Rising Above the Storms of Life and Challenges Together


But you, dress yourself for work; arise, and say to them everything that I command you. Do not be dismayed by them, lest I dismay you before them. And I, behold, I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls, against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests, and the people of the land. They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the Lord, to deliver you.” – Jeremiah 1:17-19

Often, it is in the midst of the storms in our life when we really recognise our desperate need for a Saviour. We long for someone to pull us from the turbulent water sucking us into its murky depths. Our hearts call out for someone to save us.

Many a time, Jesus comes to our rescue like He did for the disciples who were caught in a boat rocking in the waves of a lake during a violent storm. The significance of Jesus calming the storm as recounted in the Gospels is pertinent to what’s happening in our world today and is evidence of God’s love for us. Global crises like the COVID-19 pandemic, Asian floods and wars have a significant impact on our lives. In troubling times, the intense surges of emotion within us are due to our humanity, while the chaotic circumstances around us are beyond our control.

But do we have more faith in the storms of life than in the mercy and grace of God? Let us arise in faith, for Scripture says that those who put their trust in God are immovable like Mount Zion (Psalm 125:1).

Arising to Help Those Affected by War

The unprecedented crisis caused by the ongoing violent war in Ukraine has had grave impact on the entire nation of 43 million people. Fear and uncertainty has gripped the nation since Russia’s large-scale military invasion on 24 February 2022.

Rostyslav Stasyuk, from the Ukrainian Bible Society, updates on the situation on 1 March: “Today, Kharkiv, Kyiv and many other cities and towns have suffered from especially heavy and violent shelling with dozens of Ukrainians killed and injured. There is massive damage to people’s homes and infrastructure.” 

As of May 2022, a relentless bombardment of the country’s cities and towns has led to more than 3,380 civilian deaths, destroyed civilian infrastructure, and forced more than 5.8 million people to flee the Ukraine border to neighbouring countries such as Poland, Romania and Hungary, forming Europe’s largest refugee crisis since World War II. Host countries and aid agencies are trying to meet the astounding needs of these refugees, most of whom are women and children. Over 7.7 million people are also internally displaced within Ukraine, forced to take refuge in safer regions or in subway shelters. Many elderly or disabled people and other vulnerable populations that don’t have the ability to flee are left behind.

All of this is exacerbating the humanitarian catastrophe on the ground in Ukraine, as shelling cuts off power stations and other supply lines, effectively trapping people within war zones in sub-zero temperatures without electricity or water, and with dwindling food, fuel, and medical supplies.

“Colleagues from the Southern branch in Kherson, which is currently surrounded by the enemy forces and experiencing food and fuel shortages, visited local bomb shelters with Scriptures and humanitarian aid to bring encouragement to people staying there. Our team also continues serving in Kyiv,”says Rostyslav Stasyuk.

Having been granted the Commissioner of Charities permit for fundraising, the Bible Society is targeting to raise $200,000 to help at least 2,000 families and has gathered more than $150,000 in funds so far to support these victims by providing humanitarian relief to meet their basic needs and to alleviate the suffering and pains of this war by giving them hope in the midst of war, so that they may rise from the ashes.

The funds raised in this campaign have been used to help over a thousand families and have been utilised for food, household essentials, first aid and medicine, clothes and blankets, accommodation and transport. We will also provide financial resources for the Ukrainian Bible Society to reach its goal of providing 56,000 Bibles to Ukrainians, as it received a staggering number of requests for Bibles.

It is the Bible Society’s prayer that God’s Word will bring comfort, peace and reconciliation to the Ukrainians. We hope to be a channel of help to the people of Ukraine, as we have worked closely with the Ukraine Bible Society and World Evangelical Alliance and continue to do so to provide hope and assistance in rebuilding their nation. To donate to this worthy cause, visit bible.org.sg/donate.

Helping Flood-stricken Countries Rebuild their Lives

During the monsoon season each year, most Asian countries such as Cambodia, the Philippines, Bangladesh, India, and Sri Lanka experience torrential rains that cause heavy flooding. In 2020 alone, storms and typhoons caused flash floods and landslides, destroying many infrastructures, including residences, agricultural land, hospitals, and schools. As a result, many were killed, injured or went missing. Over 8.5 million people had been affected in all, with two million forced to evacuate their homes.

As these countries attempt to emerge from the catastrophic damage caused by floods and landslides that were triggered by multiple tropical storms striking in quick succession in the last quarter of 2020, The Bible Society of Singapore has worked closely with our sister Bible Societies of affected regions to provide holistic assistance to the communities in need. The Commissioner of Charities permit we have obtained has enabled us to gather more than $130,000 in funds. The funds have been used to provide humanitarian relief and hope to those suffering, to enable them to rise from the devastation and rebuild their lives.

