Sunday, April 30, 2006

Hey everyone! I just need to share this with everybody.

I just feel so blessed by both God and the Christians around me, especially my youths and young adults group!! Today before service as I was walking to church, I was praying to God about my support and that some people would support me. The moment service was over, I was just overwhelmed, and I do mean overwhelmed, by the number and amount that people supported me. In just that 15min after service I received close to $1000!!!! And some were most unexpected. I just want to give thanks to God for answering my prayer so immediately and also for all those people who were willing to give a portion of their money into missions. This year especially, there are quite a few people going for mission trips, either with Crusade or with Youth for Christ. On top of that my church is also raising funds for a major renovation project this year. Everyone seems to be asking for money and yet the church members are so willing to give. I thank God for their obedience and faith.

So, as of today, I have a grand total of $1910 (including $250 that was pledged). And still have some friends who are going to give (just don't know how much) and some who are still considering.

I hope this little sharing will encourage the rest of you, especially if your support raising is really slow. Dare to believe! Dare to trust! Have faith that God will provide, because He is our Jehovah Jireh!!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

AHHH!!!!! I'm SO SO SO glad I decided to go ahead with the tuition... The Japanese tutor was so WARM and nice compared to that of the private language class I attended! She's also native.

On top of that, she's a CHRISTIAN!!! I mean, how often do you run into a Japanese Christian? Here's roughly what she said... (translated)

"Many members of my family are missionaries! But they're working in China, not Japan, because the Communists are persecuting the Chinese Christians. Many Japanese who come to Singapore feel very lonely, so they are much more open to the Gospel and many come to know Christ in Singapore. There are 3 Japanese churches in Singapore, and I know 2 pastors. Unfortunately, one of them passed away due to cancer, but he was faithful to the end and passed away peacefully. He managed to bring many people to Christ before he died."

Then she added,

"I'm so glad (hontou ni hontou ni) you're going to Japan on mission work. Please try your best (isshokenmei ni ganbatte kudasai!) and share the gospel with them, because so many of them are empty inside and really need God."

She taught me overtime. For homework, a writing topic set by the textbook was about how I wanted to spend my time in Japan and she immediately seized the opportunity to get me to write an essay about why I wanted to go to Japan (to enable me to elaborate about God and my personal testimony) and what I wanted to do there... so that if people asked me why I am there, I'd be prepared to even inject the Gospel in.

Next lesson (Tue) I hope to get her to go through the 4 spiritual laws and deal with the kanji I don't know how to pronounce, as well as why they used a certain form I feel is rather hard to comprehend.

[I don't know just how useful all these will be, but I'll be happy to share what I've learnt from her.]

She even briefed me on how best to be polite to them... like never call them "anata" when I want to say "you." She said the safest thing was to ask their name (Anou... onamae wa?) and go -san. But the disadvantage is that I might seem too aloof / not warm. So she adviced asking "Dou yondara ii desu ka?" and for all you know they'd offer a nickname like "Mi-chan de mo ii". Especially cos it's students.

Anyone interested in learning Japanese too can call me and I'll give more details.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Really great to see people posting about their liveS! End of exams is FINALLY in sight. Everyone should be finishing soon? God has been telling me about how everything we do should be for his glory and to make his name known! Been reflecting on my life and how i can be good testimony.
1 Col:27 To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

ANYWAY i'm gg blading this wkend and next wkend! Anyone free? Hey steph! I'm sure things will look better soon! With God all things are possible! Duet 31:8 8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged." Let's continue to trust in God's promises! Will be keeping both shereen and you in my prayers!

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Hi everyone it's me again. Today i got stressed up with a patient. I don't want to disclose too much about him. He is a pain in the neck!!! He scolds everybody and is picky on who shall do dressing for him due to fear of infection and having to be admitted and discharged then admitted again. Basically he went in and out of the hospital due to infection of the wound. He is afraid tt if I do dressing for him or other student nurse do so, he would get infection.
My staff nurse quarrelled with him because of me. Pls keep me in prayer! i've 3 more days this wk and 4 more days nx week, so that makes 7 days = 1week! Yeah!!!!
Pls pray tt I'll find favour in my authorities like my preceptor and the manager and especially staff nurses working with me. I really hope that the staff nurse will be more patient with me. Pls pray for favour. Pray tt i won't face too much complain! Anything can happen within these short few days. pls keep my posting in prayer and my exam results are coming out this Friday. Pls pray for God's grace to be upon me. NOt just in exam but at work as well.
aS i said 7MORE DAYS to tahan!! Pray for strength to pull through even more!
C yyyyyyyyaaaaaaa!!!!!!

