13 — 19 Aug 2007

Issue No. 30

Biblical GRADUATE school of theology

BGST This Week

“Chum-Reap-Su” (“Greetings” in Khmer)!  Together with a team of 9 other members, we had a great time, interacting and teaching the children, youths and adults of TaKhmao Village. We were encouraged by their enthusiasm in learning the Word of God, their trust in God  & perseverance in their faith in the midst of their  deplorable physical circumstances  & poverty. 

 

Truly in a circumstance like theirs, the greatest gift of all is the joy of knowing Christ.   Rosalind & Sharon (WEC Missionaries) came to this village 9 years ago. We learnt much just by watching them in their serving & interaction with the Cambodians: sharing the love of Christ, the gospel & their lives … teaching, building and strengthening them.  What we learnt through our BGST course on the cultural aspects of mission came in useful too.  We are glad we came to share our lives with them, to encourage them to persevere. 

 

PRAY FOR  CAMBODIA ...

 

WEC in Cambodia

· Church planters, Sunday School / Youth Workers & Trainers;

· Instructors for motorbike repair (2 yrs), computer-related skills, lathe machine

· Business & Marketing Adviser;

· Rural Development Workers: agriculturists, nurses, primary health care trainers.

 

Christian Believers

· To be strong in their faith and trust in God’s providence in every area of their lives;

· That those struggling with alcoholism & persecution may turn to God;

· Hunger for and continue to study the Word of God.

 

Government of Cambodia 

· It may continue to be open to Christian NGOs’ involvement in community projects. 

· For Christians to be able to worship openly. 

· For Christian Businesses to operate & be a platform for gospel sharing & discipling

 

 

 

 

 

 

Govin & Betty’s Mission Trip to Cambodia

This report is given by Govindaram and his wife, Betty. They worship at Adam Road Presbyterian Church and have a heart for missions.

 

Govin was among our latest batch of GradDip CS graduates and has done courses in TENT together with Betty.

ä For centuries the old Khmer kingdom was called Cambodia, a derivation of "Kambuja."

 

After Cambodia won its independence from the French in 1953, it was called the Kingdom of Cambodia.

 

Later, in 1970, Lon Nol took control and renamed the Kingdom of Cambodia to the Khmer Republic. Then, when Pol Pot seized power in 1975, he outlawed the name "Cambodia" because it had been used by the French and called the country "Democratic Kampuchea."

 

The Vietnamese-installed government called Cambodia the "People's Republic of Kampuchea." This lasted until 1989 when it was renamed the State of Cambodia.

 

After the elections of May 1993 and the crowning of Sihanouk in September of 1993, the country's name once again became the Kingdom of Cambodia.

 

 In the Khmer language, Cambodians pronounce their country's name as "Kampuchea." For many foreigners, however, this becomes confused with Democratic Kampuchea and therefore, most international organizations refer to the country as Cambodia.

 

Text Box: A story worth retelling ….

Sadhu Sundar Singh, a Hindu convert to Christianity, became a missionary in India.

 

One late afternoon, Sadhu was travelling on foot through the Himalays with a Buddhist monk. It was bitter cold, and with night coming on, the monk warned Sadhu that they were in danger of freezing to death if they did not reach the monastery before darkness fell.

 

Just as they were traversing a narrow path above a steep precipice they heard a cry of help. Down the cliff lay a man, fallen and badly hurt. The monk look at  Sadhu and said, “Do not stop. God has brought this man to his fate. He must work it out for himself. Let us hurry on before we too perish.”. But Sadhu, the Christian, replied: “God has sent me here to help my brother. I cannot abandon him.”

 

The monk made off through the whirling snow, while the missionary clambered down.

 

The man’s leg was broken and he could not walk. So Sadhu took his blanket, made a sling of it, and tied the man on his back. Then, bending under his burden, he began body-torturing climb. By the time he reached the narrow path again, he was drenched with perspiration.

 

Doggedly, he made his way on through the deepening snow. It was dark now and it was all he could do to follow the path. But he persevered and though faint with fatigue, and overheated with exertion, he finally saw the lights of the monastery.

 

Then for the first time, Sadhu stumbled and nearly fell. But not from weakness. Slowly he bent down on one knee and brushed the snow off the object. It was the body of the monk, frozen to death.

 

Years later, a disciple of Sadhu’s asked him, “What is life’s most difficult task?“

 

Without hesitation, Sadhu replied, “ To have no burden to carry.”

Text Box: Journal Highlight: Bulletin for Biblical Research

A bi-annual journal, BBR is published by the Institute for Biblical Research (IBR), an organization started by American evangelical Christian scholars with a similar vision to that of the Tyndale Fellowship for Biblical Research in UK.

 

Its aim is to ‘foster excellence in the pursuit of Biblical Studies within a faith environment’ and its area of concentration is in Old and New Testament and Biblical Hermeneutics.

 

The journal publishes collections of articles on various topics. The latest issue features an article which puts the Chicago Statement on Biblical Hermeneutics (1982) under a close scrutiny offering an answer to the question, what kind of biblical hermeneutics ought evangelical Christians to embrace for themselves and to advocate to others? (2007).

 

Another article asks whether Paul’s second reference to “Israel” in Rom 9:6b refers to the faithful Jewish remnant alone or to the eschatological people of God comprising believing Jews and Gentiles together.

 

With more practical importance, perhaps for both pastors and laymen, the question of the tithe is investigated in a series of two articles with all the references to tithing in both the Old and the New Testaments. If you have ever wondered whether tithing (giving ten percent of one’s income) is obligatory or no longer applicable for Christians, you may find a much more biblically grounded answer to your query here than elsewhere (2006).

 

I hope this ‘highlight’ will whet your appetite for the search for the truth and its application in life. Each issue ends with a section of reviews of the latest books in biblical studies.

 

(Dr Aquila Lee)

 

Text Box: Weekly Highlights

Course Starting This Week:

· Counsellor's Skills: Developing Micro-skills in Counselling (CO213, 3 credits), starting Aug 15 (Wed), 7.15-10.15pm. Lecturer: Mr Yam Keng Mun

 

Required Courses for M.Div students:          

· The Christian Spirit (TS251, 3 credits, video class), starting Sep 12 (Wed, new date), 7.30-9.30pm. Lecturer: Prof. James Houston/Tutor: Mr John Chong Ser Choon

·  Introduction to Evangelism & World Mission (ME101, 3 credits, video class), starting Sep 14 (Fri), 7.15-9.15pm. Lecturer: Mr Martin Goldsmith/Tutor: Miss Irene Tay

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 Chapel

Our chapel speaker this week is Dr Aquila Lee. Next week Alumnus, Andrew Lee, home on summer vacation, will address us. Do take this opportunity to catch up with Andrew.

 

 

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