On 18 April 2015, New Creation Church brought 16 beneficiaries from Singapore Association of the Visually Handicapped (SAVH). The purpose of the outreach was to be a blessing to the community as well as to give SAVH members an opportunity to interact with one another in an outdoor environment. Without an acute sense of sight, the beneficiaries relied on other senses to “see” the world around them. Volunteers from our Outreach Ministry came to serve with their hearts, hands and essentially, their eyes.
Right from the start of the event, our volunteers paired up with the beneficiaries and their presence were always felt. Hand holding and the verbal communication were means to help them bond and create trust within the group.
Then they played games, experienced a tour that covered both land and sea on a remodeled amphibious war craft and got to know each other over lunch. During the tour, the tour guide’s lively running commentary of the sites was not only entertaining, but also gave the participants a better understanding and appreciation of Singapore’s history.
Walking participants to the remodeled amphibious war craft. Getting ready for a land and sea adventure together.
The experience taught precious lessons. “One of us greeted a beneficiary, Mdm Sim, with a common phrase, “It’s so nice to see you here today,” but Mdm Sim replied that she can’t see,” shared Serene Seng.
Mdm Sim also did not like to have her photos taken as she could not view the pictures. The short exchanges gave Serene a stark realisation that sight is often taken for granted.
“I decided to put my phone away and stop taking photographs out of respect for her,” related Serene. But as the day progressed, Serene noticed a marked difference in Mdm Sim’s countenance.
“She was reserved compared to the others, but warmed up as we chatted. By the time I drove her home, she had started chatting with my other passenger, and even teased her about enjoying the tour so much she didn't want to leave!”
Wrapping up the day, our volunteers presented a talking clock gift to the beneficiaries to help them tell the time easily. The gift was not only practical, but also timely.
“God's timing is perfect. Mdm Sim told me that her clock had just stopped working a few days ago. It was as if He had prepared the gift just for her!” Serene noted.
For volunteer Caleb Yong, the event could be summed up as a love gift from the Lord. “It is not about what we can do, but God is able to gift-wrap all that we do with the love of Jesus. I feel blessed to be a blessing.”