The Word Became Flesh—Sowing Care for the Nations

Formed with the mission of making the Word of God known to all, The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS) will commemorate 183 years of furthering the Bible Mission this 2020. 

In commemoration of 183 years of missional work, BSS will be organising a 3-part virtual series—in lieu of the annual Bible Mission Banquet. 

As part of the BSS 183rd Anniversary Series, the four sessions available are as follows:

  1. Leadership Track (Wednesday, 24 June, 8–9.30pm)
    Faith Conversations on Servant Leadership with Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Pastors and Christian Leaders

  2. Global Missions Track (Thursday, 2 July, 8–9.30pm)
    A Multitude of Nations, One Bible Mission with General Secretaries of sister Bible Societies

  3. Language Tracks (Wednesday, 8 July, 8–9.30pm)
    疫情时期的中国教会和华文事工 The Church in China and Chinese Ministry Amidst COVID-19

  4. Language Tracks (Thursday, 9 July, 8–9.30pm)
    Caring for the Indian Churches and Guest Workers Amidst Adversity with the Alliance of Indian Ministries and the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach


The Church in China and Chinese Ministry Amidst COVID-19

Wednesday, 8 July | 8.00pm–9.30pm | Via ZOOM

Language Track

With the outbreak of COVID-19, how did Wuhan cope with the ramifications of the virus? How has the Church in China addressed the situation? What challenges and breakthroughs have the Chinese churches in Singapore experienced during this pandemic? How has The Bible Society of Singapore been spreading the gospel amidst these unprecedented circumstances?
Hear from our guest speakers about how God has provided for and protected His people during these difficult times.


Rev. Zhu Zhiguo
Chairman of the Hubei Three-Self Patriotic Movement Committee
Principal of the Zhongnan Theological Seminary

Mr. Li Zhengxiang
Chairman of the Hainan Three-Self Patriotic Movement Committee

Rev. Caleb Soo
Pastor-in-charge of Singapore Life Church

Elder Ong Paak Loey
Director, Chinese Ministry
The Bible Society of Singapore


2020年7月8日(星期三)晚上8点 至 9点30分

会议ID: 841 6206 9687


Caring for the Indian Churches and Guest Workers Amidst Adversity
with the Alliance of Indian Ministries and the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach

Wednesday, 9 July | 8.00pm–9.30pm | Via ZOOM

Language Track

How are we caring for the guest workers in Singapore? What support are the Indian churches receiving amidst the current COVID-19 crisis? Join us for a session with leaders of various Indian ministries like the Alliance of Indian Ministries (AIM) and the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO)—a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance (HIA), and hear about their experiences in their work amidst adversity.

This is a unique opportunity for individuals and groups keen on understanding how the local and overseas Indian ministries address the multitude of challenges faced in their churches during this COVID-19 situation. Spaces are limited, so register today!


Brother Mohan C. Lazarus, Board Member of Jesus Redeems Ministry

Brother Mohan C. Lazarus was brought up in a staunchly religious family and caused him to detest Christianity. While he was in his early teens, he was diagnosed with an unknown heart ailment that made him bedridden. But through the prayer of one devout Christian, he was miraculously healed. The healing convicted him of God’s unfathomable compassion, compelling him to invite Jesus into his life. From then on, he devoted his time to minister to the needs of people, especially those suffering from sickness and pain. Known for his passionate prayer life, he founded Jesus Redeems Ministry, where he is currently a board member and staff worker.

Past Sessions

A Multitude of Nations, One Bible Mission
with General Secretaries of National Bible Societies

Thursday, 2 July | 8.00pm–9.30pm | Via ZOOM

Global Missions Track

Ever wondered what the Bible Mission is about? Interested to know how The Bible Society of Singapore has been working with Bible Societies all over the world to bring God's Word to the nations? Join us for a session with leaders of Bible Societies from Israel, Bangladesh, Mongolia, and Peru and hear about their experiences and challenges in their mission fields amidst COVID-19.
This is a unique opportunity for individuals and groups keen on being part of the Bible Mission to network with like-minded people and learn more about overseas holistic missions. Spaces are limited, so register today!


Rev Bayarmagnai Bayardalai

Rev Bayarmagnai Bayardalai is the Executive Director of the Mongolian Union Bible Society. He became a Christian in 1998, and has since dedicated himself to serving His Kingdom. In 2004, he was appointed as a pastor in a local church, and graduated from Union Bible Training Center (UBTC) in 2009. He has been serving in the Mongolian Union Bible Society since 2012.

Mr Pablo Gutierrez

Mr Pablo Gutierrez is the Executive Director of the Peruvian Bible Society. Prior to taking up the position of Executive Director, he served as Project Director and Distribution Director, and has faithfully served the Bible Mission for more than 20 years. He is also an elder in the Presbyterian Church of Pueblo Libre.

