EAST Mentoring Group Retreat 2018

How does one experience shalom peace and pray without ceasing in busy Singapore as student, staff, and faculty of a Bible school?

Dr Alex Tang, the plenary speaker, led all at the EAST Mentoring Group Retreat 2018 on a “Spiritual Tune-up” in the first week of the new year. The spiritual formation retreat helps each to discern the different ways one connects with God, to do a check-up of one’s spiritual inventory, and to begin developing a soul-care action plan. Praise God!

Photos courtesy of Tan Ying Kheng and Tuvshuu Tsogtbaatar.

Mid-year Student Orientation 2018

New Student Orientation was conducted for mid-year intake of students in January 2018. International students from Cambodia, East Asia, Hong Kong, Mongolia, Myanmar, South Korea, and USA are welcomed by fellow students, staff, and faculty. This “mini orientation” will be supplemented by the full immersion exercise, EAST Aleph, at the start of a new academic year in July 2018. Please be in prayer for these students as they begin their learning journey with EAST.

Photos courtesy of Boon Ai Tee.

Blessed New Year 2018

EAST wishes you a blessed New Year 2018 filled with opportunities to experience God and do good!

“Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” Ephesians 5:15-16, NIV

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers.” Galatians 6:9-10, NIV

Blessed Advent 2017

 

What about Christmas that it is marked as a time of joy? Some said it’s not the presents, but His presence. Who is He and why is it so? “He” is Jesus Christ, whom the Bible identified as the Son of God and was born on earth as a baby on that first Christmas. The Bible records the fulfillment of the prophesied Saviour in Him as the One who would later die as a sacrifice for the sins of the world. Christmas to Christians is therefore a looking back at that momentous time when it heralded the birth of the Saviour of the world.

Dr James A. Francis (1864–1928) summarized the impact made by the life of Christ in what is later commonly entitled as “One Solitary Life”:[1]

Let us turn now to the story. A child is born in an obscure village. He is brought up in another obscure village. He works in a carpenter shop until he is thirty, and then for three brief years is an itinerant preacher, proclaiming a message and living a life. He never writes a book. He never holds an office. He never raises an army. He never has a family of his own. He never owns a home. He never goes to college. He never travels two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He gathers a little group of friends about him and teaches them his way of life. While still a young man, the tide of popular feeling turns against him. One denies him; another betrays him. He is turned over to his enemies. He goes through the mockery of a trial; he is nailed to a cross between two thieves, and when dead is laid in a borrowed grave by the kindness of a friend.

Those are the facts of his human life. He rises from the dead. Today we look back across nineteen hundred years and ask, What kind of trail has he left across the centuries? When we try to sum up his influence, all the armies that ever marched, all the parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned are absolutely picayune in their influence on mankind compared with that of this one solitary life…

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Throwback Tuesday – Transforming Leadership Class 2017

The Transforming Leadership class with the top-of-the-world feel.

The Transforming Leadership class in 2017, as taught by Rev Dr Chan Chong Hiok, Mr Nelson Lo, Mr Liong Kwok Wai, and Rev Jonathan Yao, saw fellow classmates sharing their leadership journey, and learning principles relating to the heart, head, hands, and habits of Christlike leaders. The practice of these in the power of Holy Spirit bring about empowered servant leaders for the Great Commission wherever they are.

Students have these to say:

“Everyone’s leadership journey had taught me much and the lessons from the four lecturers were amazing. They had made me think and encouraged me to reflect upon it.” – Program Student

“I am deeply encouraged by the learning experience and appreciate the hardworking lecturers and the warm classmates. You guys rock!” – Visiting Student

Do join our leadership classes next semester (Jan-Jun 2018). Find out more by clicking on the Classes tab above.

Class photo with edited background of skyline courtesy of Kenneth Goh.

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