Alumna: “Soft Hearts and Childlike Faithfulness”

“I  see people serving God with soft hearts and childlike faithfulness,” says Fang Fang, 41 then. “That really touched my life.” The psychotherapist who worked among mentally-ill people in a mountainous region in East Asia for nine years as a missionary always knew that God made her for “hard places.” Yet, there is a hard place that she is terrified of – “the hardness of heart.”

“I often prayed to God that I would not grow old and cynical in ministry,” she says. “God led me to EAST to answer that prayer through the many models I have met, e.g. Dr Langston and Dr Lewis, my first teachers, impressed me as very intelligent and humble people, and Dr Roland exemplifies childlike wonder and pure joy for life.”

Coming to EAST was not part of her plan, admits Fang Fang, “I don’t know how to plan,” she says as a matter of fact. Many important events in her life, she shares, from doing her masters in psychotherapy in the UK to serving in East Asia, happened as the Lord led her through relationships and circumstances.

“When I came home from the mission field due to unforeseen circumstances, I happen to sit next to an EAST faculty member during our church camp,” she says, “She invited me to come and see, and I did. And stayed.”

Fang Fang continues to serve with her church and through her gifts in teaching and counselling in Singapore. She graduated with a Graduate Diploma in Christian Ministry in 2016.

Read more alumni stories at www.east.edu.sg/tag/alumni/

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Freely Received, Freely Give

As an EAST visiting student who is enjoying one or more of Free8Online class/es, please do consider giving toward the Student Aid fund for needy international students–some of whom are your classmates!

Your gift will open doors for more international Christian leaders to study at EAST. Upon graduation, they will return to their mission field better equipped to fulfill Christ’s Commission.

Thank you for your prayerful consideration.

For more information on giving toward Student Aid, visit: east.ac/freelygive

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Mentoring Groups Continue Online


Mentoring Groups are a key component of our students’ learning journeys. There is much to glean from sharing life and ministry with fellow students, and from being discipled by an EAST faculty committed to journey with a Mentoring Group from matriculation to graduation.

Even as EAST classes are conducted online at this time for safe distancing, Mentoring Groups also gather online for regular sessions of fellowship, prayer and encouragement.

The spirit of journeying together in life and ministry continues as we adapt and leverage on online platforms to bridge our faculty and students together for regular Mentoring Group sessions.

Webinar: Discipling the Young in Today’s Gadget World

How does one disciple the young person in a gadget crazy world?

Here’s a free webinar for parents, youth and youth leaders on the principle and practice of discipling the young in today’s contemporary culture.

Speakers: Dr Benson Goh and Mrs Josephine Goh (EAST Faculty); Dr Felicia Tay (Clinical Psychologist)
Date: 29 August 2020, Saturday
Time: 10.00 am to 11.00 am
Free Webinar Registration: east.ac/disciplingtheyoung

For other EAST webinars, visit: east.ac/webinars

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Delight in the Law of God

Photo: Yanshu Lee. Design: Jonathan Yao.

 

Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night..” ~ Psalm 1:1-2 (NIV)

The poetic and metaphoric psalms began with a direct assertion of one who is called “blessed” by virtue of his disassociation with the “wicked or ungodly, sinners or unholy, and mockers or desecrators” but one who is in close fellowship with YHWH, God Himself, at all times.

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