Superstars love City Harvest! Famous people love God! City Harvest Church’s celebrity weekend on 13 and 14 June proved it beyond a doubt.
|Liu Geng Hong & F.I.R.|
This special weekend, the congregation was treated to a mega-concert with stars like F.I.R, Will Liu (Liu Geng Hong), Milk (Niu Nai), Vanness Wu (Wu Jian Hao), actress Jacelyn Tay and other luminaries, singing, dancing and most astonishingly, telling all how they came to know God and how being a Christian has changed their lives and influenced their art.
As the service began, the atmosphere turned electric with anticipation. Popular DJ Danny Yeo was the charming host, introducing the stars as they appeared on stage to perform. Moluccas, a popular R&B trio from Indonesia, sang songs from their new album — their first worship CD. After that, it was like a Taiwan superstar show. Will Liu Geng Hong, who with his wife Vivi Wang (a former Miss Taiwan), leads a celebrity cell group in Taiwan’s New Life Church, led by Pastor Abraham Ku. This very unique cell group includes the three members of F.I.R. Liu and Wang performed a song they sang at their own wedding, while F.I.R rocked the crowd with their chart-toppers like ‘Fly Away’ and ‘Get High’. But what left a lasting impression was each of their testimonies about how coming to know the Lord has changed them on the inside.
|Moluccas||Liu Geng Hong and Vivi Wang|
The crowd went wild for Ocean Ou De Yang, the singer with the voice of gold who spent the first two years of his career hiding behind a cartoon face, because of his father’s disapproval. His sincerity touched the congregation.
|Ocean Ou De Yang||Milk (Niu Nai)|
But the screams were loudest for the baby-faced Milk (Niu Nai), who wowed the hall with his singing and dancing. Kong Hee, the senior pastor of City Harvest Church, prayed a corporate prayer over Milk, with every arm in the room stretched towards the young star.
|Allan Moo and Celest Foo||Celest Foo, Danny Yeo and Genecia Luo|
As the hours passed, the atmosphere grew more and more worshipful. Jacelyn Tay gave her testimony about how she, a fervent follower of another faith, had a dream about a pregnant woman and a dragon. On her first visit to church — for the sole purpose of converting the church’s pastor to her faith! — she opened the Bible in the pew and read Revelations 12. “Right there and then, I was converted,” she declared to the applause of the crowd.
|Celest Foo and Genecia Luo||Jacelyn Tay|
Performances by dance crew TBC and testimonies by beauty queens Wang, Celest Foo, Genecia Luo and Indonesia’s Sandra Angelia, who brought the evening to a fitting close with a beautiful worship song.
It proved to be a very special evening for the congregation, who witness that no matter how famous a person is, everyone goes through struggles and God is no respecter of persons. Even though each of the stars and each person in the audience came from completely different backgrounds, all were equally touched and called by God.
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Perhaps the most memorable moment of this service was when Vanness Wu, actor and former member of prominent pop-group F4 took the stage. After his song and dance, he shared about his time in F4, how it was a rollercoaster ride in his life — he had all that he could ever want, but at the same time he felt so empty inside. This hole was something only God was able to fill. Wu,with his friend Edward Huang, surprised the hall with a heartfelt, unplugged version of ‘I Give You My Heart’, which had the congregation worshiping along with them.
Churchgoers were visibly impressed and touched by the evening. “I was very inspired by all the stars and celebrities, how they can remain faithful and stand up for God even through all the pressure they are facing each day,” said Junrong Teo, 25, School of Theology Student. “It was a wonderful experience, getting to know the stars up close and personal. Learning about their struggles and how God have impacted their lives,” said Wilson Woo, 29.