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
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
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
A New Passion
Ever since Nicole has been Holy Spirit Baptised months ago, her life took a drastic change, she was growing in character and also faithfully serving in whatever areas she can. .
Going into revival camp, she was excited to see how God is going to move and touch her, she was simply expectant. At every single revival night, she can’t help but to be in awe of God’s love for her, how she longs to be used by God for His kingdom. After the first night, while in the room, she actually genuinely and humbly confessed that there was a period of time before camp she felt as though she was “slacking off” (she was not faithfully doing QT, praying, etc) and she felt so discontented about it and wanted camp to reignite her passion for God. Every single night, she would tear up talking about God, sharing about how she wants Zhenghua to grow. About how, the world really needs God. Her faith spoke as though it is literally Heaven as it is on Earth. .
As she share about the burden God has for Zhenghua, she too had her fair share of worries, such as, “what if I have to do this on my own?” And then she would end off by saying something along the lines, “Even if it is just myself and even though I always complain about my fears and uncertainties, at the end of the day I would still do it” .
She dreams about how Zhenghua community would come together in school to pray, be a family and reach out to the lost. To be the light that shines amidst the seemingly mundane routine of school. In this camp, God revealed his power and love for herself and the people. Not only does she has a burden for the lost, she has burden for even those who are already in church but have not yet recognized the love of Christ. She also encourages follow uppers to give their best to serve. She feels inadequate but would choose to still go ahead in confidence. And this is God’s revival for her. .
(Some friends she invited for Christmas service this Saturday will be joining us too!) .
– XiangEr, West B.