Gathering at the rotunda of the National Museum as we waited for everyone to arrive.
The façade of the 130-year-old National Museum of Singapore.
Jane handing out the headsets for the tour.
We gathered around Pastor Mark as he gave a short word of exhortation at the start of the tour, encouraging us to think about Bethany’s history and the history of Israel even as were about to encounter Singapore history at the National Museum.
Group photo with the back façade of the original 19th century building as backdrop to remember the occasion; we give thanks to the ministry of the photographers.
Pastor Mark prayed with thanksgiving for the Lord to bless the YAG outing.
In the “Voices of Singapore” gallery that explores cultural expressions of Singapore in the 1970s; a few young adults seated on the original 1973 grandstand chairs of the National Stadium.
Viewing the 1936 portrait of Sir Song Ong Siang, the first Chinese recipient of a British knighthood from Malaya. A lawyer and devout Christian who was a preacher at the Prinsep Street Presbyterian Church, he is portrayed seated beside a table of law books and a Bible.
An immersive experience of the 1970s Jurong drive-in cinema; Pastor Mark shared how Pastor Mitch and him would climb on top of their father’s car to watch the big screen.
Pastor Mitch shared how it was truly an experience of a kind to watch a movie under the stars in the Jurong drive-in cinema that could accommodate nearly 900 cars.
Display of pre-war Malayalam Bible (showing Psalm 27) that belonged to Grace Linus. Grace recounted how being pregnant with her fourth child, she was gripped by fear when the first bombs fell in Singapore in 1941 but felt a sense of peace when she was led to Psalm 27: “The Lord is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?... Though an army may encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war may rise against me, in this I will be confident.”
Taking in the view from the base of the “Story of the Forest” installation; surrounded by animated illustrations of trees native to Singapore and the region.
Min Li addressing the group at the atrium of the National Museum in front of the Glass Rotunda; we thank God for Min Li who brought the group around the museum for over 2 hours despite being 36 weeks pregnant!
“Catching” animals Pokémon-Go style in the “Story of the Forest” installation showing 3D digitally animated fauna from the 19th century William Farquhar Collection of National History Drawings.
Beneath the rain tree installation in the “Transforming the Landscape: Singapore the Garden City” section of the Singapore History Gallery.
Accountant and self-taught mural artist Yip Yew Chong working on the commissioned piece under the Grand Staircase of the National Museum; the work depicts different aspects of the museum’s 19th century history.
Ending the tour at Gallery 10; Pastor Mark led the Young Adults in thanking Hong Suen and Min Li for leading the groups on a guided tour of the museum.
All smiles as we fellowshipped over lunch at Shin Yeh restaurant at Liang Court with a nice view of the Singapore River as backdrop!
YAG outings – a special time to bond with the Family of God that includes both biological and spiritual families.
Remembering the recent YAG lesson from Philippians 1:5 – the fellowship in the gospel – and how we must be challenged to give time to fellowship and to consistently build strong relationships among those who are of Christ!