CSS FOC 2016 Testimony: Helen

I felt God so tangibly and this reminder of my own heart burning within me, two years ago, set the tone for me when I was planning for this year’s FOC, together with the rest of the comm. Every decision and step has been taken with prayer and intercession, which is beautiful as it is reassuring that we are following God’s plan for this camp and listening intently to His vision for FOC

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Above: Helen (leftmost) at FOC 2015’s Community night!


It has finally come to the point where I can say we are less than a week away from FOC! I really hope you are getting excited to meet your companions and set off on this great journey.

Stepping up to be part of the FOC committee was no easy task. I was very keen on being on internship over the summer and thus was afraid of having too many things on my plate if I also had to plan for FOC. However God still lit a desire in my heart that burned so brightly, that I could not say no, and so that’s how I ended up being in the committee as the Programmes head 🙂 Nothing but joy has engulfed me throughout this process of thinking, praying, and planning together with my brothers and sisters in the FOC Comm. Although there have been stressful moments, and also worries about whether certain activities will work out, God has blessed me with a calm mind and heart that trusts in His grace and providence.

I thought back to my own experience as a freshman attending CSS FOC, and how greatly the eyes of my heart were opened up to God. My last retreat having been my confirmation camp, I had a very hesitant mindset, which was washed away soon after by the small, but impactful acts of love by my facils and fellow groupmates, and the prayerfully planned programme of the camp. I felt God so tangibly and this reminder of my own heart burning within me, two years ago, set the tone for me when I was planning for this year’s FOC, together with the rest of the comm.

Every decision and step has been taken with prayer and intercession, which is beautiful as it is reassuring that we are following God’s plan for this camp and listening intently to His vision for FOC. Whilst planning for this journey that you, our freshmen, will be taking, the comm has been on our own Emmaus walk, with revelations about God’s unending love for us, through each conversation we have had and through each step we have taken. May this camp be an offering of thanksgiving to our God who is Love and may we ask, as the apostles did, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road”?


Helen is a Year 2-going-on-3 English Linguistics major, and also this FOC’s Programmes Head. We thank her for sharing her perspective on how this journey in planning the camp has been! Indeed this upcoming FOC 2016 has been a labour of love and prayer not only for the Programmes team, but all the other Comm members as well – nevertheless, there is so much that we have received in the process as well! Indeed, as Helen puts it so eloquently, we have “been on our own Emmaus walk, with revelations about God’s unending love for us, through each conversation we have had and through each step we have taken”. We truly thank God for all the graces and guidance He has showered upon us in this process.

CSS members reading this – we hope this glimpse into the planning process will plant a seed in your hearts to step up for the next FOC comm!! And most importantly, we hope all the participants know we’ve been keeping you in prayer for the past few weeks and can’t wait to meet you in 3 days time 🙂

If you’re reading this, it’s past the deadline for FOC sign ups… BUT, nevertheless, head over to http://tinyurl.com/NUSCSSFOC2016 and fill up the form, then drop us an email (ASAP!!!) at cssfoc2016@gmail.com – we’ll see what we can do. 😉

When: 27th June to 30th June 2016
Where: Church of the Holy Cross (Just beside NUS UTown)