When I first stepped on the soil of EAST TIMOR, or TIMOR-LESTE Dili in Year 2005, there was no sight of high-rise buildings, shopping centres, big supermarkets, or an ideal 3-star hotel. It was ruins, ruins, and ruins. No street lights in the night, no directional signs, no sights of a proper restaurant. I remembered on two different occasions, two friends at the trip just stepped right into a man-hole as it was simply too dark.
One of the main objective to be in EAST TIMOR, Dili was to visit a school, SHALLOM SCHOOL started by a Brazilian couple, and a newly appointed Principal Isabel Ferreira, who were missionaries to the land. We were to provide simple medical needs and education to the local folks in the nearby village, parents & students of the school.
During one of the medical session in SHALLOM SCHOOL, I saw a young boy with a “blue colour ribbon-like pattern” on his knee cap that was fused into his flesh. As I could not speak the Tetum language, and due to limited manpower, I never had the opportunity to probe further. In the same afternoon while at the local market, I witnessed a 5-year old girl who had a bad fall. What happened next remained as vivid and unforgettable in my memory bank. As she ran to her mother with her injured knee and a brief exchanged conversation, the little girl picked up a needle with a yellow thread. Without much hesitation, she sew her wounded flesh and bind it up! No anaesthesia applied, no trace of loud screams, and no second consideration! I was sobered and humbled.
For the next few years, I made frequent visits to TIMOR-LESTE, Dili and SHALLOM SCHOOL. Each trip and activities involved may embrace different goals and objectives, but one main purpose remained seeded in my heart – Learning to love and to honour.
Since 2004, SHALLOM SCHOOL has been nurturing many young lives, providing education, building values and character in these little ones. Today, there are over 600 students and 58 teachers/staff in SHALLOM SCHOOL.
For more info and historical facts about TIMOR-LESTE, you can refer to:
Facebook: AGAPE BAPTIST CHURCH video, “MISSION 2018” for SHALLOM SCHOOL.
My “FAITH PROJECTS”
100% proceeds made from sales of my next FIVE handmade crafts will be contributed to SHALLOM SCHOOL.
How Do I Win The Giveaway?
I will be hosting a Christmas Giveaway. I will be giving away 3 items. Simply follow these steps:
1) Like this post & CHOW Facebook page.
2) Tag 2 friends here (or as many as you like) in CHOW Facebook.
3) Tell us which handmade craft you wish to win. (A), (B) or (C).
A) 10.5cm ROSEMARY KISSLOCK POUCH
B) CHAVAH CLUTCH
C) Lil’ JAPANESE KNOT BAG
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5) Tell us, “Which nation I had visited in Year 2005.”
BLESSED CHRISTMAS SEASON!
Giveaway closes on 14 December, Friday, Singapore Time, 2300 hours.
** Giveaway is only applicable to those residing in Singapore with a Singapore address.
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