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Singapore: The Place for Us

February 27, 2014 1 comment

As I mentioned, when leaving America many people were keen to let me know that needs existed at home, too. They were confused as to why I’d have to leave & go so far just to meet needs in the world. Oddly, when we arrived in Singapore people were (and are!) confused as to why would would come. “So, why are you here exactly?”; “But there are already many Christian ministries on the campuses…”; “But, we are a sending church…we are who is sending missionaries out…” At times these questions were asked out of curiosity & genuine interest. However, more than once I felt that we seemed unnecessary to them. In other words, people were saying, “The Christians here are doing just fine, shouldn’t you be doing what you do somewhere more needy than here?” (Again, people didn’t say this so directly, but the confusion does make you wonder “why here” again)

After plenty of reflection, I believe that Singapore is indeed the place for us to be because of theological, personal, national, and global reasons.

Marina Bay

The undergirding reasons are theological. Just as Abraham left in Genesis 12, Jesus coming as a servant, like Phillip in Acts 8, or Paul traveling place to place – when God sends it is for a purpose. The place is not insignificant, the people are not insignificant, the cause is not insignificant. After a series of events and steps of obedience we landed in Singapore. God is sovereign and God is in control of chance (Proverbs 16:33). I fully believe that if we shouldn’t be in Singapore, then we wouldn’t be.

Next, we should be here for the sake of our own personal development. Singapore is  an excellent launching country. People can easily learn many cultures & languages that could prepare them to go on to somewhere else. Plus, Christianity is already established in Singapore. In fact, there are at least 600 churches in this little country! I am so thankful for an opportunity that doesn’t just make me give, give, give. I also receive countless life lessons, focused training, and knowledge during our stay here.

Further, having many establishments doesn’t mean less needy…just different needs. This country is excellent at first impressions – upon arriving it’s hard to see any issues at all! But, reality is there are still poor, lonely, and misguided people even here. According to Joshua Project there is quite a lot of work to be done in here! Not only in terms of spiritual needs, but also emotional needs. I’ve had the privilege of befriending students that have shared with me societal pressures they face, sexual abuse, broken family history, and doubts in God. I may not be able to meet a TON of needs in Singapore, but I can love a few people and meet needs such as leadership development, life-coaching, friendship, Bible study training, and teaching english. Also, what could I possible offer a developing country??? I have zero skills in medicine, agriculture, or architecture. But..that’s another topic. Financial prosperity does not solve the hurts here – in fact, it may perpetuate them – but love and kindness goes a long way.

worldwide

And lastly, seeking the good of this country ultimately multiplies the redemption that can happen worldwide. Like I said earlier, this is an excellent country for sending people out. A huge reason for this is also because of the high number of foreigners that stay here. The nations are in Singapore! No need to look far! If the people who move here experience a wondrous change in their life, then they will one day return to their home country and promote Christ & love there too.

Although Danny and I don’t intend on spending our life in Singapore, it’s not because it wouldn’t be well worth it. Most foreigners only pass through SG, because like I said, it prepares you for the rest of Asia quite well. Plus, the locals are established in the faith and able to evangelize & love their neighbors. However, it isn’t likely that 600 churches could care for all 5 million people! God has redeemed so much in this nation, but there are many lives in need of something beyond a materialistic or moral aspiration -they’re in need of eternal security & joy in Christ.

I’m glad to be here while God has me here. (Btw, It took me MONTHS to be able to say that!) In future posts, I’ll share more about our adjustment & accalamation to this lovely little country.

 

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