Rev Dr Choong Chee Pang (1942 – 2021)

悼念·缅怀——锺志邦博士
(10.9.1942 – 12.6.2021)

In Loving Memory of Rev Dr Choong Chee Pang

“那美好的仗我已经打过了,当跑的路我已经跑尽了,该信的道我已经守住了。
从此以后,有公义的冠冕为我存留,就是按着公义审判的主到了那日要赐给我的…… “
——提摩太后书4:7-8上(和合本修订版)

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord,
the righteous judge, will award to me on that day…”
— 2 Timothy 4:7-8a (ESV)

我们敬爱的事工顾问和活跃的合作伙伴锺志邦博士于2021612日(星期六)
蒙主恩召、安息主怀!

关于锺博士:

  • 锺志邦博士曾在新加坡、马来西亚大专基督徒学生福音团契及信义会事奉。
  • 1977至2001年任教于新加坡三一神学院,先后担任教务主任、院长、研究院主任及东南亚神学研究院区主任、博士生导师及审考员。
  • 1988年起为北京大学客座教授,2002年起为复旦大学客座教授。
  • 1992年起为新加坡共和国总统特委宗教理事会理事,2001年受聘为世界信义宗联会学术顾问。
  • 活跃于画坛,作品曾获多项大奖。由于对时势的兴趣及关注,常应邀为媒体评论时势,曾屡次担任由中国中央电视台和新加坡电视台联合主办的国际大专辩论会评委。
  • 先后毕业于:新加坡南洋大学文学士
    英国伦敦大学神学士(荣誉级)
    英国牛津大学汉学硕士
    英国亚伯甸大学哲学博士
    美国哈佛大学博士访问学者
  • 著作:《普天注释:约翰福音》《约翰福音(卷上)》《约翰福音(卷下)》
  • 2019年7月锺博士是新加坡圣经公会主办《和合本》百周年纪念——和合论坛的讲员之一,分享题目是 “明道、学道、行道” 。论坛内容收录在
    《太初有道 《圣经》和合百年纪念文集》里。若您想拥有一本,请与我们联系。存书有限,送完为止。
  • 2020 年10月锺博士为新加坡圣经公会主办的“圣经与中华文化艺术节”系列活动分享“基督徒的艺术观”。
    点击链接观看锺志邦博士的的分享: https://youtu.be/j3xzAIQA_bM
探丧:6月14 & 15日 |早上11点 – 傍晚7点
追思礼拜:6月14 & 15日 |晚上8点

 

众圣纪念堂
5 Poh Huat Road, Singapore 546703

 

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锺博士是一位受膏的宗教领袖、圣经学者、牧师、艺术家;他不但热心事奉上帝,更是将信仰生活化。他把信仰和文化结合的透彻贯通。他一生为主摆上,即使到了生命的尽头,依然投入开展上帝的事工。 锺博士不仅是一位导师和好朋友,他积极参与新加坡圣经公会的宣教事工。他是公会华文事工的顾问之一。这不仅对我,而且对整个圣经公会的大家庭是一种鼓励。我们为他丰盛的人生表示敬意,我们非常有福气见证和经历他的人生--一个充满意义和目标的人生。 我谨代表新加坡圣经公会全体同工再次向敬爱的锺志邦牧师(博士)致敬!
总干事,陈业伟牧师
上帝的忠仆完成了祂所托,息了世上的劳苦,他工作的果效也随着他。愿钟师母和家人都在圣灵与圣言中得安慰。愿我们后辈也效法志邦牧师的榜样,完全为主摆上,直到天家见。主记念,迎接祂的仆人。
王白磊长老
锺博士“一代宗师的传奇一生“,结果累累,荣神益人!
张益民牧师
锺博士是一位牧者,学者,哲士,艺术家…多才多艺,钟博士息了世上的劳苦,工作的果効也将随着他,求圣灵安慰钟师母与家人。
洪茂祥牧师
锺博士博学多才,又是学者,又是牧者,是不可多得的双文化人。一生为主所用,桃李满天下,荣神益人。愿主安慰师母与家人。
谢宪安医生
向钟教授致敬!一颗闪耀的星星、一位大能的勇士、主的美好见证人!他活出基督信仰的力量!深深怀念他!
吴丽真牧师
What a privilege to have met you, Prof Choong. Though it was just ones, I will keep that meaningful conversation with you in my lifetime. I wish I never had took my time and could have passed you the video archives you've wished to see before you left. Hope this video tribute of you reaches you in heaven.
锺博士,我非常荣幸能够认识您。虽然只是一面之谈,但那次深具意义的谈话将烙印在我脑海中,永不磨灭。我多么懊恼若能不花那么长的时间,可以在您生前,把您希望看到的视频档案交到您的手中。惟愿您在天国能笑纳这段向您致敬的视频。
Athena

知道锺志邦博士是从妈妈、家公、家婆口中得知的。当年他们参加了在沙巴举行的世界客家大会。锺博士是其中一位讲员。他以客家话,亲和风趣的演说,让台下的家人们听出耳油,产生共鸣。会后还特意长途电话吩咐我要买周六的晚报,关注锺博士的专栏“小红点观天下”。锺博士就这么收获了长辈们的欢心,成了他忠实的粉丝!

多年后,我在新加坡圣经公会全职服事。通过宣教活动、举办书画展等时,和锺博士有了初次的接触。锺博士不但是一位圣经学者,也是一位艺术爱好者。2019年是《和合本圣经》问世100周年纪念。我们邀请锺博士成为和合论坛的讲员之一,他二话不说,立马答应,鼎力支持这意义深长的活动。锺博士分享的题目是 “明道、学道、行道” 。论坛内容收录在《太初有道 《圣经》和合百年纪念文集》里。

去年8月份,我在全国进入放松疫情管控措施第二阶段后回到公会上班时,在长廊上与锺博士击拳问安,做短暂交流。当时邀约他为“圣经与中华文化艺术节”录制分享视频。锺博士不假思索,一口就答应了,马上给了我他的联系方式,同时也要了我的名片,说好让他记得我。好一位认真、看重事物的长辈呀!

