Spread LOVE, not AIDS

With the heighting awareness of AIDS with the most recent initiative launched by Standard Chartered bank over the weekend, together with the escalating spats between the not-so-funny blogger Xia Xue and the act-cute Steven Lim aka Singapore Idol contestant with yellow trunks in the blogsphere, I thought it would be fitting to present this video clip.

This is a Steven Lim’s production with him as the lead actor (only 1 actor) in his home-made AIDS awareness commercial. 

WARNING: R21

Of cos that’s not the best way or THE way to the prevention of spreading AIDS…

But HEY! You got to give him (Steven Lim) credit for being entertaining (funny) and creative (lame)! =P

I say, “Spread LOVE, not AIDS!”

HWA Flag Day

Last Saturday was the Handicaps Welfare Association (HWA) Flag Day!

As they were in dire need of manpower, I decided to volunteer and lend a hand. This was my first time doing this! =)

Indeed I was blessed with the time spent in the heartland of Yishun “begging” for loose change from passer-bys near the MRT station. Blessed cos I got to work on the ground and serve the community in some way.

As having worked in the marketplace over time, baby donormy heart can become abit oblivion to the needs of others in Singapore. So this was somewhat a great exercise for my heart.

It was also quite heartening to observe that generally, Singaporeans are a giving bunch. Approximately 60% of whom I had approached gave cheerfully.

Of cos, there would be the ocassionally act-blur types that would just whizzed by me as though I didn’t exist even when I was clearly in front of them. Haiz…

But one passer-by stood out from the rest. While I was doing my pitch and asking this elderly guy, “Sir, you want to donate and support the physical disabled?” (in Mandarin)

He didn’t reply but gave me a face by squinting his eyes and pluckering his lips each time I asked.

I don’t think my Mandarin that bad rite?! Ha ha ha….

An ‘exclusive’ interview with a global Christian

Here’s an ‘exclusive’ interview with a brother who has returned from his churchplanting stint at Equador. His identity has been withheld upon his request.

Regretfully, this is as much (picture above) I can reveal. But I guess he was afraid that his good looks would work against him here. Ha ha ha… (This is my joke)

However, if you do your math and your research, you would be able to know who this brother is. Especially those from Hope Singapore Church =)

May this e-interview bless you by providing useful insights of a global Christian’s life and adventure with God.

1.   How long have you spent in Equador? What will you miss?

Quito, EcuadorI’ve been in the field for 3 years and 11 months. I’ll miss the warmth of the church there; not only the church, but the person on the street.

The culture: It’s a culture where it’s normal to spend 3 hours just chatting with a friend. In Singapore, you’re lucky to get even an hour with your friend.

I’m not a very extroverted person, and each time I have to go out with a native of that country, sometimes I get irritated and think, “I could use that time to translate more materials! I need to prepare the sermon for Sunday!”

But the truth is, I’ll miss that.

2.   Was it worth it despite having to disrupt your prospective and stable career with Creative? Why? 

Firstly, I believe my career in Creative 4 years ago was not ‘prospective’. Perhaps it was stable, but it was not offering any future excitement or improvement for me.

Now, I speak for myself, and surely there are people whose current position in Creative, and whose personality, would prove otherwise. But I always wanted something fun. I always knew I wanted something that would be fun all the way in my career (E.g. in 10 years when I reach a senior position), I would be able to enjoy that senior position, and not long for the ‘good old days’ as a junior, nor think about changing jobs, nor think that everyday is so borrrriiiiing. I admit I get bored very easily. Ok. End of Rant.

It was worth it to forsake that career. If nothing else, you know who you are.

I remember a show called Fight Club, in which Tyler Dryden (played by Brad Pitt) said “How much can you know about yourself, you’ve never been in a fight? I don’t wanna die without any scars. So come on; hit me before I lose my nerve.” (Google is such a fantastic search engine 😀 ).

Now I’m definitely not advocating violence. Read me correctly; its so easy to take this wrongly. So let me rephrase Tyler.

How much can you know about yourself, if you’ve never pit your faith against the devil?

Now again, another caveat: there are many people in church, whose EVERYDAY is a battle of faith against the devil. These men and women know about hardship, loneliness, and the occasional (dare I say it?) anger towards God. And if these people exercise their faith in these situations, they truly know themselves.

But for me, I’ve always had an easy life. I never worried about the really essential things, like food, rent, money. So I stepped into the ring. It’s fine to be punching bags all the time, but the reason you punch bags is to step into the ring with the other guy, to hit and be hit. So I stepped into the ring. So I said to myself, “I’m going to hit him, before I lose my nerve”.

You gotta do some damage to the other side. You won’t get that in Creative.

