Christmas & New Year Round-up: Picture Gallery

In the NavNews December 2018 issue (click to read the newsletter), we celebrated the festive season as a NavStaff family. Since then, the various ministry leaders and staff have gone on to spread the joy of the birth of the Saviour through fellowship and outreach activities (see Acts 2:46,47). They ended the year with reflections and spending intentional time to thank God for the year. Here’s a pictorial update of what some of the ministries did.

Navigators ITE

Contributed by Navstaff Goh Siew Lim

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We had a Thanksgiving & Christmas Special at ministry couple Lim Qingyan and Meria’s home. It started with us enjoying lunch with one another and ended with an interesting gift exchange game.
(Image credit: Meria Johan)

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After our yummy lunch, a fun ice breaker game was played with much excitement before the CHRIST of CHRISTmas was shared with our guests through a thought-provoking and touching movie, followed by some good discussions in smaller groups.(Image credit: Pun Wee Leong)

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Meria prepared door gifts with 8 items in each goodie bag for our Christmas party too!
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!” 2 Corinthians 9:15
(Image credit: Meria Johan)

The NavTeens (TNT)

Contributed by TNT EDGEr Joylnn Ng

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TNT had a two-day Labourers’ Retreat in Johor Bahru. We bonded over food (café hoping and a durian feast), fun (Escape Room) and fellowship. We had intimate conversations with each other and God as we reflected back on the year and let God minister to us. TNT Director Chiang Kiam Siong, Navstaff Wong Kia Yuan, ex-EDGEr Chloe Cai and I had a good time of rest, reflection and relationship-building.
(Image credit: Joey Tan Pei San)

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TNT Thanksgiving was held at t-Junction. Themed “The Significance of Christmas”, the labourers enjoyed a time of dinner, games, carolling and shared about the meaning of Christmas.
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TNT Thanksgiving editThe Thanksgiving event ended with a challenge to all of us to keep Christmas sacred and be bold to share this good news to those around us.
(Image credit: Chia Yiwen)

St Hilda’s Secondary Volleyballers

Contributed by TNT Navstaff Wong Kia Yuan

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Every year in December, I will invite my St. Hilda’s Secondary School volleyballers to my house for a gathering. Each batch comes on a different day, and this year I had 13 batches! This group here are secondary one students. We eat and catch up and have a gift exchange.
(Image credit: Wong Kia Yuan)

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Firstly, it exposes non-believers to what Christmas really is, like sharing to these secondary two volleyball players above. Secondly, it’s to keep in touch with graduates. And thirdly, it’s to gather those of the same batch to re-connect with each other for mutual support.
(Image credit: Wong Kia Yuan)

NTU Navigators

Contributed by NTU labourer Kathleen Ho

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Our Christmas outreach saw friends joining us for a pot bless. We are thankful for a couple who   chose to partner us in the outreach by sponsoring the food. The night was rounded off with carols, board games and a gift exchange.
(Image credit: Elisabeth Lian)

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We spent the first weekend of the new year with a training camp themed “Supreme and Sufficient – Jesus” based on the book of Colossians. We are glad for those who joined us for the first time and together, the messages by National Director  Yap Kim Meng and the time spent in the Word and listening to God spoke deeply to many of us.
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In Lunar New Year reunion dinner fashion, we had steamboat with our spiritual family during the camp. What a way to welcome the new year!
(Image credit: Pat Lian)

NUS Navigators

Contributed by NUS labourer Gao Ya

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NUS ministry organised a party on Christmas Eve for NUS students and friends to celebrate and commemorate Jesus together over dinner, games, worship and performances put up by our students and labourers. Many dear ones, including a few new friends, were present for a night of fun. What truly filled our hearts with joy and gladness was the love and grace of Christ Jesus, the Son of God who came down 2000 years ago to give us life.
(Image credit: Ryoo Jae Kwan)

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In one Christmas skit, Santa’s reindeers revolted and kidnapped him because he was stealing God’s glory. Santa was ultimately saved by Jesus though, and Jesus reminded them not just to celebrate His birth but to celebrate new life that came from His death. It’s the greatest gift to all people.
(Image credit: Ryoo Jae Kwan)

