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Issue No. 36 10 - 16 Sep 2012
News From Alumnus

MakikoMakiko Okada (Dip CS 2011) is from Japan, presently finishing up the requirements of her Master in Christian Studies. She has recently returned to Japan after spending many years in Singapore, first working in an MNC, and latterly studying at BGST while serving as an intern in Covenant EFC. She writes to share some news:

Dear BGST friends,

Thank you so much for your prayers; GOD IS GOOD. He is truly good and I'm amazed at the things happening in the last two weeks, I came back from a 2-week trip to Kobe and Tokyo; it was fruitful. I'm happy to share with you how God answered our prayer. I give thanks to Him and praise His name.

House - Decided:
God enabled me to sell my flat in Kobe within 10 days of posting on an agent's web-site! God granted me a flat near my sister's place in Tokyo on the following day! My parents and I will move in Tokyo in early Oct.(Much earlier than I thought)

Ministry - Under discussion:
I visited Kobe and Tokyo in the last two weeks and saw a number of friends and 6 pastors. It was so nice to see old friends I had known since the 80s. I caught up with them and discussed ministry opportunities. My pastor (Ps. Takahashi of Tachikawa Evangelical Free Church in Tokyo) will appoint me as associate evangelist this month, and he plans to establish a support group for me as well. The details of the ministry are not fixed yet. Once I move into Tokyo, I plan to start small. I have not spoken about the ministry to my parents yet. I pray that God will move them to accept my decision. Please pray for their salvation.

Health - Good:
I thank God for His protection during the trip. I feel slight improvement in my eye-sight though I still have mild distortions in both eyes and a tiny blind spot in my left eye. After today's medical checkup, my doctor agreed to reduce steroid a little more from tomorrow. Praise the Lord!

Study - Slow but Steady:
Now I focus on MM101: Vocation, Work, and Ministry!

Again, thank you so much for your prayer and encouragement. I remember you in my prayer every day.

God's blessings.

Makiko

Upcoming Course -
The First Urban Churches: Paul's Vision of Community, Mission & Leadership (NT365, 1.5 credits)
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Chapel News

At Chapel on 19th September the Principal will be interviewing Mr Christian Chao, who works at the Civil Service College, where he is currently the Deputy Director of one its centres of expertise, covering the field of organisation development (the practice of developing and improving the performance of an organisation). Mr Chao's work includes organisational diagnosis, change management, culture development, employee engagement, and team effectiveness. Come and hear from him what this involves, and how his Christian faith affects the way he engages in his profession.

Student News

Our deepest condolences to Elder David Leong (MDiv 1998) of Zion Bishan BP Church on the demise of his beloved mother on 10 September 2012.

Our deepest condolences to Maria Theresa Ama Belmonte on the demise of her beloved mother on 11 September 2012.

Please pray for God's comfort to be upon their respective families in their time of bereavement.

Course Schedule for 2012-2013 Semester 1
For more information on the Course Schedule, please visit our website: http://www.bgst.edu.sg/media/files/courses/2012-2013-sem1.pdf:

2012-13 Sem 1

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