几天后,待我致电于他,想与他进一步交流时,锺博士已迫不及待地告诉我,他已写了分享大纲,并正在完善它。那段日子,我们通过电邮和电话交换意见,确定内容和主题没有出入。

锺博士一开始就邀约我们2人拍摄组到他府上去进行拍摄工作,并一直强调结束后要请我们吃饭。他就是如此的豪爽好客!临近拍摄日期,他回医院复查,可能要住院,还念念不忘我们的约定,特让李宗高牧师代转告,担心会耽误了录影的进度。感谢主!上帝的眷顾,锺博士身体没有大碍,我们如期进行拍摄。

当天,我们在约定时间登门拜访。在两个小时的拍摄过程,锺博士热忱满分,思路清晰,只NG了一次,可见锺博士是那么的专业、认真呀!听他的故事,成长经历、日常生活,游学教学,艺术创作,尤其是阐述了许多创作方法、创作体验和创作态度,他都能娓娓道来,如数家珍。

锺博士自认在天性和气质上是个 “浪漫主义者”,对大地有着强烈的情感,对上帝的创造有着深刻的关注。”乡土 “一直是他最喜欢的主题,这与他童年的成长和在乡村的经历是分不开的。 对他来说,整个宇宙是上帝的杰作,是卓越的艺术品。他在视频中分享说人类的艺术历史就是见证上帝赐予我们创造本能的一个记录,因为上帝是全人类的创造主。钟博士在我们离开前强调,保留文物和保住文化的根,都是很重要的。他把信仰和文化结合的那么透彻贯通,着实为后辈树立了美好的榜样。

经过一段日子的剪辑、加字幕、校阅、修正、再修正后,锺博士的分享视频“基督徒的艺术观” 终于制作完成。我第一时间致电通知他查收邮件,请他过目审阅看看有哪些需要修改的。一会儿功夫,锺博士就回电给我。电话那头听得出他非常的高兴,频频说道我们把他拍得太好了,剪辑配图等都恰到好处,每一个细节都处理得非常完美,他感到非常的满意,还说给我们一个大大的赞,满分100分呀!锺博士,您太给力了。(点击链接观看锺志邦博士的的分享“基督徒的艺术观” https://youtu.be/j3xzAIQA_bM)

今年3月,因为工作需要,能有机会再次登门拜访锺博士,我格外的珍惜。我用了上次师母在我们临走前塞给我的黑芝麻粉烤了一条黑芝麻土司面包带去给他俩。这一次见面,锺博士明显体力大不如半年前了,但谈到信仰、信念、文化、前瞻华人教会等课题时,语气坚定,句句出自肺腑之言,用自己的亲身经历,教导我们如何在现今时代做基督门徒,他的每句話都在我心里留下了深刻的印象。

锺博士,您在仲夏离开了,留给我的念想是您亲笔签名送给我的盒装版一套三册65万字回忆录《从南大到北大》。正如您在书中说到:一个人最终在哪里“归宿”就取决于今生的“选择”。这是一个信仰的问题,而我们每个人现在还有选择的自由与权利,但我们却不能假设这个选择是永远摆在我们面前的。因为我们现在的生命,就像一根燃烧着的蜡烛,是随时会熄灭的。

感谢主!有一天我们天堂再见!

 

主末, 

郑惠妮@新加坡圣经公会
2021612 



Feature Article: Caring for the Homeless Amidst Hard Times

This article was originally posted in our December 2020 Word@Work. 

 “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” — Acts 20:35 

 With the outbreak of COVID-19 and the resulting economic fallout, many have had to face unforeseen challenges. Amidst these trying times, the homeless are left especially vulnerable, as they lack the necessary resources to protect themselves. 

According to figures from the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF), there are about 300-385 rough sleepers who have received help from the government each year between 2016 to 2018. SowCare complements existing government efforts to help these individuals, who have little to no resources to support themselves, especially in these unprecedented times. 

To that end, as a core partner of Hope Initiative Alliance (HIA), SowCare is supporting The Innkeeper’s Project—organised by New Hope Community Services and HIA—to show holistic care for the homeless. Through the generosity of our partners and donors—such as CDC Funds, SG Strong, and OSCAR@SG Fund—we have managed to provide various essential items such as floor mats, foldable tables and reusable masks to support the needs of almost 260 rough sleepers. 

SowCare has also collaborated with MSF to set up the Safe Sound Sleeping Places (S3P) initiative for the rough sleepers.

Our various partners in this S3P initiative conduct routine visits to S3P@Bible House. On 11 September, EcoLab and Singapore Youth for Christ visited S3P@Bible House. EcoLab donated $5,000 and 10 care packs to the rough sleepers residing at S3P@Bible House. Representatives from EcoLab were given a tour of S3P@Bible House. Mr Surachet Tanwongsval, Vice President and General Manager of EcoLab, commended SowCare’s efforts in caring for the homeless: “It was a humbling experience for me as I always thought that there’s no homelessness in Singapore. Going to SowCare showed that there’s a lot of less unfortunate Singaporeans that greatly benefit from the work they’ve done, in a short amount of time. I’d like SowCare to keep up this effort.” 

After visiting the Bible House, Ms Irene Nah, one of the staff members of EcoLab, also commented, “It was an eye-opener for me too. The organisation has it well planned, including facilities for their daily routine and necessities. They were also well prepared on the COVID-19 measures, practising safe distancing and temperature taking.” 

Aside from EcoLab, the Singapore Youth for Christ also collaborated with SowCare to organise a Mid-Autumn Celebration for the individuals residing at S3P@Bible House on 11 September. The evening’s programme consisted of dinner and an art and craft session, where each participant was given the opportunity to make their own lanterns. A mooncake and tea appreciation session was also held for volunteers to engage in a time of fellowship with them and to bring them some cheer. 

In the hope of bringing light into these dark times, on 14 and 15 October 2020, SowCare organised a special Zoom meeting with the MSF. The purpose of the meeting was to encourage churches to open their doors to the homeless. 

In line with our partnership with MSF, SowCare is working with MSF and the Singapore Land Authority to secure a suitable site for a shelter for rough sleepers.  

On behalf of the beneficiaries, we would like to thank all our supporting donors and partners for their generous donations and express our deep gratitude to our volunteers who have helped in various capacities.  

As a Body of Christ, let us continue to assist the needy in these challenging times. As Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me” (Matt 25:40). While we ponder Jesus’ words, let us remember that we are doing it for Christ and readily render help to those in need. 



