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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…

Reaching out to families in distress

Reaching out to families in distress

Mar 2017    

  “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18 (NIV)…

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...
When a child loses a parent

When a child loses a parent

Feb 2017     Children and youths experiencing grief and trauma from a broken family background or the death of a parent are often unable to articulate their feelings effectively or find closure in their lives. Fortunately, with an early intervention programme launched by FamilyWorks Community Services, help is at hand. An outreach arm...
Life after trauma

Life after trauma

Jan 2017     Nestled among old HDB flats in St. George’s Lane is Residence @ St. George’s (RSG). Run by the Methodist Welfare Services in collaboration with the General Conference Women’s Society of Christian Service, it is a rehabilitative haven for troubled young girls aged between 15 and 21 years old, most of...
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...
Changing lives with $1 a day

Changing lives with $1 a day

Dec 2016     “I am only one, but I am one. I can’t do everything, but I can do something.” –Edward Everett Hale Christmas and New Year festivities are joyful times for many of us but for some, celebrations and cheer are far from their minds. Faced with poverty, physical disabilities, family conflicts,...
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...
Ambassadors for the ‘last, lost and least’

Ambassadors for the ‘last, lost and least’

Nov 2016     Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) has recently appointed Ambassadors within local Methodist churches to pave the way in caring for the “last, lost and least”. These Ambassadors can tap on available resources provided by MWS, to extend swifter and more targeted help for those in need served by the churches. The...
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...
Making new beginnings possible

Making new beginnings possible

Oct 2016     In the past few years, single mother Madam Kong Siow Lin struggled to provide for her two children. Not making  enough to make ends meet, she defaulted on utilities and rent payments. Through the Getting-Out-Of-Debt (GOOD) Programme in 2015, her debts were fully cleared, liberating her from daily anxiety. She now draws a stable...
Creating communities of warmth

Creating communities of warmth

Sep 2016     The number of seniors who live by themselves has nearly tripled from 14,500 in 2000 to 42,100 in 2014. This number is estimated to double to 83,000 by 2030. According to research published by the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine’s Department of Psychological Medicine in 2015, the risk of...
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...
35 years on: Still much more to do

35 years on: Still much more to do

Aug 2016     More than 600 donors, volunteers, social service partners, Methodist church leaders and Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) staff attended MWS’ 35th Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner at Shangri-La Hotel on 30 June 2016. Sponsored by Mr and Mrs Jackson Tay of JT Global Pte Ltd, the dinner was graced by Minister for Social...
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...
MWS launches first debt and savings matching programme

MWS launches first debt and savings matching programme

Jul 2016     Mdm Kong, a beneficiary of the Getting-Out-Of-Debt Programme, now looks forward to building her savings through the MWS FDP. Mr Ngoh and his five children had to live with a clogged toilet bowl for months because he did not have sufficient savings to get it repaired. The 40-year-old sole breadwinner...
35 years of serving the last, lost and least

35 years of serving the last, lost and least

Jun 2016     Former delivery-man, 75-year-old Chong Man, lost his wife unexpectedly. Just before his wife passed away, they had both joined Charis ACE, an activity centre for seniors run by Methodist Welfare Services (MWS). Chong Man received the timely support of a new network of friends. Having a sense of belonging gave...
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...
It’s all about them

It’s all about them

May 2016     Come December, Mr Retnam Sahadevan (top) will be celebrating his 80th birthday at Bethany Methodist Nursing Home (BMNH) by Methodist Welfare Services (MWS), having lived here for the past 15 years. The widower, who has lost contact with his children, suffers from a host of ailments including dementia, heart disease,...
Goodbye lonely years

Goodbye lonely years

Apr 2016     Being lonely is deadly for seniors. In 2014, 126 seniors aged 60 and above killed themselves, an increase of nearly 60 per cent from the 79 seniors who committed suicide in 2000. The risk of dying prematurely increases by 1.7 times for seniors who live alone, revealed a study by...
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...
Growing in faith and love at Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled

Growing in faith and love at Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled

Apr 2016     Bishan Home for the Intellectually Disabled (BHID) was started with the belief that the intellectually disabled can be enabled to give their best.We provide training, developmental and recreational activities to equip our residents and Day Activity Centre (DAC) clients with essential life skills to live as full and independent lives...
BMNH’s silver lining  from the haze

BMNH’s silver lining from the haze

Mar 2016     Last year, the severe haze conditions affected many people. The residents at the Bethany Methodist Nursing Home (BMNH) run by Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) had to adjust their daily schedules as well. Before the haze, volunteers would bring residents out in their wheelchairs to enjoy nearby amenities or rehabilitative exercises....
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...
She gave her birthday

She gave her birthday

Feb 2016     While others may throw an extravagant party or come up with an extended wish list for gifts for their 21st birthdays, Jacqueline Chua was pounding the pavement in the middle of the night on hers. The recent graduate did not want any presents for her birthday in 2015 as she...
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...
Seniors give back

