Re-Imagine 2014 – Foreword by Rev. Deborah Ong
I am continually humbled, awed, honored and grateful to God for this gift of grace given to us for the nations.
A place that means waiting and more waiting, delays, boredom, wifi signages that do not mean much, overpriced food and beverages. Not too many years ago, smart phones and iPads were nonexistent, and domestic airports in some countries did not have F&B services. (There was even one small airport where they weighed both luggages and passengers before boarding!) It would be a lie if I were to use the words “excitement” and “enthusiasm” to describe my visits to this place.
Airports… I really do not like these places…
However, airports means work. Not just any work, but work that comprises of coming alongside pastors to help build their congregations. In essence, nation building: one person, one family, one community at a time. Each time we visit our family of churches, I am constantly reminded of this divine call to help His church: in HSG, we are not about doing our own things within the four walls of our own church within our own city for our own group. We are commissioned to go and make disciples of all nations.
We can create a better world – One person at a time. One family at a time. One church at a time.
Our work through HSGGM is neither small nor insignificant. Our international pastors often share their personal stories about how the conferences, seminars, and trainings, have transformed their Christian worldviews and values. Consequently, with renewed minds and refreshed energy, they made the necessary decisions for their churches and personal family lives.
“Impact”—the one word our friends and family often use to describe HSG’s influence.
I am continually humbled, awed, honoured and grateful to God for this gift of grace given to us for the nations.
Airports are not so bad after all…
Story: This couple was at the lowest point of their lives both in ministry and marriage. In ministry, they were struggling and discouraged, hardly able to make ends meet. In marriage, it was a sweet-and-sour affair (though more sour than sweet).
Their mindset regarding full-time ministry was about ‘living by faith’. To be involved in the marketplace for a pastor was something unthinkable.
They came for PB and, with what they learned, began to make better decisions for these two major loves in their lives – church and family. Today, the wife operates multiple sundry businesses, and build houses where one floor is dedicated for church and ground floor for business. The husband leads seven growing churches.
This story is not an isolated testimony. It is one of the many stories visualizing and manifesting – in part – the fulfillment of the prophetic call and directive given to HSG in KL: “As these ships sail the oceans…I will release the treasures of the nations.”
The Christian world is never just local – it is global. The Christian church is not to remain a local church, but to grow into a global church. As a Christian, you are commissioned to be first a local disciple, then grow to become a global discipler.
When we partner with God and link arms in this local and global venture, We can create a better world – One person at a time. One family at a time. One church at a time.
This partnership with God and His church will define and change you for the better. Your future will be in good hands because:
God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
Hebrews 6:10 NIV
I am your shield, your very great reward.
Genesis 15:1 NIV
Airports are great places…
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