Missions

DIGITAL MISSIONS

DIGITAL MISSIONS

Jul 2021     Yes, we can! X-Culture-Collab participants A key feature of missions across geographical borders in the “new norm” is capitalising on the digital platform more than ever before. Both digital natives like millennials and students as well as the older digital novices need to creatively explore the digital platform to be...
Mission Conference Declared

Mission Conference Declared

Jun 2021     The delegates of the Thai Mission of the Methodist Church in Singapore, also known as the Mettakij Church Association (MCA), at their 16th annual meeting on 16 March 2021 On 16 March 2021, the Thai Mission of the Methodist Church in Singapore, also known as the Mettakij Church Association (MCA),...
Flourish in Cambodia

Flourish in Cambodia

May 2021     Cambodia Group The seed of Flourish Flourish is a ministry God has provided for women in need to build livelihoods that impact and transform their lives and that of their families. It is also a ministry where God enables the volunteers to witness the seed of His faithful providence, to...
By His grace, grow in L.O.V.E.

By His grace, grow in L.O.V.E.

Apr 2021     Growing in Excellence: Kitchen Project Growing in love is expected of those who have experienced the grace of God in their life. The students of St Paul Methodist School (SPMS) have not been an exception, for the grace of God has abounded upon each of them in many ways, especially...
Kids Missions Adventures

Kids Missions Adventures

Mar 2021     DREAMS & DISCOVERIES! Encouragement and well-wishes the children at KMA sent to Veasna after the event “Dream from young to discover how God is calling us!” excitedly shared a Lower Primary participant in Kids Missions Adventures (KMA) after “travelling” to Timor-Leste on the zoom digital platform and “interacting” with Rita,...
Crafting communities

Crafting communities

Feb 2021     Puhada began by the grace of God—it has never been about our human abilities. Conceptualised in 2008 as a means for Thai women to earn a much-needed income for their families in Chiang Mai, Puhada supports mainly single mothers who face difficulties in making ends meet. These women struggle to...
MMS: An overview

MMS: An overview

Jan 2021     MMS engages Methodists to reach out and bless the nations Past and new quadrennium The Methodist Missions Society (MMS) was established in 1991 as the mission agency of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS). MMS seeks to establish indigenous churches supported by mission endeavours in our region. We are committed...
Precious resources

Precious resources

Dec 2020     Here’s the deal. There is bad news and there is worse news; then there is good news and a catch. Of course, there is a catch—otherwise it would not be a deal. First, the bad news. In relation to your salvation, a purchase price is involved—yes, there is quite a...
RESTing in the Lord!

RESTing in the Lord!

Nov 2020     Participants at the MMS Missionaries’ Retreat “Come to me, all who labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matt 11:28) Every two years, the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) invites all our missionaries and their families to our Missionaries’ Retreat, normally held in a hotel in West...
Thank you for the music!

Thank you for the music!

Oct 2020     Through MMS, and despite facing tough times themselves, Singaporean believers contributed support for those affected by COVID-19 at SMS. The school celebrates Singapore’s National Day every year. This banner is made up of close to a hundred cards expressing well wishes for Singapore. Being able to run our summer programme...
Education as a missions endeavour

Education as a missions endeavour

Sep 2020     “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Prov 22:6) Japanese gardens provide a stunning visual experience—trees are beautifully shaped in ways that are very pleasing to the eye. The clever gardener can envision the potential beauty of...
Love through unity in action

Love through unity in action

Aug 2020     Families in mission fields bringing home their relief packages The COVID-19 pandemic has escalated at an alarming speed, infecting millions and impacting economies as countries imposed tight restrictions to halt its spread. Even as Singapore battles and grapples with the crisis, the three Annual Conferences of The Methodist Church in...
The Laity and Its Place in The Church

The Laity and Its Place in The Church

Jul 2020     A disciple is one who responds to Jesus’ call to follow Him. Jesus said, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me” (Luke 9:23). The challenge is for all who are called by God to take their faith seriously,...
New Geographical Mission Partnerships (NewGMP)