Ms Dina Katanacho

Ms Dina Katanacho is the Director of The Arab-Israeli Bible Society (AIBS) and is also a Palestinian Arab-Israeli ministry leader. Since joining AIBS in 2008, she has led many projects empowering women to serve God, and advocating family-oriented ministries. She has previously co-authored two books and is currently the editor of a family magazine "Whispers from the Creator to the Family".

Bishop Philip Adhikary

Bishop Philip Adhikary is the Chairman of the Bangladesh Bible Society, the Christian College of Theology in Bangladesh and the Talitha Koumi. He is also known for his role as an evangelist, Bible distributor and church planter, and is also dedicated to improving the quality of life for the marginalised communities. His most recent efforts include providing humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh.

Faith Conversations on Servant Leadership
with Speaker of Parliament, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Pastors, and Christian Leaders

Wednesday, 24 June | 8.00pm–9.30pm | Via ZOOM

Leadership Track

Faith Conversations on Servant Leadership with Mr Tan Chuan-Jin, Pastors and Christian Leaders. Mr Tan Chuan-Jin currently serves as Speaker of Parliament. He is a man of faith, and has frequently spoken openly about his faith in the public sphere. 

He has spent 25 years serving in the Singapore Armed Forces as a Brigadier General. In his present capacity as a government and community leader, Mr Tan is deeply involved with assisting the underprivileged, and an advocate for community care. Throughout his service in various ministries, he has worked to champion many social causes and communities in need. 

While serving as the Minister for Social and Family Development, he launched various initiatives to care for the needy and disadvantaged in Singapore, such as KidStart and SG Cares. 

As the President of the Singapore National Olympic Council, he has played a significant role in leading and inspiring Singapore’s athletes. 

He also works closely with Hope Initiative Alliance through their programmes to raise funds for the needy, and care for the guest workers in need. Most recently, during the circuit breaker, he was involved in the distribution of care meals and other essential supplies to guest workers.

On the 24 June inaugural session Faith Conversations on Servant Leadership’, Mr Tan will be speaking on the topics of Leadership, Community Service, Bible and Faith. Christian Leaders will also be praying for him, for the government, as well as the upcoming election.

Feature Article: Abounding in Blessings to Bless the Nations

This article was originally posted in our March 2020 Word@Work.

Feature Article: Abounding in Blessings to Bless the Nations

— Advancing the Bible Mission in Mozambique —

“God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency
in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.”
— 2 Corinthians 9:8

Natural disasters can devastate an entire country in just one day. While Singapore may be blessed to be less susceptible to such unpredictable natural disasters than other countries, the catastrophic consequences of these events are a reality for many others. In fact, each year, over 90,000 people are killed from natural disasters and close to 160 million people are affected—from having their homes destroyed, to contracting infectious diseases.

Just as the Church in Corinth was exhorted to serve communities around them (1 Cor 9:8–11)—being reminded that God had blessed them with abundance, so that having all sufficiency, they may abound in every good work—we also have a part to play in sharing our blessings to aid broken and distraught communities beyond our borders.

The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS) has been providing holistic care to global communities who are in need, such as Egypt, Nepal, Lebanon, Myanmar, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. In 2019, with the generous help of Far East Organization, BSS has additionally pledged USD$20,000 to assist Mozambique in their efforts to rehabilitate the county from the recent devastation of the Tropical Cyclone Idai in East Africa.

Plagued with poverty since its independence in 1975, Mozambique is a country of 29 million people who live between four extremes—namely, drought, floods, poverty, and tropical cyclones. At present, the country is listed as one of the world’s poorest and is among the least progressive in the areas of human development, life expectancy and gender equality—ranking 165 out of 169 on the Human Development Index.

When the team visited Maputo, one of the many areas affected by floods over the past year, food was extremely scarce due to the immense flooding that had swept away homes, crops and livestock. Transportation of food itself was very challenging as most of the roads were impassable. This left the team with no choice but to wade through the water, while carrying food and relief supplies.

Apart from living in volatile conditions with uncertainty about daily necessities, such as food and water, Mozambicans also face high risk of contracting major infectious diseases. These highly contagious diseases, such as malaria and tuberculosis, are easily contractable due to stagnant water sources. Sadly, people who have access to running water constitute only less than half of the entire population.

