SINGAPORE, 20 NOVEMBER 2008 — IT WAS A SIGHT to see a long queue outside Singapore Expo Hall 8 early this morning before 9am — despite the fact that last night’s opening session ended after 10.30pm. These men and women of faith were here in expectation of a phenomenal message from Phil Pringle.
As the many Singaporean and delegates from all around the world waited anxiously for the session to start, one could hear many different languages rising up above the crowd. Many were discussing the impact of the conference last night, and how they were expecting something even greater today.
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At 9am the doors finally opened, and as the attendees filed into the hall, they were greeted by cheerful ushers in their iServe T-shirts.
Even as these few thousand were settling into the hall, thousands more were speed walking furiously from the MRT station, bus stop and taxi stand. One delegate was overheard worrying that the hall would be filled and she would have to go into the overflow room like last night.
Within 15 brief minutes, the congregation numbered 5,000 in the hall. Many were happy to be the early birds. Jason Ong, a teacher, told City News: “I came at 8.15am with my cell group members! What motivated me to come early today was the fact I didn’t manage to get into the main hall last night. I was allocated to the overflow room at Hall 10 and was rather disappointed. So I am determined to go into the hall for the other sessions now, by any means in order to experience the atmosphere live and not from the TV screen.” Jason lives in the West side of Singapore — his discipline and will power to get to the Conference early is commendable.
Cell group leader Jonathan Leong said that the reason he and his cell group came early is to hear Pringle. “And since we came yesterday, we should come for every session because I believe that the sessions will grow from glory to glory.”