I had wanted to post this for a long time but somehow or rather, I just couldn’t find the right opportunity to do so. Right now, with some spare time on hand, I figured I could use this time to finish up this post.
Since I was 16, I knew I wanted to do Missions. It stuck with me all the way till now. The problem was I couldn’t, I didn’t have money and there were all sorts of reasons. In fact, I have never even taken a plane before. Talk about the woes of being young and penniless.
Fast-forward a couple of years, I am now working and finally have some form of financial freedom to do what I have always wanted to do. Initially, it didn’t all start too well, I remembered my opportunity came in 2013. Someone called to informed me that I was selected to go for a mission trip! However as I had only just started working, I didn’t have my leave and I couldn’t take any no-pay leave as well. I remember feeling so down, I wanted to go so badly.. but I was held back by my job.
The right opportunity came last year! It was the mission trip with Ps Bill Wilson to Tondo in Manila. When I knew I was selected to go, I was overjoyed. I was ready to do something for God, I was all ready to help and give my best.
And that mission trip changed me, it opened my eyes to things I have never seen. It wasn’t poverty that scared me; it was the principles, ideals and the mindset of people living in poverty. I remember Pastor Tan Seow How once shared about Poverty. Children might be born into poverty but poverty is never born in them. It is the poverty mindset that is scary and I witnessed it for myself. The bible says this in Ephesians 6:12,
12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age,[a] against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.
I was feeling so helpless; I knew there wasn’t much I could do to help them in their situation. I couldn’t give them money and I certainly cannot feed the entire community. There and then I realised how it is the not materials things we can give to help that matters but it is the changing of mindset and the renewal of the mind that can change their life. Only Jesus can change their life. Our mission is not there to be the heroes that can give them better living condition or a higher standard of living. We are there to bring them hope, the hope of Jesus Christ. It totally changed my mindset about Missions and there were so many take aways from that trip.
More than what I can give, I was inspired to give my best for God. What we have on earth is temporal but the things done for Christ is eternal. Though the little children were living in the slums, they still love God and life with such simplicity. When I see them pray and worship, I could see how passionately in love they were with God.
That started my mission journey, and I went on for another disaster relief trip last year. I was so grateful to be given the opportunity to do so! I can’t wait for the many more trips I am going to go for!
Lastly, all this would not have been possible if not for my Pastors, Pastor How and Pastor Lia. If they had not built Heart of God Church, I would not have my dreams when I was 16 and I will certainly not be ready when the opportunity came. 9 years I was trusted, believed in, trained and then I was able to go out there to make a little difference to the people I met. Now I know I am ready, I am ready to be sent, I am ready to GO!