Living in poverty of health, education and spirituality, the people of Mozambique remain in great need of assistance to rebuild their country. The Bible Society of Mozambique has sought help to assist the people and bring back hope to the community. This holistic mission aims to minimise their suffering by meeting their range of needs, such as by providing food and daily necessities, as well as Scripture materials. However, their efforts were hampered when the debilitating Tropical Cyclone Idai hit the country in March 2019—leaving 1,000 people dead and missing, and destroying the Beira Bible Depot and all its Scripture stocks.

Through assistance that has been pledged by BSS towards aiding The Bible Society of Mozambique in Beira, restorative aid has thankfully resumed—meeting basic needs of the Mozambique people, such as food and potable water. 2,500 Bibles were also distributed to 2,500 families from 30 churches.

Rosa Adriano, one of the recipients, exclaimed with joy upon receiving a Bible for her family, “I thank the Bible Society of Mozambique for this holy gift. During the cyclone, I kept asking myself if I would survive. Now, I know why God protected me from the dangers of wind and rain—so that I may spread His Word. My Bible was soaked with water and damaged; I was like a soldier without arms. Now I have received this Bible and it is mine. This will be my weapon to fight against evil. I will go back again to spread the Gospel.”

However, with such great need but lacking resources, much work remains to be done. Sharing about the scarcity of resources, The Bible Society of Mozambique in Beira shared that, “at this stage, we just give one Bible per family as the need is huge. People are asking for personal Bibles. That is, each person would like to have his or her own Bible.”

This year, The Bible Society of Singapore will specifically provide targeted relief efforts to the victims of Tropical Cyclone Idai, in central Mozambique, by providing them with new Scriptures and rebuilding the damaged Beira Bible Depot building. This relief initiative would not be possible without the generous giving of our donors. It is our hope that through the provision of humanitarian aid and the Scriptures, the devastated people of Mozambique will be able to regain hope amidst their circumstances.

Let us—who are fully cognisant of the life in His Word—use our overflowing blessings to meet the spiritual and physical needs of people who are suffering. As He has increased providence and blessings towards us, let us increase our standard of giving so that “others may give thanks to God because of us” (2 Cor 9:11).


Feature Article: Aiding and Advocating for Communities in Need

This article was originally posted in our March 2020 Word@Work.

Feature Article: Aiding and Advocating for Communities in Need

“By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers. But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him? Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.”
— 1 John 3:16-18

As a missions organisation that has dedicated itself to making the Word of God known to all peoples, The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS) has striven to be a beacon of light to the nations by bringing the Word of God to those in need. Through the sharing of the living Word, we hope to shed light on the transformative power of God’s Word and bring a glimmer of hope to the vulnerable and marginalised.

Providing Aid to Alleviate Poverty

With the aim of loving and serving communities in need, BSS has expanded its overseas holistic missions to include meeting the material and physical needs of the poor. In 2019, BSS worked closely with the Bible Society of Egypt and donated USD$15,000 towards a Christmas Distribution project for 20,000 poor children. The children received backpacks filled with Scripture material, games, a towel and a stationery kit—to encourage them to engage with the Word of God, and build them up in their faith. BSS also coordinated a mission trip to Qionghai City in Hainan, China last year. A donation of USD$26,000 was made to help with the construction of a local church as well as provide education bursaries for the village children. (Read more about BSS’ overseas holistic mission work on pages 10-12.)

“We have been called to heal wounds, to unite what has fallen apart, and to bring home those who have lost their way.”
—St Francis of Assisi

Locally, BSS has kickstarted initiatives to render aid to the vulnerable and marginalised in Singapore. One of these initiatives is SowCare—a charity arm of BSS that aims to care for the often-neglected facets of society, and create public awareness about their daily challenges and how to meet their needs. In 2019, SowCare partnered with the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO) with the aim to provide holistic care for the guest workers in Singapore. On 8 and 15 December, SowCare hosted two Feasts of Appreciation for guest workers in the construction industry and Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs). This year, SowCare aims to also look into caring for the homeless in Singapore. Apart from providing these individuals in need with daily necessities, SowCare will also be looking into the possibility of building a shelter for the homeless. (More information about SowCare’s initiatives can be found on pages 22-24.)

Beyond Physical Poverty

”There’s two kinds of poverty. We have the poverty of material; … where the people are hungry for a loaf of bread—real hunger. But there is a much deeper, much greater hunger; and that is the hunger for love.“
—Mother Theresa

Although meeting the immediate needs of these impoverished communities would help alleviate some of their suffering, the essence of the Gospel encourages us to not only give what we have, but also to reveal God’s heart for His beloved children. This is why BSS strives to go a step further in sowing care for the poor and needy by presenting them with the everlasting and enduring hope that Jesus has promised; for it is only by bringing them back to our Provider that we may live eternal life free of suffering.