Monday, April 24, 2006

Praise the Lord! Hey, Thanks everyone for praying for me! My church leader has approved my support raising. He said he is gg to send me $900. I really hope he will keep his word and I will received it asap.
Hey! pls pray for my attachment. Work is a struggle for me. Pray tt I won't see is it as something unpleasant but enjoy the work I am doing. Pray tt God will be in the centre of my life as i go through these 8 days. Yup! yup! 8 more days to go!!!
Really can't wait till this time to end! Pls pray tt I'll find favour in my preceptor, staff nurses, sisters and esp nurse manager. Pray tt my nurse manager won't fail me. Only the best 6 students will remain in the same ward for 3yrs. Pls keep me in prayer! My aim is not to be in the best 6 but just do my best and leave the results to God.
My exam results are coming out on the 28th april this Friday. PRay for favour upon those who are marking my paper. I'm getting very scared now! I really hope to pass all my exams and my attachment. STREESS!!!!! Waiting for results while i'm on attachment. I really am scared, but I must leave it to God. Pray for God's grace to be upon my results.
Pray tt i'll draw near to God each day and will be able to wake up in the morning to do QT. I really feel tt it's very helpful to spend time with God at the start of the day. PRay for strength to wake up early.

*cough* *cough*
I guess think is my every first time blogging here. First I must apologise for not blogging when I suppose to update you about my support raising. This being my 3rd time raising support and it is still a challenge for me. In comparison with my previous trips, i found it easier and braver to raise support. However, this time round, there was fear, much more fear. Each time when i am prompted to take a step forward and approach the potential supporter, this fear would just be in my mind and holding me from moving forward. Anyways, that was last week and the previous week. Today(sunday), I told myself that i just have to do it and praise the Lord, i have my first $100! =D Btw, i didn't want to blog coz i had no support or rather the response was slow...
Although this $100 seems little to the big sum, i felt peace, knowing that since God has called me/us for this trip, He will provide for our needs so we needn't worry too much. I like to encourage our sister, steph that God will provide coz He's Jerhovah Jireh, our provider. Perhaps you can ask for referrals for your supporters friends or friend friends? You can also try your lecturers!!! =D

Pls also keep me in prayer coz i've been sick since tuesday. I'm down with flu and cough plus occassional bleeding nose. It's getting bad and this week is going to be busy. Pray that i'll be able to rest well and depend on God's strength and joy! Next, I'm having an interview at NTU arts. Pray that God's wisdom and guidance on what i'll be saying and writing. Oh, does any of you know where's the humanities block is? If you know, pls give me a call. Thanks! Have a blessed week! I'll be keeping you guys in prayer too! Jia you!

Saturday, April 22, 2006

Hey Help1!!!! i'm having trouble with support raising. Pls pray tt my church leader will be more efficient in the raise. Until now I've not raise a single cent. Pls help me! my leader keep on bombing me with qns cos i kept misunderstanding his statement. Pls pray for favour in his eyes. Cos he doesn't allow me to raise from ppl i don't know. Pls keep me in prayer! I really hope i can raise it asap. My mum is not even supportive for my support raising. Sometimes I really wish I can raise it myself. Pls pray for mercy. I also believe that God will provide, but I don't know how

1 Kings 18
36 At the time of sacrifice, the prophet Elijah stepped forward and prayed: "O LORD, God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. 37 Answer me, O LORD, answer me, so these people will know that you, O LORD, are God, and that you are turning their hearts back again."
38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

The background to this verses was when Elijah was the only prophet of God left, compared to 450 of baal's(one of the gods the israelites were worshipping) prophets. He challenged these prophets to ask their god to set their sacrifice on fire. In addition, he even placed our Lord's sacrifice in water. The prophets of baal could not do it, even after they cut themselves and called on the name of baal to no avail. But God answered after Elijah called upon him just once!

in v 38 we see that 38 Then the fire of the LORD fell and burned up the sacrifice, the wood, the stones and the soil, and also licked up the water in the trench.

This God that we serve does not look at numbers and he is SOVERIGN over ALL circumstances! PRAISE GOD! All we have to pray and God will listen from heaven!

In his service,

Friday, April 21, 2006

hey's my exam timetable:

25 Apr - Crisis and disaster recovery and managment
27 Apr - Theory building
5 May - Advanced community work

i would just like to share with everyone this verse that touched me a lot today:
"Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me." (John 14:1)

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Joshua's exam schedule!

statics 2504
bio 2004
maths 2804
physics 2204
nation building 2404

Thanks in advance to those who will be praying for me!!!!
Yup! let's keep each other updated! and keep praying for each other!
Gambatte! Just haf to remember we're studying for God's glorY!!!

