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CROSS CURRENTS IN THE FAMILY: PART II

Overcome modern-day challenges to the Family through God’s Word

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BUILDING FAMILY ALTARS WITH CHILDREN Develop spiritual disciplines in your family life

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PRECIOUS ONES IN GOD’S EYES

Find out who the GEMs of Faith are!


(L-R): Rev John Foo, Rev Peter Koh, Rev Raymond Fong (PIC), Rev Eddie Ho, Pastor Anthony Phua, Rev See Swee Fang

From the Faith Pastors


THE MAGAZINE OF FAITH METHODIST CHURCH | APRIL 2019

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CROSS CURRENTS IN THE FAMILY: PART II

Overcome modern-day challenges to the Family through God’s Word

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BUILDING FAMILY ALTARS WITH CHILDREN Develop spiritual disciplines in your family life

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PRECIOUS ONES IN GOD’S EYES

Find out who the GEMs of Faith are!

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CO N T E N T S • APRIL 2019 40 Study The Word. Join Disciple! 42 TTB Goes Through “BMT” 44 CYF Steamboat Reunion

03 Editor’s Note 04 Pastor’s Letter DEEPER IN CHRIST 06 One Family At Faith 08 One Family In God’s Design 10 Introducing Rev Eddie Ho: A New Shepherd At Faith 12 Cross Currents In The Family (Part II)

PEOPLE OF FAITH 46 Faith Kindergarten: St Luke’s Hospital Visit 47 Faith Kindy Happenings 48 FaithActs: Experiencing God’s Deep Love For Family

HEARTBEAT 19 Two To Tango Marriage Retreat 22 Building Family Altars With Children 24 New Heart New Mind For The New Year 25 You Are Not Alone 26 GEMs: Precious Ones In God’s Eyes 28 Science Sparky Lab 29 Just As I Am 30 Small Group Ministry 2019 33 Small Steps, Big Impact 34 Dear Diary... 36 Transforming Lives, Changing The World One Person At A Time 38 Faithful To The Call

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SPOTTED AT FAITH 50 Faith Community Carnival 52 Watchnight Service 53 Young Adults Gathering 54 Vision Sunday 55 Corporate Leaders Session 56 Night Of Worship 57 Small Group Leaders Session 58 Ash Wednesday 59 Celebrating God’s Great Love 60 TRAC Events At Faith MARKETPLACE 63 Our God The Provider

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EDITORIAL Pastor-in-Charge Rev Raymond Fong Editors Glynisia Yeo Audrey Mok Sub-Editor Rachel Tham Contributing Pastors Rev Raymond Fong Rev John Foo Rev Peter Koh Guest Contributor Bishop Emeritus Rev Dr Robert Solomon

Writers & Contributors Anna Tan Ara Teo Cheong Ing Ing Cindy Ho Dennis Low Derek Hum Doris Chan Esther Teo Janice Ong Jean Hong Jocelyn Choo Juliana Lim Khoo Tse Horng Liaw Ann Sze Paul Ong Sandra Tang

Photographers Debra Thio Edwin de Souza Eugene Koh Ian Koh Jimmy Png Joash Lee Leong Kwok Seng Nathaniel Yeo Oliver Koh Poh Haikun Thomas Koh Wilson Liew Yeh Thiam Pieng Yip Yeng Yoong

For contributions, please send them to faithlink@faithmc.sg

Faithlink is published three times a year by Faith Methodist Church (Singapore) for internal circulation to the congregation of Faith Methodist Church and their friends. Views expressed in Faithlink are the contributors’ and do not necessarily reflect those of the Church and the Editorial Board. Copyright © 2019 by Faith Methodist Church All right reserved. This magazine or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher except for the use of brief quotations in a book review.


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KEY DATES @ FAITH

(APR-JUL 2019)

27 Apr 28 Apr

Storyland & Phonics Outreach Faith Indonesian Fellowship 15th Anniversary Celebration

01 May 12 May 20 May 17-19 May

Church Office Closed (Labour Day) Mother's Day Church Office Closed (Vesak Day) Celebration of Hope 2019 at National Stadium (National Event) Corporate House of Prayer

29 May 05 Jun 09 Jun 16 Jun 26 Jun 30 Jun

Church Office Closed (Hari Raya Puasa) Filipino Independence Day Celebration / Indonesian Fellowship Movie Outreach Father's Day Night of Worship Missions Sunday

07 Jul 14 Jul 21 Jul 26-27 Jul 28 Jul 31 Jul

Missions Sunday Faith's 53rd Anniversary Service Faith Bowling D6 Family Conference (held at Faith) Pledge Sunday Corporate House of Prayer

All dates are correct at time of print. For more info or event updates, please contact our church office at mail@faithmc.sg or 6471 9420, or browse our website at www.faithmc.sg


EDITOR’S NOTE

It Is Finished! One of the final words of Jesus before His death on the Cross was this: “It is finished!” In my mind, I can only imagine the agony and pain that He was going through. But beyond the physical suffering, I believe that there is a spiritual significance to those three words. To understand its meaning, perhaps we should first ask ourselves this question: Why did Jesus have to die on the Cross? Since Adam’s fall, mankind had lost all hope and was subjected to eternal separation from God. And because all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23), a price had to be paid. To redeem us from death and judgement, someone had to pay the price for us; and that

someone is Jesus Christ our Lord and Saviour! John 3:16 tells us of God’s great love for us, in that through His Son’s death on calvary, we would be forever reconciled to our Heavenly Father. Through one Man’s obedience on the Cross, the work of redemption was complete and finished, once and for all. “It is finished!” What great love was demonstrated through His sacrifice! Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ died in our place so that we could have life everlasting! When we gaze upon the Cross, let us always remember the One who saved us and redeemed us from eternal destruction.

IT IS FINISHED!

In His Love,

Glynisia Yeo Editor

email . glynisiayeo@faithmc.sg

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BLESSED RESURRECTION SUNDAY! How time flies. We are already four months into the year and how has your spiritual journey been so far? I ask the same question for us as a church. We continue in the directions of being One Family this year. We emphasize the importance of maturing discipleship in our Small Groups and families. We had the Family Conference focusing on parenting in March and we look forward to other programmes for us to build One Family. Will we become One Family just like that? No, perhaps not. Being One Family is a journey, and it is not simply accomplished through a set of programmes and activities. One Family starts with grasping the spiritual truth of who we are in Christ – a spiritual family experiencing a spiritual unity made possible by the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Perhaps that is the crux to building One Family.

Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be My disciple must deny themselves, take up their cross daily and follow Me.” (Luke 9:23).

to their parents. We will see restoration in marriages, revival in our Small Groups. We will see our communities mature in our discipleship in Christ.

To be One Family requires us to be willing to take up our crosses, deny ourselves, and follow Him. If we call ourselves disciples of Christ, then we must follow the way of Christ. And the way of Jesus is to first go to the cross, then be resurrected. Death first, then life. Unless a kernel of wheat dies, it remains only a seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds (John 12:24).

We will see FAITH truly become more One Family.

So it is for us. We need to deny ourselves, take up our crosses, die to ourselves, our self-centered ways, our selfish desires, our unwillingness to forgive and reconcile; repent, restore and do what it takes to build deeper authenticity, maturity and unity in our families and Small Groups. I believe when we do these by the power of the Holy Spirit, we will see true, abundant life abound in our relationships with each other. We will see healing come to our families, as hearts of parents are turned to their children and children

And so with God’s strength, I take up my cross daily. I know the issues I have to confront, the crucial conversations that must take place, the sacrifice I need to give, and the denial of myself that needs to happen for deeper authenticity and transformation in my family, Small Group and the Pastoral Team that I love and serve with. It will be a costly journey but I know it is worth it. For it is in dying that we come to life. It is in giving that we receive. Let’s come along with one another on this journey. Let’s be more One Family. Allelon!*

Pastor Ray

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ONE FAMILY AT FAITH By Rev John Foo

Those attending Faith regularly will know that we have been onto this “ONE FAMILY” theme for the past year and again for this year. It is an endearing term to use when we intend for the whole Faith community to bond together as one spiritual body in Christ—to regard and accept one another as being in the same family here at Faith. But somehow this is where consensus seems to end. Understanding what “family” truly means in this context is likely to differ from person to person. And, after groping about for the whole of last year, how much clearer and nearer are we to being one family here at Faith? Perhaps now is as good a time for us to review what it takes to be in the spiritual family of God. Granted that efforts have been made over the pulpit and through various programmes and activities organised by Faith to foster a closer bond among our church members, we still need to be aware of certain factors that will either bring us closer together or pull us further apart.