For BSS, presenting the hope of the Gospel takes place in many forms. In 2020, BSS also hopes to connect with at-risk individuals, whose emotional needs may not have been met, and require mental wellness facilities and resources. In view of the current COVID-19 situation, SowCare, Hope Initiative Alliance and other partner organisations are also working towards distributing masks and other essentials for this vulnerable community. As we work to create more platforms to build meaningful relationships with these at-risk individuals, we invite you to pray for opportunities to reveal God’s enriching love to those who have yet to experience it.

Continuing with our work in sharing God’s love with the guest workers, BSS will be distributing about $17,000 worth of Scripture materials to the guest worker community this year. It is our hope that the provision of the Word of God will remind these guest workers—who may be susceptible to feelings of loneliness and isolation from being in a foreign country—that they may find comfort in knowing that the God of peace is with them.

Beyond blessing communities with His Word, BSS has also been actively working with our partners to meet the needs of the churches and faith communities that have been affected by the COVID-19 outbreak through the provision of useful resources and supplies. (More information about this initiative can be found on page 38.) In this season of Lent, as we reflect on the suffering of Jesus, may we also be encouraged to remember the suffering of those among us, and be moved to take the first step in reaching out to them in love.

Feature Article: Holistic Care for the Nations Among Us

This article was originally posted in our December 2019 Word@Work.

Feature Article: Holistic Care for the Nations Among Us

Let us be vessels for God’s love—that protects
“the fatherless and the widow, and loves the sojourner, giving him food and clothing”, for we too were once sojourners.
— Deuteronomy 10:18 – 19

Singapore has relied on the labour contributions of guest workers since its early years. Although these workers are very much a part of our nation—having played significant roles through building our infrastructure and contributing to industries with labour shortages—their struggles may often remain invisible to us.

Walking in Your Shoes








To bring to light their contributions and stories, SowCare and the Alliance of Indian Ministries (AIM)— ministries of The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS)—partnered with the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO) to organise the Walking in Your Shoes exhibition at Far East Plaza from 20–29 September. The exhibition was launched with an opening ceremony on 19 September, which was graced by the Guest of Honour, Mr Zaqy Mohamad, Minister of State in the Ministry of National Development and the Ministry of Manpower. The exhibition, which had drawn hundreds of visitors over nine days, showcased replicas of the living spaces of guest workers in Singapore. Through these installations, the visitors were able to experience the routines of guest workers at work and in their dormitories. The untold stories and lesser-known trivia about the guest worker community were also featured—inviting Singaporeans to understand them beyond their occupational role. Visitors could also learn words of appreciation in the native languages of guest workers—to engage them in conversation and breach social divides. Key phrases such as “how are you?” and “thank you!” were available in Bengali, Burmese, Hindi, Mandarin, Sinhala, Tamil, and Thai. The exhibition was made possible through the generous sponsorship of Far East Organization and Far East Plaza.

Banquet of Appreciation










In the same spirit of expressing appreciation to the community of guest workers in Singapore, SowCare and AIM also partnered with AGWO in hosting the inaugural Banquet of Appreciation at Fullerton Hotel on 13 October. The banquet saw the attendance of Mr Heng Swee Keat, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, as the Guest of Honour. Gathering 350 guest workers from six different Asian countries—as well as dormitory owners, community partners and government officials—the banquet aimed to thank our guest workers and encourage dialogue on how to better care for their community. There were also four ethnic performance items by Joshiley Bhangra Singapore, New Life Christian Centre, Crown of Glory Nepalese Fellowship and My Saviour’s Church Dance Ministry. The inaugural Banquet of Appreciation then also launched

Cricket Tournament










To provide guest workers with an avenue for recreation, a Cricket Tournament was also organised on 28 October at the Migrant Workers’ Centre (MWC) Recreation Centre. Cricket is a popular sport among South Asians, with almost 900 million fans in India alone. Through this tournament, we aimed to alleviate their feelings of homesickness and encourage fellowship with one another over a meal. Involving nearly 3,000 guest workers, the Cricket Tournament was a resounding success. Underscoring the objective behind these events, Rev Samuel Gift Stephen, Chairman of AGWO, emphasised the need for a collective effort to care for this marginalised community. He shared that, “With guest workers forming nearly one-third of our working population, it is our responsibility to cultivate an environment that protects and holistically cares for their well-being. More than isolated efforts, it is vital that we work collaboratively to pool together resources and services, so that we may effectively meet their needs.” If you wish to support this initiative, individuals and groups may partner with the AGWO through administering and/or facilitating assistance and services for the guest workers. More information on partnership and volunteering opportunities can be found at

Cyclone Idai in Mozambique

(Image Source: UNICEF)

About Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth:

Cyclone Idai hit near Beira city, Mozambique, on March 14, 2019. The heavy rains and strong winds led to flash flooding, hundreds of deaths, and massive destruction of property and crops. Just under six weeks later, on April 25, Cyclone Kenneth hit northern Mozambique about 600 miles away from where Idai had dealt its blow. 

