by Wei Jian and Cherie Leow
Exciting, challenging, foundational… These are some of the words that Cherie and I will use to describe our journey in Moriah BP Church. However, if there is one word to sum this 21-year journey, it would be GRACE. We all know, 21 years of age marks the end of our youth and the big step into adulthood. So as Moriah celebrates her 21st Birthday, we thought why not focus the sharing on remembering God’s GRACE shown to us during our pre-21 years’ period…our Youth Fellowship (YF) days.
As some of you may know, Cherie and I were in our late teens (17 y.o.) when we moved from Sembawang BP Church with 80 other members. We were both in the YF and while there were only 7-8 of us then, we thank God for His GRACE that led us through the ups and downs of ministry life and our teenage years. He alone sustained and guided us in spite of our immaturity and failings. Led by His faithful and humble servants, Bro Joshua and Bro Mathews, the YFers grew in faith and expanded as we tried to reach out to the Simei community.
We can still remember those Friday nights when we had YF committee meetings, and we would discuss and argue (as usual!) about ministry matters into the wee hours of the morning. Looking back, while sometimes we laugh at ourselves, we also lament where our youthful passion for God had gone. The Psalmist in Psalm 84 wrote a psalm of great joy and longing for God. It reminded us to long for a deeper relationship with Him.
“Our youthful days will come and go,
but our youthful passion for Christ should ever remain”
Well, back to our recollection… We can still vividly remember, and sometimes reminisce with other YFers, about past countdown fiestas, YF outings, mid-week fellowships, mission trips. YF camps were a highlight – Dare Explorer, MADness Unlimited, Fishers of Men etc which we had fun (sometimes too much fun) doing skits, music jamming, amazing races. Yet in our imperfections, God’s GRACE sustained His people. All glory to God, for by His GRACE, many of those “Simei Youths” who joined the YF have gone on to serve the Moriah family in different ways. Youths ranging from Mervin Lin to Clarence Wong, Benjamin Wong to Ho Zhiwei and Alicia Yap to Jonathan Jeganathan.
21 years on, and we’re now closer to 40 years old. What we learnt and experienced during those days in YF was a needful foundation for our life’s ups and downs. This journey has taken us from YF to YAF to HCG, from partners in ministry to partners in marriage. It certainly hasn’t been easy; God convicts and chastises us of our sins, He challenges us out of our comfort zone, He chooses to answer some of our prayers and withhold others. Suffice to say, without YF and God’s sustaining GRACE, adulthood would have been impossible.
Likewise, the past 21 years have indeed been exciting, challenging and foundational for Moriah! We have consistently witnessed the sustaining GRACE of God. So, as we step into the precipice of “adulthood”, let us do so with confidence!
The journey will not be easy - we will be tested, we will need to put aside our pride, fears, distrust, and embolden ourselves to build His church one brick at a time. The ever faithful God will sustain us as a family and empower us to be a beacon of light in our community here in Simei.
“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”