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Fresh Thoughts To Free You From Fear

We believe light shines brighter in the darkness. No matter the source of your pain, we believe there is hope for you. 

To encourage you we want to bring you fresh thoughts and perspectives that will encourage you to find meaning and purpose as you negotiate crises, suffering and despair. The Hope Beyond Crisis blog features writers and leaders from all walks of life sharing the hope they have found.

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One is not such a lonely number when we are all part of the one body of the church of Jesus Christ, Daniel James tells us.

Count Your Blessings!

A timely reminder by Violet James that it is by the Lord's power and grace that we achieve great things, we cannot do it through our efforts

Why is God Silent?

Do you sometimes feel that God is not listening to your prayers? Davidson James asks us to keep the faith, God is at work for our good.

Serving the Least

'What can you and I do, to serve others as Jesus did, asks Jonathan Cortes of us, in these Covid-19 times? What will be your answer?

Friendship -An Eternal Bond

Matt Hall shows us the power of deep friendships, but also the pain if we lose them. Call on God to keep our friendships strong and lasting

The Power of Humble Leaders

There has never been a leader like Jesus , before or since, and Ray Dallin points to His genuine humility that made Him so special.

Going the Extra Mile (Part 2)

When we think we've given enough Geoff Folland reminds us to be like Boaz and reach out to others and give that little bit more

Feeling God’s Pain

The world is in pain today with Covid-19, and Jonathan Cortes reminds us that Jesus feels our pain, just as he did when he was on Earth

A Long Obedience

Lets serve the Lord without fanfare, without expecting praises from anyone, and we will be truly blessed by the Lord, says Geoff Foland.

Have I wasted my life?

Davidson James poses the question, are we pursuing Godly riches or earthly riches? Let's keep our Christian walk in perspective.

Our God Sings!

God loves to hear us sing, and Violet James points us to verses in the Bible confirming this. So let's sing to him at every opportunity!

Power from Heaven

Jon Cortes reminds us we are all called on to use the gifts that God has given us so that through His strength we can reach out to others.

El Camino – The Way (part 3)

Siga Shagran completes part 3 of his journey with Christ, taking him from a life lost in total crisis, to placing his utter trust in Jesus.

El Camino – The Way (part 2)

In part 2 Siga Shagran describes how God, through Jesus, lifted him up and out of the depths of his sinful nature, as He did to Apostle Paul

Autonomous or ‘Christonomous’?

Relying on our own strength rather than Jesus' strength is foolishness. Ps. Matt Hall asks us to always be ‘Christonomous’ not autonomous.

Witness to the truth

Daniel James says now is the time to be a witness to those who do not know Jesus as their Lord and saviour in this Covid19 afflicted world.

Peace, Power & Proclamation

Be encouraged by the life of a once staunch Hindu Dr G D James, who received Jesus after a vision, as told by his daughter Dr Violet James.

What type of life?

A timely reminder by Davidson James that going our own way from God's path will leave us high and dry, bereft of the living water of God

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Dr Jonathan James is the President of AEF International, a mission organisation with 200 staff members in 10 countries in Asia and beyond. Jonathan is a graduate of the University of Singapore and holds an M.A. in Telecommunication and Media from Columbia College (USA), an M.A. in Biblical Studies from Talbot Theological Seminary (USA) and a PhD in International Communications from Edith Cowan University in Australia.

He served as the Associate Pastor of the well-known Swanston Street Church of Christ (Melbourne, Australia). Dr. James has preached and conducted seminars in several Asian countries, USA and Canada and is the author of a few books.



Dr Ray Dallin has extensive experience in Marketing and management and Christian School ministry.  His work experience includes: eight years as Executive Director of Kingsway Christian College, six years as CEO of Rehoboth Christian College and four years as Emeritus Principal of Sheridan College.

Dr Ray Dallin holds a Doctorate in Education, EdD and a Master of Commerce, M. Com from the University of Western Australia (UWA) and a Bachelor of Commerce, B. Com (Hons) degree from the University of Alberta, Canada. He has been the Chairman of the board of AEF International since 2000.



