Last week, the Church of Singapore gathered at the National Stadium for Celebration of Hope. We saw more than 125,000 people at the seven gospel rallies held over three days, making Celebration of Hope the largest Christian gathering in Singapore in decades. The rallies resulted in almost 6,000 people receiving hope in their lives. Praise God for this wonderful harvest!
There were several hiccups leading up to Celebration of Hope, such as Priscilla spraining her ankle and many falling ill just days before the rally. Nevertheless, the team pressed on in faith and by God’s strength, we managed to pull off a phenomenal final rally. I had the pleasure of meeting the artistes who helped us exemplify the reality of hope through their performances. To Li Nanxing and Noah Yap who shared their powerful testimonies; Olivia Ong, Annette Lee and Isaac Ong who touched hearts with their beautiful voices; and everyone else – thank you for joining us in sharing God’s love!
Aside from the artistes, more than 17,000 volunteers laboured tirelessly for months to ensure the smooth running and success of all the rallies. In fact, Celebration of Hope was the joint effort of 227 churches and marketplace organisations. It took close to three years of preparation and prayer. To those who served, be it as ushers, security personnel, logistics coordinators, counsellors, prayer ministers, visual and audio crew, and other areas – thank you for your service! Without you, Celebration of Hope would not have been possible!
I believe faith is rising and love is deepening in our land. I’m excited with what the future holds. Celebration of Hope has proven that with God on our side, we can achieve the impossible together!
As Pastor Sam Gift, a Celebration of Hope Steering Committee member, said, “One church can’t reach the whole city but the church as one can!”
“I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.”
- 1 Corinthians 1:10
- Senior Pastor Nina Khong