In addition, I'd like to invite all of you to go blading(in-line skates?)! 7th May! Please reply on this blog or sms me to let me know if you're coming! REALLY REALLY hope we can all do something together before the missions camp! Please come?


Nelson's exam schedule... let's keep praying for one another :)

Programming 21/04/2006 (Fri) 2:30 PM 2 h MPSH2-B
Japanese Language 22/04/2006 (Sat) 9:00 AM 2 h LT11
Intro to Japanese Studies 27/04/2006 (Thu) 9:00 AM 2 h MPSH2-A,
Discrete Maths 29/04/2006 (Sat) 1:00 PM 2 h MPSH2-B
Intro to New Media 03/05/2006 (Wed) 9:00 AM 2 h MPSH5

Oh and in case, u guys din recieve my prayer support list, my monetary support update is $554.20 in total pledge. (for detail's esp on the $54.20 :P check out my prayer support mailing list)

Monday, April 17, 2006

HEY! WHY NO ONE POSTING ONE?! haha.. like updates on your lives? ANYWAY since NO ONE wan to post i get all the attention! God's been great to me recently, showering his grace upon me. Not just in support but also in my work. Altho i really feel quite unprepared cause i've been slackin, i thank God for good and efficient revision recently.

God also reminded me today about something regarding support raising. I was reminded that support raising is REALLY NOT about the $$! Its more about getting people involved in the ministry, partnering with them as a BODY OF CHRIST!

Romans 12
3For by the grace given me I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you.
4Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function,
5so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others.
6We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his[b]faith.
7If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach;
8if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

WOW! Each should serve according to the grace given us! We don't have to feel inadequate if what we have to offer is little!

For those having exam, GAMBATTE! FINISH LINE IN SIGHT!
For those having problems raising support, dun be discouraged! all the $$ comes from God anyway! Our heavenly father is RICH! heh!

In his service,

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Good news! Christelle and I won't have medical commitments on the dates of the camp! They'll only be after the camp (16-19 May, if I'm not wrong).

Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Allllllrighttttt!!!! thanks everyone for praying for me!! I just received a phone call from sgh!! i'm starting work on the 3rd of july!! which means, i can go for mission trip. God truly answers prayer!!! I really thank God for His answers to prayer. Ok right now, let's keep each other in prayer regarding support raising. Pray too that I'll pass my attachment and exams will turn out. This is important so that I won't have to repeat my posting or take any supp paper. Keep my results in prayer!!!

Monday, April 10, 2006

A little Thanksgiving

2 Sam chap 22
32 For who is God besides the LORD ?
And who is the Rock except our God?
33 It is God who arms me with strength
and makes my way perfect.
34 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
he enables me to stand on the heights.

I thank God for encouraging me with this verse when i was super tired today. The context of this verse was in the Old testament, David was giving praise to the Lord for all that HE has done. I'm very encouraged that David's God is the very same God we serve today! He is still providing us w strength, making our ways perfect and enabling us to stand on heights! Amen! For those having exams soon, just trust God to bring us through this stressful period!


Hi all! Sorry that this is overdue, but here goes...

My exams are over and I would really like to give thanks to God for it all. I must say that I was humanly underprepared. Most people started studying 3 weeks before the papers, but I only started 1 week before, due to a lot of reasons that I shan't go into. And I was very behind on my revision timetable even though I planned it for this one week. In any case, for physiology, I only managed to start at around 4pm the day before, and only managed to cover the last few topics by skimming through. For biochem I only had about 1.5 days' worth of studying. This was mainly because I devoted too much time to anatomy (for which I barely covered an important part, which was the head and neck anyway). But I just left it into God's hand and was at peace.

As I did the papers, I would frequently not know what to write at all when I read the question. Then I'd get an inkling about something that's relevant and I'd write that down first. Then as I wrote, I began to have more and more to write. When I was done with each question and went back to read the answer, it sounded unbelievably coherent and I think I really got the answer... it hardly sounded like something I'd write in the first place. There were many other ways in which God helped me with my paper... by giving me sudden recollections not unlike a video replaying in my head about a lecture/tutorial I'd attended, by helping me think of a way to find the answer of a pure recall question (eg. by checking the chemical structures in the biochem reference manual I could roughly cough up an enzyme name) and so on.

I still don't know how I did, but it's certainly swung from a don't-know-if-I-can-pass situation to one in which I'm much more confident. So I just wanna give Him all the glory. I would also like to sincerely thank all of you who've been keeping me in prayer and who sms-ed me to ask me how it was.

