Contributed by Koh Yong Hui
Billy Wang, or better known to his fans as DongFang Billy, is a familiar voice on Singapore’s Mandarin radio waves. He first came to Singapore in the late 1980s, and after stints on variety shows, he entered into the world of radio. In 1993, a terminal illness struck him. But in spite of this setback, Billy found strength in God and has in turn, inspired countless others with his unceasing courage to live life to the fullest. Over the years, his outgoing personality and optimistic attitude in life has drawn a huge following within the country. His rise to fame in the new millennium propelled his media career to greater heights, winning him a total of 17 awards.
In December 2009, City Harvest Church had the privilege of hosting this famous media personality at the Chinese Church service. By 10 a.m. that Sunday morning, the main auditorium at the Jurong West church premises was packed with people, many of whom were eager to catch a glimpse of Billy in the meeting.
The service began as usual and the moment came for Billy’s appearance. A short introduction video was shown which changed the entire atmosphere in the auditorium. In one segment of the clip was a story which touched a lot of hearts—that of a total stranger, a Christian lady, who had heard about Billy’s illness and actually sold her jewelry to help pay for his medical fees.
As she sowed into his life through her selfless act, Billy wanted to sow back into her life and years later, had the opportunity to do so. But when he handed her an envelope, she was too surprised and refused because she had given to him without expecting anything in return. At this point, many among the crowd cried, touched by the story of selflessness and the mutual love and respect they both shared for each other.
In between songs, Billy also shared his personal testimony and the struggles he faced growing up in a family that was full of violence. He became an angry person, filled with hate and unresolved hurts. “Whether we are good or bad, we are ultimately our parents’ children. That is the same kind of love God has for us, that no matter who we are or what we’ve done in our past, He loves us all the same.”
It was evident that many who heard him were touched by his story of love and courage.
Annie Ng, a housewife, 56 years old, shared, “I am encouraged by his determination to overcome his sickness and live life to the fullest. I’m especially moved by his courage to share his past mistakes in public in order to help others.”
Monica Xu, operator, 25 years old, said, “I saw a different life through Billy’s example. It has proven that love still exits in this world. Love surpasses your past, good or bad.”
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Those who came for the service that day not only had a chance to listen to Billy sing, but also had an opportunity get up close and personal with him during his autograph session after the service. Throughout his three-hour stay in CHC, Billy’s smile was always present. It was truly an unforgettable day for many people.
For those who want to know more about Billy’s schedule, there will be a special event-cum-concert at the Singapore Expo on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010. Fringe activities include a three-hour seminar and sales of second hand goods.
For more details, please visit www.billyhouse.com.