We Receive More Than We Give

We Receive More Than We Give

Couriers participant Jeremy Tay who recently came back from his Myanmar trip (21-28 July) shares his experiences with us.

When Ps Cameron asked if I would go for the Myanmar trip even though only I had signed up, I said yes. Little did I realize what I had signed myself up for!

 If I could sum up this trip in a few words, I would describe it as one great adventure.  Travelling with people I barely knew or could speak to, I rode a boat down one of the longest rivers running through Myanmar, trekked through mud that was knee-deep, braved torrential rains (and bathed in rain water too), and ate farm mice (which by the way, tastes like chicken, but more tender).

 I tagged along with Ps Joseph and his team comprising of students who were on this field trip as part of the School of Ministry program. The primary objective of this trip was to encourage and strengthen the local churches in the Delta region, including Cornerstone Myanmar’s youngest daughter church at Ahmar. In total, we visited two local churches, one medical outpost  (near the mouth of the river joining the sea, the area known as the “Mouths of Ayeyarwady”) and our daughter church at Ahmar.

 Looking back, there are 3 things that captured my heart.

Firstly, one particular event that stood out to me was a visit to a member’s home in Ahmar.

A storm was brewing as we were making our way to there. Halfway into our journey, the torrents came crashing down. We made a brief pit-stop and decided to carry on. By the time we reached the house, we were drenched.

As the sky darkened, I could barely make out the faces around me. With a few torches and some make-shift lighting, we looked at one another soaked to the skin, and there were smiles all around. We greeted the family and started with a time of worship. As we sang, the presence of God fell on us in such a tangible manner. It was truly a beautiful moment as the Father of lights stepped into our house amidst the darkness and the storm. We gave an altar call and some of the family members responded. After praying for them, they testified that they felt His presence and one mentioned that his mind was clearer.

 Secondly, it was the sincere, passionate worship I was so blessed to have experienced. Spontaneous eruptions of praise and worship would happen during our boat rides. In the meetings we had, everyone raised their voices and sang with their hearts. I could literally feel the intensity of their worship, even though I could not understand Burmese. There was something about the way they sang. It wasn’t merely melodies with words; it was a deep cry unto God.

Thirdly, the thought that keeps coming back to me is the privilege of being a part of His work in Myanmar. It wasn’t just the times of ministry or meetings that blessed me, it was also having the opportunity to experience a different culture, to fellowship with the family of God and hear their stories of God’s work in their lives and church.

More and more I am aware that God has a really big plan laid out for His people. It is the master chess player who understands every piece and strategy, seeing multiple steps ahead, making a calculated move. I am but a piece of the puzzle, and I feel humbled and in awe that God would allow me the opportunity to participate in His work here in Myanmar.

People always say that you receive more than you give whenever you go on a mission trip. Without a doubt, I have been blessed by this trip.

We’re Only Just Beginning

Here are some reflections from Kang Bee Hua, who recently came back from a trip to the Philippines (11-16 July).

The warmth and charm of the people from the land of 7,000 plus islands bid me go back a second time; not to rub shoulders with ministers, but to hold the shoulders of the least in its community.

Fifteen years on, more buildings scrape the clearer skies of Manila.  While the rising affluence is also evident in the increasing number of shopping malls, and increased number of cars on the roads, visits with our team of seven to Marikina’s  homes housing abandoned young and old, and under-bridge “residents” reminds me that this strata will always be in any society.  The difference is really the conditions in which they live, and the love that they can merely hope to receive.

The mounds of new earth and cement on an extended site to the old folks’ home offer promise that there will be more room for the old folks who currently squat in cemented rooms where up to five metal foldable beds are tightly interspersed.

Urine stench permeates the corridor between the dormitories.  Bony hands wrapped around the steel bars on the doors greeted us before we could survey the desolate faces of the residents in the mental ward.  Some old persons lay on the skeletal bed unable to clothe themselves; perhaps, it is good that they are unaware.

Joy and hope lit up the faces of the old folks when our team started ministering in songs and sharing.

Deep cries out!

During the service, a resident was so hungry for conversation he interrupted time and again to purvey his thoughts to me.  Though abandoned, many of these folks exude stoicism – or is it numbed pain? The faces of some very elderly women were still heavily covered in make-up; are they expecting special company or living a dream yet to be fulfilled?

