The Compassion Ministry at Grace Baptist Church seeks to encourage our church to love and serve our neighbours and to make friends. This is so that we can tell our friends about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Through these platforms for service, we can help meet the practical needs of our neighbours, get to know them and to build friendships. In the course of these building these relationships, we pray for opportunities to tell our friends about our best friend Jesus Christ and his good news. This good news that Jesus came to seek and save the lost and to die for his friends.
If you are wondering about the Compassion Ministry, you can read an article: “Why Show Compassion?” here.
We have the following Compassion Ministry platforms where you can participate in:
1. Tuition Ministry
Our team of volunteers help the children from our neighbourhood with homework support every Wednesday evenings from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. We will take a break during the school holidays. If you are interested in helping teach the children and help them with their school-work, and building a friendship with them and their families, please contact either Patsy at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Ollie at email@example.com.
We partner with the children’s’ home, run by the Salvation Army, in two areas. Firstly, we organise an outing on a Saturday, about once every two months, for about 10-15 children. We bring them to various places of interest in Singapore. We end these outings with a Bible-talk. Secondly, we also help at the Gracehaven Family Service, a chapel-like service held every last Thursday evening of the month from 7.30 pm to 8.30 pm. We aim to use this opportunity to make friends with the children. If you are interested in befriending these children, please contact either Cheryl at Clyrehc@hotmail.com or Pastor Ollie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
3. Gladiolus Place
We partner with the Girls’ home just across from us in various areas. We provide home-cooked dinners and interact with the girls once a month on the last Tuesday evenings of the month. We also organise monthly Sunday lunches for small groups of girls, to be hosted by families and small groups from GBC. And we also host the girls twice a year for a full day of activities and interactions at GBC. If you are interested in serving in this area, please contact Grace (Tuesday dinners) at email@example.com, Yuh Jane (Sunday Lunches) at firstname.lastname@example.org, or Pastor Ollie at email@example.com.
You can read more about Gladiolus Place in this article “Compassion Ministry Focus: Gladiolus Place” here.
4. LoveAid (JiaLe)
We partner with LoveAid in their JiaLe outreach and community work with the Elderly in our MacPherson Neighbourhood. We currently volunteer with their JiaLe Coffee Club, which takes place on every Wednesdays, from 3.00 pm to 4.30 pm. Our volunteers go and help twice a month. We are also also exploring other ways to provide practical help for these Elderly, particularly in areas of wellness and health. If you are interested in making friends with the Elderly in our neighbourhood through this platform, please contact Won Lee at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Ollie at email@example.com.
5. Guest Workers Outreach
"Love the sojourner, therefore, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt." Deuteronomy 19:10
GBC has partnered with the Alliance of Guest Workers Outreach (AGWO) to reach out to our guest workers and meet their needs, seeking to build relational bridges. We have also "adopted" a factory-converted dormitory in the Tannery area where we will be providing additional support and delivery of fruits and some necessities.
Please pray for God's wisdom as we provide for our guest workers’ practical needs. Pray for the good building of relationships as we text and talk to our friends, the guest workers. Pray that God will use our small efforts to seed the gospel, that they will be drawn to Jesus Christ, whom only through and in, will their spiritual needs be met. Pray also for the team who will be reaching out to them.
Read Ps Oliver's article on Loving the "Strangers" in Our Midst
For more information about how you can help, please email Pastor Ollie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you would like to find out more about the Compassion Ministry @ GBC, you can contact Pastor Ollie at email@example.com.