Category: World


Serve Asia is OMF International’s short-term mobilisation programme, something that I had the privilege to be part of as the Serve Asia Co-ordinator (SAC) for OMF’s Singapore National Office (SNO) some years back. In a nutshell, it’s about mobilising people, especially youths and young adults, toward short-term missions (in OMF terms, anything less than 1 year), in technically any mission field that any of OMF’s missionaries are based in or have ministries/mission work. I also had the opportunity to serve in the International Centre (IC) under New Horizons when their co-ordinator was on sabbatical, a newer initiative bridging unconventional home and field sides where OMF has no or little presence, experience – from anywhere to everywhere!

If you have a few weeks, month or even 1 year off or a gapyear, time in between studies, career, etc, and are considering missions or serving in East Asia, do prayerfully consider joining Serve Asia. If you are located internationally, out of Singapore, visit the international link here.

Serve Asia (SNO design v.1)

A big shoutout to our best SA boss Andrea, and a throwback to our original SNO Mob team – bosslady Yong Hong, Carolyn, Lee Peng, Jie, Samuel

https://omf.org/singapore/get-involved/serve-asia-short-term/
#ServeAsia #OMF

Ed Stetzer recently wrote a short introductory article addressing what missiology is and is not. For those wondering what my PhD in Intercultural Studies (another term for missiology in general), or what I study, this is a pretty good summary/overview.

What missiology is not:

  • Not simply giving an angst-driven look at current church norms
  • Not merely being critical of what doesn’t work in the church
  • Not the same as evangelism

What missiology is:

  • An academic discipline
  • Asks not only the “how” question but also the “why”
  • Seeks to help the church fulfill her mission locally & globally.

Stetzer defines missiology as

the reflective discipline that undergirds & guides the Church’s propagation endeavors as it advances the knowledge of the gospel in all its fullness to every people, everywhere.

Read full article here.

US & the Covid war

One year ago (11 Mar), WHO declared Covid-19 as a global pandemic. Schools and businesses here in the States began shutting down the week of Mar 16th, 2020. A year on, here in the States, sadly we have now reached more than 30 million Covid cases (as of 27 Mar), and more than 500k Covid-related deaths (as of 19 Feb).

In the new POTUS Biden’s inaugural speech (20 Jan), he compared the then-405k Covid deaths to Americans who died in World War II. About a month later (23 Feb), he again compared crossing the 500k mark to Americans lost in World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. Some news agencies have questioned the validity of his claims; see here for a good fact-checking article. Either way, the statistics are slowly moving up towards that 580k mark (update: now crossed May 11, 2021).

On the bright side, 152k vaccinations have been administered so far, but we still have a long way to go, amidst 2nd and 3rd waves/spikes of Covid variants both here and worldwide. Do continue to pray for the Biden administration, Covid taskforces, and especially the frontline healthcare workers battling daily.

Real-time Covid data tracker, statistics here (CDC).

(PC: PWC, VA)

#gettheshot #TogetherAgainstCOVID19 #wearwatchwash #dontgoviral

It’s been more than half a year since the Covid-19 pandemic has forced schools to move to remote learning, both here in the States as well as in Singapore around mid-March to April. Two articles I came across gives us only a small glimpse of how great a challenge and impact social inequality and disparity has on society and the implications for Christians and the church. In a Straits Times (ST) article (18 April 2020, Venessa Lee & Stephanie Yeo), titled “How home-based learning shows up inequality in Singapore,” three families were interviewed and featured, discussing the struggles of children face with home-based learning (HBL), especially those coming from low-income families with multiple siblings.

How home-based learning shows up inequality in Singapore (Credit: ST Alphonsus Chern)
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1. There’s a name that can silence every fear
There’s a love that embraces the heartache, the pain, and the tears
Through my faith and my doubting I know one thing for sure
His word is unfailing His promise secure

Chorus: Todo va a estar bien
Everything will be all right
The whole world’s in His hands
Your whole world’s in His hands
In the darkness and the trials
He’s faithful and He is true
The whole world’s in His hands
Y todo va a estar bien
Ohh Everything will be alright Ohh

2. Father, You say everything is gonna be alright
But my circumstances say I won’t last through the night
I need Your word to hold me now need You to pull me through
I need miracle, a breakthrough, I need You
They say You hold the whole universe in Your hand
But my world’s falling apart like it is made of sand