The gaunt building of the boys’ home issues silent pleas for a new skin of paint. Broken glass window panes on the boys’ dormitories suggest fights and unlikely force 5 winds. The boys’ enthusiastic responses to challenges during ministry were inspiring.  Yes, deep within the belly of every human spirit, young or old, rich or poor, are living waters of God-given hope and expectation.  They were happy to have the two boys on our team for brothers to play with, even for the span of that short visit.  They were elated to pick out the best couple who danced to the beat of ‘Deep Cries Out’. Regrettably, the scrawny boys did not seem to have enough from the first helping of macaroni that we distributed.

At the girls’ home, the ‘new creation in Christ’ story animated with a skit of a caterpillar morphing into a butterfly captured the imagination of the girls.

While the younger girls were content with playing the heroine of a morphing caterpillar, the teenagers sat back.  There are issues on their hearts; if only they had parents to share them with.

all smiles

“I was in prison, and you visited me.” Matthew 25:36. This verse that appeared in large red font at the women’s prison gate was a third confirmation that I was at the right place. If not for the barbed metal fences, one would think one was in a community neighbourhood. Inmates were selling handmade crafts.  I bought a beaded red tote from a mainland Chinese woman who said she was jailed for human trafficking. Activities of daily living and merchandising on the uneven terrain roused a Lilliputan likeness. The host of our visit told us she is looking forward to her release next year and to seeing her grandchild.  She has been in prison for the past 18 years. A banner with her younger face brought a tinge of regret into my heart. But her quiet joy and tranquil energy assured me that the sweat of Christians has not gone to waste on her and her friends behind bars.

Staying under expressway bridges appears to be a better option for some seeking to get a better life in the city than cramping in a squatter hole.

under the bridge

I was almost inclined to agree but for the wall-less space that infants and women have to make do with.  What with days of floods and typhoons?  Trains would become their temporary refuge; the soiled furniture and utensils are as makeshift as their way of life.  For as long as a decade, the bridgers have had expressways as their home address;  the hinterland is a river that flows under the bridge and the bare ground that has become arable land to grow produce to sell. Powdery sand is the trampoline little children bounce on. Covered in mismatched garb, the folks lapped up the food we brought in no time.

Thanks to Cornerstone Marikina, rays of hope and days of fuller stomachs at the homes, the prison and under bridges come through the hands of dedicated church workers, volunteers, youth leaders and even housewives.   The effect of their work will not only be revealed in heaven, but in time, manifested here on earth.  “Truly I tell you, just as you did it to one of the least of these who are members of my family, you did it to me.” Matthew 25:40

The ride to Manila airport evokes a false sense of mission accomplished.  Truly, the journey to recovery and restoration of lives has only just begun!

the team and our ‘chaperones’

Offical launch of White Fields 2013!

Last week, we had the official launch of our Cornerstone Couriers programme for 2013! First of all, we would like to thank each and every one of the perticipants who took the time off to come for the launch. The theme for this year is ‘White Fields’, and we’re excited to be a part of the great harvest of souls we believe is coming in this season.

We started off with a time of praise and worship, before Pastor Cameron came and gave a short sharing on the vision and goals of the programme for this year. He also spoke briefly on the importance of availing ourselves and going on mission trips, which is really part of the backbone of what we do here. He also introduced the team leaders for each trip very briefly, and acknowleged those who have undergone out Couriers Team Leaders’ Training Programme. The national coordinators were also introduced to the participants present.

Pastor Rupert, the national coordinator for Indonesia

Folloing that was my personal favourite part of the session: Getting to meet our teams! I can’t speak for everyone, but I had definitely been excited to meet the rest of my team for the past week. Needless to say, though it was just a short, simple get-to-know-you session, I was happy for the chance to meet my team. I’m definitely looking forward to going on a trip with all of them!

After that, we had a time of corporate prayer to better prepare and equip ourselves for the work. There was just a sense of preparation and rediness in the room, and several people came up to pray over the teams. Indeed, prayer is an essential part of all we do, and going to the nations is no exception to that.