New Geographical Mission Partnerships (NewGMP)

Jun 2020     The Rev Derrick Lau having a meal in Tokyo in early Feb 2020 “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8) “For...
A Missionary’s Heartbeat

A Missionary’s Heartbeat

May 2020     The Dunamis House hostelites Methodist Missions Society (MMS) started its hostel ministry in Timor-Leste with the setting up of Sundermeier Home in Gleno, Ermera District, in 2016. The home serves to provide high school youths with a safe and healthy environment to continue their education and to grow with the...
The Third Place

The Third Place

Apr 2020     Sunday Worship Service in progress One of the challenges to missions is to continue to be relevant to the needs of the people to whom we are ministering. In Cambodia, the setting up of The Third Place exemplifies our ministry to reach out to young women and equip them with...
What Is God Doing in Timor-Leste?

What Is God Doing in Timor-Leste?

Mar 2020     Celebrating Restoration of Independence Day with our traditional headwear and tais In support of the St Paul Methodist School (SPMS) Development Project, donors have generously given about S$3m so far. This amount exceeds the approved budget for land acquisition and phase one of the construction, which include: a two-level classroom building with...
Reaching Generation Z in Phrao, Thailand

Reaching Generation Z in Phrao, Thailand

Feb 2020     The “One Way 146” Youth Concert in Phrao. We waited with bated breath for the electricity to come back on. It had gone out for almost an hour and we were afraid that a year’s preparation would be wasted. Then there was a bang, and the lights came back on,...
Freedom in Christ

Freedom in Christ

Jan 2020     The youths at the Wesley Bardan Methodist Church Youth Camp in October 2019 “Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.” (2 Cor 3:17) We are thankful for the mission teams from Singapore that have helped organise and conduct annual youth...
Missionaries for God

Missionaries for God

Dec 2019     Residents of Term Fun Home with various mission teams that have visited them As a missionary in Thailand, I am privileged to host mission teams from Singapore. I am often asked: “Do mission teams tire you out? Does their presence add more work for you?” The honest answer is “Yes.”...
Church Engagement in Missions

Church Engagement in Missions

Nov 2019     Foochow Methodist Church co-organised a Youth discipleship Rally with MMS in Cambodia at the Methodist School of Cambodia for our youth in Cambodia. As the missions arm of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS), the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) relies heavily on partnerships with the Methodist churches in Singapore to...
Not a MITE would I Withhold

Not a MITE would I Withhold

Oct 2019     Evelyn (middle of front row, in jeans) with the hotelites of Sundermeier Home. In May 2018, I stayed at Sundermeier Home (SH) during a medical mission trip to Timor-Leste. After the house-parents Uncle Joseph and Aunty Grace (MMS missionaries) shared about their sabbatical plans for 2019, God prompted me to...
Bringing a taste of Singapore to Laos

Bringing a taste of Singapore to Laos

Sep 2019     Sharing love the Singapore way—through food! On 6 June 2019, a group of 15 church members and friends aged between 44 and 81 left Singapore on a mission to Vientiane to help at the Singapore Fair at Singapore Mission School (SMS). At SMS, we had the opportunity to watch its...
Prayer in the Upside Down World

Prayer in the Upside Down World

Aug 2019     Daniel, Sharon and their four children My prayer life while in the mission field has been like a roller coaster ride. I call the mission field the “upside down world”, where things are done so differently from home, and our experiences are often extraordinary and rather scary. When I accepted...
My Father’s Business banquet 2019

My Father’s Business banquet 2019

Jul 2019     For the past 23 years, MMS has organised biennial banquets to raise funds for major projects in our mission fields. The banquets, titled “My Father’s Business”, reference Jesus’ response when his parents searched for him and found him in the temple (Luke 2:49). The “My Father’s Business” 2019 fundraising dinner...
Remembering Dr Jimmy Tang Chian Piao

