November Volunteer Update
This September we were thrilled to welcome a mission team from Victoria Point Baptist from Brisbane, Australia. The 16-member group served in various capacities during their stay. From caring for our babies, to knocking down walls, installing plumbing infrastructures and teaching in our education program, we were so blessed by their skills and heart to serve our children. Gentle Hands is grateful for this partnership and are looking forward to the future teams.
From team member Phil Harris:
This was a mission trip I felt drawn to, I am not sure why so it must have been God pushing me. I consciously stopped trying to pre-empt the experience before leaving. Several images impacted my soul and remain etched in my memory, because of their beauty and how they challenge our Australian mindset and expectations.
I realised over the duration of the trip every child in the orphanage had a sense of belonging and purpose, and contributed to the functioning of the premises in their own way .The image of these children singing and praising God at the top of their voices, with hands in the air, to the words of bible songs and hymns, with such gratitude and joy. This brought me to tears; both overwhelmed me and challenged my own level of worship and praise.
I would recommend anyone who has the inclination in their heart to participate in a mission, to find one that draws them and follow that lead, do not consider the financial cost too much, because you cannot afford to miss out on the spiritual dividends. This trip will remain vividly in my memory and has deepened my belief of what can be achieved when we are obedient to Gods call.