God opened the door, and we went

God opened the door, and we went

As a sec 1 orientation leader, there were many opportunities for me to interact with the sec 1s. As I grew closer to them, I would occasionally text them individually and help them with their homework. I would also share to them about Ablazewest and ask them to follow us on Instagram!

A sec 1 student named Cheyanne texted me to ask about CCA auditions and at that moment, I felt God urging me to invite her for Project Sparkle! So I did and she turned up!! She also shared with me that she has been wanting to go to a church and it was really heartwarming to know that there are people out there that genuinely wants to know God.

As ESS drew closer, Yang En and I told our peers and sec 1s about it. With Cheyanne in the lifegroup, it was easier to outreach to lower sec students in school and in our CCAs.

Also, Yang En was motivated to outreach to her peers because she wants them to feel the love of God and His goodness after seeing them constantly being stressed out and tired. One of her classmate that she outreached was interested to join us. She came for W3F and I got to know her more as she shared about her own church, and about herself!

During CCE lesson, my class talked about religions and as I saw that more than half the class were free-thinkers, I was compelled towards the lost souls. So I decided to hand out the invite to my classmates even though I felt awkward and fearful.

Today (13Feb), we have a total of 3 confirmed visitors, 1 sec1 and 8 interested but still considering!! Really hope that this testimony of mine encourages you guys to continue to reach out even though it may be difficult but remember that we’re merely sowing seeds, God’s the one harvesting them!!

Phyllis, West C

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Word Of God, Alive

Word Of God, Alive

Placing God as my priority was a challenge that I had set for myself. I have always found it hard to place God first, I would be easily distracted by other priorities such as playing games and watching shows.

Into day 1 of camp, the second point of teaching really spoke to me. “Following God Takes Priorities” I decided to play lesser games, pray first every morning, before bed, thanking Him, even for the small things that He has done and spending time with God consistently.

In Day 2, it was when God spoke to me to obey his Word, obey what the Word of God tells us and what being a Christian was like.

I am a “happy go lucky” person with no burdens in life. However in Day 3, Dennis shared about how Nehemiah had a burden and this burden drive him to rebuild Jerusalem. He even MOURNED, PRAYED and FASTED before GOD. It was simply because of a burden that led Nehemiah to had such a hungry and fired up heart. Nehemiah had a vision to serve God and his people. This vision fueled him to stay committed to God’s cause. Because of that vision, he committed to God’s Cause. It is said that “To have a vision is a changed life”. If we have a vision, we would go all out for it. And being committed requires sacrifice and willingness to overcome obstacles that stands in our way.

This got me to think, what exactly is my burden for God’s cause? What is his vision? What are the sacrifices you are calling me to give? I am thinking, praying that I may receive a burden, a vision stay committed to his cause!

This is my take away from camp,
UNDERSTAND AND OBEY HIS WORDS

There is something which I have been thinking about as well, which is spiritual warfare. I’ll be honest, I have never thought or knew about it. But after hearing my leaders talked about it, it got me thinking, why does the devil harm my LG members and other people?

After receiving a clear understanding of the recent events, I could see what God is trying to tell me and what we can and should do about it when it happens. Rather than thinking about why didn’t it happen to me. I remember a verse from Ephesians 6:10-18, it really spoke to me that we should stand firm in His truth & righteousness and to pray not just for myself but for everyone as well.

Anson, West A

GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR THEIR NEW FRIEND

GOING THE EXTRA MILE FOR THEIR NEW FRIEND

We had a Bukit view convert during Christmas service, she was a P6 girl going to Bukit View. Coincidentally, Ricole from WB1a was also going to Bukit View secondary too. On the first day of school, we were chatting on whatsapp about how school is for them and how they feel thus far. LiJia, the new friend mentioned saying it’s abit tough to make new friends, Sean and Ricole jumped at it and started encouraging her. Giving her advices on how to make new friends, Sean being sec 5, even offered to bring them around school!

They suggested to meet again the next morning to go school tomorrow, but LiJia couldn’t make it again. Shortly after, Ricole texted me saying she manage to convince LiJia to travel to school together, Ricole even said that she will be having recess with LiJia from next week onwards!

Ricole and Sean started their first week of school having a burden for this new friend, they simply did what they could in hopes of reaching out to LiJia.

Every life matters.

