The Word Became Flesh—Sowing Care for the Nations

Formed with the mission of making the Word of God known to all, The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS) will commemorate 183 years of furthering the Bible Mission this 2020. 

In commemoration of 183 years of missional work, BSS will be organising a 3-part virtual series—in lieu of the annual Bible Mission Banquet. 

As part of the BSS 183rd Anniversary Series, the four sessions available are as follows:

  1. Leadership Track (Wednesday, 24 June, 8–9.30pm)
    Faith Conversations on Servant Leadership with Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Pastors and Christian Leaders

  2. Global Missions Track (Thursday, 2 July, 8–9.30pm)
    A Multitude of Nations, One Bible Mission with General Secretaries of sister Bible Societies

  3. Language Tracks (Wednesday, 8 July, 8–9.30pm)
    疫情时期的中国教会和华文事工 The Church in China and Chinese Ministry Amidst COVID-19

  4. Language Tracks (Thursday, 9 July, 8–9.30pm)
    Caring for the Indian Churches and Guest Workers Amidst Adversity with the Alliance of Indian Ministries and the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach

 

The Church in China and Chinese Ministry Amidst COVID-19
疫情时期的中国教会和华文事工

Wednesday, 8 July | 8.00pm–9.30pm | Via ZOOM

Language Track

With the outbreak of COVID-19, how did Wuhan cope with the ramifications of the virus? How has the Church in China addressed the situation? What challenges and breakthroughs have the Chinese churches in Singapore experienced during this pandemic? How has The Bible Society of Singapore been spreading the gospel amidst these unprecedented circumstances?
Hear from our guest speakers about how God has provided for and protected His people during these difficult times.

Speakers:

Rev. Zhu Zhiguo
Chairman of the Hubei Three-Self Patriotic Movement Committee
Principal of the Zhongnan Theological Seminary

Mr. Li Zhengxiang
Chairman of the Hainan Three-Self Patriotic Movement Committee

Rev. Caleb Soo
Pastor-in-charge of Singapore Life Church

Elder Ong Paak Loey
Director, Chinese Ministry
The Bible Society of Singapore

情系中华·同心宣教
疫情期间的中国教会和华文事工

2020年7月8日(星期三)晚上8点 至 9点30分

请通过ZOOM参加分享会:
会议ID: 841 6206 9687
密码:598129
链接:https://tinyurl.com/yc2grjkx

  
 
2019冠状病毒疾病疫情爆发以来,首当其冲的湖北
武汉是如何绝处逢生?疫情带给中国肢体什么样的蜕
变?新加坡华文教会在疫情中面对哪些挑战与突破?
新加坡圣经公会又如何在疫情中延续宣教使命?欢迎
向我们的特约嘉宾了解上帝如何藉着疫情为祂的子民
开江河,辟道路,并与我们同行、保护到底。
  
嘉宾:
  
朱致国牧师
中国湖北省基督教
三自爱国运动委员会主席
中南神学院院长
  
苏立忠牧师
新加坡生命堂
主任牧师
  
李正翔主席
中国海南省基督教
三自爱国运动委员会主席
  
王白磊长老
新加坡圣经公会
华文事工主任

Caring for the Indian Churches and Guest Workers Amidst Adversity
with the Alliance of Indian Ministries and the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach

Wednesday, 9 July | 8.00pm–9.30pm | Via ZOOM

Language Track

How are we caring for the guest workers in Singapore? What support are the Indian churches receiving amidst the current COVID-19 crisis? Join us for a session with leaders of various Indian ministries like the Alliance of Indian Ministries (AIM) and the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO)—a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance (HIA), and hear about their experiences in their work amidst adversity.

This is a unique opportunity for individuals and groups keen on understanding how the local and overseas Indian ministries address the multitude of challenges faced in their churches during this COVID-19 situation. Spaces are limited, so register today!

