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|“The LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep SILENCE before him.”|
I Aim to Serve
I was born to a Taoist family. I was rather close to my grandma, as most of the time she took care of me. My dad was always away from home working in an off-shore oil rig. We only met every 3 months or so. Thus the responsibility to care for us fell to my mother. I have 2 brothers and 1 sister. Though my mother was born to a Taoist family, she was sent to Methodist Girls’ School. Whenever opportunity arises, she would send her children to a church activity. I did not know which church we attended. As we grew older, we would give excuses not to go. As time passed the church no longer contacted us.
In year 1978, I was posted to Jurong Secondary School. I thanked God for directing my father to shift to Taman Jurong. After 3 months in the school, my form teacher, Mr Cheong, invited my classmates and me to attend a Christian fellowship then known as “Inter-school Christian Fellowship” (ISCF). It was at that fellowship that I came to know the Lord Jesus Christ and accepted Him as my Lord and Saviour. The fellowship was held at Calvary Jurong Bible-Presbyterian Church. That was the first time I was exposed to a Bible-Presbyterian Church. I was actively serving and witnessing for the Lord in ISCF. I saw a transformation in me. When opportunity arises, I would share the gospel to my classmates and schoolmates. I was just a sinner used by God. Occasionally, Rev Yap Beng Shin who was then serving at Bethlehem BP Church and in charge of ISCF taught us to lead and chair fellowship meetings at Calvary Jurong premises. I also attended Bible study and prayer meeting. I also began to attend Sunday Service at Calvary Jurong BP Church. On Saturday, my younger brother and I attended Youth Fellowship at Calvary Pandan BP Church.
I always rejoice and praise the Lord because I know that one day I will meet the Lord face to face. One question kept haunting my mind was my parent’s salvation. I wondered if I will go to heaven to meet the Lord all alone. How about my parents and siblings? I started to pray for my parents’ and siblings’ salvation. During one of the school holidays, a small group of us led by Rev Yap Beng Shin camped in the church. We read God’s words, prayed and fasted for our parents’ and siblings’ salvation.
By God’s grace I did not stop there. I prayed for courage and the Holy Spirit’s guidance to speak to my parents about their salvation. Lo and behold, God answered my prayer. My parents understood and accepted the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Saviour. I thanked God. I shared and asked Dr Tow Siang Hwa to reassure my parents. He prayed with my parents the sinner’s prayer. My whole family was baptised in Calvary Pandan BP Church in 1983. Dr Tow removed all the statues and idols in my house.
I served in Calvary Pandan BP Church English and Chinese services in ushering, Adults Fellowship, Teens, Missionary and Visitation ministries. In year 2013–2014 my family and I went over to serve and worship in Blessed Hope BP Church. In year 2015, we began to worship in True Life BP Church. We have been attending Adults Fellowship and Family Bible Fellowship. My daughter is attending Young Adults Fellowship and my son is attending the Young People’s fellowship.
I aim to serve in True Life BP Church more extensively and so have decided to become a member of the church. William O.
Fervent in Serving
I was born into a Taoist family. When I was young something in me tells me there is God. My mother brought us to a nunnery, and I remembered telling her I wanted to be a nun. There was strong biasness at home, and I could not find love and peace. I asked the idols but did not find it.
A primary school Indian teacher, who was a Roman Catholic, once told us that Jesus died and heaven was opened for us. I tried to meet up with a schoolmate to bring me to his Catholic Church, but many times we missed each other.
In Secondary School, there was another Indian teacher who opened her house for Christian youth fellowship. At one house meeting, I prayed the sinner’s prayer and accepted the Lord Jesus as my Saviour. I stopped praying to idols and attended Bethesda Bras Basah, a Brethren church regularly. I faced a lot of persecution from family, especially from my mother. Once I was forced to serve the idol-worship table and chairs. I thank God I knew that the Spirit in me was greater than the idols. My mother was unable to get a ‘yes’ from the tablets to start the worship, and she said it was my fault. I believe Satan and his demons are real but thank God I was not frightened. Back then I was fervent in serving in these areas: missionary prayer group, distribution of tracts and among the young people.
