Celebration of Hope 2019
by Joshua Kwok, on behalf of the COH Executive Committee
Preparations for the 2019 Celebration of Hope (COH) rallies are in full swing. Celebration of Hope was borne out of a shared vision between the leaders of the National Council of Churches of Singapore (NCCS), Evangelical Fellowship of Singapore (EFOS), and LoveSingapore, "for the whole church in Singapore to proclaim the One Name that gives the world Solid Hope".
It is important to see Celebration of Hope as not just an event, but a step in the process of revival in Singapore. Taking place in 2019, the Year of Proclamation, Celebration of Hope is not about mass evangelism but personal evangelism on a mass scale.
In line with this vision, Bishop Rennis highlighted three things that are on the heart of the Father. Firstly: brokenness in prayer - over the poverty of our own spiritual state, and that of our church and country; secondly: oneness in the Body; and lastly: fruitfulness in the harvest – of lives, workers for the mission field, and in righteousness as we proclaim the name of Jesus.
The COH rallies will cater to various groups of people, to reflect the multi-cultural landscape of Christianity in Singapore, and the many people groups we have in our midst. Different rallies are planned for the English-Speaking group, the Chinese-Speaking group, the Tamil-Speaking Group, Youth (aged 4-14) and their parents, and the Guest Workers.
Among the invited speakers are Revd Canon J John, an evangelist from the UK who has spoken in churches and at events in 69 countries; and Pastor Kou Shao En (寇绍恩), a former TV host and Pastor of Christ House Church in Taiwan. While there will be different speakers for the various rallies, it was decided that the primary focus will not be on the speakers nor their credentials, but will, very importantly, rest on the ONE NAME of Jesus Christ, for it is only God that can touch the hearts of men and turn them towards Himself.
God has also provided the venue for the COH Rallies. The National Stadium at the Singapore Sports Hub has been booked and fully paid for, and S$1.8 million has already been collected so far. This is God’s providence and blessing, and the COH Steering Committee is trusting that God will provide for everything else that will be needed. As Hudson Taylor once said: “God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.”
It is also on the hearts of the COH Steering Committee that this event is undergirded by prayer. Prayer pointers will be sent to all churches to mobilise everyone to pray. We can also participate in the upcoming Pray Singapore with the theme Seek the Welfare of the Nation. It is an important moment for the Church in Singapore, a spiritual act in humble obedience to God, and a strategic milestone towards revival-harvest. Pray Singapore falls on 7 Oct 2018, 4-7pm, at The National Stadium. More information about this, and other prayer events organised by LoveSingapore can be found on the LoveSingapore Facebook page.
For the latest news and updates about Celebration of Hope, please go to these links (Facebook / Instagram). Churches who are interested in getting involved can email the COH team to indicate their interest.
May His Church in Singapore arise to reach the lost and bring a blessing of immeasurable magnitude to our land. And may Singapore fulfil her destiny as the Antioch of Asia, and be a blessing to the nations around us.