A Channel of Blessing to the Destitute

But the situation remains dire and there is continual need for aid to the people in these countries and for them to receive the hope of the Gospel. Just as how your immense support has raised more than S$300,000 for humanitarian relief in Myanmar, we invite you to continue partnering with us as we reach out to one another with God’s love, arising in unity as one Body of Christ.

As the Bible Society continues to work closely with our sister Bible Society and Evangelical Communities in these affected regions, our prayer is that the Word of God will bring divine peace and perseverance that will remain in the hearts of those suffering, even through troubled times.

Want to contribute to the Global Bible Mission? Visit bible.org.sg/donate to donate.

The 7 Laws of the Learner


Welcome to a revolution in teaching! The 7 Laws of the Learner is destined to transform the teaching ministries of Christians.

Whether you teach in a church context, Christian school, public school, in the home or on the job, this course will equip you to accomplish God’s purposes for education the transformation of lives by meeting needs through the accurate communication of essential truths.

Join Rev Nicholas Choo as he shares with you The 7 Laws of the Learner. But be prepared – your teaching and your students will never be the same!

Date: 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd  June 2022
Time: 7.30 – 9.30 pm 

7 Armenian St, Bible House, Singapore 179932
Registration closes on 28 May 2022

GoForth x ARISE Singapore 2023


GoForth x ARISE Singapore 2023 is an intergenerational event that will see the generations come together for a concert of prayer, where children, youth, parents and grandparents will spend time in worship and prayer for local and overseas mission.

ETHOS Lecture 2023: The Culture of Death by Cardinal William...


Pope St John Paul II coined the terms “culture of life” and “culture of death” which he introduced in his 1995 encyclical, Evangelium Vitae. The “culture of life” is an idea drawn from the Scriptures. It explains the nature of human dignity based on the sacredness of human life (cf. Genesis 1:27).

This annual lecture will explore the “culture of life” as a theological concept and how we can promote a “Gospel of life” open to life or believers and everyone.

Catch our Keynote Speaker, the Archbishop of the Roman Catholic, and Archdiocese of Singapore, his eminence, Cardinal William SC Goh, as he shares his insights about the “culture of death”.

ETHOS Lecture 2023: The Culture of Death Date: 17 November 2023 Keynote Speaker: Cardinal William SC Goh _ ETHOS Institute™ for Public Christianity was formed by the National Council of Churches of Singapore, Trinity Theological College and The Bible Society of Singapore in 2014.

ETHOS Annual Conference 2023 X GoForth featuring Rev David Lim


Whether you are a theologian, pastor, church leader, missionary, or simply interested in the intersection of theology and missions, this symposium invites you to join a vibrant community of individuals passionate about theology and missions. Together, we will explore the theology of mission, forge connections, and inspire, one another to take meaningful action in fulfilling God’s mission in the post-pandemic era. Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to be part of the conversation and shape the future of missions.

Let’s catch Rev David Lim talk about the Theological View on the Mission of God in the Post-pandemic Era.

ETHOS Annual Conference 2023 X GoForth: Theology of Mission in the Post-pandemic Era

Date: 23 September 2023

Speaker/s: Mr Quek Tze-Ming, Rev David Lim, Dr Bernard Koh, & Dr Calvin Chong

ETHOS Annual Conference 2023 X GoForth featuring Mr Quek Tze-Ming


Whether you are a theologian, pastor, church leader, missionary, or simply interested in the intersection of theology and missions, this symposium invites you to join a vibrant community of individuals passionate about theology and missions. Together, we will explore the theology of mission, forge connections, and inspire, one another to take meaningful action in fulfilling God’s mission in the post-pandemic era. Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to be part of the conversation and shape the future of missions.

Let’s catch Mr Quek Tze-Ming talk about the Biblical View on the Mission of God in the Pandemic World.

ETHOS Annual Conference 2023 X GoForth: Theology of Mission in the Post-pandemic Era

Date: 23 September 2023

Speaker/s: Mr Quek Tze-Ming, Rev David Lim, Dr Bernard Koh, & Dr Calvin Chong

ETHOS Annual Conference 2023 X GoForth featuring Dr Calvin Chong


Whether you are a theologian, pastor, church leader, missionary, or simply interested in the intersection of theology and missions, this symposium invites you to join a vibrant community of individuals passionate about theology and missions. Together, we will explore the theology of mission, forge connections, and inspire, one another to take meaningful action in fulfilling God’s mission in the post-pandemic era. Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to be part of the conversation and shape the future of missions.

Let’s catch Dr Calvin Chong talk about The Digital Turn for Missions in the Post-pandemic Era.

ETHOS Annual Conference 2023 X GoForth: Theology of Mission in the Post-pandemic Era

Date: 23 September 2023

Speaker/s: Mr Quek Tze-Ming, Rev David Lim, Dr Bernard Koh, & Dr Calvin Chong

ETHOS Annual Conference 2023 X GoForth featuring Rev Dr Bernard...


