Yes, God Can Use Your “Little”!

How God opened doors for Cheryl and family to open theirs​

From the Bible, the call to serve rings loud and clear. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you have — Jesus Himself served and calls us to serve (Luke 22:25-27) 

But what comes to your mind when you think of serving? Is it “tiring”, “inconvenient”, or “difficult”? Or is it “fulfilling”, “encouraging” and “blessing”? 

Well, the answer is all of the above, as Cheryl Yeo found out in her B.L.E.S.S. experience. 


With two of her own children and a full-time job as an entrepreneur, one can imagine that Cheryl’s hands (and four-room HDB home) would be full. But when the call from the church came to house a homeless young mother and her toddler for two weeks, Cheryl didn’t hesitate.  

“The notice came just one day in advance,” she said, “so I quickly converted my personal small office into a bedroom.”   

Things moved quickly, and the young mother and her toddler moved into Cheryl’s place on 25th March 2021. For Cheryl, it was a new upheaval — having to make special arrangements, preparing the home, and even preparing her kids in advance. It was a real family effort.

But for the 23-year-old young mother, this was almost nothing new. In fact, she had been moving from place to place over the last five days, unable to find a safe home for herself and her child.  

“The little girl was about one and a half years old and she was quite visibly shaken,” Cheryl recalls, “and (my home) was another new environment, so she was crying a lot.”  

Cheryl and family did their best to be welcoming and good hosts, not just providing shelter, but also a sense of safety and security for their guests. Her children, aged five and seven, even had lots of playtime with the toddler.  

But the picture isn’t always rosy. As a host, there were times when Cheryl found herself facing unexpected challenges.  

The cultural difference, for one, was especially jarring.   

“It was a learning curve for all of us,” Cheryl says. For example, their guests’ practice of cleaning up was very different.  

“After a long day of very stressful work,” she shares candidly, “you can walk out and step on a clump of rice or crumbs (on the floor). Sometimes, the little girl will get a cracker and walk all around the house. With my kids, I can tell them to sit down, but in this case, I don’t have the authority to do that.” 

“With my husband, we just have to spend time at night wiping the crumbs off the floor,” she says, “It was humbling.”  


The two weeks of hosting was not always smooth sailing, but it reminded Cheryl of God’s love. “For this, it is just inconveniencing us to clean up the floor, but we can’t ever match up to His love — love that brought Him all the way to the cross,” she says. 

And Cheryl made an effort to share that love with her guest, who grew up in a Methodist children’s home. “I dropped a few things here and there, like to tell her this is God’s love, and to trust in God,” she recalls. 

The family had friends over to connect with their guests.

That sowed the seeds, and on the last day of her stay, together with CEFC staff who visited the family, the guest prayed the sinner’s prayer to rededicate her life to God. 

“In that moment, I thought it was all worth it,” Cheryl shares, “When it’s just this little thing we can do for God’s Kingdom, we should.” 

In fact, our little is more than enough for God to work with. It seems that all we need is a willing heart to serve, and God will do the rest. 

For Cheryl, it may have felt “little” at first. “I’m generally quite hospitable,” she says, “so (having a guest over) is still quite in our comfort zone.” She was even willing to use her gift and her spare room to foster a child — a plan she looked into, but was eventually thwarted by Circuit Breaker last year. 

But God never makes any mistakes! He took her willing heart and provided a golden opportunity to not only bring someone to Himself, but also to encourage Cheryl and her family by building their capacity as hosts, and teaching them how to love intentionally. 

“We think we are blessing someone, but we are equally blessed,” she says. “We are partnering with God in our small little ways, and our capacity is never wasted.”

Jacinth Chia

Jacinth Chia has worshipped at WDL Centre since 2008. She leads a young adult CG and a young(er) group in Upper Primary.

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1 Thessalonians 4:11-17; 2 Thessalonians 2:1-11
Tue, 29 November 2022

1-2 Thessalonians Revisited: Expecting the Parousia*


What is the order of the significant eschatological events that we can
construct from these two texts?

Deeper Reflection
OUT OF THE EIGHT CHAPTERS IN 1 AND 2 THESSALONIANS, the Second Coming of Christ is mentioned in seven.45 This strong eschatological emphasis is a discipleship call to eschatological living with eschatological consciousness.We can construct the order of the significant eschatological events from the two letters. Since Paul’s time until today “the mystery of lawlessness” has been “at work” (2 Thess 2:7). Behind this visible “mystery of lawlessness” is the yet to appear invisible “man of lawlessness” – the antichrist (2 Thess 2:3). The end-times is marked by “lawlessness will be increased, the love of many will grow cold” (Matt 24:12), and the activities of “many false prophets”, behind which is “the spirit of the antichrist” (1 Jn 4:1, 3). Then comes “the apostasy” (2 Thess 2:3a) – the falling away from the faith, as “the Spirit explicitly says” will happen “in the later times” (1 Tim 4:1). And “the man of lawlessness” will appear and come into the church and try to take control of the church by carrying out further deception in it that will lead many to fall away from the faith.46 Then eventually “the coming of the Lord”, when Christ will “descend from heaven”, and “the dead in Christ will rise first”, “to meet the Lord” together with the alive believers who will be raptured and “we will always be with the Lord” (1 Thess 4:15-17).What is eschatologically most critical is that we do not fall away from the faith. We must then diligently know the truth, live faithfully by the truth and cling steadfastly to the truth. “Your Word is truth” (Jn 17:17).
44 Parousia: Greek for “coming”, and it is used as a theological term for Christ’s Second Coming (see Matt 24:3, 27, 37, 39) 45 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 2:19; 3:13; 4:13-18; 5:1-11, 23; 2 Thessalonians 1:5-10; 2:1-11 46 G. K. Beale, 210

What does it mean for me to live my life eschatologically?

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