One year later, while working at NIST as a Resource Mobilizer, I got a chance to listen to a talk hosted by Life Ministry, and certain Dr. Kohl from Singapore shared the story of Singapore. Singapore had received it’s from Malaysia in 1964 at about the same time Kenya gained it’s independence. Most of the island at that time was owned by a few families and every other person was renting land or houses from them. The country had unique problems topped by the fact that it did not have any natural resources and no fresh water. There was also gangs mafia style that controlled business. Dr Kohl shared how visionary leadership had seen Singapore develop from a third world country into the first in only one generation. Today Singapore boasts one of the strongest economies in Asia and has one of the busiest ports in the world. The City State with a population of about 5 million and is one of the cleanest Cities in the World. As I listened to this story I was very impressed, but one question lingered in my mind. Could transformation happen without the spiritual dimension?
A few months later, I was headed to Singapore to attend an advanced leadership training from the much sought after, Haggai Institute of Leadership. I had a chance to stay for a month in this beautiful City State of Singapore.
From the 12th floor of the Language Centre (RELC), I had a nice balcony that gave me a good view of the City. I would sit on this balcony and meditate and pray and ask the Lord to show me what was behind this success story. I knew that visionary leadership was key, but was real transformation possible without the spiritual dimension?. I asked the Lord to reveal to me the spiritual dimension of Singapore.
On the first Sunday of our stay, the Institute asked all the 58 women leaders from 29 developing countries to visit the City Harvest Church near Changi International Airport.
We were greatly impressed to see a church which sees 17,000 youths attend the various services in any given Sunday. At this time the members were involved in a 21 day prayer and fasting for the country
The next Sunday all the ladies from other African countries minus Egypt visited the Fairvield Methodist Church in Singapore. The church had developed a devotional material which members were using during their 40 day prayer and fasting culminating in the National day cerebration for Singapore.
For my last Sunday, a friend Dr. Jeannette Shubert visited me from Manilla Philipines. She took to see me to Geyland Free Evangelical Church where her friends Betty and Pat Flynn worshipped. It was here that I learnt that the churches of Singapore had been involved in Unbroken Prayer Chain for at least one year for the Nation. It dawned on me that the prosperity of Singapore was being sustained by the church, and the church through prayer was totally united as they prayed for their nation.
If the Christians from this prosperous nation saw the need to persist in prayer for their nation, what about us in Kenya which had just come from almost a total collapse due to politically instigated ethnic violence? We have a much bigger population of Christians than Singapore, if we started a prayer chain, it could take up to three years before the first church gets another chance to hold the prayer baton for the nation.