Feature Article: Stories of Hope from the Bible Mission

Lives Forever Changed: Stories of Hope from the Bible Mission

This article was originally posted in our December 2020 Word@Work.

“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” —John 1:14

More than two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ was born on Christmas day, where he took on human form and lived amongst men for thirty three years before his death on the Cross. The insurmountable love that God has for His people is evidenced by the act of sending Jesus down to earth—knowing full well that he would die to save humanity from their sin (Romans 5:8).

As we give honour and glory to humanity’s Saviour for the precious gift that He has bestowed upon us, we are also called to give as we have received (Matthew 10:8). Burdened by the need to share the Good News, Bible Societies all around the world are working relentlessly to spread the Gospel and the love of Christ—through the provision of the Word, Bible advocacy programmes and meeting the needs of impoverished communities.

In this edition of Word In Action, we bring to you stories and testimonies from Bible Societies all over the world—individuals and communities who have been touched by the Bible Mission.

Uganda

Located in Central East Africa, Uganda has a population of more than 45 million, of which 30.2% consist of children aged six to 14. In spite of their tender age, many of them have been faced with a myriad of problems, such as neglect, drug abuse, rape and hard labour. Some of them have also become victims of child trafficking. To combat these problems, the Church in Uganda has been developing programmes to bring the Word of God to these children. To increase the reach of their ministry, the Bible Society of Uganda has been working with the local Church to organise Bible advocacy activities like Bible Quizzes and Bible Recitals. Bibles are also given to these children so they may read the Word of God on their own and encounter the love of God in an intimate manner. Armed with the Book of Promises, it is hoped that these children will be better equipped to face life’s challenges.

Bangladesh

Another country that has dedicated much of its Bible Mission work to Bible distribution is Bangladesh. In a country where Christians make up only 0.4% of the population, the Bible Society of Bangladesh has been translating the Bible into languages that are understood by the different language groups. To reach the illiterate communities living in remote areas, they are also in the midst of producing audio Bibles, so that even more will be able to hear the Word of God. Thus far, their audio Bibles—available in different languages—have been able to impact about 900 individuals, which would not have been possible without the help of our generous donors and supporters.

Israel

Life is full of uncertainties but there is a certainty of hope when we cling on to the Lord and His promises (Jeremiah 29:11). A teacher from Nazareth, Israel discovered this truth through one of the programmes by the Arab-Israeli Bible Society. She was suffering from anxiety and sleeplessness due to worries about all aspects of her life, especially about her children, who were serving in the medical field in these perilous times of the COVID-19 pandemic. She was also constantly fretting about her future and the future of her children, resulting in problems in her relationships with others.

Through the invitation of a friend, she attended a workshop on anxiety conducted by the Arab-Israeli Bible Society. She said, “Participating in the session at the Arab-Israeli Bible Society Centre was beneficial for me. I received a lot of information and tools to deal with my anxiety and concerns besides immediate comfort.” One of the pastors she met at the centre encouraged her to hold on to the teaching and explained to her about God’s acceptance of us, no matter what. Inspired and encouraged, she then committed her life to the Lord. She was also given a version of the New Testament and urged to pray, read the Bible and participate in church services.

This is but one of many testimonies from Israel, the Holy Land. Despite Israel being the birth place of Jesus and the site of many miracles He performed, only two percent of Israel’s population are Christians. As such, there is still much to be done in Israel to further the Bible Mission.

As Paul said in Galatians 6:9, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Staying true to our mission to make the Word of God known to all peoples, we endeavour to continue being a vessel of blessing to the nations. We would like to invite you to partner with us so that we can reach more countries in need of the Word and of practical help. Visit bible.org.sg/donate to contribute to our cause.



Feature Article: Encouraging & Engaging Communities in Need

Encouraging & Engaging Communities in Need

Christmas is a very special time of the year; it is a time where we come together to remember the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who came down to earth in human form to bring hope to humanity. When we consider the birth and life of Jesus, we are also reminded of Jesus’ acts of kindness to the needy and the care he showed for those around him.

In reflecting on the spirit of Christmas, renowned preacher Charles Spurgeon once said, “And when the Lord Jesus has become your peace, remember, there is another thing: good will towards men. Do not try to keep Christmas without good will towards men.”

This year presents us with unique circumstances, as we celebrate the birth of Christ in the middle of a pandemic—a greater call for us to cling on to the Word of God, which promises us that all things will work together for good (Romans 8:28). This is the spirit that The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS) hopes to echo this festive season, by encouraging and engaging communities in need as we move towards a new normal.

Engaging the Local Christian Community: Digitalisation of Programmes and Initiatives

In order to remain relevant and continue serving the Christian community, BSS has launched several digitalisation initiatives in the past few months—which have allowed us to connect with Christians and provide useful faith-based resources in spite of restrictions on public gatherings. One of our first initiatives was the various online webinars and courses to engage the public with God’s Word from the various ministries—the Sower Institute for Biblical Discipleship (SIBD), ETHOS Institute for Public Christianity, and our Chinese Ministry. One of these webinars was the recent Financial Stewardship webinar, in partnership with the Evangelical Alliance of Singapore (formerly the Evangelical Fellowship of Singapore) in conjunction with their 40th anniversary. More information about these sessions can be found on page 28.

To further assist Churches and fellow Christian organisations with adapting to the new normal, BSS has also launched Sower CommuniTech, which aims to help streamline administrative processes and ministry with the use of technology. Sower CommuniTech provides a plethora of digitalisation and media services, such as a National Church Procurement Platform, SecureMeet, Online AGM Solution, PayNow custom QR code generator and webinars on how to use these platforms.  For more information, visit bible.org.sg/communitech.

Encouraging Communities in Need: Initiatives for Guest Workers and Rough Sleepers

In continuing with our core mission of serving the vulnerable and needy amongst us, SowCare—the social service arm of BSS—has been working closely with the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO)—a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance (HIA)—to provide holistic care for the guest workers since the commencement of the circuit breaker in April. With the combined efforts of our volunteers, partners and donors, we have managed to distribute more than one million Care Meals and 1.2 million medical supplies, hygiene products and other food items to over 21,000 guest workers in 300 dormitories.

