January 2018 Newsletter

Health Christian Fellowship
Healthcare Christian Fellowship


Volume Three

 

This bulletin highlights our events in 2017. We
thank God for significant breakthroughs in
partnership with new healthcare groups;
formation of prayer cells; salvation of patients & colleagues; & growth in maturity of brethren in healthcare.


President’s Message

2017 has been eventful. Dark clouds hovered over global issues- social, political, economic, environmental, Joy and sorrow walk hand in hand in life. Uncertainty rules 2018 and beyond. Scripture warns of difficult and challenging times ahead ( Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 21 ). The world and that of healthcare isn’t heading for utopia.

Think of workplace and immediately, images of a battle-field appears. The heavyweight of rapid change crushes even the strong in spirit. Protocols, deadlines, key performance indices (KPIs), competition in research, relational conflicts, are but a few demands we face at work. What impact then do we have in healthcare? Jesus challenges us, the believers, to be salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”( Matt 5:13 )

Why saltless? An unbiblical worldview of ‘secular-spiritual divide’ and poverty in prayer weakens our vocation. Do we give prayer the leftover of our time or treat it as ‘last resort’ strategy, when there is no other way out? Are patients mere recipients of medical care, our research trophies or prized investment?

Aren’t they, like us, by nature, children of wrath ( Eph 2:8 ), and in dire need of God’s salvation? Do we weep over our patients? Yes, healthcare has many praying men, but few men of prayer.

A New Year often begins with reflections, renewed resolutions, and re-alignment of goals. Yet for some, the only change is the date on their desk-top calendar. Time moves on relentlessly. It is unstoppable and non-negotiable.

Let us enter year 2018, watchful, alert and prayerful, as our Lord Jesus instructed us ( Luke 21: 36 ). Pray that our sightless eyes be anointed by God, the Holy One, to see Him as He is, a God of love and the Righteous Judge over the world.

Make it your ambition to pursue a deepening knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and spiritual maturity, which will lead to stability and prevent one from being tossed about or led astray by fear or false beliefs.( 2 Peter3:18 ).

May His blessings be yours in abundance this New Year.

Dr Boey Mee Leng

Healthcare Christian Fellowship
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New Year Day of Prayer-7 January 2017

New Year Day of Prayer-7 January 2017

2017 began with a time of dedication and prayer to the Lord. The meeting was hosted by the HCF team in Kandang Kerbau Women and Children’s Hospital. Speaker Dr Ang Hui Kheng from Cru Singapore spoke on “ Spiritual Resilence & Fruitfulness”. She emphasized the need to be fruitful in ministry and to glow as a light for the Lord. Group prayers were led by various leaders representing Healthcare Authorities, Allied Healthcare, Polyclinics, Foreign Healthcare workers and the Singapore Nurses Christian Fellowship. It was a time of heartfelt petition to the Lord for healthcare in our nation.


Dental Fellowship Prayer Meeting
    26 Jan 2017 @ University of Singapore

Dr Boey was invited to address a group of 30 dental students and dentists from National Dental Centre (DNC), and National University Healthcare System (NUHS). The group meets weekly and is much involved in overseas missions. They have blessed many nations with tender loving dental care. The message was about the Kingdom of God and serving God in the market place. She encouraged them to extend their borders, and connect with the larger body of Christ within healthcare.


HCF Regional Meeting
    Penang, 9th – 12th March 2017

The HCF Regional meeting was held in Stella Maria Centre, Penang. 20 Delegates from Cambodia, Philippines, Indonesia, Thailand , Myanmar, Malaysia and Singapore participated. Ms Brenda Bosch from South Africa taught on “Member Care for Self and Others”. It was a much needed teaching to help missionaries care for themselves & for their care providers, family & friends to identify the stressors & needs of missionaries, so that the latter can thrive on the field and at home.


