Newest Faculty: Derek Atkins

L to R: Derek Atkins, Caleb (14), Lai Kein

At the previous East Chapel, Mr Derek Atkins shared a message from Psalms 121 and reminded us to turn to God and fix our eyes on Jesus Christ in times of trouble and uncertainties. He and his wife Lai Kein did just that when the Covid-19 pandemic started. Back then, they had returned from the mission field to visit Lai Kein’s family for Chinese New Year. That short visit has since ballooned into an entire re-evaluation of God’s plans in their lives. Now, Derek teaches at EAST, and Lai Kein serves in a local Methodist Church. Meanwhile, their teenage son Caleb is transitioning to a home-schooling lifestyle in Singapore, while attending a ministry for third culture kids. Read more

EAST@Chapel – 28 July 2021

We give thanks that our community has been able to come together online for worship, prayer, exhortation and community during this season of Phase 2 (Heightened Alert) measures in Singapore. It has been nice to see our local and international alumni occasionally tuning in as well.

Rev Jonathan Yao, our Dean of Advancement has taken the opportunity as one of our Chapel speakers to give our community a reminder that Jesus Christ has called His disciples to be servant leaders. He said to His disciples that “whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave” (Matthew 20:26-27 ESV). Messages like these are good reminders in our journeys of personal transformation at EAST.

While this way of gathering is different from the usual Chapel with us each other in person, we still appreciate the opportunity to have conversations and pray with each other as an intentional community. We definitely look forward to our Chapels in the coming weeks!

In the meantime, the Lord be with you with His grace, protection and provision in your family.

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Ready. Chapels, Start!


Chapel has started this semester at the EAST Mission Hub, and we started off with a reminder that the Lord is faithful and He keeps His promises.

Keeping to safe distancing measures of the season, we used e-platforms to connect the EAST community for a communal time of prayer and worship.

We give thanks for this unique way of gathering together, and continue to fix our eyes on God as a community.


In Thanksgiving – for This Semester

We had our final Chapel of the semester this week. In this season of safe distancing, EAST has been convening online for all the Chapels this semester. For many of us who have been at EAST for a while, these online Chapels have been very unique in the history of EAST.

We give thanks that online platforms have been available for us to ‘meet’ for Chapel, worship God synchronously, and even interact and pray for each other in breakout rooms!

We also give thanks that we are now into the last week of classes for this semester. It has definitely been a steep learning curve for our faculty and staff to switch over to online teaching platforms, and tough for our students to be in front of the computer for longer hours than before. 

With a spirit of thanksgiving we approach the end of this semester, and also with thanksgiving, we look forward to the fellowship and guidance of the Lord for the semesters ahead.

We say a big “Thank you!” to everyone who has been journeying with us in these times, and we pray that Jesus keeps each one of you close to Him now, and in the seasons ahead.



Don’t Conform. Be Transformed.

Mrs Josephine Li, EAST Partners in Ministry Faculty, shared at the last chapel service that this was how she discovered God’s will and vision for her life:

Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect. (Romans 12:2, ESV)

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