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(L-R) Associate Prof Kenneth Mak, Mr Gan Kim Yong, Mr Lawrence Wong, and Mrs Josephine Teo at the first virtual press conference on 31 March 2020. Photo: MCI/TNP.


“Look among the nations, and see; wonder and be astounded. For I am doing a work in your days that you would not believe if told.” (Habakkuk 1:5, ESV) “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.” (Romans 12:12, ESV)

Following latest government advisories, East Asia School of Theology (EAST) will close its premises from 7 April to 4 May 2020 which includes its Administration Office, Classrooms, and Library. Note that EAST as a graduate school remains open and operational but its premises will be closed. Please be advised of the following valid for the duration of closure.

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One More Day by Victor G


The above song, written and sung by Pastor Victor Gee with a cry to “fight on,” is dedicated to all frontliners and the unsung heroes of the fierce battle against the coronavirus outbreak. The gifted evangelist and songwriter-singer has ministered in Malaysia and Singapore among others.

The Singapore Minister of National Development, Lawrence Wong, said, “Every person is, in fact, on the front line.” (Straits Times, 2 April 2020) Thus this song goes out to everyone at such a time like this.

“Nowhere to look but to you now … Could it be, hope awaits?”

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Lament in a Time of Pandemic

Photo: OMF Literature Inc., Philippines


How do we survive this pandemic? Through lament or grieving.

One of the reasons the Old Testament Israelites were able to endure so many calamities was they knew how to lament. When their crops failed or they were defeated in a war, they would gather together to grieve. That is why there are so many laments in the Bible, including more than a third of the 150 psalms. There is even a whole book called “Lamentations.”

For the rest of the article, click here. The writer is Dr Rico Villanueva, an EAST visiting faculty who teaches Old Testament and a Regional Commissioning Editor for Langham Publications.


O Lord, My Rock and Redeemer


May this song reminds us of Who God is, and to Whom we do belong and pay homage as we ponder Why is Good Friday, good?

He is our Rock and Redeemer who defends, fights, and shields our weary hearts; He thus brings a song, hope, joy, and refuge in our times of need so that He is glorified through it all.

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Mindset of Hope in Crisis

At an online Chapel organised by the EAST Student Council on 25 March 2020, the President of EAST, Rev Dr Chan Chong Hiok or CCH as he is also known, spoke on “Mindset of Hope in Crisis.” He was on Zoom being broadcasted online to listeners who were observing safe distancing.

In the midst of COVID-19 pandemic, he spoke words of hope and encouragement to all present online. Quoting from Habakkuk 3, he exhorted all to continue trusting the LORD amidst challenging situations. The LORD is everpresent in our midst, and we can rejoice in Him. He also referred to Psalm 91 where the faithfulness of God is truly our shield and rampart in times of need. As we meditate on His Word, we will discover afresh that He is indeed our refuge.

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