Fellow-ship = Partnership?
It has sometimes been said that “Fellow-ship” is, “a group of people all together in the same ship.” The implication is that, whilst working together is sometimes challenging, there is a common goal worth aiming for. Working together also requires common values… One of the goals of WEC Singapore is to reach out, mobilise, cooperate and partner (fellow-ship) with like-minded churches, groups and individuals in praying, supporting and doing missions. Praise God that over the last few years, WEC has had the privilege of partnering with various local churches on several planes to promote and encourage their members towards personal involvement in The Great Commission. Sorry that we can’t mention all of them here, but have selected a few to highlight the significance of such opportunities…
Adam Road Presbyterian Centre (ARPC)
In the first year, ARPC’s request was for WEC to set up a missions booth comprising of missions books (biographies written by WEC missionaries, life lessons learnt while on the mission field, etc.) and information brochures of fields during their annual Missions Month. The next year, it was a missions booth plus a testimony from a missionary. In the following year, some of our Directors were invited to speak at their Missions Retreat Weekend and facilitate workshops, culminating with the final pulpit message on their Missions Sunday. ARPC has also started a Prayer Focus Group on an Unreached People Group in S.E. Asia. That year, we also had the opportunity to arrange a mission trip for their youth. Subsequently, WEC was invited by ARPC together with 2 other partnering missions agencies to provide Missions Mentors to walk alongside their participants. For about 12 hours, participants had opportunities to interact with their assigned mentors and ask all the burning questions they had with regards to missionary life. As mentors, it was our privilege to share how the Lord has been leading us in our respective journeys, the call, the joys, the challenges, the struggles, etc. What a precious time together to learn from each other.
City Gate Church
City Gate’s pastor and his wife first approached WEC with regards to exploring the possibility of adopting an Unreached People Group (UPG). As we discussed and looked at their church profile, we proposed several opportunities. They prayed about it, met up to discuss further with their missions committee and finally decided on an Ethnic Minority Group in East Asia. It was then arranged for an awareness drive at their Missions Sunday where our Director preached a message on, “Not For Keeps” from 2 Kings 7, while we were given the opportunity to share specifically on the unique culture and partnership opportunities for this proposed UPG. We also set up a missions booth to allow the church members to enquire about other UPGs as we believe that some will have a calling to reach other UPGs...Subsequently, City Gate Church sent a recce team to visit the proposed UPG with a view to bringing back a 1st hand report to the church members on how they can be involved in this UPG in future. May this budding partnership be the accelerator for many more people in this UPG to have the opportunity to hear the good news; to grow in their walk with the God who loves them so much.
To summarise, here are a list of Possible Partnerships for your consideration:
"STEP OUT" Short Term Trips can be arranged for individuals or small groups to locations where WEC workers are (as near as Thailand to as far as Mexico), but you will need to give us at least 3 to 6 months advance notice of your intended trip for application process/paper work, proper orientation/training, etc. depending on the duration of your trip.