2013 was an enriching, busy, abundant and fulfilling year for Singpetra Mission. Thanksgiving to God who chose us to be a localized Chinese ministry in Malaysia and Singapore, leading our team to tour around cities and bringing souls to Him throughout the Chinese festivals via singing and sharing the Gospel. Pictures depicted our goal is not limited to churches’ structure, quantity or capability but valued on the heart of loving God and men. The coherent ambition and determination helped us to experience His wondrous works. We learned two lessons. First, do not overestimate big churches, product sales might not be in line with the church attendance while the offering might not the best they can give. Secondly, do not underestimate small churches, the purchasing power might be limited but their offerings mostly are giving the best and dedicate the best! Hence, the offering we received was not as a reward but as a practical motivation to bless the Gospel’s works, this keeps us doing wider and detailed works. At the same time, the less affordable churches are blessed! Raymond give thanks always for there are people or churches who give generously, the simple and pure attitude from the team as these things keep the localized Chinese ministry of Singpetra Mission sustain until today. All Glory to the Lord!
God will not make things difficult for His creation but parents will always want their children to experience for this is the path of growing. As we always heard, “No Pain, No Gain!”, instead of a painful experience, it will be better to call it a graceful journey. 2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. This verse is particularly valuable in 2013. In April 2013, we had a tremendous attack in finance, our income was half of the expenses. The month before and after also facing the expenditure was higher than income. We have to confess that we are really weak! However, the scripture has become our strength and faith, persist in the belief and never lose track. We moved on and hold on with patience until June, we had received the faithful supply from the Lord and survived on, never regret and continue to singing of the love of Jehovah’s love until forever!
God has trained us in a very special way. Not only did He help us to learn how to look up on Him alone, trust in Him, yield to Him in an insufficient income environment, but also made us responded to the following scripture: Acts 20:35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”. In a situation which is “lacking”, our normal response will be turning away and look for money, yet God wanted us to experience the never before teaching ~ not only to have faith, but to fulfill it in action. 1 Corinthians 8:1 … But knowledge puffs up while love builds up. God wants us to learn about love. How can you give when you are close to nothing? By the grace of God, you can! At that time, God put two targets before us who are in need of financial help, a pastor, and an organization. At that moment, we divided what we had into 3 portions, 2 portions for the pastor and organization and 1 portion for our own.
In month of June, we went to Sabah for evangelistic tour and most of the expenses were paid by credit card. The faithful God is indeed faithful. In this tour, God used the blessed hands of brothers and sisters to give us a carefree remaining half year, edifying big and small works of the Gospel. Besides, we continuously received the loving support from the humble yet generous brothers and sisters. Ephesians 4:16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work. It is so blessed to be a part of the Lord’s body. When we think that we are sacrificing for others, God is using others’ dedication to fulfill our lives! Brothers and sisters, Raymond and the team did not take this for granted and we really appreciate all. Thank you for your love, thank you!
One of the breakthroughs in 2013 was that we went to many smaller churches to provide Sing & Share Gospel Concert. Through the responses from pastors and co-workers, many big team or Gospel ministry would not go to smaller churches for many reasons. There are 2 main reasons. First, the smaller churches are unable to fulfill the requested offering. Second, the overall ostentation is not as good. In the past, the smaller churches were admiring those big churches who are capable of inviting big teams. The first impression for them could be that Raymond and the team is one of the beyond reach teams. At first, they were shy to receive us and slowly reject the offer. At last the church received us with faith and give their best to organize the Gospel concert after we gave the offer again and again. We knew each other more in the process and differentiated the truth from rumours around. We came to a conclusion that both Singpetra Mission and the churches are having the same heartbeat, calling, and mission – To spread the Gospel and leading people to the Lord! We will carry on this beautiful deeds in 2014, hoping that many small churches will be blessed!
Brothers and sisters, bless us through this channel! Help us to give the best in the Gospel works. Thank you very much!