Reflection of an Immersion Trip
They have a made a difference in my life
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.
I know it would be so cliché to say that I had an eye opening experience. It’s true in every way and I would add on that my first mission trip has nourish my inner soul. I remember before the trip started, we had to reflect about what we hoped to achieve from this trip. And I was hoping that this experience would give me some meaning and reason for my existence. Now that it’s over, I’m only thinking how can I give back to the people in Payatas. This would not be my last trip for sure. The people I encountered there and went on the mission trip together; the warmth, the sincerity and the stories I hear. They all left me feeling small. But I’m confident that some day when the scholars will be able to contribute back to their society, to their country and to a part of our world. Don’t procrastinate and think too much, just do it. Reach out and offer your helping hand to the children and people, that’s what I want to do now onwards. 🙂
“It was heartwarming to know that whatever little help and kindness we gave to the scholars, street kids and the people of Erap and Payatas will be rays of hope to them. Mission work is rewarding to all concerned. Faith, Hope and Charity!”