HCF Malaysia-Singapore Conference
  Miri, East Malaysia; 21-23 April 2017

Theme: Redeeming the Time

Singapore Delegates

Singapore Delegates

Miri delegates

Miri Delegates

The venue of HCF Malaysia-Singapore Conference was at the Dynasty Hotel, Jalan Miri-Pujut. The keynote speaker was Prof Maniam, a retired psychiatrist. Others who shared were Dr Boey and Rev Elisha Chien. Morning devotions were led by Dr Stephen Chew and Dr Marilyn Bouniu. An estimated 100 delegates participated. They were mainly from Malaysia, Miri, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Ipoh. Singapore sent 11 representatives.

Dr Boey’s talk was entitled “Following Jesus in a culture of Mental Illness.” The messages shared were Bible-centred and Christ exalting. We were deeply encouraged by the presence, enthusiasm and input of many young healthcare workers.


Thanksgiving Dinner
  10 July 2017

Thanksgiving Dinner Photo 1
Thanksgiving Dinner Photo 2

 

A Thanksgiving Dinner honoring the works of our Pastors & Volunteers was held at Qian Xi (Farrer Park) Restaurant Pte Ltd.

100 volunteers of our hospital outreaches and guests were treated to a sumptuous, gourmet meal. Hospital staff, church cell group members, and pastors worshipped God and enjoyed fellowship with one another. A powerpoint presentation of the history of HCF outreaches from 1994 to 2017, revealed the powerful hand of God in the outreaches. Volunteers testified of salvation and joy in those they ministered to. All gave glory to God for His mighty work in the hospitals.

Thank you so much for inviting me. I was so privileged to attend this dinner. I felt the presence of God during the Praise & Worship.” Mages

Healthcare Christian Fellowship
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South Asia Conference
  Sri Lanka 4-8 October 2017@Club Palm Bay

Theme: Behold the Lamb

Beautiful river @ Resort

Beautiful river @ Resort

Standing in prayer

Standing in prayer

4 delegates from Singapore were among the 300 who attended this Conference. 40 medical students from the medical faculty in Sri Lanka also joined in. Brotherly bond between the nations were deeply felt as the they prayed for the suffering church in Syria & other persecuted countries. Messages from the Word pierced the hearts of all present. For many, this Conference was a life-changing one.


Global Prayer Summit @ Sri Lanka
  9-13 Oct 2017

Theme: The Cries of the Suffering Church

Praying in unison

Praying in unison

 Worship Team

Worship Team

Approximately 150 participants from 50 nations united in earnest intercession at the Summit. The persecuted in healthcare were lifted to the throne of God’s grace in earnest supplication

Dr Lloyd Rhinnon from the International School of Reconciliation took the morning devotions. She addressed the pertinent issues of forgiveness, the Cross and reconciliation. The 6 continents of the world were bathed in prayers, as well as the territories of 10-40 windows and 4-14 windows

The worship team from Wales were a delight to work with. Worship was Spirit-led and uplighting.

According to one veteran participant, this Prayer Summit was the “best so far.”


Global Leaders Summit
  14-18 October 2017

Theme: Fulfilling our Mandate – Equipping Leaders for action & working in teams

Disciple Making Tools

Disciple Making Tools

Praying for HCF HongKong

Praying for HCF HongKong

Representatives from different HCF Regions were present.They were later grouped into 4-5 Regions each. Robust discussions took place and action plans etched out. HCF Hongkong was inducted into HCFI at this meeting.

DNA of HCFI re-stated:
The Great Commission(Matt 28:19-20); the GreatCommandment ( John 15:12-13); the Great Beatitudes (Matt 5: 3-12); the Great Prayer (Luke 11:1); ultimate goal: the Great Kingdom (Ps 103:19)


Hospital Visitation Seminar
  2 December 2017

Hospital Visitation Seminar December 2017 Trainers

Trainers

Hospital Visitation Seminar December 2017 Participants

Participants

31 persons attended the seminar held in the National University Hospital. They included some members from a cancer support group. The participants were enthusiastic and keen to minister to patients.

