Doc to doc
had the good opportunity to be in the same class as Dr Soh Ling Ling for two
modules, during which I found her to be ‘easy-to-talk-to’, and extremely
jovial (read giggly). In my course of interaction with her, and most
recently over a cup of tea in Bugis Junction, I realised that she was
mission-minded as well.
the busy doctor-student that she was, I conducted a short interview over
email. Here’s what I found
Ling worships at Bethesda Frankel Estate Church and serves as a Senior
Sunday School teacher, and secretary of the Missions Board. She is currently
working as a locum medical doctor.
got to know about BGST while as a medical student through Dr Tan Lai Yong
who was her bible study leader then. Her first course, taken in 1993, was on
“Creation and Evolution”. Ten years later in 2003, she resumed courses
again in preparation for future missions involvement.
did she choose BGST? She mentioned flexibility and timing of lectures and
lessons which catered to the lay person. This arrangement was conducive for
those who were holding on to full-time or part-time jobs.
did she hope the studies at BGST would equip her? She has this to say:
importance of knowing God’s Word in this day and age, when the world’s
values are so strong and kingdom values are fast being over-ruled. We need
to be diligent to present ourselves approved to God as a workman who does
not need to be ashamed and who accurately handles the word of truth.”
has these encouraging words to all you readers out there:
you, be sober in all things, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist,
fulfill your ministry.” (2 Timothy 4:5, NASB)
tuned in future to find out more of what Ling Ling does to fulfill her
ministry in missions)
Ling is currently
frantically doing the
required courses and assignments for the Grad Dip CS.
She has also done Greek I and II. This probably explains her brief consultation with the interviewer.
Prayer Meeting on Wednesdays
group of BGST students (part-time and full-time) have been meeting at the
“upper room” (read level two) for a time of sharing and prayer. All
are invited for a mutually edifying time!
You can contact the student facilitator for this group, Ng Boon Thian, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
A Doc’s blog
Ling Ling reminded me of an entry I made in my blog some time ago. She
mentioned that she was attending courses at BGST “in preparation for
future missions involvement”. It made me ponder again on why I was
studying theology, and where it was leading me.
November 20, 2006
was once again confronted with mortality this week.
you don't feel as much when an elderly person passes away. After all, one
can always rationalise that his time is up. But can we say the same of one
who is fit and healthy? One whose life seemed to be just taking off?
classmate of mine passed away this week ... in his sleep. When we heard
the news, we were incredulous and it took a while (a long while in fact)
for the news to sink in. One of my friends even went to the mortuary to
visited his funeral wake last night. It was a surreal experience to see
him in the coffin. He had crossed that thin line between life and death.
think back to my own cousin who passed away at 17 years of age, an
acquaintance who passed away at 25 years old, and another colleague's
husband who died recently at 35 years. And I am reminded of my own
near-death experience 2 years ago. Will I be ready when the time comes to
is theology?” I asked that question in July this year.
the light of what has happened since ... “Theology is about knowing God,
about knowing where I am and will be going, about telling others of my
destination and bringing them along with me.”
I had to
attempt to answer this question during my Christian Faith class: “What
Obviously, from my
far-from-perfect answer, I have a long way more to go. So I shall keep on
asking and searching … and blogging.
Encourage someone through your story. You never know who will be inspired by what you have gone through or are going through. Don’t keep your God-given experiences to yourself!
BGST students, both past and present, who have a story of their own to
share. Though neither credits nor grades will be allocated for your
contribution, you can be sure that someone somewhere sometime will be
thankful for your encouragement. No word limit required!
can email Kenny at email@example.com