Missions

A bridge to life

A bridge to life

Aug 2017     The Post-COSI Integration Programme (PCOSIIP) in Cambodia was established in 2009. Its objective is to help children from the COSI Children’s Village successfully transition from a sheltered environment back into society. 15 COSI youths (10 per cent of COSI’s population) have successfully completed the programme, and graduated from universities in various disciplines. Currently, there...
Amidst change, a mission unchanged

Amidst change, a mission unchanged

Jul 2017     “Your faithfulness endures to all generations” Psalm 119:90 In every aspect of our lives, change is inevitable. The same can be said of missions. People will change and how we do things to achieve our missional objectives may change due to context and circumstances.  But what never changes is the...
New Vineyard Methodist School block dedication

New Vineyard Methodist School block dedication

Jun 2017     A new school building housing additional classrooms and a multipurpose hall located within the Vineyard Methodist School (VMS), Thailand, was dedicated by our Bishop Dr Chong Chin Chung on 13 March 2017. Present at the dedication were members of the VMS Board and representatives from the Methodist Missions Society (MMS)....
Prayer and spiritual warfare retreat – Nepal

Prayer and spiritual warfare retreat – Nepal

May 2017     “Prayer catapults us into the frontier of the spiritual life…. Real prayer is life-creating and life-changing” — Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster The Methodist Church in Nepal (MCN) conducts regular training for pastors, leaders and the laity, equipping present and future leaders with a firm spiritual foundation, enabling them...
The rainbow connection – nurturing Laotian children

The rainbow connection – nurturing Laotian children

Apr 2017    

  Twelve years ago, it was a glorious rainbow that sealed God’s call to Lesley and Kok Liang Yeow to live and serve in Vientiane, Laos. In faith, they started a centre for teaching the English language to adults. Twelve years ago, it was a glorious rainbow that sealed God’s…

It’s cool to serve the Lord

It’s cool to serve the Lord

Mar 2017    

“I’m going on a short mission trip to Chiangmai.” The usual response to this is, “Cool place!” Sadly, not anymore, as de-forestation has affected the climate of this northern Thai city. Vineyard Methodist School (VMS) in Chiangmai was set up by the Methodist Missions Society (MMS). The school’s mission is…

Up close and personal with new MMS Chairman

Up close and personal with new MMS Chairman

Feb 2017     Alvin Tan – is the new Chairman of the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) with effect from 1 Jan 2017. We reprint with permission an interview conducted with him by Harvest Force, the MMS publication.   Harvest Force (HF): Welcome, Alvin! Tell us a little about yourself. Alvin: We are a...
Right values – right results!

Right values – right results!

Jan 2017     Education is one of the key focuses in the work of the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) in Cambodia. The Methodist School of Cambodia (MSC) has been around since 1997. For many years, we have been teaching our students the importance of putting their best efforts in their studies, and especially...
Loving the Timorese: Reflections on MITE programme

Loving the Timorese: Reflections on MITE programme

Dec 2016     I embarked on a two-month Missions Internship Training and Exposure (MITE) programme to Timor-Leste (TL), beginning from 2 July 2016. This is my first trip to Timor-Leste and I was captivated by the beauty of this land and its people. The Timorese are friendly, resilient and they have a deep...
MMS Missions Conference 2016: Catching the Urban Wave

MMS Missions Conference 2016: Catching the Urban Wave

Nov 2016     As part of its 25th Anniversary celebration, the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) hosted a Missions Conference at Trinity Theological College on Saturday, 20 Aug 2016. The conference focused on how to effectively share the gospel in urban areas, taking into consideration the unique social, economic and psychological challenges faced by...
MMS launches new logo with thanks to God for 25 years

MMS launches new logo with thanks to God for 25 years

Oct 2016     Thanking God for His immense faithfulness and favour, the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) revealed their new logo at their 25th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service on 19 Aug 2016, at the Trinity Theological College Chapel. Amid heartfelt expressions of gratitude to God for His grace, about 200 staff, missionaries, volunteers, supporters, guests...
The Holy Spirit’s work: Transformation through faith

The Holy Spirit’s work: Transformation through faith

Sep 2016     Are these testimonies to the work of the Holy Spirit? A 94-year-old worshipper walking 10 km each way to attend church A crippled lady in her 60s making her way to church A 70-year-old man bringing his handicapped wife, who is crippled from the waist down, on a tricycle to...
Learning to see through God’s eyes

Learning to see through God’s eyes

Aug 2016     I have a few hobbies and one of them is photography – which is the talent that God has blessed me with. While on the Mission Internship, Training & Exposure (MITE) programme in Nepal from 4 Sep to 2 Oct 2015, I learnt the following from God through photography. Exposure...
MMS MISSIONS CONFERENCE 2016

MMS MISSIONS CONFERENCE 2016

Jul 2016     For the first time in the history of humankind, more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. In 2008, the world’s population was evenly split between urban and rural areas. In less than 10 years, this percentage will increase to more than 57 per cent. It is expected...
Hearing His voice

Hearing His voice

Jun 2016     “If anyone has ears to hear, let him hear. Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you – and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”...
Celebrating a 25-year mission of love

Celebrating a 25-year mission of love

May 2016     “Missionary zeal does not grow out of intellectual beliefs, nor out of theological arguments, but out of love,” noted Roland Allen, a British missionary in the 20th century. For the past 25 years, it is this love that has driven and continues to drive the work of the Methodist Missions...
Sundermeier Home: Enabling brighter futures for Timor-Leste students

