12 November 2017

Dear family in Christ

This weekend, we have the joy of commissioning sister Deborah Loh Wei Juan in prayer before the Lord of the harvest. We give thanks to God for Deborah’s obedience to God’s calling in her life to serve in overseas missions. She will serve as a Missionary Associate with Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) to do church planting work at Isaan (north-east Thailand) for 2 years. St John’s Chapel is glad to be in partnership with OMF in facilitating and financing Deborah to proclaim the gospel among the Thai people.

Even as we see God’s heart for the lost that “none should perish” (2 Peter 3:9), we see the amazing sovereign hand of Almighty God in orchestrating Deborah’s missionary commissioning today.

  1. In 1842, Mrs Maria Dyer, a missionary from London Missionary Society, started a home and school for homeless girls in Singapore. This first girls’ school eventually became known as St Margaret’s school.
  2. In 1858, Mrs Maria Dyer’s youngest daughter, Maria Jane Dyer, married James Hudson Taylor, and together they were pioneer missionaries and founders of China Inland Mission in 1865, which was renamed as Overseas Missionary Fellowship (OMF) in 1964.
  3. In 1996, a young teenage girl started secondary one studies at St Margaret’s Secondary school, who will celebrate her 175th anniversary on 16 November. During her CCA with the school Christian Fellowship, she heard the gospel and became a follower of Jesus Christ. Her name is Deborah Loh Wei Juan.
  4. Today in November 2017, we gather as God’s people to commission Deborah to serve with Overseas Missionary Fellowship in the Thailand harvest field, in the footsteps of courageous England missionaries 175 years ago.

Praise the Lord for His sovereign hand. Give thanks to God for His unfailing love. Let us press on in being God’s missional church.

The harvest is plentiful, but the labourers are few; therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out labourers into his harvest.” Matthew 9:37-38


Pastor John