Saturday, December 1, 2012

TMT2012 Day 4 Update

1 December 2012
Good morning, sorry for the late report. Yesterday was very eventful wheeeee.

We had our English camp today! God really answered our prayer about wanting such a great turn out that we wouldn't be able to handle it. 60 children turned up for camp although pastor EK only expected about 45 kids. Eight students from Sawengha High school came, like woah they really came! (Shaun says that the students always say they'll come but don't in the end, so thank God they did) During the english  camp we split up into 3 groups as there were more kindergarten children than we expected. 

Vanessa did a fantastic job managing the kindergarten and lower primary group. Everyone relied on her and the programmes she had planned. Chu and Chris also played a really big role, as they were helping us to translate to the kids and they were also very good in getting the kids attention and they were able to pay attention to Vanessa's lesson plans. We all worked together very well and the lesson was more than successful! 

Shaun, Elaine and Darryl was in charge of the upper primary class. They started with introduction and a game of wacko. Then they taught the children about positive adjectives by acting it out. They also played charades and held an activity which was about to write positive adjectives to affirm themselves. The kids were very smart and the learnt the adjectives really quickly. 

Qi Hui, Alex, Carissa, Grace and Jerone motivated the upper secondary students by sharing about Nick's life. The students were very engaged and a few of them even agreed to come to church on Sunday for the Christmas programme! 

We had our concert after lunch and children were superrrrrrrr enthusiastic when we did our dance. The skit went very smoothly and Joshua shared his testimony of how he found God, how God helped him overcome his anger problems and improved his relationship with his family. 

While Jerone and Sean entertained the little kids with craft, we had a session to prophecy and pray for the older kids. Since we were always the ones gettingmprayed for in situations like these, it was a first time experience for many of us. Furthermore, the kids were running to us in big groups as pastor EK thought that it would be less intimidating that way. That was definitely unusual. :O 

God worked nonetheless and many affirming words were given, new bonds and friendships were made and strengthened during that time. it was really cool how Gift drew pink flowers for a girl only to realize that was exactly what her name meant after the picture was given to her. We learnt that prophecy not only encourages the person receiving but the person praying as well. 

Everyone was very tired after giving it their all during then english camp. We had our well deserved rest before very yummy dinner at tachang church. God is good hahahahahahaha. 

We had work to do again after dinner. Some of us prayed for Pi Christina and her husband while others prayed for her grandson Mark. During prayer we felt that  Pi Christina was burdened because of her son who was recently released from prison. We also prayed for  restoration of the couple's relationship and that love will grow between them again. Pi Christina was crying as she felt touched by the holy spirit. 

The group praying for little mark were playing the guitar and singing songs that we felt ministered to Pi Christina. Pi Christina said that Mark was facing some rejection from his father and also facing some problems in school. The group encouraged him by playing guitar with him and little Mark was a really good guitar player. We prayed for him at the same time and he was more cheerful after that. And we also prayed that he will grow up to play the guitar for god and that he will grow more as a Christian. 

Now comes the reason behind our late report. Our dear leaders felt that we needed to foster a culture of honor within the team so we had this session of affirming one another which lasted all the way till 1.30am

The trip's been so exciting thus far and we're trusting God for even more in the next half. Pray along side with us, for strength, for his presence to be with us everywhere we go and that you people will have even more interesting blog entries to read! :) 


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