12 June 2008

M Trip with my 2 girls

Last weekend we went to Bintan with the CG/DG and I brought along my 2 girls. We had planned for an afternoon of teaching English and organising games for the village children. However when we finally reach there we discovered that the kids went to the city. Well, ok, change of plans. I learnt that what was planned may not be what will turn out in the end. Did we get angry? Nope, we learnt to flow along - this is Bintan after all, not demanding Singapore.

The next morning, we finally got to do our planned programs as well as distributing rice to the village people. Many of them were very grateful for our provisions and we were happy too.

While this was a first trip for many of us, I think that we did well, even when things did not go as we planned. We went home inspired and game for a next trip.

Some lessons learnt:
  1. Interpreter is important. Our leader's Bahasa is only 6/10. Our Indonesian maid was a great help. We need to brush up our Bahasa.
  2. Our teaching of English is quite sub-standard. Our play went over them for most parts. It may be better to have 'teach English' to the village kids and 'teach Bahasa' to the CG/DG, and then quiz both sides to see who learnt faster.
  3. We need to build upon this trip and coordinate with the rest of the DGs who are coming to do sustainable projects.
  4. RM is a "low caste" people that few want to work among. Pray that the Lord of the Harvest will indeed send forth His labourers.

My girls did very well in the trip. They did not complain nor vomit nor have diarrhoea. Praise God! Hopefully this will plant a deep seed in them to love His people and excite them to continue in this important and meaningful work.

I have sent out many emails to the folks in church for the next few steps in building this work. Let's see what happens next.

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