Allison Tan, 12- Dwight Moody and Dominic Co, 12-Martin Luther
September 6-10, 2017 —The Grade 12 students participated in The Great Commission, a 5-day program that exposed them to the truths in the Bible, and sessions that equipped them how to share the gospel.
Students and professors from the International Graduate School of Leadership (IGSL), a graduate school that educates Christian Ethics, Theology, and Leadership, were invited to facilitate the program.
Students prepared Praise and Worship, as well as games and food for community care beneficiaries all over Manila. Jeremy Chua, a Grade 12 student from 12- Dwight Moody, shared a testimony about his experience during the Great Commission Project. Below is a transcript of his testimony.
“Before the start of The Great Commission project, I really expected it to be a walk in the park and to be just another requirement to accomplish in order to have good grades. I really didn’t expect to get something out of it but everything turned out to be the exact opposite of what I initially expected. During the first day, I wasn’t really looking forward to participate in the activities because everyone had to introduce themselves all over again, and the IGSL teachers had to deliver those long talks too. Despite all of the negative thoughts that were going inside my head, I knew that this will all be worth it for the expansion of the kingdom of God.
The activity that struck me the most, was when our IGSL teachers asked us to write the sins that we have committed throughout our lives. Several sins that I wrote down made me realize that I was indeed living a very sinful life. I was able to reflect and rethink about my unrighteous thoughts and actions. The fact, that I was living a life unpleasant in the eyes of the Lord was a very hard pill for me to swallow.
Going to the heart of the project, we went to visit retreat centers to share the word of the Lord, especially to the unbelievers. The place that my group went to was located in Payatas, Commonwealth. In the heart of the community stood a vibrant mosque and several other wooden houses; the community was a mixture of Muslims and Christians. Inside the retreat center that we visited, the walls were not painted and the place itself was not well-furnished. Despite these conditions, the community’s children still managed to learn and to have fun together under that roof. Despite life’s challenges, their joy and contentment in life can really be seen by the genuine smiles on their faces.
I was also able to have a small group with 3 kids. I shared the gospel to them and each of us also shared our own experiences and what we want to become in the future. One wanted to become a soldier, one wanted to be a seaman, and the last one, a police. I was glad that they all have big dreams, not allowing limitations and boundaries to hinder them from being something great. I reminded them that they can become what they want to be as long as they focus, put in the necessary work towards their goal and most importantly, trust in God’s plan for their lives, regardless if they are in favor of it or not.
After that day, I had many thoughts going on in my mind. I felt very accomplished because I was able to share the gospel to the children; it is not everyday that we are given a chance to share the word of God to an impoverished community. I was also grateful for having the opportunity to touch the lives of the people whom I do not know personally. Being able to see their condition firsthand made me feel very appreciative of all the blessings that God has showered upon me all throughout my life. The TGC project showed me that despite the different races, cultures, beliefs that we all belong to, one thing can only bind us together and that is God’s love.
Life seems very unfair. How I really wish there was not such a huge divide on this planet of the rich and poor, black and white, and Christian and non-Christians. I took away so much from this experience. The ability to smile in the toughest times and to be happy in life really has nothing to do with how much money is in your pocket. I feel completely and utterly grateful for all that I have.
Truly, being able to touch the lives of other people gave me happiness and satisfaction that money can’t buy.”