Sundermeier Home: Enabling brighter futures for Timor-Leste students

Apr 2016     Mirroring the beautiful morning sunrise, with its rays penetrating through the trees on the hillside amidst the morning mist, was the enthusiasm and anxiety of the 25 youths – 13 boys and 12 girls – as they sang praises in thanksgiving to God during their morning devotion on 4 March...
Cambodia’s Glory Trinity MC breaks ground  for new building

Cambodia’s Glory Trinity MC breaks ground for new building

Mar 2016     The association Trinity Methodist Church (TMC) has with Cambodia began in 1994 when our members covenanted among ourselves and with our Lord to adopt the Khmer people of Cambodia as an unreached people group, and to become instruments to evangelise to and establish the Church of our Lord Jesus Christ...
Motivating and Equipping for Missions

Motivating and Equipping for Missions

Feb 2016       On 29-Aug2014, some 14 potential and newly-appointed missionaries who had earlier submitted their applications with the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) graduated from a two-month intensive training programme. The MMS has put in special effort over these couple of years to motivate, train and prepare Methodists in Singapore - MMS...
Looking for a Good Return on Investment? Support a PCOSIIP Student!

Looking for a Good Return on Investment? Support a PCOSIIP Student!

Jan 2016     Higher education not only contributes to greater economic stability, it also improves quality of life for individuals and raises the standard of living on a national level. Studies show that college and vocational training graduates live longer, and typically provide greater service and leadership in their communities. But is tertiary education...
Nepal – Challenges in a new era

Nepal – Challenges in a new era

Nov 2015     A major milestone was achieved in Nepal when the nation enacted its new constitution on 20 Sept 2015. This was achieved after the elections in November 2013 and the establishment of a new assembly that earnestly brought the new constitution to realisation. The national charter has been welcomed by most Nepalis...
7th Mission Conference Session of the Methodist Church in Cambodia

7th Mission Conference Session of the Methodist Church in Cambodia

Nov 2015     In front row: The Rev Som Sarun from Chress MC (2nd from right), and the Rev Ouk Ratana (4th from right). Back row: From left, Mission Superintendent Rev Sok Sovandy, Bishop Jun Yang Chul, Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup, Bishop Larry Goodpastor, and the Rev Prak Vuthy, the BOM Chairperson....
Into Nepal: Led by the Spirit, blessed by the Spirit

Into Nepal: Led by the Spirit, blessed by the Spirit

Oct 2015     In 2011, we went on a two-week mission trip to Nepal. God melted our hearts and we fell in love with the country and its people. As friends, we yearned to return to Nepal together, never imagining God would lead us there this year, and use us this way…   We...
Ready for God’s use anytime and anywhere

Ready for God’s use anytime and anywhere

Sep 2015     At the tender age of 12, Mr Benjamin Lee heard God’s call to missions. It is little surprise that his favourite Bible passage is Matthew 28:18-20 where Jesus proclaimed the Great Commission, to “go and make disciples of all nations”.   This conviction took him to Cambodia in early 2012,...
MMS ‘MY FATHER’S BUSINESS’ BANQUET

MMS ‘MY FATHER’S BUSINESS’ BANQUET

Aug 2015     MMS relies heavily on the support and donations from the Methodist community to support its works in Cambodia, East Asia, Laos, Nepal, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Vietnam. By the grace of God, the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) has grown steadily and provides widening opportunities in the harvest fieldds – evangelising, equipping and...
By His grace alone

By His grace alone

Nov 2014     The vision for the Singapore Mission School (SMS) in Laos is clear – we want to nurture educated hearts in the country of Laos. We desire that our children will, during their formative years, experience their teachers’ grace and dedication; witness the steady conviction, faithful service and overarching passion on...
Secular and sacred work

Secular and sacred work

Oct 2014     My family served as Methodist Missions Society missionaries in South Asia for more than 12 years. By the time of our third year in the field, I was an equal partner in a foreign direct investment, setting up a restaurant together with other missionaries from various denominations. The company is...
Grounding Thai youths for life-long faith

Grounding Thai youths for life-long faith

Jul 2014     “I also reconciled with a sister-in-Christ after 10 years of misunder-standing. Only God made this possible. I thank the camp speaker and our pastors who made this camp happen.” Youths in Thailand are not that much different from youths anywhere else in the world. They are distracted by boy-girl relationships,...
Freedom begins with a school

Freedom begins with a school

Jun 2014     “Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed. Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless, and see that they get justice.” Proverbs 31:8-9 (NLT) Bihar, the poorest state in India, is home to 15 million Dalits – traditionally known as “untouchables”, and...
Timor-Leste: How far will you walk?

Timor-Leste: How far will you walk?

