Jesuit Refugee Service Singapore

http://jrssg.org/donate/JRS Singapore was formed in the early 1980’s to address the urgent Vietnamese Refugee and East Timor crises.

The country’s first coordinator for Jesuit Refugee Service Singapore was Fr Desmond Reid. He will be remembered best for coordinating humanitarian relief at the height of the exodus of the Vietnamese boat people after the war.

Fr Reid would not only appeal for donations in kind for the Hawkins Road Camp but would mingle with the refugees to teach them English.

JRS Singapore reports directly to the JRS Asia Pacific Regional Director, based in Bangkok, Thailand. Jesuit Refugee Service (Singapore) Ltd was formed in early 2017 and we are a member of Caritas Singapore.

Today, we are a group of about 50 active volunteers from different churches and backgrounds. We come together monthly for faith formation and discussion on our projects, fundraising activities and social mission trips.

Our focus for 2018 is to ramp-up our support for our various refugee projects to address the humanitarian crises in South East Asia.

To join JRSSG events: http://jrssg.org/events/

To volunteer with JRSSG: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeuVz1eFqmXS0WQfU2bt4iMZUP041q018xY8z5Zwmyax1bZhw/viewform

To donate JRSSG: http://jrssg.org/donate/

How to win battles without using God as a weapon

Why were the Israelites defeated in the Gospel (1 Samuel 4:1-11)? And why did God allow the Holy Ark of the Covenant to be captured?

The Israelites had failed to discern and follow God’s will. They thought that having the Ark in their possession guaranteed a victory for them. We make the same mistake when we use the Bible or Church documents (today’s Ark of the Covenant) to prove our point in arguments or when we use it as a weapon to judge and condemn morally erring people.

Have you ever wanted to use Church Law to force others into attending Mass, warning them about mortal sin and eternal damnation? We have only the best of intentions, right? But this is no better than the ploy some Protestants use to “save” Catholics when they quote from our Church’s teachings — out of context — to claim that we’re going to hell.

To win a battle, we cannot use apologetics; it’s a tool for explaining Church teachings to someone who’s already interested in hearing the explanation. Testimonies and a faith well lived is the first explanation of our faith. These show the truth and prepare others to hear the truth.Read More »