Dr. Foong Thye Foong (1976 – 5S1)
My Journey of Faith
My very first experience of attending bible study class was back in 1971 when I was in Remove Class. Every alternate morning, we would have bible study class and our first task was to memorize the Lord’s Prayer. I soon found out that I had two choices, either attend the morning exercise drill or attend the bible study. I was rather lazy and always went for the bible study so that I could fall asleep in the comfort of the classroom. I did not know at that time that the seed had been sown; my journey of faith began decades later.
Fifty years can
be an incredibly long journey or an unbelievably short time, depending on which
side of the fifty you are in. As many of my old school mates are approaching
fifty, it is glad to hear that Sam Tet is also celebrating its 50th
anniversary for the nurturing and education of so many people now residing around
the world. Fifty is half a lifetime if we live to a hundred or two thirds of
our journey if we believe the statistics of the average human lifespan. I would
like to take this opportunity to ask you to think about what the purpose of
life is. Is it fame, money or something more than climbing up the corporate
ladder? Well, I found my answer when I nearly died of pneumonia in the winter
of 1997 in
As I was gasping
for air to stay alive, a bright light blinded my eyes and I saw a flashback of
my own journey in life, from my life as a student in Sam Tet to my University
years and onto the corporate world. God was with me when I got into all sorts
of trouble. One scene was when I was a five year old child
running around in a temple in
I was a mediocre student throughout my years in Sam Tet but somehow I excelled in my studies at the University. None of my classmates in Sam Tet could believe that I was the top student at University; completed my Doctorate in the shortages possible time and published more than ten research papers. I was being groomed for the top job with one of the fortune 500 companies and travelling around the world either in the front cockpit or flying in the comfort of the corporate jet. I thought I have everything, a beautiful and capable wife, three well behaved talented children and all the luxurious enjoyment that money can buy. I thought all these were results of my years of hard work and yet, the flashback of my life suggested that all these were given to me.
The light and images subsided and I heard a voice calling me repeatedly to cross the river now. I did not understand what the meaning of the instruction was at the time, but the voice reminded me that the events in my life ware not because of my luck, my hard work or my talents, but it was planned. I recall shouting out, “By whom?”, and then I woke to find that it was morning and my wife was rocking me to get up to go to the doctor.
My wife and my driver carried me to the hospital. I drifted in and out of consciousness for about a week and I continued to be prompted by the voice asking me, “What is the purpose of life?” I began to think about the question and slowly I realized that life is not about how much money you have or what type of car you have, but life is about how to live a life pleasing to God and to lift others up. Life is a marathon, and we are not alone. We can get tired and lose heart at times, but we can choose the right techniques: Throw away everything that hinders, throw off the sin that easily enslaves. I hope this will inspire some of the students, because with faith, there is always hope. However, the motto of Sam Tet does not end here; it continues to ask each one of us to be more charitable. Sam Tet has its focus on the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jesus is the foundation of the Christian faith. He died for our iniquities so that we can be reconciled with the almighty God. Faith, Hope and Charity come from the three elements – the risen Christ, Christians and heaven.
There are possibilities waiting at our fingertips for us to discover so that we can become the persons God has called us to be. That does not mean that we will become successful people from a worldly perspective. So let us think together how we can discover our potential by looking at one of the most inspiring leaders in the Bible, Moses.
Read the story of Moses in Exodus 2:11-15 and you will realize that God uses imperfect people.
God always uses imperfect people
for His impeccable plan
I received the
Lord in 1999 and one year later, I retired from the corporate world and started
my own consulting company in
Last but not
least, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Sam Tet for educating and
guiding me from a child to a man. I hope that Sam Tet will continue to sow the
seeds for many more teenagers in the years to come. I would also like to hear
from my classmates of 5S1 – 1976, and please contact me if you are visiting
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