May 2014     50 per cent of Timorese are aged 15 and below, and only 18 per cent of the adult population have secondary education. The country of Timor-Leste is shaped like a crocodile’s head. The folklore told to all children in Timor-Leste was that once upon a time, a young boy picked...
Story of MMS now told in Blessed to be a blessing

Story of MMS now told in Blessed to be a blessing

Apr 2014     The Methodist Church in Singapore has had a long history of missions and is itself the product of missions. It has received abundant blessings, and for close to 130 years, has forged a rich spiritual, educational and social heritage. It was on the foundations of this very heritage that the...
Reflections from Cambodia: What Christmas means to me

Reflections from Cambodia: What Christmas means to me

Mar 2014     For many people, Christmas is over – the lights have been taken down, the tree packed up. But the true Gift of Christmas, Jesus, shines through the rest of the year in the lives of people who have been touched by His saving grace. As I reflect on this everlasting...
Growing and multiplying in Nepal

Growing and multiplying in Nepal

Feb 2014     The expanding ministry of Vijayee Methodist Church makes a building upgrade necessary to keep up with the growth of the church. The literacy rate is gauged to be lower than the national average of 57 per cent. Yet, in this challenging environment, Vijayee Methodist Church (first set up in 2007)...
Prek Ompel’s day  of answered prayers

Prek Ompel’s day of answered prayers

Jan 2014     November 24, Sunday, was a day of answered prayers for Prek Ompel Methodist Church (POMC) in Cambodia. The morning sun broke through heavy clouds and shone brightly over the village as church members made final preparations for the consecration service of their newly-completed church building. It had been raining so...
From battle to mission field

From battle to mission field

Dec 2013     What is it like to leave home, family and friends to serve in a nation where you often have to learn the language from scratch? It takes faith, passion, courage and an unwavering desire to do God’s will. In this second in a series on getting to know our missionaries,...
Building new centres to equip Nepal

Building new centres to equip Nepal

Nov 2013     After 12 years in rented premises, Wesley Methodist Church in Nepal will have a permanent home by June 2014. Located at Lalitpur, about a kilometre from Sophia’s Home in Kathmandu, the site and building project were blessed by Bishop Dr Wee Boon Hup last month when he was there to...
Precious Friendships Forged in a Foreign Land

Precious Friendships Forged in a Foreign Land

Oct 2013     What is it like to leave home, family and friends to serve in a nation where you often have to learn the language from scratch? It takes faith, passion, courage and an unwavering desire to do God’s will. In the first of a series on getting to know our missionaries,...
Join us to raise educational standards in Laos

Join us to raise educational standards in Laos

Aug 2013     Building strong educational foundations at the Singapore Mission School in Laos. – Picture courtesy of SMS Laos A LANDLOCKED, mountainous country with less than five per cent of its land suitable for subsistence agriculture, Laos today has gradually 0pened up to the world since the 1990s. Economic and business reforms were...
For a bag of rice and a few dollars a month

For a bag of rice and a few dollars a month

Jul 2013     The interior and exterior views of Joy Methodist Hostel. – Methodist Missions Society pictures. HUCH YADA IS STUDYING Sociology at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. He stays at Joy Methodist Hostel, one of several hostels run by the coalition of churches under the Methodist Church in Cambodia (MCC) banner....
New building marks growth of Thai church

New building marks growth of Thai church

Jun 2013     The new building of Sanphranet Methodist Church, amidst surrounding rice fields. – Methodist Missions Society picture. WE WERE LOST! The driver had taken a wrong turn. After a phone call, we were back on track. Then we arrived. There in the cool morning air, Sanphranet Methodist Church (SMC) stood tall,...

What’s business got to do with it?

May 2013     HAVE YOU WONDERED if there is a role for business people in fulfilling the Great Commission? What is God’s purpose for work and business? What is the role of business in the mission of the church? What does this term “BAM” that we keep hearing about really mean? Under the...
Dental teams put teeth into missions work in Nepal

Dental teams put teeth into missions work in Nepal

Apr 2013     Medical and dental mission teams play an important role in the work of the Methodist Missions Society (MMS). In this story, a mission tripper in one such team shares his experience.   TOGETHER WITH MY FAMILY and six other mission trippers, I flew off to Kathmandu, Nepal from November 25...
MMS supporters encouraged to ‘live in paradox’

MMS supporters encouraged to ‘live in paradox’

Dec 2012     Methodist Missions Society Thanksgiving Tea Reception CHRISTIAN LIFE IS NOT a luxury cruise but a rescue boat. This was emphasised by Bishop Dr Robert Solomon at the Methodist Missions Society’s (MMS) anksgiving Tea Reception, held at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel on Sept 29, 2012. About 90 people attended, some...
New and bigger home for  Cambodian hostelites

New and bigger home for Cambodian hostelites

Oct 2012     ON AUG 1 THIS YEAR, more than 80 people attended the opening of a permanent home for the Methodist Hostel in Phnom Penh. After two years of operating in a smaller rented property, this ministry has expanded to occupy two newly-constructed adjacent buildings. While the previous home was able to...
‘We can teach, too!’

‘We can teach, too!’

Aug 2012     In March 2012, students of the Methodist School of Cambodia (MSC) held their first outreach to Prak Padov School in Kandal Province. They learnt how to work together, and showed their friendship and love to the children there. In this article, they share some wonderful lessons and experiences. Cambodian students’...

Ten years of church-planting … and counting

Jun 2012     10th Anniversary Thanksgiving Service of Wesley Methodist Church, Nepal WESLEY METHODIST CHURCH (WMC), NEPAL celebrated its 10th Anniversary on May 5, 2012. The Rev Lawrence Chua, Mission Superintendent for Nepal, was the Guest-of-Honour and delivered the message at the Thanksgiving Service. It was a time of celebration, made special and...
MMS to volunteers: Thank you for standing in the gap

MMS to volunteers: Thank you for standing in the gap

Apr 2012     Col (Retd) Quek Koh Eng, Area Director and Director of Operations of the Methodist Missions Society, chatting with three volunteers. – MMS picture. “THANK YOU FOR GIVING TO THE LORD!” This was expressed by the staff of the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) to their volunteers during the Volunteers’ Appreciation Night...

