The ship’s crew stopped over in Singapore before heading back home.
|PHOTO: Kevin Tan|
On Sep. 22, a group of 17 Christians from the ROK Navy Chung Hae Unit (Korean Warship Kang Gam Chan) Lighthouse Chapel visited City Harvest Church’s Jurong West premises for a tour and held a short chapel session. The crew had completed their mission in the Gulf of Aden and was on their way home.
The stopover in Singapore coincided with the harvest festival in Korea, which is one of the most important holidays in Korea, but the crew was not able to celebrate the special occasion with their families on time. As such, the ship’s chaplain, Jung Shin Won, decided to hold a special church service for his men. Jung was keen to contact CHC after hearing about its ministry through the Korean Christian broadcasting network and contacted the church’s office in mid September via email, expressing his desire to find a suitable church venue.
Kelvin Tan, a pastoral staff from CHC who welcomed them and gave them a tour of the titanium-clad building, hosted the group and answered some queries regarding the church’s core beliefs and the significance of water baptism. Tan then accompanied the group to their chapel session where a chapel service was conducted entirely in Korean. Although he could not understand the language, Tan was touched by the genuine and heartfelt attitudes that the crew displayed as they sang hymns and heard the preaching of the Word by Jung.
The entire visit, including the chapel session, lasted about one and a half hours.