A Reality, Not A Mindset One of these factors that will keep us from being a true family of God is the idea of

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erroneously thinking that we have to create a family mentality here at Faith. We mistakenly think that if only we can get ourselves into this mindset that since we all worship at Faith, serve at Faith, and belong to Faith, then we should strive to identify ourselves as one family here at Faith. Nothing is further from the truth than this. We must realise that the family here at Faith is already there for the taking. We are not trying to create something that doesn’t exist. Rather, we are emphasising something that is already there; the familial bond that is formed through the Cross. We are expressing what is, for us, an unchanging reality, both for our present and in our future. Unless and until we recognise and accept this irrefutable truth about our eternal connection with one another, that we are brothers and sisters because of our connection to the same Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we will never be able to embrace one another in genuine kinship. At best, we may regard each other as closer than friends, but we will lack the kind of affection (or sibling “disaffection” for some) and attachment accorded to our true siblings in our biological family. It’s often said that blood

is thicker than water. We must recognise that the blood which unites us now is the blood of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Accepting The Good And The Bad Having said all that, we are not saying this one family here at Faith is already the perfect image of God’s household. Far from it. We cannot deny that there will still be squabbling and quibbling and bickering among ourselves. But this family reality is something God has already given us and therefore something we need to strive to claim. Sometimes we tend to forget that everybody is still a “work in progress”. God who started the good work in each of us is in the process of perfecting us in faith and love. So, while we wait for the day of our Lord’s return when God completes that work of sanctification in us, we will have to put up with all the flaws and idiosyncrasies of one another. To say that we accept only the good and not the bad in our brothers or sisters in Christ is almost akin to saying that we accept only perfect Christians in our midst. But perfect Christians are hard to come by. Like it or not, the church is chock-full of imperfect people.


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Be Authentic As One Family In God’s family, we do not get to pick and choose who we want as our brothers and sisters in Christ. Although it may be easier to get along with church members we like, we must also accept members with annoying traits and habits, and people who differ in their outlook and convictions. Being one family here at Faith is not about you and I being nice to everybody, although that would certainly be much appreciated all around. But it is about being authentic with one another and yet accepting one another with all our imperfections and shortcomings. It is celebrating our oneness in Christ more than highlighting our differences in views and opinions. Once we start seeing everybody in church with the same lens and accepting them with both their good and bad, we will begin to truly understand and embrace the one “family-ness” at Faith. We will disagree with one another but we will also stand united with one another. We will get exasperated with one another but we will also bend over to help one another in times of need. When we can do all that and much more, we will be able to genuinely say we are One Family here at Faith. Rev John Foo oversees the Discipleship & Nurture pillar at Faith. He is married to Grace and has four children.

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ONE FAMILY IN GOD’S DESIGN By Rev Peter Koh

When we got married, my wife, Jenny, and I, began our task of furnishing our first home. We started with the basic necessities such as the bed, the washing machine and the refrigerator. Over time, with careful budgeting and planning, our home was set up. A lot of time and careful thought was put into making our home a comfortable dwelling for the family. However, let me offer a word of caution: We can be so easily caught up with the physical needs and comfort, that we forget the spiritual needs of being a family; coming together to worship, studying the Word of God, witnessing and seeking to be holy. We can be so busy pursuing the gifts of God, instead of God Himself. Likewise in the church, a spiritual family consists of many people from different cultures and backgrounds. Some of us may be so busy with many activities including outreach to the community and nations. But they neglect the part about building deep relationships with God and with one another. There is very little “allelon” or “one-another-ness”.

Being One Spiritual Family Over the last few years, Faith Methodist Church has been in the direction of One Family, aiming to build relationships instead of just getting busy “doing” church. In December 2018, in my waiting on the Lord, He impressed upon me a verse from Proverbs 24:3-4 for Faith Methodist Church.

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Proverbs 24:3-4 (ESV) 3  By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; 4  by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. The Hebrew word used here for house (bayith) can also refer to the “household or family” and not just the physical house. From these two verses, I was drawn to the three verbs: “built”, “established” and “filled”. The three verbs are applicable, meaningful and helpful for us to be One Family. • By WISDOM a house is built To build One Family in the house of God, one must have wisdom (the “blueprint”) from God, and wisdom begins with the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 9:10a; Job 28: 28). If we do not have wisdom, we can always ask God for it according to James 1:5. His wisdom enables us to know what to do next with the facts and understanding of the situation or circumstances rightly. • By UNDERSTANDING it is established Building without establishing a firm foundation for the house is not good enough. We need the understanding of God’s “blueprint” in order to establish One Family at Faith. To understand is to perceive or comprehend His wisdom (blueprint) for us as One Family. How do we receive this understanding? According to Proverbs 9:10b, we need to have the knowledge of the Holy One and shun evil (Job 28:28). Only with this type of understanding, are we then able to establish a firm foundation for One Family to be built upon. • By KNOWLEDGE the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches. After the basic framework is built and established, it is time to fill or furnish the rooms or inner chambers with the basic essentials to make it into a comfortable home. With knowledge from God, we place importance on knowing the values and principles for living from the Holy Bible. Imagine with me, that if all of us were so saturated with the Word of God, knowing what is good and right from evil and wrongs, we wouldl all be so transformed! We would be able to discern the will of God. We will obey the Great Commandment, thereby fulfilling the Great Commission. The deep knowledge and relationships we build with God and people would be the precious and pleasant riches bestowed upon the church. May we apply these three simple truths not only to our spiritual family, but also to our biological family. May God grant us His wisdom to build, His understanding to establish, and His knowledge to live and experience His abundant blessings; and best experienced within a Small Group at Faith! Rev Peter Koh oversees several ministries at Faith, including Small Groups, Baptism & Membership, FaithWalk, and Marriage Preparation. He enjoys spending time with his wife, Jenny, and their two adult children.

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INTRODUCING

REV EDDIE HO: A NEW SHEPHERD AT FAITH By Esther Teo

In January 2019, a new pastor, Rev Eddie Ho, was appointed to Faith. He had just completed his first Member-on-Trial (MOT) period at Toa Payoh Methodist Church. Having attended and served in church as a lay person for over 25 years, Rev Eddie had a career in the financial industry before the Lord impressed upon his heart to serve His people in a different capacity. Rev Eddie completed his theological studies in 2016, before joining the pastorate two years ago. It was a Sunday afternoon in February when Rev Eddie walked into the room, a broad smile on his face from having preached his first sermon at Faith at all four of our English services that morning. Faithlink’s writer, Esther Teo, sat down with him over lunch to get to know our new pastor better. Faithlink (FL): Hi there, Pastor Eddie! Could you tell us more about yourself, such as your calling to the pastorate? Rev Eddie Ho (REH): It’s great to be here! To further introduce myself, I’m married to my wife Elaine, and we have a son, Nathan, who’s 14 this year. My home church is Fairfield Methodist, and I have been attending Fairfield since 1989 before being appointed to Toa Payoh and now, Faith! My first step to the pastorate was 16 years ago. Back then, I wasn’t sure about going into full-time ministry, only that I was to study theology. I didn’t tell many people about these thoughts, but one day, out of the blue, on separate occasions, two of my Small Group members told me, “Hey, why don’t you go into full-time ministry? We’ll support you!”

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have a lot of time for hobbies as I’m kind of a workaholic [laughs]. I also read nonfiction books, like those about history – I find they get right to the interesting parts unlike fiction books, which can sometimes take a while to develop a plot.

me toward how a Christian should be!

God’s call also changed me in unexpected ways. I’d never particularly liked to read, write or teach, but a change was sparked in me. I began to love writing – it really helps me think, pray, and figure out some difficult topics. I also find joy in teaching, investing in, and really nurturing others.

FL: What books or people have most influenced you in your life and ministry? Do you have a role model or someone you look up to? REH: One of my role models is my ex-Small Group Leader (SGL). He influenced me in the way he read the Bible and how he interpreted what the Bible said, which I thought was such a good example of bringing theology to life. I remember thinking, “Hey, I read the same thing, why didn’t I see it that way?”, and how he’d make the different aspects just connect and make sense. That was something that inspired

Another thing I really respect about my SGL is that before he does anything, he questions, “Is it biblical to make such a decision?” I think that as Christians, we should all ask ourselves that before doing anything.

FL: Can you tell us some highlights of your ministry? Which parts of the pastorate do you find most energizing? REH: When counselling members, there were many times when the Lord guided me in helping them to address their problems. I also am grateful that when I was unsure about things, God helped me, giving me direction in my ministry. Many times when I didn’t know what to do, God provided a way and the means. I think as long as we commit our endeavors to the Lord, and submit to His direction, He will provide what we need. FL: What are your hobbies and passions aside from work? REH: I go to the park to exercise in the evenings! Sometimes, I try to bring my family along with me. I don’t

Other role models that I have are some theologians and pastors – some still alive, many already dead – who share similar characteristics with him.

Our Faith church family warmly welcomes Rev Eddie Ho as one of our Pastors! Let’s support him in prayer, that he will experience much during his second MOT period with us, and fulfil God’s calling for him as a beacon leading many to Christ. Rev Eddie with his wife, Elaine, and son, Nathan.

Esther Teo is the youngest volunteer writer in the Faith Comms team. She loves to read and is a bright star in the making!

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Note: This is Part 2 of the family sermon series preached by Bishop Robert Solomon in July 2018. Here, we highlight the challenges and threats faced by families in today’s modern society and how we can overcome them.