Bridging East Asian and Singapore communities

Mar 2012     IN JULY 2011, Stamford Consultancy was granted a licence to provide a range of consultancy services in a large developing city in East Asia. Staffed by Singaporean Methodists, the company aims to be the bridge between the East Asian and the Singaporean communities through cultural exchange, enhancing knowledge and skills,...
Thai, Cambodian floods: MMS swings into action

Thai, Cambodian floods: MMS swings into action

Feb 2012     A member of Rangsit Methodist Church (in boat) distributing food to flood-affected residents in Bangkok. – Methodist Missions Society picture. IN LATE SEPTEMBER 2011, many countries across Asia encountered severe flooding. This coincided with high tides in mid-October. In just a few days, many provinces in Thailand and Cambodia were...
Book on teaching English launched

Book on teaching English launched

Jan 2012     The Rev Lawrence Chua (right) dedicating Dr Grace Hsu’s book. The others are, from left, the Rev Philip Lim, MMS Area Director; Dr Grace Hsu; and Mr Khoo Oon Theam, National President of Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International. – MMS picture. THE CHINESE SAYING “Huo Dao Lao, Xue Dao...
Timor-Leste ripe for missions

Timor-Leste ripe for missions

Dec 2011     I WAS PRIVILEGED to join a team from the Methodist Missions Society to Timor-Leste from Sept 27 to Oct 1 this year. It was a most fruitful fact-finding and relationship-building trip. Timor-Leste as a missions field is ripe. It is a young nation with many needs including health, infrastructure, industry,...
A day of double blessings

A day of double blessings

Nov 2011     Ground-blessing ceremony of Prek Omperl Methodist Church outside Phnom Penh SUNDAY, AUG 14, WAS A BLESSED DAY as eight members of Aldersgate Methodist Church (AMC) worshipped with their Cambodian brothers and sisters on the site of the future Prek Omperl Methodist Church (POMC) building outside Phnom Penh. Over the years,...
Care of missionaries vital

Care of missionaries vital

Oct 2011     THE TYPICAL MISSIONARY EXPERIENCES STRESS LEVELS between three and four times higher than that considered to be “at risk” under normal circumstances. This is due to the discomfort of being in a different country and culture, facing high expectations from sending churches or agencies, the unconventional nature of mission work,...
New ‘Family of Christ’ in Anhui

New ‘Family of Christ’ in Anhui

Aug 2011     Methodist Missions Society starts work in Anhui province, China METHODIST MISSIONS SOCIETY (MMS) LEADERS and the MMS Country Co-ordinator for China have been cultivating close relationships with government officials and leaders of the Three-Self Church in a town in Anhui province for several years. Recently, they were invited there to...
Dedication Service for  Rangsit Methodist Church in Bangkok

Dedication Service for Rangsit Methodist Church in Bangkok

Jul 2011     A DEDICATION SERVICE on June 4, 2011 marked a milestone for Rangsit Methodist Church in Klong Si, Bangkok. The Rev Prasert Pornkiratikul, pastor of the church, leaders and church members received Bishop Dr Robert Solomon, Methodist Missions Society (MMS) directors and church leaders from Paya Lebar Methodist Church (PLMC) who...
Missions Conference to kick-start MMS’ 20th Anniversary joy

Missions Conference to kick-start MMS’ 20th Anniversary joy

May 2011     THE METHODIST MISSIONS SOCIETY (MMS) will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary this year with the following events: Missions Conference – Aug 20 at Toa Payoh Methodist Church, MMS Thanksgiving Service – Aug 20 at Toa Payoh Methodist Church, Missionaries’ Retreat – Aug 22 to 24 at Methodist Centre, and MMS...
MMS’ church-planting strategy making progress

MMS’ church-planting strategy making progress

Apr 2011     HAVING DEFINED ITS STRATEGIC MISSION, vision and goals in 2009, the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) has begun to intensify the key goal of equipping its indigenous churches abroad to be more intentional in disciple-making. Its mission is to fulfil Christ’s Great Commission to make disciples of all nations. Matthew 28:...
‘Thank you very much for your partnership’

‘Thank you very much for your partnership’

Mar 2011     MMS Volunteers’ Appreciation Night THE METHODIST MISSIONS SOCIETY (MMS) celebrated Volunteers’ Appreciation Night at Sophia Blackmore Hall on Jan 7, 2011. It was an opportunity for the MMS to express heartfelt thanks and gratitude to the many individuals who have contributed their time, talents, knowledge and experience to it. We...
Six Methodist Hostelites in  Phnom Penh receive baptism

Six Methodist Hostelites in Phnom Penh receive baptism

Sep 2010     PHNOM PENH – Rain was pouring down with lightning flashing in the distance, but the atmosphere was joyous as six Methodist Hostelites – four young men and two women – received baptism here on July 31. They attend universities in Phnom Penh and board at the Methodist Hostel supported by...
Methodist School of Cambodia  needs teachers and books

