Rev Dr Gregory Goh Nai Lat
President of the Chinese Annual Conference
I believe the pandemic has brought many changes to the rhythm of our lives. Life may have gotten busier and more stressful, but I also believe that the pandemic has helped us to crystallise what is essential and eternal as we reflect on what we had been doing day in and day out in the past.
May we never forget what we have learnt and always remember that God’s grace is sufficient for us.
“Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favour rests.”
(Luke 2:14 NIV)
Merry Christmas and Blessed New Year!
Rev Philip Abraham
President of Emmanuel Tamil Annual Conference
“The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deut 31:8)
We praise God for sustaining our Church through a very challenging 2021. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the Church to reflect on the sovereignty of God. These tumultuous times have strengthened our trust in our Lord. He remains King and Lord over this world.
2022 will definitely bring new challenges. Will we use these opportunities to draw near to God and sit in His peaceful presence? For the character of God can never change. May we, the Church, rise up to take our place in spreading His love to our hurting world. Our God is powerful and mighty to save!
I wish all of you a Christ-filled 2022.
Rev Stanley Chua
President of Trinity Annual Conference
Just when we thought we had turned the corner in our fight against COVID-19, we received news that the virus has mutated again. At the point of writing, this news has sent shivers all over the world with noticeable panic-selling in markets across Asia as investors take a wait-and-see approach in the face of emerging information on the Omicron strain of the virus.
What do we do especially for those of us who have already been badly affected and suffered much because of the ravages of this disease? How do we overcome our fear of the future? I believe the best way is to always remind ourselves of what God’s Word promises us when Jesus says, “and behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matt 28:20b). And whenever we feel afraid, let us also be reminded of what the Psalmist says, “When I am afraid, I put my trust in you” (Ps 56:3). And so, as we go into this new year, let us hold on to these two Scripture verses and pray to our Lord to keep us strong and hopeful.
To God be the glory! Here’s wishing everyone a blessed new year.