Word from the Dean
in a name? That which we call a rose / By any other word would smell as
sweet" (William Shakespeare in Romeo and Juliet, II, ii, 1-2).
For all who understand and hold dear to the heart the mission of BGST is
encapsulated in this expression.
have moved to our new location slightly more than a year ago. Our classes
continue to be held at Park Mall (NUS Extension), Bishan (Zion BPC), and
other locations. But we operate mainly from two heritage shophouses
located right smack between two MRT stations and currently we are
occupying three out of four floors that belong to us. We have perhaps the
smallest campus of all the Bible schools in Singapore and yet we have a
credible teaching faculty, a respectable library, a great student body of
300 who come from a wide range of denominations - many are key lay persons
and they come from more than sixty churches - and unlike the other Bible
schools, more than 95% of our student body are Singaporeans! We would have
more students from other countries if we are able to provide tuition
scholarships and hostel arrangements for them. Many of our best students
who have pursued higher degrees come from overseas, In 2005 our student
enrolment we had 7 students working towards the Master of Divinity, 16 in
the Master in Christian Studies, 47 in the Graduate Diploma in Christian
Studies and 230 are classified as "Special Studies" and these
are happy simply to take courses that they consider interesting and
helpful to them personally.
of you who have been observant might have noticed that since we moved to
agora@BGST we have not yet announced an official opening, Yes, we began
quietly trusting by faith that God would supply our needs as we first
renovated two floors and moved in. A third floor has now been renovated.
But it now needs to be furnished and finishing touches on all three floors
await availability of funds.
recounting our blessings we are happy to note that most of the funding for
the operations of BGST have come from individuals upon whom God has laid a
burden to stand behind the work of BGST. These have caught the vision of
BGST and realize that far from being a sinking ship, BGST is on the
threshold of something exciting and we are poised to enter into our new
lap with undiminished strength as we pursue relentlessly the task that God
has entrusted to us. We hope to announce soon in May a major effort to
deal with the repayment of our building loan. But currently we are
focusing on the need to look at two areas: (1) our operational needs,
which come to about $50,000 a month; and (2) the need to furnish what
renovation areas and the need for this comes to around $30,000. Here are
some realities for us to pray about and to respond to:
In January we received 18
gifts totalling $49,000 for our General Fund and 2 gifts totalling $380
for our Building Fund (the figures are rounded off for convenience of
reference). In February we received 26 gifts totalling $27,000 for our
General Fund and 11 gifts totalling $5,000 for our Building Fund.
Given the current state of
the giving and the monthly need stated above, by about the middle of this
month our cashflow will need heavy injection of funds as we have an
interest free loan of $100,000 to be repaid.
Thank God for the
enthusiastic response to some of our courses. We need quickly to move into
the fourth floor, which is sparsely furnished.
We are therefore launching a Donate a Furniture Appeal, the details of which will be released within the next few days. Essential furniture needs to be bought and students and well-wishers are invited to donate a chair, a table, or some item so that the current renovation can be completed. Note please we are not asking for used furniture but for the funds for us to buy what is required within our space constraints. Will you respond? We shall release the details on our website and in a special edition of BTW next week. Please prayerfully consider how you can make an extra effort to stand behind agora@BGST and help us continue our efforts to be a blessing to our students and the churches we are serving. (Dr Quek Swee Hwa)
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Brothers and Sisters at BGST,
in the name of our Lord Jesus.
am Rev. Yim Tai-Jai, who graduated with MCS in BGST in January 1998. I'm
currently serving as an Associate Pastor after having been ordained in
the Methodist Church in Korea.
have very fond memories of BGST. I would like to meet you all again. I
am going to resign from the present church with effect from February 12
and then I will be leaving on Feb 18 for the States to accept the post
of Senior Pastor at Vancouver Pillar Church located in northern part of
Portland, USA. I have decided to obey God's command. I request your
prayer for me as I embark on a new ministry. I thought that when I
returned to Korea I would no longer use English, but it proved to be
wrong. I began to study English again as one fifth of this congregation
can understand only English.
and Sisters at BGST,
don't forget that God's providence is much greater and more powerful
than what we can imagine. Frankly, I've been under severe difficulties
caused by the economic crisis in Korea since I returned to Korea in
1998. It was a very painful experience. There were much tears and
difficulties without places to serve the Lord. But I always believed
that God will answer my prayers. I began to be involved in pastoring
ministry in the church while studying in the Korean Methodist Seminary.
And now I'm pastoring a congregation with joy.
God that my family is doing fine with good health. I have now two pretty
daughters; they are 9 and 5 years old. My experience in BGST has taught
me various ways to win the victory in the world, especially helping me
realize that God's ways are the most powerful.
I go to the U.S. I'll be facing different kinds of circumstances and
difficulties, but I do not fear because God is with me. I'll be keeping
in touch again with you as soon as I am settled in the States. I trust
that the love and grace of our Lord will be with you all. I pray also
for Dr Quek's health and quick recovery.
your beloved brother in Christ,