The Bible Society of Singapore commemorated the bicentennial of the Bible Mission in Singapore through a Bible Mission Banquet. Held on the evening of 7 July 2023 at Hilton Singapore Orchard, this marked a significant milestone since the beginning of the local mission in 1823, when missionaries distributed 1000 Chinese New Testaments to Chinese settlers in Singapore. Since then, the Bible Society has served alongside sister Bible Societies and evangelical communities to spread God’s Word. Singapore has since emerged as the regional hub for Bible translation and printing.
This momentous occasion stood as a testament to God’s faithfulness and grace over the Bible Mission through the past two centuries. The Bible Society was privileged to have Minister Desmond Lee, Minister for National Development & Minister-in-charge of Social Services Integration, grace the event. Mission leaders, donors, supporters and volunteers of the Bible Mission also attended the banquet.
The banquet was made possible through the generosity of Dr Stephen Riady, Executive Chairman and Group CEO of OUE Limited, who has also supported various Bible Mission initiatives. Far East Organization and Mrs Dorothy Chan also sponsored the hotel accommodations for overseas missionaries attending the event.
The Sower Awards recognised the faithful work of individuals who have contributed significantly to the Bible Mission. These awards included Volunteers of the Year, Co-Workers of the Year, Benefactors of the Year, and Missionaries of the Year. Bible Society Long Service Awards were also given out to its long-serving members. The Bobby Sng Scholarship for Theological Studies 2023 was presented to recipients to further their pursuit in theological studies.
The official launch of the World Chinese Christianity Alliance (WCCA) was held in conjunction with the Bible Mission Banquet. WCCA is the first language-based global missional platform under the World Evangelical Alliance, with the Bible Society as a founding member.
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