LOVE FOR POTONG PASIR
“Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matthew 9:35-38)
The Joy to Potong Pasir Christmas Carnival was indeed a great success with an estimated 1600 residents showing up for the event. We have achieved our objective to bring the joy of Christ to our neighbourhood, to build up the “kampong spirit” by facilitating interaction amongst the residents, and to strengthen the rapport between the Church and the community. Besides the fun rides and the delicious local delights and snacks, what made the carnival special was the personal touch from each one of you. I saw many of you spending time chatting with our neighbours and getting to know them. Many of you took the initiative to serve the elderly and physically-challenged by helping them queue up for food; many of you blessed the residents with extra chances to win a prize at the lucky draw; one of our members even blessed a resident with the prize you won. I am particularly thankful for the opportunity given us to go out there and get to know our neighbours here in Potong Pasir last Christmas. But I pray we will not stop there. I pray that this will not be a one-time project where we give ourselves a pat on our backs for an event well-organized. I pray that through our interaction with Potong Pasir that day, God has stirred up something in each one of our hearts.
As Jesus went from village to village, He saw the crowds and He was moved with compassion for them. He saw beyond their physiological needs to their spiritual condition – “they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.” I pray that God will continue to stir up a deep compassion in our hearts for Potong Pasir. Our Good Shepherd loves the people here and He is challenging us as His under-shepherds to go out there to pastor His flock. I believe in the days to come, God will begin to show us areas of needs and what we can do to serve our neighbours here. As much as practical actions to meet felt needs are necessary and important, it will not be sustainable unless we have truly received the heart of God, the compassion of God for the people. Will you pray with me in the new year for God to give us a heart for Potong Pasir? Let us make a deliberate commitment to open our hearts to embrace Potong Pasir as our neighbour and get to know this community. Let us spend time getting to know the residents and business owners here. Allow God’s compassion to arise within us as we embrace our calling to pastor the community here.
Rev. David Lee