MMS MISSIONS RALLY • 5-6 SEPTEMBER 2014
Calling all young people across our Methodist churches: You’ve encountered Christ – you’ve tasted His goodness, and you’ve been touched by His love.
It’s now time to bring the Good News beyond your world, to people who are poor and marginalised, to offer hope when all seems hopeless, to touch hearts and save souls.
But, where do you start? For Tam Wai Jia, at age 18, very much sheltered and fiercely protected by conservative parents, she never thought that the seed planted in her heart to learn more about missions would ever come to fruition.
But God made a way. Through the Missions Internship Training & Exposure (MITE) programme by the Methodist Missions Society (MMS), she stayed for five weeks at Sophia’s Home in Kathmandu, Nepal, as a volunteer teacher and friend to the 21 girls there, many of whom came from circumstances too shocking for us to even imagine.
That was in 2006. After she returned, she produced a picture book, “Kitesong”. She was then just 19, a newly-minted graduate from Victoria Junior College. She illustrated and wrote the book (which later became an animated video) and went on to raise more than $110,000 for the children of Sophia’s Home.
Fast forward to 2011. Wai Jia graduated from the NUS School of Medicine and was awarded the Young Outstanding Singaporean Award for her work in developing nations. She got married in 2012, and is now in Uganda with her husband, serving as missionaries from Cornerstone Community Church.
When God calls, He has a plan – whether for now, or for later. David Chan Wan Keat took the leap of faith to leave his teaching profession in early 2013 after 14 years with the Ministry of Education.
Victor from Bukit Panjang Methodist Church teaching English to children in Thailand in June 2009.
For a while, it was a period of monotony, seclusion and uncertainty. Then God began unfolding His sovereign plan to uproot David and his family from Singapore to Timor-Leste. In September 2013, David visited Timor-Leste for the first tme. He said: “The trip made me realise how hungry and thirsty for righteousness the Timorese are.”
Today David is planning to be a missionary for MMS and to go to Timor-Leste in 2015 to be involved in the school ministry there.
Nurse Chen Qiuluan yearned to go into the mission field. After four years as a nurse, she quit, sought training through Youth with a Mission (YWAM) and then spent four months as a MITE participant in Cambodia. Qiuluan said: “I went and never looked back. In Cambodia, I saw how the missionaries there had spent more than 10 years of their lives doing God’s will. I sensed God telling me to spend four years in this country. I’m now at my two-year mark, and I know that I made the right decision.”
God can do mighty things through you, if you would allow Him to – on short mission trips from one to three months through MITE, or to serve in other ways.
Be inspired and find out more at our twonight Missions Rally (refer to the Poster), during which our two key speakers – Pastor Benny Ho of Faith Community Church in Perth, Australia, and the Rev Malcolm Tan of Barker Road Methodist Church – will share their passion and commitment to missions, and show how you can be a part of God’s plan to save souls.
Be uplifted in praise and worship that will be led by the internationally-renowned worship leader and song-writer, Bob Fitts, together with award-winning singer, Juwita Suwito, and Alarice Thio, who released her debut EP in 2008.
Be encouraged and uplifted by a testimony by 26-year old Ailene Chou, who was first exposed to God’s global purposes at just eight years old. “I knew Jesus as my best friend and was shocked that there were so many who didn’t know Him.” Since then she has participated in missions. She has seen God’s faithfulness – sending people to explain the Bible and caring for His workers in practical ways.
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For more information, visit our Mission Rally website http://tinyurl.com/MissionsRally2014 or call MMS at 6478-4818.
Photos courtesy of the Methodist Missions Society
Kam Leong Heng is the Communications Executive at the Methodist Missions Society. He worships at Charis Methodist Church and is married to Sharon. They have two wonderful young boys.