Missions for young and old
In 2013, there was a mission team which was made up of many youths for whom it was the first time they went on a mission trip. Their trip on 2 – 10 Dec took them to the Philippines and they did many marvellous things for the Lord including delousing children’s hair, offering dental assistance, as well as engaging in a three-day vacation-bible-school type of outreach. Through it all, they learned to appreciate the comforts of home. They also saw God’s faithfulness and last but least, they admired His handiwork especially during the R & R.
The team also consisted of many older members who found wonderful things to do for the Lord. It was especially encouraging to team members when the elders – Eld Prasad and Eld Paul Tsao joined the Cambodian teams. Below are the testimonies of some of our youths from the Philippines team. Please also enjoy the photos.
As this was the first time I went on a mission trip, I did not know what to expect. With the adversities facing the Philippines in the month leading up to the trip I felt a little insecure, but I went with faith that God will guide us through. Undoubtedly, God’s mercy could be felt throughout the trip, especially in the way He withheld any bad weather as we meted out treatment to the children in Ibaba Elementary School. Although some of us fell sick, His healing hand could be felt. We all had much fun during the R&R period at the end of the trip!
One of the most impactful segments of the trip was how we had a short spiritual retreat on just the second day, even before the mission work began. This served to boost our faith and bring our focus onto God for the trip, and to set our minds to glorify Him in our work. In that session, we wrote down our fears and expectations for the mission work. On the last night of the trip, we reviewed those fears and realized that we did not even have to worry about them, having witnessed God’s power and provision for us. It was an apt ending to the mission trip, indeed an experience that changed our understanding of who God is for the youth and adults alike.
Nightly devotional sessions were also timely reminders on what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ. These devotionals also gave us assurances on the rewards that we can gain from being faithful disciples. I recalled a devotion which referred to John 14:27: Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. These words of comfort underline how God will give us peace always, as He will give us peace and strength to anyone who sets out to do His work.
Aw Jie Shi
Like many other youths, this Philippines mission trip was my first mission trip I’ve been to. Before embarking on this trip, I had doubts and was not sure on what to do. Thankfully, the Filipino medical/dental team and the adults briefed us well and with the knowing that God would be with us through it all, everything was smooth-sailing.
One of the most amazing things which happened during the trip was when we were delousing the children. It started to rain, and the children were running about in the attempt to avoid getting drenched. I then closed my eyes and prayed for the weather to be calm so that the delousing could be done quickly, and when I opened my eyes, I saw that the rain had stopped. I was even more thankful, when later we were told that the delousing area was the only area in the school compound where there is no rain. It brings joy to our hearts to be constantly reminded of our loving God, who can bring showers of blessings (literally!) or He can stop the showers. Both are encouragement to His children!
I’ve taken back many lessons from this mission trip, and the most important one was having Faith. To many people, faith is simply hanging by our lips – we talk about it, attempt to convince others of it, but we do not practise it in our lives. This mission trip forced us to practise our faith, and to know the beauty of trusting God in every activity we are involved in.
Besides knowing that God was with us throughout the trip, we could also see Him during our Rest & Recreation. The stars at the beach resort we stayed at were aplenty and the sunrise was glorious, reminding me of the verse:
Isaiah 40:26 Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number: he calleth them all by names by the greatness of his might, for that he is strong in power; not one faileth.
Indeed, “behold who hath created these things”. He is One we should trust not only through a mission trip, but through all our lives. This mission trip has allowed me to grow a lot, be it literally and spiritually. I thank God for this opportunity and I do encourage others to join in other mission trips as well!
Pua Wei Sheng
The Philippines Mission Trip was truly an eye opener for first timers like me. I really felt that this trip made me realise God’s blessings in our lives.
I remember on the third day of the work at Ibaba Elementary School, I was actually sick and caught a high fever. During that time, I lost my appetite and felt very weak. I ended up having to rest at the homestay so as to recover from my fever. I felt miserable and wanted to go to the school to minister to the children there. But how God blessed me with Elder Sim, our in-house doctor! who stayed back with me. There he was beside me and he shared the gospel with me, I eventually said the sinners’ prayer and I recovered a few hours later. I would like to thank God for His blessings and His healing hand upon me.
This mission trip has undoubtedly been a fulfilling one for me, as I was really made to step out of my comfort zone. It provided many novel experiences such as seeing my very first louse, learning how to prepare an injection needle, trying the famed Jollibee chicken for the first time and interacting with children who speak a language vastly different from mine … and the list goes on!!!!
I have also learnt to commit my expectations and plans to God as He is the one who knows what is best for us. I feel very fortunate to have been a part of the trip to the Philippines and hope to return in the future.
Ang Min Wei
It was truly a great privilege to be able to go on this mission trip that has probably changed my life. It has taught me what it means to truly let go and let God take control. The Filipino team has taught me what it means to work hard, be still and commit it all to the Lord. This mission trip is the best it can be: it is planned well and yes, people of all ages, please go for mission trips in future! I assure you it’s something worthwhile.
Chew Hui En
The Philippines mission trip has been a fruitful one for me. I really thank God for the opportunity to be able to get to know the people in church better and have the time to relax and enjoy all of God’s creations.
At first, a mission trip seemed daunting to me because I have never been to one but after the trip, I realised how much God has blessed me, both spiritually and physically. Being in an affluent country like Singapore has caused me to take things for granted and I thank God that during this trip, I learnt that we have so many blessings to be thankful for.
During the trip, I’ve also been reminded of the importance of putting God first in our lives. Not only is He the one in control of everything in our lives, He is the one who can lift us up when we are down. No matter what situation we are in, God is always there to lead and guide us. Through the trip, I’ve seen how God has allowed all things to work for His glory and it is through His intervention that everything worked together for good. Though we were exhausted at the end of each day, we were truly enriched by all the experiences.
Notes made by Bro. Kua Kok Leong
1. What were the highlights of the mission trip?
KL> Serving the Lord with one spirit among young & old who come from different upbringing & cultural background.
2. What lessons did you learn from this trip?
KL> Trust God that He is in control and He hears our prayer.
2) I can survive without watching TV for 10 days.
3. What could have been done better?
KL> Improve daily communication to the team on expectation.
2) Exercise more love and patience in the midst of any misunderstanding.
3) Clarify issues on the spot. Don’t bear grudges.
4. Would you recommend others to go for a mission trip?
KL> Yes. It is a privilege to serve the Lord when we still have the means and strength. Eccl 12:1 – Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth
Upcoming Mission Trips:
- A. Cambodian Mission trip (10-13, Nov 2014)
- B. Philippines Mission Trip (1-10 Dec 2014)
Pray for those who are organising these trips. Pray that the programme will be firmed up and the Lord appoint the New Lifers who will be part of the mission teams.
Matthew 28: 18 – 20
18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.