The objective of the training was to equip church members to approach and effectively minister to patients in a Christ-like manner.It is applicable to the sick in hospitals or in communities.

Trainers were encouraged by the enthusiasm and motivation of the participants.

Healthcare Christian Fellowship
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Christmas Caroling 16 Dec 2017
  TTSH, Mount Elizabeth Hospital Orchard & Novena), National University Hospital (NUH)

Carolers in Tan Tock Seng Hosptial (TTSH)
Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Orchard Road

Top left: Carolers in Tan Tock Seng Hosptial (TTSH)
Top right : Mount Elizabeth Hospital, Orchard Road

The Christmas season saw carolers in 4 hospitals (2 private & 2 restructured). Volunteers from different churches partnered with healthcare workers to sing carols and bring gifts to cheer patients. Those who attended the recent Hospital Visitation Seminar were among the the new volunteers. An Indonesian church reached out to foreign patients from Bangladesh, Cambodia & Indonesia. Some of the ‘newbies’ were deeply touched by the warm response from healthcare staff and patients.


Announcements

New Year Day of Prayer & Dedication

Date : 6 January 2018
Theme : Discipleship
Venue :
   Tower Block, #08-04,
   National University Health Services (NUHS),
   Lower Kent Ridge Road.
Time : 2text-align: left;.00pm-5.00pm
Speaker ::
   Prof Hooi Shing Chuan
   NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine

Come join us & dedicate the New Year to the Lord and pray for heath care in Singapore

Chinese New Year Outreaches:

Saturday, 24th February 2018
   @ TTSH & NUH

Malaysia – Singapore HCF Conference

Date : 20-22 April 2018
Venue :
   Raibow Paradise Beach Hotel,
   527 Jalan Tanjung Bungah,
   112 Penang, Malaysia
Theme : Discipleship in the Health Field
Speaker : Prof Maniam Thambu
Contact :
   012 913 2861 or
   peacecatclc@gmail.com

Action Team 2016

Dr Boey Mee Leng
Dr Stephen Chew
Dr Santhos Lionel Thomas
Dr Karuna
Peter So
Tan Chiew Hwa
Admin assistant- Mary Rajasvery

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“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations….” Matt 28:19-20


Published on Monday, June 11th, 2018 under News & Updates


President’s Message

2017 has been eventful. Dark clouds hovered over global issues- social, political, economic, environmental, Joy and sorrow walk hand in hand in life. Uncertainty rules 2018 and beyond. Scripture warns of difficult and challenging times ahead ( Matt 24, Mark 13, Luke 21 ). The world and that of healthcare isn’t heading for utopia.

Think of workplace and immediately, images of a battle-field appears. The heavy weight of rapid change crushes even the strong in spirit. Protocols, deadlines, key performance indices (KPIs), competition in research, relational conflicts, are but a few demands we face at work. What impact then do we have in healthcare? Jesus challenges us, the believers, to be salt of the earth; but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.”( Matt 5:13 )

Why saltless? An unbiblical worldview of ‘secular-spiritual divide’ and poverty in prayer weakens our vocation. Do we give prayer the leftover of our time or treat it as ‘last resort’ strategy, when there is no other way out? Are patients mere recipients of medical care, our research trophies or prized investment?

Aren’t they, like us, by nature, children of wrath ( Eph 2:8 ), and in dire need of God’s salvation? Do we weep over our patients? Yes, healthcare has many praying men, but few men of prayer.

A New Year often begins with reflections, renewed resolutions, and re-alignment of goals. Yet for some, the only change is the date on their desk-top calendar. Time moves on relentlessly. It is unstoppable and non-negotiable.

Let us enter year 2018, watchful, alert and prayerful, as our Lord Jesus instructed us ( Luke 21: 36 ). Pray that our sightless eyes be anointed by God, the Holy One, to see Him as He is, a God of love and the Righteous Judge over the world.

