The Call for Faithful Labourers
What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. (2 Timothy 2:2)
Hebron's Mandarin congregation (MWS) marked Youth Sunday last month with youths serving alongside the adults at the worship service. They stood out as the future leaders of the MWS. But even as MWS celebrates her 25th anniversary this year, there continues to be concern about the need to raise a new generation of capable leaders.
At MWS, we wonder whether, over the next 25 years, there will be a new generation of Man-darin-speaking ministry workers and teachers to continue to witness to Mandarin-speaking people in Choa Chu Kang (CCK). In 2 Timothy, Paul exhorted Timothy to entrust the work into the hands of other faithful men who could also teach others. It was a vision of discipleship going down to the fourth generation from Paul. Can we see this happening in MWS over the next 25 years?
Currently, the membership by age at MWS is as follows: 45% are above 55 years of age; 40% are between 35 and 55 years of age; while only 15% are below 35 years of age. This is a picture of an aging congregation. If we remain status quo, we may not have any successor over the next 25 years!
We must take action and pray for God’s guidance and wisdom to nur-ture a new generation of ministry workers who can lead the MWS ministries. Some possible actions are:
Inspire the youths today to commit themselves to be disciples of Jesus Christ and carry out his mission to Mandarin-speakers.
Inspire the adults today who are conversant in English and Mandarin and who can cross the cultural gap bet-ween generations to lead and serve in the ministry to MWS youths.
Consult with the Youth Ministry workers of the English Service so as to benefit from the lessons that they have learnt.
Engage in gospel outreach to Mandarin-speaking young people in the Yew Tee/CCK community.
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). Indeed, for MWS to continue to grow over the next 25 years, we must ask God to send out more workers from our midst, and that he may bless our work that is done according to his will.