Cyclones Idai and Kenneth are one of the worst storms to have ever hit Mozambique. The catastrophic flooding that resulted from these cyclones has affected almost 2.2 million people in Mozambique and its neighbouring countries. 



March 3 – The tropical disturbance that would become Cyclone Idai develops and begins to strengthen near the coast of Africa.

March 5 – Heavy rains cause severe flooding across Mozambique and Malawi.

March 11 – Now a tropical depression, the storm builds in intensity between coastal Africa and Madagascar.

March 14 to 15 – Tropical Cyclone Idai makes landfall near Beira, Mozambique, as a Category 2 storm with sustained winds exceeding 105 mph.

March 20 – Heavy rains continue along with search and rescue operations and damage assessments.

March 21 to 27 – Governments and humanitarian aid agencies begin responding with life-saving relief supplies to the affected areas.

March 28 – The Mozambique government calls off the search for survivors of Cyclone Idai.

April 2 – Cholera cases in Mozambique top 1,400, according to health officials.

April 25 – Cyclone Kenneth hits northern Mozambique with winds above 125 mph.

How much damage was caused?

Cyclone Idai wiped out roads, bridges, and dams as it swept through Southeast Africa. According to the United Nations, Cyclone Idai and subsequent flooding destroyed more than an estimated $773 million in buildings, infrastructure, and crops. As a result of Cyclone Idai itself, more than 100,000 homes were also damaged or destroyed.

Additionally, Cyclone Kenneth is estimated to have destroyed about $100 million worth of homes, crops, and infrastructure, including boats and equipment belonging to coastal fishing villages.

What was the impact on the Bible Society of Mozambique?

As a consequence of Cyclone Idai, the Bible Society depot in Mozambique suffered huge damages. The violence of the cyclone winds washed away all the roof, thus destroying all Scriptural stock in the warehouse. Additionally, the roof of the office managing the Ndau Revision Bible was destroyed, and books and computers in the office were also damaged.

What is the death toll?

More than 1,000 people have died from the impact of Cyclone Idai and Cyclone Kenneth.

About Mozambique:

Mozambique is a country of 29 million people who live between 4 extremes, namely drought, floods, poverty and tropical cyclones. Apart from poverty, natural disasters are cyclical, leaving little room for the Mozambique people to restore their country.

Feature Article: Showing Love and Sowing Care

This article was originally posted in our December 2019 Word@Work.

Feature Article: Showing Love and Sowing Care

For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”
— Galatians 5:14 ESV

As a season of thanksgiving, Christmas reminds us of how the Word became flesh to dwell among us, experience our pain, and show us steadfast love. Just as Jesus walked and lived among people who were marginalised and faced discrimination—His ministry on earth taught us that it is through caring for others that we may outwardly manifest His love in us.

While such vulnerable communities may not be as visible in Singapore as in other societies, there are communities with unmet needs and abundant opportunities to sow care—such as with single parents, people with disabilities, low-income elderly and guest workers.

Guest workers’ needs, in particular, may often be overlooked as they are transient people group. In order that we may inclusively care for people of all backgrounds, The Bible Society of Singapore has actively sought to reach out to the guest worker community through our charity, SowCare. These efforts have included holistic care initiatives in partnership with the Alliance of Guest Worker Outreach (AGWO) and over 100 other voluntary welfare organisations (VWOs), civil organisations, corporations, professional bodies, guest worker dormitories, and government agencies.

As we ministered to these guest workers, many of them shared their stories and challenges with us. Khomthong Khammai, a veteran guest worker from Thailand, shared how his wife had passed away while he was working overseas; this tragedy left him as a single-parent of a daughter who is now 21 years old. Struggling to make ends meet, he remains working in Singapore to support both of them. Like Khomthong, there are other guest workers who endure much hardship in order to provide their families with a better life. Through our acts of kindness, many more guest workers will be blessed as well.

In this Christmas edition of Word in Action, some of our partners and other prominent leaders in our nation share snippets of thought, on how the local community can care for the underprivileged and vulnerable among us, like Khomthong.

“What does Christmas as a season of love and care, mean to you?”

“Christmas reminds me of the kind of love that is unconditional and expects nothing in return. We can all strive to learn to similarly love especially the vulnerable in our midst. Action always speaks louder than words. Just do it. As John Wesley once advised, ‘Make all you can, save all you can, give all you can.’”

