Updates from an Alumnus who served in Central Asia

EAST News caught up with our alumnus Jonathan and his wife Michelle (not their real names) who have been serving in an adopted country within Central Asia for over 5 years. Jonathan had graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Christian Ministry. Last year, he and his wife returned to Singapore due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Below is an interview with them regards to how Covid-19 has changed their lives.

  1.  How has Covid affected your work in missions?

Our cell phones beeped!  A message from the Singapore Embassy came into our WhatsApp chat group for Singaporeans in the creative access country where we served.  What caught our eyes was this sentence, “I would strongly urge all Singapore Residents on non-essential business to seriously consider returning home expeditiously.”  Something does not feel right and our antennas went up!  That was back in March 2020.

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Updates from an alumnus in Colombo

From left: Edward, Daniel, Julia, Hanna & Samuel

EAST Alumnus Edward Kim graduated from EAST in May 2016 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies. After his graduation, he and his family has served in Colombo, Sri Lanka, with Sri Lanka Campus Crusade for Christ. Below is a short interview with him to get an update of how he and his family have been doing.

  1. What led you and your family to serve the Lord in Colombo, Sri Lanka?

Before graduating from EAST, I had planned to return to East Asia which I had served last eight years as a missionary, but Father God led me & my family to Sri Lanka, strange country to us at that time. In Sep & Oct 2016 (eight days), I visited Sri Lanka for field investigation. However, I found three main reasons which made me hesitate to serve in Sri Lanka after visiting. Firstly, I felt the weather was too hot for me. Secondly, the language (Sinhala) was difficult to learn. Lastly, it will not be easy to serve covertly on Campus because skin color of most people there is different from mine (Local campus students mentioned to me you are white, but my skin is not so white in East Asia. Anyway, I am easily recognisable among the local students on campus.)

Finally, I obeyed God’s leading after receiving several signs through God’s words, especially Genesis 45:5-8. Then my family arrived in Colombo, Sri Lanka in Feb 2017.

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An Open House into a New Season of Equipping

Click to view EAST resources page for prospective students

We had our first eOpen House on 17 March 2021 to extend a warm welcome to potential students around the world. For those seeking a suitable seminary for their season of equipping, it was a time of community outreach where our faculty, staff, students and alumni interacted with our guests as one school. To view a summary video of the event on our resource page, click here or the picture above.

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News from Alumnus in Chiang Mai

(From Left to Right) Alumnus Park Chun Seek, his wife Sunny, son David and daughter Jessica

Alumnus Park Chun Seek who graduated with a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies in 2010 has been faithfully serving in Chiang Mai with Thailand Campus Crusade for Christ (CCC) for the past decade. EAST News recently caught up with him over a short interview below.

  1. What kept you busy in terms of ministry, family and church especially in the past year when Covid-19 happened?

My wife and I are currently doing ministry in Chiang Mai, Thailand. After graduating from EAST in 2010 and receiving missionary training in Singapore in 2011, I arrived in Thailand in July, 2011. Currently, I am a part of Leadership Development Human Resource (LDHR) Department in Thailand CCC, doing Leadership Development ministry. Both of my children, Jessica and David, graduated from a high school in Chiang Mai. Jessica studied Music Education and is now working as a music teacher in Grace International School in Chiang Mai where she used to attend. She is a Professional Missionary sent by KCCC. David is currently attending a university in the US, studying Applied Mathematics.

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Update from Hong Kong Alumnus

Alumnus Ps David Sun and wife Veronica

Recently, EAST News caught up with our Hong Kong Alumnus Ps David Sun who graduated from EAST in 2019 with a Master of Divinity in Intercultural Studies. Below is a short interview:

  1. Being from Hong Kong, what had led you to EAST five years ago?
  • I believe the Lord has led me to study at EAST in 2016.

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