Pastor Matt Hall is a part time Co-Pastor of the Scarborough Baptist Church in Perth, Australia and gifted in the areas of expository preaching and pastoral care. Educated in Canada, UK and Australia, Pastor Matt has a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from Perth Bible College. He has had extensive social work experience working with marginalised communities and has served in mission boards and ministry movements in the UK.

In 2019, he was appointed the International Training Director and Australian Director of AEF International and in this role, he heads up the Asia College of Ministry (ACOM) which has centres in Malaysia, Nepal, Myanmar and Indonesia. 



Dr Daniel James, a medical Doctor serving in Wallarroo, South Australia, is an experienced Church planter and pastor of the Wallaroo Bible Fellowship in, Australia. He founded a church in a place quite resistant to the Gospel but through prayer and perseverance he has reached many for Christ and baptised many people of all walks of life. He is also deeply involved in mission work with Armenian Christian Mission in Armenia and with the Christian Mission International Aid (CMIAID) in Moldova. 

Son of the well-known evangelist, the late Dr G D James, Dr Daniel James is a Bible teacher and conference speaker with giftings in expository preaching and pastoral care.



Dr Violet James has been a professor at Singapore Bible College teaching Church History and World Religions until her recent retirement when she was appointed Alumni Advisor and Adjunct Lecturer. Dr Violet James is also associated with the Yio Chu Kang Chapel in Singapore where she is a Pastoral Worker.

She is a graduate of Wheaton College (USA) and the University of Aberdeen (Scotland) where she completed her PhD under Professor Andrew Walls.



Dr Charles W Slack lives in Perth, Australia. He studied at Princeton University in the USA with a PhD in Psychology. He then became an Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Harvard University in USA. At the age of 50, Charles had an amazing encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ which changed his life and future career.

He is still serving the Lord in his nineties having useful conversations with people and sharing with others the goodness of God



Jonathan is currently the Director of Special Projects (East Asia/South Asia) in AEF International. Based in Singapore, Mr Cortes previously served in various mission organisations. He has a Master’s degree in Urban & Regional Planning and an International Diploma in Restorative Justice from Queens University, Canada.


He is also a member of the lay leadership core team of the Filipino congregation of Bethesda Bedok Tampines Church (BBTC) and NetFil – a nation-wide fellowship of Filipino ministries in Singapore.



Geoff Folland has been a university chaplain in Sydney since 1995. He leads the Power to Change at the University of Sydney and the University of Notre Dame.

Geoff's background was Accounting before stepping into his ministry call. Geoff has a Masters of Divinity from Denver Seminary and has a ministry of teaching, evangelism and discipleship.

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Davidson James is a practising Solicitor and a lay preacher in Sydney, Australia. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Singapore, a Masters in Law from the University of Tasmania and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Taxation from Monash University. 

Davidson has been a legal advisor to several churches and Christian Organisations. He serves on the Board of Every Home and the G D James Foundation.  



Benjamin is a speaker and an author with a mission of helping people live out their ultimate purpose in a fulfilling way. Previously he served as Executive Vice President of Singapore Exchange.

He holds an MBA in marketing and finance from the Loyola University in Chicago. Benjamin also completed graduate studies in New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School after graduating in theology from Moody Bible Institute.



Siga, whose name in Spanish translates to the command form for “follow”, now lives out his journey with his wife Barbara and son Hugo in Singapore. 

His early life was marked with eventful voyages with the merchant marines. He found therapy through performance theatre in New York & the Czech Republic and writes songs adapted from the Psalms. 

An aficionado of Eugene H. Peterson and Jazz greats - Miles Davis and John Coltrane; when not cooking for the family, or taking long cold walks in Glasgow or rambling on Santa Monica beaches, Siga works for a bank.



Cheng  Eng Hwa started his pastoral ministry in Singapore in 1986 and was ordained in 1996. He now spends time with others as a spiritual companion and accompanies those who engage in Ignatius’ Spiritual Exercises.



Daniel Trihandarkha is passionate in preaching and teaching the words of God. He encourages young people to dig deep into the words of God to discover God's plan for the world. He is the Chairman of the Churches of Christ of Indonesia, and  lives in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

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