Speaker:

Brother Mohan C. Lazarus, Board Member of Jesus Redeems Ministry

Brother Mohan C. Lazarus was brought up in a staunchly religious family and caused him to detest Christianity. While he was in his early teens, he was diagnosed with an unknown heart ailment that made him bedridden. But through the prayer of one devout Christian, he was miraculously healed. The healing convicted him of God’s unfathomable compassion, compelling him to invite Jesus into his life. From then on, he devoted his time to minister to the needs of people, especially those suffering from sickness and pain. Known for his passionate prayer life, he founded Jesus Redeems Ministry, where he is currently a board member and staff worker.

Past Sessions

A Multitude of Nations, One Bible Mission
with General Secretaries of National Bible Societies

Thursday, 2 July | 8.00pm–9.30pm | Via ZOOM

Global Missions Track

Ever wondered what the Bible Mission is about? Interested to know how The Bible Society of Singapore has been working with Bible Societies all over the world to bring God's Word to the nations? Join us for a session with leaders of Bible Societies from Israel, Bangladesh, Mongolia, and Peru and hear about their experiences and challenges in their mission fields amidst COVID-19.
This is a unique opportunity for individuals and groups keen on being part of the Bible Mission to network with like-minded people and learn more about overseas holistic missions. Spaces are limited, so register today!

Speakers:

Rev Bayarmagnai Bayardalai

Rev Bayarmagnai Bayardalai is the Executive Director of the Mongolian Union Bible Society. He became a Christian in 1998, and has since dedicated himself to serving His Kingdom. In 2004, he was appointed as a pastor in a local church, and graduated from Union Bible Training Center (UBTC) in 2009. He has been serving in the Mongolian Union Bible Society since 2012.

Mr Pablo Gutierrez

Mr Pablo Gutierrez is the Executive Director of the Peruvian Bible Society. Prior to taking up the position of Executive Director, he served as Project Director and Distribution Director, and has faithfully served the Bible Mission for more than 20 years. He is also an elder in the Presbyterian Church of Pueblo Libre.

Ms Dina Katanacho

Ms Dina Katanacho is the Director of The Arab-Israeli Bible Society (AIBS) and is also a Palestinian Arab-Israeli ministry leader. Since joining AIBS in 2008, she has led many projects empowering women to serve God, and advocating family-oriented ministries. She has previously co-authored two books and is currently the editor of a family magazine "Whispers from the Creator to the Family".

Bishop Philip Adhikary

Bishop Philip Adhikary is the Chairman of the Bangladesh Bible Society, the Christian College of Theology in Bangladesh and the Talitha Koumi. He is also known for his role as an evangelist, Bible distributor and church planter, and is also dedicated to improving the quality of life for the marginalised communities. His most recent efforts include providing humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Faith Conversations on Servant Leadership
with Speaker of Parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Pastors, and Christian Leaders

Wednesday, 24 June | 8.00pm–9.30pm | Via ZOOM

Leadership Track

Faith Conversations on Servant Leadership with Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Pastors and Christian Leaders. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin currently serves as Speaker of Parliament. He is a man of faith, and has frequently spoken openly about his faith in the public sphere. 

He has spent 25 years serving in the Singapore Armed Forces as a Brigadier General. In his present capacity as a government and community leader, Mr Tan is deeply involved with assisting the underprivileged, and an advocate for community care. Throughout his service in various ministries, he has worked to champion many social causes and communities in need. 

While serving as the Minister for Social and Family Development, he launched various initiatives to care for the needy and disadvantaged in Singapore, such as KidStart and SG Cares. 

As the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, he has played a significant role in leading and inspiring Singapore’s athletes. 

He also works closely with Hope Initiative Alliance through their programmes to raise funds for the needy, and care for the guest workers in need. Most recently, during the circuit breaker, he was involved in the distribution of care meals and other essential supplies to guest workers.

