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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.



Trauma Healing – Initial Equipping

Trauma is part of the human experience in a broken world. It can arise when one is overwhelmed with intense fear, helplessness and horror. It can stem from personal issues, such as the loss of a loved one or divorce; from large-scale devastation like natural disaster or from global crisis such as COVID-19 pandemic. Trauma destroys hope, shatters dignity and isolates one from self, others and God.

How does one recover from trauma? Can the Bible help? What can the Church do?

Trauma Healing (from Trauma Healing Institute of the American Bible Society) is our response to these questions by combining proven mental health practices with the wisdom of the Bible to bring restoration and hope to the broken-hearted. In God’s Word, trauma survivors can encounter the resurrection power of Christ.

If you are a church or ministry leader, a missionary or someone who has the heart to help trauma sufferers, join us for part one of a 2-part programme today!

Programme Structure

Initial Equipping ⇒ Practicum ⇒ Advanced Equipping

 Initial Equipping 
ScheduleWed– Sat, 27–30 Jan 2021
Time9am-5pm
Fees$380 (early bird price till 3 Jan) | $420 (from 4 Jan)
Venue7 Armenian Street, Bible House, S179932

UPDATE:
*Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation, limited seats will be available.

Before registering, please:

  1. Read the Detailed Course Information below,
  2. Download the Statement of Support,
  3. Have it signed by your church leadership or Christian organisation supervisor, and
  4. Email it to Florence Kang.

Please note: Registration will only be confirmed upon receipt of the online registration, payment AND the signed Statement of Support.

Detailed Course Information

Sower Institute for Biblical Discipleship, in partnership with Trauma Healing Institute (THI), aims to provide leadership and services to churches and organisations using God’s word to bring healing and restoration to trauma survivors.

THI’s trauma healing programme provides basic mental health concepts with a biblical framework, using Scripture passages and composite real-life stories to help traumatised people connect the teaching with their circumstances.

Topics Covered

  • If God loves us, why do we suffer?
  • How can the wounds of our hearts be healed?
  • What happens when someone is grieving?
  • Taking your pain to the cross
  • How can we forgive others?
  • How can churches minister amidst various causes of trauma (domestic violence, suicide, etc.)?
  • How can we live as Christians amidst conflict?
  • Looking ahead

How the Programme Works
The programme consists of four components: Part I, a Practicum, Part II and a competency-based assessment.

1. Part I: Initial Equipping Session. Candidates attend a 3.5 day Initial Equipping session which allows participants to: explore their own trauma and bring it to Christ for healing; experience participatory learning; learn basic biblical and mental health principles related to trauma care; and develop plans for using what they have learned in their community. Trauma healing facilitators aim to ‘do no harm’ to those they help. To this end, participants are evaluated through a simple test.

2. Practicum. Participants return to their communities and apply what they have learned. They need to teach the five core lessons at least twice to groups of at least three people and send in reports on their activities.

3. Part II: Advanced Equipping Session. This 3-day session (conducted 6 or 9 months after the Initial Equipping session) focuses on consolidating the facilitator’s competencies in view of their practicum experience.

4. Competency-based assessment. Participants will be certified when they demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Able to manage personal well-being.
  • Able to work on a team.
  • Able to help traumatised people (listening, confidentiality, and so on).
  • Able to lead groups in a participatory way.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the content.

5. Certification and Deployment. At the end of the advanced session, participants are awarded a Certificate of Participation, or, for those who qualify, a facilitator-in-training Certificate. For some, these certificates may be awarded later when the competencies have been acquired.

Who should attend?
This programme is intended for Christians who would like to explore becoming a trauma healing facilitator so that they can provide basic care for those wounded by trauma and loss, or train others to do so.
Requirements:

  • Able to teach others in a community.
  • Able to attend all of the sessions.
  • Committed to helping trauma survivors.
  • Must be referred by church leadership or Christian organisation supervisor who must sign the Statement of Support.

About the Trainer

Belinda Ng

Belinda Ng has been a missionary with Serving In Mission (SIM) since 1977. After 12 years in Niger, she served as Personnel Director with SIM East Asia for 16 years. Since then she serves as Member Care and MK Education Consultant in the International Office before returning to Singapore to continue with this role in the Pastoral Care team in SIM East Asia.

Carol Lim Seok Lin

Carol has a passion to serve God through helping people with challenges lead a more meaningful life. Trained as a special needs educator and equipped with a Masters in Special Education, she has more than three decades of experience in Singapore and overseas.



Defending the Truth: Unmasking Eastern Lightning

Defending the Truth: Unmasking Eastern Lightning


Eastern Lightning (东方闪电), also known as The Church of Almighty God (全能神教会), is a Chinese cult that has been involved in heinous crimes against Christian congregations in the rural parts of China. Some of these acts include kidnapping Chinese church leaders, conversion by coercion, the infamous Zhaoyuan McDonald’s Cult Murder, and rioting.

This panel session aims to raise awareness about the destruction and devastation that Eastern Lightning has caused in the Christian community in China, and invite Christian leaders to take a stand against the violence propagated by members of the cult.

All participants of this panel session will receive a brand-new publication, Unveiling the Truth Behind the Eastern Lightning—A New Perspective on the Church of Almighty God, available in English and Chinese.


Panelists

  • Rev Li Zheng Xiang
    Chairman (Hainan Province), Three-Self Patriotic Movement and China Christian Council
  • Rev Dr Caleb Soo Lee Chong
    Senior Pastor, Singapore Life Church
  • Rev Dr Wang Yi
    PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Nanyang Technological University
    Senior Pastor, Immanuel Christian Church
  • Rev Ezekiel Tan
    General Secretary/CEO, The Bible Society of Singapore
    Vice-Chairman & General Secretary, Evangelical Fellowship of Singapore

Bishop Terry Kee, Bishop of the Lutheran Church in Singapore and President of the National Council of Churches, and Dr Lawrence Chia, Chairman of the Evangelical Fellowship of Singapore will also be joining us at the panel session.

*Some of the panelist will be speaking in Mandarin, and in English

Date: 29 October 2019
Time: 11:00am–2:00pm
Venue: Pavilion of the Nations, Bible House, 7 Armenian Street, Singapore 179932

For any additional queries please kindly contact Leon Eng at leon.eng@bible.org.sg or call Wei Jie at 6304 3793



Jews 4 Jesus

In the Book of Romans, the Apostle Paul declares, “I am not ashamed of the Gospel”—but why was
there a need to defend the possibility that he might be ashamed of the Gospel?

Join us in this seminar, where we will delve into Paul’s letter to the Christians in Rome, and tackle
other questions such as:

  • Why would Paul remind his readers that the Good News was first for Israel?
  • What is the Gospel; who is it intended for?
  • How are we to go about making the Gospel known?

Date: 5 Nov 2019
Time: 7.30pm to 9.30pm
Venue: 7 Armenian Street, Bible House, Level 4, Morrison–Liang Room, Seminar Room 1, S179932
Cost: $25

*Registration Closing Date: 4 Nov 2019

For further enquiries, please contact Florence Kang at 6304 3765 or sowerinstitute@bible.org.sg