And for those still facing exams and other deadlines, I wanna encourage you to jia1 you2 and trust in Him and Him alone (not in whether you can complete revising, or whether you are able to retain the info, or whether you can spot questions, or whether you can force yourself to sit through and study).

2 Corinthians 12:9-10
And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

And before I forget, my DISC profile... (I've no idea why all my values are way higher than Nelson's... maybe I was just trigger happy in selecting stuff).

C - 93
D - 71
S - 69
I - 16

This is the one I just did a few days back. There was another one I did in JC which might have been slightly different, but I know the "I" was still the lowest and I had all three, C, D and S, above the line too, although possibly in a different permutation.)

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Hmm, I'm still not used to checking the team's blog yet.

Anyway, today God reminded me that it's all about Him and not about me. I took a walk along East Coast to get to my friend's house this afternoon and while walking I realised that many times I've been trying to be in control of things in my life. Been trying too hard to keep things in line. But God just blew me away by reminding me of a fundamental truth: It is by grace that I am saved, through faith, not by works so that no man (including myself) can boast. (Eph. 2:8) Because I think it's so easy to end up taking pride in what I can do that I forget about relying on God. Another thing was to be satisfied in God and God alone. Sometimes I think I get easily taken in by the standards set by the world and start giving myself undue stress to boost my self worth when actually all I need is just to be satisfied in God, resting in the fact that I am His child and that is my true identity. I don't need to do a host of things to prove my worth. Jesus Christ is enough. Humbled by God's reminder and wake up call for me. I ended up remembering the sharing of Psalm 46 during LM: "Be still, and know that I am God...The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our refuge." Ps 46:10-11 and singing "Be Still" as I walked to my friend's house.

Truly we have an AWESOME and AMAZING God who knows our every need!
*sorry for such a long post*
ps: Got $50 so far...a bit slow I know...*hehe*

As I couldn't join you guys for the previous meeting, I had been procrastinating on my DISC personality test.

Shereen was reminding me how i should do it asap, so now that reports are over, I've taken it to task to do it this morning.

And now.... unveiling my DISC test complete totals results :

Ok now, what's that suppose to mean?? anyone care to tell me?


I was REALLY encouraged by this verse today.

Ecclesiates 3:9-13 - 9 What does the worker gain from his toil? 10 I have seen the burden God has laid on men. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. 13 That everyone may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all his toil—this is the gift of God.

verse 10- He has made all things beautiful in its time
I thank God that he's going to make all things beautiful, and we don't have to worry! I'm looking forward to seeing how He's going to make this Japan trip beautiful! Let's continue to keep this nation in prayer! For those having exams, gambatte!!!

This is a portion of the newsletter from Victor Toh, full time CCC staff at tokyo! I thought it would help us in praying for Japanese students and Todai in particular!

Prayer for the campuses: Tokyo University and Sophia University
While I'm part of the Tokyo Metro (city) team (as are all the campus staff), we also each go to a few universities. I have been assigned the campuses of Tokyo University (Todai) (specifically Komaba campusi cos it's divided into two campuses) and Sophia University.

I want to share with you some things the Lord laid on our hearts as our staff team prayed together on the Todai campus, which has been known as a 'hard ground' even for Japan. While praying some staff felt led to Isaiah 41:18-20 This was a wonderful word to remind us that He is often brought forth living water from desert springs and can do so even in this "hard" desert place.

But the key, as my Japanese leaders often encouraged us in the Word these two weeks: to keep the main thing the main thing: the most fundamental which is to minister in the Holy Spirit's power. We can be so busy with all kinds of cool and new activities, but without the Spirit's total control over each worker, we'll still end up fruitless. I received much assurance that the Lord is definitely going to answer our every prayer as we co-labour with him.hahahaha


Friday, April 07, 2006

anyone hasn't watched V yet? haha.. can have a small team outing or something?


I just wanted to praise God and give thanks for what He has done.
I had just sent out my first prayer support list and He has provided me with $300 as support pledge!!!

praise God! that we can claim His promises! May this encourage all of you raising support for God's work or praying for the lost. Make ready the plans and pray always! In His time, God can provide and will honour your desires for Him.

And he said, Thus saith the LORD, Make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD
(2Ki 3:16-18a KJVR)

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Prayer requests as at 1 April 2006

Hi Prayer warriors!

