Mission Impossible Made Possible

By Mei Teng

The actspeditions trip to Jemara was indeed a personal spiritual breakthrough for me in the year of 2010. I must say that this service learning trip was more memorable than my previous experiences. The purpose of the trip is to rebuild the Jemara education centre. It involved many hands-on building works and also teaching English to the children, something which I have not done before.

Teaching

I must admit that I did not prepare well due to my busy schedule at work. Many things I have overlooked, believing that I had the experience from my past mission trips; so I should be able to handle it. However, on the first day at the rebuilding site I was so distressed to find the education centre in a worse condition than I expected. Looking back at the days we had to complete the project, the task seemed so impossible to me.

Before

Rebuilding in Progress

However, despite the discomfort from the low water supply, non-existence of electricity and toilet facilities, we managed to pull through the impossible and it is all worth it.

After

Children's Drawing

The restless children in the village reminded me about how blessed I am. They had no proper education, malnutrition, and their physical hygiene was lacking, i.e. bare footed & dirty clothing. However, as I looked into their eyes, I saw the hunger to learn. While we were there, the children were eager to interact with us despite the language barrier. We spent much time mingling with them and the smiles on their faces warmed my heart.

This trip has challenged me to greater levels of sacrifice for those around me.

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