By Hewbert Chew and Loo Jia Yu
“Amazingly, our greatest contributions came from our non-believing friends!” exclaimed Kathleen Ho, an Accountancy freshman. “Kai Zhu, a friend I invited, was the quickest to solve a crucial puzzle to which the answer was ‘Grace’. When I asked her how she derived the answer, she said, ‘Christianity and Jesus is all about grace.’”
Everyone walks a different path in life. We encounter different challenges and trials. Some of us find the answer quickly, others have longer routes to take, but at the end, we find that the answer is — that God by His grace, sent his son, Jesus, as the answer to set us free from the eternal bondage of sin and death.
In an effort to bring across this meaningful message to non-believing friends on campus, the NTU Navs initiated an Escape Room game to draw parallels between life and the Gospel for a Good Friday outreach event. From piecing words together with ice-cream sticks, to finding a way to reveal words yet to be seen, participants in 4 teams, had to simultaneously work through 4 different puzzle tracks, converging at the end to bring to light the central theme “Freedom in Jesus, by faith, through grace.”
To help everyone escape from the room, participants have to solve 1 out of 4 major puzzles before getting to the final round of challenge. NTU Nav Students Charmaine Lau, Hewbert Chew, Huang Bo Can and Jeremy Sim are the masterminds behind the games.
Even as the organising team planned and designed the puzzles, we could see how God’s grace played a significant part in enabling the work of their hands. Bo Can, in his third year studying Electrical and Electronic Engineering, shared with us how God and his peers encouraged him in the process:
“I was slightly hopeless and of little faith before the meetings started, as I am not creative at all to come out with games. Then we prayed for the Holy Spirit to guide us, and it was amazing to see how puzzles came alive in our hands. I believe our work has glorified God, seeing how everyone enjoyed the games and got to know more about Jesus. Through this experience, I now have greater confidence that God can work anything beyond my earthly mind. I learned patience and grew closer with others in the Nav community.”
Truly, “God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.” (2 Corinthians 9:8)
Bo Can’s game combines Scripture and Mathematics. Part of the game involves moving all layers of the pyramid one by one, without placing a larger piece onto a smaller piece.