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21 August 2019

This Short-Term Mission Trip Didn’t Lead to Long-Term Mission

Many people don’t want to go on a short-term mission trip, simply because they are afraid God will call them long-term. Many of the stories we share from Serve Asia end with a short-term worker feeling called to the country they visited. But, short-term mission doesn’t always result in a long-term call, and that’s ok! Lily shares how the long-term impact of her mission trip led her to trust God in new ways.

Having completed my undergraduate studies in May 2018 I decided to go on a graduation trip. Instead of simply travelling outside of Hong Kong I was looking for something more meaningful.

I came across OMF via my cousin and applied to be a KidZone worker at the orientation course in July 2018. Together with ten other workers from around the world, we spent 4 weeks in Singapore at the OMF International Center, assisting the KidZone program during the orientation course for new workers and their families.

I was responsible for the kindergarten group along with two other workers, having seven little children, age from 3 to 5 years old, in the class. These children of new workers had said goodbye to their family and friends ready to move to a new country.

From different countries, different ethnic groups and having different mother languages we took care of the children while their parents were having orientation sessions. We talked about Bible stories, especially Joseph and Jonah, did crafts about the Bible stories and played. We also spent time learning about each other’s home countries as well as the countries they are heading to. Outside the classroom, we would also go to feed the fish and play in the Botanic Garden.

Before going to Singapore I didn’t have any experience taking care of children, not to mention teaching them! The four weeks was enjoyable, tiring and full of new experiences. English is not my mother language and so telling bible stories and communicating with the children and the other workers was another challenge. However, I was glad to have good teammates from Switzerland, the US and Singapore who I was able to learn a lot from.

During my time in Singapore, as well as looking after the little ones, I also got the opportunity to explore what mission is. I never knew that mission can be very diverse not only going to a village in a less developed country and sharing the gospel, but also building relationships and businesses in developed and wealthy cities.

Each morning we listened to new workers’ testimonies during the morning prayer sessions. I was so impressed by how everyone has experienced God differently and also by their faith in God. More than one testimony illustrated that God is always with us and always provides for our needs, even if it’s at the very last minute! This was a great encouragement to me.

Having just graduated I did not have a job offer before I set off on my Serve Asia trip. I was praying that God would prepare a suitable job for me so when I heard these testimonies I had peace in my heart that God would provide.

During the last week of my stay in Singapore I started receiving interview invitations and only two weeks after returning to Hong Kong I received a job offer. The timing was just right and I praised God for his provision.

During KidZone and also now at work, one verse keeps popping up in my mind. Colossians 3:23 says “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters.” The verse was a good support during KidZone, while I was worrying about employment when I returned to Hong Kong. The verse encouraged me to work wholeheartedly in KidZone and entrust my worries to God.

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