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Opened Eyes, Open Hearts

Dee Sherwin is a new believer and a part of the FGA family. She went on her first mission trip to Bethesda Batam in July, and she shares her experience here. She hopes this testimony will encourages more of us to obey the call to be sent out, like Dee and her friends did. 

It was a wonderful and amazing weekend for some of us on 21-22 July 2018, but especially for me, because this short mission trip has opened up my heart to hear God and clarify certain doubts about who He is and how He works through broken vessels like us. 

 I have only been saved by the Lord recently, on the 21st of February, and since then my journey of knowing and understanding the Lord’s work has been quite an interesting one, with mountains and valleys.

 The trip to Batam, Indonesia was definitely a mountaintop moment, where we were given a chance to serve together and show God’s love to the children at the Bethesda Children’s Orphanage. There were about 42 children living there.

On our first day of the trip, we were divided into 3 teams – the kitchen team, the children team and the youth team. We were all allocated different tasks to speak God’s word & demonstrate His love to them. We were given an opportunity to tell stories, share our testimonies and talk about God’s great love to his children. We also had an amazing dinner cooked by our team and we were able to spend some time just in warm fellowship, and got to know the children better. 

I had an amazing time, filled with awe at our great God for giving me this opportunity to serve these kids with His unfailing love. Being born into another faith, it was a difficult journey for me especially when I accepted Christ as my saviour. Being on this mission trip has also taught me to open up my heart to embrace the identity issues I faced with my new faith. In Batam, I felt more accepted as we all looked the same and no stereotypes were forced on us just because we were of another faith.  This is something that I’ve always struggled with in Singapore, often having to face the judgment of others. I was thankful that I got to experience God and His love without those stereotypes laid on me. 

 On the second day, we had the opportunity to experience Sunday service at a wonderful church in Batam. The atmosphere during  worship was incredible. And you can sense God’s love surrounding us as we worshipped loudly with incredible energy.

 We then headed for a Sunday school for youth, where Elder Woon conducted a small class for the youths, addressing the impact walking with Jesus can have on their  life choices. I was really glad that I was able to join in for this class! My biggest takeaway was that in life, we have choices to make and those choices are better if it comes from the Father, and fits in within His will.

Although I was sad when the mission trip had ended, I know it won’t be the last. I was honoured that I’d been given this chance by the Lord to share the Word and for showing me what my life actually means.

 I‘ve also learnt during this trip, that we should always trust God no matter what kind of situation we are in, as He knows the best for us. I thank God for opening up my heart and answering the questions I had, allaying my doubts and uncertainty. I thank God for my wonderful team mates who were constantly encouraging me during this journey to know the Lord better. And lastly, thank you FGA for sending us to do the work of the Lord!

2 Thessalonians 1:11
To this end also we pray for you always, that our God will count you worthy of your calling, and fulfill every desire for goodness and the work of faith with power, 

 

Amen.

 

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