In our last NavNews, I wrote that we were looking for some “C.T. Studds” to join our staff. Studd was the famous missionary who said, “If Jesus Christ be God and died for me, then no sacrifice can be too great for me to make for Him.” I think we’ve found three.
Adrian Ho is from Malaysia. He came to Singapore to study at Republic Polytechnic. There, one of our staff men led him to Christ and discipled him. Adrian just graduated with a diploma in Environmental Science. Rather than take a job in that burgeoning field, he has decided to join our staff as an EDGEr. He will be a huge help to our growing Inter-Poly ministry.
Adrian says, “I believe that every individual has the potential to be a disciple for Christ through proper discipling and training. Matthew 9:37-38 helps me to see the urgency of raising workers to labour among the lost.”
Cheng Kingfai and his wife Yee are coming to us from Hong Kong. They are involved there in a discipling ministry started years ago by a Nav-trained Singaporean doctor. The ministry has thrived, but they have no full-time staff. Feeling God’s call to serve Him full-time, but having no other full-timer to train them, Kingfai and Yee have turned to us. They will leave their careers and join our staff (despite strong parental objection) to be trained and minister at NUS for the next few years.
Kingfai shares that “since 2011, I have been burdened to move into full-time ministry. Years of prayer has made my mission clearer – to build up labourers for Jesus through personal discipling. My wife Yee and I are convinced that we are called to be shepherds (John 21:15) and we are longing to pour out our lives for building many others for the sake of His kingdom (John 12:24).”
As Adrian knows, the call of God can mean setting aside career plans. Witness the fishermen who had to “cast down their nets and follow Jesus.” (Matt. 4:20) As Kingfai and Yee know, the call of God can mean disappointing parents. Recall Jesus’ comments to aspiring disciples regarding “burying the dead” and “family farewells.” (Luke 9:59-62) Are these sacrifices too great? Not compared to Jesus’ sacrifice for you and me.