Methodist School of Cambodia needs teachers and books

Aug 2010     PHNOM PENH – e Methodist School of Cambodia (MSC) needs volunteer teachers as well as books for its library. In the next academic year 2010-2011, the MSC will have 20 classes, and it needs volunteers to teach Grade 10 and 11 English classes. Retired teachers who have a burden for...
‘Help build a Methodist Centre in Kathmandu’

‘Help build a Methodist Centre in Kathmandu’

Jun 2010     THE CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST exists in and for the world as an expression of love and harmony in a broken world. In this spirit and confidence, The Methodist Mission in Nepal was instituted in Katmandu, Nepal by Bishop Dr Robert Solomon on Oct 20, 2008. By God’s grace, over...
Hostel ministry develops Christian leaders

Hostel ministry develops Christian leaders

May 2010     ALDERSGATE METHODIST CHURCH opened the first Methodist Hostel in Cambodia last July. The primary aim of this ministry is to lead students to Christ and equip them to become Christian leaders. Devotions and Bible Study are conducted three evenings each week, and on Sunday afternoon hostelites come together for house...

Methodist Church in Nepal holds first annual meeting

Apr 2010     THE METHODIST CHURCH IN NEPAL held its fi rst annual meeting here on Oct 9 last year. Established in October 2008, the mission known as the Methodist Church in Nepal voted to accept the Provisional Book of Discipline among deliberating on other matters. Observers from e United Methodist Church and...
School extension gives hope to more youths

School extension gives hope to more youths

Mar 2010     Opening of Methodist School of Cambodia’s extension block PHNOM PENH – It was a glorious day in December as the sun reflected off the sparkling windows of the recently completed addition to the Methodist School of Cambodia (MSC) here. Saluting, smiling cadets from the MSC Boys’ Brigade and Girls’ Brigade...
Short-term Mission Trip: The long and short of it all

Short-term Mission Trip: The long and short of it all

Feb 2010     MUTUAL RESPECT AND TRUST “Authentic church partnership, like good friendship, is built on mutual respect and trust. us, the friendship and partnership model cultivates mutual learning and provides an infrastructure conducive to promoting the “Study Tour on Missions”. Some have argued for only long-term missions as they will allow for...
Your help is needed to continue our legacy

Your help is needed to continue our legacy

Dec 2009     PHNOM PENH – It has been said that the most enduring ministry of the Methodist Church is with young people. More than a century ago, missionaries opened the first Methodist schools in Singapore. For the past 12 years the Methodist School of Cambodia (MSC) has followed that tradition by providing...
Methodist Hostel in Cambodia the realisation of a vision

Methodist Hostel in Cambodia the realisation of a vision

Nov 2009     IT STARTED with a vision. More than a year ago, Dr Seet Ai Mee, a long-time member of Aldersgate Methodist Church (AMC), had a dream. In the dream the Lord showed her a house where students coming to study in Phnom Penh from far-flung provinces throughout Cambodia could live. Having...
Training China nationals to plant churches

Training China nationals to plant churches

Oct 2009     THE METHODIST MISSIONS SOCIETY’S (MMS) MISSION for China is to train disciples and disciple-makers so that many preaching points and churches will be planted by the nationals themselves. MMS missionaries and teaching teams from Singapore Methodist churches have been training the national preachers and workers through small groups and seminars...
Choose to help a few

Choose to help a few

Sep 2009     THE REV SOMPHAN SANGKHEN comes from the remote village of Huey Paraai in the beautiful hill country, an hour’s drive west of Chiangmai, Thailand. About 20 years ago, his parents sent his older brother and himself to Chiangmai to get an education as there was no school in their village....
Methodist Church in Nepal progressing well

Methodist Church in Nepal progressing well

Aug 2009     THE METHODIST CHURCH IN NEPAL is making good progress. By God’s grace every church has reported an increase in church attendance and the number of people baptised. By the end of this year, four new preaching points will be set up to strengthen the existing six churches. The national pastors...

WE ARE ONE

Jul 2009     ARE WE ONE? We have 44 Methodist Churches in Singapore. In Christ, we are one. According to our Methodist Book of Discipline, we are one. According to Singapore Law, we are one. But opera-tionally, we are quite separate. We hardly know what the next church is doing. For the next...
MMS to help foster culture of peace in Timor Leste

MMS to help foster culture of peace in Timor Leste

Jun 2009     MAKING WAVES Missionaries creating ripples of impact: More village chiefs want to invite them to conduct English lessons THE Methodist Missions Society (MMS), together with Transformation Alliance (TA), is committed to helping to foster a culture of reconciliation and peace in Timor Leste. We must continue to serve with joyful patience...
Rediscovering blind hymn writer Fanny J. Crosby

Rediscovering blind hymn writer Fanny J. Crosby

Nov 2008     IF YOU were to say your favourite hymns include titles like “Blessed Assurance”, “Rescue the Perishing”, “Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross”, “Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour”, “To God Be the Glory” and “All the Way My Saviour Leads Me”, you will surely know something about their author –...
Plan to give Cambodian girls a better life

Plan to give Cambodian girls a better life

Oct 2008     Emmaus Women’s Centre enhances teaching programmes AUGUST 1, 2008 marked the beginning of the 8th annual training session at the Emmaus Women’s Centre (EWC) in Angsnoul, outside the Cambodian capital of Phnom Penh. EWC’s manager, missionary Carol Ong from Toa Payoh Methodist Church, welcomed 16 new girls to the centre....
Preaching point in Nepalese village growing into vibrant church

