Weekly Reflections

2017-08-20 16:47

Our testimonies glorify God and demonstrate the life of the Spirit in the body of Christ.  Because of that, testimonies have the power to inspire and encourage us.

The “God at Work” series features testimonies of those who have witnessed

God’s work or experienced spiritual breakthroughs in their lives.

 

Hi everyone! I’m Ek Ping (Jaslyn). I’ve attended PSPC since I was a baby and my parents are King Ing and Lucy. I am the eldest in the family and I have a younger brother, Ek Jin and younger sister, Ek Hwee (Samantha). I’m also engaged to Samuel Ng and we are getting married next year. I’m a primary school teacher by training but after 4 years in the service, I decided to return to NIE to further my studies. During my semester break in July, I had the privilege to join the Ministry Exposure Training (MET) in PSPC for 5 weeks.

What is MET and why did I join it?

MET is a programme that allows any church member to do a short-term internship stint with PSPC to be exposed to full-time ministry work. I wanted to spend my holiday meaningfully, gain an insight to what goes on behind the scenes in running the church and also to grow a deeper relationship with God so I decided to join MET.

What did I do as an MET intern?

Prior to officially embarking on MET, my supervisor, Esther Ng, made an appointment with me to go through the specific objectives of MET for me and my work schedule as an intern. The main objectives of MET for me were to receive spiritual nurture through daily devotion, read one Christian book and do book discussion and to serve in local outreach ministries (BB and GB) and other ministries (Chinese Ministry). My weekly schedule included staff lunch and admin meeting on Monday, BB on Tuesday, GB on Thursday, book discussion with Esther and different ad-hoc visitations. The remaining time would be spent on preparing for ministry work.

What were my ministry exposure experiences?

I served in the BB and GB ministry during my MET. On CCA days, I travel to Pioneer Primary School to assist in conducting the CCA. In BB, I taught junk percussion and Christian songs to the boys. In GB, I assisted in teaching the girls the GB vesper, the meaning behind the parts of the GB badge and also some Christian songs. Many of the boys and girls I met were non-Christian and were keen to learn more about the Bible. Some questions that I’ve been asked include “What is a Bible?”, “Who is Jesus?” and “Does it mean we will have a new life when we believe in God?”  It made me so excited to hear such questions because seeking information meant gaining interest and I could see that the seed of Gospel were being sown in their lives. I could also see that this is such a rich harvest field, needing more co-labourers to come on board to reach out to these young children.

I also went for home and hospital visitations with Pr Wan Xian. I think that this is the most impactful part of my entire ministry exposure experience as I saw how member care was done outside of church. We visited the seniors from Sarah Senior Activity Centre (SSAC) and seniors who have been attending the Chinese Fellowship Service at their homes, and also seniors who were hospitalized.  For all visitations, Pr Wan Xian would specially prepare a small booklet with a few Chinese song lyrics and Bible verses. We would usually chat with the senior(s) for a while first and I think that is really important in building the rapport and relationship with them. Then, we would engage them in singing and reading the Scripture before sharing more about it. One experience stood out to me particularly. We were visiting a couple (from SSAC) at their home. The uncle was in his 80s and his wife in her 70s. His wife was lying on the bed as she was weak from her recent chemotherapy treatment. At the end of the visitation, Pr Wan Xian asked them if they wanted to believe in God. The uncle said that he couldn’t make such a decision as it might bring about a conflict with his children who were devout Taoists. However, surprisingly, his wife indicated that she wanted to believe and we prayed the sinner’s prayer with her right at her bed side. It was such a joyful encounter for me to witness this unexpected event. Two weeks later, we were informed that she was hospitalized. We went to the hospital the next day but was told that she had gone home to the Lord early that morning. This experience made me feel the urgency of sharing about God and His redeeming love for us to the unbelievers even more. I also followed Pr Wan Xian to do follow-up visitations with new believers where she taught one senior how to pray. Through the visitation experiences, I really truly understood the meaning of spending time and effort in investing in people’s lives and that outreach was not merely just “telling” the good news but “doing” it.

How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, “Your God reigns!” Isaiah 52:7 (NIV)

Church Office staff: A big warm family

The Admin Staff and Pastoral Team are like a big warm happy family, working hand in hand to run the church and take care of its members. During my MET, my favourite day of the week was Monday (yep, NO Monday blues!) because that is when we have staff lunch where we would take turns to share about anything that we had experienced the previous week. Staff lunches were a highlight to me because I witnessed the support that each staff in the church office gave and received and that made working together very enjoyable. Frequently, people would buy yummy food back to share in the office too. Before I left, we went on a staff bonding day to Kluang and had lots of fun, meaningful conversation and of course, a lot of yummy food.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed my MET experience and would recommend it to anyone who has the time and would like to gain new insights to ministries in church.

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