Having a time of corporate prayer

To end off the meeting, all of the teams had a chance to meet with and speak to the national coordinator for the nations they would be travelling to. The participants were told what to expect, as well as given some practical tips regarding travel matters, and other things.

meeting Pastor Saw, the national coordinator for Myanmar
meeting Pastor Cameron, the national coordinator for Africa

We are really looking forward to what God will be doing through ther teams as they go forth to the White Fields. Do also keep our teams in prayer as they go forth to help bring in the harvest of souls we believe will come!

 

Open White Fields trips

Hi all, here’s a quick update on our Couriers programme so far!

If you would like to join us in going to the White Fields but have yet to sign up, fret not! We do still have some open trips waiting to be filled. below is a list of the available trips, and the dates (arranged in chronological order):

  • MYN1 (Delta Region, Myanmar), from 22-28 Jul (males preferred)
  • PHI3 (Marikina, Philippines), from 1-6 Aug
  • SRI1 (Colombo, Sri Lanka), from 22-26 Aug
  • CAM1 (Phnom Penh, Cambodia), from 10-15 Sep
  • SRI7 (Colombo, Sri Lanka), from 5-12 Dec
  • BUR1 (Bujumbura, Burundi), from 16-23 Dec
  • INA1 (Hyderabad, Vizaq, and Gujurat, India), from 18-22 Dec (males only)

Among these open trips, we would like to highlight a very special trip, MYN1. This trip is the first of its kind in our Couriers programme. For starters, we will be headed to the Delta Region in Myanmar, a region we had yet to send Couriers teams to up till now. This will be a very exciting time for us as we will get to work with a new church plant in the region. However, we would like to mention that signups for this trip should, preferably, be male due to the nature fo the work. If you’re looking for adventure and something different, then this is definitely the trip for you!

If you are interested in signing up for any of the above-mentioned trip, or have any other couriers-related queries, do feel free to drop us an email at missions@cscc.org.sg and we will get back to you ASAP.

Join us in going to the nations and bringing in the harvest!

A Great Report from East Africa! | Part 3 of 3

Pastor Cameron Walcott visited Burundi, Uganda, and Kenya from the 12th to the 21st of April 2013.  This is part 3 of his report on the trip, check out part 1 and part 2 also.

 

My next stop after Uganda was Kenya, and specifically the city of Eldoret.  Eldoret is the third largest city in Kenya and is a short 45 minute flight to the west of Nairobi.  It is a very nice city, located right on the equator but at a very high altitude.  As such, the temperatures are nice, ranging from the late teens to low twenties Celsius.  Because of the climate and altitude, Eldoret is home to many of the world’s best marathon runners.  If you have watched world-class long-distance running any time in the last several years, you certainly have seen men and women from Eldoret!

 

The purpose for my visit to Eldoret was an invitation by Global Fellowship International, an independent Pentecostal church that is led by Pastor Ibrahim Ambuche.  This church has four smaller churches as part of its network as well.  I first met Pastor Ibrahim in Nairobi one year ago, and he expressed a desire to join the Cornerstone network.  I went to Eldoret to meet his leaders and minister in the church.  I preached in two open meetings and also conducted leadership training on Saturday throughout the day.

 

With Pastor Ibrahim

 

The first morning I arrived I met the board of the church, and explained more about the vision of Cornerstone, and what joining our network would mean.  They responded enthusiastically and expressed a unified desire to become part of Cornerstone and work together to build the Kingdom of God in Eldoret.

 

Board Members of Global Fellowship International

 

After my last service there on Saturday afternoon, the church asked me to plant a small tree outside on their church compound.  Although I am not a green-thumb (and almost toppled over the tree by shoveling the dirt too enthusiastically!), I believe it was a little prophetic sign.  Cornerstone may be partnering with Global Fellowship International some time soon, and God is raising up trees of righteousness throughout East Africa.  Cornerstone has some part to contribute to this.  We rejoice in what He is doing and what He is using us to do!

 

Planting a tree in Eldoret

 

A Great Report from East Africa! | Part 2 of 3

Pastor Cameron Walcott visited Burundi, Uganda, and Kenya from the 12th to the 21st of April 2013.  This is part 2 of his report on the trip, you can find part 1 here.

