News & Events
News & Events
Neo, Executive Director of Breakthrough Missions celebrated his happy 70th birthday
on 8 Nov. In his opening remark he choked with emotion as he said, “There is no
Simon Neo without God!” He went on to say, “This is the first time I have such
a birthday celebration in my 39 years with Breakthrough Missions. I thank my
wife, children, colleagues, all the leaders, brothers and sisters in Christ for
organising this occasion. When my wife and I embarked on this journey of
serving the Lord we knew that it would arduous. The only reason we could
persevere till today is our faith and belief that God would provide all our
needs. He loves ex-addicts like us. He died for us and paid a heavy ransom for
our redemption. Therefore I offer my life to God to be used as His instrument
and follow His self-sacrificing example to accomplish the mission of love that
He has entrusted me. On behalf of my family I’d like to thank you for your
presence. I do not feel lonely on this journey of service for I have your
company and your encouragement. Praise the Lord! All glory and honour to Jesus
Several leaders and brothers of Breakthrough Missions shared their feelings of gratitude that evening. Some were accepted by Pastor Simon when they had nowhere to go, and some were raging and wanted to leave Breakthrough when he counselled them with love and calmed them down. All the leaders, staff and brothers of Breakthrough presented a trophy to Pastor Simon as a token of their appreciation.
All the guests, together with the two advisers of Breakthrough Missions, Retired Archbishop Rev Dr John Chew and Bishop Emeritus Rev Dr Chong Chin Chung, offered prayers of blessing for Pastor Simon Neo.
Ribbon Community Arts Festival this year was launched on 4 Nov.
Pastor Simon Neo, Executive Director of Breakthrough Missions, attended the festival and the Breakthrough choir also sang on stage to express their wholehearted support for the Yellow Ribbon Project and its effort in building a caring and inclusive society.
The main feature of the Yellow Ribbon Community Arts Festival was the exhibition of works of art created by inmates and some of the beautiful poems they wrote.
3 brothers from
Breakthrough Koh Thong Guan, Lee Wai Weng
and Sin Peng Chua attended the Yellow Ribbon Awards
2022 held at the Star Performing Arts Centre and received their awards from Mrs Josephine Teo,
Minister for Communications and Information & Second Minister for Home
In her speech, Minister Josephine Teo mentioned that these Overcomers are ex-offenders who have remained crime-free for at least 3 years, and some, for more than 30 years… “They have found a new meaning to life and a conviction that they too, can give back to society. They are not only on the receiving end, they have a second chance, to give as well. Today, these Overcomers are volunteering for social or environmental causes, paying it forward with their own time and effort to help others.”
The 3 brothers who received the Advocate of Second Chances (Overcomer)- Silver awards are touched by the recognition for their effort to pay it forward to the community.
“I’m grateful for the Yellow Ribbon award, which encourages me a lot! It is the almighty power of the Lord Jesus and the disciplined and healthy life training at Breakthrough which transformed me and helped me to integrate into the society again.” Koh Thong Guan came to Breakthrough in 2014 and has since successfully kicked his gambling addiction of 40 years. He is now one of the staff in charge of the landscaping team and is contributing back to the community.
“It’s my greatest achievement thus far, I thank the Lord Jesus for transforming me and the staff and leaders of Breakthrough for journeying with me on this road of recovery.” Lee Wai Weng joined Breakthrough in 2016 and spent 7 years to overcome his drug addiction, he is now serving in the Breakthrough Café and is also an active member of the prison ministry.
“This is the first time in my life to receive this award. As I watched the testimony video clip on the screen on how we overcame our challenges and forged a new beginning, I was overwhelmed! I live not just for myself; our families and those whom we love are just as crucial. So now, I do not only live for myself but also to glorify God.” Sin Peng Chua arrived at Breakthrough in 2014, after he successfully kicked his drug addiction he made up his mind to walk with God, to partner and journey with other Breakthrough brothers with love and care.