Jessica Ang: Adamant Faith and Centrality of God’s Word

Alumni Richard Kwan and Jessica Ang

Through Jessica Ang’s recent involvement with “The Silent Pandemic: Loneliness in the Church” seminar held jointly with EAST and Capelle, we managed to get in touch with Jessica as she was an EAST Alumna (Grad Cert in Missions, 2005) and so was her husband Richard Kwan (MA in Missions & Evangelism, 2005). Below is a short interview with her on her study experience at EAST and where God has led her to serve since then.

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EAST Librarians: Mala and David

Faithful EAST Librarians: Mr David Lim (left) and Ms M Malarkody (right)

Before joining EAST, both Mala and David were civil servants.

“I enjoy interacting with students at EAST.  My joy is getting to know the students – both local and overseas and bond with them. The sadness is having to say goodbyes to the international students after their commencement ceremony. I had the opportunities to pray with the students, laugh with them and even cry with them. Having the student librarians have been a source of help and encouragement to me over the years.” Mala shared.

As for David, he recalled, “I joined EAST in 2019 and I was posted to work with Mala at the library. A year later on October 2020, we were faced with the challenge of setting up the library at the Joo Chiat Campus.  Because of space constraint, we had to downsize the book collection from 16,000 to 12,000 books.  It was a real challenge as we had to label the boxes, shelf the books systematically and it involved the physical labour of moving the books over.”

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God is making a beautiful thing: Deborah Quek

Deborah Quek, Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling student, and Arya (her friend’s adopted pet dog, a Singapore Special)

Recently, Deborah Quek led the Wednesday EAST Chapel time for a community bonding time on behalf of the Student Council. Deborah is currently studying Graduate Diploma in Pastoral Counselling at EAST and is a fresh face to many of us in the community. Below is a short interview to get to know this dear sister’s journey to and through EAST. Read on and be encouraged by how God is working in her life.

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Seek God for the Future

 

Listening to Daniel Yoncer speak about his past, present and future plans, one gets a peek into a tender heart for people. “Back in uni days, my sis and I invited people to our home a lot, even people we hardly knew,” says Daniel, who tells you he can whip up a decent escargot a’ la Bourguignonne for his guests.

And the self-professed ‘introvert’ enjoys listening to people. “During the pandemic, God led many with needs to my path, and used them to grow my empathy.”

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North Indian Student: Worchuirin Horam

Worchuirin Horam at EAST Mission Hub, July 2022

Introducing Worchirin Horam, a new student from North India, who is pursuing Master of Arts in Leadership. Her brother is an Alumnus Haimi Horam who graduated with a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry. We chatted with this petite lady with a big heart for God:

1. What were you doing before you came to EAST?
My last posting was a teacher at a mission school in North India before I came to EAST. I had worked as a missionary teacher for more than a decade in different schools. Besides that, I was a part-time women counsellor in a women hostel from 2018-2021. I taught Sunday school from 2017-2019. I also served as a outreach and evangelism leader, the discipleship task group leader from 2012-2015 in North India. I lived in an orphanage and spend a couple of years (2011-2013) sharing my life with those living there. I helped and counselled them, prayed with them during my stay there.

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