Remembering Dr Jimmy Tang Chian Piao

Jun 2019     Dr Tang (first from right) with the medical and dental team from Barker Road Methodist Church and Sengkang Methodist Church in Nepal in Nov 2018 “Well done, good and faithful servant… Enter into the joy of your Master.” (Matt 25:23) It is never easy to come to terms with the...
My grace is sufficient for you

My grace is sufficient for you

May 2019     Pranish (extreme left) with the WBMC worship team I have had the privilege to work with my home church, Pentecost Methodist Church, and MMS in our Nepal ministry since 2008. I have witnessed the hand of God at work in the lives of simple people who trust God implicitly. During...
E.N.L.A.R.G.E. the place of your tent!

E.N.L.A.R.G.E. the place of your tent!

Apr 2019     Praying together for MMS. “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes.” (Isaiah 54:2) Since 2016, and most recently at the Country Review and Budget Meeting held in February, MMS has annually...
Methodist School of Cambodia celebrates 20 years of God’s goodness

Methodist School of Cambodia celebrates 20 years of God’s goodness

Mar 2019     “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.” (Ps 136:1) On 19 Oct 2018, the Methodist School of Cambodia (MSC) celebrated its 20th Anniversary. MSC first started in 1996 with a class of 15 kindergarten children under the leadership of the late Rev...
Participation and Partnerships in Missions

Participation and Partnerships in Missions

Feb 2019     The Methodist Missions Society (MMS), established on 30 Sep 1991 by The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS), is the first home-grown denomination-based missionary-sending agency. MMS’s mandate, as given in The Book of Discipline (BOD), states that “the primary mission of the Society shall be to establish indigenous churches where none...

A Missions Journey of Love

Jan 2019     The Rev Philip Lim was posted to Cambodia in 2004 as a missionary with The Methodist Missions Society (MMS). Little did he know where it would take him. A people person, he loved his ministry and the people he served. During his seven years in Cambodia, the Rev Lim built...
My grace is sufficient

My grace is sufficient

Dec 2018     Doris with her students from The Methodist School of Cambodia in 2001 “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor 12:9, NIV) How was I able to sustain 20 years of ministry in Cambodia? It was one thing to be forewarned about...
LAOS DISASTER RELIEF: AID FOR THE AIDERS

LAOS DISASTER RELIEF: AID FOR THE AIDERS

Nov 2018     A hydroelectric dam in Southeast Laos collapsed on 23 July 2018, leading to widespread destruction and displacement of villagers throughout the province of Attapeu. In the days following the disaster, more than 3,000 Lao people clung from trees and rooftops as they awaited rescue. At least 31 died and scores are...
Praying with Authority

Praying with Authority

Oct 2018     When I read the amazing testimonies of students of the School of Ministry (SOM) at Tung Ling Bible School (TLBS) in its magazine, Polished Shaft, about how they had experienced the presence of the Holy Spirit and how Jesus had touched their lives, I prayed for similar encounters. God answers...
“Great is Thy Faithfulness!”

“Great is Thy Faithfulness!”

Sep 2018     I know it, sing it and acknowledge it. God’s faithfulness has been ever so real in my early experiences of serving as a MMS missionary in Thailand. My wife and I have discovered that we truly have a generous God. When we commit to His plans, we will never be...
A time for sharing

A time for sharing

Aug 2018     The Methodist Missions Society (MMS) held its Missionary Retreat from 26 to 29 June, immediately after the GoForth 2018 National Missions Conference. The retreat is a biennial event during which our missionaries return for a time of fellowship, sharing and learning. Through the teaching on prayer, many were refreshed, led,...
New leaders for a new season

New leaders for a new season

Jul 2018     Thailand was one of the earliest mission fields for the Methodist Missions Society (MMS). Starting in 1995, the ministry in Thailand has grown from strength to strength. We now have 28 churches and preaching points. Our major focus has been in church planting through our community development programmes. One major...
A changing and challenging missions landscape

