Inaugural Partners in Ministry Chinese Program


Equipping the most important partner of Chinese-speaking ministers and Christian workers

EAST launched the Chinese online program of the Partners in Ministry in July 2023 to meet the equipping needs of Mandarin-speaking wives of men who are ministers, Christian workers, and seminary students. EAST News caught up Mrs Agnes Liong to find out more on the progress of the program and students.

“I started attending church with my mother when I was just 5 years old, but I truly received Christ as my Lord when I was 15 and was passionate about sharing the gospel with others. Hence, at 16, I started serving full-time and brought the good news to different places. After I married my husband, we decided I’d work to support the family and his ministry so he could serve full-time. However, I wanted to study and be more equipped so that I can serve alongside my husband better,” a student wrote in her application for the PIM Chinese program.

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Building the Body of Christ Through Ministry Weekend


One of the distinctives of EAST is Ministry Weekend, when students, with guidance from mentors, gain ministry experience at various locations. This year, from 14 to 19 September, there were five teams that ministered in three countries, namely Cambodia, Indonesia and Thailand. In Thailand, there were three teams:

Team Pathum Thani: Led by Dr Benson and Mrs Josephine Goh. Partnered with Boy’s Brigade Thailand in outreach activities to Myanmar migrant and Thai children;

Team Mae Sot: Led by Rev Liong Kwok Wai, Dr Jarred Jung and Mr Toe Set. Held a workshop at Hill Light Seminar to equip the listeners for the harvest;

Team Chiang Mai: Led by Mrs Sophie Lo. Partnered a local missionary and church, and the team was involved in teaching English, storytelling and other creative activities.

Team Kampong Chnang was the Cambodian team led by Dr Raymond Go and Mr Derek Atkins who together with EAST students ministered to a school and church. Team Batam led by Drs Keith & Jeannette Shubert, Dr Justine Han and Mr Ng Khim Fatt had opportunities to teach and preach at local churches in Indonesia.

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Faculty Josephine Lew: Living A Spirit-filled Life


How can the Pentecost that happened more than 2,000 years ago revolutionise our Christian living even today?

Ms Josephine Lew, an EAST Resident Faculty and Director of Mentoring Group, wrote of the origins of Pentecost and how the presence and power of the Holy Spirit may be made manifest today. Pentecost is usually celebrated 50 days after the Jewish Passover, typically in May. From the book of Acts, it recorded the outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit upon the early believers at the very first Pentecost. This resulted in the followers of Christ being transformed through the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

From that very first Pentecost, believers are mandated to live in the power of the Holy Spirit by faith as an act of the will to fulfill God-given purposes for their lives.

How then does one live a Holy Spirit empowered life?

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The Transformers: A Tribute to Teachers



Life is More Than Just Assignment

“A little past midnight last night, I was contemplating whether to work on Dr Ying Kheng’s assignment that was due today or go to sleep. Suddenly, I remembered what Dr Ying Kheng said awhile back: ‘Life is more than just assignments.’ With that reminder, I went to bed to get some rest, tired from working on assignments.” Elijah, one of my classmates, shared this story in our student lounge during our afternoon class break. We all had a good chuckle.

Through Elijah’s story and Dr Ying Kheng’s wisdom, I was reminded that life is more than just assignments. As seminary students, we can easily lose ourselves to assignments and tasks while negating the more important things: our relationship with God and others.

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EAST Aleph 2023 @ EMH


As we start a new academic year, EAST Aleph 2023 was held from end-June to mid-July at EAST campus for the cohort of new students. Aleph – the first letter of the Hebrew alphabet signifies a new start and with more to come for our new students. We warmly welcomed new students from East Asia, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Singapore.

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