สวัสดี Hello from the Land of a Thousand Smiles

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Everyone fellowshipping and enjoying dinner at a missionary’s apartment. Image credit: Sukyu Lee

Throughout June to August, 11 youths from our various campus ministries went on mission trips to Bangkok, Thailand. These youths spent varying lengths of time there–some for one week and others two months. They visited universities to reach out to the locals and also studied the Bible with them. Five of these youths share with us their reflections:

Ng Chee Shuen, NUS Navigators

Once, while listening to a sister share the gospel, I dozed off. When I awoke with a startle, everyone turned to look at me. It was truly a struggle to witness on some days, because I was physically tired from sharing the gospel on campus twice a day. However, whenever I obeyed and went, the joy of the LORD welled up from within. My fatigue disappeared when I shared. Through this, I understood what Jesus meant in John 4:34 when He said, “My food … is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.”

Chua Zheng Kang, NUS Navigators

Our host shared that he was very much encouraged by our support and teamwork. We had multiplied his efforts a hundred-fold, as compared to when he was alone. As a team, we followed up with individuals by sharing our different testimonies and answering their doubts. One youth said he had a change of heart towards Jesus after meeting us because he saw the love of Christ in our interactions with one another and with him. This is the power of fellowship (see John 13:34,35)!

Ruth Yap, NUS Navigators

I returned from this trip convicted that I am to be a disciple of Jesus. When I follow Jesus, He can use me wherever I go. Guarding and growing in my intimacy with Jesus are the very things that will keep me going, regardless of circumstances. Though disappointments, heartaches and barrenness may present, I believe that love overcomes all—even the hardest of hearts and most difficult of individuals.

Naw Blessing, SP Navigators

Our team frequently shared the gospel while claiming God’s promises and praying for the locals. These daily spiritual exercises helped me to experience labouring in the harvest field and also developed in me a heart for the lost. I was reminded that God has never stopped pursuing me and He was continually pursue those who have yet to come to Him. I will continue to labour in Singapore Polytechnic (SP), where God has placed me—sharing the gospel and helping others find Jesus.

Nicholas Chan, NP-SIM-TP Navigators

Romans 15:15,16 “… because of the grace God gave me to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles with the priestly duty of proclaiming the gospel of God, so that the Gentiles might become an offering acceptable to God, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.”

This mission trip gave me insight into this passage on the passion and perseverance for God’s work. It also sharpened my vision of God’s heart for the world and the call to labour for the lost.

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Some of our youths having fun while fellowshipping with their host at a park. Image credit: Sukyu Lee

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This article is in line with The Navigators CORE Values:
CORE 1 The passion to know, love, and become like Jesus Christ.
CORE 4 The leading and empowering of the Holy Spirit.
CORE 8 Families and relational networks in discipling the nations.

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