A changing and challenging missions landscape

Jun 2018     The Methodist Missions Society (MMS), as the missions agency of The Methodist Church in Singapore (MCS), is the resource provider and facilitator in missions for our Methodist churches. In partnership with Singapore Methodist churches, MMS has been sending out missionaries over the last 26 years in obedience to the Great...
In memoriam: Pastor John Lim Thuan Woon

In memoriam: Pastor John Lim Thuan Woon

May 2018     “Well done, good and faithful servant… Enter into the joy of your Master.” Matthew 25:23 It was a sad day for us when Pastor John Lim Thuan Woon entered into the joy of his Master on 26 March 2018. Having only recently enjoyed a wonderful time of fellowship with him...
Melodies of the heart

Melodies of the heart

Apr 2018     As a person who has music deeply intertwined with her daily life, I am fascinated by music of other cultures and by extension, how people of various cultures worship the Lord Jesus through song. Worship through song is a common yet intimate way to express one’s relationship with God. Music...
Raising female Cambodian leaders through 1st Phnom Penh GB Company

Raising female Cambodian leaders through 1st Phnom Penh GB Company

Mar 2018     A cool breeze brought an air of excitement amongst the students and officers, as we celebrated our 2nd Combined Enrolment Parade and Service of the 1st Phnom Penh Girls’ Brigade (GB) Company and the 1st Phnom Penh Boys’ Brigade (BB) Company, on 3 Feb 2018 at the Methodist School of...
God grants growth at Sundermeier Home

God grants growth at Sundermeier Home

Feb 2018     Sundermeier Home is located in a cool, green valley nestled between the mountains of Ermera District in Timor-Leste. Located near the district’s only secondary school, it enables young boys and girls from remote villages to finish their education. These are children who are poor and stay very far from their...
The growth God grants

The growth God grants

Jan 2018     “I planted, Apollos watered, but God gave the growth.” - 1 Corinthians 3:6   The story of Yun Xia’s conversion reminds us that indeed it is God who brings about spiritual growth. Yun Xia is a fresh graduate from East Asia who has a deep desire to learn new things,...
School-building in Timor-Leste

School-building in Timor-Leste

Dec 2017     53% of the population in Timor-Leste is under the age of 19*; therefore, Christian education has immense potential for shaping lives and transforming this nation. Timor-Leste is a country ravaged by decades of war, disease and unemployment. When the conflict with Indonesia ended in 2002, few teachers were left and...
The Red Roof

The Red Roof

Nov 2017     It all began with a dream, a vision from God. I was down with high fever and was praying for healing. I dreamt of a church with a red roof, beautifully decorated, and located beside a vast flowing river. I heard God’s voice saying, “Go and build My church and...
Together in our Father’s business

Together in our Father’s business

Oct 2017     The 25th Anniversary of the Methodist Missions Society (MMS) culminated with a banquet held on 27 Aug 2017 at The Fullerton Hotel. The theme of this banquet highlights the commitment of MMS in carrying out our Father’s business by being a “disciple-making movement that transforms lives”. My Father’s Business Banquet...
Can medical camps leave a lasting impact?

Can medical camps leave a lasting impact?

Sep 2017     Many doctors and mission trippers have asked me: “How effective is it to have a once-yearly medical camp in a village?” I have reflected on this question and each time I am asked, I seek God’s wisdom. Invariably, the answer from Him is the same: “My child, it’s not about...
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,...
 
 

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Reaching Out to People in their Time of Need

Reaching Out to People in their Time of Need

Jul 2021     Eunice Chew realised that despite living in a developed country, poverty still exists but is often invisible in our community When Singapore entered Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) in May 2021, many were reminded of the struggles they faced during last year’s circuit breaker. It is easy for anyone to slip...
MWS at 40

MWS at 40

Jul 2021     An MWS staff shares his former struggles and journey towards empowering others Benny Thiam, Social Worker at MWS Family Service Centre - Yishun This year, Methodist Welfare Services celebrates 40 years of empowering life to the full. This is one of a series of stories from people who felt empowered...
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