星望时代 Shin SG rolls out digital content for Chinese churches
Cheryl Lew // November 12, 2021, 2:38 pm
All photos courtesy of 星望时代 Shin SG.
I remember the first time I shared about Jesus in Mandarin. I was around 14 then and new to the faith.
I had heard of how wonderful Heaven would be – a huge city of pure gold where there will be no more death, mourning, crying or pain – and I was eager for my grandma to receive this new-found gift too.
So one day I came home from school, dropped my bag, went straight to the kitchen and blurted out anxiously: “阿嬷，你要相信耶稣。”
TLDR: I told her that she had to believe in Jesus because I was really scared of what would happen to her after she died if she didn’t.
Though we had a lot of laughs recalling this conversation (by God’s grace, she eventually came to know the Lord), with hindsight, I could have used some help so that it didn’t come across as a rude awakening.
Perhaps you, too, have friends and loved ones whom you’d like to reach out to, but you feel daunted by the language barrier. Or maybe you have a burden for the Mandarin-speaking community, whether in Singapore or overseas.
星望时代 Shin SG would like to help with that!
With a mission to “Serve all Churches, Edify all Saints”, the newly launched media platform desires to support the Chinese church community in reaching out to the lost.
Going beyond church walls, countries and cultures, 星望时代 Shin SG was started in response to the trend of digitalisation, which has been fuelled by the pandemic.
Recognising the growth of the online church, four individuals have come together to answer the call to fulfil the Great Commission. They are:
- Eunice Hong, Founder and CEO of OneSystems Technologies
- Ephraim Yeo, Creative Director of Xinwave Media and Management and President of the Artistes Christian Fellowship
- Lucas Chow, Honorary Chairman of Salt Media & Entertainment and Director of Thirst Collective
- Reverend Desmond Tian, Executive Pastor of Lighthouse Evangelism and Lead Pastor (Chinese Ministry)
Speaking at the media launch on November 3, Eunice shared how it all started with a vision that God gave her in 2018, way before COVID-19 hit our shores.
“I saw many phones and screens circling around me. God told me clearly that I had to start preparing for the days ahead when everyone would be on their screens watching videos and shows, so He wanted me to prepare a digital platform for Him,” she recalled.
“My company specialises in systems integration, and I was clueless about new media, broadcasts and livestreams. But I told the Lord, ‘If You’re willing to use me, I’ll step out in faith.’”
Eunice then went on to establish Xinwave Media and Management, which allowed her to meet her three teammates.
“God wanted me to use my experience in the media industry to help others, for the gospel to be preached through media.”
As she prayed, God led her down paths to each one of them, said Eunice, adding that it was God who provided for her areas of lack through these individuals who came with their talents and experience.
Lucas, for instance, had stepped down from his role as CEO of MediaCorp in 2011, and the Lord impressed upon him to serve the Chinese church, especially in the media field.
Since his participation in Love from the Stars in 2015, he has invested his time into other major evangelistic events such as Celebration of Hope in 2019, as well as media companies such as Thirst Collective.
“God wanted me to use my experience in the media industry to help others, for the gospel to be preached through media,” he said.
Revealing more details about what content can be expected in the coming days, the pioneering team said that platform intends to assist churches in three broad ways:
- Organising evangelistic events
- Publishing testimonies
- Sharing of original Chinese worship songs
Heard of the song 《情非得已》by Taiwanese singer Harlem Yu? You’ll be able to listen to the testimony of its composer, Malaysian songwriter and director Jovi Theng, as he shares about how God helped him overcome his smoking addiction.
You can also tune in to Chinese originals from Awaken Generation and the Artistes Christian Fellowship, just to name a few. Resources like these will be made easily accessible for fellow believers to reach out to the Chinese-speaking community.
In addition, there are plans to produce shows that discuss how the faith relates to various issues in life, broadcast large-scale live events for Christmas, New Year and Good Friday, as well as conduct workshops to equip the Chinese church in new media.
Organised with Christmas in mind, Love from the Stars 2021 will see Chinese church communities in Singapore, Malaysia and Taiwan collaborating to bring audiences a night of songs and games, with even prizes to be won. Celebrity guests from different countries will be joining in too.
Finally, for those curious about how the name came about, here’s a brief breakdown.
- 星: Beyond the association with Xinwave Media and Management (星威传媒), it recalls the fulfilment of the Abrahamic covenant where God promised Abraham descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky. Because of how it sounds, 星 also brings to mind its connection to Singapore (新加坡).
- 望: The hope we can have in Christ.
- 星望: When combined, the two words sound similar to the concept of 兴旺 in John 3:30. “He must become greater; I must become less.” (主必兴旺，我必衰微)
- 时代: Refers to the times that we’re in – a time for the Lord to be greater and magnified.
Rev Desmond also explained the thinking behind the logo, which is based on the letter Shin (ש) in the Hebrew alphabet.
“This letter is found in our Lord’s name, Yeshua. Shin also represents God’s protection. So in choosing this as our logo, we want to lift His name on high,” he said.
As I reflected on what 星望时代 Shin SG intends to do, I found this to be an apt name indeed.
In this digital age, it’s so important that the online space carries not just the latest news and happenings, but also the Good News. And God’s protection is required to be able to do all that.
Looking back on the experience I had with my grandmother, I wonder how I would have shared Christ with her differently if a platform like 星望时代 Shin SG existed back then.
In any case, our God is a creative God that uses different ways to pursue the hearts of His beloved.
May the Lord use 星望时代 Shin SG as one of these avenues to draw your Chinese-speaking friends and family closer to Him!
THINK + TALK
- Have you tried sharing about Christ with the people around you? What were those experiences like?
- How can you be more prepared to give an answer to anyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have (1 Peter 3:15)?
- Can you think of a few people who would benefit from content on 星望时代 Shin SG? Check out the resources and share them with others!