Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Our Dearest Joy Has Left Us For Heaven

A Message from our President:
This morning in Dumaguete, the founder of SMCI Miss Joy Deoceline Pinero passed into Heaven and met her Saviour face to face. It was her vision given by the LORD that led to the founding of a campus ministry in the Philippines called SMCI. Over the years SMCI has reached millions with the Gospel of Jesus Christ and it all started with Joy. She will be deeply mourned and missed. Please pray for the SMCI family as we mourn her loss and for her own family as well.
Until we meet again Joy... we'll be missing you,
Mike Redick

** more information will be forthcoming

Sunday, 30 August 2015

God Is Willing To Use Me!


This testimony is from one of our China team members.  China team members work very hard for years to be able to share the Gospel in English. It is such an encouragement to us to have them and an encouragement to them to have freedom for a few days to proclaim openly the saving grace of Jesus Christ. (Her testimony appears as sent.)
July18-26, 2015, Leyte  
What an absolutely AMAZING week in my life. A totally new challenge and a miraculously grace for me to had a chance to be a evangelist. I preached the Gospel to more than 1300 people though I didn't know how many of them truly decided to accept Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour. Pray that the Lord bless His Word. 
As the Bible says in Romans 10:15, how beautiful are the feet of those who preach the Gospel of peace, who bring glad tidings of good things. There is truly nothing more precious, more worthy. I just cannot tell how grateful I am, even I'm a totally sinner, God is willing to use me to preach his good news. Praise to our almighty God��.

Friday, 28 August 2015

Let Me Live Out the Gospel Every Day!


"If I had to list one of my takeaways from the eCampaign 2015, it would be that God is great, far greater than comprehension."

Amanda - GLCC, Singapore
I signed up for the eCampaign months ago, with a desire to serve God and to obey his command to share the Gospel with students from the land of the Philippines. However, a week before the eCampaign, I was entirely flustered, tired and “spent”. My grandfather was terminally ill and I was informed by my family that I might not be able to go for the eCampaign. Furthermore, I was on my last week of my internship. I spent the week rushing about work. I barely had enough time during the hectic week to pack my luggage for the eCampaign which I packed just a day before my flight, let alone prepare my heart for the week ahead in the eCampaign. It was definitely by God’s grace that I was eventually able to come to the eCampaign as my grandfather’s condition became less critical a few days before my scheduled flight to the Philippines.

Throughout the week I spent in Bicol, Philippines, my initial fear of sharing due to my unprepared state gradually transformed into joy and excitement about the opportunity to share the gospel with the students in the Philippines. I was excited for the students to hear the gospel, joyful and moved when I saw their shining eyes from hearing about God’s unconditional love for them. Apart from the opportunity to share the gospel, I can truly say that I felt the love of Christ through my interactions with the fellow labourers. I was blessed by the testimonies of the Filipino SMCI staff of how God transformed their lives and their obedience in surrendering and giving their lives to God to serve full time. I was amazed by their love and care even for me, a Singaporean they barely knew for a week. Throughout my time spent with these dear brothers and sisters in Christ, my heart was blessed by witnessing their joy in serving the Lord and their Christ-centred love for each other.

However, amidst many blessings from the week of the eCampaign, my greatest blessing was the fact that I was able to feel God’s presence throughout the week: In classrooms where I stood in front of a large class sharing with the students the gospel; the nights when several members eCampaign team came together for a time of prayer and thanksgiving; the times in the van when we were travelling from school to school. Throughout the week, God taught me numerous lessons. He humbled me by stripping me of every bit of self-dependence and pride that I had when sharing the gospel. He showed me that his grace alone was sufficient for me. He allowed me to experience the joy of living for Jesus as my all and greatest treasure. I was amazed to experience God’s love for me so deeply during the week, when I had thought I was coming to the Philippines to share about his love for the world. The holy, reverent and awesome God loves me so much to personally teach me and correct me of my ways.

The week while short, has been filled with indescribable blessings. Beyond eCampaign, I desire to be able to live out the gospel every single day even in Singapore and to continue to experience him in wonderful ways. To all those who went for the eCampaign, may we not simply label the time we spent in the Philippines as wonderful memories, but I hope that we will let the memories from eCampaign encourage us to live for Christ every day and to surrender our lives to him.

Amanda, GLCC Singapore

Thursday, 27 August 2015

Why Should You Join e-Campaign 2016?

I want you to know that I’m writing from the perspective of a full-time Christian worker. I do not think this makes me different from other Christians, but you might think, “Why does a full-time worker want to go on e-Campaign? I mean, aren’t they doing this sort of thing all the time? Shouldn’t they be working in the place God has put them?” Well, I hope to answer these questions and encourage you – whoever you might be – to consider joining in 2016!