On the 24 June inaugural session Faith Conversations on Servant Leadership’, Mr Tan will be speaking on the topics of Leadership, Community Service, Bible and Faith. Christian Leaders will also be praying for him, for the government, as well as the upcoming election.



181st Anniversary BSS Mission Banquet 2018: Hopeful to the End

This article was originally posted in our September 2018 Word@Work.

The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS) has always strived to be an effective mission agency, and on 3 August 2018, in conjunction with our 181st anniversary, we gave thanks to God for His guidance by hosting a Mission Banquet at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore. This was made possible with the sponsorship of Far East Organization, one of our esteemed partners that has given generously towards various Bible Mission initiatives.

In attendance were Guest of Honour, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament; special guest Her Excellency Simona Halperin, the Ambassador of Israel to Singapore; leaders of United Bible Societies (UBS); General Secretaries from different Bible Societies around the world; Sower Awards recipients; and newly-appointed BSS Honorary Ambassadors. It was an evening packed with celebration, thanksgiving, and mission sharing from various Bible Societies. To be able to share in the camaraderie forged by Christians from all walks of life is a testament to that far-reaching impact of the Bible Mission that God has so graciously blessed.

The Mission Banquet was a good opportunity to showcase the collective labour in the mission field by Bible Societies around the region, as well as to highlight the plights of communities affects by life's many perils, from natural disasters to ethnic violence.

In one such instance, Rev Tej Jirel, General Secretary of the Nepal Bible Society, shared about how Nepal is still struggling to recover from the 2015 earthquake, and how many of those affected by the disaster continue to live in makeshift homes today.

Rev. Ezekiel Tan, General Secretary of BSS, also used this joyous occasion to pay tribute to individuals who have contributed significantly to the Bible Mission. The Sower Awards, now in their second year, recognise these individuals for their faithful work. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin was on hand to present the awards.

The Sower Award for Lifetime Achievement honours the extraordinary service of someone who has given their life to sow God's Word across all nations. This award went to Dr Bobby Sng, a founding member of the Christian Medical & Dental Fellowship in 1973, and the 5th president of BSS. Under his astute leadership, the organisation underwent a massive transformation as greater emphasis was placed on Bible advocacy and regional holistic ministries, contributing greatly to the global Bible Mission.

The Sower Award for Bible Missionary of the Year honours a Bible missionary who, in the face of difficult circumstances in the mission field, has courageously worked to fulfil the Bible Mission. This award went to Rev Arun Sok Nhep, a Cambodian pastor who serves with the UBS Global Mission Team. He is best known for his pioneering works in translating the Bible to the modern Khmer language, which has proved instrumental in reviving the Cambodian church.

The Sower Award for Benefactor of the Year honours the generous contributions of an individual who has impacted many lives through the Bible Mission. This award went to Datin Doris Ong, who has consistently and generously supported BSS since 2004.

The Sower Award for Volunteer of the Year honours the selfless and dedicated service of our volunteers, whom we endearingly call our Sowers-in-Action. This award went to Dr Christopher Cheah and Dr Foo Fung Fong, a husband-and-wife team who have tirelessly and faithfully contributed to the Bible Mission through Family Discipleship.

Lastly, the Sower Award for Young Sower of the Year, a new award, honours youths who have shown incredible faith and grit in contributing to the Bible Mission despite their young age. This award went to Eleaner Victoria Teo. Though she was only 12 years old at the time, Eleaner went out of her way to raise funds and purchase Bible for the Burmese people in Myanmar.

On top of the award presentations, four individuals were also named Honorary Ambassadors of the Bible Society, owing to their continuous support and involvement in the various initiatives and events in BSS. This year, the ambassadorial roles are split into three categories.

Appointed Honorary Ambassadors to Christian Communities are Rev Winston Tan, Vicar of Church of the True Light; Rev Mark Poh, Senior Pastor of Emmanuel Assembly of God; and Bishop Emeritus Dr Wee Boon Hup, a member of the Presidential Council for Religious Harmony.