 

 

As these guest workers gradually prepare to resume work after months of lockdown, BSS hopes to go a step further in showing care for them not just in relation to their physical needs, but also their psychological and emotional needs. In this phase, SowCare is focused on the mental wellness of the migrant workers by providing suicide prevention support, counselling, recreation activities and befriending services. On 2 September, SowCare was actively involved in an outdoor activity for about 50 guest workers at Labrador Park and Hort Park. The event was a trial run for Project Sunshine—in partnership with AGWO and the Ministry of Manpower — which seeks to improve the holistic wellbeing of the guest workers. SowCare has also invited hundreds of churches to participate in the Project Sunshine initiative to bless more guest workers especially during Christmas season. More information about the event can be found on page 20.

While we have moved on to a phase of caring for the mental wellbeing of guest workers, SowCare is continuing to show care by bringing them good cheer during festive seasons, such as the recent Deepavali. SowCare supported AGWO on 14 November to distribute meals to about 8,000 guest workers from more than 70 factory-converted dormitories (FCDs)—as reported on The Straits Times and CNA. The meal comprised chicken biryani, kesari and laddus (types of Indian sweets), muruku, other Indian sweets and drinks. More than 100 volunteer drivers were mobilised to help to deliver the food to the various FCDs across the island.

Minister of State for Culture, Community and Youth & Trade and Industry, Mr Alvin Tan, also joined the food distribution exercise. AGWO was glad to partner with the Assurance, Care and Engagement (ACE) Team of the Ministry of Manpower and other like-minded charity organisations in this initiative.

Looking ahead, we are also planning celebrations with guest workers on International Migrants’ Day on 18 December and Christmas this year.

Aside from the guest workers, whose lives have been affected by the pandemic, the ripple effect of COVID-19 has also caused substantial disturbances and difficulties for the lives of many rough sleepers in Singapore.

During the circuit breaker and beyond Phase 1, Bible House opened its doors to provide a temporary shelter for 10 rough sleepers under the S3P (Safe Sound Sleeping Places) project, launched in close partnership with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF). The temporary shelter at Bible House was known as S3P@Bible House.

Since July, SowCare has also been providing essential items to almost 260 rough sleepers under The Innkeeper’s Project. This has been done through the valuable support from our generous donors and partner organisations—CDC Funds, SG Strong, and OSCAR@SG Fund. Read page 22 for more information about SowCare’s initiatives to help the rough sleepers.

Empowering Global Communities: Overseas Holistic Missions

 

Staying true to our mission of bringing the hope of the Gospel to unreached communities overseas, BSS has been working with our sister Bible Societies in Uganda, Bangladesh, Nepal, Lebanon, and Israel to bring the Word of God to the unreached in these countries. Our partnerships with these countries include providing and sharing resources with them to bring the Bible to the local communities, as well as providing humanitarian aid when needed—such as during the explosion that happened recently in Beirut, Lebanon, which caused the devastation of homes, and even the Bible House in Lebanon. In November, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines were massively flooded due to raging typhoons in the region that displaced millions of people. We are working closely with our sister Bible Societies in these countries to extend practical help for the victims and bring the Word of Hope to them. Read pages 10-12 for more information about BSS’ overseas missions.

In the words of the late Billy Graham, “Christ didn’t only come into the world that first Christmas night in Bethlehem, but He wants to come into our lives today, and every day of the year.” As we gather with our families and friends to celebrate Christmas amidst these new circumstances, may we be moved and comforted by the unending hope we have in Jesus, and spread His love to those in need.

 

Want to contribute to the Global Bible Mission? Visit bible.org.sg/donate to donate.



Feature Article: Reaching The Forgotten With The Word

This article was originally posted in our September 2020 Word@Work.

Reaching The Forgotten With The Word

—Interview with Bishop Philip Adhikary from Bangladesh Bible Society

 

Despite having a population of about 164 million, only 0.4% of people in Bangladesh identify as Christian. Even though Christianity is largely considered a minority religion in the country, this does not deter Bishop Philip Adhikary from dedicating his life to spread the Gospel to those around him.

Currently serving as the Chairman of the Bangladesh Bible Society and the Chairman of the Christian College of Theology in Bangladesh, he also plays the role of an evangelist and Bible distributor—the main ways in which he fulfils his calling to proclaim God’s Word in Bangladesh.

In this edition of Word In Action, we speak with Bishop Adhikary himself to find out more about Bible Mission work in Bangladesh, as well as its partnership with The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS) to translate the Word Intake for Spiritual Edification (WISE) Audio Bibles into Bengali.

As the Chairman of Bangladesh Bible Society, what are some of the challenges you face in your ministry?

“My vision is for all to come to know God’s Word,and for everyone’s salvation. That is why we’re very involved in Bible distribution—to Christians, to the community, and our neighbours in Nepal and Bhutan. However, sometimes they do not accept it when we say that God is Holy, and His Word is Holy. But we pray that God will provide good opportunities to build good partnerships with these communities so we can spread His Word.”

Could you share more details about the Bangladesh Bible Society’s partnership with The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS)?

“We are working to adapt the material from the WISE Audio Bibles for use in Bangladesh. Audio Bibles are very important because some aren’t interested in reading, some people—especially the elderly—are unable to read, and some are unable to see. But with Audio Bibles, they can listen to the Word, and they can still grow spiritually.”

This year, BSS has pledged $40,000 to support Bible Mission work in Bangladesh, where the Bangladesh Bible Society intends to run Bible Listening Programmes for the illiterate, as well as the poor and needy. The long-term goal of this programme is to create a lasting impact in the lives of the participants—which will not only equip them to read the Word of God but also empower them with vital skills that could create more employment opportunities for those in need. Aside from ministering to the local communities with Scripture engagement, there will also be a distribution of daily essentials and supplies to the poor and needy in order to provide them with holistic care.

Apart from partnering with BSS to reach the nations with the Living Word, Bishop Adhikary will also be working with SowCare and the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO) to show care for the Bangladeshi guest workers in Singapore.

Caring for the Nations Amidst COVID-19

The sudden outbreak of COVID-19 this year has resulted in many families struggling to feed themselves all over the world. As of the time of writing, Bangladesh has seen more than 300,000 confirmed cases. To respond to the needs of the local communities, the Bangladesh Bible Society has begun an emergency food assistance programme to help 3,000 families living in remote villages. Some of the items distributed to these families include rice, onions, potatoes and cooking oil. Hygiene kits will also be given to these families. The cost of these supplies—which will help to sustain a family for 2 weeks—is $20. In addition, plans have also been made to start a Scripture and Audio Bible distribution exercise, with a target of 5,000 Bibles. Each Bible costs a mere $9, taking into account production and delivery fees.

