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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Budding Forth a New Garden

We have a small plot of gardening space at the front of our Joo Chiat Campus which is coming alive with the green fingers of our resident faculty-and-botanist, Roland Tan.

The EAST garden has always been a place of refreshing, relaxation, and familiarity as the flora greets us every day we come to school. We hope the garden will do the same for our passers-by along Joo Chiat Road.

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Prayer Pointers – 28 Jan 2021

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. (Psalms 46:1 ESV)

We continue to lean on the Lord as we start classes this semester with a number of students from abroad attending classes online.

 

Our Spaces Spruced Up!

 

These are our spaces for fellowship, reading, conversations, rest and study, all spruced up and made ready for a new season at the EAST Mission Hub!

We appreciate the interior design input from our PIM faculty, Josephine Lam who has made these spaces much more vibrant for our community.

As we prepare for the new semester in January 2021, we look forward to start this new chapter at our new campus at 118 Joo Chiat Road. Thanks be to God for new beginnings!

Readying Our Classrooms Within

As we conclude this semester with the completion of our course exams and assignments, we transition into the year-end vacation and make preparations for the coming semester.

Speaking of preparations, we are in the midst of readying our new classrooms at our Joo Chiat campus. As seen in the picture above, these are brand-new classrooms for a new season at EAST.

Even as our physical classrooms are renewed, it is good to take this time to look into our hearts and make ready our ‘classrooms within’ for new seasons of learning. This is when we can come to the Lord and say, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; try me, and know my anxieties.” (Psalms 139:23 NKJV)

Yes, together with the Lord, we search within ourselves and process what we find with Him. This is one way we can work with God to ready our hearts for a new season of learning.

May your ‘classroom within’ indeed be renewed and refreshed by the Spirit of God as He journeys with you into your next semester.

 

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