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Testimonials
We spoke to former/present residents and volunteers of the Home and this is what they have to say :
1 Wei Lun, Student
2 Kenneth, Student
3 Ellis Goh
4 Daniel, NSF Man
5 Lin Xiuting, Student at NUS (Pharmacy)
6 Tan Cheng Hai , Retail Sales
7 Qian Qing, JC Student
8 Lincoln, Polytechnic Student
9 Dennis Soh, (volunteer)
10 Winnie Woon (volunteer)
11 Keith, Operations Executive

1 Wei Lun, Student

Hi everybody, my name is Wei Lun. I have been staying here for almost two years. At first I don’t like to stay in Chen Su Lan then slowly I become happier staying here because the friends are very kind and helpful. When I was outside I have no respect for the elders. I came here and learn how to

respect the elders and I learn to be a good boy. The staff in Chen Su Lan are very kind, helpful and alert but sometimes I still disobey them. But later I learnt my lessons and my social worker will also advise me not to do it again. 

Thank you very much!

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2 Kenneth, Student

Hi everybody, my name is Kenneth. I have been staying here for almost two years. The years I spent in Chen Su Lan have been very rewarding. 3 lessons I learnt here:

1)   Pray – I learnt how to pray to God. I thank God for his blessing and guidance

2)   Obedience – I learnt to

      become an obedient boy. I respect adults and listen to them

3)   Care – I learnt how to take care of my brother and also guide him in his homework

Thank you very much! God Bless you all!

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3 Ellis Goh

Hi my name is Ellis Goh, I am a 1st year poly student and an ex resident of the home. I thank God for giving me the opportunity to know him personally during my stay in the home. The story of the 3 little pigs at the Annual Thanksgiving Christmas Concert 2008, taught me to listen to good advice. In Matthew 7:24, The parable of the foolish man and wise man made me realize that I need to make wise decision in studies because it forms the foundation to my future. Jesus is the rock in my life in whom I depend on all the time. He is always around during my happy and tough time. Dear friends and volunteers, I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you all for the help you have given to this home and me. This coming Christmas 2008, let us be wise and build our life upon the rock by inviting Jesus to come into our hearts

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4 Daniel, NSF Man

"What I like about staying in the Home was that I had friends to play with which widened my social circle. Unfortunately, I felt too sheltered that I wasn't aware of things happening in the outside world. Like the rest of the children, I loathed punishment. Who likes to be punished anyway? But I am thankful to the Home for protecting me from falling into bad company and to distinguish between right and wrong. The older children also helped to look after me when I first came in. They offered me friendship, someone to talk to and in the process, moulded my character. Overall, the Home is good. I hope to contribute back by teaching and guiding the children as a mentor because I too was in a simliar predicament."

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5 Lin Xiuting, Student at NUS (Pharmacy)

"It has been 8 long years since I left the Home. My stay there was rather brief, probably about one and a half years. However, I think that my stay there has somewhat made me a stronger person. It was in the Home that I came to know God.

I should say that it is this spiritual experience with God that ensured I was not led astray and provided me a pillar of support even till this day. Up to this point of time, I still look back at my stay at the Home with pride because I can say I made a lot of wonderful and lasting friends like Yi Shan, Zhen Zhen and many more.

Like most of the children who first entered the Home, I felt sorry about myself and disliked the thought of staying in a place that is not my home. I felt lost and cried myself to sleep for probably one week. However, soon I got along with other people and got used to the way the Home operated. I even started to enjoy my stay there. Soon enough, I felt like I was like staying in a camp.

On hindsight, I think that God has blessed me in my life and allowed me to have such a different experience that changed my life. I hope that the children there now also take their stay in the Home as a positive experience and learn to appreciate God and the people surrounding them. The person to whom I am most grateful to is Jie Jie Nancy. Her presence and guidance certainly made a lot of difference throughout my stay at the Home."

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6 Tan Cheng Hai , Retail Sales

"I was at Chen Su Lan home when I was 6. I stayed in the Home for about 7 years. As and when I am free now, I help out in the Home as a volunteer tutor, teaching the lower primary children.

My stay at the Home has made me a stronger person. How so? I received help from one of the former social worker in the Home. I would like to thank her (Jie jie Jean) for all the time and effort she placed on helping me. After I left the Home, I had to work part-time to support my educational needs and pocket money. I nearly gave up my studies in Secondary Two and went out to work because of financial difficulties. However, it was Jie Jie Jean that gave me moral support and encouragement that enabled me to continue to study and learn to be independent. She is one mentor that I would never forget.

It was also in the Home that I got to know about God and Jesus as my friend. Furthermore, when I was in the Home during my younger days, I initially felt lost and afraid to mix around with others. However, after some time, I got to know a lot of wonderful friends during my stay in the Home like Charis, Wee Kiat, Lincoln, Lesley and many more. Till this day, some of us still keep in contact with one another.

I can see that most of the children here today enjoy their stay here. I also had a wonderful time with them. In fact, I wish that the children here would take their experience at the Home as a positive one for them and also learn to appreciate God and the people around them. I hope that I can impart some of my experience to the children and be a mentor to them. Thank you for reading my testimony."

