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September 2019

Perpective Special Edition

IN THIS ISSUE

Foreword

THUS FAR AND FURTHER STILL

 

A Curious Case of Uncultivated and Vulnerable Ground

Then Samuel… named it Ebenezer; for he said, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” (1 Sam. 7:12, NRSV). Just a few months ago, in Perspective March 2019, I wrote that 2019 is to be the “Fallow Year” for FES Singapore – a year of rest and celebration, replenishment and listening.

Life Stories

THE FIRST YEARS OF FES

 

My journey in Varsity Christian Fellowship (VCF) began in 1953, the year I entered university to study medicine. I had converted just before entering university. My choice of study was due in part to the influence of various doctors who were both strong Christians and very good in medicine.

Life Stories

THE IMPACT OF A UNIQUELY SINGAPOREAN CHINESE STUDENT MINISTRY

 

My first encounter with campus fellowship started even before I entered the university. In 1962 Dr Choong Chee Pang, then Nanyang University Christian Fellowship (NUCF) member, encouraged and managed to persuade a few Chinese-speaking youth like me to attend the FES Annual Conference at Port Dickson. Little did I realise that the conference paved the way for my life-long involvement and conviction in student ministry.

Life Stories

THE ANCIENT ART OF ENGAGING THE CAMPUS FOR CHRIST

 

When I entered Singapore Polytechnic, I was a new Christian. Converted in 1972, I was enthusiastic to join PCF, which also underwent a spiritual revival at that time. During my time, PCF had three subcommittees taking care of three SP campuses: Ayer Rajah Campus (ARC), Princess Mary Campus (PMC), and Prince Edward Campus (PEC).

Life Stories

THE RECOLLECTIONS OF EARLY FES STAFF WORK

 

My time as a student in VCF was one of much learning and spiritual growth. While a good deal of that growth and mutual learning came through interaction with my peers in VCF, FES staffworkers at the time, Thomas John and Chng Guat Eng, greatly influenced me as well. It was in my time in student ministry that I felt the call of the Lord to serve him in missions, and VCF helped me see the mission field among students.

Life Stories

DISCOVERING MY BRETHREN THROUGH THE CF

 

I became a believer at a Billy Graham Crusade in 1978 and subsequently joined a Brethren church. I grew up with Brethren ways of worship and church life, and this reality formed the contours of my Christian world. One can only imagine my initial surprise when through VCF, I was acquainted with other Christian traditions and met fellow believers who expressed their faith in different ways.

Life Stories

INTEGRATING OUR CHRISTIAN IDENTITIES IN PUBLIC EDUCATION

 

It is often said that the true impact of CF can only be seen in the way students lead their lives upon graduation. Here are the stories of two graduates who, having grasped their Christian identity in an integral perspective in their CF days, chose the road less travelled in their journeys as teachers in public education.

Life Stories

EVEN CHRISTIANS NEED TO BE EVANGELISED TO

 

Allow me to summarise my ISCF experience in four words: “Reaching In, Reaching Out.” Now allow me to explain why I chose these words and how my ISCF experience has impacted me even now as a working adult in the marketplace.

Afterword

A BROKEN ORGANISATION OF BROKEN PEOPLE FOR A BROKEN WORLD

 

Daniel Bourdanné served as the International Fellowship of Evangelical Students’ (IFES) General Secretary since 2007. He stepped down as the GS at the IFES World Assembly 2019, which took place in South Africa from 3 to 11 July 2019. As the outgoing GS, Daniel delivered this final address and exhortation for the future of student work at the closing session of the World Assembly.

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