August 2019

Singapore celebrates her bicentennial anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ landing in Singapore, and her subsequent prosperity over time. (Image credit: Sungmu Heo)

It’s that time of the year that we stand together with the rest of our countrymen to celebrate our national day. This year, Singapore celebrates her bicentennial anniversary of Sir Stamford Raffles’ landing in Singapore, as well as her 54th birthday since her independence from the Federation of Malaysia in 1965.

The then Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew ran the country based on his convictions of integrity, diligence and meritocracy regardless of race, language or religion. The Lord has been at work through him to accomplish the Singapore we see now, relatively free from corruption, drugs and guns. We benefit from the hard work of our pioneers who brought our nation from third world to first world in one generation.

We thank God for the gospel, brought to our shores by English missionaries. Amongst the Navigators, we are grateful for Dawson Trotman sending Roy Robertson to pioneer the work. Seven National Directors later, by God’s grace, we still stand on the CORE values we had inherited. These are all examples of how one man claiming God’s promises can impact the nations by bringing His message to the world (Isaiah 51:1,2; 60:22).

As an organisation, we have a unique role and, together with the world-wide church, we seek to fulfil Christ’s Great Commission. As individuals, we recognise our personal roles as called and enabled by the Lord to contribute to His glory. This National Day, with rejoicing and thanksgiving, let’s begin by praying for our sunny island and her spiritual revival.

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