Seniors give back

Jan 2016     ‘Happy Hour’ at Bethany Methodist Nursing Home came from the belief that seniors can be empowered to age gracefully and continue to give to others. When our Charis Activity Centre for Elders (Charis ACE) seniors started ukulele lessons at the centre last year, they did not imagine that one year...
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...
The gift that keeps giving

The gift that keeps giving

Dec 2015     This year, 20-year-old Yun Ze returned to volunteer at D’Joy Children’s Centre (DJCC) which he attended as a five-year-old. Yun Ze’s family had financial difficulties when he was younger. DJCC, which is run by Methodist Welfare Services (MWS), offers child and after-school student care for disadvantaged children. He has happy and...
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...
Counselling and Care Centre: A ministry of grace and compassion

Counselling and Care Centre: A ministry of grace and compassion

Nov 2015     The late Rev Gunnar J. Teilmann (left) The late Mr Anthony Yeo Tucked away in an old HDB block, Counselling and Care Centre (CCC)’s unassuming exterior belies its inviting interior, recently renovated with new paintings, curtains, and chairs. Many clients have found that they “feel so at home inside and...
Finishing the GOOD Race

Finishing the GOOD Race

Nov 2015     Methodist family helped 619 families in Singapore in their fight with chronic debt Madam Komathy’s family can barely make ends meet on her sole breadwinner husband’s pump attendant salary. She is unable to work due to ill health caused by kidney disease that needs weekly dialysis. The couple has been...
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...
Wheels for GOOD celebrates MCS 130

Wheels for GOOD celebrates MCS 130

Oct 2015     A dance item by Anglo-Chinese Junior College titled 'Centre of Asia'. More than 3,000 families, cyclists and beneficiaries celebrated two milestones – Singapore’s Golden Jubilee (SG50) and the 130th Anniversary of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS 130) – at Wheels for GOOD, a charity event organised by Methodist Welfare Services...
Humbled in helping others

Humbled in helping others

Sep 2015     The financial education workshop by MWS’ GOOD Programme which was held at the Kampong Kapor Family Service Centre on 4 July 2015. It was humbling to learn of the financial challenges that the attendees face, and I was grateful for the opportunity to participate in the MWS outreach effort for...
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,...
Restoring and turning lives around

Restoring and turning lives around

Sep 2015     “We will endeavour to continually be a channel of God's love and mercy to reach out to help exoffenders, individuals with drug, alcohol and gambling addictions so that they get back on their feet again and be transformed by the restoration through His grace.” For more than 20 years, Mr...
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...
Wheels for GOOD:  Two rides to mark two milestones

Wheels for GOOD: Two rides to mark two milestones

Aug 2015     Mr Andy Chew, 43, is a veteran fundraising cyclist. Over the past four years, he has cycled for different charitable causes, and raised almost $40,000 in total.   This year, despite nursing a broken thumb, Andy is taking on the Wheels for GOOD SG50 Scenic Ride. He has also persuaded...
Charity, Compassion and Care are at the heart of our services

Charity, Compassion and Care are at the heart of our services

Jul 2015     Children at last year's Camp GROW. “I am very glad that Celina can have an earlier start than my son. The programme is a great help to my children as I am unable to help them with English.” Chinese language preschool teacher Mdm Lu Xiaoyan was relieved and thrilled when...
Does our education system help the poor?

Does our education system help the poor?

Jul 2015     Phoebe has big dreams.   Since she saw a lawyer at work when she was 18 years old, she knew she wanted to be one. But she has huge obstacles in her way: Phoebe comes from a low-income family.   Experts say Phoebe’s chances of realising her dreams of entering law...
Student Sponsorship Scheme – Raising Hope despite Rising Prices

Student Sponsorship Scheme – Raising Hope despite Rising Prices

Jul 2015     Help is sought to continue sponsoring children like these at COSI, so they can attend school. How good is your memory? Take this test and find out. (Answers are provided below, but don’t cheat!) Fifteen years ago, what was the cost for these items? A cup of coffee A plate...
Break the Vicious Cycle of Poverty Build a Virtuous Circle of Hope!

Break the Vicious Cycle of Poverty Build a Virtuous Circle of Hope!

Jun 2015     Education is not ultimately about training people to be clever or successful, but about discovering what it is to be the human beings God fully intended for us to be!1   A recent UNESCO policy paper revealed that 58 million children aged six to 11 are not attending school. As...
Research sheds more light on Singaporeans in chronic debt

Research sheds more light on Singaporeans in chronic debt

Jun 2015     The research study also revealed that, contrary to popular belief, these families in chronic debt are primarily intact families with four or five family members in the household, making up 69 per cent of the programme participants.   A significant majority of Singaporeans in chronic debt have $100 or less...
Seeing the world through God’s perspective

Seeing the world through God’s perspective

May 2015     Perspectives is an invitation once again to joyfully run the race He has set before us, setting no limits on how or where He will use us. “God is a God of global purpose. He has already put in our hearts the longing to be a friend to a great...
Dignity despite frailty

Dignity despite frailty

May 2015     MWS expands holistic care for the frail with new service Koon Liong simply could not cope after he suffered both a stroke and colon cancer. When our palliative nurse manager from Agape Methodist Hospice (Homecare) visited him, his flat was unkempt, and his cushions, bed covers and floor were stained...
BCS – Reaching out and empowering others

BCS – Reaching out and empowering others

Apr 2015     Session in progress at Bethel Kinderlites. BCS partners church members from Bethel Assembly of God to distribute goodies to the community on "Love your Neighbour Day". Since Jun was three, he has been attending Bethel Child Development Centre(BCDC) at Block 111 Aljunied Crescent, where children aged two to six are...
Education: Our shared DNA!