Am I small enough to slip through the cracks?
Can you take my broken pieces and put them back
Give me faith to believe you are on my side
Open my eyes to see You working in my life
Let the past remind me You never fail
Tell my soul “it is well”

3. Padre te confieso a corazón abierto
Que todo es muy incierto en este desierto
Mi vulnerabilidad está al descubierto
Siento que mi barca está muy lejos de su puerto
Porque será que ya no sale el sol en mis días?
Porque mis noches son tan frías ?
Porque será que siento que me falta algo?
Porque Este camino gris se siente tan largo?
Sé que estás obrando aunque no te sienta
Sé que estás obrando aunque no te vea
Sé que voy a salir de esta odisea
Sé que voy a ganar esta pelea
Sé que va a cesar esta marea temporaria
Que en ti yo viviré una vida extraordinaria
Que aunque no pueda entender
Me consuela saber que todo

Post: He’s got the whole world in his hands (x3)
Todo el mundo en su mano está (x3)

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Double rainbow

 

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As I was driving to the school library to pick up some books, I snapped a photo of what I thought was one rainbow, but it turned out to be a double rainbow after I relooked at it later. It reminded me of God’s covenant with Noah.

When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth. (Gen. 9.16)

Colours of springtime

Colours of springtime #isaiah6112 #nofilter

For as the earth brings forth its sprouts,
And as a garden causes the things sown in it to spring up,
So the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise
To spring up before all the nations. (Isa. 61.12)

Don’t stop believing

For those unaware, earlier this week, apocalyptic news sites began reporting of a claim by numerologist David Meade that the end of the world was going to be ushered in tomorrow (23 April) by the appearance of a mysterious Planet X (see related banner here). In case you might assume this is part of a comic-book superhero movie plotline, think again. A quick Google search will confirm that this is not fake news; but it could well be a fake speculation again, being that this is actually the sixth time Meade is claiming this since 2003.
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No distinction

On this day in 1938, Adolf Hitler, the leader of the Nazi Party, delivered a much-anticipated speech in Berlin. This was the beginning of the expansion of the Nazi regime, which later resulted in World War II (1939-1945). His regime was totalitarian and fascist in nature, and he strived to fulfill the message that “his” race were superior, leading campaigns to eliminate various racial, religious, and political groups including Jews, Africans, Romanis (Gypsies), Lutherans, and anti-communists, marked by dark periods of mass genocide such as the Holocaust.

Much of the book of Romans focuses on the nation of Israel as God’s special people. Throughout history, Israel and the Jewish people have been at the forefront of attention and news, especially in American politics and the many wars, insurgencies and tensions in the Middle East region. There is no doubt that there is something special about the Jewish people. Over 22% of all Nobel Prize winners since 1901 have been Jewish or people of Jewish descent (who comprise less than 0.2% of the world’s population, or 1 in every 500 people). Jews are also among the top genetic researchers in the world, and make up 20% of America’s chief executives and 22% of Ivy League students.

The Reformed tradition often teaches that because Israel had turned away in unbelief and rejected God, the church or body of Christ has now replaced it as God’s chosen people until the fulfillment of the end of the age.

Whichever camp you may belong to or support, whether you are German, Jewish, or a Christian, God’s word teaches us that all of mankind is created in the image of God (Gen. 1:26-27) and that God wants all people to be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth and repentance (1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Pet. 3:9). How often do we pray for the world or the lost, or even for Israel? May God grow a burden and burning desire in our hearts and lives to see souls won and turned to Christ, and for the gospel to be shared and spread across the nations before the return of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, to whom will be all glory forever!

For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile – the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on Him, for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” (Rom. 10:12-13)

Rejected but hopeful (Rom. 11.1-36)

  1. Remnant chosen by grace (vv. 1-10)
    2. Salvation has come (vv. 11-24)
    3. Mercy on all (vv. 25-32)
    4. Doxology (vv. 33-36)

Our response/application

  • Pray, reach out to the Jews/lost
  • Don’t be arrogant; be afraid (v.20) – do not boast, be conceited; be grateful, do not take the gospel for granted
  • God is sovereign – be faithful, fruitful

https://orpc.sg/happenings/sermons/rejected-hopeful

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