Karina - Scotland by way of a RAN
This was my third time on e-Camp over a 5-year period. The first time, I was looking for direction in ministry – possibly into overseas missions. I had no idea what God had in mind – or how quickly He would work! He did open a door and a month after I finished my amazing 3 weeks in the Philippines, I was on my way to join a team in a RAN (Restricted Access Nation) with some of the wonderful people I had met on E-camp. God meets us, our need, and leads us when we take that step of faith in Him.

Although I haven’t been able to go every year to e-Camp since then, each time I do go I know the Lord has a purpose in my being there. On e-Camp there are opportunities to minister in all sorts of ways – not just in the classroom. As you find yourself in a large group of people from different nationalities, ages, backgrounds, and stages of life/Christian walk, God will open opportunities for you to share with them about what God has done and is doing in you. You might not even be aware of it at the time, but someone is going to need to hear the words you have to say, and it will impact them greatly. Of course, the reverse is also true. Others will minister to you in ways you might not expect.

Besides the team, and the students you get to preach the Gospel to every day (how amazing is that?!!), there will be others. For example, when I went to the Money Changer in the mall, I offered the clerk a tract to read before I left. As I reached the door he called me back and I was able to encourage him to seek the truth about the Gospel of Jesus. You just never know who is seeking.  Preaching the Gospel everyday (sometimes very many times!) is refreshing for the soul. As you tell others, you are reminding yourself of what you believe and why it is so important. 

Now, I’m back in the RAN with my team and we don’t get to talk so freely so often.  Going on e-Camp is like getting to swim in cool, fresh water after walking in the desert. It’s an oasis for many as more and more restrictions are placed on Christians being able to speak freely about what they believe (wherever you might live.)

I don’t know of anywhere else in the world where something like the SMCI eCampaign happens. So, what’s stopping you joining next year? Come and join the fun! God knows what you need and He’ll meet you, as He did me, when you take the step of faith.

Karina, Scotland

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Why We Keep Going Back!


This testimony is from one of our China team members.  China team members work very hard for years to be able to share the Gospel in english. It is such an encouragement to us to have them and an encouragement to them to have freedom for a few days to proclaim openly the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

 Yuen - China 
"This is the second time I came to e-camp. One of the most
moving came this trip is when I shared the truth from bible, some students responded to me and told me anybody else had shared the same truth last year. These students clearly remembered what volunteers shared last year and they recited it with me at the same time. At that time, I realized that the meaning of SMCI visited year after year at the same place. Although part of students cannot understand and rejected the truth, there were someone accepted Jesus at the very moment."

The words on the wall  in the photo above encouraged me--Don’t lose hope. Anything we do today can be seen in future.

Sis Yuen, China

Monday, 17 August 2015

All Things Work Together For Good

 Edward - Philippines 
Edward Dean Tan Olaes is a member of one of the churches SMCI partners on the island of CEBU.  He joined the eCampaign for the first time this year!

"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose."

Its amazing sometimes how I misunderstand this verse. For me, a year and a half ago, "good" was defined as completing all my requirements to be a Pharmacist  and working as one back home in Florida, USA. "Good" also meant to fulfill all my desires, have a good income, buy a nice car and live a comfortable life. So when my school papers were rejected during its evaluation back home in USA, doubt crept into my mind as i wondered if this verse really holds its truth.

But now, and with the help of ecamp, I truly understand what "good" in this verse means. The only thing that is "good" is the Lord. And when things are working together for "good", it is working together for the glory of Him. 

You see, when my papers were rejected, i had to redo another year of school. The school I enrolled into had a learning system that required us to stand in front of groups of people and give reports/presentations on assigned topics. These reports/presentations were so constant that by the end of my summer internship there was no fear in me to stand in front of a crowd and speak; even if it was impromptu. 

So during our orientation for the ecamp, when we were told that our task is to walk into high school and college classrooms and share the gospel to them, I realized why God placed those circumstances in my life. He was shaping me!

And now that the ecamp is over, I can honestly say that the verse holds true. God works all things for good! Not only was I able to stand in front of people and share the gospel, I found out that it is what I love to do! During the week I grew, was humbled, was given the opportunity to share to 100s, watched people accept the Lord and learned so much! I saw different styles of sharing the Truth, watched different illustrations, listened to different languages and met great people who love the Lord! I'm thankful that God has used my past to shape me for the ecamp, and I am also thankful that God is using the ecamp to shape me for what His plan for me is in the future. God is good! --Edward Dean Tan Olaes

Sunday, 16 August 2015

Expectation Grew!

Sister - China
This testimony is from one of our China team members.  China team members work very hard for years to be able to share the Gospel in english. It is such an encouragement to us to have them and an encouragement to them to have freedom for a few days to proclaim openly the saving grace of Jesus Christ.

"This is  the third time for me to go to eCamp. I'm appreciate that pastor Mike and Auntie Joy could organize eCamp, and gave us the oppotunity to share the good news and also experience God's grace. 

