Some ten days ago Wilson went to Jayapura, Papua, with a few friends.
It was more like mission trip where they joined the rest of the team that organised a Gospel Rally held there over a few days by STEMI (Stephen Tong Evangelistic Ministries International).
It was his first ever visit to Jayapura.
Btw, just in case you’re not familiar with where ‘Jayapura’ is, … it’s at the other END of Indonesia!
I mean, until I finally googled it, I wasn’t even aware that the actual city was THAT far from Jakarta!
[Wilson and his friends who flew from Singapore]
Anyway, the kids and I managed to ‘follow’ how things went (ie. the preparations, the island, the city views, the challenges faced during the events, and everything) through Twitter and Facebook updates and text messages.
Really, I was so thankful to God for today’s technology when it comes to situations like this.
Because it simply was amazing how we managed to stay ‘connected’ though so far away from each other!
[Such 'live updates' also allowed us to be more 'in the know', and thus continually support them in our prayers]
I know I was NOT there personally to experience everything, but today I’d like to share with you some photos of how the Gospel Rally went there.
The event was held in the outdoors. The weather was warm and there were lots of mosquitoes, BUT all these didn’t stop the people from coming and listening to God’s Word.
And people from different walks of life came. Women. Men. Moms with children. Students. Teenagers. Men in their 70s.
It was very encouraging to see how eager they were when it comes to searching for the Truth.
On the very first night however, Wilson shared how it rained heavily during the Gospel Rally itself.
But you know what.
Rev. Stephen Tong continued to preach for another 15 minutes.
And, some 95% of the 3000 plus people who were there stayed put and continued to listen to the Gospel being preached!
It was totally something that we in Singapore (who come to worship in the comfort of our air-conditioned hall) would have never known nor experienced.
Unless we were in such situations ourselves!
I wasn’t there, but I was very blessed and encouraged upon hearing about the news!
It was amazing to see how people longed to hear about the Gospel, despite ‘unexpected discomfort’.
I mean, there’s NO preaching of physical healing. No promises of material wealth/blessings. It was purely about God who’s holy, and Jesus Christ who came to earth to die for our sins and to redeem us.
We all who live in Singapore are blessed with so much more than those who live in Papua.
Our overall health, safety, comfort, living condition, daily food available on our table, and heaps more.
But, while living in such a ‘comfort zone’, are we as eager to find out about the Truth in Life, as those who live in Papua?
I’d like to invite you all in Singapore, who read this post to come to the upcoming Gospel Rally that’s to be held right here in Singapore.
Admission is free and it’ll be held in Singapore Indoor Stadium, from this Wednesday (17 Nov) to Sunday (21 Nov)
It’s open to everyone who can speak Mandarin and/or English.
You can get more info and check out the timings from STEMI Singapore website.
Btw, there’s also a Children Gospel Rally held on Saturday (20 Nov), 2pm-4pm, at the same venue.
Please do come along with your little ones this Saturday afternoon! (especially those who’re six and above)
I sure am bringing along Anya with me.
For I know it is ‘useless to gain every inch of gold in this land, yet suffer the loss of the children‘.
Really hope to see you there this week!