor. Hence, out of the things we do, disciple-making is our priority.

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WITH PASTOR RAY BADHAM What makes you so passionate about the subject on Worship? ABOUT RAY BADHAM Pastor Ray is a devoted songwriter, musician, music director, worship leader and teacher with both ministry and professional experience. He joined Hillsong Church in 1999 and worked in the Creative Department until becoming Worship Course Development Manager at Hillsong International Leadership College in 2008. Ray is passionate about the potential and impact of worship music and is devoted to education and learning.

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Worship really encapsulates our whole life and if we can get an understanding about worship, we can understand how we function and how God has made us to function. When we truly worship God, we can truly become who God has made us to be.

In your opinion, what is the message for the church today and why?  In church today, it is all about truly worshipping God in Spirit and in Truth. More and more, we not only become so distracted with our lives but also in church, particularly in the time of worship as we are easily distracted by things like social media and technology. People struggle to stay focus, and as worship leaders, we can really help to bring their focus back to God. To be a true worshipper is to continue to align ourselves with God and to continue to seek His will and purpose for our lives. I don’t think it necessarily means to become perfect but we are to continue to seek and please God in our lives.


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Life After Arrows: Jonathan Quay Life

after Arrows started slowly; after leaving the college and stepping into the marketplace to work, things seemed to be very normal. Everything seemed like it was just returning to its normal routine - water finding its own level, so to speak. I began to notice the changes very subtly; a verse would pop up here, and a principle there - almost as if aspects of the course would rise in my memory as the relevant situations occurred. People would tell me that I was quoting much more Scripture, and my fortitude in applying biblical principles to very secular situations had definitely increased. But I believe I truly noticed the impact that Arrows had on my life when I stepped into my calling as the youth pastor of Faith Community Church.

In the context of my calling, I realised that I could find application for effectively every module that I sat through in Arrows, from preaching and teaching to mentoring and worship. As time flew by and my ministry grew and grew, I have no doubt that the experiences and knowledge that I had gained from attending Arrows College were integral not just to the growth of my ministry but more importantly perhaps, my growth as a person. Now our youth ministry is one of the largest in the state, and these aren’t your average youth group kids who are attracted to fun and games. This is a youth group of disciples, who even from the age of 12, are serving in worship and media teams, outreach programs, Christian dance groups, leadership development programs

I’m grateful for Arrows, for providing me with the teaching that has enabled me to build this ministry, but also for the friends and the connections that I made in the school, many of whom are continuing to walk this path of ministry with me, and provide valuable insight and input into my life constantly. God is Good! and so much more. It’s a youth ministry with a powerful vision to not just babysit the next generation but to raise them as strong men and women of the faith who will go on to take every sphere of influence they enter, and redeem it back to Christ. Sure, there are always tough weeks, and things aren’t always smooth sailing either; but we walk in the confidence that God is with us, and we have been seeing His favour at every turn, His grace around every corner.

The future is bright, and I can’t wait to see what God has in store, not just for me, but for my ministry as well. I’m grateful for Arrows, for providing me with the teaching that has enabled me to build this ministry, but also for the friends and the connections that I made in the school, many of whom are continuing to walk this path of ministry with me, and provide valuable insight and input into my life constantly. God is Good! ARROWS COLLEGE MAGAZINE #04-2015


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LIFE AFTER ARROWS

Life After Arrows: Shirley Seah As I’m typing this, I faced a huge dilemma. What name should I use? Only a year has passed since I finished Arrows College but it has nonetheless been an eventful year. One of the major events that took place was “Getting Married!” Exactly a month after completion of Arrows College was Mark and my wedding day. Although we reside in Perth, we decided to hold our entire wedding in Singapore so that our family, relatives and most importantly my grandparents will be able to attend the church ceremony and be present at the wedding. We thank God that He has been our ever-faithful Heavenly Father who orchestrated everything in His perfect timing. Most of our friends from Perth happily flew over to Singapore to celebrate our special moments with us, helped us plan and coordinate the wedding and last but not least, enjoy the lovely cupcakes from The Ugly Cake Shop (part of their profits goes toward feeding the kids at Shallom School in Timor Leste) and delectable dinner banquet at Carlton Hotel.

were getting better and is now stable, he got transferred out of ICU, and is in a normal ward. Why the sudden turn of conditions? Why no one informed me earlier to rush back to Singapore to see him for the last time? One of my greatest regret with my Gong Gong’s passing away is probably not having shared the Gospel directly with him. This has awakened my soul to realise the importance and urgency of sharing the Agape love of God with others that do not yet know Him as their own Lord and personal saviour. I can’t thank God enough for His blessings and provision to allow me to go through Arrows College in 2014. I thought I had it all under control – attend Arrows in the morning; work at Touchpoint Community Services in the afternoon, and plan for wedding in the evening. But those 10 weeks were probably one of the most intensive and pressure-filled times in my life. I was battling with God who was tearing down my crowns, my idols, my strongholds, and my pride issues during the first three weeks of the course; and before I knew it, we entered the latter half of the course, and was drowned in heaps of course work;

Nevertheless, God is faithful in our lives. Standing on this mountaintop Looking just how far we've come Knowing that for every step You were with us Kneeling on this battle ground Seeing just how much You've done Knowing every victory Is Your power in us Scars and struggles on the way But with joy our hearts can say Yes, our hearts can say Never once did we ever walk alone Never once did You leave us on our own You are faithful, God, You are faithful “Never Once” – written by Matt Redman, was one of the songs that Mark chose for our wedding worship set. On hindsight, it is truly a song that is so apt in our walk with God as individuals and as a couple, and we hold dear to the truth that He will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 31:6). He is interested in our character more than our comfort and is constantly talking to us and revealing more of Himself to us. Attending Arrows College was a 10-weeks commitment to have a fresh encounter with God and to equip myself for the next phase of life ahead. But after Arrows College, it is a life-long surrender and journey with God. Praise be to the Lord that Christ has died on the cross for our sins, and now resurrected and seated at the right hand of God. Only through the redemptive power of God’s saving grace, and the mighty work of the Holy Spirit, would I be able to live out my prayer to God – “This life is not my own, but Lord Jesus take control…”

Little did I realise that it will be my last time seeing my grandfather, also affectionately known as my “gong gong”, face to face on this earth. I still remember the last words I spoke to him at the end of our wedding day was “Bye Gong Gong! So glad that both you and Po Po can attend our wedding. Take care and God bless!” (translated from Chinese) 3 months later, on 27th March, Friday morning, I received news from my mum that Gong Gong is not going to make it... I was in utter shock and disbelief. Last I heard from my parents, Gong Gong’s health conditions DUNAMIS

inspirational and impactful teaching and sharing of ministry handles, leadership and discipleship attitude and frameworks. Then we all graduated and went back to our “normal lives”. I guess I never did enjoy the “full experience” of the ten weeks of Arrows College because of the season in my life that I was going through. I had just re-settled back in Perth, in April last year – after being away for almost 3 years, helping my dad in his business and taking care of my mum in Singapore – in preparation for our new journey ahead as a married couple.

‘‘Truth

does not transform life, applied transforms life.

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~ Rev Edmund Chan


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strangers

THERE ARE NO HERE AT ARROWS, JUST FRIENDS

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