“Behold, I am with you always”
As a freshman, this was my first FES Chinese Work Big Family Gathering. Held on 19 October 2018, it was a really eye-opening experience, seeing the wider community of fellow brothers- and sisters-in-Christ beyond NUS. This included the students, graduates, mentors, and our mentors’ mentors!
This year’s gathering was a dedication ceremony for the book Present to the Moment(那时刻，我在) which details the history of the Mandarin-speaking Christian student ministry in Singapore. My mentor later told me that the idea for this book was first mooted during his days as a student. It is a testament to the amount of time and effort that were put writing this book. At the gathering, the author shared that the manuscript of the book was lost once. However, after rewriting it and asking someone else to edit the text, it was found that one of the Mandarin words was typed wrongly throughout the book. This reminds me God can indeed use a setback to move us forward in His plan.
During the dedication, those who had read the book were asked to share their thoughts and reflections. What they shared probed me to reflect upon the people who pioneered the Mandarin-speaking Christian student ministry and its beginnings. To think that we are continuing a legacy by the many generations before us who had paved the way and shaped the ministry is very enlightening. Wisdom has been passed down through the generations, and the materials used in the past are still being used as our Bible study material today. This taught me to recognise and value the efforts of the people who started this student ministry. I believe that it is important that we know their contributions and what they went through to better understand and appreciate them.
This book also illustrates how God has always walked with the people in this student ministry throughout history. Thus, we can be reassured that He would continue to do so for us. As Jesus said in the Great Commission in Matthew 28:20b “And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age”.
Lee Min Qi, Rachel (CVCF)
NUS Life Science & Psychology, Year 1