From the National Director

Building Strong Communities

Moving into our second year of living with COVID-19, many may be tired of the seemingly never-ending tirade of rapid changes and periods of isolation. There is an even greater need than before to build strong communities—communities for meaningful connections, mutual support, and sharing the message of God’s hope.

Our LeaderImpact ministry ran several online workshops for working adults, including a 9-week book club on Simon Sinek’s “Leaders Eat Last”. The online study of the Life and Ministry of Paul was so well-received that our Conference team conducted three runs in 2021 to meet demand. The team capped off the year with online children and teens programmes over the school holidays. Athletes in Action held virtual camps, while couples had unhurried time with each other in our FamilyLife Art of Marriage retreats.

Notably, the establishment of our counselling arm ThriveSg created safe spaces and brought caring, professional counsellors to journey with youths (17-25 years old) through challenging times. This service is available for youths of all faiths and we hope to touch many more lives through it.

Internally, we have also pivoted to provide online micro-learning for our new staff. In time to come, we will expand the training offerings to benefit more believers to create a learning community online.

Sharing a Message of Faith and Hope

We continued to share the message of God’s hope to all who were willing to hear. Our digital missions initiative REDProject (short form for “Reaching Everyone Digitally”) continued to reach communities in Thailand, Mongolia, and more. In 2021, we ‘sent’ 180 persons on digital mission trips and resourced 11 churches/organisations to do the same.

Locally, we started Christianity Explored discussions over Zoom. These sessions created safe spaces for everyone to discuss matters of faith.

Thank You

We are thankful for the support from churches and donors who continue to believe and partner in our work to make disciples everywhere.

Cru Singapore turns 50 in 2022. The golden jubilee gives fresh impetus for us to set our sights on the years ahead and forge on to fulfil our mission. We look forward to another year of building stronger communities together with you.

 

This message is extracted from our Thanksgiving Report 2021. Read the full report here.

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