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Labourers also gathered for a New Year Retreat to count God’s blessings and give thanks for 2018. We spent extended personal time in fellowship with God, praying and setting objectives for the coming year. Ministry leader Ryoo Jae Kwan set the ministry’s theme and goal based on God’s promise found in Genesis 12:1-3 and Genesis 22:16-18. We will endeavour to make joyful sacrifices for Christ and become a channel of blessing to the world.
(Image credit: Ryoo Jae Kwan)

NP-SIM-TP Navigators

Contributed by NP-SIM-TP labourer Cheng Zhen Yang

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We had a Christmas Party where we invited our parents and extended family to join in the fun. Here we played simple ice breaker games to engage the visitors.
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At the Christmas event, this boyband showed up and gave a song presentation called “童年 tong nian” which means childhood. It touched the hearts of the parents.
(Image credit: Joy Tay)

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There’s no better time to tell the gospel than at Christmas. We had a skit through a shadow play. Depicted here is a scene where Adam and Eve are being tempted to sin against God, which led to the fall of mankind.
(Image credit: Joy Tay)

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Our New Year Retreat was held at Salvation Army. Titled “One Heart One Man”, we spent time on life-on-life sharing, affirming and exhorting each other for the new year. We also bonded over outdoor games in the forest nearby. Pictured above, ministry leaders Viloane and Patricia Ko and other parents bring their children along for “discipleship training” too.
(Image credit: Neo Wei Chong)

RP-NYP Navigators

Contributed by RP-NYP labourer Dennis Yang

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It was a heart-warming Christmas celebration with our students and their families at Navigators Headquarters. Themed “Emmanuel God”, the performance items and testimony-sharing gave our guests a better understanding of Jesus and who He is.
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EDGErs Adrian Ho and Diong Siew Siew and their team of singers presented Christmas carols acapella-style to liven the atmosphere.
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As part of the Christmas outreach, the ladies’s group shared about Jesus’ heart for the lost through a skit on Jesus’ encounter with Zacchaeus. Here, the guys do a dance-mime of one man’s struggle between living a new life in Christ and leaving the old sinful way of life.
(Image credit: Nicodemus Kee)

Navigators 20s-30s

Contributed by NTT labourer Felicia Tio

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To end off the year, we had a Retreat at KSL City in Johor Bahru. We felt a communion and oneness in spirit that could only come from God. It was a blessed time knowing each other and worshipping God together. We are reminded to have a multi-generational mindset in our disciple-making, our thoughts and lives.
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It was the annual family affair at the beautifully decorated Myers Room at Navigators Headquarter: thanksgiving dinner! We could not do away with good food, fun and fellowship.  It was a good bonding over a meal and playing alongside the children of those who labour with us in NTT. Looking back at 2018, we gave thanks individually and corporately, as an NTT family.
(Image credit: Alfonso Fano)

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Two of our bible study members had families from Philippines visiting us this season. It was apt to have them over at NTT Director, Robert Yeun’s house, to get to know the families and vice versa. Our common faith enables us to enjoy fellowshipping over a meal, chit-chatting and singing oldies shamelessly (Filipinos are real good musicians and singers).
(Image credit: Alfonso Fano)

SP Navigators

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Surprise and laughter was the main course at the SP Christmas party. The evening of preparing for and judging a cooking contest, making new friends over a buffet dinner and getting creative over impromptu mini skits which told the story of Jesus’ birth filled the night with some of the wonderful anticipation that might have characterised the first Christmas.
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At the end of the night, all who came, about half of whom were SP students, swapped their gifts for a surprise one. Thank God for this special time celebrating His love together and may many SP students one day swap their lives for the greatest gift of all.
(Image credit: Chong Lee Yin)


Contributed by Navstaff Roger Yeo

navtech philippines retreat 2One of our labourers, Kevin Tan (extreme left), has a family in Philippines, so we took the opportunity to visit his family while we had our spiritual retreat. This was over the long Christmas weekend, and we had just arrived at Manila airport in this picture.
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Time away from Singapore and with like-minded believers helped us focus on the Word. We meditated on Luke 15 about the Parables of the Lost Sheep, Lost Coin and Lost Son, based on the theme “Joy Worth Celebrating”. See how joyful we are!
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We spurred each other to reach the lost this year and to see one more person come to faith through us. I structured our sharing and faith goals around Hebrews 11:6, our ministry promise for the year ahead. Let’s practice our faith and receive God’s rewards when we earnestly seek Him.

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