However, when I started work, there was long period of backsliding, though I still attended church. I met my husband at the work place. He was from Calvary Pandan BP Church, but he attended Bethesda with me. When our children came along in 1997, we went to Calvary Pandan for worship as the worship service at Bethesda was too early. I transferred my membership from Bethesda to Calvary Pandan in 1999. I served in Children’s Overseas Missions, Calvary Missions for Children and Junior Worship. I thank God for calling me to serve in China for two years; conducting Christian Education and one year teaching in Batam church’s kindergarten. Upon returning to Singapore, my family helped Preacher Lek set up his new church. We worshipped and served in Blessed Hope BP Church. In year 2015, we started to attend True Life BP Church. Patsy L.
Unseen Hand of God
I came to know the Lord in 1986, at the age of four. While I was born into a non-Christian family, my parents enrolled me in Jurong Calvary Kindergarten, where my teacher handed me my first Bible and introduced me to God’s Word. Despite a lack of understanding, I prayed regularly, and found comfort and solace in my communion with God.
It helped that my close family friends were devout Christians, and through them I was introduced to Life Bible-Presbyterian Church. I loved singing hymns and joined the children’s choir. However, my walk with God was impaired by my refusal to attend Sunday School. This impeded my understanding of the Bible. Church became more of a venue to meet up and play with my childhood friends.
Eventually, I stopped attending church altogether at the same time as my family. I stopped reading the Bible and praying. Secondary and Tertiary education, and the arrogance of intellect, only served to further distance me from God. I was in a spiritual wilderness. “The lofty looks of man shall be humbled, And the haughtiness of men shall be bowed down, And the Lord alone shall be exalted in that day.” (Isa 2:11).
Even as I slid further from God, He never gave up on me. I started attending Calvary Pandan Bible-Presbyterian Church in 2004 together with my wife. Through His unseen hand, God led me back to His flock, and I found myself supplemented and refreshed by His Word.
A colleague of mine introduced me to True Life Bible-Presbyterian Church about two years ago. My wife and I have been the recipients of warmth and fellowship, and we know that this is where we want to grow, as a family (together with our son Lucas), in Christ. Praise be to God. Wong WK
His Divine Guidance
I have had the privilege of growing up in a Christian home and family. While I accepted Christ as my personal Saviour at an early age, my adherence to the tenets of the faith was not very constant. I had periods of great passion and fervour, and others when I fell far from grace and wandered away from my God. One of my primary problems was my extreme reluctance to turn to God whenever I encountered a problem or needed help. Misguidedly, I felt that I should not turn to God at every little problem, as I should solve it by myself and not run to Him for every little thing, as I thought that it would be belittling Him and taking Him for granted. It was only later that I realized that that was sheer arrogance on my part. It is impossible to bear the trials and temptations of everyday life whether they are big or small without His divine guidance, because of our inherent mortal weaknesses. I finally realized that the problems He sent were signs to me, to tell me that I needed to come to Him and that with the weathering of every storm my faith and my love would grow stronger and deeper. Since having a baby, I am ever more determined to bring my child up in the fear of the Lord, and therefore I would dearly love to make True Life BPC our spiritual home. Dawn C.
God Makes Me Feel Better
In John 3:16, the Lord Jesus says, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
Firstly, I want to thank Brother Jude Gabales and all the members of Filipino Bible Fellowship for inviting me and my sister to join this Bible fellowship every Sunday. I thank God for everything in my life. All the trials, obstacles, burdens, pains that I experience in life were overcome because of His guidance and love.
To live in this world is not that easy, I need to be strong. Because of this need I learned to surrender all my worries to God. God is good all the time. My life may not be perfect but I am blessed by God. Sometimes I am feeling down but when I just pray, God makes me feel better. I know I have to trust and surrender my life, and everything to the Lord for without Him in my life, I am nothing. Amen. Havana G.
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