CROSS CURRENTS IN THE FAMILY (PART 2)

Learn to identify and battle modern-day challenges to the Family through the Word of God. By Bishop Emeritus Rev Dr Robert Solomon Transcribed and edited by Sandra Tang

At the end of Genesis 2, Adam and Eve are married. In Genesis 3:1, Satan enters the human world after marriage occurs. Satan often appears in a marriage – in the context of a family – because that is the place for spiritual battle and it is particularly fierce. Newly married couples often see stars, are idealistic, thinking that everything is rosy and they will live happily-ever-after. Those married a long time may think: “Poor things, they don’t know what they’re going to face.” Some psychologists say the first year of marriage is particularly challenging. It

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is like two independently flowing rivers merging, causing turbulence. This is when Satan enters a marriage to create havoc, dissatisfaction, frustration, anger, disharmony, miscommunication and conflict.

THE ENEMY’S MODUS OPERANDI In Genesis 2:16 God said to Adam, “You are free to eat from any tree in the garden but you must not eat from the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die”.


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When Satan comes to break up a family and disrupt a marriage, his modus operandi remains largely unchanged because he is uncreative. God is the artist, creating the heavens and the earth. Satan is simply a sore loser, a bureaucrat, who just follows his set ways. 1) Unbelief Firstly, Satan’s expertise is to create doubt on the word of God, which seems very contemporary and post-modern. He questioned Eve, “Did God really say you must not eat from any tree in the garden?” (The modernist asks, “Does God exist?” Whereas the post-modernists ask, “Are you sure? Did God really say this?”). Today we live in post-modernity, so people take the Bible as a book without absolute authority. When Satan twists God’s word, he makes God sound like a wet blanket. “You will live a boring life following, believing in God and living according to God’s principles, attending church every Sunday, missing golf games, sitting through boring Bible studies, with

boring people. There’s too much fun in the world.” Satan lies by twisting the truth of God to make God sound like a boring killjoy. Though the Bible did not exist in the Garden of Eden, God’s word existed. Satan was testing Eve to see how much of God’s word she knew. Eve responded in Genesis 3:2, “We may eat from the trees in the garden, but God did say you must not eat from the tree in the middle of the garden”. (Note: God said “you can eat from any tree in the garden”.) Her vague response caused confusion because there were two trees in the middle of the garden: the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil (which God specifically said not to eat from), and the Tree of Life. Eve also edited God’s word when she omitted the word “surely” in response to Satan’s question (see Gen. 2:16). “God said you cannot eat from the tree in the middle of the garden and you must not touch it, or you will die.”

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“WHENEVER WE STEP OUT OF OUR HOUSE, WE HAVE TO TELL OURSELVES “I’M A SERVANT OF GOD. I AM A CHILD OF GOD, AND I LIVE TODAY TO OBEY HIM.” LET US CONSCIOUSLY MAKE THAT DECISION AS WE GO OUT INTO THE WORLD.”

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THE IMPORTANCE OF BIBLE LITERACY Satan realized Eve didn’t know her Bible very well and went for the kill. He directly and blatantly challenged God’s word saying, “You will not surely die”. Here is a voice that tells us something opposite from what God said. Satan creates doubt in us that leads to unbelief in God’s word, which he still continues to do today, spreading all kinds of fake news. Hence, if families do not teach the principles of God’s Word to their children, the family cannot stand up to Satan when he tempts them. The reality is, Satan is a Bible expert and knows more of the Bible than most of us, if not all of us, even those who have been to seminary. So we need to be careful and we must know our Bible. Even now, there are many lies circulated in the world that affect family life. Popular philosophies like materialism tell us: If you have enough money, you will have happiness. Life’s purpose is to be happy. We have corrupt systems, where Satan is the master operator, enslaving humans in these modern philosophies that dehumanise us. We are caught up in the wheels of globalized modernism that devalues people and relationships. At work we are treated more like a digit than a human person; a rat running on a continuously moving

wheel. We return home with no time for our children or spouses. Before realizing it, the years have passed and the children have grown up. 2) Wrong Desires Apart from planting unbelief in us, Satan also stirs up wrong desires in us primarily through three ways: The Lust of the Flesh (Pleasure), the Lust of the Eyes (Greed), and the Pride of Life. • The Lust of the Flesh (Pleasure) We live in a world where the lust of the flesh is one reason that many marriages breakdown. Unfortunately this is the big problem many of our modern families are facing. Today’s mass urbanized environment we live in allows maximum contact between genders in the office, markets, trains, car parks, online, etc. These provide and increase the chances of misbehaviour, affairs, or wrong relationships.

With the Internet, pornography is also a growing and dangerous problem, even among church members. I once met a couple and the man was working in the church; and he was sexually addicted. We ask: How could this happen? Pornography enslaves the person, wrecks their spiritual life, breaks their marriage, and destroys the family. We have to be very careful and bring it to subjection. Here are some of the increasingly important aspects of Christian discipleship that we should teach: Denial of self, bearing up the cross, and following Jesus. If we do not practice that, we cannot imagine having a satisfying, meaningful and productive family life. • The Lust of the Eyes (Greed) Every time we shop, we look at and want to own things. The lie is this: The more you own, the more significant you are.

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We often buy many items while overseas, many of which are actually quite useless, ending up in the storeroom, then circulated as Christmas presents. That is what happens in the madness of our modern lives. Greed is very dangerous and the New Testament calls it: idolatry. s Paul’s letter to Colossians, idolatry is so dangerous; it is an addiction.

WESLEY’S PRAYER FOR PURCHASE AND IMPULSE BUYING As Methodists, we also remember our heritage.

people are greedy. In the pursuit of those things, families and marriages are sacrificed. • The Pride of Life When talking to Eve, Satan presented the fruit desirably. It is described in the Bible as “pleasing to the eye”. We also know that the fruit was good food. So Satan sells the fruit as being desirable for gaining wisdom, that you become “as wise as God” if you eat it. That is a wrong desire, in the wrong way, to want to be like God. Many of us put up a show or image. Pride has ‘I’ at the centre of the word. Parents have destroyed children because of pride, wanting their children to become doctors, lawyers or corporate highfliers and live the parent’s dreams. I have witnessed children breakdown and become dysfunctional because of this.

John Wesley had a prayer that he expected all Methodists to pray before they bought anything. It goes something like this: “God, I’m about to buy this. I’m checking with you because I’m spending your money of which I’m just a steward. If this is not what you want me to buy, please stop me. If I do buy this, may I use it well and properly for your glory.”

WRONGFUL DESIRES LEAD TO DISOBEDIENCE

As I reflect more on it, I think it was John Wesley’s genius. He was a man ahead of his times and knew about impulsive buying. Puritan writer, Thomas Brookes, said, “Satan has a knack for showing the bait while hiding the hook.” Greed is a big problem because

Satan spreads lies, stirs up wrong desires, then encourages and urges disobedience. In verse 6, Eve took some of the fruit and ate it; more than just a bite, more than one fruit. With each bite the disobedience became increasingly serious.

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IT’S SO IMPORTANT THAT WE DO NOT LIVE CARELESSLY, FOR WE LIVE IN A DANGEROUS WORLD AND THE TRENDS FROM OUTSIDE ACTUALLY AFFECT US VERY DEEPLY.

Eve could have stopped and realised with a conscience that she was breaking God’s law (“the day you eat it you will surely die”). Or perhaps she thought that since all was already lost, she may as well continue. She then gave some to Adam, who took it, enjoyed it and eventually sinned against God as well.

A BIBLICAL MINDSET SAFEGUARDS OUR FAMILY LIFE Our world does not encourage us to deny ourselves and love others; instead it repeatedly encourages us to disobey.

The world encourages us and is programmed to make us blatantly disobey God’s law. The consequence of disobedience and sin is that we cannot hope to remain whole after breaking God’s law because breaking God’s law breaks us.

When ideology is ingrained, and when temptation comes, what comes to mind is, “Just do it! Just once! Nobody knows!” When that happens, the marriage is terribly affected. Keeping secrets will gnaw into the marriage relationship and affect trust. If the spouse finds out about an affair, it wrecks the marriage and affects the children very severely.

For instance, advertisements don’t just sell a product but a lifestyle, thought or slogan. The “Just Do It” and “Obey Your Thirst” advertisement campaigns connected a catch phrase with a product, repeated daily, frequently drilled into our unconscious minds as constantly playing operating scripts.

We do not live in a vacuum and we are exposed to whatever takes place outside. Therefore, unless we have a biblical mind-set, unless we are following Christ as His disciples, we are going to fall prey to whatever thought out there, which is mostly encouragement to disobey God.

I thought these were dangerous philosophies and preached “Don’t Do It” and “Deny Yourself” sermons for thirty minutes to counteract them. But who will eventually win the battle for the mind when these campaigns run repeatedly, whereas I in comparison preach for only halfan-hour?

