Singapore Adventure

Part One

by Dale Fisher

And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable men who will also be qualified to teach others (2 Timothy 2:2).

It seemed so remarkable to me to sit in front of my computer, in our home on Sunday night, and see and interact with the students whom I had been teaching in Singapore on Monday morning. Modern technology is amazing!
I had recently taught a class in Singapore. We used Skype to make an Internet audio and video call. I was so excited and encouraged hearing a few comments that Using Skype technology, Dale speaks electronically to Singapore studentsUsing Skype technology, Dale speaks electronically,
from his California home office to Singapore students.
I'd gotten after the session, such as, “You're the first foreigner to refer to students by name [and this] impressed them,” “You made dry material very practical,” and “I watched their faces as they warmed up to you. You got through at a basic level, getting them to think about the issues they'll face and how they'll solve them. You gave them ownership and they took it to heart.”
In my preparation before departure to Singapore on October 28, I was surprised to find some of the following facts about that country.
Singapore is a city state located off the tip of Malaysia, near Indonesia. About 5 million people are crowded into 272 square miles of territory (about one-fourth the size of Rhode Island and slightly larger than Lake Tahoe), making it the second-most densely populated country in the world. Located only 85 miles north of the Equator, Singapore is basically warm to hot, and humid, all year long.
Culturally, Singapore is a kaleidoscope of many population groups: 74 percent are Chinese; 13 percent are Malays; 9 percent are Indians; and 3 percent are Eurasians. What's more, 42 percent are foreigners, 20 percent of whom are from the Philippines.
Singapore's religious mosaic follows this pattern:

My current involvement with Singapore consists of two elements: The first element was the class that I recently taught on Missiological Dilemmas. The second involves my upcoming visit there from October 28 to November 11.
During my visit, I'll minister to the same group of missionary trainees who are all Campus Crusade for Christ staff members in Asia, going as missionaries to countries other than own to continue ministering as foreign missionaries.
The missionary training center director has invited me to participate in, as well as watch the cross-cultural training as an expansion for training, so that I can suggest how it can be improved. He wants the training to be more interactive. I'll attend the classes, follow candidates into the field to watch them minister, and interview each of the trainers. While in Singapore, I also hope to scout out some additional cultural field study sites.
Please pray for me as I travel to Singapore at the end of this month. I want to get to know the trainees, as well as the trainers, and offer helpful suggestions to improve the training for everyone there. Thanks very much for your prayer support.
Be sure to check next month's Part Two feature, which is when I'll report how this trip went for me and my Asian students there.