I am “finally baptised”, China-born Liu Mo told CatholicNews, his face filled with emotion.
Mr Liu had known about Catholicism even before coming to Singapore to work, he shared. His former girlfriend in China and her parents, all Catholics, had encouraged him to embrace the faith.
However, he was hesitant at the time.
He also recollected that since coming to Singapore, his father had also encouraged him to embrace Christianity.
It was through a colleague in Singapore that Mr Liu came to know about Gospel Station, an outreach ministry at the Church of our Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, that serves Chinese migrants.
He told CatholicNews that he was touched by the parish’s efforts in giving migrants an area to meet, as well as the volunteers who served them.
Mr Liu noted that the volunteers have been encouraging and helpful, and even brought him to a doctor when he was sick.
He decided to ask a volunteer about Catholicism and “it was then that my search for faith started”.
The volunteer encouraged Mr Liu to take part in some Church activities. As he got to know the Church better, Mr Liu felt certain that Catholicism was the faith he had been searching for.
Mr Liu said that embracing the faith has helped him to develop self-confidence and his own values system.
Like Mr Liu, another China-born worker, Mr Zhao Bao An, came to know about the Catholic Church through Nativity Church’s ministries.
Mr Zhao said he was first introduced to the group Matthew25, which provides food to the needy, and later to Gospel Station.
Describing himself as “shy and an introvert”, Mr Zhao said the easygoing and compassionate manner of the volunteers helped him to feel comfortable with the people at Gospel Station.
It was also through the volunteers that he signed up for the parish’s Mandarin RCIA programme.
This helped him to get to know the person of Christ better, such as how “Christ cares and loves each and every one of us and how He sacrificed Himself for us”.