On Saturday, 3 August 2013, 72 New Town Primary School students were blessed with a trip to Singapore’s latest tourist attraction — S.E.A. Aquarium. Accompanying them was a team of junior college students from The Zone (Youth) Ministry, who were determined to make the event a memorable one for this group of Primary 3 and 4 students undergoing financial assistance.
Arise, shine, we are going to the S.E.A. Aquarium!
A human-sized jellyfish mascot.
Before the trip, the organising committee had come together several times to prepare for the event. According to Kylie Sng, the Creative Committee IC, the planning journey was a sheer test of faith. “There were times when I looked to myself to make sure everything was in order. But I eventually learnt that with Jesus in the centre, I have nothing to worry about. All the ideas and manpower were provided for and everything just fell into place!”
Doing one final headcount before we enter the aquarium.
This is real!
When the big day arrived, the team realised that God is indeed in control and their part was to enjoy and watch Him move in their midst. This was especially true for Matthias Goh, one of the game station masters.
“I was never comfortable with speaking to a large crowd, even if it was just kids! So I prayed and left it to Daddy God. And the moment I stopped looking at the demand, He became the best speaker through me! I really had fun!” exclaimed a thankful Matthias.
Our very own version of fishing in the aquarium.
The fingerprints of God were seen at every instance and acts of kindness were also observed throughout the event. A simple gesture of offering her fries to her teacher buddy by one of the beneficiaries left a deep impression on Vania Tan, The Zone’s volunteer photographer, who realised that the ability to bless others is not limited by the financial situation one is in.
Having fun with their friends in small groups.
For the committee, seeing the bright smiles on the children’s faces as they put on their handmade headgear was the best reward. Despite being made from scrap materials, the uniquely-designed headgear was treasure in the sight of the children who couldn’t bear to remove them after the trip!
The children loved their handmade headgear.
Look at these beautiful creations!
Similarly, in the eyes of God, all these children are precious regardless of their background. Benjamin Wong, one of our youth volunteers, shared his personal takeaway from the event, “We can refer to the different types of fish in the aquarium collectively as fish, but to God, every one of His creation is precious. This is especially so for every single sheep in His sheepfold that He tenderly calls by name. I am so blessed to have the opportunity to spend time with these special children whom Daddy God loves!”