Thank you for co-labouring with us to pray for Japan and the team. Here’s our team’s prayer requests:

Zhi Zhen

  • pray that she will be rely on God
  • complete 3 datelines and 1 presentation in 2 weeks
  • guard her walk with God

Jun Bin

  • exams are round the corner and he prays for disciple to start studying
  • his church youths are planning a harvest event so pray for God’s guidance


  • time management
  • exams are coming so pray for discipline and wisdom


  • discipline to start studying for exams


  • her exam results will be out on 28 Apr, let’s pray for good grades
  • pray that she’ll be alert for her night shifts

Lee Huan

  • praise God that the universities have responded to her application.
  • pray for future directions from God
  • pray for her to be a helper to her leader as she is the new assistant cell group leader


  • able to raise support even during the exam period
  • intimate walk with God


  • to be fully recovered for her exams that is this week


  • she is also having exams this week


  • good time management
  • undergoing a course “Life of Christ” and needs to seat for an exam
  • pray for discipline esp when she reads the readings
  • able to raise support

Pei yu

  • she’s taking an audit course and thank God that she need not take exams!
  • Pray for a learning spirit and to complete the task and assignments
  • Pray for her support raising


  • pray for his jap tests
  • he’s been very busy so let’s pray for him to be filled with God’s strength to complete his tasks
  • to be able to get enough physical rest

Kin Leong

  • discipline to study
  • raise support for the trip


  • to have an intimate walk with God
  • pray for her admission to NUS business school to be approve if it’s God’s will
  • boldness to ask for support

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

"I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." - John 14:6

Do you truly believe in what Jesus said in John 14:6?

This is the question that keeps coming back to me throughout the week. I know that God is not looking for a standard "christian" answer from me. God is challenging me to check my life: if Junbin believes that Jesus is indeed the way, the truth and the life, how is he living his life in response to that?

A lot of times in our walk, we get discouraged, become fearful, lose focus and allow ourselves to get caught up with the soap operas of the world, instead of maintaining an attitude of single-mindedness towards life that comes from the knowledge that Christ is Lord. I am very much guilty of that. Yet this is what the Bible says through the words of Paul:

"I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." - Acts 20:24

"I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me." - Galatians 2:20

"I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things." - Philippians 3:8

When I read these verses, I know one thing very clearly: this man truly believes that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.

This man truly loves Jesus, high above all other things in life.

My child, do you truly believe that I am the way, the truth and the life?

Sigh, until now, still no!!!! so sad. I'm still stuck with the formal letter to the officer. My mum forgot to look at it yesterday!! terrible. Hey, pls pray esp for my attachment now!! it's gg to be tough!!
What I want to thank God for is, yesterday, i was kept busy. I prayed that the Lord will occupy me in the afternoon. I have the whole lot of things to do. Indeed, when you ask God for something, He will give you more than what you ask for. He really is a generous God.
The rest of these 5 wks, I leave them to God. I don't know how the outcome may be, however I will place it all in God's hands, for He is in control of everything.
Pray that I will take more intitiative in learning things and a teachable heart. Help me to take criticism positively because it helps me to learn better. I must confess that I didn't put God in the picture when doing procedure. So pray that I'll put God in the midst of everything, and always look to Him 1st b4 doing every single procedure.
I screwed up yesterday. It is embarrassing to blog it down here. To avoid all these I must humble myself before the Lord. Oh yes! and pray that I will be humble as I learn things. Sometimes I can be a bit too proud. When I am humble, I learn better.
Pray too that my preceptor will have the chance to talk to me because she has something to talk to me. Keep me in prayer!!!!
Also pray for a favourable responds from the letter. So hopefully can see you all in May!!!
ok got 2 prepare for my attachment now!!! tata!!

1 Cor 2:4My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit's power, so that your faith might not rest on men's wisdom, but on God's power.
This verse really reminded me that whether in the area of academic results, support raising, ministry and every single thing we do our faith should be in God's power! Hope prep for exams and support raising going well for everyone! Gambatte! only less than 2 more months and we'll be in Japan together! What an amazing thought!

Sunday, April 02, 2006

Yesterday's meeting was really GREAT man! Really had fun fellowshiping with you guys! I'm all excited about the trip already! WOW! Haha.. ANYWAY God spoke to me today! God reminded me about something regarding support raising today! He reminded me that i've been so concerned with talking to people about it, giving out and writing my newsletters that i've sort of left him out of the process. He reminded me that its not about how many newsletters you give out and not how many people you talk to that matters, but its how many people you PRAYERFULLY consider and ask. He reminded me that i should pray about the people i intend to give my newsletter to and be sensitive to the Holy Spirit's leading. I really thank God for this reminder! I encourage everyone (including myself!) to take this opportunity to see God work and learn to trust God!