 

After four days in Burundi, I arrived in Uganda late Monday evening with my cousin Daniel. Early the next morning we went with Pastor Aloysius Ntege and Pastor Henry Mukisa to the city of Hoima, about a four hour drive west of Kampala.  There is a village church there that has been hosting a Cornerstone Zion Bible school for the last year.  It is one of our many Bible school centers in Uganda, and were traveling there to officiate a Bible school graduation.

 

Giving of certificates

 

The graduation ceremony was held in the afternoon and was very well organized – about 200 people crowded into the small village church.  There were 47 graduates who received their certificates on that day.  I am continually amazed by the number of students we are reaching in Uganda – this is the fifth graduation I have officiated there in the last 18 months and there are still two more groups of students in different areas that will be ready to graduate this year.  Pastor Henry is doing an excellent job of promoting and organizing the school. There are now hundreds of graduates in Uganda who have attended our Bible schools and are impacting their cities and villages.

 

ZMI Graduation in Hoima

 

We stayed in Hoima overnight on Tuesday and returned to Kampala on Wednesday the 17th.  On the way back, we stopped at the Cornerstone Primary School in Busula.  I shared at their weekly teacher fellowship in the afternoon, they have about 20 teachers in the school.  This is one of our 3 primary schools in the nation, all under the direction of Pastor Aloysius.

 

The highlight of our time there was meeting a young lady, Mary Namuli.  The outstanding thing about Mary is that she once was a student in the Cornerstone Kids Sponsorship Program and is now a teacher at the school in Busula. A few years ago, it was the generosity and finances of our sponsors in Singapore and the faithfulness of our partners in Uganda that enabled her to study, and now she is giving back to the school that she received from!  We believe she is a firstfruit of the many children who have gone through the program and will be returning to bless the work of Cornerstone in Uganda, for the glory of God.

 

Mary Namuli

Upon returning to Singapore, I went through our records to confirm that Mary was in the program and I found her on our 2005 lists – she was in Primary 7 then and was sponsored by one of our cell groups.  It was great to see one of the kids who went through the sponsorship program now giving back to the school.  May this be an encouragement for all of you who are giving to the Kids Sponsorship Program – some of you have been giving for many years!

 

The whole atmosphere in our primary school at Busula is excellent.  When traveling through East Africa you see so many children in need and at risk, but the moment you enter Busula there is such an atmosphere of peace and joy for the children.  Their facilities are good and always improving, and there is space for the children to play, study – it’s a whole different environment from so many other places in the region.  As we continue to invest in these young children, we know there will be many more success stories in the future.

 

Busula Merry Go Round

 

Cornerstone has been in Uganda for many years, and we are starting to see extraordinary fruit.  We believe we will be continuing in this nation for many years to come!

 

A Great Report from East Africa! | Part 1 of 3

Pastor Cameron Walcott visited Burundi, Uganda, and Kenya from the 12th to the 21st of April 2013.  This is part 1 of his report on the trip. 

 

Last month I went on a 10 day trip to our Cornerstone works in Burundi, Uganda, and Kenya.  It was an excellent and exciting trip, and I bring back news that God is doing great thing through Cornerstone in Africa!

 

The first stop on my journey was Burundi.  This small, war-torn nation is one of the 5 poorest countries in the world by per-capita GDP, and the poverty and pain is evident everywhere you go.  The country’s latest civil war only ended in 2008.  Yet in the middle of these severe problems, God is moving greatly in this nation.

 

Cornerstone began our partnership with a young Burundian pastor named Jerome Ininahazwee in October of 2011.  At that time, his young church had only been around for about 5 months.  In the 18 months that have followed, that one church has multiplied quickly, and there are now 15 Cornerstone churches in Burundi!

 

Thus, the focus of my meeting was a Pastors and Leaders Seminar for all of those in the Cornerstone network.  We held the meeting in the capital city of Bujumbura.  I taught there for two days on the topic of “Leadership from the Life of Moses.”  My cousin, Pastor Daniel Kropf from Zion Ministries in Malawi, joined me for this portion of the trip and he also taught in the seminar.  After one of the sessions, we had prayer for all of the leaders present, and about 10 people were baptized in the Holy Spirit.  I also preached in the church the Sunday after the seminar and we had an excellent time in God’s presence, with 5 people born-again after the message.

