Very often, overseas mission participants encounter skeptics who say, "What can you do in a one week mission?" Some mission participants may also have such self-doubts. I think it is necessary for me to clarify and reassure everyone that even in a short one week mission, we, as a body of Christ have touched the lives of many, bringing them joy, happiness, hope and encouragement, through our interaction with the girls in the homes, the kindergarten children, the tuition children, Fr Charles' street children from the slums, the many parents and kids who received medical attention, the families whose houses we rebuilt, the families whom we visited and distributed love parcels, etc.
In tangible terms, we imparted new skills and knowledge to the girls in the homes during English lessons, Ready-For-Work preparation, computer lessons, Catechism sessions, sewing lessons, baking classes and the human trafficking video. It may be only a week of learning but the girls would have been exposed to new possibilities that they can leverage on for continued learning.
This is a special sharing from Sr Rosalyne who spent a week with some special people during the ACTS Myanmar mission.
This self-initiated project by a group of young 13 year olds is an inheritance of the Apostle’s spirit despite their age. How proud the parents must be!
This project is titled Project Mingalabar, which means ‘Hello’ in Burmese.
There are seven girls in our group, Tan Junn Faye, Andrea Nelson, Clarinda Ong, Amanda Yap, Rebekah Seow, Vivienne Teo and myself. We are from CHIJ St Nicholas Girls’ School Sec 2 and we spent the latter half of 2014 completing this project.
The aim was to raise money to help the Salesian Sisters build a kindergarten in Yangon.
The Salesian Sisters saw the need for education, human promotion and development of youth, especially of children and young women, particularly in the area of women and youth education, primary education and skills training. Read more at their website >