It’s so important that we do not live carelessly, for we live in a dangerous world and the trends from outside actually affect us very deeply. Thus whenever we step out of our house, we have to tell ourselves “I’m a servant of God. I am a child of God, and I live today to obey Him.” Let us consciously make that decision as we go out into the world.

In the remaining parts of this series, we will cover these other areas: (Part 3) Tensions Within, (Part 4) Truths From Above Part 3 – Tensions Within will be featured in the next issue of Faithlink.

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FMC’S COUPLE RETREAT IN JB Faith’s marriage retreat saw couples being strengthened in their relationships with God and each other. By The Family Life Team

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples if you love one another.” (John 13:35) A marriage retreat? Many who had signed up were not sure what to expect as they set off with the group for JB. Over the next three days, they would discover that there were times for laughter and times for tears, times for fellowship and times for quiet reflection. At the end, many couples came back recharged and with hopeful anticipation for their marriages. On arrival the first night, participants were greeted in the cosy seminar room by the fragrance of scentedcandles and potpourri. This immediately set many in the right mood. Pastor Donald Chia as Retreat leader was warm and engaging. Over the next three days, he led participants through The Seasons of Marriage, The Power of One, Creating a Safe Environment, The Power of Empathetic Listening and Making a Difference.

Pastor Donald’s vast experience as a trained clinical psychologist was enlightening as he taught how our minds and emotions could help or sabotage our marriages and ourselves. Pastor Donald also engaged participants with very personal sharing from his own marriage. His pastoral heart was clearly evident throughout.

There were exchanges of funny stories but also serious discussions of marriage and parenting. The retreat closed with couples penning love letters to respective spouses and a renewal of their marriage vows.

On the final day, Pastor Donald offered a “life-line”, his personal number and permission for participants to contact him anytime if they encounter a difficult point in their marriages.

A Christian marriage is really so significant. As one of the oldest couple present had commented, “God has given us a helpmate and a darling”. A marriage is a unique opportunity to love in action. Above all, it is a beautiful arrangement for a couple to reflect Christ to a looking world.

Another highlight of this retreat was the wonderful fellowship shared amongst other couples.

It was a very touching closure and there were wet eyes around the room.

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STRENGTHENED IN LOVE “Praise God for the Tango Couples Retreat! Great time of re-dedication of our marriage and made many new friends, both young and mature couples. Most importantly, thanking God for my beautiful wife, Audrey, for being there with me. Found a trillion reasons to tango through this life alongside her!” (Gary & Audrey)

“We were richly blessed. We learnt from Pastor Donald where we were after 32 years of marriage and how we should respond. The grand finale was the renewal of our marriage vows, which we went through like we were first married! Overall, we learnt to be more appreciative and to love each other more.” (Ron & Serene)

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“This retreat was timely and special. Timely as it allowed us to reflect and give thanks for God’s grace. Special as it allowed us to renew our marriage vows before God and before all the wonderful couples whom we have acquainted. This retreat has certainly helped prepare us better for our journey with God in this life adventure as a couple.” (Yew Kay & Ai Lin)


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BUILDING FAMILY ALTARS WITH CHILDREN By The Family Life Team and SUN JAM Children’s Ministry

In conjunction with the One Family direction at Faith, a workshop for parents, “Building Family Altars (BFA) With Children”, was conducted on Sunday, 27 January. The dialogue served as a platform to encourage every family to be intentional in nurturing our children in the Lord. At Family Life, it is our desire to establish a support group providing various resources, to help families build their family altars. About 150 parents, who have children 12 years and below, attended the two-hour session, while the children were kept entertained by a team from Faith’s Children’s Ministry. Lim Bee Choo, the Chairperson for Faith’s SUN JAM Children’s Ministry, first shared about how children in the 4-14 age window are most receptive to the gospel and in keeping their faith. She encouraged parents to actively partner SUN JAM in nurturing and discipling their children by actively using Faith’s specially-tailored devotional materials for children. This was to inculcate the habit of spending daily time with God and His Word.

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The Importance Of The Family Altar An extract on the WHAT and WHY of BFA by Pastor Ray Thereafter, Faith’s PIC, Pastor Raymond, emphasized the significance of the family altar, “…the family altar is a regular, dedicated time for the family to come together to worship and learn about God. It is time focused: On God, For God, With God. It is a biblical mandate to teach, train and instruct our children in the ways of the Lord and to declare God’s greatness to the next generation. Our children are the disciples we make! In Deuteronomy 6, we are told to “love the Lord first ... [and] then impress the laws upon the hearts of your children”’


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Participants’ Feedback During the breakout session, many were encouraged by the sharing from fellow church members and expressed intentions to get started. Below were some of the positive feedback received!

Two mothers who serve in the SUN JAM children’s ministry shared their experience after the workshop. “We started when our kids were still very young. Whenever we meet, we share thanksgivings and prayer needs. Through our sharing, we are made aware of one another’s concerns. This is such a privilege – to listen to the hearts of our teenagers. Apart from remembering the goodness of God in our lives, we get to share our faith with our children and bless them by the laying of hands. Indeed, we have been truly blessed by the time spent.” ~ Jeanette Tai “My family is determined to make the family altar a part of our lifestyle despite temptations to give up. We want our children to put God first as God is our life and we want to be connected to Him daily. If we don’t teach our children how to love our good Lord, the world will teach them not to.” ~ Yoko Tang

Monica Leong, who is part of the Family Life committee, shared some personal pointers on her own sessions with her children with this step-by-step illustration: • PRAISE GOD for who He is • READ and PROCLAIM God’s Word • SING a song unto God • MEMORISE Scriptures • SHARE your highs and your lows; your God encounters • PRAY for one another and others • BLESS one another

“It is heartening to hear that I am not alone in the challenges that I face. I picked up some practical suggestions. Since then, my family gathers for a short time of prayer and sharing nightly. Making time for family bonding in the presence of God is crucial. What struck me most is what kind of legacy I want to leave behind. I want to be a father and husband who blesses my family. Glory to God!” ~ Jensen Wong “Being intentional and setting aside time with Abba Father is exciting! My son and I started doing morning devotions and night huddles. We start the day by committing it to the Lord and end it with thanksgiving. My son recently requested to set up a tent at home for our night huddles. One step at a time. We are still learning.” ~ Tan Yi Ming

The Family Life ministry is looking forward to more testimonies of fruitful and meaningful family devotions. If you are keen to learn more about Building Family Altars, please email monica_tan@

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NEW HEART NEW MIND FOR THE NEW YEAR By Dennis Low and Cheong Ing Ing

On Sunday, 10 February, Faith’s Mandarin Ministry welcomed artiste, Guo Xian Hua, at our Chinese New Year evangelistic service. Guo was a former deejay on Rediffusion and is a well-known personality among the Mandarin community in Singapore. Aside from being a DJ, he also hosted popular TV variety show “缤纷 83” in the 1980s. During the service, we had an enjoyable time singing familiar golden oldies along with Guo. Guo then shared on the need

to have a new heart and mind for this New Year, reminding everyone that in Christ, the old has gone, the new is here. “Because all blessings come from God, if we embrace Him, we will inherit His blessings,” he shared. His message struck a chord with the congregation. At the end of the service, 12 prayed to receive Jesus as their personal Saviour. We rejoice with these brothers and sisters made new in Jesus! Hallelujah! Dennis and Ing Ing are members of Faith and actively serve in the Mandarin, Prayer and SUN JAM (Children’s) ministries.

心意更新迎新岁 二月十日的主日,思珍堂华文 事工特别邀请了艺人郭贤华来 到我们的“新春布道会”分享 福音。郭贤华曾是丽的呼声的 播音人,是新加坡华人社群里 家喻户晓的名人;除了是电台 的DJ,在八十年代,郭贤华也 主持过备受欢迎的电视综艺节 目<缤纷 83>。 在“新春布道会”中,会众与 郭贤华一起唱脍炙人口的老 歌,乐在其中。之后,郭贤华 分享了在这个新春佳节里,我 们最需要的是一个全新的心思 APRIL 2019 . FAITHLINK

意念。他提醒会众,在基督 里,旧事已过,都变成新的 了。郭贤华也分享到:“上帝 是我们万福的源头,得着祂就 得到这一切的福分。” 郭贤华的分享引起会众的极大 共鸣;当天,十二位朋友接受 主耶稣为他们的个人救主。我 们为这些主内的新弟兄姐妹感 谢主,在基督里他们已经是新 造的人了。 刘绍达与张茵茵是本堂的会友并积极事奉于华 语,祷告以及儿童事工。


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YOU ARE NOT ALONE

Faith organised a CNY luncheon for seniors from FaithActs and Faithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s AAB residents. By Jocelyn Choo

On 16 February, about 45 seniors and 20 volunteers came together for a memorable Lunar New Year celebration. The lunch was organised by Faith to bless the residents of the churchâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Adopt-A-Block (AAB) initiative, as well as elderly participants from FaithActs. The programme started at 10am with a brief worship session, followed by a simple exercise. Pastor See Swee Fang then greeted the seniors and encouraged them to count

their blessings on a daily basis. The rest of the programme included a violin and keyboard recital, and a time of singing some Chinese New Year songs which brought many smiles and laughter to those in attendance. The seniors enjoyed themselves thoroughly and even took photos enthusiastically at the photo booth set up by the volunteers. We thank God for this opportunity to be a blessing and pray that the seniors will feel the love of God even

when they may be alone at home. We also praise God that after the event, one couple showed interest in attending weekly Mandarin services. An elderly man also shared that this was his first CNY celebration in a long time.