Whether you are a theologian, pastor, church leader, missionary, or simply interested in the intersection of theology and missions, this symposium invites you to join a vibrant community of individuals passionate about theology and missions. Together, we will explore the theology of mission, forge connections, and inspire, one another to take meaningful action in fulfilling God’s mission in the post-pandemic era. Don’t miss this invaluable opportunity to be part of the conversation and shape the future of missions.

Let’s catch Rev Dr Bernard Koh talk about the Ecclesial Responses to Missions in Post-pandemic Times.

ETHOS Annual Conference 2023 X GoForth: Theology of Mission in the Post-pandemic Era

Date: 23 September 2023

Speaker/s: Mr Quek Tze-Ming, Rev David Lim, Rev Dr Bernard Koh, & Dr Calvin Chong

Empowering Migrant Domestic Workers: Collaborative Programme Enhances Skills and Celebrates...


This December marks the second anniversary since the launch of The Alliance of Domestic Workers Outreach (ADEO) in 2021. ADEO is a movement of Hope Initiative Alliance (HIA) that seeks to provide holistic support and care for the migrant domestic workers (MDWs) community in Singapore in a sustainable manner. This year, in conjunction with the celebration of ADEO’s 2nd Anniversary and HIA’s International Migrants Month (IMM), a reading programme for the MDWs was soft-launched on 10 December 2023.

This programme aims to empower and encourage more than 200 MDWs in the first two years of the launch, in the hope to improve their proficiency in speaking and reading in the English Language. Through regular Basic Conversational English Lessons and Book Club sharing, ADEO hopes to cultivate a habit of reading among the MDW community.  This feat is made possible through the partnership and support from National Library Board (NLB) and ADEO partners. This is also an opportunity for stronger connections among our volunteers and the MDW community with the common interest of learning and reading to be fostered, echoing the theme for IMM #TogetherInSingapore. These lessons and book clubs will commence in 2024.

The Guest-of-Honour,  Ms. K. Jayaprema, President of Association of Employment Agencies (AEAS) addressed our MDWs at the ADEO anniversary celebration. In her speech emphasised the importance of saving money for the future and awareness of scam threats. The MDWs were encouraged to spend their off days meaningfully by joining activities and volunteering their help to their fellow MDWs in Singapore. Ms Jayaprema ended her speech with a reminder to the MDWs that they are never alone and that there will always be help available for those who need it.

During the celebration,  we also invited talented MDWs to showcase their performing talents, from singing to dancing. Many came forth confidently and shared their joy and warmth through performance, especially those that showcased their ethnic cultures. It was indeed a feast of wonderful performances brought forth by the MDWs to celebrate with ADEO. In celebration of such a joyous occasion, ADEO also held a flea market together with our partner Big At Heart, selling preloved items such as clothes and shoes. The celebration then ended happily with birthday cake-cutting, lucky draws and dinner for the MDWs. Everyone was delighted with this celebration, with one MDW commenting how ADEO’s activities have made her feel special after a whole week of work.

As part of HIA’s IMM efforts, HIA also partnered with DKatalis Bank to conduct a financial literacy workshop for 30 MDWs from Masjid Wak Tanjong on the same day. Volunteers from DKatalis Bank presented the importance of saving, as well as how to make use of digital banking services to better manage one’s finances. They also introduced the MDWs to basic investment tips, and how to manage finances with relatives in their home countries. ADEO hopes that through the partnership with DKatalis and Masjid Wak Tanjong, more such collaborations could be done for the MDW community. 

2023 also marks the second year of partnership with Gardens by the Bay (GBTB) where free visits to Flower Dome were sponsored for the Migrants Workers (MW) and MDWs during HIA’s IMM. Since Deepavali, HIA has been facilitating free entries for multiple groups of MWs/MDWs every Sunday. More than 5,000 MWs and MDWs have benefitted from this collaboration thus far. We are grateful to GBTB for their generosity in joining HIA to appreciate the contributions of our migrant friends, as well as better support and care for our migrant worker community in Singapore.

We hope these programmes can benefit more MDWs and help to improve their lives for the better!

Colours of the Bible (COB) and the Bible and Chinese...


From 22 to 28 November 2023, Colours of the Bible (COB) and the Bible and Chinese Culture Festival (BCCF) held a combined art exhibition. The exhibition, titled His Love Endures Forever, was located at the Visual Arts Centre. Attendees could view featured winning artworks from COB’s art competition, centred on the theme God’s Love for Children in the Bible, as well as Biblical calligraphy and paintings from BCCF. This exhibition sought to depict God’s truth through art.

The Embassy of Israel in Singapore was a co-organiser of the COB Art Competition and Exhibition. Deputy Chief Mission of the embassy, Hila Rose Fridman, said that the competition demonstrated the importance of allowing all kinds of people to express themselves by creating something meaningful and beautiful. “I was very impressed with how creative the artists and the children behind the art pieces were. I’ve learnt that for many of them, art is a way of expressing themselves,” she shared.

Streams of Life is a media partner of The Bible Society of Singapore.