What will bring us true joy?
This year’s NUS Indonesian Students’ Christian Fellowship (ISCF) camp theme was Chasing Rainbows: Finding Joy in the Journey. The camp committee felt that this theme would fit the needs of Christian students as we are often blinded by worldly pleasures like striving for good grades, and chasing after popularity. The phrase “Chasing Rainbows” is associated with unrealistic pursuits. We enjoy the pleasures in life but over time, the things that once gave us happiness become meaningless, failing to fill the voids in our hearts. In the Bible, God gave Noah a rainbow as a sign of the covenant between Him and mankind. While most of us already know this promise, it’s often difficult to treasure it in our everyday lives. That is why we wanted to rediscover this for ourselves and set joyfulness as our default state of mind.
What is the meaning of life?
After a long and arduous semester, NTU Indonesian Students’ Christian Fellowship (ISCF) closed the academic year with a retreat themed Apalah Arti Hidup? (translation: What is the meaning of life?) from 14–17 May. Many of us ponder on this question, especially in our years trying to fit ourselves into the society as Christian adults.
The call and mission of Christian educators
The 5th Asian Christian Teachers Conference (ACTC) was held in Singapore from 15–18 June 2018 at Anglo-Chinese School (Barker Road). Around 180 educators from Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Singapore were in attendance. ACTC was jointly organised by the Teachers Christian Fellowships (TCF) of Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore, as well as InterVarsity Christian Fellowship Philippines, with the support of FES and GCF Singapore.
Combined Chinese CF Missions Exposure
我们是否也愿意经历试炼并且坚持让神使用呢？(Are we willing to be further refined to be used by God?)
MORPH FES Missions Programme
Victory to Jesus!
Jai Mashi! This is a greeting commonly used by Nepali Christians meaning “Victory to Jesus!”.
MORPH Nepal was held from 12 June to 11 July this year. During our trip, we immersed ourselves in Nepali culture through visits to heritage sites, collaborating with local organisations and talking to local student leaders. We worked with an NGO named SAMDAN (Social Awareness and Multi-purpose Development in Nepal), conducting waste management and business entrepreneurship classes for school children. At SAMDAN, we visited low income families receiving financial assistance to pray for them.
What should we treasure during our time in university?
The theme of this year’s NUS Varsity Christian Fellowship (VCF) Freshmen Orientation Camp (FOC) is Time to Treasure. During the camp, three subthemes were explored: seeing time as treasure, taking the time to condition ourselves for treasure, and putting time into treasure. Our speaker Mr Paul Seah drew from the Parables of the Talents, the Sower, and the Prodigal Son, and brought us to examine what we should treasure in the limited time we have in university and on earth. I was reminded through camp that how we view our time and treasures reflects how we view God, the Giver of these. To steward what God has given to us well, first requires an understanding of His love and our identity as His treasured children.
Responding to differences as a Christian
To engage students in CFs on pertinent social issues more deeply, Fries or Rice, a panel discussion about race and majority privilege, was held on 7 July 2018 at the Church of the True Light. Organised by the FES National Student Council (NSC), the event featured two panellists, Rev. Dr Goh Nai Lat and Mr Gilbert Lok, who not only shared their perspectives and experience on the topic but also provided useful pointers on our interactions with people who may be different from us.