Jocelyn is the Pastoral Team Member for Witness & Evangelism, and the covering PTM for Outreach & Social Concerns.

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HEARTBEAT : ONE JAM CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

GEMs: PRECIOUS ONES IN GOD’S EYES GEMs, an integral part of Faith’s children’s ministry, turns 15 this year. By Juliana Lim

siblings, who meet for worship, Bible lessons and craft. If you peek into LT2 at ACJC at 10.35am on a typical Sunday, you will see primary schoolaged children worshipping God through music. If you venture farther down the corridor to LT3, you will find a group of young people and adults similarly engaged. Tables set for craft activity

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We are the members of the GEMs ministry, a community of persons with special needs and their teachers, caregivers, volunteers, and sometimes

What Is GEMs? GEMs stands for God Enables Me. It expresses our confidence that each one of us depends on God to make us able to do all that He desires us to do. GEMs was initiated in 2004 with five children, with the aim of providing Bible lessons for children who could not fit into the mainstream Sunday School classes due to their special needs.


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Personalised daily activity sheets

Bible lesson with large screen & iPad

To reinforce the learning and application of the lesson, each member takes home a personalized set of daily activity sheets for the week. To encourage focus and participation, we try to pair each member with a befriender/ prompter during the lesson. Our membership has since grown; many of our members first joined GEMs as children and have grown up with us.

A Typical Sunday At GEMs Our young people face intellectual, social, physical and/or other types of challenges so, where possible, Sunday School sessions are adapted to address these needs. An example is the use of individual iPads in conjunction with large-screen display of Powerpoint slides.

Our pool of volunteers is drawn from parents, caregivers and befrienders, all of whom share the conviction that special needs persons need Jesus and can have a relationship with Him.

Fostering A Caring Community Volunteers participate in typical Sunday School teacher roles by teaching and caring for the children, as well as in supporting background roles such as loading lesson files on

iPads, preparing personalised activity materials, befriending, counselling, outreach to parents/caregivers and more. Some support extends beyond Sundays into weekdays. This year, GEMs turns fifteen, and we thank God for growing every member in our community as we learn how to support one another. As we look ahead to the future and the challenges of change, we know that God will certainly enable each of us mightily as He has all this time!

GEMs is looking out for more volunteers! If you have an interest in serving children with special needs or want to know more about the ministry, please email Pearly Sim, Pastoral Team Member for the Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Ministry at pearlysim@faithmc.sg. Juliana Lim is a teacher and serves at GEMs on Sundays.

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HEARTBEAT : ONE JAM CHILDREN’S MINISTRY

E C N E I C S B A L Y K SPAR y By Cind

Our young children had a blast discovering more about God through SCIENCE during the March holidays! About 60 children gathered for the

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“Science Sparky Lab” activity; learning how rainbows occur and making their own too! Most importantly, the kids learned that the rainbows we sometimes see in the sky are a reminder that God will always keep His promises to His people. We praise God for the amazing food, fun and laughter! Cindy is the Assistant Pastoral Team Member for ONE JAM, Faith’s ministry to children.

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I poured out my heart to You, O Lord, Lord of my heart & soul. You heard it all … You know it all … when I did not utter a single word. You are here with me … You are here within me. I am sitting here alone, yet I am NOT alone for You are here. I am bending the knees of my heart, prostrating before You, crying out to You … … yet NOT knowing what I am crying out to You about – such is the DEPTH of my pain, my heartache – weighing so heavily in my heart, soul & spirit. I look to You, O Lord – for You are my chosen portion & my cup. Psalm 16:8 I lift my soul to You, O Lord; I fix my eyes on You – for You are the strength of my heart & my portion forever. Psalm 73:26

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Thank You for Your Grace that I may take one step at a time, each moment in each passing day. As a new day begins, I wake up not knowing HOW I could go through the day’s schedule, nor do I know HOW I could meet every person that I have to meet, let alone managing the whole spectrum of my emotions with its intensity & depth that cannot be described. Lord, I give them ALL to You. I give ALL that I am, within & without, to You & You alone. I simply come to You AS I AM. Thank You, dearest Lord … You embrace me JUST AS I AM. Indeed, You say to me, “Come, My child, come.” Lord, I come. Jeremiah 31:3; Isaiah 49:16a; Matthew 11:28-30 First penned: 14th December 2018

Janice Ong is the Pastoral Team member for Small Group and Prayer Ministries.

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19 SMALL GROUP MINISTRY 2019 SM PURPOSE To bring people into a growing, fruitful & intimate relationship with God (Great Commandment – Transforming Lives) in order to make an intentional difference in their community & the world (Great Commission – Changing the World) by practicing a lifestyle of F.A.I.T.H. (Fellowship, Adoration, Involvement, Transformation, & Harvest).

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MALL GROUP MINISTRY 2019 SMALL 1. Moving to a paradigm of intentional discipleship in the Small Group • Moving on from Pastoral Care Ministry (PCM) to SMALL GROUP (SG) for intentional discipleship which will include coaching/ mentoring and outreach. • Defining & building an allelon (Greek for oneanother-ness) community for intentional discipleship as One Family.  

2. Strengthening the culture of Intentional Discipleship through the Small Group • Using F.A.I.T.H. Spiritual Maturity Assessment & Review Tool (SMART) to periodically measure spiritual growth/maturity and take action steps to grow continuously. • Sharing & Teaching at Small Groups • Going for Retreats/Camps • Training & Equipping of Leaders • Inviting new persons to join Small Group & bringing them to church services, instead of vice-versa another paradigm shift!

3. Collaborating with Ministries for discipleship to be lived out in the Small Group • Planning and executing training/events/programmes to help Small Groups grow into the next level of SG life.

SG EQUIPPING STRUCTURE

Worship & Music/Prayer

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Pastoral Care/ Family Life

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Outreach & Social Concerns/Witness & Evangelism

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Any questions? Contact your Small Group Leader or your Parish Leader. If you would like to join a Small Group, register at our Information Counter on Sundays or visit our church website at www.faithmc.sg Scan the QR code to complete FAITHsmart online

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When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” MATT -

WILL YOU GO? UPCOMING ACTS 1:8 TRIPS IN 2019 FAITH METHODIST CHURCH 19 - 24 Jun | DoN tanin,Thailand (MEDICAL AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH) Set up medical clinic to reach out and minister to the community, home visitations and prayer walks around the village

Suitable for those with medical background, physiotherapists or occupational therapists. Also suitable for those who would like to connect through community development and outreach.

21 - 25 Jun | Surabaya, Indonesia (CHILDREN’S OUTREACH) Organize and run a children’s camp for Pri 4-6 students from a free school in a slum area

Suitable for families with children and those who would like to reach out to children and youths.

8 - 15 Aug | Nujiang, Myanmar (PASTORAL CARE AND TRAINING FOR THE TEACHERS AND CHILDREN’S MINISTRY) 

Suitable for those who are proficient in the Chinese language as ministry is conducted in Chinese, and who have a heart to minister to and disciple the teachers and children.

7-11 Sep | Phnom Penh, Cambodia (CHILDREN'S OUTREACH) Organise and run a vacation Bible school for children aged 6-12 years old from the local community Suitable for those who have a heart to reach out to children through teaching of the Word, cra„s and games.

12 - 15 Dec | Siem Reap, Cambodia (MEDICAL AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH) Set up medical clinic in the villages to reach out and minister to the local communities  Suitable for both medical and non-medical personnel with a heart to reach out through community development.

26 - 31 Dec | Shwepyithar, Myanmar (COMMUNITY AND CHILDREN’S OUTREACH) Home visitations and community outreach event in the villages and outreach to the children through sports and Bible camp

Suitable for families with children and also young adults who would like to reach out to children and youths through sports and community development.

To find out more about these trips, please email our Pastoral Team Member for Missions, Jimaia at jimaiawong@faithmc.sg. Follow us on Instagram @fmc_missions to get the latest updates on missions news and trips! APRIL 2019 . FAITHLINK


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SMALL STEPS BIG IMPACT 7 ways to find your role in missions!

2 . IDENTIFY YOUR SPIRITUAL GIFTS

1 . USE YOUR EXPERIENCE

Knowing the spiritual gifts the Lord has blessed you with will guide you towards the fields and ministries you are best suited to serve in.

Do you have a particular skill, expertise or career/life experience that our Acts 1:8 fields or mission workers will benefit from?

4 . LOOK AT YOUR SPHERE OF INFLUENCE

3 . KNOW YOUR PASSION

You can tell those in your sphere of influence about missions, invite a mission worker to share about his/ her ministry or organize an Acts 1:8 trip for your Small Group members, family or friends.

