I absolutely love this photograph.

Two weeks ago, the FCBC staff team headed up to Penang for our retreat. It was a great time of resting and hanging out with one another. Over the last nine years, I’ve had the joy of calling this my family. I can’t say that it was smooth all the way, but it still has been enjoyable. We do a lot as a church, and while we serve alongside many volunteers, I am really thankful for our staff team. This team has been responsible for spearheading much of what we do as a church, and I am tremendously proud.

As I take on more leadership responsibilities in the church, my dream is to see this staff team become a greater and stronger family. That’s the goal I’ve always had in mind since I started to lead this team. I always remember how growing up, I would notice some people whom I didn’t recognise visiting my grandmother during Chinese New Year every year. It turned out that they weren’t actually part of our physical family, but their grandparents had worked for my grandfather way back, and this was how they wanted to honour our family, having been blessed by my grandfather. This is the kind of organisation I want FCBC to be, and it can only be done by us becoming a family.

To all the staff of FCBC – we may not have known one another for that long and we may even step on each other’s toes pretty often. But we’ve served and fought alongside, and that makes you my brother or sister. For the longest time, we’ve always quoted this – “Blood is thicker than water.” But this week, I found out the actual phrase behind the saying, and it goes like this – “Blood of the covenant is thicker than water of the womb.”

We may not have been born into the same family, but through Christ and the blood, sweat, and tears we’ve shed together, you are my family. Always.

- Deputy Senior Pastor Daniel Khong

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