Southern Asia-Pacific

Pay It Forward in Singapore Celebrates 14 Years of Service and Compassion

In recent years, the PIF program has become a community service initiative that encourages students to partake in acts of kindness and community service.

Singapore | Faith Toh and Christon Choo

The Adventist Church in Singapore recently marked its 14th Pay It Forward (PIF) Day. This event is not just a day of service; it manifests the church's deep-seated commitment to fostering community bonds through acts of kindness and support.

The concept of paying it forward revolves around the notion of sharing the blessings one receives with others, thereby inspiring them to do the same for someone else. This creates a perpetual cycle of kindness and goodness. Moreover, it cultivates empathy and a culture of generosity in the giver. Adventist churches in Singapore aspire for the community to embrace the Pay It Forward philosophy, particularly towards those facing challenging circumstances.

Impact and Outreach

The PIF Initiative is a nationwide campaign involving all Adventist churches in Singapore. The significance of PIF Day extends far beyond a single event. Over the years, it has become an essential support for more than 300 low-income members of the Yuhua community. Offering meals and free services such as haircuts and massages, the event provides much-needed relief and joy. Additionally, the PIF+ visitations by church members to the homes of recipients underscore the church's commitment to understanding and addressing specific community needs.

In recent years, the PIF program has become an inspiring community service initiative in partnership with various ministries and Adventist churches in the country. As an extension of this initiative, PIF encourages not only local but also international students to partake in acts of kindness and community service, fostering a culture of giving back to the local community. This year, volunteers anticipated an even more significant impact with a variety of planned activities. These include offering karaoke sessions, lantern riddles, and mooncake games to elderly recipients in celebration of the upcoming mid-autumn festival.

Living Faith Through Service

James 2:14–17 emphasizes the connection between faith and action, which is what motivates the Adventist church's participation in PIF. The event is an opportunity for church members to live out their faith by serving those in need, aligning with the church's mission of demonstrating God's love through practical actions.

Involvement and Improvement

The church encourages broad community participation on PIF, offering various volunteer opportunities. This approach not only strengthens community bonds but also aligns with the church's vision of collective efforts in service.

Each year, the event is reviewed and improved upon, focusing on more personalized and effective outreach methods. During the 2023 commemoration, lower-income residents received a $50 NTUC voucher and $30 in cash, reflecting the church's understanding of the immediate needs of the community and its desire to provide tangible assistance. The NTUC Care Fund (e-Vouchers) is an assistance program that aims to assist low-income members to defray their costs of necessities and their children's school expenses for the new school year.

The PIF Day welcomes participation from church members and the wider community alike. Volunteers contribute in various capacities, including registration, befriending, and ushering, embodying a shared commitment to communal well-being.

Conveying a Message of Community Care

Through Pay It Forward, the Adventist Church aims to mirror Jesus' example of meeting people's needs in tangible ways.

Pay It Forward Day is a reflection of how faith, when coupled with action, can positively influence a community. The annual celebration of this movement by the Singaporean Adventist Church serves as a reminder of the value of getting involved in the community and the transformational potential of group efforts in building a more compassionate and supportive society.

The original article was published on the Southern Asia-Pacific Division website.