Due to the ripple effect of the COVID-19, many other countries are also in dire need of help. In Mongolia—a country where 28.4% of the population lives in poverty—many are rendered helpless as they have lost their jobs as a result of the virus. The loss of all income for these communities means that putting food on the table has become a nearly impossible task.

A similar situation is seen in Peru, where 45% of the urban population live in shanty towns. As of the time of writing, the country has seen almost 613,000 cases of COVID-19, which has had a devastating impact on the population in terms of their safety and economic security.

In these difficult times, the Bible Societies in these countries have stepped up to provide for the needs of these struggling communities, through the provision of food and Scripture—to meet both the physical and spiritual needs of these people.

Ms Dina Katanacho, Director of the Arab-Israeli Bible Society, shared that COVID-19 caused many families to struggle with a mixture of feelings—fear, anxiety, stress, and anger. Many of them were also struggling with maintaining their faith during quarantine. To respond to these new needs, the Arab-Israeli Bible Society organised a series of online workshops to equip parents with skills to bond with their children and encourage them to persevere in the faith.

Although some steps have been taken to mitigate the struggles and problems of these people groups, there is still much to be done in order to effectively minister to them and transform theirlives. BSS hopes to be a beacon of light to these people during these dark times; we hope that you will join us in making a difference today!


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疫情过后新加坡卫理公会面对的挑战

“我们传扬他,是用诸般的智慧……”—歌罗西书1:28

 

我们已经进入了解封期的第二阶段,期待很快就可以进入第二阶段后期并且逐步到第三期至完全恢复正常生活状态。政府从阻断期开始就一直提醒我们,不要期望疫情过后能完全回到疫情前的生活方式,国人要调整心态接受新常态的生活方式,因为即或是有了抗毒的疫苗注射,冠状病毒也不会从人间消失。

为这缘故,社会上各层面的机构和团体,都已经预备了如何迎接新常态的生活方式,如居家办公与实体在办公室上班的调整,善用电讯和视频的会面和会议,机器或遥控取代全人操控的时代提早来临,餐饮业外卖、限制堂食用餐人数的冲击,团体聚会精简化,实体培训课堂已经被网上教学取代。无论是艺术表演、宗教活动,通过影视呈现跟现场实体呈现没有太大的差别。大型聚会空间被远程及隔间化整为零,也在这次对抗疫情的过程中具体而确实地实行。这一切肯定给过去传统生活方式带来极大冲击。

在过去这几个月,国民先后都实实在在经历了欢庆各族的新年和宗教节庆,也许过得有点七零八乱,但也没有活不下去:没有圣周,没有最后晚餐圣餐,没有受难节,没有复活节、没有圣餐也没有洗礼,没有卫塞节,没有开斋节,仅有迷你型国庆检阅但没有国庆群众大会,没有歌台,没得参加毕业典礼……

有人认真地问我说,卫理公会教会要如何面对新常态、新挑战?让我提出一些想法,希望大家在不同的场合讨论和回应。

主日礼拜模式的改变:

过去半年里,我们已经渐渐熟练于制作线上崇拜的视频,给教会的崇拜方式多了一个选择,对我们多数的会众来说,相较于参加实体崇拜,线上崇拜更加便利。除了可以选择最适合或最方便的时间在家参与崇拜,也可以在网上挑选心仪的讲员听其讲道。高水准的录制技术与教会传统的实体崇拜方式并不对立,我们应该把它看成是新的外展领域和新的开拓事工。把教会的礼拜带进信徒家里,这是一个新现象。总有一些人是不愿意到教堂去的,把崇拜实况带到家里的电视机前成了新常态,就是服事这对象群。你将发现每个主日参与实体崇拜的人数和线上崇拜的总和远远超过传统的崇拜人数。

会议和培训教学的方式改变:

许多在教会参与各项活动的会友,经年累月被一件怕得要命的事缠累,就是经常要出席大会小会,而且许多的会议是在主日礼拜后留下来开会,要不就是周日晚上开会。加上许多的培训班、课程班也在周日晚上举行,信徒一个星期难得有时间在家与家人好好用餐,好好在家交谈。这次疫情的阻断期,教堂和居家都不准有外人到访相聚,逼得所有大小会议、培训课程、小组、研经查经班、诗班都必须在线上举行。这么一来,人人都可留在家中参与,不仅出席率超高,也大大提高彼此的互动交流。这些平时常为教会事务很少留在家里的活跃基督徒,如今因为可以善用网上会议线上培训,大大减少不在家的次数,带给家人更多的相聚时间。这不仅吸引更多人参与培训听课,也提高参与聚会或会议的效率。更值得注意的是,线上教学可以不受地域距离、优秀的师资授课讲解的限制。

认真学习什么是教会的信仰:

当新加坡确诊病例居高不下时,政府必须用阻断措施遏制病毒扩散。所有宗教场所都关闭,平时把到教堂参加主日礼拜习以为常的信徒,这回从4月初至今都只能在家参与线上崇拜,不仅不能实体参加崇拜,举行圣餐与洗礼,就算是事前录制线上崇拜也有诸多限制,如不鼓励有多过两个人现场录制唱歌或有乐队,政府也不鼓励有冗长的讲道。于是来自不同背景和不同教会传统立场,对教会体制、线上礼拜、举行圣餐、洗礼、远程线上注册结婚等不同的说法,充斥在市面上,信徒们一时无所适从,不知听谁的。就连同属一个教会传统的圈子里也有不听指示还坚持各自主张的。这让我们认识到,教导会友对自家教会的体制、信仰、礼拜仪式要有认识才不至于人云亦云,毫无辨识对错的能力。

发现需要更关心的群体:客工、留宿在外者、社会里的边缘群体、年长者

疫情爆发让我们的社会凸显出客工和社会边缘人的生活条件长期被忽略和关爱不足。政府带头承认对这方面的疏忽并且承诺将致力改善的行动,感染民间团体和宗教团体,尤其一向强调爱上帝和爱邻舍如同自己的卫理宗教会,更感到要迎头改善,积极弥补对异乡客工、对社会边缘人的忽视。其实,关爱工作也要包括这次疫情不断提及的脆弱、易受伤害的群体——年老者。教会需要全盘检讨对这些群体的关爱和重视。

总结:卫理教会如何面对新挑战?

