Re-imagine – The Youth

A few of our youth took up the challenge to embark on their very first mission trip. This experience was new for some, but yet it affirmed that age is a not a limiting factor when one avails themselves to be used by God. We took some time to interview them regarding their experiences and here are their answers:

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VICTOR LAI

Education: Mass Communication
Experience: First Mission Trip
Location: Youth Camp at Nha Trang, Vietnam
Duration: 7 days 6 nights
Role: Facilitate ice-breakers and share testimony.

10488292_10152575284989521_4877562136691365930_nWhat expectations did you have before the mission trip?
Hearing from people who came back from mission trips sharing how God worked through them, I embarked on this trip having the expectation that God will use me as His vessel. Furthermore, I was going with a bunch of people who served in ministry, it was certainly going to be an impactful trip!

What was one of the major things that caught your eye there?
It was the hospitality provided by the Vietnam team, like how the HSG team would be a host during Project Barnabas. Except this time, we were at the receiving end of it, which felt great. This made me feel that the scale of our church’s hospitality has left an impact around the world.
What was one moment you enjoyed during this mission trip?
One moment I enjoyed was the “holiday” part – the short window to relax and enjoy Vietnam.I enjoyed the shopping, the talks over the coffee, the food—Banh Mi (“subway” sandwich), Pho (Beef Noodle). Vietnam Coffee. Awesome Food + Friends = Winning experience.

How has this mission trip impacted you as a person?
I felt more confident after this trip, experiencing God using me in ways I never expected. The testimony I shared inspired someone and the ice-breakers I planned created a fun atmosphere. From a place of disbelief, I can now say I believe God can use me.

JASMINE CHEAH

Education: Secondary School
Location: Pampanga, Philippines
Duration: 10 days 9 nights.
Role: Keyboardist

10321711_10152275219968645_3468976055037358423_oWhat expectations did you have before the mission trip?
I was not expecting much, except to see the presence of God in other parts of the world. I wanted to know what God is doing in our global churches, and this simply gave me the conviction to go for this mission trip.

What was one of the major things that caught your eye there?
The hospitality – the people there were so friendly and outgoing. The services were so memorable – the people there have a deep love and were passionate for God. Worshipping with them gave us a sense of unity. It didn’t matter if we were adults or youth, we are one family with one purpose, which is to give God praise.

After completing the mission trip, what was some of the experience that you gained that you brought back with you?
It is the sense of joy and freedom to be able to praise God in whatever way I want without caring about the people around me. Worshipping there became a personal experience between God and I. The experience of worship left a mark on me, and I would want to bring that experience back to our church.

What was one moment you enjoyed during this mission trip?
My favourite moment was during the prison ministry. I remembered a statement mentioned there, “people who are physically locked up are spiritually free, and those who were physically free are spiritually locked up”. Lives were changed because of the pastors. To be able to see the love of the pastors for the people, truly reminded me why I love God and the church.

How has this mission trip impacted you as a person?
Being able to see lives changed personally proved that God’s love was so apparent and amazing. I was able to bring back with me so much more than I had ever expected. The bond with the people, the church, the local food, and many more great experiences made the entire mission trip an amazing one.

BAILEY WOON

Education: College Student
Location: Pampanga, Philippines
Duration: 10 days 9 nights.
Role: Sound Crew

What expectation did you have before the mission trip?
Expectations were one of the things I was oblivious of, but I constantly kept an open mind as much as possible. This is my first mission trip and I did not know what to expect of it, just a constant faith that this mission trip would be a fun and mind-blowing one.

What was one of the major things that caught your eye there?
Pastor Lani’s faith. During our trip there, Pastor Lani’s father passed away and yet the church kept their spirits up and continued the service and the events that they had planned out. What an unbreakable faith.

What was one moment you enjoyed during this mission trip?
One of my favourite moments was spending time with the youth in Philippines after serving. We were taking pictures, chatting and exchanging conversation during dinner. It felt like there were no geographical differences. Whether we were from Malaysia or Philippines, we shared the same interest and passion for God.

How has the mission trip impact you as a person?
The impact left on me was to never put myself first, but to put others before me. To be selfless, as well as to maintain my faith in God no matter how bad a situation is. Having faith is to believe that everything is in God’s hands, and simply because of that everything will eventually turn
out great.

CHUA BOON KEONG

Education: Secondary school student10371944_10202555592223744_9048613567303320328_n
Location: Pampanga, Philippines
Duration: 10 days 9 nights.
Role: Drummer

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What expectations did you have before the mission trip?
I was expecting to experience the different culture while working with the people in the Philippines church.

What was one of the major things that caught your eye when you reached your location?
Their technology wasn’t as good as what we have in Malaysia but I was in awe of their love for people and God despite that.

How has this mission trip impacted you as a person?
I came to realize that we should not complain or compare our resources when it comes to praising God or impacting the world. All we need is the right heart and intention of wanting to impact people’s lives.

 

THE NATIONS, OUR ADVENTURE

Experience the joy and significance of nation building today by joining one of our mission trips.

For more information on the various mission trips lined up and how you can be a part of them, please contact Nancy @ 603-79805001.

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