“But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31, NIV)
We praise and thank God for His faithfulness and favour upon Pasir Panjang Tamil Methodist Church (PPTMC) over the past 91 years.
The church traces its roots to the 1920s when a group of workers from Alexandra Brickworks in Pasir Panjang gathered regularly for prayer and worship as an outreach point of Tamil Methodist Church (Short Street). In 1927, the Brickworks company built an 800-square-foot chapel, and thus began PPTMC’s journey.
In 1972, the church had to move because of the government’s redevelopment plans. The Board of Trustees of The Methodist Church in Singapore allocated land for a new building at Wishart Road – where PPTMC stands today. Funds were raised for a single-storey building, which was completed in 1977.
As the church’s membership and ministries grew, work began in 1986 to add a second storey to the building. The second level was dedicated on 2 May 1987 as the church sanctuary for worship services. The first floor was used for a range of fellowship programmes and activities.
The Rev R. Prabhu is currently the Pastor-in-Charge, assisted by Pastor Stephen Shadrak. They have built on the work of pastors and ministry workers whom God provided through the years – Mr W. S. Packianathan, the Rev T. R. Doraisamy, the Rev J. Daniel, the Rev D. Premkumar, the Rev Dr E. J. Thoraisingam, the Rev Vinson Samuel, the Rev Stanley Sadagopan, the Rev Philip Abraham, the Rev James Nagulan, and the Rev Isaac Raju.
Today, PPTMC supports missions and reaches out to Telok Blangah residents through evangelism and community service.
Five years ago, PPTMC embarked on outreach in Teck Whye estate. We are grateful to the Methodist Church of the Incarnation for the use of its premises at Teck Whye Lane for worship services every Sunday evening. Led by Pastor Shadrak, the outreach effort includes regular visits and ministry to residents in the area. At the time of writing, three new believers are preparing for baptism!
As PPTMC approaches its first century with hope in the Lord, we pray that He will renew our strength and use us mightily for His service and glory.
Kalayarasi George is Chairperson of the Local Church Executive Committee (LCEC) of Pasir Panjang Tamil Methodist Church (PPTMC).
Photos courtesy of Pasir Panjang Tamil Methodist Church