XiangEr, West B

God > GOT7

God > GOT7

On the day I paid for camp, I found out that my favorite group, got 7 was coming to Singapore during the period of camp. At that point of time, I insisted on going even when my mentor talked to me about priorities. Being unsure of who God really is, I insisted on going for the concert thinking “I can’t give up on got7”. On the first day of camp, during P&W, God reminded me of the concert and it hit me that I was prioritizing got7 over God. If I missed this fan meet, I can always go next time. But if I miss this chance to encounter God, who knows when will be the next time I can encounter God? I knew that going for the fan meet shouldn’t be my priority. However, as I have already paid for the tickets, I was still unsure. I talked to my mentor about it and she asked me, “If God commanded you not to go, are you going to disobey him?”. Upon hearing this, I decided to sell the ticket reluctantly which cost me over $200. My friend who was suppose to go with me for this fan meet was upset and mean with her words as she initially did not want me to go for camp.

On the second day, I prayed to God to help me understand why I should stay for camp and fill me with His word, hoping for God to speak to me more. On the same day, my mentor fell sick, she was on the verge of fainting but she still pressed on for P&W. On that same night, my lifegroup member said he had to leave camp due to some family issues and he couldn’t come back for camp even though he really wanted to stay. Also, that night the sermon talked about obeying God’s word with no compromise. Then it got me thinking, my lifegroup members who had no choice but to leave. And me, who had the choice to stay yet wanted to leave, am I doing the right thing? Is this pleasing to God?

It struck me suddenly why i shouldn’t go for the fan meet and was even more convinced and determined not to go. It all made sense to me, on the first night, God told me not to go. On the second, I was reluctant. And on the third night, I knew and understood God’s heart behind this whole incident. This camp taught me how to prioritize use God, even if it means losing a friend for God to show himself to me, then I guess it’s okay. My UL said, “when revival happens, the devil will disturb you”

Through this, I changed from “No, I can’t give up on got7” to “God is more important and is my top priority”. I really feel that God is so amazing and through this it strengthen my faith in God!

Esther, West A

Insecure, Impatient & Tired

Insecure, Impatient & Tired 

On day 1, God spoke to me about putting my security in God. The song “crowns” and the lyrics of the song that goes “put my wealth on the cross”. It reminded me of how I should put my security in God because I am someone that gets easily insecure. I would constantly see if I look okay, such as my hair and the way I look. But this camp, God spoke to me to put my security in him.

Day 2, God laid a burden in me. I asked myself, “why am I always impatient? Why am I not loving?” During revival night 2, there was an invitation to ask the leaders and intercessors pray for us. I told Zhonghao I am a very impatient, angry and I find it hard to love. He reminded me of this verse 1 Corinthians 13, “if I speak in tongues
Of men or of angel, but do not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal” it reminded me of the coke and milk demonstration. For the first time, it became a revelation to me!

On the third day, God laid the conviction in my heart to invite more people because for the past few months, I found myself unwillingly to go the extra mile to invite people. But I realized, even if it means I am busy, I can still make time for the kingdom of God. I am praying that this conviction continues to burn in me because this is God’s ministry and not mine.

Janelle, West A

God our Provider

God our Provider

Okay actually on day1 of camp I was already sick ah and after games and everything I was really drained and weak due to the 2 hours of sleep and vigorous activities during games. I even had to walk back and forth from dmarquee to mangrove just to find my LG for dinner which I did after many attempts. In the end I was weak, dizzy and couldn’t have any energy to talk and walk. So during praise and worship, I felt really tired and weak and I even felt like telling mich to let me go back to the dorm to rest. But I felt a strong urge of God trying to reach out to me! Actually tbh, I didn’t pray to receive strength and such (sorry Zames) but in the end God gave me strength and energy despite my drained and weak body and I even jumped and danced! I feel totally different after that! God is truly our provider!

Isaiah 40:29-31
“He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

 

Wilson, West A


Turning Fake Smiles to Real Tears

Turning Fake Smiles to Real Tears

So during camp our LG had a lot of ups and downs, like we had conflicts and stuff. However, I can really see that as camp progressed, as we learnt about a revived community to know and love one another, and as we were challenged to love one another authentically, we became more vulnerable with one another, we listened to each of our own stories and cried together.

We all knew that we had a lot of differences, but during this camp we made a decision to grow together in the future and change for the better. I myself learnt to be more intentional in the lifegroup. I learnt that we can change in our speech when speaking to each other. And I really hope that we can have this unity in us to really push each other, including myself, we can do simple things like reminding each other to do qt, and to also continue in having this vision (of loving authentically) for our LG and our school.

YuanZhi, West A