Update from Senior Alumni Rev Simon & Hannah Son

Rev Simon & Hannah Son

EAST News caught up with Rev Simon & Hannah Son through a Zoom interview recently. Both Simon and Hannah graduated from the inaugural class of 1995 when EAST was established in 1992, with a Master of Divinity degree and Partners-in-Ministry certificate respectively. Although Simon and Hannah are both Korean Campus Crusade for Christ (KCCC) Staff, they had undergone their Great Commission Training Center (GCTC) days in Manila back in 1984, having to learn English which was not their native tongue. After that, they pioneered the student ministry in Hong Kong where they had to learn yet another language, Cantonese. They were missionaries in Hong Kong for six years before Dr Victor Koh invited them to equip themselves for further studies at the newly established EAST in 1992. Simon had to complete a year of English preparation in 1991 in Singapore before beginning the course at EAST in 1992.

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Prayer pointer – 20 January 2022


Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will make straight your paths.  ~ Proverbs 3:5-6, ESV.

In a constantly changing environment, the pace of change has accelerated and continual learning is important for lifelong ministry. Students must acquire the mindset to learn, unlearn and relearn, trusting our Lord’s leading in the process.

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Starting 2022!

Our first week of the January 2022 semester was a welcome for our new students and a time of gathering as Mentoring Groups to start off this new season.

As a community, It was good to see each other again after the December holidays, and we appreciated getting to start the semester with intentional times for Mentoring Groups to gather. This is one way our new students get connected with everyone in the wider EAST community, and with the fellow students journeying alongside within the same Mentoring Groups. The EAST community is where we rally around each other in fellowship, prayer and encouragement. 

We give thanks for our community in school and continue to walk with each other in the semester ahead. 

During the Mentoring Group (MG) Retreat held over 4-6 January, we had the privilege of having Rev Dr Chua Chung Kai from Covenant Evangelical Free Church (Covenant EFC) minister to our community. He reminded us that we can approach God through religion, ritual, rationale and relationship, but most importantly it is not just nice to “know about God” but to ultimately know God as a person.

On the third day of the MG Retreat, different MGs went to different parts of Singapore for a time of solitude, retreat, and sharing. Some went to Botanic Gardens and others were at Jurong Lake Gardens. It was a day set aside to seek the Lord personally, and corporately.

Mrs Josephine Goh & her team who organised the MG Retreat 2022 helped EAST Community bond with one another, and more importantly, start the year right in deepening our relationship with God. 


#EASTCommunity #EASTLifestyle #EASTMentoringGroup 

Alumna Esther on Life Lessons at EAST

Alumna Esther & Family

Esther is an EAST alumna who graduated with a Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry in 2017. She came from Indochina to be equipped at EAST. She came as a single lady and has returned to her home country married, and now has a son Josiah who is turning three. Together with her husband, they are pastoring a local church of over 40 members. Below is an interview of her experience at EAST, some life lessons and prayer requests.

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Prayer pointers -13 January 2022


For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand;
it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.”

Isaiah 41:13 – ESV

It is the beginning of the academic year, are you overwhelmed with new schedules, adjustments and challenges? Do you feel like giving up?

Praise God:

– That as His children we can totally depend on Him to guide us through our adjustments, challenges and struggles.

Pray for

– All students to have faith in God that His grace is more than sufficient to help them overcome.

– EAST community to love one another and help each other to do well and thrive together.

#LoveGodLoveNeighbor #EASTLifestyle #PrayerRequest #GratefulforNewBeginnings

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