The day of the trip came. When i reached Istanbul airport, I felt a surge of energy gushing throughout my veins. When I stepped foot into Tel Aviv, my body felt hot and I felt this indescribable power in me. When I was at the Church of Transfiguration, i felt the Holy Spirit came into me like a hot flush and found myself weeping while I was praying. Being in the Holy Land was different from reading the bible. The feeling was indescribable. It was also the first time after many years that my daughter Natasha and me are travelling together. We were like the best of friends and had a wonderful time together. This trip is God’s way of bonding us and a special gift to us spending Mother’s Day in the Holy Land. I want to thank God for giving me this present. After the trip, i felt very peaceful and look forward to going back to the Holy Land again. God may not necessarily answer our prayers in our time, but in His time!
It was quite an eye-opener to see joy on the faces of the recipients when they held their first Bible!
It allowed us to fellowship on spiritual matters. This made the Word of God come alive in our family.
I am grateful for the opportunity to join God in His work through Bible distribution. This trip will have a long lasting impact on my life. I saw how God’s love for His people in Vietnam has transformed the lives of numerous believers and pre-believers. I also saw the heart of our God manifested in the numerous Christian leaders, and how they zealously bring God’s goodness to the people in Vietnam.
There is still much work to be done in order to reach all the ethnic groups in the country. Let us continue to pray for God’s Word to spread far and deep into the ends of the country!
I witnessed the hunger and need for the printed Word of God in Vietnam. At each delivery point, we saw how the brothers and sisters treasured the Bibles. Some pastors had travelled hundreds of kilometres—most of them on their motorcycles—just to collect 50 to 100 Bibles for their congregation. Their zeal for God, and love for their flock makes me reflect, firstly, how we often take the availability of Bibles in Singapore for granted; and secondly, how little we treasure His Word in our hearts.
I’ve been on many mission trips, but this is the first time I’ve put the Bible into somebody’s hands. You know they’ve been waiting for it and will treasure it.
The itinerary was full, covering many of the seven churches in the Book of Revelation (Ephesus, Sardis, Philadelphia, Smyrna, Thyatira, Laodicea), and cities along Paul’s missionary route (Philippi and Corinth). The group was treated to a visit to the Bible Society in Turkey, which left them inspired by the work that was being done there.
It was refreshing to witness ministers having so much fun amongst themselves!
For pastors or ministers who preach the Word, we must, at least once, visit this land that God revealed Himself in!
The tour was very good. Our Spiritual Director, Ps Marc, was a superb tour guide! He could relate the context of the places to Christian history and the Bible very well. We learnt a lot from him.