"Through eCamp I found that what a happy thing when the students could hear the good news,especially when they made the decision to follow Jesus. At the same time , the expection of my family's salvation grew in my heart. And also help me know how to make decisions according to his will."

#smciecamp2015 #cuzitsreallyreal

Saturday, 15 August 2015

From the GLCC, Singapore Teams Pt 1

Team Unashamed - Singapore
Part 1 of GLCC's Testimonies
Submitted by Hwee Min and Kim Cheong

The annual SMCI evangelistic campaign just concluded on 8 Aug and we thank God for raising up 29 people from GLCC this year. More so, we praise God for many heart decisions made to trust Christ as their personal Saviour. Do continue to pray for the follow-up work by our full-time SMCI workers. Here’s what some of our 1st time youth E-campers has to say!!!

When people ask me, "How was E-Campaign?" My only answer will be, "Indescribable". Because it's the truth! To be spreading God's love to the people in the Philippines and witnessing souls being saved is just too awesome a feeling to be described. On top of that, it was indeed a privilege to be out of my comfort zone, to get my hands dirty, and to be called a liar, all for His name's sake. Don't be the person asking, "How was E-Campaign?"  
Be the one answering it! - Claudia Choo

At the beginning I was so doubtful and fearful about going for E-camp. But I decided to take a step of faith to trust God and serve Him. What a humbling and awesome time it was. Being thrown into an environment where I had to live by faith each moment has taught me what it means to depend on God. Being given the privilege to be on the forefront of Gods work and to see His glory and power is something I am greatly thankful for. Witnessing souls saved and lives changed is just so amazing. How great is our God. - Paul Chia

Matthew 28:19 was truly a verse that we lived out during e-camp. We were reminded daily about how great the harvest fields are if only we are willing to come and be privileged labourers for our Lord. Lost for words and full of uncertainty but when I took the step of faith, God met me right there. I felt thoroughly blessed by this experience and with a big wide smile, I told them "I'll be back!" - Ruby Tan

E campaign has been refreshing for our faith, being able to go out and serve, and preach the gospel. It was also life changing to see the plentiful harvest where thousands of people are eager to hear the Gospel. Seeing God moves in the mission field as He works in the hearts of people, opens opportunities, and grants us safety have encouraged our hearts immensely. We would love to go again, and encourage others 
to join as the labourers are few. To God be the glory! - Daniel Yip

Friday, 14 August 2015

Never Alone

Sheree Lim

Palawan, Philippines
Sheree Lim, GBM Singapore

There was some hesitation about going alone initially (Sheree was the only participant from GBM this year) but making the decision to go for eCampaign again this year has been one of the most rewarding decisions ever. The one thing I am reminded of is that we'll never outgrow our need for the Gospel. 
Sheree - Singapore

There is no end to Gospel exploration. 
And it couldn't have been more humbling to come back and realized that everything that happened in the Philippines was a result of specific answered prayers! It amazes me how much our God would care enough for a soul (mine) to reach out to encourage, bless, renew and refresh her. And when we think that we're alone, look around  you and be encouraged by the many faithful Christians and press on together. 
Together for the Gospel. 
"Stand firm in one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the gospel." 
(Philippines 1:27)
Sheree Lim, GBM Singapore

Thursday, 13 August 2015

"I can do all things through Christ..."

Daphne - SMCI


Daphne Serion12 August 17:59 
At first I was so hesitant to join eCamp this year because of the weight of my responsibilities. I had a lot of excuses for God that "I can't & what if." I was fearful because I knew eCamp was hard work, there would be tough times behind the scenes, stressful moments & most of all I would be dealing w/ people w/ different personalities. But God gave me this verse one day, "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." I claimed this verse during the preparations until the end of the campaign. And God never failed me. It was not an easy journey but it was really a sweet and memorable one. He gave me people to help me as well, so thankful for their love.

I was so blessed to travel and learn from the great men of God (PMike & PJeff). Blessed by the time spent w/people from USA, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, China and Indonesia (they are all awesome). 

Though we came from different backgrounds & cultures we were united in the love of Christ. My highlights would be- I experienced the Holy Spirit's presence in the classrooms, seeing students and teachers respond to the gospel, seeing Christians taking steps of faith, seeing believers being revived in their walk w/ God & making commitments for Him, & for the sweet friendships God gave me this trip. 

Nothing compares to God's working in the lives of people around me- because it also fires up my passion for God, for the lost & to press on in my Christian life.

Daphne is a fulltime SMCI team member serving on the Administrative Team and part of Team SMCI-Dumaguete.  Although she has served on the eCamp A-Team many times in many capacities, this year she took on the mantle of not only Financial Recording and Payments, but also Admin in charge of  foreign visitors. She did an awesome job and the LORD used her doing 2 major jobs and sharing the Gospel daily in schools with the teams. We praise the LORD for Daphne and pray that He will continue to grow her and lead her into the woman He would have her be!