Ms Denise Phua, President of the Autism Resource Centre (Singapore), Minister of Parliament (MP) for Jalan Besar Group Representation Constituency and Mayor of Central Singapore District.

“As a season centred on Christ, Christmas is the perfect opportunity for us to exemplify the love of God for vulnerable communities. Through our tangible expressions of care, the message of the Gospel is not just shared but lived out in life-transforming ways. “

Rev Ezekiel Tan, General Secretary of The Bible Society of Singapore

“How do you think the Singaporean community can rise up to care for vulnerable communities among us?”

“There are many unsung heroes who reach out actively to assist those in need, and they have really done so quietly behind the scenes. For sure, there are people who might think that the government is doing its job of taking care of our vulnerable, but there is something that is difficult to be supplanted by the government, and that is the love and care from the community towards the vulnerable.

Simple things such as looking out for one another, lending a helping hand or even a listening ear can make our society much more caring and a much better place for everyone, especially our most vulnerable.”

Ms Joan Pereira, MP for Tanjong Pagar GRC and Advisor to Henderson-Dawson Grassroots Organisation

“I see the need to get kindred spirits to network and collaborate with each other. When there is sharing of resources and ideas, and when we work together, we do not need to reinvent the wheel; we can leverage on each other’s strength and do a better job together than alone. By working together, we can eliminate wastage of resources and make a greater impact for the good of these vulnerable communities. “

Dr William Wan, General Secretary of Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM)

“Acknowledge and accept their presence in our midst in our daily lives, buy a packet of food for them and say “thank you” if we notice that they are regularly serving us in our neighbourhood.”

Ms Neo Ling Ling, Associate Director of SowCare Ltd

“What is one verse that reminds you of the Christian call to serve our community?”

“But God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” — Romans 5:8 ESV

“To me, this verse signifies our call to love and care for the ones who are unable to do the same for us—it must cost us something.”

Rev Samuel Gift Stephen, Chairman of the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO)

Let us remain encouraged to sow care into the lives of those around us; fully assured that every effort will create an ever widening ripple of love—in the lives of individuals, their families and communities. 

We were blessed to witness such an impact in the life of Roopa, who is just 9 years old. In rural villages in India, young girls—like Roopa—take care of house chores as well as their siblings while their parents work. These children, who are forced to undertake heavy responsibilities at such a tender age, may experience loneliness and feelings of abandonment.

Recognising the needs of these girls, a local pastor in Roopa’s village sought her out, invited her to church and even gifted her with her own Bible. Transformed by the kindness that the pastor has extended to her, Roopa now desires to be a doctor so that she may save lives, help her community, and care for those in need. Indeed, the ones who sow bountifully will reap bountifully!

For more information on how you can join us in making a difference in our local communities by being a partner, visit


Singaporeans bring festive cheer to guest workers and Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs)

This article was originally posted in our Tamil Murasu.

Singaporeans bring festive cheer to guest workers and Foreign Domestic Workers (FDWs) 

Widely celebrated festive seasons, such as Christmas, are especially meaningful because they bring families and loved ones together over shared meals and traditions. However, these occasions can often exacerbate feelings of loneliness among vulnerable communities in society, such as the homeless and guest workers, who may not be able to celebrate with their families. Such feelings may also often be more pronounced among guest workers in Singapore, who frequently experience homesickness from having to relocate and live in an unfamiliar environment.

In an effort to alleviate the emotional struggles of these guest workers, SowCare—a charity arm of The Bible Society of Singapore—and TSL Holdings Group worked collaboratively to include guest workers in their Christmas celebrations this year.

Gathering over 350 guest worker employees at TSL Holdings Group, on 8 December at the company headquarters, the ‘Christmas with the Nations’ event sought to appreciate and recognise the efforts of their migrant employees. In the spirit of Christmas, carols were sung and guest worker employees were gifted with presents as well.

Mr Tan Swee Lim, President of TSL Holdings Group, who was present at the event as the Guest of Honour, honoured the workers who were present in his opening address.

“I am very pleased and honoured to host this meaningful event. It is our way of expressing our deepest gratitude to all of you, who have worked hard to contribute to the success of not only my group of companies, but our nation. Your contributions have included laborious work and long hours, and we are truly thankful for the role you have played.”

The ‘Christmas with the Nations’ event follows a series of Feasts of Appreciation (FOA), which were launched by the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO) in September this year. The FOA initiative seeks to invite the local community to tangibly appreciate guest workers here, by hosting celebratory meals for them.

Sharing his vision and ethos behind the FOA movement, Rev Samuel Gift Stephen, Chairman of the AGWO, said, “In a country where food is such an important part of our lives, sharing a meal with these guest workers goes a long way in showing them how we do not consider them to be alien and are truly appreciative for their role in our society.”

