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Called to Serve
Many years ago, I went for my first mission trip to Payatas. I thought I could change their world.
Instead, these children changed my outlook the meaning of life.
They taught me how to be thankful for the blessings I have and learn to live simply.
They touched my lives even though I went there expecting to touch theirs.
If you feel called to share your faith and spread the good news, come join us for our next Immersion Experience to Erap and Payatas.
Dates: 11-18 June 2017
Theme: Called to Serve
Trip Briefing: Saturday 25th March 10am
Preparation dates: to be confirmed
Airfare: $400 – $500 (with Cebu Pacific or Jetstar)
Food and Accommodation: $30 per day
Reflection of an Immersion Trip
Before going on the trip, I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect as I had never been on a mission trip before. To be honest, it took a lot of my father’s convincing to finally persuade me to go. However, after the first day, I was touched by the warmth, kindness and happiness of the people there, Even though they have so little in comparison to us; the look of joy on a child’s face as I played with them or read to them is really something I have never experienced before. I realised that it’s the little things in life we take for granted. Street lamps, beds, shower heads and even education. While we dread going to school, they yearn just to have an education. Even though they live a much simpler life than ours, they are still able to find joy in their lives, rarely complaining.This made me think about how wasteful I am in my own life, mindlessly spending money and constantly wasting food. Overall, it changed my perspective on life and I find myself being more conscious about my decisions. It has also spurred me to want to return to make a greater difference in their lives, as they have made a difference in mine.
click here to watch A Singaporean Abroad
In June Channel News Asia visited us in Payatas and Erap and the documentary crew spent some days following myself, the staff and the kids around. While I was the main feature of this documentary, there are many people behind acts29 who have made our organisation what it is today. I call them friends. Friends who believed in my crazy dream to live our lives to serve others… friends who believed like me that every person is a gift – gifted enough to reach out to the other.
On behalf of acts29, I would like to thank the executive producer Christopher Hale, the local producer Nica Patotee and her inspiring crew for capturing our story.
We have only just started our journey and there’s much more to be done. If you have read about us or watched this episode A Singaporean Abroad and would like to help us help others, do drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Documentary – a Singaporean Abroad
Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good stewards responsible for all these varied graces of God, put it at the service of others. 1 Peter 4:10
A few years ago, I did not think of returning to Payatas because I remembered the time when I was there. No food to eat, easily get sick and very skinny. But I realized that I want to give back to the kids in Payatas through helping them since I came from there. I want to help and teach the children who are not schooling the best I can.
When I went back to Payatas with Dominic, I saw the changes to the community. It became worse than before, such as there’s a lot of street children and in every place that we passed by garbage is everywhere.
Honestly, I don’t know what I will teach them. I just pray to God to give me wisdom and show me what to do. When I saw the children waiting on the street for us, I saw myself in them when I was young. I realise that God did not forsake me. I was very thankful because he heard my prayer which is to help me and my brothers survive the obstacles in front of us.
I know the children were very happy when they saw us because their dreams will be fulfilled even in this simple activity. I started to have my own dreams from such simple activities when I was studying in Paaralang Pantao (School for Humanity). I was surprised when three of the children called me “Teacher” after I taught them. I told them my story- how I was like them before. Some of the children were quiet while some laughed when they heard that I was once a street kid and scavenger child. But I am not ashamed of my past. I am proud of who I am because I gradually reached my dreams and because of it I have the courage to finish elementary school and get to high school and serve others as far as I can.
I want to use my knowledge to teach, help and share to the other people especially those children/people who are not/did not go to school. Because sharing the things you have is a big help to the people who really need it. I felt very happy and humbled because even though they are only a small child they still want to learn. I enjoy teaching them. Even though some cannot speak English, they still try. One kid caught my attention. Even at her very young age she shows willingness and determination to learn. She is Christine Rose Janoras. She is just 4 years old.
I want to teach them more and give all my effort for them to have more knowledge that they can use for their future.
by Jay-ar Dolloso