51 CVSOMers minister in Batam

The time came for Covenant Vision School of Ministry to bring our students for their next Growth & Application Opportunity Weekend … a ministry trip to Batam.  It began on 3 Aug when co-ordinator, Bro Jesudas Menon briefed the students on the requirements of the trip.  Thereafter, the students were grouped and met with their team leaders.

For the very first time, CVSOM would bring SIX teams to Batam, the largest number of teams since we first went to Batam.  Teams Leaders and Asst Leaders comprised of CVSOM Alumni who willingly returned to serve and to lead the students.  Across the next weeks, teams met to pray, to plan and to prepare.  It was not without challenge as the teams faced many distractions and bumps along the way.  On 14 Sept, the teams met for a final meeting, followed by a time of corporate prayer and consecration by Rev Francis Khoo.

All set and ready for the ferry ride to Batam.
With the co-ordinators, Bro Das & Sis Hazel, and all the team leaders.
The six teams arriving in their buses.

Over the weekend, 17 & 18 Sept, we made our journey to Batam and the teams were released to preach, to teach and to minister.  As always, God was so faithful to lead them and to show them He is in total control as they yielded and submitted to His Holy Spirit.  All teams came back with wonderful reports and how each member had learnt so much from this trip.  To God be all glory and honour!!!

Awesome worship by this Batam worship team as they sang "Give Thanks" in Bahasa and then in English.
Team 1 ministering inside this little hut at village home group, surrounded by puppies, chickens and pigs.
Sis Karen introducing members of her team.

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!