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Issue No. 22 30 May - 5 June 2011

Introducing Our Graduates from 20th Convocation

2011 Convocation

MASTER OF THEOLOGY

Immanuel Moses Kanagala
Immanuel has been involved in the ministry of the Immanuel Gospel Ministries of India (IGMI) in Andhra Pradesh, India. He is now serving as Pastor and General Secretary of IGMI. He and his wife Nina have started IGMI Children Home, which looks after orphans and destitute children. He is planning to start a Telegu-medium IGMI School of Evangelism. His life verse is Psalm 19:14: ‘May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, O Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer.’

MASTERS IN EDUCATION FOR CHRISTIAN FORMATION

Rachel Xu
Rachel teaches Christian Education at a theological institution in East Asia.

Wong Choon Yew
Choon Yew committed himself in full-time Christian ministry since 1997. He served in East Africa for 2 years, where he conducted discipleship training for village church communities, trained ministry workers for Christian radio broadcasting, and engaged in community development work. For nearly 10 years, he was actively involved in ministries of the Singapore Baptist Convention. He is currently serving in Pastoral ministry with Herald BP Church. His burden is to train ministry workers, church leaders and bible school teachers in the less developed parts of the world. His life verse is: ‘No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.’ (Luke 9:62)

MASTERS IN CHRISTIAN STUDIES

2011 ConvocationP Aung Win
Before beginning his theological studies, Aung Win worked for three years in the Government Primary School, Myanmar. He served for one year as a pastor in the Christian Reformed Church of Myanmar, and spent 2005–2008 teaching at the Reformed Theological College. He intends to complete the MDiv at BGST. After completing his studies, his aim is to pastor a church and teach at the Bible College in Myanmar. His life verse is Rom. 8:28: ‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’

2011 ConvocationChew Boon Ann
Boon Ann is currently serving as the Missions Secretary of the Anglican Diocese of Singapore. Prior to this, he was a missionary in Nepal for ten years. He and his family attend the Light of Christ Church, Woodlands, an Anglican Church, where he is a member of the Parochial Church Committee and a Home Group leader. He intends to complete the MDiv at BGST. His life verse is Galatians 2:20: ‘I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in this body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.’

Chia Chian Hong

Chian Hong works for ESI International, a US-based Learning and Consulting Services company, and delivers Business Analysis and Project Management courses to clients in ASEAN, China and India. He also spends time as a volunteer counsellor at a Volunteer Welfare Organisation. After graduation he intends to spend time wherever and whenever possible in Christian ministry. His life verse is Acts 3:6. '..Silver and Gold I do not have, but what I have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.'

The rest of the graduates will be introduced in the next issues.

Chapel Summary

This week, Makiko Okada, a full time BGST student shared with us her experience working in Singapore over the last few years and her recent mission trip back home in Japan.  When she moved to Singapore in Jan. 2007, Makiko found the 'human speech' or communication style at office quite different from that in Japan.  Here in Singapore, it was practical and political, while back in Japan, conversation was often relational, polite. but non-committal.  As she gradually realised, both ways of speech can be detrimental for one's spiritual growth since they both encourage her to be less than honest in her conversations or prayers to God.  For this reason, she has now become more careful about her own speech with others, lest it affect her prayer life.

With regard to her recent mission trip to the earthquake disaster areas in Japan, Makiko gained further insights into the dynamics between human and divine speech in Japan.   Traditionally, Japan has been a hard ground for Christian missions.  Despite 140 years of missionary efforts, the percentage of Christians in the country remains less than 0.5%.    Nonetheless, she believes that God is now working amazingly through the disaster relief effort.  Churches are now joined by many non-Christians in their effort to collect and deliver disaster relief goods.  In the disaster areas, many Japanese have also approached churches for food supplies.  Between churches, there is also a greater sense of spiritual unity and love that has never been seen before.  All these have  fostered among the Japanese a greater awareness of their local churches and a greater trust for these Christian neighbours.  Underlying these developments, explains Makiko, is the churches' intentional effort at not sharing the gospel verbally, but to speak primarily through acts of love.  For it is in this way that God's love, that divine speech, may speak powerfully to the skeptical Christians and draw them to Him.  This is certainly the case for one Japanese church, which saw its Easter attendance tripled due to visiting neighbours.   It is Makiko's hope then that God's glorious salvation may descend upon the Japanese even in the midst of their darkness and pain. 

Please note that there will be no BGST Chapel for the month of June.

Courses Commencing
COUNSELLING & APPLIED THEOLOGY
Counselling & Community (CO240, 1.5cr);
Guest Lecturer: Dr Rod Wilson (President of Regent College)
Jun 11(Sat 10am-12pm, 12.45pm-3pm),
Jun 21, 22, 23; (7.20pm-10.10pm)
Venue: Clarus Centre
The course schedule for Semester I, year 2011-2012 is now available.
For more information, please visit our website: http://bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events
TENT 2011 Modules
TENT
Tentmakers Equipping 'N' Training

Theology of Work
Tues. Jun 7, 21 & 28 (New Dates); 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Dr Toh See Kiat

Understanding Culture & Country Profile Studies
Tues. Jul 5, 12, 19 & 26; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitators: Dr Ng Peh Cheng & Miss Valerie Lim

Religions of Asia
Tues. Aug 2, 16 & 23; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Dr Jeanette Hui

Personal Ministry Skills: Practical Considerations for a Tentmaker's Ministry
Tues. Sept 6, 13 & 20; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mr Toh Kai Hua

Tentmakers & Ethical Issues
Sat. Oct 8 & 15; 2011 (9.30-11.30am; 12.00-2.00pm)
Facilitator: A Former Singaporean Tentmaker

Coping with Stress
Tues. Oct 11, 18 & 25; 2011 (7.20-10.00pm)
Facilitator: Mr Yam Keng Mun

All TENT courses will be held at 37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Blk B Clarus Centre (former Union Industrial Building)

For more information on TENT courses, please visit our website: http://www.bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/tent

Church-Based Lay Training Modules
2011 Modules offered at
Yishun Christian Church (Anglican)

Reformation Theology: Its Significance & Relevance for Christians Today
Wed. Jul 6, 13, 20, 27 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Edwin Tay

The Message of the Song of Songs
Wed. Sep 7, 14, 21, 28 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

2011 Modules offered at
Mt Carmel Bible-Presbyterian Church

The Message of the Song of Songs
Thu. Jul 7, 21, 28, Aug 4 (New Date) (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Dr Philip Satterthwaite

Beginnings: Opening the Gospels
Thu. Sep 1, 8, 15, 22 (7.30-9.30pm)
Lecturer: Mr Quek Tze-Ming

For details about the modules & registrations, please visit:
http://www.bgst.edu.sg/courses-and-events/church-based-lay-training
or contact
 Biblical Graduate School of Theology
Tel: 6227 6815 Fax: 6255 3686

Email: cblt-ycca@bgst.edu.sg (Yishun Christian Church)
cblt-mcbpc@bgst.edu.sg (Mt Carmel BP Church)

37 Jalan Pemimpin, #06-05 Block B, Clarus Centre, S(577177).
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