As part of the Missions Launch that kickstarted the year, it called for teams to go for two-week to two-month exposure trips overseas. To answer the call, ministry staff Ryoo Jae Kwan and key labourers from National University of Singapore (NUS) Navigators made a nine-day trip to a neighbouring country in April. Two of them share their insights on the short mission trip.
1 Timothy 2:3,4 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
Matthew 28:19,20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.
*Charmene, a 5th year medical student:
I’ve been to Cambodia and Indonesia on previous mission trips run by my church. This particular trip is probably the first where I actually got to experience the living conditions of the locals, observing first-hand and going through life as they would on a day-to-day basis. The sisters there were very warm towards us and to each other. They made every effort to fellowship with and serve us, treating us as one of them to make us feel welcome! I could see they had hearts full of Christ’s love and humility, as they poured forth themselves in intentional hospitality.
5 And now the Lord says—
he who formed me in the womb to be his servant
to bring Jacob back to him
and gather Israel to himself,
for I am[a] honored in the eyes of the Lord
and my God has been my strength—
6 he says:
“It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
to restore the tribes of Jacob
and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
*Mishelle, an NUS graduate:
During a conference last July, National Director Yap Kim Meng shared about developing a heart for people not just in Singapore but for other nations. It stirred me to begin praying for the opportunity of a short-term mission trip so that I could cultivate that desire for other races apart from my own circle of relationships in Singapore.
We went at a time that coincided with their camp. Everyone was busy preparing food for the 200-odd participants, of which we also had to clean up after that. I thank God for deep conversations with some of the sisters over meals. It was during those food fellowship times that I realised how convicted the ladies were of living as disciples. They gave their lives to follow Jesus willingly, sacrificing the dreams they and their family had for them! Most chose to work near campus with lower paying jobs for the sake of fellowship and outreach.
One lady was threatened by her father, a Buddhist, who said he would chase her out of the house if she became a Christian; another girl’s father chose not to pay her tuition fees the year she accepted Christ. In spite of their challenges, they expressed their love for Jesus who had loved them to death. I was challenged by their commitment to the vision of investing life in one faithful person, not being distracted or burdened by the difficulties.
My application from this trip is to be faithful in my basics, deepening my love for Jesus each day. The ministry promise Isaiah 49:5-6 is something I’ll pray over weekly. The people around me are mine to bring the gospel to, and it will be my privilege to visit our local campus more often.
*not their real names