Mae Sot Trip
From 28/4/18 to 3/5/18, CRS sent a team of nine to Mae Sot, Thailand. The team is led by Dr Lim Koon Jin, and consists of Dr Jacqueline Tan, Dr Michael Warren Lim, Dr Margaret Teng, Yap El Fuon (Nurse), Yeo Sock Wan (Nurse), Selina Chan, Karen Wang and Phoebe Aw. The team partnered Paster Praphan from Steadfast Love Church (in Mae Tan) for the trip, and saw about 210 patients in total.
28 Apr 2018 (Day 1)
Departure from Singapore to Bangkok, followed by a flight to Mae Sot. At Mae Sot airport, the team met up with Pastor Praphan, and took a 2 hour car journey to Wongtawan Resort at Tha Song Yang, where the team would be staying at.
29 Apr 2018 (Day 2)
Started the day with devotion and left the resort for church at Pastor Praphan’s Steadfast Love Church. The Selina from Singapore shared her testimony, and Dr Koon Jin preached a sermon on the providence of God.
After church, the team travelled to Maw Poe Klo village of the Karens in the mountains to begin our first clinic session. The clinic was set up in the house of a church member, and the team ministered to about 49 patients, which was almost half the population of the village.
The clinic session ended in the late afternoon. The team travelled back to Mae Tan (a district in Tha Song Yang), where we had a home service at Teacher Victoria Tone’s house. Members from the team shared our testimonies with the local Karen and Thai people attending the service, and we prayed for church members and pre-believers.
30 Apr 2018 (Day 3)
The team conducted two clinic sessions today. We held a morning clinic session at Tha O Kee village, which was deep in the mountains. On the way to the village, we saw that many hills were scorched, as the locals practiced slash-and-burn before the planting season. The clinic was set up in the home of a family of believers, who hoped to bring more people in the village to Christ through the medical services. The team saw 26 patients here, and held a short worship session with the villagers.
Dr Jacqueline examining a patient
In the afternoon, the team moved to Ta Blu Yo village, where despite the heat, the villagers were very patient as they waited for their turn. The clinic saw about 30 patients. We are very grateful to the owners of the house who provided this space for the team to set up the clinic.
In the evening, the team returned to Pastor Praphan’s house for dinner. Pastor Praphan shared his story of how he procured the land for the church. The large parcel of land only costed 4500 Thai bhat – unknown to Pastor at that time, the land was known in the village as a cursed piece of land. No one in the village would want the land, even for free. The previous occupants of the land all met with some sort of misfortune, and even the children who went to the land to play would get into accidents. However, when Pastor Praphan purchased the land, he was told that three people in the village shared the same dream that spirits left the land, telling the villagers that someone else has came. After 20 years, with God’s blessings, no harm has fallen upon the land since Pastor Praphan bought the land for the church.
After dinner, the team went to Pastor Paul’s house for a home service with the local children and their families. The service was held in Burmese and Thai, and our team members shared testimonies on how Christ has shaped their lives.
1 May 2018 (Day 4)
In the morning, the team travelled to a church in Kra Ti, next to the Thai-Burmese border. Dr Koon Jin returned to Singapore this morning, and Dr Jacqueline led the team. The clinic in the church saw 34 patients, and with each patient, the team also had more time to minister for the patients. With the grace of God, 10 people were led to Christ during this session.
In the afternoon, the team travelled to Pastor Paul’s church to set up a clinic. However, it started drizzling, and we were worried that villagers would not come to the clinic. Nonetheless, the team saw 35 patients, and we had a busy session.
After the clinic, Pastor Paul brought us to visit the river marking the boundary between Thailand and Myanmar, and we swam across the river to the Burmese side. We also travelled to a parcel of land that was nearby, which has been purchased for Pastor Paul’s new church.
This marked the end of our clinic days, and in total, the team saw about 207 patients in total.
2 May 2018 (Day 5)
On the last day of our trip, the team was treated to rest and recreation. We visited the hot spring and waterfall in Mae Ka Sa, soaking in the nature and relaxing atmosphere. In the afternoon, the team took a look around the Border Market, which sells souvenirs and imports from Myanmar.
3 May 2018 (Day 6)
Returned from Mae Sot to Singapore, transiting in Bangkok.
During the trip, there were many sharing sessions between the team and our partners, and the team learnt about the good work that our partners have been doing. We are glad to have been able to minister to our partners, and to further extend God’s work in Thailand.
Phoebe: This is my second trip with CRS, and I realised how each trip can be so different and beautiful. I have many fond memories of the trip (especially the rides on the pick up truck!) and I will definitely miss the new friends I’ve made on this trip.
Karen: This was my first trip with CRS and it was really memorable: we travelled to the villages in the rural countryside to set up clinics and everything went extremely smoothly. I had many new experiences, all of which will not be found anywhere else.
Sock Wan: Mae Sot has never come to my mind as a part of Thailand. If not for CRS, I could not imagine that I will ever step into this piece of land and do medical services. The big smiles from the villagers have warmed my heart and made me want to give more besides the nursing knowledge I have. Looking at how the locals help each other across the villages and mountains is so touching. Some of them have to walk miles and miles to cross the jungle to reach a town and make a living, and this is not an easy task. Even though with such living conditions, they still do not give up. Living in poverty is not their choice. But choosing to live with happiness definitely is. On top of that, God is always with us! Amazing grace!