Make it your ambition to pursue a deepening knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and spiritual maturity, which will lead to stability and prevent one from being tossed about or led astray by fear or false beliefs.( 2 Peter3:18 ).

May His blessings be yours in abundance this New Year.

Dr Boey Mee Leng

Published on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018 under President's Message


Blessed Beyond Measure

Doris Fok and Fok Fook Kong

On July 2017, I attended a conference in Toronto. Towards the end of the conference, I was looking forward to a relaxing time with my husband at a resort one and a half hours away from Toronto. However, on the last day of the Conference,  I was surprised to see him standing  near the water dispenser in the conference room. He shared that we were in a dire situation as our credit card was not activated for overseas use. Hence, we could not rent a car for our holiday.

We scrambled to arrange for a rental car in an alternative way. All the time wondering what to do next. In the midst of the “chaotic” situation, God granted us peace. I “bumped” into a gentleman that I met earlier at the breakfast table. I shared about our problem and he responded with, “Hang on, we may be able to help you.” I was so relieved. Apparently, this gentleman and his wife were Christians and they were willing to offer help to anyone in need.

They immediately put us in their vehicle and drove us to the supermarket for our week’s groceries. They acted as our tourist guides and explained the history and geography of the area were were in. We enjoyed their fellowship and shared about God’s goodness.

After my conference,  I felt exhausted and slept. On waking, I suggested to my husband that we should consider internet banking as our daughter in Singapore had access to our dongle.She  would be able to help us activate our credit card for overseas use. We immediately contacted her and the credit card problem was solved instantly. Renting a car was a non-issue. Our kind Canadian couple drove us to town to fetch the rental car.

We learnt precious lessons from this incident:-

  1. God provides and He does it in His own marvelous ways
  2. He divinely arranged for us to meet this God-fearing couple who served as our driver and tourist guide. What a blessing!
  3. God smoothen out the rough edges.
  4. We learnt to trust Him more…..
  5. God gave us even more – beyond our expectations. The receptionist at the holiday resort, heard about the dire situation.  She upgraded our apartment so that we can have a fully equipped kitchen to cook our meals. Our resort was in a remote area and without a car, it was not possible to drive out to the restaurants for meals. The apartment was a corner unit, on the ground floor. It was very spacious, with  2 bedrooms and a Jacuzzi. The surroundings were quiet, green and wooded.  In addition, the car rental company gave a free upgrade of a bigger and more comfortable car for our use.

We have been blessed beyond measure!

Published on Friday, May 18th, 2018 under Testimonies


The enemy of cancer

Charles Wu

In October 2016, I discovered several unusual lumps on my neck (lymph nodes). I consulted my ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) doctor and had a biopsy of the lymph glands. It was informed that I suffered from Nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC).   I was referred to a medical oncologist and a consultant radiologist for treatment.

I did not feel unwell.  I have had episodes of nose bleeds when young. However, I had more than usual nose bleeds 3 times in the months preceding October when the lymph nodes were discovered.  The lumps on both sides of my neck were not painful so I thought it might be caused by infection.  Thus, by the time I was diagnosed, I had Stage 4 disease.

I had no weight loss, neither felt fatigued.  I was carrying on with my job and routine as per normal.  On receiving the bad news, I said, “OK, let’s deal with it and find ways to manage it.”   I was not shocked or panicky. My calm attitude was largely due to my belief that my Heavenly Father loves me and will take care of me as He has done for the past 65 years.

My hospital experience as a healthcare worker in USA and Singapore was immensely helpful.            In the past, I have had opportunities to help my foreign friends with doctor appointments when they underwent treatment in the National University Hospital (NUH).  Now, I’ve become a patient who will receive treatment in a cancer and radiation clinic for the next five months.

