Volume. XX, No. 48
Sunday, 28 May 2006

Recollections of Easter Family Bible Camp 2006

We praise and thank God for Rev and Mrs Colin Wong for coming to our Easter camp to minister to us. We learnt much from the messages from our camp speaker and the children thoroughly enjoyed the lessons conducted by Mrs Phoebe Wong.
The theme of this year’s camp was “Christian Living” and the theme verse was: “He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked” (1 John 2:6). We benefited from  Rev. Wong’s messages and most of us who attended the camp would have learnt that “Love one Another” is a sure mark of a true Christian. ”Love one Another” is surely deeply imprinted in our memory.

Prayer was indeed a highlight of the camp. We heard a powerful message entitled “The Place of Prayer in the Life of God’s People”. In times of need we are reminded to go to the throne of Grace and to call upon the name of the Lord. We were all moved to pray, really pray.  After the Good Friday evening message, Hopefuls went on their knees for between ten and twenty minutes to pray following each message. We learnt to come to God praising and worshiping Him. We were able to bring to our God our confessions, desires, ambitions and gratefulness for all mercies and gifts so freely bestowed upon us.

“It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35). Rev Wong taught us from The Scriptures about mercy ministries. Lessons derived from the Old and New Testaments were delivered. Mercy is not an option and we are apt to invent many excuses why we should not be involved. We should give but not give only what we have in excess. The lesson reminded me of how easy it was to freely give items of little or no value to others when we visited  third world countries.

Human suffering when falling ill is a reality we have to confront. It was a difficult message that Rev Wong had to deliver. In the midst of suffering we are reminded that we can all experience tranquility. What a blessing it is to know this truth. We were challenged by Rev Wong to read and study our Bible and to practice the truths expounded. If we obey God’s word we will find peace and tranquility in suffering. I praise and thank God for giving my family and I His peace when we had to journey and stay at camp, so soon after the trauma we had so recently gone through, and so near to Victor Harbor.

We all have one life to live. How important it is then to value our time and to ensure we finish off well. How old we are is not a determinant of when we will die. The end of life comes unexpectedly for many. For some, there is illness and eventual succumbing to death, while for many death comes suddenly and swiftly.  So let us take up the challenge to run our race well so that we may finish well. What we do for Christ will reap a reward while that what we achieve materially will be left behind on this earth when we face our eventual death. Let us therefore put to practice all the lessons from our Easter camp on Christian living and ensure that we will run and finish our race well.

Dn David Yeo

More Lively Hope



Shorter Catechism Question No. 47: What is forbidden in the first commandment? The first commandment forbiddeth the denying, or not worshipping and glorifying the true God as God, and our God; and the giving of that worship and glory to any other, which is due to him alone.

Please pray for health & God’s healing: Rev George & Sis Nan van Buuren, Rev Peter Clements, Rev David Koo, Rev Timothy Tow, Dr S H Tow, Preacher Zhang, Dns Edwin D”mello & Yaw Chiew Tan; Bros Raphael Ng’s father, Winston Selvanayagam, Thomas Tan, & John Tann; Sisters Kimmy Chong, Nary Li, Myung Ki, Alice Lee’s father, Aranka Rejtoe, Sally Teng, Susan Veradi, Giok Yeo’s sister-in-law, & Peng Ha Yeo; Auntie Oei and others afflicted with viral illness. "Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.” (Ps 66:20).

Please pray for – a) Cambodia Missions - Rev & Mrs Moses Hahn & ministry (Sihanoukville), Cambodian pastors & believers; b) Laos Missions - Bro S Dhamarlingam; c) Pastors & believers in India & Pakistan; d) Sketch n’ Tell Ministry - Bro H S Lim & ministry in S’pore/Malaysia from tomorrow; e) Church’s 20th Anniversary Celebration next week - for God’s blessing & good attendances; f) Journey mercies - Rev Ed and Mrs Lehia Paauwe, Rev Dr & Mrs Patrick Tan, Dn & Mrs Raymond Woo; Bros Raymond Ang, Henry Heng (Adel), & David Chua (Melb/Adl); Sisters Hui Wei Chua’s family, Tabitha Heah’s family (Brisbane) & Lydia Tan & family (Adl); and others who will be travelling.

Praise and Thank God for – a) Wed & YAF Bible Study, AFG meeting, & Choir Practices; b) Journey mercies - Ps Ki (Adl), Bros Raymond Ang (S’pore) & David Chua (Adl), Sisters Min Yen Chia’s family (KL) & Peng Ha Yeo (Adl); c) Working Bees yesterday.

Deepest sympathy to Bro Raymond Ang on the death of his grandfather.

Please Note: There is no BBK class next week.

Tickets for 20th Anniversary Thanksgiving Dinner - please see Bro Jason Tan & Sisters Sooi Chin Gong & Peng Ha Yeo.

Special Item of Prayer: For the LORD to provide $13,615 for Pastor’s car.



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