 

Pastors’ Leaders Seminar

 

After the teaching on the first evening, I asked if I could just meet the pastors for a discussion.  This meeting was just 18 people – Pastor Jerome, 4 district overseers, and 13 lead pastors, one for each church (2 new churches have started since then for the new total of 15).  The discussion was good, and I thanked them for serving in the network.  I also found out that for some of the pastors, this was their first time in Bujumbura – they had never left the village or small town they pastor in before.  I thought Bujumbura is a small town, but for some of them it was the big city!  We paid for the travel costs of all the pastors and leaders to come for the seminar, it was only about $10 per person but some of them had never been able to do that on their own.  It was a small act of kindness on our part, but it meant so much to them.  They thanked me repeatedly for having had a part in making the seminar possible – rest assured that when you give to missions your gifts are remembered and appreciated!

 

CSCC Burundi Pastors

 

The pastors and leaders in our network seemed full of passion and faith, doing their part to continue advancing the Kingdom of God in this nation.  The very problems Burundi is facing also make it ripe for revival – the country is rebuilding to its very foundations and because of this the people are open for any help they can receive.  This is the time for the Church to rise up and be the biggest influence in this land.  Pray about going to Burundi on one of our Courier trips in the upcoming year, for a life-changing and eye-opening experience, and a chance to sow into this nation!

 

CSCC Burundi District Overseers

 

On my last day in Burundi, I also had the opportunity to teach in our Cornerstone Zion Bible School, led by Pastor Theophile Ntagkamurenga.  This school is now in its third year of operation, and there are about 25 students who are enrolled in the school this year.  These men and women are mostly pastors and are being trained with the tools they need for the ministry.

 

We praise God for our partnerships with Pastor Jerome and Pastor Theophile and look forward to the greater things that are going to come in the months and years to come

White Fields! Cornerstone Courier Mission Trips 2013

In John 4:35, Jesus told His disciples, “Lift up your eyes, and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”

Cornerstone Couriers has launched for the year 2013! We will be sending almost 400 people on 42 trips to 10 different nations, and you can be one of these people! Here is the full list of mission trips for the year:

 

AFRICA

AFR 1 Date: 19 – 29 Sep No. of pax: 5 pax
Burundi Estimated Cost: $3500 Trip intensity: ●●●
Rwanda Church/ Org: CSCC Bible Schools
Uganda Trip Focus: Bible school graduations

 

BUR 1 Date: 16 – 23 Dec No. of pax: 5 pax
Burundi Estimated Cost: $3000 Trip intensity: ●●●
Bujumbura Church/ Org: CSCC
Trip Focus: Crusades, Teaching, Ministry to Children and Elderly

 

UGA 1 Date: 22 – 30 Nov No. of pax: 5 pax
Uganda Estimated Cost: $3000 Trip intensity: ●●●
Kampala Church/ Org: CSCC
Trip Focus: Ministry in Primary Schools, Community Outreaches

 

CAMBODIA

CAM 1 Date: 10 – 15 Sep No. of pax: 5 pax
Phnom Penh Estimated Cost: $800 Trip intensity: ●●
Church/ Org: Global Renewal
Trip Focus: Cell group training and door to door evangelism

 

CAM 2 Date: 20 – 25 Nov No. of pax: 5 pax
Proipet Estimated Cost: $1000 Trip intensity: ●●●
Church/ Org: Words of Life
Trip Focus: Childrens Vacation Bible School

 

CAM 3 Date: 5 – 10 Dec No. of pax: 5 pax
Phnom Penh Estimated Cost: $800 Trip intensity: ●●
Church/ Org: Global Renewal
Trip Focus: Youth Outreach

 

CAM 4
Date: 10 – 15 Sep No. of pax: 5 pax
Phnom Penh Estimated Cost: $800 Trip intensity: ●●
Church/ Org: Global Renewal
Trip Focus: Cell group training and door to door evangelism

 

CHINA

CHI 1 Date: 20 – 26 Jun No. of pax: 10 pax
Shenzhen Estimated Cost: $1200 Trip intensity: 
Nanning Church/ Org: Nil
Trip Focus: Exposure