From the beginning to the end of chemotherapy (29/11/16 – 7/4/17), I did not experience the common side-effects such as bloating, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.  It was as if I was not cancer stricken at all.  My radiation caused me to have some soreness around my neck and mouth.  I requested not to be tube fed, although I had difficulties swallowing.  I was able to eat small portions of my meals with supplements of six Ensure drinks daily. The latter was coffee flavored. I loved it.  The skin dryness and mouth sores healed in time.  One year later, I still suffer from dry mouth and can only taste 80% of the flavor of the foods I ate. I was so happy when in October 2017, I was able to eat sambal and chili again!

In January 2018, a repeat MRI and scope showed clearance of my NPC.  I thank my GREAT Physician above and friends who encouraged and prayed for me. I decided not to share my plight of NPC to everyone. , but only to those who witnessed a change in me.  I lost some hair (more aging than the treatment), and 10 kg. I have regained 4 kilos already.  It’s funny how hard it is to gain as to lose weight.

From the moment they told me of my diagnosis, I have been at peace.  I trust in God (Psalms 62:8), have family love and support, plus brothers and sisters-in-Christ, like Dr. Boey and HCF, who pray constantly for me.  As I journeyed through my treatment, I was surrounded by knowledgeable and caring NUH staff who made the experience tolerable and easier to go through.

Lessons I learnt from the cancer bout:

  1. Expect the Unexpected - Things can appear suddenly and may inconvenience us.         We have to face it head- on and find ways to manage.
  2. Know Who is in charge – Life is easier if we know that each of us has limitations and our God is the One who has the final say.
  3. Cooperate - Regardless of the problem, whether illness or financial, work together with the experts to resolve the issue.
  4. Be grateful and share – your story may inspire and encourage others who are going through similar situations.  We all can be OVERCOMERS.

Published on Friday, May 18th, 2018 under Testimonies


God seats on the Throne

In 2016, the Book of Exodus was the bible study guide in our hospital fellowship group. Embedded in its pages is an indelible mark of a King whose authority is evident in every human affair, whether political, economic, social, personal or corporate. There is nothing He does not know nor see.

Leaders, Heads of state, CEOs, hospital authorities come and go. He raises them up and brings them down ( Dan 2:21). God alone remains seated, undisplaced and unchanging. History is in His hands. His Kingdom is unshakeable (Heb 12:27).

We enter the year 2017 filled with uncertainties. The economic turbulence, shifting alliances in politics add to our insecurity. Some settle for ‘whatever will be, will be’ or ‘leave everything to God’ attitude. Clearly this is not the way of Scripture. A mental assent of God’s truth with no inward change of heart, declares itself in religious activities and spiritual stagnation amidst wearisome earthly concerns. The list is long. Children’s education, aging parents, health problems, workplace ‘politics’, relational issues, business risks, financial loss, etc. Vexed, we ask “ God are you there and do you really care?”

Who can offer us answers more than our Lord Jesus can? Even so, there are preachers who offer God’s favor, ‘name and claim’ blessings, as well as positive thinking techniques apart from the full counsel of God-messages and teachings
that leave one with good feelings, but definitely deceptive and dangerous.

Christmas and New Year are seasons of rest, reflection and worship. In the quiet shelter and simplicity of every home, let us take time to remember the awesome power and love of our Lord. 2016 events provide a panorama of the history of a recent past. The present and future work of our King in our lives and the nations will be fulfilled in all its fullness according to His purposes. He alone is the source of life, hope and peace for all the nations of the world.

How then shall we live? Because He is on the throne, we can live without anxiety, frustration and futility and with no fear of the future.  Whatever our circumstance and situation, we can call upon His name and be like a tree planted by the waters, yielding fruit throughout the seasons of drought (Jer 17:7,8). He promises to complete the good work He began in us ( Phil 1:6). How wonderful!

Wishing you and your beloved family a blessed New Year!

