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A Statement from Pastor Kong Hee

August 24, 2019

Church, thank you so much for your love and your very warm welcome. This is the only time you will hear from me for a while.

Having been away since 2017, it feels really surreal to be reunited with my family, especially my parents, siblings, in-laws, and all of you again.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to stand before you today and to say, from the bottom of my heart, that I am very sorry for everything that has happened. I was convicted by the Court for criminal breach of trust. I have served my sentence, and today I find myself humbled. I want all of you to know that I am so sorry for any pain, anxiety, disappointment or grief that you have suffered because of me.

The last few years have been very difficult and painful for me, and for everyone involved. But these years have also been really precious. I have learned to love and appreciate God, my family, my friends, and the Church more than ever before. I am so grateful that the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ has been abundantly sufficient and ever-present.

I want to thank all of you for your unconditional love, and for the steadfast support shown towards those nearest and closest to me—always reaching out, helping, and praying for them.

Thank you for your resilience, your faithfulness, and your love towards God in spite of the pain, trauma, and disappointment you had to go through. Thank you for not giving up. Thank you for staying back to rebuild the Church with the leadership. I am forever in your debt.

Please allow me some time to re-adjust back to a normal life again. My immediate priority is to reconnect with those at home. I have missed out a significant part of my son's growing-up years with the long-drawn Court trial and incarceration. My absence has also pained my parents deeply. Now that they are already in their 90s, I wish to be a filial son and take care of them, and catch up for all the time we have lost.

I am, however, also really looking forward to renewing my friendship and fellowship with you soon. I thank you all for your very kind understanding and patience with me.

Once again, thank you for making me feel so welcome today. I hope to serve together with you in this house of God in the many, many years to come.

Thank you for loving me, and God bless you all.