 

CHI 2 Date: 21 – 25 Jul No. of pax: 10 pax
Nanning Estimated Cost: $1200 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: Nil
Trip Focus: Youth Camp/Conference

 

CHI 3 Date: 22 – 26 Jul No. of pax: 30 pax
Hong Kong Estimated Cost: $1200 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: Nil
Trip Focus: Asia for Jesus’ Conference

 

CHI 4 Date: 10 – 18 Aug No. of pax: 4 pax
Baise Estimated Cost: $1200 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: Nil
Trip Focus: Teachers’/Childrens’ camp

 

CHI 5 Date: 29 Sep –  7 Oct No. of pax: 10 pax
Chengdu Estimated Cost: $1200 Trip intensity: ●●●
Church/ Org: Nil
Trip Focus: Children ministry

 

CHI 6 Date: 12 – 18 Dec No. of pax: 20 pax
Shenzhen Estimated Cost: $1200 Trip intensity: 
Nanning Church/ Org: Nil
Trip Focus: Region and community exposure. Ministry to tertiary students and evangelism

 

PHILIPPINES

PHI 1 Date: 15 – 20 Jun No. of pax: 8 pax
Marikina Estimated Cost: $650 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: CSCC
Trip Focus: Outreaches to prison, girls’ home, old folks home and special women


PHI 2 Date: 11 – 16 Jul No. of pax: 8 pax
Marikina Estimated Cost: $650 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: CSCC
Trip Focus: Outreaches to prison, girls’ home, boys’ home and old folks home


PHI 3 Date: 1 – 6 Aug No. of pax: 8 pax
Marikina Estimated Cost: $650 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: CSCC
Trip Focus: Outreaches to prison, girls’ home, youths, old folks home and church anniversary


PHI 4 Date: 12 – 17 Sep No. of pax: 8 pax
Marikina Estimated Cost: $650 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: CSCC
Trip Focus: Outreaches to boys’ home, girls’ home, Smokey Mountain and old folks home


PHI 5 Date: 17 – 22 Oct No. of pax: 8 pax
Marikina Estimated Cost: $650 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: CSCC
Trip Focus: Outreaches to prison, girls’ home and old folks home. Feeding program


PHI 6 Date: 7 – 12 Nov No. of pax: 8 pax
Marikina Estimated Cost: $750 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: CSCC
Trip Focus: Outreaches to prison, girls’ home, Smokey Mountain and old folks home


PHI 7 Date: 5 – 10 Dec No. of pax: 8 pax
Marikina Estimated Cost: $750 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: CSCC
Trip Focus: Outreaches to prison, girls’ home, Smokey Mountain and old folks home


PHI 8 Date: 16 – 20 Dec No. of pax: 8 pax
Marikina Estimated Cost: $750 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: CSCC
Trip Focus: Worship night and Christmas programs for girls’ home, old folks home, prison and special women

 

INDIA

INA 1 Date: 18 – 22 Dec No. of pax: 6 pax  (men only)
Hyderabad Estimated Cost: $1200 Trip intensity: ●●●
Vizaq Church/ Org: CSCC
Gujurat Trip Focus: Evangelism in cities & villages: Orphan kids, bible college students, family visits, prayer for sick etc.


INDONESIA

IND 1 Date: 18 – 22 Sep No. of pax: 6 pax
Surabaya Estimated Cost: $850 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: Pondok Hayat
Trip Focus: Ministry to Orphans, Single Mothers, Primary School, Community Outreach Project

 

IND 2 Date: 20 – 24 Nov No. of pax: 6 pax
Surabaya Estimated Cost: $850 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: Pondok Hayat
Trip Focus: Ministry to Orphans, Families, Primary School, Home Visits
 
IND 3 Date: 4 – 9 Dec No. of pax: 7 pax
Jogja Estimated Cost: $900 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: Cornerstone
Trip Focus: Youth ministry & outreach, home visits, evangelistic service

 

IND 4 Date: 4 – 9 Dec No. of pax: 7 pax
Jogja Estimated Cost: $900 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: Livingstone
Trip Focus: Ministry to orphans, home visits, evangelistic service, healing outreach meeting