Appointed Honorary Ambassador to the Public Sphere is Dr William Wan, General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement.

Lastly, appointed Honorary Ambassador to the Marketplace is Mrs Dorothy Chan, Executive Director of Far East Organization.

Amidst the fanfare, we were reminded that there is still much to be done to further the Bible Mission. Testimonies from individuals who personally witnessed the needs of communities around the world highlight the urgency for each one of us to act. It is therefore imperative that we do not rest on our laurels, but instead press on so that, in time to come, the Word of God will truly be made available to all peoples.



The Inaugural Sower Awards 2017

This article was originally published in our September 2017 issue of Word@Work.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” —James 1:12 (ESV)

One of the highlights of the BSS 180th Anniversary Bible Mission Concert was the presentation of four inaugural Sower Awards 2017 by His Excellency President Tony Tan. The Sower Awards honour those who have been used by God as His channels of blessing in the Bible Mission, hence encouraging more people to get involved in the Bible Mission. 

Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award celebrates the outstanding and faithful service of people who have truly dedicated their lives to sowing God’s Word in the world. The Award went posthumously to the late Rev Peter Hsieh, the Bible Society’s first local and longest-serving General Secretary. Rev Hsieh served as the General Secretary of the Bible Society from 1965 to 1980. He was also the principal figure in proposing the rebuilding of the Bible House into a six-storey, contemporary style building that could also function as a centre for various Christian communities and organisations. The new Bible House was also completed and reopened in 1974. Since then, he continued to spearhead various projects in which the Society collaborated with local and global Christian organisations. Rev Hsieh retired in 1980, having built a firm foundation for the Society to work towards self-support and expanding its mission.

The late Rev Hsieh was Dean at Trinity Theological College (TTC) before he joined the Bible Society. We were unable to contact his next-of-kin, hence Dr Roland Chia, a professor from TTC, received the award on his behalf. Along with this award, the Bible Society also contributed $10,000 to the library of TTC to complete some of its Biblical Reference Collection Series.

Bible Missionary of the Year Award

The Bible Missionary of the Year Award celebrates the faith and perseverance of a Bible missionary, who works to fulfil the Bible mission even in the challenging realities of the mission fields. This award went to Mr Ramez Atallah, General Secretary of the Bible Society of Egypt., for his faithful service in Egypt, a hostile country where Christians are a minority and ministry can be challenging.

Mr Atallah and his team are also especially dedicated to establish the next generation in Christian discipleship—organising book fairs, rallies and specialised programmes, such as the annual "Kingo Festival" and the "In His Image" talent show, to reach out to the children and youth in Egypt, who make up 33% of the Egyptian population. These programmes also provide a platform for the children to express themselves without fear of being silenced or ignored. Through these avenues, Mr Atallah and his team have reached out to 1.5 million children in the past 12 years. He is 71 this year, but continues to work with great passion and zeal for God. This award also included a gift of US$10,000 as an encouragement to him and the staff of the Bible Society of Egypt.

Benefactor of the Year Award

The Benefactor of the Year Award celebrates the generosity of an individual whose contribution has enabled Bible Mission work and made a real impact on many lives. This award went to Mrs Dorothy Chan—a tireless businesswoman—the first major supporter of one of our ministries—ETHOS Institute for Public Christianity—which was established in 2014. Mrs Chan is also a supporter of various arts and grassroots initiatives.

As a pioneering initiative with no prior track record or precedent to model after, the ETHOS Institute for Public Christianity had to build its infrastructure, itinerary and reputation almost entirely from scratch. Mrs Chan’s insight and good faith led her to pledge to give generously to the ETHOS Institute in its infancy, before it had any track record or reputation. Thanks to her, the ETHOS Institute has grown rapidly in the last three years and is now becoming increasingly recognised locally and internationally for its work.