Dr Boey Mee Leng

Published on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 under President's Message


Testimony of JCHC

8 Sep 2016

I was diagnosed with Systemic Lupus Erythematousus (SLE) in 1991 and treated with oral corticosteroids for many years.As a child in a Christian school, I “accepted” Jesus Christ as my personal Saviour. I believe that the seed of the gospel was sown then, although it did not bloom till my mid-forties.

When I had SLE, well- meaning Christian friends brought me to different churches and “healing” services. However, I doubted the existence of God and I did not have the faith to believe in Him.

On 16 July 2015, I went to one of the many regular checkups with my long time rheumatologist / immunologist, Dr Boey.
We had a tough conversation about my health and I started to get agitated and anxious. Suddenly, Dr Boey asked; “Can I pray for you?” I thought: “If someone wants to help me, why not? So I said “Sure!”.

When I repeated the words of a prayer after her, I experienced an avalanche of intense emotions. I couldn’t stop crying and my body heaved with sobs as I prayed to be forgiven, this time with conviction. On that day, I was born of the Spirit. I tasted a fruit of the Spirit; faith. I finally understood what it meant to take a leap of faith and did what my Christians have been telling me for so long: only believe!

Following that life changing moment, I was hungry to learn more and attended the Alpha course that was newly launched in a neighborhood church. It was part of their Market Place ministry which was generously sponsored and supported by a couple of Christian Venture Capitalists. The timing of their sessions and the venue were ideal for me. God had planned it so perfectly!

It was a great way to start my Christian walk. I met inspiring Christians in a friendly environment. I thoroughly enjoyed the 15 weeks of lessons. I was then invited by a long-time, close friend to the Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). Study of the book of Revelation in 2016 is a first for BSF in Singapore. There was a bumper crop of students. Despite doubling the sessions, places were very scarce. Since I was not a pre-existing student, my chances of enrolling were slim. I chuckled when the speaker said; “If you don’t get a phone call from us, don’t call us, just pray.” I knew BSF was hard work so I thought the possibility of nonselection was a great way to get off the hook! God knew better and to my surprise, I was offered a place.

After 3 months in BSF, I was taken off the steroids completely! As a new believer and a newbie in BSF, it was mind boggling initially, but the structure of the study, the close fellowship with the group members and the daily walk with the Lord were so gratifying. I learnt to pray and listen to Him through the Word.

Being close to Him allowed God to work in my life. I hardly dared to wish for it, but He knows everything and He gave me what I longed for most; a miracle healing.

On 1st September 2016, I was baptized. Now I am joyful and comforted that I am sealed and marked as a child of God, Praise the Lord!

Published on Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 under Testimonies


Caesar’s Household

Hospital Doldrums

“All the saints send you greetings, especially those who belong to Caesar’s household.” Phil 4:22

In his letter to the Philippian church, the apostle Paul referred to the ‘ saints who belong to Caesar’s household’. Who are they and why did Paul mention them? Possibly they were in civil service or government administration.

Caesar’s household was a place of struggle, jealousy, pride and intrigue, of lusts of the flesh and of lust for power. Idolatory was rife and ungodliness was the rule of the day. Can there be saintliness in the midst of godlessness?

Jesus disciples lived in Caesar’s household but their spirits belonged to the household of faith. They displayed the righteousness of God in the midst of wickedness and unrighteousness.

Is your work place similar to that in Caesar’s palace? Do you encounter tensions in relationships, gossips, back stabbing? Have you been by-passed for promotion despite doing your very best? Do you face bosses and colleagues who feel threatened, insecure and immature? Perhaps your working environment is fast-paced, over-driven, demanding, performance orientated and KPI –obsessed. Add to this check list is the daily burden of patient care. Patient’s expectations, non-compliance or sudden demise weigh heavy on your heart. There is more. Don’t forget that teaching and mentoring of students may be a bane or joy to some.

