The story of Su Shi Ming, or Kelvin Soh, is one that personifies God’s work of salvation and redemption. A handsomely chiseled face with lines that tell of a well-beaten path, the audience would not have guessed or imagined the past of this Gospel singer.
City Harvest Chinese Church was in for a treat as local Gospel singer/songwriter, famous for his Hokkien compositions joined them for a combined Chinese Church Cell Group meeting on 16 January 2009. After belting out three of his latest singles, Kelvin proceeded to tell of how he came to know the Lord Jesus.
Born in a broken home to a mother that abandoned him as a baby and a drug addict father, Kelvin inevitably delved into a world of drugs and gangs by the age of thirteen. The next twenty years of his life was spent going in and out of jail for drug abuse and petty crime to feed his addiction. The wake-up call finally came when he was dealt three strokes of the cane for repeated drug offenses. Seething from the pain, he was handed a Bible by a non Christian prison warden. As he read the verse from Hebrews about how the Lord chastises those whom He loves, Kelvin broke down and gave his heart to Jesus. Today he travels all over Asia to minister in song and share his testimony, to give hope to the hopeless.
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Although a man of little education and zero background in music, the songs he has composed has touched hundreds of people who have heard them. “It was his song that gave my dying mom strength and courage to live out her remaining days,” says Eileen Toh. Kelvin shares that when he writes his music and lyrics, because he has limited capacity, he relies totally on the Holy Spirit to give him inspiration.
The meeting closed with an autograph session where the entire hall crowded around him to take pictures and shake his hand. The sight to behold was evident of a down trodden life, made whole by the grace of God and changed by the power of the Holy Spirit.