Seeking to include FDWs in the leg of celebrations, 300 FDWs have also been invited to attend an upcoming feast at Bible House on 15 December. The FOA for FDWs will also feature performances by various ethnic groups and a mini-bazaar, including photobooth and manicure stations.

Reiterating the role of FDWs in the Singaporean society, Mr Ezekiel Tan, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SowCare, shared how, “while guest workers serve in public industrial sectors, the contributions of FDWs are close to home and to the heart. The role they assume is deeply personal and we must remember to remain thankful for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make every day.”

For more information on how individuals or groups can host a FOA, please visit

Feature Article: Connecting and Caring for All

This article was originally posted in our December 2019 Word@Work.

Feature Article: Connecting and Caring for All

In one of his letters, C.S. Lewis wrote, “For the church is not a human society of people united by their natural affinities but the Body of Christ, in which all members, however different… must share the common life, complementing and helping one another precisely their differences.”

What does a united body of believers look like today?

Cultivating Community Connectedness

The Bible Society of Singapore (BSS) is committed to building communities of believers who are united by their common love for the Word of God, regardless of church, denomination and nationality.
For it is only with a united church body that we may become an effective model of Christian love to the wider community—demonstrating the unconditional love lavished upon us by our Father in heaven, and leading them to Him.

With this in mind, BSS hopes to connect believers from different walks of life by encouraging them to engage with the Scripture in meaningful ways. In August and September, BSS organised the Colours of theBible Art Exhibition and the Bible and Chinese Culture Festival as opportunities for participants to express themselves with Scripture-inspired art pieces—illustrating how art and Chinese culture can be integrated with the Bible. (More information about the Bible and Chinese Culture Festival can be found on page 26.)

BSS also seeks to equip Christians with the Word to tackle various societal issues through the ETHOS Institute for Public Christianity—a research think tank formed in partnership with the National Council of Churches of Singapore and Trinity Theological College. ETHOS aims to engage believers in contemporary issues and trends from a Biblical perspective by offering free seminars, lectures, conferences, and resources for the public. Since its inception in 2014, the ETHOS website alone has seen nearly 50,000 visitors each year. (For more information about ETHOS events and publications, visit or read more on pages 25, 36 and 37.)

Apart from these initiatives, BSS also has a community of volunteers, who are known as our Sowers-In- Action. These volunteers constitute a very diverse group of Christians who regularly volunteer their gifts to support Bible Mission work in various ways—from photography and helping out at events, to administrative work. Gatherings are held at Bible House twice a year to thank our volunteers for their contribution, as well as to provide an opportunity for them to engage in fellowship. (If you would like to volunteer with BSS, visit for more information.)

By creating platforms for Christians to connect, BSS hopes to cultivate a spirit of unity among believers—so that we may labour together as one body, and fulfil God’s mission for us.

Cultivating Collective Care for All

“Jesus Christ did not say, Go into all the world and tell the world that it is quite right.”
— C.S. Lewis

Fulfilling the Great Commission not only encompasses spreading the Good News but also requires the Church to first model the love towards others that Jesus exemplified in His ministry— reaching out to the least, the last and the lost.

Although Singapore has successfully transformed herself into a modern city-state, there are still vulnerable and underprivileged communities in our midst. Just as the Son of Man came to serve (Mark 10:45), we too, are called to extend a helping hand to these communities—by meeting their needs and extending God’s love to them.

To initiate a collective effort to reach communities in need, BSS has launched a new ministry, SowCare, which aims to reach out to the poor and needy in Singapore. To kickstart the outreach efforts, SowCare partnered with Hope Initiative Alliance (HIA) and over 100 organisations to launch the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO). AGWO seeks to provide guest workers in Singapore with holistic care by meeting their immediate needs, and fostering a welcoming environment for them that is free from discrimination. From 20–29 September, Walking In Your Shoes—an exhibition aimed to provide a glimpse into the lives of guest workers—was held at Far East Plaza. Other AGWO events included a Banquet of Appreciation at the Fullerton Hotel on 13 October, as well as an AGWO Cricket Tournament on 28 October. (Read more about AGWO’s initiatives and events on pages 16 and 17.)

Beyond Singapore’s shores, BSS has also been involved in Holistic Mission work in multiple countries. The International Bible Experiences (IBEx)—a ministry of BSS—offers Bible Mission Trips, where participants are involved in meeting the locals’ needs for Scripture materials, and also their immediate needs where necessary. These efforts comprise of providing humanitarian assistance to countries, which have been affected by natural disasters or political turmoil, as well as providing opportunities for the locals to receive proper education.