IND 5 Date: 22 – 29 Jul No. of pax: 5 pax
Bali Estimated Cost: $950 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: CSCC
Trip Focus: Praise and Worship Ministry development


IND 6 Date: 3 – 9 Dec No. of pax: 7 pax
Bali Estimated Cost: $950 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: CSCC
Trip Focus: Ministries at church, orphanage and outreach centres, home visits


MYANMAR

MYN 1 Date: 22 – 28 Jul No. of pax: 4 pax (men preferred)
Delta Region Estimated Cost: $1000 Trip intensity: ●●●
Church/ Org: CSCC
Trip Focus: Ministry and teaching to new church plants


MYN 2 Date: 28 Aug – 1 Sep No. of pax: 4 pax
Yangon Estimated Cost: $850 Trip intensity: ●●
Church/ Org: School of Ministry Myanmar
Trip Focus: Ministries at church, orphanage and outreach centres, home visits


MYN 3 Date: 3 – 8 Dec No. of pax: 6 pax
Yangon Estimated Cost: $850 Trip intensity: ●●
Church/ Org: CSCC
Trip Focus: Visiting orphanages and preaching in churches


SRI LANKA

SRI 1 Date: 22 – 26 Aug No. of pax: 4 pax
Colombo Estimated Cost: $650 – $850 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: Bethany Church
Trip Focus: Youth camp/Youth leaders training


SRI 2 Date: 22 Sep – 2 Oct No. of pax: 6 pax
Jaffna Estimated Cost: $950 – $1200 Trip intensity: ●●●
Church/ Org: Kidznet-linked Orphanage
Trip Focus: Ministry to orphans. Sunday school, games and special projects e.g. painting kids rooms


SRI 3 Date: 22 Sep – 2 Oct No. of pax: 6 pax
Jaffna Estimated Cost: $950 – $1200 Trip intensity: ●●●
Church/ Org: Kidznet-linked Orphanage
Trip Focus: Ministry to orphans. Sunday school, games and special projects e.g. painting kids rooms


SRI 4 Date: 30 Oct – 7 Nov No. of pax: 6 pax
Kandy Estimated Cost: $915 – $1165 Trip intensity: ●●
Church/ Org: Kidznet-linked Orphanage
Trip Focus: Ministry to orphans. Sunday school, games and special projects e.g. painting kids rooms


SRI 5 Date: 30 Oct – 7 Nov No. of pax: 6 pax
Ragala Estimated Cost: $915 – $1165 Trip intensity: ●●
Church/ Org: Kidznet-linked Orphanage
Trip Focus: Ministry to orphans. Sunday school, games and special projects e.g. painting kids rooms


SRI 6 Date: 5 – 12 Dec No. of pax: 6 pax
Colombo Estimated Cost: $850 – $1100 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: Kidznet-linked Orphanage
Trip Focus: Ministry to orphans. Sunday school, games and special projects e.g. painting kids rooms


SRI 7 Date: 5 – 12 Dec No. of pax: 6 pax
Colombo Estimated Cost: $850 – $1100 Trip intensity: 
Church/ Org: Kidznet-linked Orphanage
Trip Focus: Ministry to orphans. Sunday school, games and special projects e.g. painting kids rooms


SINGAPORE

SIN 1 Date: 20 Jul (8am to 5pm) No. of pax: 20 pax
Singapore Estimated Cost: Nil
Church/ Org: Nil
Trip Focus: Old Airport road mobile medical clinic


SIN 2 Date: 3 Aug No. of pax: 10 pax
Singapore Estimated Cost: Nil
Church/ Org: Nil
Trip Focus: Love COPE at Old Airport


SIN 3 Date: 9 Aug (9am to 12pm) No. of pax: 20 pax
Singapore Estimated Cost: Nil
Church/ Org: Nil
Trip Focus: Dialysis Centre outreach


SIN 4 Date: 14 Sep (10am to 12pm) No. of pax: 30 pax
Singapore Estimated Cost: Nil
Church/ Org: Nil
Trip Focus: Mid Autumn Festival celebration

 


SIN 5 Date: 21 Sec (1 to 5pm) No. of pax: 30 pax
Singapore Estimated Cost: Nil
Church/ Org: Nil
Trip Focus: Christmas High Tea

 

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What Started Out as a Dream

What Started Out as a Dream

A report of our 17-23 Dec 2012, Cornerstone Couriers Team to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
By Johnathan Leow

 

It started out as a dream that I had in March to bring members of my cell group to minister together in the nations.  9 months later, we found ourselves standing at the entrance of Colombo International airport.

