Mongolian Student: Taivan & his family have arrived in Singapore!

 

On 13th October 2021, Taivan and his family finally arrived in Singapore from Mongolia. Taivan and his wife Tungaa are both staff of Mongolia Campus Crusade for Christ, or now known as Cru Mongolia. In fact, Taivan has been the director of Mongolia Young Life ministry for the past ten years. Below is a short interview with Taivan regards to his life and ministry prior to enrolling at EAST for the Master of Arts in Leadership program. The family is currently serving a 10-day quarantine before moving to their new home in Bukit Panjang. Also, Taivan has arrived in Singapore in the thick of the first semester full of assignments to fulfil. Do keep this family who is in transition in your prayers as you read to get to know them better.

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Local Alumna serving at Toa Payoh Methodist Church: Agnes Goh

L to R: Wayne, Alumna Agnes Goh, Nicole (15), Sean (17)

EAST News caught up with local alumna Agnes Goh who graduated in 2018 with a Master of Arts in Biblical Studies through a series of short interview questions. She is currently a pastoral staff with Toa Payoh Methodist Church, often conducting ministry through zoom meetings and voice calls, with the current social restrictions tightening up again due to higher cases of Covid-19. Below is the short interview and some of her prayer requests.

1. How has life been for you since your graduation from EAST?

God has continued to lead, guide and bless me and my family in different ways. Since graduating from EAST, I have also graduated into parenting teenagers which has been wonderful (contrary to popular belief), as I get to talk and discuss a lot more common things of interest with my teenagers. It’s also very heartfelt and satisfying when they share with me their thoughts and feelings about issues they are grappling. I try to help them see how God is at work in their lives. After graduation, I still did not know where I was to serve, but God led me patiently and clearly.

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Hong Kong Alumnus visits EAST Mission Hub: David Sun

Back row: Boon Aitee, Esther Tan, Ee-Yuing Wong (EAST Staff) Front Row: Veronica & David Sun (EAST Alumnus)

EAST Alumnus David Sun and his wife Veronica recently made their first visit to EAST Mission Hub since the school moved there last year. While he was pursuing his Master of Divinity in Intercultural Studies at EAST (he graduated in 2019), David was also the President of the Student Council. Some would have remembered his youngest son Samuel who would come along to help with vacuuming the premises after various events. They were a good father and son team. David and his wife flew into town from Hong Kong where they reside to visit Samuel who has recently been enlisted into Singapore’s National Service.

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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

Dean of Students: “God, my life belongs to you.”

L to R: Lazary (17), Lisbeth (21), Siew Leng, Casey Lok, Latricia (14), Lemuel (25)

 

Rev Dr Casey Lok and his wife Siew Leng are no strangers to EAST. Even before Casey joined EAST as a resident faculty in 2015, Casey was with EAST as a student and graduated in 2007 with a Master of Divinity in Teaching and Exposition. He went on to obtain a Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Theology in Practice from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in 2017, and was ordained as a Minister by the Association of Mission Practising Churches in 2019. In 2018, he was appointed Associate Dean of Students to assist the then Dean of Students Dr Roland Tan. In July 2021, Casey stepped up to be the new Dean of Students.

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