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Goodbye Again (I’m jealous)

1. Dan and Van are back! I feel sooooo far away from Australia. Even Newtown (The place I live in Sydney) sounds like…a familiar yet new[?] town… Basically, so much has happened since I got back, I have almost forgotten … Continue reading

Posted on February 9, 2019 by Vanessa Ong

Van in Sydney (with Dan!)

I’ve been told I’ve underperformed in being a proper tourist in the five months I’ve been here. (But I can only handle one kind of exploring at a time. I’ve been a ‘tourist’ in the ancient languages – SO MANY … Continue reading

Posted on August 2, 2018 by Vanessa Ong

Time in seminary – Not what I expected!

Before I arrived in seminary, I imagined college would be: Learning Greek and Hebrew. Learning lots of content from lectures (e.g. New Testament, BT). Doing assignments to sharpen theology. Asking tough content questions. However, after looking back at my previous … Continue reading

Posted on March 31, 2018 by Vanessa Ong

Goodbye with last words, survival tips and mushy stuff

Goodbye When I am not too busy being nervous about leaving Malaysia and my beloved church for three years, I’d daydream about the children’s lessons that I will write after coming back from seminary. I’d imagine the depth and precision … Continue reading

Posted on January 26, 2018 by Vanessa Ong

Is it “less Christian” to travel?

Perhaps some of you may have had your conscience pricked. “Is it right for me to travel away from the church for so long?” And maybe there are some of you who have never had your conscience pricked. “What’s wrong? … Continue reading

Posted on August 4, 2017 by Vanessa Ong

Streakness Number One and Other Things

It’s been two years and it’s assessment-writing time for me, guys! I’ve been going through my ministry reflections since the beginning of Ministry Training and am AMAZED and BAFFLED as I look through my “first-times”. First time leading TGG MonSun … Continue reading

Posted on October 21, 2016 by Vanessa Ong

Thankful for the many opportunities

Hi everyone! Sorry for not updating. Some happy updates I’d love to share with you all.   Preaching Have had lots of opportunities to learn so I think my PREACHING BONANZA MONTH has been instrumental to my learning and growth. … Continue reading

Posted on June 9, 2016 by Vanessa Ong

MTS: No way! Less than a year?!

Hey everyone! A question I get asked most often apart from “How old are you?” (from the youth and campus students) is “Van, how’s MTS?” My apologies if I didn’t answer you as well as I would like to in … Continue reading

Posted on September 28, 2015 by Vanessa Ong

Vanessa’s ministry blog

Hello, everyone! I’m the new MTS-er. 🙂 Wow, I’m in the third week of MTS already? When I see my Whatsapp group chats of my ex-colleagues at my previous workplace, I am reminded of the days that I used to … Continue reading

Posted on October 7, 2014 by Vanessa Ong