Feel like throwing in the towel? Recently, my cardio-thoracic colleague spoke of a fellow doctor who became disillusioned and bitter about the ‘system’ that is slow to change for the better. The fellow doctor gave up and left the hospital. Yes, some days can be very stressful and filled with an endless cycle of fire-fighting problems that adversely affect our emotional health. Faced with such hostility, anyone can cave in to the temptation to sin.

If this describes you, be of good cheer and courage. The Lord has placed you and I in the network of grace where we, who love Jesus, can be interconnected and pray for each other. Isn’t that wonderful- a work of the Holy Spirit touching someone’s spirit to pray for you.

Our Lord Jesus prayed that His disciples be not taken out of the world but rather be kept from the evil one. He said “As You sent me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” (John 17: 15,18). He knew His disciples would have to face the inevitable reality of the clash of 2 worlds as they shine brightly in darkness. The world may speak well of your integrity and excellent spirit but will ultimately reject our heavenly Father we bow to. Surely our Lord Jesus is not indifferent or uncaring as our enemy would like us to believe. He knows everything and is sovereign. He allows trials as a means of humbling His servants (Heb 2:10) and through them develop a dependence fully on Him. His grace is more than sufficient and may His glory be displayed in and through us. ( 2 Cor 3:18).

In good or bad circumstances, sadness or laughter, health or illness, may we persevere and press on to finish well. We bear with joy, the priceless treasure found only in Him. Let every manifestation of the excellence of power be of God and not of us. (2 Corinthians 4:7). Then the world can see Him and be drawn to Him.

Dr Boey Mee Leng
23 May 2016

Published on Thursday, August 25th, 2016 under President's Message


God’s Faithfulness

2015 marked 30 years of God’s faithfulness to HCF Singapore. Our theme of celebration was “The One who called you is faithful, and He will do it.” 1 Thess 5:24

We exist because of Him. By His mercy and grace we climbed mountains and overcame every obstacle. Our hearts overflow with thanksgiving to a faithful God who is forever our Commander-in-chief.

We enter year 2016 filled with uncertainties. Will the ‘groaning’ of our planet increase: calamities, climate changes, cross border infections, evil, tragedies, injustice etc? Futurists are hopeful for a better tomorrow.

Yet, no one can offer us more than our Lord Jesus can. We can live without frustration and futility and with no fear of the future. Whatever our circumstance and situation, we can call upon His name.

What then shall our focus be? Jesus Christ our Lord-knowing Him, becoming like Him(Phil 3:10) and growing in spiritual maturity.

May we be found faithful in running well the race of life; labouring as apostle Paul did, with all the energy and wisdom He gives, presenting each to God, perfect in relationship to Christ. Col 1: 28,29.

Have a truly blessed New Year!

Dr Boey

Published on Tuesday, January 19th, 2016 under President's Message


ST JAMES CHURCH INVOLVEMENT IN THE HOSPITAL OUTREACH MINISTRY

By Pastor Lucy Kwok

I am Lucy Kwok, a pastoral staff of St James’ Church. In my pastoral work, I have had a great desire to reach out to the sick in hospital, to encourage patients and show love to them.Although we visit the sick in our local congregation, there are many lying in the hospitals who look forward to some one to cheer them up. In year 2000, Dr Michael Lim spoke with me regarding forming a team to join the Healthcare Christian Fellowship (HCF) and reach out to patients during Christmas. I readily accepted his proposal.I want to thank Dr Boey Mee Leng, who opened the HCF door for us, thus giving us an opportunity to minister to patients in hospitals.We started with a team of about 20 men and women and a guitarist. We practiced singing Christmas carols to patients in Tan Tock Seng Hospital (TTSH). We took with us gifts for patients and sang carols to them. This led on to us participating in the Chinese New Year and Easter outreaches. We donated mandarin oranges and sang Chinese New Year melodies to the patients. During Easter we shared the joy of our risen Lord with them.

