Christ and His disciples – Life impacting Lives
The second semester of NIE is so quickly drawing to an end. In less than two weeks time, I’ll be out there in the school, interacting with fellow teachers and students – one step closer to my dream of becoming a teacher. It’s hard to imagine really that time has passed so quickly.
I will definitely miss my friends here in NIE during my time in NJC, but God is really good – an impressive number of 15 of us are going over to NJC together! It’s almost a whole class of PGDEs going over together. I’m looking forward to getting to know them, working together with them to hopefully impact the school in whatever ways we can.
My time over the past two weeks have been taken over predominantly by assignments, though in the midst of all this, I thank God that I’ve still been able to faithfully keep my Sabbaths free from NIE work. My Sabbaths have, however, been far from restful, but they have indeed been very fruitful.
Last Sunday, we were supposed to celebrate the birthday of ST, a member of my CG. Just before service started, I received an SMS from my cell group leader. He said:
“Both ST and her husband are unable to make it for service.
Would you like to MAKE A DIFFERENCE by paying them a visit after service?”
To which I responded immediately with, “Sure. I’ll be there”.
So after service, I finished off whatever needed to be done from my usher duty and waited around for my cell group leader to arrive. After that, we made our journey to visit ST.
ST remained uncontactable all the way from Expo to Seng Kang. We made a short stop at Compass Point to buy some gifts first before calling again. There was still no response.
My CGL decided then to take a step of faith, to just go and visit her since we were already here. So we went and lo and behold, ST and her husband were at home!
We managed to pass the birthday gift and card to her, to pray for her and her husband. I truly believe that their needs were met thru this visitation. They were so thankful for the prayers and the visit and I believe that we truly made a small, but significant impact in the lives of our members through this act of going the extra mile by my leader.
I was truly impacted by his actions and felt so privileged to be a part of this journey with him to bring this cell group together. I am truly learning so much in this CG.
Along the way to Seng Kang, my CGL shared with me his experiences in leading an adult cell group. He shared with me his burden for the cell and how there is a need in an adult cell group to really look out for the needs of each individual member and meet those needs. He shared with me his personal journey as a leader too – about how he used to scold his members a lot, but how his previous cell changed that.
He shared with me the amazing testimonies of his previous cell group. They were an adult cell group too, but they were just so close and united that they met three times a week. Besides church and cell, they had an additional night on Thursday where all who were interested in learning the guitar and worshipping God could come. This was an adult cell group, but it was one that kept on growing. He told me that this was a cell group that made a lot of demands on him too. The core members constantly asked him to disciple and ‘scold’ those who did not flow with the vision of the cell. There was a very high standard of punctuality which the core group insisted had to be maintained in the cell.
At the end of our visitation to ST’s place, my CGL asked me this question (how very teacher-like of him) – “So tell me what you have learnt today about cell group ministry?”
I shared with him about how I started to see the true meaning of a cell group and the necessity to ensure that all in the cell are flowing in the same vision, grounded by the same values, driven by a similar passion to meet needs. I shared with him about faith and meeting needs.
I realised after my time spent with my leader that what I had gone thru that afternoon was something which could have never been taught to me through any Bible study or sermon. The principles which guided my CGL’s actions are ones which ALL Christians, and arguably even some non-Christians know – the Great Commandment to love people fervently. What I had seen was that verse being carried out in action. More importantly, that openness of my leader in sharing his journey with me made me feel a part of something bigger as I saw the depth of experiences that had brought him to this point.
I was reminded once again that it is ultimately life that impacts life. As much teaching as we can receive, discipleship needs to be about lives and the sharing of lives. I truly believe that I am in the right place and the right time and I am looking forward to how God moulds me in this cell in the year ahead!