It was another holiday break for many university students. While some have chosen to work and others a holiday trip, I have decided to do something different this year. To partner with Generation ACTS club to go to Jemara to help the local coordinators to launch the education centre for the children on the island. Before the trip, my heart was filled with apprehension because there were many uncertainties and language barrier was our main concern. Nonetheless, the team went with an open heart, ready for changes and ready for challenges.
There and then, I truly realized what it meant by “action is louder than words”. The simple act of appreciation through smiling explained it all. The launch of the education centre was a success. But without the help of the local coordinators, it would not have been possible.
I re-discovered things about myself and life through this trip. One such event was when the local coordinators invited our team to watch them roll in their fish net for harvest. They did it with such deftness and competence! To be honest, I was pretty awed by the fact that they are able to do that despite being people around my age. Although we may seem more educated and have more to give, they taught me something that night. It does not matter how much you have or who you are, as long as you are faithful with your talents, the potential in you can surely be unleashed. There is something precious in everybody!
I never regretted going for the trip because I was totally refreshed and renewed. When people asked me how the trip was, I would always hesitate because I could never find the right words to express myself. The trip was just too overwhelming. Simply sharing with people about my trip would short change them with the first-hand experiences they would otherwise have if they were there. So the answer is: “You must go!!”.