On 28 December 2016, I prayed the sinner’s prayer with one of my GB graduates. This is the first time I’ve led someone to Christ after being a Christian for some 26 years!
Many years ago, I asked Michael if he would be willing to go out to the mission field because I believed that is where we will truly experience God’s provision. His answer was a straight no because that is not his calling. He believed he is called to serve in the corporate world. I did not push further because I was not sure if I would be courageous enough to serve in the mission field too.
However, when God called me to serve in the Girls’ Brigade in 2010, Michael was my biggest supporter; he even agreed that I should quit my part-time work so that I could learn the ropes as quickly as possible. When I was considering going back to full time employment in 2015, he told me I should not step down from GB. He encouraged me to continue to reach out to the girls even after they have graduated because he believes that this is the “mission field” that God has put us in.
With the support from Michael and the church leadership, I embarked on a journey to intentionally meet up with graduate girls to continue to share the Gospel with them. I did not know how to start because we have never done this before. I also do not know where this will take me. But having seen how faithful God has been to me all these years, I trust that He will continue to guide me and send workers to work alongside with me.
Birthdays are very important to the girls, so I used birthday treats as an excuse to meet the girls. Some found it odd and did not respond. Thankfully, quite a few girls were happy to meet up with me for a meal. After every meet up with the girls, I will post our photos on Facebook and Instagram. This has helped to raise awareness among the graduates that I am still keeping in touch with the girls. One of the girls even asked when it would be her turn to meet up with me.
The release of the ‘N’ and ‘O’ level results are also another important milestone for the girls. Most of them would need advice on the choice of courses in Poly/ITE. When I first told the girls that I would be with them when they received their results in school, most of them did not welcome it. Despite their protests, I still went to the school. Thankfully, the girls were very appreciative of the support I gave them. Now, the girls know that I will be there to support them whenever it is time to receive their results. I am glad I can share such an important milestone with them. This also made them willing to approach me for help when choosing their courses.
Through such intentional meet ups, it was easier for me to catch up with them on their lives and find opportunities to interest them to continue to study the Bible with me. The girl who accepted Christ recently is one of those who asked if I could do Bible study with her. Such opportunities will not happen if we have not continued to minister to the girls after their graduation. This girl also told me that after leaving school, she thought constantly about what she had learnt during GB devotions. She wanted to find out more about God. After doing Bible study with her for 4 months, she said that she wanted Jesus to be her Lord and Saviour.
I thank God that through this ministry, 2 girls have committed to walk closely with Him. 6 youths are currently attending our Saturday [email protected] Fellowship regularly. Of the 6, 2 are attending our Sunday services at PSPC. There are also 4 girls who are doing regular 1-to-1 Bible study with me.
I also thank God for bringing Yew Keong, Janice, Kok Wah, Cheryl, Kenneth and Michael to serve in this ministry together. Recently, we also have May Yoke, Jasmine and Joon Hong who committed to come down once a month to provide refreshment for our Jurong Fellowship. Such support is a testimony to the youths of God’s love and care for them.
We have many activities lined up in 2017 to continue to engage the rest of the graduates. We pray that through such intentional contacts, more youths will come to accept Christ as their Saviour.
I realised it is not true that we will only truly experience God’s provision in the traditional mission field. Through this ministry, I have seen how God moves and touches the hearts of the unchurched. Truly, the harvest is plentiful.
Jesus came and told His disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
Let’s all intentionally reach out to the people around us so that we can participate in God’s harvest.