Preaching point in Nepalese village growing into vibrant church

Aug 2008     PHULBARI (Nepal) – The scenery here is breathtaking, with beautiful greenery plains and majestic mountains. Phulbari village is situated on a hill overlooking the mighty Himalayan range, 45 km north of Kathmandu. Our Nepalese evangelist was led by God to interact with the local villagers while in the process of...
Growing crops with a growing community

Growing crops with a growing community

Jul 2008     METHODIST Missions Society missionaries, Francis and Angela Lim, are using agriculture as a platform to proclaim the Word to reach out to the villagers in Fujian Province, China with much success. They have been living with the farmers and the community in a village there for more than a year,...
MMS rendering help to Timor Leste orphanage

MMS rendering help to Timor Leste orphanage

May 2008     DILI – The Methodist Missions Society (MMS) is rendering help, through its missionary, Ms Lace Sim, to the Familia Hope Orphanage in Gleno, Ermera District of Timor Leste. There are 28 children and youths aged between 10 and 18 living in the orphanage. The MMS has seized opportunities to be...
Nepal hungry for Christian leadership training

Nepal hungry for Christian leadership training

Apr 2008     THE training of Nepalese pastors has been done mainly in the capital city of Kathmandu. The city hosts more than 35 training institutes run by various organisations and more than half of them run three-to five-month residential courses. The main challenge that the churches outside Kathmandu face is that their...

How you can help to plant a new church

Mar 2008     THERE are several ways you can help to plant a new church. 1. You can contribute financially to help support a national church planter – for example, for just $120 a month, we can empower a pastor in China to plant a new church. Our current policy is to support...
Don’t let our missionaries worry

Don’t let our missionaries worry

Feb 2008     “OUR Methodist missionaries should not have to worry about raising money for their support – we want them to concentrate on just doing their work!” I was deeply impressed by the pastors and leaders of the Sarawak Chinese Annual Conference. Each month every church – even the ones that did...
MMS gets commendation certificate from Vietnamese Government

MMS gets commendation certificate from Vietnamese Government

Jan 2008     THE Methodist Missions Society (MMS) was one of eight non-governmental organisations (NGOs) which received commendation certificates recently for their contributions to Ho Chi Minh City’s development. The certificates, awarded by the city’s People’s Committee, were presented by the Ho Chi Minh City Federation of Friendship Organisations, at a ceremony. A...

Love was when God became a Human Being

Dec 2007     LET ME tell you a story about a famine in China. Deep in the interior of China, far from the booming prosperity of the eastern coastal mega cities, a farming community suffered repeatedly from drought and famine. This caused widespread disease, suffering and death. Many miles away in the comfort...
Methodist Missions Society’s Saturday High Tea and Sunday Banquet

Methodist Missions Society’s Saturday High Tea and Sunday Banquet

Nov 2007     ‘I must be about my Father’s business’ YOU remember the story. Jesus was 12 years old. His parents had brought Him to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. But because they were travelling with a large group of relatives – they left Jerusalem without Him! They found Him in...
The gift of helping people to make money

The gift of helping people to make money

Oct 2007     IKNOW our Lord said – and I believe that it is true – that it is very hard for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. But I also believe, although it is not listed as one of the spiritual gifts, that some of you reading this have...
Thai fishing village ‘a model of inter-faith harmony for southern Thailand’

Thai fishing village ‘a model of inter-faith harmony for southern Thailand’

Oct 2007     THE predominantly Muslim fishing village of Ban Nai Rai is a model of inter-faith harmony – thanks to the work of Muang Thai Mettakij Foundation there. The Foundation, the social and welfare unit of the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) in Thailand, has helped to break down human barriers and foster trust...
Tsunami-hit Thai families get more fishing equipment from MMS

Tsunami-hit Thai families get more fishing equipment from MMS

Oct 2007     THEIR faces said it all. Grateful fishermen from the village of Ban Nai Rai, 80 km north of Phuket, stepped up to receive fishing boats, boat engines and other equipment with wide smiles amidst applause. The “gifts of love” were presented to 30 fishermen by the Methodist Missions Society (MMS)...
How a church-planting manual can be helpful

How a church-planting manual can be helpful

Sep 2007     IBELIEVE it is very possible for your church to plant 20 new self-supporting churches in the next 10 years – but you need a plan. Allow me to re-tell a well-known story. The Story of the Shoe Factory The manager of a well-established shoe factory was fired because for three...
Your gift goes exactly where you direct it

Your gift goes exactly where you direct it

Aug 2007     You can help MMS fulfil its plans OUR plans and budget take a long time to be approved. It begins in the field. Our missionaries and national pastors review the past year and prepare their plans and budget for the next year. One or two representatives from each country come...
The way to go:  Building self-supporting churches

The way to go: Building self-supporting churches

Jul 2007     AT A recent meeting, the main governing body of the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) – the MMS Executive Committee – decided to concentrate on planting self-supporting churches in the region. This is not how we do it here in Singapore, but for our work in the region, we must adapt...
Two questions to help evaluate your mission trip

Two questions to help evaluate your mission trip

Jun 2007     IT HAS been a great joy to hear of hundreds of Methodists investing their time and money to go on a short mission trip. For myself, after each trip I make, I ask myself two questions: 1. How were the missionaries and national pastors blessed and refreshed by my visit?...
School principal from China full of joy