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7 Qian Qing, JC Student

Introduction: Qian Qing has been exposed to Christianity since being admitted into the Home when she was young. She is currently waiting for her A Level results.

Best Memories: Doing foolish things with other residents that brings back fond memories.

Impact on Life: Volunteers never failed to shower her with gifts and encouragement during tuition time. The acts of kindness moved her so much that she will want to volunteer at the Home in the near future. She hopes to be a role model for the younger residents.

Quote: “One particular volunteer was very kind to me. I want to come back here to be a volunteer like her one day.”

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8 Lincoln, Polytechnic Student

Introduction: Lincoln was admitted into the Home in 1984. He is currently into his 3 rd year in Nanyang Polytechnic.

Best Memories: Playing soccer, games with other residents and getting dirty in the process.

Impact on Life: Basic Christian values taught at the Home moved him to give up vulgarities. He also changed to be a person who is slow to criticize and quick to help others.

Quote: “Trust in the Lord and He will be there for you.”

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9 Dennis Soh, Volunteer

It has been almost 6 years since I first visited Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home in 2004. I remember vividly that the dining area was just slightly bigger than the size of a classroom, with a zinc roof and a couple of portable fans. The transforming the dining area into a study area was a daily affair for the kids and at times, it also becomes a makeshift multi-purpose hall. It’s also here

that I organized my first event for the kids in the Home, a Chinese New year Party in 2005.

I have never looked back since then and never for a moment doubted my desire to be a volunteer with Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home. Since then, I have arranged and organized various outings and events with the kids such as cycling and roller blades in East Coast Park and Pasir Ris Park; cycling in Pulau Ubin, Family Day, Night Safari, movies, Christmas and New Year Shopping, swimming; 3D/2N stay in Changi chalets and many more….It’s a wonderful feeling of joy and satisfaction whenever I see how much the kids enjoy themselves, and these are the hidden rewards that I cannot derive from my job.

The direct contact with the kids was one thing I very much look forward to every time with much enthusiasm. The most exhilarating experience is the acknowledgement they give me each time I visit the Home. The joy and smiles in their faces remind me of how wonderful life can be and I realized there are no limitations to how much one can offer to these children. The relationship that I have built with the kids through the years has been helpful in encouraging and motivating them to achieve their best in their studies and succeed in their future. All these are the little things I can do for them and I sincerely hope it will make a difference in their lives.

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10 Winnie Woon (volunteer)

Hmm… to write a testimony as a volunteer.

To me this is quite a tall order as I do not know what to write and how to go about writing such a testimony. This is also partly because I do not consider myself as a volunteer but rather as part of the family of the CSL Home.

I enjoy being Jie Jie Winnie the Pooh to all these little boys and girls. They are very cute and adorable. I honestly believe all individuals have their needs and pain. Even I do not deny this pertinent fact in my own life. At the very least, I am able to afford some time to be with these little children who are in need of friendship and love during this difficult period of their lives. Just to be their friend and walk with them even for a brief moment or thru years.

It is so heartening to hear them laugh when they play. It is so painful to see them cry in their struggles.

On the whole, the children here strike me as a happy bunch with lots of caring Jie Jie and Kor Kor giving them attention and love. I am truly impressed by the dedication of the friendly staff too.

I pray that all will be well with these little ones as they grow up. I pray for their inner healing which is so crucial for balance and abundant lives.

Indeed we all look forward to that bright world where there is no more pain nor sorrow. At the meantime, this is only a wee bit I can do, as a fellow homosapien, as we journey together thru this world of challenges.

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11 Keith, Operations Executive
In 1986, I came to reside in the Home at the age of 8 as my family was unable to care for my well-being. During my stay here, I learnt about Jesus Christ and God. The bible knowledge that was taught to me, gave meaning to my life and I was much comforted by His words. I learnt to accept the care-givers, their love and guardianship.

The Home provided me with shelter, basic needs, education and life-skill opportunities. In particular, Mdm Leong the Home’s matron was instrumental in teaching and imparting Christian values to all the children under her care. For me, she was my mentor whom I had the utmost respect.

I enjoyed the friendships made in the Home : living, playing, studying, eating and praying together. I feel that my stay here has built up my character, influence my attitude and lifestyle positively.

My past jobs included working as a car mechanic, general worker in the printing industry and delivery personnel with a courier service.

An opportunity came when I was offered a position in CSLMCH. It was a blessed chance to contribute and serve the Home, and to repay the love and kindness that was given to me.

We are very blessed to have the support of the volunteers, churches, donors, and social workers today as compared to the 1980s. The children now have big brothers and sisters as role models, opportunities to attend enrichment classes and a comprehensive support system to meet their needs.

Though the Home has undergone changes, it maintains the goals of Dr Chen Su Lan who set up the Home in 1968. I am sure the children here will embrace the values and lead positive lives after they leave the Home.

My heartfelt thanks to all the staff, social workers, house-parents for continuing the tradition of giving care, guidance and love to all the children in Chen Su Lan Methodist Children’s Home.

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