我们要检讨以近千万元购置仅有30年的使用地,再以近千万元建筑教堂的策略是不是扩展福音事工的唯一方法。有识之士可以寻找其他方法处理和解决发展福音事工需要场地和空间的难题,如利用比这地价和建筑费更低廉的费用,充分使用线上视频等科技媒体,在有限的空间好好发挥聚会活动,而不必人人需要实体在场参与。

这也包括进行办公或行政空间的改革。这次疫情期间全国禁止员工到工作场所办公,他们可以留守在家办公,这证明居家处理行政和办公是可行的,将来教堂或许不一定都能腾出有限和昂贵的空间提供给教牧或行政同工传统的工作场所了,这似乎已经不那么先要。反而优先考虑的是提供更多空间给会友及社区邻里活动和聚会。

各地方教会另一个要考虑注入更多预算的事工是录制和拍摄现场崇拜或聚会讲座的视频。我们一些大型的教会已经备有这些器材,或许各堂会、各年会可以进一步探讨如何共用资源,让资源比较有限的堂会可以得到协助。总议会或许也可以考虑扩大资讯部门或设立拍摄录影录像部门,发展媒体视频的事工。

 

 

张振忠会督(博士)

新加坡卫理公会会督

 

 



Feature Article: Appreciating Community Efforts Amidst Adversity

This article was originally posted in our September 2020 Word@Work.

Appreciating Community Efforts Amidst Adversity

Although the outbreak of COVID-19 has resulted in the cessation of many of our ministry activities, The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS) has been keeping up with our efforts to sow God’s Word though various digital platforms and initiatives, and sow care to the needy, just as Jesus has commanded us to love our neighbours—especially those who have been badly affected by the virus.

SowCare—the charity arm of BSS—has partnered with the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO), a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance to initiate a Care Meals distribution exercise to bless guest workersliving in factory-converted dormitories (FCDs). We have distributed a total of 1,027,505 Care Meals and more than 1.2 million essential items (hygiene packs, medical supplies and other foodstuffs) to around 500,000 guest workers in more than 300 dormitories. Beyond this, we are also continuing to work with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) in providing meals to guest workers who are facing repatriation. This could not have been done without our dedicated partners, donors and volunteers.

The meal distribution exercise was initially planned as a one-day exercise on Good Friday, 10 April, to bless the guest workers. However, due to the overwhelming demand, it continued throughout the circuit breaker, and even beyond phase one. We would like to show our heartfelt appreciation towards the Ministry of Manpower and Migrant Workers’ Centre for having us as their core community partner in serving the guest workers and meeting their needs amidst this unprecedented global crisis.

There were also additional distribution exercises on various occasions. On 18 April, a mask distribution exercise was organised upon the request of MOM. In total, over 110 volunteer drivers were mobilised to deliver reusable masks to 192 FCDs. On 7 May, over 300 volunteers came together to help pack and distribute Festive Care packs to over 12,000 guest workers in 260 FCDs. This distribution effort also saw the participation of many community leaders, such as—Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Ms Joan Pereira, Ms Denise Phua and many others.

On 9 May, another special distribution exercise was conducted in partnership with MOM, which provided 3,000 prayer mats to guest workers in 66 dormitories. Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Senior Minister of State in the Ministry of Manpower and Ministry of Defence, also visited the dorms during this distribution exercise. Additionally, on 23 and 24 May, the guest workers received an extra pack of foodstuffs, as well as enhanced meals. This initiative provided meals for 7,000 guest workers in over 110 FCDs.

As part of efforts to engage the wider community in order to serve even more guest workers, the ‘Adopt- A-Dorm’ initiative was launched on 20 April, where 32 organisations formally committed to care for the guest workers in a sustainable manner.

One of our volunteers, Mr Joshua Eswaran, was emotional as he remembers the unforgettable experience he had with the guest workers on the ground. “A Bangladeshi guy called me, asking for help and he said he needed food. He and his friends had not eaten for three days. It was very hard for me because I never expected that we would have such a case. I think it should never happen to anyone.”

SowCare would like to express our heartfelt gratitude to our volunteers who have participated in this joint national effort to care for the guest workers amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We are thankful to each and every individual who has sacrificed their time and resources, and shared what they have to make a difference in the lives of these guest workers.

We are thankful for our many partners, donors and volunteers who have encapsulated the ‘kampung spirit’ by coming together during these unprecedented times to lend a helping hand to our fellow brothers.

As the nation slowly gears itself for an uncertain future, may we not forget our Heavenly Father’s call to love our neighbours amidst adversity.

 


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Feature Article: The Word Became Flesh Sowing Care For The Nations

This article was originally posted in our September 2020 Word@Work.

Celebrating 183 Years Of The Bible Mission


The Bible Mission had its humble beginnings in Britain, when 15-year-old Mary Jones’ determination to obtain a Bible moved Rev Thomas Charles to start a movement to bring the Word of God to all peoples. Later on, Sir Stamford  Raffles and Rev Dr Robert Morrison would continue this work in Singapore in 1823, paving the way for the registration of The Bible Society of Singapore (formerly called the Singapore Auxiliary Bible Society) on 4 July 1837.

183 years later, The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS) still strives to make the Word of God known to all. In commemoration of 183 years of God’s faithfulness, BSS organised a four-part special series on Zoom—‘The Word Became Flesh: Sowing Care for the Nations’. The event was organised in lieu of the annual Bible Mission Banquet, due to the limitations imposed on public events to curb the spread of COVID-19.

There were three tracts of online sessions in total, covering Leadership, Missions and Language-based ministries. The first session—the Leadership tract, Faith Conversations on Servant Leadership—was held on 24 June, with Speaker of Parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin as the invited guest speaker. Mr Tan shared about how his faith has influenced his leadership, and answered participants’ questions about faith and leadership. More than 600 participants joined the session, and over 6,000 have watched the session on Facebook.