Education: Our shared DNA!

Apr 2015     Students at the Singapore Mission School in Laos. Wesley believed that education could help remedy the spiritual, social and economic woes that plagued 18th century England.   Any enthusiast of Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) knows that DNA is inherited. Members of the same family share similar genetic characteristics, with distinctive...
Why I left the ICU  to be a palliative nurse

Why I left the ICU to be a palliative nurse

Apr 2015    

When I saw that Methodist Welfare Services was looking for palliative homecare nurses for AMH, I was intrigued by its unusual job scope and the opportunities to reach out to patients with advanced and lifethreatening diseases.   Melissa was in a position that many in her line would envy. Her…

A united response to care for the needy in the year of Jubilee

A united response to care for the needy in the year of Jubilee

Mar 2015     GOOD – short for ‘Getting Out Of Debt’ – will help 850 families clear an average of $2,000 of chronic debt, in a united response to care for the poor in the year of Jubilee. A single mother of two, Mdm Kong’s power and water supply was cut one day...
Our God is Love: A testimony by the late Pastor Pushpa Chaudari

Our God is Love: A testimony by the late Pastor Pushpa Chaudari

Mar 2015     The late Pastor Pushpa Chaudari (right) sharing the good news of God’s love with people in Surunga. We believe in a God who is Love! What a privilege! This has been my experience in my walk with Him. I was born into a Hindu family and observed this religion out...
Restoring Relationships, Preserving Families and Connecting Communities

Restoring Relationships, Preserving Families and Connecting Communities

Feb 2015     LCCS staff at a recent staff gathering. Lutheran Community Care Services Ltd (LCCS) was established in 2002 to serve families, children and youths-at-risk of dropping out of school. It is a strong advocate for the use of restorative practices in its programme design and interventions. LCCS is an affiliated partner...
1st Phnom Penh BB Company comes of age

1st Phnom Penh BB Company comes of age

Feb 2015     The 1st Phnom Penh Company of The Boys’ Brigade (BB) in Cambodia came of age on 30 Nov 2014, when they were presented with the State and Company Colours (flags) and put on their BB uniforms. This milestone was reached through the work of faithful volunteers from Cambodia and Singapore,...
Enjoying vitality at Charis ACE

Enjoying vitality at Charis ACE

Feb 2015     “We recognise that many elderly and retirees remain capable to serve as useful members of society. We only need to restore the seniors’ confidence by bringing them together and showing them ways in which they can volunteer and serve other members of society.” The doors of Charis Activity Centre for...
MWS wins the Charity Governance Award 2014

MWS wins the Charity Governance Award 2014

Jan 2015     Mr David Wong (far left) and Mrs Jenny Bong (second from left) receive the Award and a $10,000 cheque from Minister for Social and Family Development Mr Chan Chun Sing. Methodist Welfare Services (MWS) was conferred top honours at the Charity Governance Award (CGA) 2014 presented by the Charity Council...
Reach out and touch live

Reach out and touch live

Dec 2014     “It is not just meals delivery, we always have to look out for the welfare of our elderly clients,” says Song Meng It seemed to be another routine day for BCCSC Senior Home Care Assistant, Mr Lim Song Meng, as he made his usual meals-on-wheels delivery to his elderly clients...
Blessed are the peacemakers

Blessed are the peacemakers

Dec 2014     This Christmas season, as we enjoy the peace and joy of celebrations in the church and with families and friends, let’s not forget those who do not have peace in their daily lives. Support children who need peace of mind to focus on their education Children from disadvantaged backgrounds are...
Raising secure, confident children

Raising secure, confident children

Nov 2014     Four-year-old Lydia* was admitted to the hospital with what medical social workers called “non-accidental injuries”, including a broken arm. Unkempt and visibly underweight, she was not as attached to her mother, unlike most four-year-olds. When asked, her mother seemed confused and was unable to explain how Lydia was hurt, setting off red...
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...
Nurturing those with special needs

Nurturing those with special needs

Oct 2014     Snigdho (left) interacts with a peer. The Integrated Playgroup gives toddlers (18 months to three years) opportunities for early socialisation, hands-on learning and parent-child bonding Snigdho*, 5, has Norrie Disease, an inherited eye disorder that often leads to blindness and causes developmental delay in motor skills such as sitting up...
 
 

REACH OUT

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…

Reaching out to families in distress

Reaching out to families in distress

Mar 2017    

  “If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18 (NIV)…