Have been really busy the past few months and its been a long while since my last post…! Recently, I went on a Disaster Relief trip to Myanmar with a few of my friends in church to provide relief aid to all the poor villagers who have lost their homes due to a severe flood and a cyclone that hit them. It was my first time going overseas to provide disaster relief and I must say that, it was really really a life changing trip for me. so… allow me to share more about it with you guys! (Pictures speak louder than words! :P)
Haha this is me trying to blacktape my boots. Lol it gave way even before we flew off to Myanmar.
After a night in Yangon, we took a domestic plane to Kalaymyo, the affected area to begin our missions work!
Our lorry got stuck and we had to push it out of the mud that was softened by the floods.
Over the few days, we travelled to 4 different villages to help close to 1000 families. Many of them were living in tents as their homes were destroyed by the floods.
Here comes the best parts of the trip!
So much fun and laughter playing with the children!
Praying for the children.. I could still remember the presence of God in that classroom…
Sharing about David and Goliath with the children!
Before the start of Praise! (in Burmese haha)
The smiles of the children 🙂
To me, it was a really special trip because I know in my heart that more than just relief goods, we brought the love of God to the people. They might never remember us or our names because relief aid organisations just come and go, but I’m very sure that they will remember the joy and laughter and the love of God that we brought to them through the games, praise and worship, sharing and the skit!
I remembered many times during the trip, the children dashed towards us, and grabbed our hands when they saw that we have sweets and goodies for them. Some even asked for more sweets or simply just snatched more sweets off our hands. Maybe to some, its just normal for children to be excited over sweets or that they are just greedy. But from my perspective, perhaps to them, every sweet represents a hope. That someone remembers them and bothered to fly all the way from Singapore just to love them with sweets…I mean what relief aid organisations do is just to send supplies to the villagers and take care of their physical needs. But that’s not our aim. We wanted to take care and meet their emotional, mental and even spiritual needs as well.
Now that I am back in Singapore, back to my daily routines in life, sometimes I still think of the villagers, especially the children. But I know that God is with them. Psalm 46:1 speaks so clearly about their situation. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” I know that God will be their refuge and their strength.
Recently, Pastor Tan Seow How also launched “Heart of God Church Missions 2016″ during service. This meant that there will be much more missions opportunities coming up very soon! WOOHOO! Pastor also shared that “The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity.” I’m just so thankful to be in a church with such a global and others-centred mindset.
All in all, through this trip, I guessed I have fully understood the bible verse “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. Also, I believe that its not going to be my last mission trip haha! So so excited for what is to come in the future!