The second session, the Missions tract—A Multitude of Nations, One Bible Mission—was held on 2 July. Leaders from the Bible Societies of Bangladesh, Arab-Israeli, Peru and Mongolia shared about Bible Mission work and the challenges of meeting the needs of the local communities amidst COVID-19. More than 100 participants joined in to hear about overseas holistic missions and testimonies from Bishop Adhikary, Chairman of the Bangladesh Bible Society; Ms Dina Katanacho, Director of the Arab-Israeli Bible Society; Rev Bayarmagnai Bayardalai, Executive Director of the Mongolian Union Bible Society, and Mr Pablo Gutierrez, Executive Director of the Peruvian Bible Society. The third and fourth sessions—The Church in China and Chinese Ministry Amidst COVID-19 and Caring for the Indian Churches and Guest Workers Amidst Adversity—held on 8 and 9 July respectively, saw speakers from Churches in Singapore, China and India, who shared about the unique challenges of language ministries, and how they cared for their congregations during the pandemic. More than 200 participants attended the Chinese session, and more than 100 participants attended the Tamil session.

There were more than 1,000 participants across all four sessions who came together on Zoom to commemorate BSS’ 183rd anniversary. Visit The Bible Society of Singapore on Facebook and YouTube to peruse the recordings of the various sessions.

In addition, we have been working closely with our sister Bible Societies to be a channel of blessings to the nations. BSS has channeled funds towards holistic mission programmes in various countries, and we are working to collaborate with these countries in the future. (Read pages 12 and 13 for more information about BSS’ overseas mission work.)

Moving with the Times

To serve and encourage the Christian community amidst COVID-19, BSS has been digitalising our programmes and initiatives to create resources and opportunities for sharing the Gospel.

Since February, the Sower Institute for Biblical Discipleship and Chinese Ministry have been offering online webinars on Zoom, which cover many topics, such as raising a godly generation, mental health, and Biblical studies. As of the time of writing, more than 10,000 have signed up for the courses. (Read page 26 for more information about our upcoming online courses.)

This year, BSS is also introducing Sower Communitech, which offers digitalisation and media services for local Churches and Christian organisations. These initiatives are part of BSS’ efforts to help churches and Christian organisations streamline their administrative process and ministries through the use of technology.

One of these services is a National Church Procurement Platform —a collaboration with ThunderQuote—which all local churches may utilise for their ministries and other needs. Visit bss.thunderquote.com to register your church today!

In addition, to help the Christian community move towards digitalisation during the COVID-19 pandemic, we have also launched other digital solutions such as SecureMeet—an online booking system for churches and online AGM solution, as well as a PayNow custom QR code generator.

In spite of changing times and circumstances, BSS remains grateful to God for His provision and grace—which has enabled us to serve those in need locally and overseas for the glory of His Kingdom.

For more information about BSS’ 183 Anniversary Celebration, visit bible.org.sg/bss183

To find out more about the procurement platform, visit bss.thunderquote.com.


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Feature Article: Safe Sound Sleeping Places & The InnKeeper’s Project For The Homeless

This article was originally posted in our June 2020 Word@Work (COVID-19 Special Edition).

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
I was a stranger and you welcomed me…

Matthew 25:35


Safe Sound Sleeping Places (S3P)

 

As the Body of Christ, just as we are called to share the Gospel and make His Word known—we are also called to care for the broken and vulnerable. Apart from guest workers and underprivileged communities, the COVID-19 has also affected vulnerable homeless individuals. With many public areas being cordoned off, some of them no longer even have temporary places of refuge; many have struggled to find places to sleep, rest, and consume meals.

In order to care for the rough sleepers amidst the COVID-19 situation, SowCare—the charity arm of The Bible Society of Singapore—worked closely with the Ministry of Social and Family Development (MSF) in setting up Safe Sound Sleeping Places (S3P), throughout the circuit breaker period. The S3P initiative is spearheaded by MSF, in response to the urgent needs faced by the homeless community, that have been accentuated in the midst of COVID-19 situation.

As such, SowCare set up a  temporary shelter for the homeless at S3P@7 Armenian Street. We are also currently working towards setting up another transient shelter at MacPherson. Through this initiative to serve rough sleepers, SowCare also raised funds and collected in-kind donations to administer holistic care through basic essentials, while working towards providing them with a permanent roof over their heads.

SowCare plans for the more permanent Transient Shelter at MacPherson—which is still in the works—to serve as an integrated social service hub for the poor and needy in the neighbourhood.

As many church premises remain unused during the Circuit Breaker period and beyond, we also encouraged the churches to open up their premises for these rough sleepers. While these facilities remain closed to the public, they can be put to good use as temporary shelters for the ones who are in need of refuge.

The InnKeeper’s Project

Additionally, as a member of Hope Initiative Alliance—an aggregator of assistance and services among hundreds of organisations and associates—SowCare supported HIA in responding to New Hope Community Services’ appeal to rally support for The Innkeeper’s Project.

Under The Innkeeper’s Project, more than 260 homeless individuals are temporarily housed in HDB estates; each flat accommodates two to four persons. Other partnering organisations included Methodist Welfare Services, Montfort Care and Singapore Kindness Movement.

As a supporting charity, SowCare has thus far assisted in providing holistic care for these 260 homeless individuals.

SowCare has particularly assisted—and will continue to support—HIA in rendering services and resources. SowCare is also committed to collect inkind donations, by designating Bible House as a collection point.

These round-the-clock efforts are inclusive of supplying meals, hygiene essentials and medical assistance—as well as items such as mattresses, pillows, blankets, bedsheets, towels, and many more. These ongoing projects seek to care for the homeless beyond the circuit breaker period until they are equipped to transition back into a stable and secure environment.

Reiterating the need to care for these especially marginalised community, Rev Ezekiel Tan, Chief Executive officer of SowCare, stressed how “while many of us have the opportunity and luxury of staying home and keeping safe, the homeless have had the added anxieties of keeping themselves healthy, while making ends meet. We are honoured to have had the ability to work with the MSF and other partners, to care and remind the homeless that they are not forgotten amidst this trying period. It is only as a united community that we will be able to emerge as a stronger Singapore.” Should members of the public wish to support the initiatives, individuals may make cash and/or in-kind donations. To make in-kind donations and arrange for delivery, please contact us  at our hotline 6304 3486.

Let us rally together as one Body of Christ to care for the ones who are most vulnerable and in need—allowing these often neglected individuals to tangibly feel that they matter and are cared for.

