Tuesday, June 14, 2016

A Continuing Journey

 Wow, with the blink of an eye, our week in Malaysia has passed! I’m left in awe of how God has worked - not only in the hearts of the children, but also in us as individuals and as a team. We now find ourselves ensconced in the heart of Singapore, sights and sounds of the city all around us, and the seminar up and running smoothly!

After a busy week of teaching and travelling, our team took some time off to visit Singapore’s Botanical Gardens – a welcome opportunity to have some fun in the sun while enjoying each other’s company! As we are quite a large group, we’ve been learning to be Responsible Human Beings and fight against ZOHM (Zoned Out Herd Mentality) while travelling on trains and buses. ;)

Upon arriving at the gardens, the bright-eyed and (not quite) bushy-tailed members of our team expended their limitless energy and creativity through various gymnastic feats, while the less mobile members of our team enjoyed their old age in the shade of the trees (hehe, that would be me). As we enjoyed the nature around us, I was reminded of a verse from our team devotions: “For since the creation of the world, His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20). Truly, this is our Father’s world – creation attests a powerful Maker who leaves His handiwork in the tiniest details!

For lunch, we headed back to the hotel, where we rested and prepared lessons before bussing to our seminar location. Tonight’s curriculum focused on Jesus as the Light of the World, and – as ever – the teachers poured their energy into bringing the message to life through lessons, crafts, skits and games. As a team, we’ve been praying that we will break through “cliché” presentations of well-known Biblical truths, but present each lesson with fresh perspective for the children.

Looking back on the trip so far, God has taught me time and again that His strength is made perfect in my weakness. Through every challenge and obstacle, He has shown me that it is not by might, nor by power, but by His spirit!

As we teach a curriculum centered upon the love of God, I pray that – above any lesson we may teach or craft we may prepare – it would be our lives that testify the love of which we speak, and our actions that serve as a picture of Christ to the children. And finally, as we continue to learn and grow as a team, my prayer echoes that of Moses: “[O Lord], let Your work appear to Your servants, and Your glory to their children… let the beauty of the Lord our God be upon us…establish the work of our hands for us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” (Psalm 90:16-17)

In His name,

Hannah Tay

Team Member

June 14, 2016
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