Why I Believe
One of the legs of our three-legged discipleship stool is: Believe. Grace News decided to ask a couple of GBC members what it means to them to believe in Jesus, and how their belief has changed and strengthened over the years. Here, longtime church member Leong Kuan Yui shares with us his faith journey and explains how knowing Christ has changed his life.
Please provide a brief introduction of yourself and tell us how you came to know the Lord.
I am a member of GBC and have been worshipping here for more than 60 years, ever since the church was first started at Kampung Silat. I was introduced to GBC by two of our pioneers, Miss Dorcas Lau and Miss Lora Clement, both missionaries from the Southern Baptist Convention. At the time I was 12 and used to play at a playground near Kampung Silat. When I was approached by them and invited to their ‘shophouse’ church (the birthplace of GBC) I went along, and as the saying goes, ‘the rest is history’.
My mum brought me to a Hakka church when I was younger, but coming to GBC marked the true beginning of my Christian journey. Later in my teenage years I was baptised in the sea at Changi by the late Pastor Paul Lenn. After accepting Jesus I was very active in reaching out to people and would evangelise whenever I had the opportunity. In secondary school I started the Youth For Christ Club (YFC), and when I was studying Electronics and Communications at Singapore Polytechnic I was a key founding member of the Polytechnic Christian Fellowship (PCF).
After my retirement from secular employment, I committed to serving the Lord full-time and was seconded by GBC to serve in the Prison Fellowship at Changi Prison. I was there for 10 years ministering to the inmates. I also served as Deacon overseeing care groups for a few years in GBC.
The Lord blessed my wife, Carol and me with three sons, Tzi Ping, Tzi Ming and Tzi Ying. Although I am now out of the prison ministry, I continue to serve the Lord by reaching out to non-believers, giving out gospel tracts to people I meet during my morning stroll at a park near my home. In church, both my wife and I help out with pastoral visits.
What does it mean to you to believe in Jesus as Lord and Saviour?
Acts 4:12 says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.” This verse convicted me that I would be saved only by believing and accepting Jesus as Lord and Saviour. My perspective changed and I understood the true meaning and purpose of life, and was convicted to live a life centred around our Lord, obeying and serving Him wholeheartedly. I understood that any sacrifice I must make is nothing compared to what God has done for me. Sacrifice is a part of the Christian faith. We sacrifice our lives daily as we live with the impact of Christ’s sacrifice for us, and strive to hold on loosely to the things of this world.
What is your favourite name of God and what does it mean to you?
I often address God as ‘Heavenly Father’. He loves me and provides for me and my family like a father who loves and provides for his family and children (Matt 6:26). He disciplines and cares for me as a father would (Deuteronomy 8:5). God is not a high and mighty faraway being, but someone close and personal. He is a fatherly figure who watches over me constantly (Deut 31:6), and in all my distress I am not troubled (Ps 34:19).
How has knowing God shaped your faith over all these years of following and walking with Him?
I am thankful to God that He has kept me strong and faithful to this day. Despite challenges posed by life, my faith has not waned. While there have been ups and downs, these experiences have only served to further strengthen my walk with Him. After the recent passing of Dr Poulson, I was truly inspired and encouraged all the more to serve Him faithfully, living a life of faithful service till the end (Phil 1:6), and leaving behind a spiritual legacy for others to emulate.
What would you like the church to pray specifically, for those who have yet to receive Jesus?
I sincerely pray that the Holy Spirit will open their hearts and convict them of their need for Jesus. I pray that God will remove all their doubts and uncertainties so they can take that step of faith to embrace God’s love. May they invite Him into their lives and see the difference He will make. I know because He made a difference in mine.
Leong Kuan Yui (back row, middle) with his family.