2012 was a year full of thanksgiving for Raymond and the team because we had gone through magnitude of ups and down. However, we had conquered the adversities through God’s faithfulness!
Firstly, we would like to thank all the pastors, elders, brothers and sisters who love us and sustain our localized culture ministry! By loving us, we mean everyone who intercedes for us, taking initiative to understand our needs and giving us the unselfish financial support. Indeed, it is because of your generous love and support that we are able to live on to 2013!
Inflation is inevitable and this is the fact that pressing us so hard. Printing fees, transportation fees, travelling fees are all shot up. The only unchanged is the offering from majority of church offering. In the advanced age, we are still receiving 100 dollar offering to do evangelistic concert and that was an invitation from Singapore. All meals were paid from our own pocket; travelling fees, tolls and so on were also paid by our own. This was just an examples from many cases and we won’t count it one by one as this will only scares us off to move on. LOL! It is because of these reasons, many are giving up the localized culture ministry and heading towards the high converting currency to do evangelistic meeting. Some are giving up the Chinese ministry and give a new start in English ministry.
The biggest challenge in 2012 is nothing more than our second son – Jaemon Looi (You may refer to the related article : https://www.singpetra.com/blog/2012/07/09/fathers-day-with-jaemon/) When my wife conceived Jaemon in the 5th month, doctor tol us that Jaemon is a cleft lip baby and we could only cried and even blamed ourselves! The body and soul were almost collapsed. I repeated ask myself, “should I move on? Can I still testifying God and glorifying Him?”. God used the the scripture of a man born blind to encourage us. Not only I did not give up, the next week after Jaemon was delivered, I move on for evangelistic concert! After sharing our experience of the second son, we discovered many Chinese (non-believers) and even believers are facing the similar challenge with trembling hearts. God is so gracious to Raymond that He would use Raymond to be His vessel to testify God’s faithfulness. Believers were giving help, non-believers turned their faith to God. The prayer and the love offering of brothers and sisters had helped in Jaemon’s cleft lip first operation (https://www.singpetra.com/blog/2012/10/17/jaemons-treatment-progress-at-4th-month/). God will make those who put their trust in God to be victorious in all circumstances. Hallelujah!
Last year we had to tighten our belts to survive, the reason was because we had many evangelistic concerts were done in medium and smaller churches, the objective was to let them felt the love and care, as well as letting them to have the equal opportunities to bring the friends and relatives to church so that they may turn their faith to the Lord. Therefore, we hope that through the blessings of medium to bigger churches, we will be able to turn them into the help for smaller churches. As the matter of fact, we are limited but the strength of “doing good” is never subsided, why would we stop? We really hope that we can shine for the churches of the Lord especially in this indifferent generation.
“Do you plan to promote some youths?” This is a frequent good question from brothers and sisters. 😀 The answer is “Yes! I Do! but… The process of “promote” is taking many sacrifices including money, energy, time and so on. At the end, we responded to this request, doing our best to let those youths who are passionate in singing to use the gift of good voice God has given them to care for this society! The first phase of activities are reported here: https://www.singpetra.com/asv/. We will do our best to help the youths to fulfil the above mission and glorifying God! Please pray for them so that they may have strong determination and not to give up until the last phase.
We are asking the Lord to teach us and give us wisdom in balancing the life in between the fact and mission/calling. The only principle we have is to continue on for the Gospel sake as long as we are able to sustain our families and ministry! Brothers and sisters, we urge you to multiply your cares for us in 2013. Your offering not only can be our food that fill our stomach, it can be used to fulfil the Gospel ministry, encourage medium to small churches, promoting youths and even more than what we can think of. We love to welcome the new year but in the same time we are facing the the cruel fact of having the old equipments and tools for productions. Your generous blessing will enable us to find the new General to replace the old Veteran, so that we may make many more productions for the Lord.
Finally, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your prayer and offering. You may support us through the following channels:
a) Online Offering (Credit Card)
b) Cheque (Payable to: Singpetra Mission)
c) Bank Transfer: Public Bank – Singpetra Mission – 3147164401
For more information, please click the following link: https://www.singpetra.com/bless-us/
Wish you a Blessed Year and Happy Reunion!
Your co-worker in Christ,
Raymond Looi and team