Tragic Deaths of 2 Boys Becomes a Stirling Testimony & Inspiration

| February 8, 2013

2 brothers, aged 13 and 7, were tragically killed in a recent road accident in Singapore, which sparked an outpouring of sympathy towards the parents of the children.

As a parent, I cannot even begin to imagine the pain of losing just 1 child in this manner, but to lose 2 at once, is definitely not something any parent should ever have to endure. I was even close to resisting tears as I read the reports at times. I’m so so sorry for your loss Mr & Mrs Yap. However in the midst of your darkest hours, I would just like to also say what an inspiration you have been to all believers in Singapore.

Not only did you manage to seek refuge and peace from our Lord, but you have also made it your testimony to the world what the love of Jesus means. To be able to forgive the driver of the cement truck for taking away the most precious things in your life speaks so much more than preachers ever could. You have no idea how many Christians and non-Christians alike are so inspired by your act of love and forgiveness. Until now I still see the newspaper reports, in English and Mandarin, of how you have forgiven the driver been shared on Facebook.

Many marvel at your strength and ability to forgive. Something that only believers can understand. And how you have both made it a point to speak about your Lord and the church in your interviews tells me that God is definitely doing something great through this tragedy.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
– Rom 8:28

You probably already know and understand this well. But this is a reminder to all the readers that this remains true regardless of what happens. Tragedies happen not because God orchestrated it but because we live in a fallen world. But God in all His wisdom and knowledge, has already woven this tragedy into a perfect plan for your family.

Through this painful event, I believe thousands have come face to face for possibly the first time the demonstration of Christ’s love for them. They marvel at how forgiveness can ever be found in such a dark place and you provided the answer that it is only by God’s grace and love first poured out in your lives that you are then able to go out and love the driver in this manner. This certainly did not spring from man’s own ability. It has to be divine.

But more than reaching out to non-believers, you have also inspired many followers like me on what it means to carry the cross and follow Christ. I’m sure that many, like me, will ask the question of ourselves, will we be able to do the same thing if placed in your shoes? And by grace and faith, we all pray that we will also stand firm and bright if that day comes. Light shines brightest when it is darkest. And this is certainly seen through this incident.

Finally, I would like to encourage you further that many of us are all covering you in our prayers. We pray that the enemy will not be able to use this time to plant seeds of doubt and bitterness in your hearts. We pray that our Lord Jesus will flood your hearts with so much joy and peace that everyone who comes in contact with you will be able to feel it oozing out of your lives. The Bible says, where sin abounds, grace abounds even more. I believe that it is true for sufferings as well. The greater the suffering, the greater will our loving Father pour out his love on us. And at the end of the day, we all know that our lives here are all temporary. This farewell with your kids is for a moment and you will surely be reunited with them in heaven where our Lord will commend you, ‘Well done, good and faithful servants, come, and enter your rest!’




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I have been a follower of Christ for more than 20 years now. Started from a Methodist church, then went on to a few charasmatic churches and again back to a Methodist church now. Thus I have experienced and seen a wide flavor of different denominations. Personally, I consider myself non-denominational as I can worship in many different styles. The important thing is that I follow the gospel and love Jesus. I am currently serving as a musician and a worship leader in my church. I believe that my calling is to help others enter into the presence of God through worship. I also enjoy teaching and discipling other believers, which is the main reason why this site was started. I hope to find other believers to join me in this cause to reach out and encourage other believers.

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