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Celebration of Hope: Let the little children come

by Gabriel Ong // May 18, 2019, 1:04 pm

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Saturday morning started with a thunderous bang as thousands of children and their families showed up for a fun day out at The Colours of Hope in the National Stadium.

Despite the early hour, there was an energy in the air as young hearts poured past the gantries and took their seats. 

Photo: Alvin Chong

Rally emcees Lingual, Constance and Johann got the growing crowd going with a series of games and dances. 

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The children who were invited up the stage to compete in mini-games had a blast in their bid to be champion. The young warrior pictured here succeeded in holding his breath the longest.

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Local dance troupe The Disciples then burst onto the scene to perform a frantic dance item for the families.

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The energetic troupe followed up their performance with a dance class for the thousands of young guests, led by Khye and Rachel.

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The Arise Choir led the growing throngs of children in a series of songs, complete with actions and dance steps.

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Then it was time for local celebrity Gurmit Singh to take to the stage. A familiar face to Singaporeans young and old alike, he got the growing audience doubling over in laughter: “My name is Gurmit Singh, if you don’t know who I am – that’s OK. I also don’t know who you are!”

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The National Day Parade veteran knew a Stadium event would not be complete without doing the Kallang Wave. He led the human wave by running the length of the pitch before quipping: “I saw a woman waving her baby – whee! Don’t do that!”

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There were also songs led by Australian duo The Clancy’s. Belting out catchy tunes like God You Are Great and It Is Good To Give Thanks, Brendan and Cathie Clancy were backed up by a local children’s choir made up of kids from 5-13 years old.

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After he got the crowd going, and familiar with how to participate in the play, Gurmit Singh kickstarted the interactive drama portion of the children’s rally. 

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Once the audience got the hang of how to participate with their coloured placards and phrases to shout, they were thrilled to have a voice in the drama.

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The story followed Amelyn, a rebellious 11-year-old girl who runs away from home and mixes with bad company, before trying to find her way back to her parents. The drama used simple colours to represent complex concepts like good (green), evil (black), purity (white) and Jesus’ blood (red) so all could follow without issue.

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Pastor Sam Phun of River Community Church then shared his life story of rebellion, gangsterism and drugs. At the end of the road, he asked: “Can Jesus start my life all over again?”

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He found an answer to that question: “For the first time in my life, I felt someone loved me. I begin to cry. I felt forgiven. With Jesus there is hope!” Phun appealed: “Do not be afraid – only believe.”

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Pastor Phun led the families in a prayer of repentance at this time. There were few dry eyes across the bleachers when the invitation to receive Jesus Christ was made to the guests.

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Scores of children and parents across the Stadium stood up and lifted their hands to receive Jesus Christ as their Lord and Saviour.

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The interactive drama culminated in a huge welcome party to celebrate Amelyn’s return. Gurmit Singh closed the event as he prayed over the guests, blessing them and wishing them well.

Yes, Jesus Loves You

If you weren’t at the Stadium this morning, you can still be a part of Sunday morning’s rally. God is doing something incredible in the National Stadium this weekend.

Don’t miss out on being a part of it!

The Celebration of Hope is a 3-day festival of hope, filled with songs and stories of hope, to be held in various languages for all age groups at the National Stadium. 

Admission is by ticket only – but tickets are free. Tickets are still available for the May 19 (Sunday) morning rally. If you’ve reserved or confirmed your ticket but aren’t able to make it, please give up your ticket for someone else who can. 

From tomorrow, tickets will only be available for walk-ins, subject to availability. Please stay tuned to the Celebration of Hope Facebook or Instagram pages for updates. 

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About the author

Gabriel Ong

Gabriel isn't a hipster, but he loves his beard and coffee. In his spare time, he'd rather be on a mountain.