Volunteer of the Year Award

The Volunteer of the Year Award celebrates the dedicated service of our volunteers, whom we call our Sowers-in-Action. The award went to a group of eight ladies from Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church who have been partners in the Bible Mission for almost 30 years. They help out mainly in the packing and mass-mailing of the Society’s materials, work that is often unnoticed, but crucial to our operations.

The ladies are always open and enthusiastic about their service, rarely turning down requests and warmly accommodating to the Society's various production timelines. These unsung heroines—namely Alice Tan, Anna See, Diana Wong, Goh Joo Luan, Lily Nai, Rosalind Yin, Seto Lau Choong, and Charlene Tan—have been remarkably dedicated and committed, and we were happy to recognise them.

Watch our 180th Anniversary Concert



Anniversary Testimonies

    Title
    First Name or Christian Name
    Surname (Family Name)
    Given or Chinese Name
    Email Address
    Contact Number
    Address 1 (Blk No., St. Name)
    Address 2 (Unit No., Building Name)
    Singapore Postal Code
    Church
    * Feel free to upload your testimony as a document and/or include any relevant photos. 10 MB max filesize.



    Stories of Change

    We want to hear from you!

    Have you been touched by the mission work of The Bible Society of Singapore over the years?

    Have you joined one of our Bible Missions Trips or Bible Land Tours?

    Has your church hosted a Bible Sunday?

    Have you attended one of our courses or events?

    Have you enjoyed the articles in the Word@Work or on our website?

    Has your church or cell group used the Bible House for your worship?

    Have you been blessed by anything from our Bible Resource Centre?

    You and your community have played such an important role in the Bible Mission and we want to hear YOUR stories! As a token of our appreciation, you'll even receive a special commemorative item!



    Celebrating Our Milestones

    180 years of the Bible Mission

    On 4 July 1837, the Singapore Auxiliary Bible Society was formally established with the aim of serving the needs of the region.

     

    From now until 15 Sep 2016, we will be hosting an Anniversary Celebration Competition.

    The Bible Society represents more than a single organisation. As a global, interconfessional organisation with Scripture as the unifying factor, the Bible Society serves the community of faith here in Singapore.

    Within Singapore, the Bible Society’s history is intertwined with the early pioneering work in the region – most notably that of Sir Stamford Raffles and Rev Dr Robert Morrison. They were some of the first to realise Singapore’s potential to be a strategic location for missions work in Asia, and it is due to their heart for the Bible Mission that The Bible Society of Singapore exists today. (Read more about their influence here.)

    Over the decades, there have been many men, women, churches, and Christian organisations who have taken up this mantle and worked alongside us to further the Bible Mission. This 180th anniversary is more than the accomplishment of one organisation – it is the shared accomplishment of those who have journeyed with us along the way. As our supporters, you have been such an integral part of seeing this milestone come to fruition, and we would like to invite you to join us in commemorating this anniversary.

    Celebrate the work of the Bible Mission with your church community!

    We invite you and your church to submit a proposal for a churchwide celebration of the Bible Mission. Some examples of these celebration ideas include:

    • Holding an exhibit at your church on how the Bible came to Singapore
    • Hosting a Bible Sunday – preaching on the importance of the Word
    • Teaching about the Bible Society in Sunday school
    • Hosting a Bible quiz

    Your involvement in these celebrations is a vital part of our rich history.

    If your proposal is chosen, we would like to express our thanks in the following ways:

    • List your church’s involvement in our archive
    • Present your church with a Commemorative Anniversary Bible
    • Provide a monetary token of $200 to go towards the cost of your celebrations


    Anniversary Competition

      Title
      First Name or Christian Name
      Surname (Family Name)
      Given or Chinese Name
      Email Address
      Contact Number
      Address 1 (Blk No., St. Name)
      Address 2 (Unit No., Building Name)
      Singapore Postal Code
      Church
      * Feel free to upload your proposal or any images you'd like to include, 10 MB max filesize.