The PSPC Ministry Exposure Training (MET) is a short-term internship programme that allows youths and young adults to be exposed to ministry while they are waiting for enlistment, enrolment in university or after graduation. In this reflection, Rachel Teo shares her learning and experiences after completing a 2-month MET.
Greetings, brothers and sisters in Christ! My name is Rachel Teo. I have completed my Diploma in Nursing course in February, and I am waiting to start work at St Luke’s Hospital in May. I decided to join the PSPC Ministry Exposure Training (MET) from March to April. My reasons for joining MET was to have a deeper understanding of God’s plan for the church and to support the different ministries God has placed in my heart. As part of the MET program, I also went on an EP Japan Mission trip (EPJM) from 11-20 April (This was my second time going for an EPJM trip).
During MET, I had the opportunity to go for various prayer meetings: March Prayer & Praise Meeting, EPJM prayer meetings and a prayer walk around church. I have grown to understand that prayer deepens our understanding of God. Prayer helps us to present our requests to God, but at the same time, for us to realign ourselves to God’s will. Prayer helps us to see God’s perspective. When we pray, God listens and answers. Throughout my mission trip, I was also able to see God’s amazing goodness and faithfulness through answered prayers.
During my mission trip, I have learnt to trust God’s timing. EPJM has been working with the Morioka Bible Baptist Church (MBBC) and 3.11 Iwate Church Network since 2011. It has been close to 6 years of ministering to the Japanese people. Sometimes, only a handful of people turn to Christ. Though there is a small number of Christians in Japan, and even less people who become Christians, God is still glorified. It is not effective by human calculation that one soul is saved for the effort placed to reach more souls. However, God is working in the people’s lives. Luke 15:10 reminds me that there is rejoicing over one sinner who repents.
I have a strong conviction that the whole church should be actively involved in missions. Everyone should be involved in going, sending, supporting and/or praying. “Missions exist because worship does not” – John Piper reminds us that doing missions is a temporary necessity to bring all nations and all peoples to worship God. The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God. Worship is the ultimate goal of the church. So therefore, we must go and make disciples of all nations.
I had the privilege of sharing my testimony at the mission trip to a group of university students. I am not good at speaking or sharing to an audience and so I was very nervous. However, praise the Lord! I was able to share my vulnerable self and God’s glory was seen! Through this experience, I have grown to understand that even in our weaknesses, God is able to use us to glorify Him.
I had the golden opportunity of spending quality time to do daily devotions during MET. Through devotions, I saw God’s faithfulness at work in the Bible, and I was also reminded of His provisions. With daily devotions and the reading of the Bible, we are able to stay rooted in God’s word. This has deepened my conviction that doing daily devotions helps me grow in my walk with God.
During my time in MET, I was involved with the BB & GB ministries on Tuesdays and Thursdays respectively. I was also involved in the Children’s Ministry. I had the chance to teach the BB Boys some skills and also to assist in teaching Sunday school classes. I realized that teaching does not come easily for me and I may not have the right words to speak. But with God, all things are possible! In our weaknesses, God shows His strength. I would like to encourage you to serve in different ministries and missions that God has placed in your hearts. God will work His ways and teach you, as long as you are willing.
I have learnt that it takes a lot of effort and administrative work to run a church. It is not an easy task, and without the team behind the administrative work, our church will not be able to function. As church members, we may sometimes overlook the smallest details that allow the church to function. Let us not take for granted the people God has placed to lead and serve in our church! 1 Corinthians 12:27 says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.” Through this MET journey, I realize that every Christian should actively encourage one another. It is a blessing to encourage and give hope to each other for our daily lives, work and ministries. It is so easy to get discouraged or to even discourage others. As the body of Christ, we are to encourage and spur one another on. Let us be a blessing to one another in all that we say and do.
Lastly, I have learnt many things about God, serving and about myself. If you’d like to know more, do feel free to approach me!
Soli Deo Gloria! (To God alone be the glory!)
Rachel Teo Shi Hwei