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Pastoral Exhortation - Series of 2011

3rd Missionary Conference

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We look eagerly towards the 3rd Missionary Conference of Gethsemane B-P Church. This event is a token of God’s grace that has enabled our church to be involved increasingly in worldwide Gospel missions. In this conference, we will have the joy of witnessing the inauguration and dedication of the newly constructed church and Bible institute in Ethiopia.

Our main purpose for organizing missionary conferences is to gather together all our preachers and missionaries for a time of worship, studying God’s Word and strengthening one another through warm and sweet fellowship. We thank God that all our preachers from Singapore are able to attend this conference in Ethiopia. We will also be joined by Rev Reggor Galarpe and Pr Edsel Locot from the Philippines. From Kenya, Rev Mark Kim, Rev Eben Yoon and Joshua Yong (Singaporean missionary of Truth BPC) are expected to join us. (Praise God for the Missionary Conference Fund which enabled us to support all of them to attend!)

Training faithful men to preach, teach and pastor churches is an integral part of the world mission. Without faithful men of God, no mission work can take root and flourish. When God gives us such men, it is our duty to pray for them and encourage them in the Lord.

I would like to exhort all Gethsemaneans who will be participating in the conference that they will be a source of encouragement and support to our preachers and missionaries. May every one of us be like Philemon, about whom Paul wrote, “For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother” (Philemon 1:7).

It is also important that all the participants remember the main purpose of the conference. Our trip to Ethiopia is not meant to be a holiday tour, but rather a missionary trip. Throughout this conference, we must be mindful to keep a good Christian testimony. Let us be courteous and helpful to one another. May we serve one another with patience and love.

This Thursday night, six of us (Bro Stephen and Winnie Yap, Bro Kenneth Wong, Bro Arnold Diaz, Carolyn and I) will be making our way to Ethiopia. The rest of the participants will be leaving Singapore on the 5th of December. Please pray for a safe journey and a blessed gathering of God’s people.

 

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