Story 6: Lina Cheam

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(SUNDAY WORSHIP SERVICE) I started serving in Sunday School when I was 17 at the Church of the Good Shepherd's Chinese congregation. There was a need, and even without experience or much knowledge I became the teacher to a group of active 12 year olds. Later on, when I had settled in COR, I joined the Sunday School ministry and assisted more experienced teachers, mainly in the kindees section. After I had my own kids, I continued to serve as I felt that I should be involved in contributing to their spiritual growth. If as a mother I did not make the effort when I could,then who else could I expect to fulfill that role? My thanks to the many teachers who had served unreservedly in COR in the past – Phyllis Lim, Florence Aw, Peck Lian, Stella, Grace Khoo, Wei Ling and Brenda, to name a few, and to those who are in the ministry now.

With the exception of a few years I took to raise my kids and handle other involvements, the Lord has kept me returning to the children’s ministry. One reason is because I have a special love for children. I find young children fascinating and always evolving in the way they learn. Another reason is because the need for teachers is always present.

A few years ago in a study of Ezekiel (Eze 3:17), I learnt that believers have a role as a watchman for the people of God. I realised that our role as Sunday School teachers was important as we served as watchmen for the children who passed through our ministry. Similarly, as parents we are also watchmen for the children the Lord blesses us with.

I often feel inadequate for the task set before me, and more so as age catches up. But then I am reminded of what the Apostle Paul said in 2 Cor 3:5-6, that our competence comes from God. I believe He will make us adequate for the task He calls us to do.

COR has been an important part of mine and my children’s life journeys. The friendships formed through the various ministries and especially my cell group have been very integral to my development, growth and maturing process. I am very blessed and happy to be a member of this God-fearing and Bible-teaching church.


我17岁就在善牧堂中文部的主日学服事。那时,虽然我没有经验或知识,但是因为服事上的需要,我就成为了一群12岁儿童的老师。后来,当我来到复活堂,我也参与了这里的儿童事工,协助更有经验的老师们。有了自己的孩子过后,我还是继续服事因为我觉得我应该为他们的属灵生命而贡献。身为一个母亲,若我不趁时而作,尽我所能的去教养下一代,我还能期待谁来完成这个角色呢?感谢许多的老师毫无保留的一直在复活堂服事。


除了有几年因需要照顾孩子和处理其他的事务,上帝一直把我带回儿童事工。其中一个原因是因为我对孩子们有个特别的爱。我觉得孩子们很有趣,他们在学习过程中不断地演变。另一个原因是儿童事工一直缺乏教师。


几年前,当我在查经时,读到以西结书(三章十七节)时,我学到信徒都要为神的百姓扮演守望者的角色。我发现作为主日学老师的角色如同成为守望者的角色一样的重要。同样的,作为家长的我们,也是上帝赐给我们孩子的守望者。


在服侍的道路上,随着年龄的增长,我经常会感到能力不足。但是我记得使徒保罗的话,我们的能力来自于神(林后三5-6)。我相信上帝会赐我们能力去完成他所托付我们的任务。


在我和孩子们的生命旅程,复活堂都扮演了一个重要的角色。通过不同的事工,还有我在小组所建立的友情,这些都促成了我的成长。我很蒙福,也很高兴能够成为这个敬畏上帝与教导真理的教会的会友。

This article first appeared in Issue 19, April 2019 CHORUS Magazine.

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