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FES was officially founded in 1959, and so, this year we will celebrate our 60th year of serving students and graduates in Singapore. Combining the aspects of reflection and anticipation, FES Council has decided to adopt a three-year framework, using...

Now it is close to two months after Christmas. A few days ago, I happened to read a poem written by Howard Thurman, which struck me deeply. When the song of angels is stilled, when the star in the sky is gone, when...

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. – Hebrews...

I will complete my second term as General Secretary of FES this month. In all these eight years, I can testify that God has been sustaining me through the many ups and downs of the work. One key question that...

在刚过去的9月28日至30日,我们主办了FES三年一度的National Conference 2018 (NC18)。尤记得18个月前我们开始筹备的时候,从来没想过最后包括学生、校友志工和同工在内会有207位出席者。 事实上,当筹委们决定NC18的主题将会着重在启发学生从冷漠到怜悯,从自我中心到牺牲和委身时,我开始问自己:真的会有学生出席吗?这个主题不只是旨在动摇学生的舒适圈,更看起来是贬低他们;通常年轻人并不喜欢被指教或者论断。 而当筹委决定要以体验式学习来进行时,我的忧虑就更甚了。这样不走寻常路线的方式会奏效吗?会因此产生争议吗?学生又会认真地对待并且在其中得到更深刻的学习吗? 很显然的,我所有的担忧都是徒然。靠着神的恩典,透过这三天两夜密集的行程和接触,学生对这样的学习过程有很好的反馈。 超过90%的参与者觉得NC18“好,并且有我帮助”或者是“很好,对我非常有帮助”。对于体验式学习,参与者给了3.6的平均评分(满分4分)。除此之外,有96%的参与者表示NC18让他们认真思考去离开一个冷漠和自我的生活模式,或者启发他们去培养一个怜恤的心,并且在自我牺牲的委身里成长。能够看到学生们对失落的族群有更大的怜悯以及对神有更深的委身实在鼓舞了我们。 同样的,我深信对于怜悯和委身的呼召也跟校友有着切身的关系。即便他们已经毕业多年不再是学生,因着降伏于基督十架的爱,他们不只是在信仰上有长进,更是可以使他们在现实生活中成为基督的见证人。 最后,在这年关将近的时刻,请让我以方济会修士的祝福勉励我们“聪明明亮”的学生和校友们。求神使我们有跟聪明和明亮相反的——足够愚蠢。愿“足够愚蠢”使我们可以在怜悯和委身上持续燃烧自己,“在世上带来改变,好叫我们靠着神的恩典能够做出别人认为无法做的事。“ 愿上帝祝福你, 对容易的答案、不完全真实的事、肤浅的关系,不会有平安。 好叫你能大胆地追求真理和全心去爱。 愿上帝祝福你, 对不公平的事、对别人受压迫和被剥削的事,充满愤怒。 好叫你能不懈地为公义、自由与和平工作。 愿上帝祝福你, 为受苦的人、被拒绝的人、受饥饿和失去所珍惜的一切的人,流泪。 好叫你能伸手安慰他们,把他们的痛苦变为喜乐。 愿上帝祝福你, 够愚蠢,相信你能在世上带来改变。 好叫你靠着神的恩典能够做出别人认为无法做的事。 (《方济会修士的祝福》 翻译出自校园书房出版社)   [vc_separator type='normal' position='center' color='#969496' thickness='' up='' down=''] Written by 郭志励总干事, 吴欣蒂姐妹翻译 for Follower December 2018 (Chinese Work Newsletter)...

Recently I bumped into an anonymous quote that set me thinking: “Every life is a story. Make yours a best seller.” I have no qualms with the first sentence. I am truly convinced that every person is unique – with different...

In the past few weeks, I attended two sizeable student conferences that not only challenged me to think more deeply about ministering to the next generation of students but also refreshed my conviction that we are in a strategic position...

One of the characters in the Bible I find most fascinating is the Apostle Peter. A significant episode concerning Peter is seen in his famous confession of Jesus as the Messiah (Mark 8:27-33). The confession itself, as Jesus puts it,...

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