“Now, I’m ready to go home and bear fruit.”

(Left) Mr Tan Eng Kwang, EAST Admissions Officer. (Right) Mr Vitou Ngeth, 2021 graduate, Master of Divinity in Christian Ministry.

Ngeth Vitou (Cambodia), MDiv Christian Ministry

“First we clean the land and let the cows soften the soil; then we let the land rest and heal, add in fertilizers and plant rice.”

Vitou, 33, speaks like a pro because from the young age of seven, he was already helping his parents on their three-hectre rice fields.

First, we clean the land

Vitou’s spiritual growth path started at 21 at a Bible School in Sihanoukville (western Cambodia), four hours from his hometown in Takeo. “I wasn’t a believer then,” he says. “I enrolled at the school only because it was free.”

The fifth child of a family of six children confesses that he grew up very angry about being poor. “I dreamed of finding a better life for my family; my father died early and my mother lived a hard life,” says Vitou. “But when I accepted Jesus in my first year at the college, my dreams changed to helping others find eternal life.”

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To Be Like My Father

 

Yataka Gakiya (Japan), Master of Arts in Biblica Studies, 2021

 

Two images of his pastor father stand out for Yutaka Gakiya, 29. “He enjoys preaching God’s Word,” says the Sociology major from Kindai University in Osaka. “and he loves playing with me and my two younger brothers.”

“From young, my dream has been to be like my father.”

Yutaka’s journey to EAST began only after he met a Japanese pastor in a city where he worked. It was also during those three years that God’s call for him into full-time ministry was confirmed. Read more

Wife of a Leader

Rev Liong Kwok Wai and wife Award Recipient Agnes Lim Chiao Minn

 

Agnes Lim, 48, is passionate about winning, building and developing women, especially wives of Christian leaders.

The Singapore Cru staff’s convictions grew from more than 20 years of ministry experience on the National University of Singapore, her alma mater, and the mission field.

As a missionary for ten years with her husband, Rev Liong Kwok Wai (EAST’S Academic Dean), Agnes has ministered to singles, wives of pastors and leaders, professionals as well as homemakers. As a member of the regional women’s team, she helped organize conferences to minister to women missionaries, church-planters, and lay leaders.

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Thanksgiving for EMH Facilities

 

In June 2019, EAST leadership found a five-storey building at 118 Joo Chiat Road that seemed tailormade for EAST. It could house our offices, library and classrooms under one roof and purchased this building together with CRU Singapore’s partnership and help. The building, now affectionately called our EAST Mission Hub cost $17.8m. EAST has to raise $8m for the use of the third, fourth and fifth storey of the building. By God’s grace, $6m has been raised to date with a current shortfall of about $2m. From being founded in a meeting room at CRU’s Great Commission Training Center, then moving to Parish of Christ Church’s rented facilities at 1 Dorset Road, EAST has not had a permanent home since 1992. 

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EAST 27th Commencement

 

This year, EAST held our 27th Commencement at EAST Mission Hub and livestreamed it to over 100 viewers on Youtube and Zoom.  It was a celebration of the graduation of both 2020 and 2021’s cohorts of graduates from EAST’s resident school in Singapore and a cohort of East Extension Centre’s (EEC) graduates from East Asia. We had 23 graduates from 2020, 11 graduates from 2021 and 18 graduates from EEC, in total 52 graduates at the commencement. 4 graduated from Partners-in-Ministry Certificate, 3 from Graduate Diploma, 22 from Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry, 11 from Master of Arts, and 12 from Master of Divinity. The graduates come from East Asia, Central Asia, Singapore, Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia, Myanmar and the Philippines.

Want to catch a glimpse of 27th Commencement Service? See below for the video and click here to view the Commencement 2021 magazine.

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