We praise God for his preservation and leading hands for the College as the current semester 1 of AY 2021/22 draws to a close in this pandemic environment.
October 2021 is indeed a busy and blessed month as we had several notable events.
Firstly, we received our new OT lecturer Ben Thompson and his family from UK. They arrived in late September and completed their SHN on the 6th of October. We were there to receive the family from the Hotel, both Pastor Andrew Ong, our Director and Wilson Oon, our GM were at the Hotel to bring them to the temporary accommodation which was made available from a supporter of the College. They had settled down to Singapore and College life with their children going to school as well, starting mid-October. Ben is now able to speak in person at the Lectures as well as preaching during the Chapel session on Tuesday.
We were also delighted to have John Chua our recent MDiv graduate to preach at the last Chapel session of the Semester on the concluding message on the book of Colossians where he spoke and brough forth the application of being intentional to encourage one another to mature in Christ together as a student body at ETCAsia. During the last Chapel session of the semester, Ben Thompson was also presented with a welcome gift from the students!
We also managed to host the online ETCAsia Supporters’ Evening event on the 7th of October. We thank God for the 85 supporters from Singapore, UK and Australia who graced the event, and we pray that more like-minded brethren and churches would partner the College in prayers and financially towards Vision 2024. Video Recording of the event and the slides deck on how you can partner the College can be found in this link. Supporters can also make a pledge before or during our Annual Giving Day slated on the 17th December 2021.
We praise God that the College can host weekly Prayer Group Meeting on Thursday lunch time. For each prayer session, a student would present the mission need of a specific regional southeast Asia country, before the student body breaks into various prayer groups lead by various faculty members (see photo of Men’s prayer group chaired by Principal Marty Foord). For each month we would also celebrate the birthdays of faculty, staff, and students. The recent birthday celebrations were captured in the photos as shown.
For the last prayer session of the semester, we were glad to have our recent MDiv graduate Sister Shirley to update the student body on the Mission needs of the country of Cambodia. Sister Shirley is now a staff member of BTPC and would join OMF and depart for Cambodia soon. You can sign up for her prayer letter using this link.