Mr. Lee Kuan Yew – the “founding father” of Singapore – has passed away. Our team sits in silence for a moment as we observe the loss of a very important man of history. What Lee Kuan Yew (with the help of others) was able to accomplish in 50 short years in Singapore is enough to cause anyone to consider the profound impact one life can have on many.
As we prayed about coming to Singapore this year, our team thought about the spiritual significance of being here during Singapore’s 50th anniversary – their year of Jubilee. According to Leviticus, in the Jubilee year we should “proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his ancestral possession [which through poverty he was compelled to sell], and each of you shall return to his family [from whom he was separated in bond service].” (Lev. 25:10). Perhaps it is appropriate Mr. Lee Kuan Yew was gathered to his fathers in this year of Jubilee. He has served the nation well, and now he gets to go home.
Our team has also heard numerous people refer to this city-nation as the Antioch of Asia. A lot of Christians here believe God has poured His favor on Singapore so that it can be a blessing and help facilitate the spread of the Gospel to the surrounding nations of southeast Asia. Whether he realized it or not, God certainly used Mr. Lee Kuan Yew to build a nation that would be able to answer that call. To our team, Singapore feels like Antioch to us as we base ourselves here (and minister here a lot) while we make trips out to other nations in the region. When we return to Singapore, we feel like we’re coming home.
After expressing our condolences to our advocates (a group of dedicated Singaporean moms who run our operations here year-round), they made the following comments. We wanted to post them because they speak so eloquently of the gratitude Singaporeans feel for Mr. Lee Kuan Yew and to God’s sovereignty, which has truly blessed this nation.
We are all full of gratitude for all that we have and can do with the leadership of one man in this nation. God is certainly doing a greater work now through the believers in Christ & also through the unbelievers too… As I prepare for my BSF study on God’s call for Moses to speak to the Pharaoh to let His people go, I’m seeing how God can use a humble , insignificant believer, Moses, through the hard-hearted Pharaoh to accomplish His great plan…We shall not focus so much on the crisis but to remember God’s promises to His people.
– Doreen Hong
Thank you for sharing our loss. It is significant that you [the GOV team] are here in Singapore at this time too.
LKY’s departure in the year of Jubilee saddens so many of us, yet I know our sovereign Lord has a reason to take him away at this time. Instead of focusing on just the success of the nation and basking in the celebration, this event is making us take a good hard look at our past and have a deeper appreciation (both young and old) for the 50 years of nation building, be thankful for where we are now and to strengthen our resolve to build a Lion City that truly roars with truth and righteousness for our Lord!
Last Saturday, I just attended Prof Thio Li Ann’s talk that highlighted to us the significance of Singapore’s Jubilee. How in being separated from Malaysia 50 years ago, God has given us religious freedom in our constitution. And I was in awe how God blessed our island by giving us a leader, though not Christian, ultimately can accomplish God’s purpose for us as a nation and fulfill our destiny as the ‘Antioch’ of Asia.
– Sook Neo
Another friend of a friend had this insight: “Singapore achieved greatness in one generation, because of God’s goodness and grace to Mr. Lee and to us.”
Please join with us in praying for Singapore as it grieves the loss of its first prime minister and a truly courageous man. Our team believes God has awesome things in store for Singapore, and we feel very privileged to minister here.
Author: Megan Briggs
Megan joined the Generations of Virtue team to become the Product Manager, a position which keeps her busy researching, reading resources, managing inventory and speaking to young people.