Together with a very experienced couple, Andy and Christina, who have been on numerous mission trips before, our team of 7, spent 7 exciting and power- packed days ministering together with the youth and children’s ministry of Bethany Church Colombo.  Throughout the whole trip, Pastor Sampath, who really took care of us very well and planned our itinerary meticulously, hosted us.

We conducted a youth leaders training on the first day for 25 of their youth leaders, and introduced new icebreakers to them, which they really enjoyed. Pastor Sampath also shared the vision and direction for the youth ministry in 2013, and I gave a short encouragement on the need to have the spirit of thankfulness in the youth ministry.  Their youth ministry has seen recently a revival of sorts, with over 150 souls added in the past year alone!

 

At night, we went caroling with the youths and brought Christmas joy to the poorer locals who lived in shanties and slums in the city. One very memorable aspect of the caroling was that we had to sing the carols in Sinhala, and this was deeply appreciated by the locals living there as they had never imagined that foreigners would ever bother to visit their homes, much less sing carols to them in their native language!

 The next day, we did a Singapore-Sri Lanka cooking session with their youth leaders at one of their homes, and this really helped to bond us together as the family of God! Some of our team members even helped out in the kitchen, breaking coconuts, and chopping vegetables.

Over the course of the next few days, we helped the youth ministry out with their youth evangelistic Christmas party, and also helped the children’s church with their party. For the youth party, there were approximately 150 people in attendance. Our team conducted icebreaker games for them, and also performed an evangelistic skit that tells the story of a girl who backslided from Jesus, into a life of drugs, drinking, money and eventually suicide, but was able to slide back to a living relationship with Jesus at the very last moment through His redeeming sacrifice. The skit was well received, and there were approximately 10 hands raised in response to the salvation call given. We praise God for their open hearts!

We also helped the children’s church the next day with their Christmas party. Our team distributed over 250 goodie bags to the children, and also did face painting and balloon sculpting for them, along with games.  It was an especially very memorable experience praying while painting their faces, as we saw in many of them great dreams awaiting to burst forth, through the different characters (Spiderman etc.) they asked to be painted! In all, there were about 300 children in attendance.

 

The day before we left for Singapore, we visited the Bethany branch church in Nittabuwa, to minister at their youth cell. The church is situated in a rural village area, and though they were small in number, the atmosphere was pregnant with faith.

One of the more memorable moments here was when we prayed and sung songs to a 14 year old girl who came down with a mysterious infirmity 4 years ago and has been unable to talk or walk ever since. When we saw Andy and Christina hugging her with tears of love in their eyes, it reminded me instantly of how Jesus would stoop even to touch the lepers in the Bible.

Also, at the youth cell, Andy, had 2 words of knowledge for healing that were 100% accurate! First, he had a word for someone who had been having left eye pain, and when he gave the call, one of their youths responded! It barely took a short prayer for him before he was completely healed off the pain.

Then, Cherilyn, one of the members on the team who had been suffering from backache, started to feel her back pain disappear too, and she could even jump up and down!

It was not the end of the story yet. When we went to a church member’s house for lunch, Andy had another word of knowledge that a member of the household had been suffering from headache, and that God wanted to dispense healing to that person. It turned out that the wife of the church member who hosted us was having a headache, and after we prayed for her, her headache completely left!

We praise God for the healings!

So it was with much reluctance that we flew back to Singapore on 23rd Dec. But the trip was definitely a very memorable and fun one for all of us.

For 3 of the members on our team, it was their very first virgin mission trip, and it left a deep impact on them. The trip opened their eyes to the bigger picture of God’s work in the nations. They had expected a mission trip to be like a traditional service where a pastor preaches and people respond to altar calls, but this trip was way otherwise.  The practical ministering of God’s love in the slums, in the village church, through outreach activities have inspired them to dream again of doing great things for God.

Thank you Couriers for this opportunity!