School principal from China full of joy

May 2007     HE JUST could not stop talking. His face was beaming. In less than one year his school, which receives poor students from the surrounding farming community, has been transformed. Morale among teachers and students is at an all-time high. * A TOTAL of 980 of his students whose families live...
Wanted: Church planting coaches

Wanted: Church planting coaches

Mar 2007     IF YOUR love for the Lord has created a burden within you to share the Good News of His Kingdom with others … If your daily walk with the Lord is transforming you to become more like Christ … If you are leading or participating in a Bible study group,...
Rev Prasert: The Thai pastor with a passion

Rev Prasert: The Thai pastor with a passion

Feb 2007     ‘Although I cannot understand Thai, just watching him preach with such animated passion was inspiring. He went to Bible College in the United Kingdom in the 1970s and has been serving the Lord faithfully ever since. ’ – The Rev Dr Norman Wong on the Rev Prasert (above). HE TOOK...
Nanjing Jiade Modern Dance Group to perform here

Nanjing Jiade Modern Dance Group to perform here

Feb 2007     MMS to help raise funds through four shows THE Methodist Missions Society (MMS) is committed to church planting and knows that salvation comes only through the preaching of the Gospel. At the same time, it also wants to extend a helping hand through community development or spiritual partnership to the less fortunate and enable them to stand...
Blessing the poor in the region through  donations and church planting

Blessing the poor in the region through donations and church planting

Jan 2007     IWAKE up some mornings and pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming – for one whole year now, I have had the privilege of being a part of your MMS team. No mistake – it is your MMS team. I hope you all know by now what MMS stands...
MMS gives fishing equipment to tsunami-hit  families in Thai village

MMS gives fishing equipment to tsunami-hit families in Thai village

Oct 2006     THE Methodist Missions Society (MMS), through its social and welfare unit in Thailand, Muang Thai Mettakij Foundation, has presented fishing nets and equipment to fishermen affected by the December 2004 tsunami in a village to the north of the resort island of Phuket. Twenty-one families, comprising about 100 people, in this small fishing village in...
Can we do for others what others have done for us?

Can we do for others what others have done for us?

Oct 2006     MORE than 100 years ago, at great cost and personal sacrifice, Christians from the United States, Britain and Australia • Left their homes and came to Singapore as missionaries, pastors and teachers, • Raised money to purchase land and build churches and schools, and • Gave everything to us –...
Help MMS build Bible school in Eastern Nepal

Help MMS build Bible school in Eastern Nepal

Sep 2006     THE more I listened to him and his church leaders the more I was impressed. Pastor Gopal has poured his life and his own money into building the Mahima Church. For the past three years, the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) has been working with him to develop the Caleb Bible...
Missions: What you CAN do to help

Missions: What you CAN do to help

Jun 2006     IN “MISSIONS”, a “CAN” refers to a “Creative Access Nation”. Some nations do NOT permit entry to Christian missionaries. But Christ has commanded us to take the Gospel to every nation – even the “closed” ones. So we must think of creative ways to gain access to these nations. That is...
MMS holds training seminars for Thai pastors, lay leaders

MMS holds training seminars for Thai pastors, lay leaders

Apr 2006     LAST month, I visited Thailand where the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) has eight churches or preaching points: • One in Bangkok, • Two in Chiang Mai, • Three north of Chiang Mai among the Lahu people, and • Two around Khon Kaen among the Isaan people (I had never even...
MMS set up to harness resources and channel them into missions

MMS set up to harness resources and channel them into missions

Mar 2006     Says Norman Wong, the new MMS Executive Director AT THE time of writing this article, I have barely been one month on the job – but already my head is spinning. Everyday, when I come in to work, I discover something new that the Methodist Missions Society (with YOUR help!)...
Singaporeans praised for reaching out to needy Cambodians

Singaporeans praised for reaching out to needy Cambodians

Oct 2005     Singapore envoy pays tribute to church groups, volunteers and NGOs SINGAPORE’S Ambassador to Cambodia, Mr Lawrence Anderson, has paid tribute to the many Singaporeans involved in different forms of assistance, support and welfare programmes for needy Cambodians. One of the most satisfying aspects of his job, he said, is when...
Bangkok seminar draws  150 pastors, leaders and students

Bangkok seminar draws 150 pastors, leaders and students

Aug 2005     BANGKOK — Together with the Bible Society in Thailand, Bangkok Institute of Theology (BIT), Bangkok Bible College and Seminary (BBCS) and Thailand Baptist Theological Seminary (TBTS), the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) conducted a one-day “Seminar for the Pastors and Church Leaders in Thailand” on June 6, 2005. About 150 pastors,...
Rangsit Methodist Church celebrates 10th Anniversary

Rangsit Methodist Church celebrates 10th Anniversary

Aug 2005     BANGKOK — June 5, 2005 marked another milestone in the history of Tuaw Muang Thai Methodist Church (All Thailand Methodist Church), which was formerly instituted as the Wesley Methodist Church in Thailand. It commemorated the 10th Anniversary of Rangsit Methodist Church (RMC) – the first church planted by the Methodist...

