Well I hope you all had a nice Christmas (oops, sorry... "happy holiday") and with 2008 fast approaching I hope 2007's new year's resolutions were met!
Looks like mine will need to be rolled over again. ;o)
Anyhoo, a week prior to Christmas this year I was invited on a missions trip by my church to Singapore where I met up with other people from similar independent baptist churches around Australia.
Initially I was a little anxious about the ordeal as I had never been on a missions trip before, but upon arriving in Singapore I was ready to go.
Our primary task on our trip was to help out at a youth camp. Surprisingly when we arrived at the Metro-YMCA lodge we found that the surrounding area was... umm... Singapore's red-light district (and we wondered why on so many taxi trips why the taxi drivers kept making sex jokes??).
Unfortunately the surrounding area wasn't the only thing that was dirty. We soon discovered that the showers and toilet area of the campsite were mould-ridden! Everybody was encouraged to wear thongs/sandals in the shower (and have a guess who forgot to pack their sandals?? *sigh*).
But apart from all those things the camp was awesome. The Singaporean kids were a ball of fun.
Heck, I was probably the biggest kid on camp!
The fellowship, the preaching, the great questions the kids asked about the bible, the fun, the games, and (dare I say it)... even the camp food was awesome!!
If I were given the chance to do it again I'd do it in a heartbeat.
Apparently next year's trip will be either in Zambia, or Vanuatu, with subsequent years being back in Singapore, or to other areas such as PNG and Canada!
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