From the 28th of December 2015 to 4th February 2016, I attended the Residential Bible School is also known as RBS. This is a five and a half-week school (majority of which was held in Tanah Rata, Cameron Highlands).
This school literally cuts you off from the world with the objective of limiting distractions and to focus on your relationship with God. That also meant no handphones and gadgets. We were, however, able to contact our parents & close friends from time to time using a common “RBS phone,” which all 48 of us student would have to share.
About the school, there are a total of 48 classes altogether. The classes were very relevant and very eye-opening to me because of the mix of theoretical and practical learning.
For example, in the “Sharing Your Faith” class, which was taught by our principal, Colin Kirton, we were taught how to share our faith using the basic elements of the Gospel, and how not to miss the important parts out. Then, in class, we had to practice by running through sharing the gospel with our fellow students.
After that, the entire student body were divided into smaller groups of pairs and threes and we were sent into the streets of Tanah Rata and Brinchang (Cameron Highlands) to evangelise to the people in the town. So, I didn’t just learn how to do it, I actually did it!
Next is what we called “lectio divina” or for most of you, quiet time/devotion. We have our “lectio” everyday after a time of worship. We would go off to our own corners of the campsite’s compound and there, we really get connected with God and disconnected from everything and everyone around us.
During this time, we dive into His word with a particular passage given and then meet with the rest again for a time of communal sharing. At the sharing, anyone can volunteer to share what they’ve meditated on, learnt or share something God spoke to them about during their devotion.
I find this very encouraging because as others share their journey with God, it motivates me to also build my relationship with God.
RBS has been a great place for me to grow in the Lord and to be closer to Him, especially after completing my Form 5.
One of the highlights for me in my RBS journey is how I was pushed to step out of my comfort zone.
This happened when we were sent with our mission teams to the Orang Asli villages – first, during one of the weekends and then, during my mission trip week to Bentong, Pahang.
At the Orang Asli village, I was forced to be outdoors, near jungles, which is definitely something I am not comfortable with.
I must say, though, that I am glad that the Lord pushed me because if I wasn’t, I wouldn’t have experienced the amazing things God wanted to teach me.
I graduated on February 4, 2016, and will definitely cherish the memories I had and the people I experienced them with for a long long time!
So if there are any post-Form 5 or Form 6 students out there who would like to attend RBS, don’t hesitate getting this one-in-a-lifetime experience.