Jurong Tamil Methodist Church (JTMC) celebrated her 45th Anniversary on 27 February 2022. It was a celebration of God’s faithfulness and guidance towards His church, especially during these recent years of pandemic. We were not able to sing His praises but, every heart in the sanctuary was filled with gratitude and awe at how far God had led us.
JTMC was one of the daughter churches of Tamil Methodist Church (Short Street), planted in the Jurong residential area. The church, under the faithful care of Mr & Mrs JCD Pandian, started with weekly worship services and prayer meetings held at their residence. Over the years, we moved to various locations and each time, God added to our numbers!
During the Anniversary Service, Bishop Dr Gordon Wong preached on how Jesus’ food was to do the will of the Father and how we, as believers, ought to do the same, to reach the lost and hurting through God’s love! This has been the heartbeat of our church. Through Project Care, an initiative by the Outreach and Social Concerns Committee and our partnership with Lakeside Family Services, we have been able to reach out to those in need, especially those from the Tamil speaking community. God has strategically placed us where we are to fill a need, to reach out and to sow His seeds of love.
“One sows and another reaps.” This is especially true when we look back at our church history. Much of what the church is now reaping is because of the generous sowing of the pioneers who went before us. Many men and women tirelessly shared the gospel with those around the Taman Jurong area, where we are still located today. May our
generation continue to sow in love so that in the years to come, we may reap a great harvest.
May these lyrics, from the song that was composed and written for our 45th anniversary, be the prayer and the hope for the coming years.
“Through faith, let hope arise
Spreading His love throughout the nation
May we sow love by the word of His testimony
With one heart and one mind,
Let us build His Kingdom.”
Benita Vincent is the Coordinator of Archives & Communications at Jurong Tamil Methodist Church. / Photos courtesy of Benita Vincent