A holistic approach to missions

Aug 2005     The good news of the Gospel should touch every area of our lives OUR story begins with Nirmala, who lives in a girls’ home in Nepal. It is a home for girls who are either orphans or from families that are unable to provide for the basic needs of their...

‘No theological training, but can I serve in mission fields?’

Jun 2005     MMS HAS VACANCIES FOR MISSION POSTINGS “IDON’T have formal theological training but I would like to be involved in mission. Are there opportunities for me to serve in Methodist Missions Society’s mission fields abroad?” The enquirer, an experienced teacher, wanted to serve in the mission fields abroad but was under the...
Celebration of God’s goodness in Thailand

Celebration of God’s goodness in Thailand

May 2005     ON MARCH 19, 2005, 57 Methodists from Singapore witnessed three very significant and historical mission events in Chiangmai, Thailand – the Ordination Service, the Formation of the Methodist Mission in Thailand (now known as Wesley Methodist Church in Thailand), and the Dedication and Opening of the Muang Thai Mettakij Foundation Centre....
MMS hosts a ‘Thank You’  dinner for volunteers

MMS hosts a ‘Thank You’ dinner for volunteers

May 2004     CLOSE to 85 volunteers with the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) and staff turned up for the Volunteers' Appreciation Dinner at Methodist Centre on March 5, 2004. In the true spirit of Christian ministry as an act of love and worship to our Lord, MMS helpers from all walks of life...
Methodist Mission in Cambodia holds first Annual Meeting

Methodist Mission in Cambodia holds first Annual Meeting

Apr 2004     Bishop Dr Solomon praying for the missionaries in Cambodia. Next to him is Bishop Jun. - Methodist Missionaries Society picture. PHNOM PENH: The first Annual Meeting of The Methodist Mission in Cambodia was held on Jan 29, 2004, at Toul Kork Methodist Church here. Ministerial members and lay delegates from...
Foochow MC signs partnership pact  with MMS

Foochow MC signs partnership pact with MMS

Jan 2004     Signing the partnership agreement: From left, Mr Frederick Chieng, the Rev Seow Choon Seng, Bishop Dr Solomon and the Rev Dr Clarence Lim. Standing behind them are Mr Han Hai Kwang, a member of the Board of Missions of the Chinese Annual Conference (extreme left) and leaders of Foochow Methodist...
Reunion for retired Methodist missionaries

Reunion for retired Methodist missionaries

Sep 2003    

  NASHVILLE (Tennessee) — Retired Methodist missionaries from Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore held a reunion in Nashville, Tennessee recently. Among them were the Rev and Mrs Allen Rice. He is a retired Methodist minister and his wife, Shan, was a Methodist missionary in Singapore and Malaysia in the 1960s. Stories…

MSM to launch Charles Wesley Circle

MSM to launch Charles Wesley Circle

Sep 2003     A fellowship of hymn lovers ministering the Word through music THE Methodist School of Music (MSM) will launch the Charles Wesley Circle - a fellowship of hymn lovers ministering the Word through music -- at the Trinity Theological College Chapel on Sept 21 at 6.30 pm. The launch will include...

Bishop to kick off church music workshops

Aug 2003     MSM Church Music Encounter 2003: August - September, 2003 BISHOP Dr Robert Solomon will be conducting a worship seminar at the Sophia Blackmore Hall, 6 th floor Methodist Centre, Barker Road, on Aug. 23 from 2.30 pm to 6 pm. The seminar is part of a series of Church Music...
Much is being done in Cambodia

Much is being done in Cambodia

Jun 2003     Pentecost Methodist Church members lead in singing in a Cambodian village. - Pentecost MC picture. Reflections on a mission trip ONE of the objectives of the 10-year Vision for Pentecost Methodist Church is being involved in missions. To encourage responsible leadership, the Local Church Executive Committee (LCEC) organised a mission...

MSM’s mission and goals

Mar 2003     THE Methodist School of Music (MSM) has a motto: "Be Good Stewards of God's Gift of Music". Its mission is to: * Raise the level of appreciation for music and the arts in Singapore by providing quality music education for all ages, and * Raise the level and quality of...
UMC accepts three new mission churches

UMC accepts three new mission churches

Jan 2003     STAMFORD (Connecticut) - Churches in Cambodia, Honduras and the Cote d'Ivoire have been formally approved as "mission churches" by the United Methodist Board of Global Ministries. A welcoming service concluded the presentation at the board's Oct 21-24, 2002 annual meeting, marking the initial entrance of the three church bodies into...
Methodist Mission in Cambodia to be set up next year

Methodist Mission in Cambodia to be set up next year

Apr 2002     Leaders of the participating churches at the Zurich meeting, from left, the Rev Andreas Stampfli of the United Methodist Church in Europe; the Rev Dr Clarence Lim, The Methodist Church in Singapore; the Rev Li Ping-Kwong, The World Federation of Chinese-Speaking Methodist Churches; The Rev Dr David Wu, The United...
 
 

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A bridge to life

A bridge to life

Aug 2017     The Post-COSI Integration Programme (PCOSIIP) in Cambodia was established in 2009. Its objective is to help children from the COSI Children’s Village successfully transition from a sheltered environment back into society. 15 COSI youths (10 per cent of COSI’s population) have successfully completed the programme, and graduated from universities in various disciplines. Currently, there...
Galvanising Methodists to help the under-served

Galvanising Methodists to help the under-served

Aug 2017     “We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us...if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do...