Serving The Orang Asli Community
On the 10th of June’18, a team of 9 volunteers from Crisis Relief Singapore (CRS) led by Vincent Tan embarked on a first time 1 day Medical Mission trip to the Orang Asli Community of Sungei Temon, JB Malaysia.
With our partner Rhema City Church (RCC) led by Pastor Jonathan and Pastor Marry, we were there to provide Health check, Hypertension and Diabetes Awareness workshop, Oral Hygiene Education to the children and gave out free vitamins for the villages here.
We moved out from Singapore at about 6 am by a 10 seaters MPV that we engaged from Malaysia which will drive us anywhere we want in JB for the whole day and back to Singapore. Once we were in JB, we went for our morning breakfast of kaya & butter toast, nasi lemak and kopi. After our breakfast we adjourned to the Orang Asli village for our medical work. The villages were so welcoming when they saw us. In total we saw 69 villages came for the health check-up inclusive of taking weight, height, blood sugar test, BP check and follow by health and hygiene awareness talk. We ended the medical work at noon and was blessed with sumptuous and delicious seafood lunch by RCC.
During the afternoon, we went for window shopping and some went for massage at Paradigm Mall, in the late afternoon we met up for a very fruitful fellowship among the volunteers.
At about 530pm, we adjourned to RCC for service which will start at 8pm. Before service we were again blessed by RCC for a delicious home cook dinner ie Wild Boar Bat Kut Teh (by Pastor Marry), Salted chilli crabs (crabs killed by Tetty) and some other dishes.
During service I felt the presence of God was so tangible as the church members were praising and worshipping God, I can see that they were so hungry for the touch of God in their individual life.
June shared a wonderful testimony, KJ shared an awesome word that God put in his heart and Chooi Peck shared offering message in Malay.
On the whole, every volunteers in the team agreed that though was just a 1 day trip, it was a fruitful and meaningful trip especially for the Malaysian.
Team Member and Role
- Vincent – Team IC 8. Jeannie – Nurse / TransportationTetty 2. Tetty – Team 2IC / Photography 9. David – Photographer & videographer.
- Koon Jin – Doctor / Medical logistic
- June – Logistic
- Chooi Peck – Health Educator / Nurse
- Ivy – Pharmacy / Nurse
- Sharon – Pharmacy
Philippine Mission Trip
CRS has been working with Pastor Emil for the past 2 years. This year CRS is back here to serve again.
Date: 11-15th May 2018
11 team members include 3 doctors, 1 nurse.
11th May 2018, Friday(Day 1)
Departure from Singapore at 2.05pm to Clark, then we took minivan to Bulacan. Reached hotel (Hollywood suite & resort) at 10.45pm.
12th May 2018, Saturday(Day 2)
Location of mobile clinic: Life of the world church, Meycauyan
We had devotion at 7am n left the hotel at appx 8.10am. When we reached the church, the queue has alr started n many boys were waiting for the circumcision. I wonder those young boys know what’s ahead them!
13th May 2018, Sunday(Day 3)
Location of the mobile clinic: Life of Church, Caloocan
We had our breakfast at Jollebee, their famous fast food in Philippines. But Vincent is not a fan of it, yet he still came with us because few of us have yet to try it. After breakfast we took 30 mins journey to Pastor Rey’s church. We had morning church service & mobile clinic in the afternoon.
Total of patients: 101 Salvation: 7 Rededication: 1
14th May 2018, Monday (Day 4)
It was Election Day, so pastor decided to arrange a R&R day for us! We left the hotel at 5am n took 3 hours journey to Panguil River Eco Park. We stopped by at a small town called Tanay for breakfast.
15th May 2018, Tuesday (Day 5)
Location for children ministry: Light of the World Christian Center, Bulacan
Our last day of mission trip! We had devotion at 6.30am, led by Julie & Jaclyn. Jaclyn shared that when we obey what God tells us to do, God is working with us. We do not need to know how, but we know who is with us.
God’s grace at work. Many of us have stepped out of comfort zone to work n have fun as a team. It ended well n back home safely.
Here are the comments from some of our team members;
– Sharon was encouraged by how the pastor n his team work together in different churches. He even brought his team to the R&R outing with us as a bonding activity. She believes that when a team has a strong bond in relationship and in unity, they are able to do much more work for the kingdom of God.
– Julie’s goal for this mission trip is learn to be adaptable as she has always felt so tight in doing things. But thru out the whole trip God shows her that she can be adaptable yet joyful. It was a fun trip for her!
– Cecelia, our team leader. She was so thankful that the team is able to rise up n step out of comfort zone for His work. She finds it really nice for the worship sessions with the locals that we are able to gel in well together with them to worship God. She felt that Holy Spirit is among everybody.
Space for improvement;
– get deworming syrup or chewing medicine for the younger children, they do not know how to swallow the med yet.
– get a tag for each member especially on the day where we are not wearing CRS shirt. So the patients or church members will recognize who’s from the CRS team.
– Figure out how to control the crowd during children ministry.