What do you love to do? Is there a particular group of people whom the Lord has placed in your heart eg children, youth, marginalized?

6 . EQUIP YOURSELF

5 . ASSESS YOUR RESOURCES Are you having a gap year or recently retired and have time to go for a longer mission trip? Or has the Lord blessed you with material or financial resources and you want to bless others?

Find out about the missions trainings available. These will help you understand the different ways you can be involved and prepare you when the opportunities to serve arise.

7 . EXPLORE AND BE OPEN There are many opportunities in the fields and among our mission workers for partnership. Keep an ear and an eye out for these.

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Dear Diary... Snippets from my Shanghai mission trip (13-17 Dec, 2018). By Liaw Ann Sze Ann Sze is 10 years old and worships at the 9am service together with her parents, Morica and Chun Huan.

Mission work at Faith Methodist Church isn’t confined to adults alone. Over the years, youths and young adults have taken on the missions mantle and traveled overseas for outreach and community development purposes. In this report by the Missions Ministry, we feature Liaw Ann Sze, one of our SUN JAM kids, who went to Shanghai together with her parents, siblings, and other church members for a very memorable trip. Read on and find out more…

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As I stepped into the cool weather of Shanghai, I thought “What a good start to my trip!” After all, Singapore is like a desert. After taking a one-hour taxi ride to our hotel, I looked into the room and dashed right in. It was fabulous! It had a loft with another bed. Just as expected, I had a good night’s rest.

Day 2

We had breakfast in the bus as it was a four-hour journey to a Bible printing factory. The factory was humongous! After spending the whole day at the factory, we went back to Shanghai and ate a steamboat dinner. We celebrated Uncle Joe’s birthday at the same time.

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second floor. The first floor was coincidently a Singaporean restaurant. Then we found out that his office used to be a pizza parlour. We spent the morning packing goodie bags for the children’s party that we were organizing. In the evening, many children turned up for the party. I was happy that our hard work had paid off. After the party, we then dressed as Santa Clauses and Elves and did caroling at the mall.

Day 4

Today, we went to a church to do caroling. We sat in the front row to join the service. I was unable to understand anything because their Chinese was too advanced for me. Then we went up on stage to sing. As I stood on the stage, the church looked like it had a million people!

Day 5

We went to a children’s home for those with cerebral palsy, and gave out some presents to them. As we talked to them, we realized that they all had dreams of their own. Then we went to a migrant school to give them presents too. An English teacher who was super tall (or maybe because I’m short) was our guide and he said he’d come to Singapore many times. He also told us that he’d played basketball with Yao Ming (a world-famous professional basketball player) before… no wonder he was so tall! In the evening, we went to the airport. As we said goodbye to Uncle Joe, I thought of how much fun we’d had on the trip. I knew that this trip was a trip that I would not forget.

Personal thoughts from the trip

I am glad to be able to go to church in Singapore, as I concluded that in China, very few parents allow their children to go to church to learn more about God. That is why missionaries go to China to let the children there learn about God. As Christians, we do not all need to become missionaries to help. We can help in other ways like praying to God, asking him to allow those less fortunate to be able to come to know God.

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If you are amazed at what Ann Sze experienced in Shanghai and would like to find out more about ministry opportunities there, email Jimaia at jimaiawong@faithmc.sg.

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TRANSFORMING LIVES, CHANGING THE WORLD

ONE PERSON AT A TIME

A look back at some memorable moments during our December 2018 Acts 1:8 Trips.

Dontanin, Thailand “Through Boa Pan’s decision to accept Christ, despite outright rejection from his family and fellow villagers, I saw what it means to truly suffer the loss of all things for Christ’s sake, and count them as rubbish, in order that he may gain Christ.” (Phil 3:8) ~ Gabrielle Tay

Nujiang, Myanmar “There is a depth of oneness with Christ that we will experience only when we suffer out of love as He did. And to us, union with Christ is the greatest wealth!” ~ Chan Chee Khiong

Baguio, Philippines “While interacting with the children at Happy Heart’s Club, I was reminded of Matthew 18:3, that God wants us to have childlike faith.” ~ Hazel Heng

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Siem Reap, Cambodia “This young patient surprised dentist, Clement Goh. When her turn came, she expressed through a translator that she wanted to have her two decayed canines removed. The brave girl, only 8 years old, remained calm throughout the extraction process and won the admiration of all those who watched the operation.” ~ Harry Tan

Stateless Vietnamese People, Tonle Sap “Going forth to serve with smiles and the love of Christ in our hearts.” ~ Kevin Nguyen

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FAITHFUL TO THE CALL Doris Chan, Faith’s mission worker to Cambodia, reflects on her missionary journey the last 20 years. By Doris Chan

Missions. To many people it may seem like a frightening word. It sounds like a life-long calling down a one-way street. In a sense, that was how I felt when I first responded to the invitation to serve in Cambodia as a missionary with the Methodist Missions Society (MMS). I tried to bargain for a twoyear term, fearing that I might not make it and have to come home a failure. This fear, although common, is often unfounded. When God calls us to work with Him, He also prepares us and equips us for His ministry. This was my experience. My twoyear commitment eventually became 20 years! My 20 years with MMS in Cambodia can be broadly categorized into three aspects of ministry, namely teaching, coaching and mentoring. I spent my first six years teaching in the Methodist School of Cambodia, putting into practice all my teaching skills that I had acquired over

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the years. This was followed by another nine years of teaching and coaching at the Cambodian Methodist Bible School. I taught and guided students for the pastoral ministry in the Churches. I then moved on to help plant a church in a village with the assistance of two local girls. I taught, coached and mentored them in the process of planting the church. We journeyed together, beginning with zero contacts, and gradually grew to 18 villagers who now worship regularly at the Upper Room Methodist Preaching Point. My last assignment was at COSI, a residential home for children from disadvantaged families. The Home is run by a team of 16 local staff. My main focus was to teach, coach and mentor the staff to be more effective as house parents to these children. As I complete my service in Cambodia, I look

back with much thankfulness and gratefulness to God for the privilege to serve Him. He has indeed been good and faithful in all aspects of my life and ministry. I am also very grateful and thankful and appreciative of the support I received from church, friends and prayer partners. The love, encouragement, and care I received from you made it possible for me to stay focused and remain faithful to my calling. Doris was Faith’s overseas mission worker to Cambodia. She is now back in Singapore, worshipping regularly at the 8am service. She enjoys teaching God’s Word and feeding God’s people.


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HEARTBEAT : DISCIPLESHIP & NURTURE

STUDY THE WORD. JOIN DISCIPLE! By Khoo Tse Horng

For 34 weeks, a group of faithful men and women gather weekly to study God’s Word. They come prepared, faithfully doing their homework, plowing deep into God’s Word and sharing their fruits of labour.

What motivates this group of men and women to commit themselves to studying the Bible every day for 34 weeks?! It is the DISCIPLE course at Faith, which is organised by the Discipleship & Nurture Ministry.

The amazing efforts of these individuals and groups working together results in a richer understanding and appreciation of the biblical narrative of God’s plan from Genesis to Revelation.

One of Faith’s pastors, Rev John Foo, is the main facilitator and trainer for this course. He shared, “DISCIPLE is more than just merely Bible study as we normally understand and conduct Bible studies. It is a programme that enables one to understand

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the salvation history of God’s people and how the faith of the Israelites in the Old Testament is closely linked to our Christian faith. It gives us a picture of how God dealt with His people in the Old Testament and how He is dealing with His people in the New Testament. It is more about allowing God to get His Word all the way through us rather than trying to get all the way through the Bible. Through the course, we learn what makes a disciple and how we can be challenged to become serious disciples of Christ”.


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AN OVERVIEW OF THE DISCIPLE SERIES DISCIPLE 1 (D1): Becoming Disciples Through Bible Study This first instalment of the DISCIPLE Bible study series, also known as D1, is a 34-week study of the entire Bible where it follows the chronological movement of the Biblical story. The group meets weekly for two to two and a half hours. As the participants commit themselves to individual study and group discussion, they become committed to living as disciples as they examine the 34 marks of discipleship. D1 forms the foundation of the other three DISCIPLE Bible Study series. Completing D1 will open more opportunities for the participants to gain a deeper understanding and practice of discipleship.

DISCIPLE 2 (D2): Into The Word, Into The World D2 is a 32-week study that emphasizes the rhythm of coming to God and going for God, where life experiences are viewed as opportunities for faithful witness and service. The study provides a deeper study of Genesis, Exodus, Luke and Acts.

DISCIPLE 3 (D3): Remember Who You Are For D3, it comprises four movements of “calls” to remember: the call to remember, the call to repentance, the call for renewal and the call for community. It is a 32-week study examining the connection between memory and identity as the people of God in the Old Testament Prophets and the Letters of Paul.

