At the start of this year, we (the core sisters of Cubao) had the opportunity to list down the things we wanted to do before 2013 ends. We were instructed by our household servant to write down entries that would help us grow as a person and one of the things I wrote was to go on a mission trip. It has been three years since my last mission trip and I thought that it was the perfect entry in my bucket list. It was about time that I step out of my comfort zone and let God use me to share His love in another area. I wasn’t specific about where I wanted to go. I didn’t care whether Luzon, Visayas or Mindanao. All I wanted was to be immersed in a different culture and be in a different location serving Him. And so it came as a great surprise when I found out that God was taking me abroad for a mission trip.
Initially, I had doubts because my family didn’t have that much money to travel within the Philippines let alone send me to a mission trip outside the country. But God works in mysterious ways and His timing is perfect. One day as I was browsing through the internet for cheap airline tickets, my mom came to me and asked me to call my aunt to book me a flight to Singapore. She said that there was this sudden force that compelled her to do so and she believed it was the Holy Spirit. And so, the trip was scheduled and I left the country last May 22.
God is truly kind and generous. Throughout our mission trip in Singapore God blessed us with so much love and laughter from the members of the community there. The warm welcome of each and every family we encountered never made us feel out of place. Although we struggled to divide our time and the team among the various events of each ministry, God’s providence helped us through. We were able to conduct a youth camp with nine new members, Household Servants Training, Amazing Race, KidOlympics, fellowships, household and planning. Indeed, every day is a blessing for us because every day we meet new people, we experience different things, and we get to see God’s wonderful plan unfolding right before our eyes.
A grateful heart is one of the things I took home from the mission. I learned that we must be thankful for everything that we have as well as the things that we do not have for in our insufficiency God’s grace is made sufficient. I was also affirmed that faith truly works wonders. As St. Augustine once said, “Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.” All I wanted was an opportunity to join another mission; to experience God and work for Him someplace else. I did not know when, where, or how but I just believed that He will bring me to where He wants me to be. I didn’t expect that He was planning to let me join the foreign missions this summer and I was just blown away by His magnificence and faithfulness to His promise of an exciting life with Him.
Shared by Camille Arguelles, District of Cubao