The theme for Methodist Welfare Servicesʼ Annual Report FY2021/22 is “Strengthening Our Core”.
While our Board of Governance members and the management may have some specific areas identified as our “core”, the word reminds me more generally of our MWS vision: “To be Christ-centred, in enabling the disadvantaged and distressed to have life to the full.” This is our core that we must continually strengthen.
Rev Dr Gordon Wong
Bishop – The Methodist Church of Singapore
Patron – Methodist Welfare Services
This vision is also the core of Christʼs teachings in the Scriptures. He said that the most important thing, or core commandment, in all the Bible is to love God and love your neighbour (Matthew 22:37-39).
The Biblical writer James summarised the Bibleʼs particular emphasis on caring for the disadvantaged and distressed when he wrote: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress… (James 1:27)”. Orphans and widows in 1st century New Testament times were the persons most socially and economically disadvantaged and distressed.
Our mission at MWS is “To enrich the quality of life for the disadvantaged and distressed, through integrated and holistic services in partnership with Methodist churches and the community.”
41 years ago, The Methodist Church in Singapore gave birth to our Methodist Welfare Services. It is my hope that this parent-child relationship will deepen in the years ahead. After all, we share the same commission to fulfil what Christ says is the core commandment in life: Love God By Loving Our Neighbour.
Letʼs strengthen our core in Christ together.
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