Population: 5.4 million (2013)
Official languages: English, Malay, Chinese, Tamil
Major Religion: Buddhism
IFES movement: Fellowship of Evangelical Students (FES)
Singapore is made up of a main island and 62 other small islands. It is the world's fourth leading financial centre and a major sea port in the region. Something that is distinctly Singaporean is the collage of cultures present there. There are four major races – Chinese (majority), Malay, Indian and Eurasian. Singapore is a multi-religious state with freedom of expression of faith. The most widely practised religion is Buddhism (33%) followed by Christianity (18%), Islam, Taoism and Hinduism, with the percentage of Christians increasing over the past 20 years.
- 12 state institutions and a number of private colleges/universities
- 27 groups, 1500 students in most of the state institutions and some private universities
- 20 full-time, 3 part-time staff, 80 volunteers
- co-affiliated graduate groups
- largest group: 600+ students
- smallest group: 6 students (pioneering)
FES is committed to biblical teaching and conscious of the need to continually adapt their programmes to meet students’ needs. In the light of the changing nature and context of student work today, the FES leadership developed Vision 2020 with three strategic priorities – Pioneering, Integration and Engagement – to help them re-focus so that their ministry continues to be relevant and effective.
View from the inside
Lisman Komaladi, General Secretary of FES, says, ‘The diversity of cultures, backgrounds, denominations and opinions keeps me excited. There is always something new to discover and experience with every new person I meet. It leaves me humble and breathless to explore God's kingdom and world, but also proud and comforted to be able to play a part in God's plan among the students as well.’
Lisman thinks of 1 Corinthians 15:10 as he looks back the past years of his serving the students: ‘But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.’
- for students to be interested in engaging with the Word of God and for staff to have the wisdom to help them relate the Bible to their campus life, society, and the world;
- for students to be creative and innovative in engaging the whole university for Christ;
- for students to become professionals who are deeply rooted in the Scriptures so that it influences their entire lives;
- for provision of much needed new staff workers to work among the increasing number of students.