Times of Refreshing

On 26 & 27 Mar, Covenant Vision School of Ministry held its 4th Encounter Weekend for this year’s Certificate cohort. Together with alumni and diploma students who returned to encourage the new students, a total of 82 gathered for “Times of Refreshing”. This was what God laid upon my heart as I sought Him for this year’s theme. There was a strong sense that the Lord was calling His people back to a deeper and more intimate relationship with Him.

Times of refreshing, here in Your Presence. No greater blessing. than being with You.
Enjoying a light moment before the 'real' group photo 🙂

There was an air of expectancy as students arrived at Fort Canning Lodge on Saturday morning. From the word “go”, the Lord met with His people in such beautiful and wonderful ways. In the ice-breaker session, as students got to know each other, they went further and started praying for each other. The same thing happened in the discussion groups. Everyone shared openly. Amidst laughter and tears, the students then ministered to one another.

Sharing, learning, praying, ministering.
Friends, fun, food & fellowship! With Bro Jun, Sis Elsie & Bro Eric.

In His faithfulness, God orchestrated and arranged all the messages again! Each speaker shared what they felt led to share and each message flowed seamlessly into the next … precept upon precept, line upon line! During the altar call on Saturday night, everyone responded to the call to repent and to return to God that times of refreshing might come from His presence, that each will be restored! The Holy Spirit was so gentle as He touched lives.

Rev Francis Khoo speaking at the very first session of the Encounter Weekend.
One by one, they responded to the Word and came forward to the altar.

It was truly an awesome weekend! Each came with their own prayers, requests and expectations and I believe everyone left encountering and experiencing God in fresh dimensions! We give God all glory and praise! He is so good, so gracious, so faithful! Although I was tired out physically, my spirit was indeed refreshed in His Presence. When I got home on Sunday evening, I looked out the window and saw a double rainbow! How timely and appropriate to be reminded of His faithfulness and promises after a tremendous weekend encountering the Lord.

What a beautiful sign of God's covenant with His people! Not just one, but two rainbows. Double blessings!

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