Like a young David gathering stones to battle Goliath, Singapore’s small but feisty Protestant church is preparing to reach Asia’s unsaved millions.
Singapore’s Protestant population—numbering some 122,000—would make up less than a quarter of Korea’s largest congregation. Even in tiny Singapore the church is small, comprising less than 5 percent of the city-state’s 2.6 million population. But like Singapore itself, the church’s influence is out of proportion to its size.
With the second-busiest seaport in the world, the largest airport in Asia, and a growing reputation as an international trade center, Singapore is a world crossroads of commerce. Its growing church is well represented among professionals in education, business, and government. The church is young, affluent, and evangelistic. And while it may be short on numbers, it is long on vision.
A World-Class Vision
When Singapore churches hosted a giant Luis Palau crusade earlier this year, they decided to reach not only their city, but the world as well. Singaporean church leaders were euphoric as 11,600 people responded to Palau’s altar calls, 60 percent making first-time decisions for Christ.
Satellite hook-ups broadcast the crusade halfway around the world, but that did not go far enough to satisfy church leaders. In the following months, they translated and rebroadcast Palau’s messages throughout Asia in a number of languages.
The church in Singapore is characterized by a sense of unity, exhuberant faith, and an almost naïve optimism. But that has not always been the case. During its first 100 years, the Singaporean church struggled to survive. At the end of the church’s first century, less than ...1
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