DISCIPLE 4 (D4): Under The Tree Of Life D4 is the final 32-week study, whose message is on the promise of finding shelter, security and rest in God’s love and leads the participants to see the entire process of living toward final completion of rest and reward. In D4, the study will focus on Old Testament writings, the Gospel of John, the Epistles of John, James, Jude and Revelation. Khoo Tse Horng has been blessed by the ministry of Faith’s people and his Small Group (Barnabus) since 1982. He now attends the 11 am service with his wife, Bee Leng. His children are in SUN JAM and The TackleBox youth service. He is a principal of a mission school and Chairman of Nurture & Discipleship. He hopes to receive comments at tsehorng@gmail.com.

Keen To Be A DISCIPLE? The Discipleship & Nurture committee has adopted the DISCIPLE Bible Study Programme as one of the tools in fulfilling Faith’s vision of “Transforming Lives, Changing the World.” For those of you who desire to deepen your walk as disciples of Christ, joining the DISCIPLE course is one way you can grow spiritually. Fret not if you have missed this round of the class. Look out for the announcement in church for the next cycle of DISCIPLE classes and remember to sign up!

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HEARTBEAT : THE TACKLEBOX (TTB) YOUTH

TTB GOES TH Youths get trained and inspired for outreach. By Derek Hum

Invited speakers for February’s BMT, where Isaac spoke on Missional Heart. (L-R): Isaac Ong, Adrienna Tan, Lemuel and Esther Teo.

“BMT” was birthed out of a growing burden for outreach that God was placing on my heart as well as the hearts of other leaders. It stands for Basic Missional Training, and is a four-part series stretching from January to April. Every fourth Sunday of each month, we suspend normal Small Group meetings and services, and instead gather for a time of being equipped and inspired for outreach. These sessions take on different forms, with external speakers being brought in for certain parts. The “Mission” in Missional is the one the Church was born with – to be witnesses for Christ. That call to be witnesses is encapsulated well in Peter and John’s response to the teachers of the Law when they told them to stop preaching the gospel: “We

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cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20, NASB). Evangelism is a response to the beauty of what we’ve seen and heard – Jesus Christ Himself. In light of this, the first aim of BMT is to stir hearts to be awakened to this beauty and to the heart of the Father for those who do not know Christ.

The Purpose Of “BMT” That is why the themes of our first two sessions are the Missional Mind and the Missional Heart. We need to know why we have to reach out, and we need to catch the heart behind it. Jonathan Tay, a youth leader for the Year 1s, remarked that “the discussion [in January’s session] really encouraged us to step out in


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HROUGH “BMT” faith to love others and bring Jesus to the people around us.” The second aim is related – to demystify outreach and evangelism. We have chosen the word “missional” instead of “missions” or “missionary” because the latter two terms suggest a special call or vocation limited to a few. We wanted to deconstruct this idea that evangelism can only be done by some. No – everyone is called to evangelism the moment we are converted. After his encounter with Jesus, Paul was baptised in Acts 9:18. In verse 20, just two verses later, we read that “immediately he began to proclaim Jesus in the synagogues, saying, ‘He is the Son of God’” (Acts 9:20, NASB). All Christians are likewise called to proclaim the name of Jesus. By inviting speakers to share about how they engage in outreach in various spheres (e.g. campus, family), we hope to inspire youths and leaders to begin witnessing for Christ wherever they are situated.

Equipped To Be Witnesses Lastly, BMT aims to equip TTB for outreach. Our last two

By inviting speakers to share about how they engage in outreach in various spheres (e.g. campus, family), we hope to inspire youths and leaders to begin witnessing for Christ wherever they are situated.

sessions are on the Missional Spirit and Missional Hands. The former is focused on the need to rely on the Holy Spirit when witnessing for Jesus. We should follow the example of Paul, who did not depend on “persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power” (1 Corinthians 2:4, NASB). TTB will receive handles on engaging God spiritually and learn about prayer-evangelism. “Missional Hands”, finally, hopes to answer the “how” of evangelism. Witnessing for Christ in this day and age can be complicated and scary. This last session will thus involve workshops touching on some practical elements of evangelism. This includes how to reach out to specific

groups, how to use social media, and how to evangelise in school. In sum, we hope that BMT will serve to inspire youths to step up and step out to be witnesses for Christ wherever they are, and give them the tools they need to do so. Ultimately, these sessions are but a stepping stone to an increased emphasis on outreach this year. The youths will have multiple opportunities to reach out to their friends throughout 2019, including Celebration of Hope, planning their own evangelistic event, and Tacklecamp. Let us trust God to bring in the harvest. Amen. Derek is the chairperson for Faith’s youth ministry, The Tacklebox. He is currently pursuing a Masters in International Affairs locally.

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HEARTBEAT : COMMUNITY. YOUTH. FAMILY.

CYF STEAMBOAT REUNION

By Anna Tan

C.Y.F stands for Community. Youth.Family. We are an outreach ministry that engages community youth and introduces them to Christianity and the church. We hope these youths will one day join the Faith family. One of our key programmes is a monthly gathering on Saturday mornings. For the month of February, we decided to have a steamboat activity on 9 February to celebrate Chinese New Year, reunion,

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and family. As a family, we have fun together, eat together, and serve one another. During the event, the older youth laid out the steamboat items, ensured food was cooked before the younger ones ate, served the younger ones; and even took photos of the event. Prior to the steamboat, we played some games. We also welcomed this yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Secondary One children at the gathering. Anna Tan is the chairperson of Community. Youth. Family.


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PEOPLE AT FAITH : FAITH KINDERGARTEN

ST LUKE’S HOSPITAL VISIT (14 FEB 2019) We are never too young to do our part for the needy! Children from Faith Kindergarten donated part of their “hong bao” collection to the St Luke’s Eldercare Hospital. This was done on a freewill basis and the proceeds were subsequently presented to the hospital. To further cement their experience of helping the needy, the K2 classes paid a visit to the hospital, helping to pack and distribute goodie bags to the patients there. The children had a meaningful time of joyful singing, entertaining the many “grandmas and grandpas” there.

Boarding the bus

Packing goodie bags for St Luke’s Visit

Presenting the donation box filled with Hongbaos

Entertaining our senior friends with songs

Singing and dancing to cheer our senior friends up

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FAITH KINDY HAPPENINGS… (JAN – MAR 2019) Learning is FUN and ENGAGING at Faith Kindergarten! Be a part of our enriching experiences!

Drawing out the creativity in us

Sharing a book together

Role Playing builds up our language skills

Play is ‘work’ to us!

Outdoor activities are necessary for our physical bodies

Music & Movement allow us to express our ideas and moods

Having a fun time with our friends Kindergarten days are the best time of our lives

Learning trips instill in us to listen and obey instructions to keep safe

Learning outside the classrooms to broaden our views of Singapore around us

Hats! Hats! Hats! Our project work for the term

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PEOPLE OF FAITH : FAITHACTS

EXPERIENCING GOD’S DEEP LOVE FOR FAMILY By Jean Hong

With tears in his eyes, Mr Paterson Goh described how God miraculously saved him from death’s door in November 2018, after being warded in the ICU. The doctors were at a loss as to what was ailing him. His family were distraught by the situation but Paterson’s sons, Goh Hongjie and Goh Hongwei, prayed fervently for their father’s recovery. Mr Goh, sharing his touching moment when he encountered the grace of God

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The Goh brothers are one of the “first-fruits” of the Youth Programme at FaithActs. Our youth workers journeyed with them extensively during their childhood days and well into their teenage years. When FaithActs first started out in 2004, the boys used to hang out daily at the previous FaithActs Centre premises located at Blk 76 Commonwealth Drive. Mr Goh was discharged and holding on to the hamper sent by Faith

The two boys would participate in all our programmes and the friendships forged with us, plus the values we taught, made a lasting impression on them. Eventually, the brothers came to know the Lord through collaborative events with Faith Methodist Church and slowly integrated into the church.

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Hongjie & Hongwei enjoying activities at FaithActs in their childhood years.

The close-knit and loving family at Mr Goh’s baptism

A Miracle In The Family Today, Hongjie and Hongwei are in their early 20s and volunteer regularly at FaithActs; it is a place they fondly refer to as their “second home”. Having such strong bonds with FaithActs, we came to know about their father’s health condition in November last year. Mr Goh’s condition worsened as the bacterial infection spread and he became comatose. We rallied support by asking the church to cover him in prayers. In the midst of this challenging period, Mr

Goh experienced a personal encounter with God and his health was miraculously restored! His faith was also strengthened and he believes that his sons played a role in leading him back to God. Upon his discharge, Mr Goh re-dedicated his life to Christ once again and became more serious about his spiritual life and physical health. He decided to get water baptized at Faith, and has become a regular participant of the FaithActs Saturday Workout programme. Jean is the Corporate Partnership and Marketing Manager at FaithActs.

There are many needs around our community. Would you partner us in reaching out to them, to impact and transform lives? For more information on FaithActs services, please visit our website www.faithacts.org.sg or call us at 6339 7611.

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SPOTTED AT FAITH : FAITH COMMUNITY CARNIVAL

SPOTTED AT FAITH We bring you snapshots of past events held at Faith Methodist Church.