Most recently, BSS was involved in mission work in Hainan, China, ministering to the local students and providing them with resources to facilitate their studies and improve their quality of life. (Find out more about IBEx and other BSS’ mission trips on pages 32 and 33.)

Cultivating Godliness within Communities

“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you…”
(Matthew 28:19-20)

With various avenues for Christians to be equipped and to serve, our ultimate aim is to connect different communities to and through the Gospel— so that we may all become disciples of Christ who share a deep love for God’s Word and people. As we remember the birth and life of our Lord Jesus Christ this Christmas, may we seek to embody the sacrificial love and care that He showed to mankind.

Reflections: Bible Mission Trip To Cambodia

This article was originally posted in our September 2019 Word@Work.

Reflections: Bible Mission Trip to Cambodia

“During the mission trip, I saw how God was working through each of us, bringing our individual talents together to serve His people as one body.
— Chan Keen Mun, Participant, Bible Mission Trip to Cambodia, 15 – 18 March 2019

In June 2018, I was praying for God’s instructions and direction for this Bible Mission Trip to Cambodia, which was originally scheduled to take place in September 2018. However, in July 2018, my father-in-law was called home to be with the Lord, and my mother was diagnosed with cancer and bleeding in the brain. Even though the trip had to be postponed to March 2019, I am still grateful for God’s faithfulness in bringing the team together.

While we were in the midst of preparing for the trip, God remained faithful by leading us every step of the way—through the planning of the programme, the rehearsals for reenacting the Bible stories and the planning of the teaching sessions. We had planned to teach the locals about the grace of God, with some reflections from Gideon’s life (Judges 6–7). As I was going through these passages with the intention of reaching out to the locals, never would I have thought that I too, would experience the grace of God firsthand.

A few weeks before the Bible Mission Trip, I found out that my mother—who had been given six months to live and was already receiving palliative care—had been completely healed from cancer! What a joy it was to receive God’s grace!

During the mission trip, I saw how God was working through each of us, bringing our individual talents together to serve His people as one body. As my team and I were ministering to the children in Tuolpongror with the Word, we were delighted and encouraged at how eager they were to receive Jesus into their hearts.

At the end of the programme, one of the teachers at the local school made the decision to re-commit her life to Christ. It was here our team realised that we had to continue to pray fervently for the rest of the teachers who had not received Jesus as their Lord and Saviour—so that they too could make a difference in the lives of the children whom they teach.

To conclude, my team and I are very thankful that we were able to accomplish the work in Cambodia by the immense grace of God. All of us have been blessed in more ways than one—it is indeed more blessed to give than to receive!


God’s Word: A Drop of Water in Dry Land

This article was adapted from materials from the Iranian Bible Society in Diaspora.

"For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground..." – Isaiah 44:3a

Generally speaking, in the northern hemisphere July’s climate is very hot! Especially if you are in the Middle East. The heat might attract tourists but it scatters the locals. In some parts, the fields are so dry that one would wonder if there has ever been a drop of rain!

Yet, this summer in Turkey, while serving among Iranian refugees, I witnessed a different dry land; a land that has gone through many challenges and trauma; a land that has tasted the pain of homelessness, and the fear of hopelessness; a land that cannot imagine a brighter future in its horizon; a dry land that is thirsty; thirsty for the Word of God.

While their tomorrow is uncertain, in their pursuit of finding an answer, many of them meet the Lord of Hope! The God whose Words are hope-giving, purpose-defining, and thirst-satisfying for the dry lands of our hearts. 

aspire-persia-sep-2016-nt-distributionWhile visiting numerous Iranian refugee Churches in Turkey, I heard the same request over, and over again: “we need more Enjil!” As a drop of water in this dry land, the Iranian Bible Society started a movement of distributing free New Testaments in Turkey. Several thousands of NTs were distributed among Iranian Churches in Izmir, Istanbul, Ankara, Eskishehir, and Denizli. It made a difference, yet the difference between the demands and our limited supplies is as deep as the Grand Canyon! We need a lot of hands to close the gap.

aspire-persia-sep-2016-nt-recipientsBeloved friends, there are many who cannot afford to purchase a New Testament, yet long to have their very own copy. Would you please consider joining the Bible Society in prayer and partnership to make the Word of God more available worldwide?

“The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.” – Proverbs 22:9

Join us in praying for Iranian Christians:

  • Remembering the victims of terrorist attack 15 years ago on this September 11th.
  • School-aged children of Iran who are about to start another school year. May the Lord continue opening the eyes and hearts of Iranian students with the Light of His Word!
  • Safety of Christians who live inside Iran.
  • God’s provision for the safe delivery of Farsi Bibles in some restricted nations.
  • More New Testaments and Scripture portion to be made available for distribution.