From TTSH we branched out to the National University Hospital (NUH). Our goal is for 2 bigger teams of volunteers, each led by a pastor.

What joy it is to be able to bring smiles to the old and the young patients, many of whom are sad and depressed over their sicknesses. Some of them clap along and sing with us. It is so fulfilling. Not only are patients encouraged, our team members are encouraged by the patients’ responses.

During one of our outreaches, a youth in our team, was so touched with his first hospital visit that he is now ‘sold’ out to it. At that time, the 3 regular guitarists in our team, were unavailable for the outreach. I requested for a guitarist from the youth ministry. A mother volunteered her son , Kester. Kester came along and in one of the ward units, we sang a Hokkien song entitled “Hold My Hand”. Tears rolled down from an elderly male patient. Kester was deeply touched and later shared with his mum that he will not miss out on future hospital outreaches. Kester practiced hard to perfect that song.

Recently we were assigned to the CDC in TTSH. The patients are elderly, long- staying patients, and some were waiting for placement in nursing homes. Some shared that their families have not visited them for a long time. It is a sad story, but we are glad that we can bring a little cheer into their lives by our visit. May I encourage church members to visit patients at CDC.

In one of our outreaches in TTSH, a middle aged man accepted Jesus as his Saviour. He phoned me on the day of his discharge and requested to attend church. When he arrived at our church, he asked what must he do when in church, as he has never stepped into a church before. That man was later baptized in our church.

We demonstrate our care for patients by listening, chatting and praying for them. We are so glad that we can encourage them and perhaps impart hope to some. Likewise we feel encouraged and uplifted, as God’s servants, working alongside Him to bring His love to the sick and suffering.

I want to thank HCF again for giving us the opportunity to partner with them for such outreaches. May God use HCF greatly to advance the Kingdom of God. May HCF be the light of God that shines into the lives of those feeling hopeless and encourage them with the news that God cares and loves each of them.

Published on Monday, January 18th, 2016 under Testimonies


A Jubilee Year

2015 marks the year of Jubilee for Singapore. It is the 50th Celebrations nationwide are in order as we remember our journey and struggles as a small nation. We praise God for His hand of mercy and grace towards us and acknowledge that He reigns over nations. (Psalms 47: 8)

What does Jubilee mean for us in health care? The concept of Jubilee is rooted in the Old Testament.(Leviticus 25:8-55) It flowed from the heart of God, not from man. During the Jubilee Year, debts were cancelled, slaves were released.* There was a restoration of inheritance, family reunion, a year’s vacation, a year of justice for the oppressed and even the land rested. It was Jehovah God’s proclamation of freedom. What a God!

At Calvary, Jesus became our Jubilee. Through the Cross and His resurrection, He declared liberty to the whole world. There is freedom from the penalty and power of sin, from the giants of fear and Satanic bondages, and freedom to experience healing of relationships and joy to serve the poor and work for social justice.* The Jubilee is a year of release, restoration, rest and rejoicing. Yet how many of us experience the fullness of our Jubilee? May we not live in a manner less than what Jesus meant for us.

Let 2015 be a year where we continue to proclaim the Lord’s favour in healthcare. We proclaim that He is Lord of health care and healing. We declare the salvation of our patients, sanctification, holiness and freedom from self, healing of relationships, the defeat of Satan’s plans and purposes, and the reality of a ‘Sabbath rest’ for us all.* He has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. (2 Peter 1:3)

“SG50” is the 2015 banner over Singapore. We celebrate God’s deliverance of us as a nation. Let us in healthcare also arise with the message of God’s redemptive purpose for all. Troubles, wars, persecutions will still exist, but we won’t be discouraged. His Word gives us stability and provide sanity in a world broken by sin and evil. Let us serve Him wholeheartedly, knowing that He alone gives meaning and eternal significance to our mission on earth. Have a blessed New Year!

Dr Boey Mee Leng

Published on Monday, January 5th, 2015 under President's Message


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