Click here to support the Homeless Community amidst the COVID-19 situation.
For more information visit SowCare.sg

 


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Feature Article: Care Meals & Festive Care Packs For Guest Workers

This article was originally posted in our June 2020 Word@Work (COVID-19 Special Edition).

“Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink?”
“Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me”
Matthew 25:37-40


The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS) was formed with the mission of making the Word of God known to all. However, with the rapidly spreading COVID-19 virus resulting in closed borders around the world, BSS’ regional Scripture distribution efforts have faced challenges. While this may be seen as a setback—within our nation itself, there remain nations to be reached. In fact, Singapore has relied on the labour of these nations—through guest workers—from as early as the 1980s. As a result of the COVID-19 situation, these guest workers have become especially vulnerable—being financially affected and faced with worries about their job and future.

In response to this urgent need, SowCare—the charity arm of The Bible Society of Singapore— partnered with the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO)—a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance—to launch the Care Meals Distribution Project on Good Friday, 10 April. Through this project, 9,218 Care Meals were delivered to 113 factory converted dormitories (FCDs).

Due to the overwhelming response to care for the guest workers amid the COVID-19 situation, this project—which was initially organised as a 1-day exercise—eventually evolved into a continuous effort during the entire circuit breaker period, and will be extended until the end of June.

Through the AGWO—a coalition of over 130 partnering charities and organisations—we have been working to meet the needs of vulnerable guest workers by providing them with daily Care Meals for lunch and dinner. Over the course of the circuit breaker period, we distributed more than half a million Care Meals across 267 FCDs and 9 Zones/Collection Points (as of time of writing). The Mustafa Centre was one of the designated daily collection points for guest workers in need of food.

We are thankful to have worked with the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) and the Migrant Workers Centre (MWC), who engaged us to supply food and essentials to the guest workers. Thus, we were able to gain access to these FCDs, while ensuring our distribution efforts were safe. We are also grateful to have been granted the necessary permit to conduct these various efforts with volunteers at our designated locations.

On 18 April, at the request of MOM, we mobilised more than 110 volunteer drivers to send reusable masks to 192 FCDs. The Bible House was designated as the collection point, where safe distancing and contact tracing measures were put in place to ensure the safety of all volunteers.

The High Commission of Sri Lanka also engaged us to supply daily Care. Meals for the stranded low-wage Sri Lankan guest workers in Singapore. We are also grateful for the many dry food and other in-kind donations we received, in support of the initiative and our fundraising efforts.

We also launched the Adopt a Dorm system, which allowed churches and organisations to formally commit to caring for guest workers in FCDs in a sustainable manner.

Given that Ramadan and Vesak Day also fell within the circuit breaker period, we also worked together with AGWO and its partnering organisations, donors and volunteers to care for guest workers commemorating these occasions, by providing them with Festive Care Packs. This project—which supplemented the regular Care Meals distribution—sought to provide 12,000 guest workers with Care Packs across 260 dormitories. The Care Packs included fruits, dried ration items, medical supplies, hygiene products, and a lot more.

On 5 and 7 May, nearly 300 volunteers—consisting of packers and drivers—came down to the collections points—Bible House at 7 Armenian, as well as Sower Hub at TSL 101—to help distribute the Festive Care Packs nationwide. We were greatly encouraged by the participation of the Speaker of Parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin; MP of Tanjong Pagar GRC, Ms Joan Pereira; Mayor of Central Singapore District, Ms Denise Phua; Chairman of Migrant Workers’ Centre, Mr Yeo Guat Kwang; General Secretary of the Singapore Kindness Movement, Dr William Wan; and Bishop Terry Kee, President of the National Council of Churches of Singapore.

“It is certainly heartening to see Singaporeans coming together to support our guest workers through such community ground-up initiatives. It is my hope that more of us will continue to support such efforts and work together through this trying period.”
—Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Speaker of Parliament

“The migrant workers are doing their part by heeding the measures of the government. What we can do is come together to make their lives happier by distributing food, hand sanitisers, and medical supplies to them. Everybody is in this together.”
—Ms Joan Pereira, Member of Parliament for Tanjong Pagar GRC

“Our actions will always speak louder than words, and put together— regardless of our language, race or religion, or background—this is the right thing to do. We can only overcome this difficult time if we do it together… taking action, dirtying our hands, giving up money and resources wherever possible, to make things better.”
Ms Denise Phua, Mayor of Central CDC

“At a point of time when people feel most forgotten and uncared for—is exactly when it is vital that we remind them that we are a community. Only when we are united in our efforts, we can overcome this global pandemic and its repercussions.”
—Rev Ezekiel Tan, Chief Executive Officer of SowCare

“We are glad to have partnered HIA/AGWO, together with several supporting organisations to celebrate Vesak and Ramadan with our migrant brothers and sisters who are residing in the factoryconverted dormitories. Jointly, we have showed care and reminded our migrant friends to continue to practice personal hygiene to protect themselves.”
—Mr Yeo Guat Kwang, Chairman of MWC

“Through our actions, we are loving our neighbours as ourselves. It is also a wonderful opportunity for churches to work together as one, in cooperation with those of other faiths—demonstrating how we can work for the common good of Singapore.”
Bishop Terry Kee, President of the National Council of Churches of Singapore

On 23 and 24 May, the initiative also conducted two special deliveries to about 7,000 guest workers from 110 dormitories, in commemoration of Hari Raya Puasa. Other than the regular care meals, both Muslim and non-Muslim guest workers received extra pack of other foodstuffs, enhanced meal—three times the usual value—as well as new sarongs and extra snacks. The Speaker of Parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin joined the distribution efforts, this time as the Guest of Honour.

We are also thankful to the embassies of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia, who also helped raise support and contributed with donation items. It is only through the unwavering support of our various partners, generous sponsors and donors that the aforementioned projects have achieved such resounding success and benefited thousands of guest workers nationwide, and we are deeply grateful to have been used as a channel of blessing.

We appeal to the public to continue supporting our efforts to care for these guest workers, as we continue distribution efforts up until the end of Phase 1. It is our expressed commitment to channel all excess funds into further projects to benefit vulnerable communities, such as guest workers. For more information on past distribution projects and ways to support future initiatives, visit sowcare.sg and hia.sg/guestworkers.


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