Last year, Sarah’s sister Bethan volunteered at Kidzone. This year, the two sisters returned to Singapore together. Sarah shares how Kidzone impacted her life with friendships, lessons learned and a focus for the future.

I live in Bristol in the UK at the moment, but I was born and grew up in the Philippines. I have just finished school and am now on a gap year.

This year I spent one month (June-July) at the OMF centre in Singapore to help run the kids programme during the orientation course for missionaries. In my case, this involved looking after babies and toddlers (ages 0-3) whilst their parents took part in the course.

I was part of a team of lovely volunteers including my sister (Bethan) from various parts of the world,. In my free time I had the opportunity to get to know some of the older kids and of course do some exploring in Singapore!

During my time helping with Kidzone, I saw how God answered so many of our prayers for the kids and each other (us volunteers), which was so encouraging for me. It also became clear to me how God can work in the lives of even the youngest of children.

Before going to Singapore, I was a bit anxious about the trip as it was my first time going abroad without my parents, but it was reassuring having my sister there with me. It turned out that this wasn’t at all an issue for me when I was there, and I felt very much at home.

After forming such close relationships with the children in my group and volunteers, I found it hard to say goodbye and continue to miss them.

Be strong and courageous

I was really encouraged by the verse “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9. This was so helpful for me arriving in Singapore knowing that God would always be by my side. I also felt encouraged knowing that all the children were in God’s hands wherever they were going after orientation course.

Looking to the future

Due to the very busy (but very fun) schedule we had in Singapore it was so strange coming back to the UK and not having much to do! However, I did quickly adjust to life here again. At the moment I am on a gap year, applying for jobs around Bristol to save up money for University and potential short-term trips.

Being a leader at Kidzone has shown me that I would like to work with children in the future- I think this might be what God is leading me to do.

Please pray for the families with visa issues that have had to stay in Singapore following orientation course- that God will show them what to do. Also, pray for the smooth running of the OMF Centre in Singapore and the future Kidzones that will be held there.

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