MMU students go on first mission trip

The Catholic Student Society from Multimedia University (Malacca) held its first ever mission trip with six participants in Klang, Selangor March 19-25.

Apr 12, 2018

By Jovina Ling Chi San
The Catholic Student Society from Multimedia University (Malacca) held its first ever mission trip with six participants in Klang, Selangor March 19-25.

With the help of Malacca-Johore Catholics on Campus (MJCC) and led by Malacca-Johore’s Campus Ministry Officer, Daryl Tan, the missionaries visited Rumah Ozanam Klang (St Bernadette’s) Home for Girls and Rumah SVP Klang.

The persons-in-charge of the homes, John Chong (Rumah Ozanam Klang) and V.K. Robert (Rumah SVP Klang), provided the missionaries with information on the various services for the oneweek mission at the homes.

Rumah Ozanam Klang Home for Girls is a home for underprivileged girls. At present there are eight children from the age of 8 to 12 years old. On the other hand, Rumah SVP Klang (the Boys’ Home) is a home that currently houses ten boys from 5 to 12 years old. Both homes aim to create a positive environment for the children in terms of education, love and care.

Throughout the mission trip, the male missionaries stayed at the Boys’ Home and the female missionaries stayed at the Girls’ Home which allowed them to experience the daily lives of the children and housemothers. This way, the missionaries have a better understanding of the needs of each home. The main role of the missionaries was to shower the children with love and compassion. They organised tuition classes, read storybooks, watched movies, played sports, spent quality time with the children. The missionaries also conducted praise and worship sessions and bible story-telling to expose the children into the faith. As the homes are managed by the church, the children practise the Catholic faith through daily prayers and participation at Masses.

The Boys’ Home and the Girls’ Home are just a few houses apart, but the children from both homes rarely interact with one another. As some of the children have siblings in the other home, the missionaries planned joined activities such as tuition, games and meals to facilitate more interaction between both homes for the children to bond. The missionaries also accompanied the children to the National Science Centre, KLCC and Aeon Bukit Tinggi to let them have a memorable school holiday.

Besides serving the children and the housemothers, the missionaries also learned to understand their calling to do mission through daily Bible reflections conducted by Daryl. Bible study equipped the missionaries with the spiritual strength and guidance to serve God’s people. After every Bible study, they shared and reflected on daily significant “High, God, Low” moments that stood out for them.

This was the very first time that missionaries have not only visited the homes, but also stayed with the children. One of the little girls even said, “Akak, you are like a mother to me” to one of the missionaries. The housemothers also felt touched that the missionaries were able to share and understand the daily struggles of managing the homes. Even though the housemothers were overwhelmed with work, they still welcomed the missionaries whole-heartedly and offered the best to make sure their stay was as comfortable as possible.

Sadly, time flew by. It was very emotional to part with the children. Truly, this mission trip made the missionaries realise that in serving others they had gained so much more. “As God has promised to bless us abundantly, we should be a blessing to others”. We are all encouraged to participate in similar mission trips and encourage others to do the same. As said by Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, “The world offers you comfort, but you were not made for comfort. You were made for greatness”, only then we can live in solidarity with the people in need.

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