Dearly beloved,

In view of the VBS on the 22 November 2010, our monthly evangelism to the flats will be temporarily suspended to allow us to reach out to people in Bedok Library and Tampines Swimming Pool. Giving out tracts and issuing invitations to people are only the initial steps which give cause for a greater and pressing need to hear the gospel for salvation.

We are commanded to be witnesses of Christ. As Christians, we cannot deny the fact that we are called to preach to the world that is dwelling in darkness. It is not only a Christian obligation but it is also our moral duty to answer this call.

2 Timothy 1:8, “Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God” Verse 9, “Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began”

To those who are not keen to go out to actively spread the Gospel beyond the comforts of their homes, Charles Spurgeon has this to say, “Have you any wish for others to be saved? Then you are not saved yourself. Be sure of that!” But no other words other than the Words of the Lord Jesus Christ would respond well to what we may ask, which is “Are Christians required to be active witnesses for Christ?”  In the Words of Christ Matthew 9:37 and 38, He says, “The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.”

As I am writing, I recall the news on television on the night before Typhoon Megi struck in the South China Sea. A lone survivor of a capsized boat was pulled to safety from the raging sea by a rope from the rescuing ship. Would not it be natural of the rescued man to act in the same way to save another person, if the situation was reversed? Just as the rope which was thrown to a near drowning man, the Gospel is the lifeline for sinners who are near the pit of hell.

We may think that our testimony is feeble and ineffective to persuade sinners but if we know that the Lord alone will makes the decision, our responsibility then is to clearly show forth Christ and leave the results to Christ for whom we bear testimony.

Will you not come to join our Church evangelism on the 6 November 2010 in the surrounding areas of Bedok Library and Tampines Swimming Pool?

Romans 10:15 says, “And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!”

Our Lord did not teach His disciples how to preach but He taught them how to pray. And 5000 that were added to the early Church was the result of people coming together to pray.

Pastor Douglas Ho

Life before and after PSLE

Before my PSLE, I was under a lot of stress. I was banned from almost everything — not allowed to play computer, not allowed to watch TV programmes and not allowed to go out with my friends. I felt very angry at that time when my mother told me those rules at the start of 2010. But once in a while, she would still allow me to surf the internet and catch some documentary programmes.

Just a few days before PSLE, I studied very hard and had to be on the study table with my father for the whole day. I felt very tired. That night, I even had a nightmare that I had failed my PSLE badly and had to be retained the following year. The next day as I read the Bible, I came across this verse which gave me strength : 2 Corinthians 12:9, ‘And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me’. This made me study even harder for the next few days.

In just a blink of an eye, I was sitting for the PSLE paper already. I was very frightened, but I recalled this verse in Philippians 4:6 which says, ‘Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.’ I prayed to the Lord every minute, praying to Him that He will grant me a clear mind and not to make any careless mistakes. This is the prayer that Uncle John taught me. As Mathematics and Science were my weakest subjects, I prayed to the Lord many times when the teacher said we could say our silent payer before the start of the paper. Although I could not really do the Mathematics paper, I would still like to thank God because I found the Chinese, Science and English papers manageable.

‘HOORAY!’ Everybody yelled as we handed in our last paper. Banging of tables and screaming could be heard from the other primary 6 classes. I heaved a sigh of relief and said many prayers of thanks. When I reached home, my parents decided to send me to my grandparent’s house to relax and to de-stress for almost a week. I had a really wonderful time at their house. Now, I would like to pray to God that my PSLE results will be good enough for me to go to the secondary school of my choice.

Sister Brittney Peck