The 504-page book is a chronology of the Brethren movement in Singapore since it was founded 150 years ago. The beginnings can be traced to the arrival of an English businessman, Mr Philip Robinson. In 1857, he set foot in Singapore and a year later, founded Robinson & Company, which still exists today. By the early 1860s, the Robinson home was opened to believers for Bible study and fellowship. The desire for a public Christian witness grew among the saints, and so on 3 July 1864, the Missions Room was opened at 108 Bencoolen Street, followed on 30 September 1866 by Bethesda Chapel at 77 Bras Basah Road.
From such humble beginnings, the Brethren churches have grown over the past 150 years and help Singapore Brethren discover and appreciate their rich legacy and shared beliefs. Besides the historical account, the book also includes contributions from Brethren members reflecting on missions and outreach and contemporary issues and perspectives.
Author: Tong Suit Chee