Chinese Work

In 1956, an island-wide curfew imposed during one of the worst riots in the history of Singapore forced students and staff at the former Nanyang University, the only Chinese university in South-East Asia, to remain within the Yunnan campus over the weekend. It was then that Christian students and staff decided to hold their own Sunday worship and fellowship. This led to the formation of the Nanyang University Christian Fellowship (NUCF) in 1957.

 

With an increase in the intake of Chinese-speaking undergraduates at the former University of Singapore in the mid-sixties, it was found that integration was difficult in a campus dominated by English-speaking students. To address this, a Chinese sub-committee – known as the Chinese Varsity Christian Fellowship (CVCF) – was then set up in 1967 within the framework of the Varsity Christian Fellowship (VCF) at University of Singapore.

 

As time went on, those involved in the ministry were convinced of the need to coordinate Chinese work at the various tertiary institutions. This led to the formation of the FES Chinese Work (CW) Committee in 1970.

 

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历史

1895年,著名的慕特John R Mott(左图)在英国发起了基督徒学生运动 (Student Christian Movement,简称SCM)。这个原本有强烈的福音派色彩并对宣教也重视的运动,后来却因为受到新派教义的影响,渐渐偏离了信仰。

 

另一方面,因这运动而在各地热烈开展的工作,在1933年来到了新加坡,并进入大专学府。1937年,在莱佛士学院和爱德华七世学院就读的SCM学生也派代表参加“世界学生基督徒会议”。1949年,这两间学院合并成为马来亚大学。

 

渐渐的,学生发现在英国和其他地区的新派教义,也传入他们的校园。但神却在各大专校园内不断工作,使学生们聚在一起祷告、查经、迫切地宣扬主耶稣的福音。在1952年,这些福音派学生另外组织一个团契,命名为大专基督徒团契,即Varsity Christian Fellowship, 简称VCF,显示当时的基督徒学生非常忠心的持守纯正的福音信仰。

 

1957年,第一个以华文为主的大专团契――南洋大学基督徒学生福音团契正式成立。到了1959年,随着新马各地有越来越多的福音派学生团契陆续兴起。为了保持彼此的联系,以及在其他学府建立基督徒团契,基督徒学生福音团契(简称FES)便在同年的7月正式成立。

 

在1969年,五大专的基督徒联合举办了一次大型的布道会,随后大家也认为是合一开展华文事工的时机,就萌生了组织华文工作小组的意念,就在1970年成立了基督徒学生福音团契华文组,简称FES华文组。

Nanyang University Christian Fellowship Retreat at Punggol (1974)
CW Big Family gathering (2017)
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