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Bringing moments of joy to many lives

Janette NgSydney, AustraliaHigh School Student

June 5, 2017

In 2016 I travelled to the Philippines on my first mission trip. It was my first time visiting a country much less privileged than my own. For several weeks, I lived the way Filipinos live – everything, from the bathrooms to the beds, was vastly different. Perhaps the most significant realization for me of the locals’ limited opportunities was when we played a game called ‘Never have I ever’. The locals won by far because they had had much fewer experiences.

The local children were made very happy with the simple games and activities that the mission team organized. I taught the children at Caloocan some dancing – they were so excited that they showed up at our gates very early, keen to get started. Also, I helped in face painting at each of the fun fairs we held. The children lined up eagerly to have their faces painted, and many didn’t wash the paint off at the end of the day, but kept it on as long as they could, because it was such a rare and special experience for them.

I’m very lucky that in the three short weeks spent in the Philippines I was able to take part in bringing moments of joy to the lives of many locals. My experiences will stay with me forever and remind me to be grateful for the many small joys that can be found in each day.

- Janette Ng

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