FAITH COMMUNITY CARNIVAL 21 TO 23 DECEMBER 2018 A final look back at the fond memories made during the Faith Community Carnival outreach event in December 2018.

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SPOTTED AT FAITH : WATCHNIGHT SERVICE

WATCHNIGHT SERVICE 31 DECEMBER 2018 As the clock struck midnight, Faith welcomed the New Year in earnest prayer and great rejoicing! The 2018 Watchnight Service also marked the completion of Rev Derrick Lauâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tenure as a Faith pastor after serving for two years.

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SPOTTED AT FAITH : YOUNG ADULTS GATHERING

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YOUNG ADULTS GATHERING 5 JANUARY 2019 The theme of the Young Adult (YA) parish at Faith is: Go Broader, Go Deeper, Go Further. Each quarter, there are planned activities to further the YA mission of growing together as One Family and to partner with Faithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ministries in their outreach efforts. At the first gathering in January, there was a time of worship and preaching by Rev Raymond Fong, followed by the dedication of the YA leaders.

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SPOTTED AT FAITH : VISION SUNDAY

VISION SUNDAY 6 JANUARY 2019 Faith’s PIC, Rev Raymond Fong, set the direction for the year 2019, with a greater emphasis on the One Family theme. The church also warmly welcomed a new pastor, Rev Eddie Ho, at the first Sunday Service of the year. (read Faithlink’s interview with him on page 10).

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CORPORATE LEADERS SESSION 26 JANUARY 2019 This annual gathering of Small Group leaders, Ministry heads, and members of the LCEC, is a time to connect with one another through fellowship and prayer. The corporate church leaders also had the opportunity to hear from each Faith pastor on the growing initiatives and developments in the respective ministries under their supervision.

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SPOTTED AT FAITH : NIGHT OF WORSHIP

NIGHT OF WORSHIP 27 FEBRUARY 2019 The first Night of Worship at Faith saw more than 250 members gathered for an extended time of worship and soaking in God’s presence. Faith conducts these worship sessions to encourage members to spend time in worshipful adoration and dedication to the Lord, accompanied by the ministry of the church’s worship team. Join our next Night of Worship on 26 June!

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SMALL GROUP LEADERS SESSION 2 MARCH 2019 This meeting for Faith’s Small Group (SG) leaders aims to foster a greater sense of connection between the church pastors and leaders. In the March session, Faith’s PIC, Rev Raymond Fong, addressed the leaders, followed by Rev Peter Koh, who is in charge of SGs at Faith. Thereafter, SG leaders broke into their parish groups for a time of discussion and Q&A with their Parish Pastor and Parish Leader.

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SPOTTED AT FAITH : ASH WEDNESDAY

ASH WEDNESDAY 6 MARCH 2019 Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, a season of preparation and repentance, during which Christians anticipate and grasp the deep significance of the death (Good Friday) and resurrection (Resurrection Sunday) of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. This year, Faith conducted the Ash Wednesday Service in March at the Sanctuary and prepared the Faith church family for the season of penitence and renewal.

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Celebrating God’s Great Love

Faith’s Filipino Fellowship celebrates Valentine’s Day. By Ara Teo

The vibrant Filipino Fellowship at Faith commemorated Valentine’s Day on Sunday, 17 February, with the theme on God’s Love. There was a special line-up of fun activities, including a time of joyful worship and two inspiring and uplifting testimonies that proclaimed the goodness and unconditional love of God. The sharing by two Filipino sisters encouraged others to come into a personal and committed relationship with God. The day ended on a sweet note with a meaningful door gift for all: A flower ball pen, to depict how God is writing His love story in and through the lives of the precious ones in the Filipino Fellowship.

Romans 8:38 (NLT) And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from GOD’s LOVE. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from GOD’s LOVE.

The girls proudly showing their flower ball pens

Ara is the Chairperson of Faith’s Filipino Fellowship.

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SPOTTED AT FAITH : TRAC EVENTS

TRAC EVENTS AT FAITH Faith played host to several TRAC-related events in recent months, allowing those from other Methodist churches and organisations to congregate at our premises for spiritual nourishment, worship and prayer. Here’s a sneak peek at these events…

12 DECEMBER 2018

SENIOR CHRISTMAS SERVICE (WHAT MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME)

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29 JANUARY 2019

BOARD OF SENIORS MINISTRY (BOSM) PRAYER SERVICE

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SPOTTED AT FAITH : TRAC EVENTS

11 FEBRUARY 2019

TRAC PASTORSâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; FELLOWSHIP

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FUSE WORSHIP NIGHT WITH TRUTHMIN

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OUR GOD THE PROVIDER We can achieve success in our workplace by intentionally and prayerfully leaning on God’s guidance and wisdom. By Paul Ong The Human Resources profession has gone through a lot of change over the past few decades. When I joined the profession in 1985, it was called Personnel Management. It has transformed over the years with operations and administrative areas shifted to HR Shared Services and Business HR or simply taken care of by Artificial Intelligence. HR Centers of Excellence like Compensation & Benefits, Talent, etc. are now no longer uncommon; they provide specialised partnership with HR generalists to drive the importance of HR further*. I was fortunate to be able to grow in my HR profession across that changing landscape. Aside from that, I progressed from overseeing HR in the engineering and manufacturing context, to

Singapore Group HR and now to Regional HR. Though this progression seems “normal”, I want to testify that it is God’s grace that made it possible for me. I was praying for job stability when my factory was experiencing uncertainty due to impending product obsolescence. I was then the sole bread-winner feeding six mouths. God answered by opening a window in Group HR when a vacancy arose due to internal staff transfers. I didn’t even need to apply for it but I can never forget how I got this assignment. I was on family vacation in Perth visiting a strawberry farm when I received a call from the Group Deputy MD asking me if I would be interested to take on the Head of HR role for the Singapore Group. God similarly opened another

window when there was creation of a new Regional entity that allowed me to expand my HR experience. Again, I did need not to apply for the new assignment. These experiences assured me that God is always in control. He is a caring God and seeks to bless us as much as possible. In the course of my work, there are many occasions where I face difficulty in delivering what is expected of me. I am one that worries quite a bit. Yet, through it all, I constantly commit it to God and he delivered me by granting me wisdom and also solutions through my colleagues and subordinates. On many occasions, it is just in time. I constantly claim His promise in Matthew 6:26, 27: “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or

*Due to space limitations, I did not elaborate on details of the terminologies. Feel free to contact me at lcecpaul@faithmc.com if you are interested to find out more.

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store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Another verse that I cling to is 1 Samuel 17:37a, “The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.” I recall one particular time when my subordinate somehow was not able to complete an important project on time for me to present to my MD. The meeting was due the next morning. There was no way to get it done on time. I thought it was going to be a disaster for me.

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Yet, the next morning, the MD’s secretary called me to postpone the meeting as my boss called in sick. Coincidence? I believe not. Though I didn’t mention it above, there was always prayer support from fellow believers and those in my Small Groups. In closing, I want to share with you my personal prayer each time I face an important task or decision. It is based on two of Jesus’ prayers. “Father, the hour has come. Glorify your Son, that your Son may glorify you…” (John 17:1b) “…yet not my will, but yours be done.” (Luke 22:42b)

And the very first scripture that I memorized is from Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6   in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. 5

We should simply do our best and let God take care of the rest. Don’t hesitate to share how God is real in our working lives to our colleagues. May the Lord bless you in all you do. Paul attends the 8am service with his family and is a member of Faith’s LCEC. He enjoys travelling and watching movies with his family. He also enjoys social golf typically across the causeway and always welcomes anyone to join him.


SUNDAY

14 JULY

FAITH METHODIST CHURCH

53 Anniversary Service rd

Join us as we celebrate 53 years of God's faithfulness! Sunday, 14 July 11am 400 Commonwealth Drive GUEST SPEAKER: Rev Dr Gordon Wong (TRAC President)

SAVE THE DATE!


HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE

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J O R D A N

Come and explore the Holy Land together with your fellow Faith church family, and see the Bible come to life! This trip will be a time of learning and discovering the significance of the biblical sites. Those who are interested, we encourage you to aend a special tour presentation for an overall view of the itinerary. Registration will open immediately aer the presentation, and a deposit of S$1,000/per pax is required to secure your reservation.

3 TO 15 NOVEMBER 2019 LIMITED TO 76 PAX, ON A FIRST-COME-FIRST-SERVED BASIS REGISTRATION OPENS ON 5 MAY 2019

TOUR PRESENTATION BY OUR APPOINTED TOUR AGENCY Date: Sunday, 5 May 2019 | Time: 1.30pm Venue: Worship Hall

For queries, please email Belinda Chan at belindachan@faithmc.sg

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Faithlink (April 2019)  

Faithlink is the magazine of Faith Methodist Church, published 3 times a year for internal circulation within the congregation of Faith and...

Faithlink (April 2019)  

Faithlink is the magazine of Faith Methodist Church, published 3 times a year for internal circulation within the congregation of Faith and...

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