Story 18: Joel Chin & Chia Wern Lin


(MUSTARD SEED SERVICE)

Joel Chin has been in COR since his birth. Read about how the Lord brought Joel to meet his old secondary school friend, Wern Lin (Wern), in the Army and brought him to COR. They both currently attend the Mustard Seed Service (MSS).

Wern:

Having been a part of COR for a year now, I can confidently declare that it has been the best year of my 21 years. This is no mere coincidence. I have been so privileged to be on the receiving end of the Lord’s commission through my friend, Joel. Oddly enough, although Joel and I have known each other since our secondary school days, it was only when we were serving our National Service together did we become more than acquaintances.

Joel:

I knew Wern in secondary school, but I never got to know him well, so I think God placed us in the same eight-man team during National Service to reconnect. It was Wern’s Christian music playing from his bunk bed which led to our intensive conversations about Christianity and church. This in turn led me to invite Wern to our service and cell group--which he accepted! I was elated! However, it was really the warm fellowship at church that helped Wern feel at home in COR. Wern made time to attend dinners and smaller group meetups outside of service, and his enthusiasm really encouraged me, as I had felt frustration facing obstacles in my personal evangelism. Now that Wern is baptised and confirmed in COR, I hope that our testimonies will be an encouragement to never give up! Keep praying, keep sharing with your friends and family that are not yet saved. All glory to God!

Wern:

Before coming to COR, I had already identified myself as a Christian. I had visited other churches, but had never settled in one. Joel invited me to attend MSS and I observed how its members worshipped wholeheartedly, discussed the Word fervently, and welcomed newcomers jubilantly. I didn’t grow up in a Christian family, so initially I was a bit intimidated when I saw how close the members were. However, my concerns about fitting in were unfounded because the members were both hospitable and approachable. My cell group, El Olam, is simply a cool group of many different personalities, who revel in bringing glory to God. This is evident from their day-to-day conversations and their service in the various ministries in COR.

Over the past year, I have forged many wonderful friendships and taken great strides in my walk with God, guided by my fellow COR mates who took living out their faith seriously. We spur each other on in praising and trusting our infallible God, zealously declaring our faith, and sharing the word of God. I am overjoyed to be baptised and confirmed in COR, and I am eager to make many more memories with my COR family.

陈锦恩参加复活堂已有21年。让我们来了解上帝是怎样让锦恩与他的中学同学汶霖在国民服役时相遇。锦恩和汶霖两现在都参加 Mustard Seed Service(MSS)的聚会。


汶霖:

参加复活堂的这一年里,我能信心满满的宣称,这是我21年来最好的一年。这一切不仅仅是巧合。我感到很荣幸能够因着锦恩信主,领受到使命的祝福。奇怪的是,虽然锦恩和我从中学开始就认识对方,但我们是在一起服务国民服役时,友情才变得更深切。


锦恩:

我是在中学时认识汶霖,但因为某种原因,我也没有深入地认识他。在国民服役里,我认为真的是上帝把我们两安排在同一组八个人的团队中。我清楚地记得听到他在双层床上播放基督的诗歌。这让我和他开始谈论信仰,使他感到热忱与积极的回应有关基督教和教会的话题。最棒的是,他很愿意参与主日崇拜和小组聚会。真的是教会中的团契帮助了汶霖感到宾至如归。他会抽出时间在主日以外参加小组聚会,和我们一起吃饭聊天。那段期间,我总感觉我个人的见证似乎遇到了很多阻碍。汶霖对基督教的热诚给了我很多鼓励。现在在复活堂受洗并得到证实,我也希望这能鼓励我们永不放弃!继续为未得救的朋友和家人祷告,分享福音。一切荣耀归于上帝!


汶霖:

来到复活堂之前,我已称自己为一名基督徒。我之前也曾参加其他教会,但没有留下。当锦恩邀请我参加MSS的时候,我见识到复活堂的弟兄姐妹们都全心全意地敬拜主,热情地讨论神的话语,喜悦地欢迎新人。不在一个信徒家庭长大的我,当我看到复活堂成员们关系多么亲密的这一幕让我有点令人生畏。但是他们还是依然热情好客,平易近人。 El Olam(我们的小组)虽有着很多不同性格的人,但大家都热衷于为上帝带来荣耀,从我们的日常对话及大家的服侍中可以看得出。


在过去的一年里,因着我的同伴们的指导下,他们不轻易满足于现实的事情,使我建立了许多美好的友谊,也与上帝走的更接近。相反的,我们彼此鼓励,继续赞美和信靠一个永不放弃的上帝,热诚地宣告我们的信仰,分享上帝的话语。能在复活堂受洗坚振让我乐不可言!我非常期待着与复活堂的家人们创造更多的回忆。

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