3.   What is the best and most valuable thing you have gained from your churchplanting experience?

Trust in God. To stick to your guns, perseverance. To keep breathing. To keep praying. Ok, ‘best’ and ‘most valuable’ that indicates just one.

I’d say Trust in God.

4.  Share with us how this experience has changed you as a person?

One, I learn to embrace stillness. I’ve always been an introverted person, but that doesn’t mean I take advantage of my times alone. I do now.

Two, I learn that people often fail you, but that I’ve frequently fail others too. That I always hurt people and I don’t even know it. Relationships are like playing with dogs: you always end up with scratches everywhere, but you HAVE to do it, its just too fun.

Three, I totally respect those guys who bring us the services every Sunday. You’ve NO IDEA what goes into the entire service experience. And our church there was only 30+ people. Here in Singapore, we’ve more than 500 per service (my own estimate). Imagine the amount of work that goes into that. It’s just an awesome team behind the scenes.

5.   So what would you be looking forward to with your return? Any plans for a wife??? Ha ha…

I’m not sure. One day at a time. I’ll need to figure out my future plans first. I wish I knew. It’s kinda strange to have so many life options available after these years.

Suddenly I’m no longer tied down. It’s like stepping out a foreign airport. Everything looks do-able. I can swim in ANY direction. I’m treading water for the moment.

NOTE: Any interested parties who wish to contact him or know him better, please drop me an email which you can obtain from this site. Hee hee…

SMa STOMP

Over a couple of lunches with my colleagues, I realised that staff relations wasn’t strong and close-knitted at my workplace. I figured that there was a need for a platform for us staff to interact, share and play. Thus, the birth of SMa STOMP!

I decided to kickstart this initiative for my colleagues so that we could know each other better through our ramblings at work. Cos since we were located on different floor levels and cubicles, this site would ‘flatten’ the ground for us to “gossip”(or update)… hee hee…

But really, thru this I realised this ‘trend’ in me that’s motivated to bring people together and to help them connect with one another.  That was the same basis of the HWA staff newsletter- HWA Connect that I had put together then when I was working at HWA. And now a staff website- SMa STOMP… Yay

I believe this ‘trend’ has been extended from me being part of and in His Church; it is bringing His Church into the marketplace (my workplace). But whether or not this initiative goes well, that is another thing lar… =p

Thank God for showing me ways how I can minister at work by fostering better work relations within SMa. 

Missions through a global marketplace

Last week, it was a privilege for me to have attended an exceptional wonderful training over the course of two days (Friday & Saturday).

The trainer was Mr Joseph Chean, Base Director from Youth With A Mission- YWAM (pronounced as Y- WAM) and the topic was related to preparation in being a team leader for short-term mission trips.

Singapore, an Antioch

In one part of his rousing sharing, he told us why he was convicted that Singapore was the Antioch of Asia; a platform where west meets east, and east meets west. This means, if you want to get a jumpstart into penetrating the East, Singapore would serve as the springboard for the west. And this works similarly the other way.

I couldn’t agree more with his observation as which other country in Asia stands with Singapore in being bilingual in language- English and Mandarin (thru our educational system); with her western culture and influence; but still retaining her eastern heritage and values.

Even businesses use Singapore as a springboard to penetrate the east because of her strong links and regional (and global) connectivity, what more do we have to say about God’s business- MISSIONS.

As a Singaporean, we can gain access into many countries world-wide without a VISA in comparison to our counterparts. That itself is a divine privilege!

Marketplace influence

He further attributed Singapore’s phenomenal growth to her strong establishment in the marketplace- (1) Business or commerce, (2) Media, (3) Arts, (4) Government, (5) Education, (6) Healthcare, Science and Technology.

And he accredited this growth to the contributions of Christians that were represented and positively influencing for God in all these ‘pillars’ of the marketplace that built this nation.

It was encouraging when he urged the class not to belittle the work that we had in the marketplace as this is our God-given role to usher God’s glory into this world. And regardless whether a church full-time job or a secular full-time job, one is never greater than the other as both are the same in their spirituality and purpose in building His Church.

My reflections

In retrospect, I now see more clearly why some 6 years ago God had led me to study then when in fact I was more eager to plunge either full-time in the church or to go church-planting. In His wisdom, He was (and is) equipping me to be a far more effective ‘instrument’ to influence and impact for the future.

With God working through globalisation, I am more convinced and empowered in wanting to do my part in building His Church through the marketplace as a global Christian.

Funny M1 Ad

This is one of my favourite funny ads that was aired a couple of months back by M1 Mobile. Surprisingly, not many caught it when I joked about it.

A “must-see” and “must-laugh” if you weren’t able to catch it on TV back then.

This ad best exemplifies, “How do you know when globalisation has ‘hit’ you?”

“Mumbai lar dey”… Whahahaha…..