RBS 2021 APPLICATION INSTRUCTIONS
PLEASE READ CAREFULLY BEFORE COMPLETING FORM!
RBS is a 6-week long Christian discipleship school for youth who have just completed their Form 5 or Form 6, or are on break from college or university. It is run by the Brethren Assemblies of Malaysia as a ministry of Inter Brethren Assemblies (IBA) Youth Development with a three-fold goal of:
INSPIRING you to a heartfelt and committed devotion to God;
INSTRUCTING you in His Word in the fundamentals of your faith, so that you might grow to become a mature, thinking Christian rather than a spoon-fed one;
INVOLVING you in practical service for God through the missions trips.
RBS is run in the format of a school rather than a camp. It is designed to be a memorable once-in-a-lifetime experience, where the focus is on discipleship based on the Word of God as the foundation for all aspects of our life. As such, applicants must meet the minimum prerequisites, which are:
a born-again believer;
recommended by the leaders of his/her local church;
willing to study hard and complete all assignments, participate in all RBS activities, and abide by the RBS rules as directed by the Principal.
The classroom component of RBS will be conducted at the Highlands Christian Centre in Cameron Highlands. The practical missions component requires participants to travel in groups to various locations around Peninsular Malaysia, where their ministry base will be the local Brethren churches. The final 5 days and Graduation Ceremony will be held in Petaling Jaya. Students must attend the entire duration of the school (exception provided only for family emergencies and scholarship/ entrance interviews).
A good standard of behaviour and adherence to the rules will be expected from you.
Note also that though you may bring a handphone with you so that you can use it while you travel, you will be required to surrender it to the staff for the entire duration of the school. Communal phones for the use of students will be made available during selected periods in the day during the course of the school.
The fee for attending RBS is as follows:
RM1,500 per person for applicants from Brethren churches (You will be required to pay RM750. The balance of RM750 will be paid by your church.)
RM1,800 per person for applicants from non-Brethren churches
(The difference in the fees above reflects the subsidy given by IBA to students from Brethren churches, as IBA is primarily funded by contributions from those churches. Applicants from non-Brethren churches pay a fee that is closer to the actual cost of the school per student. Parents of Brethren applicants who are financially more than able to bear the full cost of the fees are encouraged to consider reimbursing the church portion of the fees (RM750) directly to the church itself in order to ease the financial burden of the sending church.)
The fee covers all materials, accommodation and food during the length of the school, personal accident insurance and transport to and from your mission trip destinations. The fee does not cover your own transportation to Cameron Highlands at the start of RBS and your transportation home from PJ after RBS ends (which you will have to organise on your own). You will also need to bring some spending money for other expenses you may incur during RBS (e.g. laundry, own food, book purchases, etc), typically in the region of RM100-200. Please take note that all students are required to purchase one book (approximately RM40) for a book report during RBS. If you are sending your clothes for laundry, you should typically allocate about RM40 for this in total.
Financial constraints should not stand in the way of those who truly desire to attend RBS. Contact your church leaders, or our school administrator at the contact below, and we will see what we can do to help you out.
Applications involve 4 parts:
Part A: Student application – completed by the student
Part B: Church leader’s endorsement – completed by the student’s youth leader or church leader
Part C: Parental consent letter – completed by the student’s parent or guardian
Part D: Payment transaction slip upload – proof of payment of your fee
You should complete Part A online. Give yourself adequate time to do this – 20-30 mins approximately. You will also need to include a short testimony as to how you came to know Christ in your life as your Saviour and Lord, so you might want to prepare this beforehand to save yourself time when filling out the application form.
You should then inform your youth leader or church leader of your intention to attend RBS and let them know that they need to complete Part B online to endorse your attendance.
You should also download and print Part C, which then needs to be completed and signed by your parent or guardian and posted by regular mail to:
RBS 2021 (c/o May Lee Hilmy)
33 Lorong Burhanuddin Helmi 11
Taman Tun Dr Ismail
60000 KUALA LUMPUR
A hand-signed physical copy of this letter is required for it to be legally binding.
Finally, your RBS fee should be paid by direct bank transfer to Maybank 5140 5761 4292 (Residential Bible School). In view of the uncertainties surrounding RBS 2021, we have decided to only start collecting fees one month before the school starts, to minimise the need for refunds. This amount is RM750 for students from Brethren churches and RM1,800 for students from non-Brethren churches. Send us a soft-copy of the transaction slip via Part D of your application process.
Parts A, B and C of your application must be received by the closing date. Incomplete applications may be rejected. Part D must be received before the school starts.
If for any reason you are unable to complete your application online, please contact us and we will send you a hardcopy to complete.
After submission of Parts A and D, you should receive an email confirming receipt of your submission. If you do not receive this email within 24 hours of your submission (and you have double-checked in your spam folder!), please contact us immediately to notify us.
Application does not mean acceptance. You will receive a letter from us shortly after the closing date to inform you if your application has been accepted or rejected.
Preference will be given to youth from Brethren churches in Malaysia. Non-Brethren youth may apply but will only be accepted on a standby basis. After the closing date, any remaining places will be allocated to non-Brethren applicants on a first-come-first-served basis. If places still remain thereafter, any latecomers will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis regardless of their denominational affiliation.
For any further information or clarification, please contact our school administrator May Lee Hilmy at 016-240-6444 or email