Pray for them:
Food For Thought shared by Shih Yang:
Should the Timorese sacrifice relationships in which they value so much as compared to economical developments of the country? What they may be more developed in are the kingdom values, which is far more developed than our attitudes and values of the developed countries.
"If we carry the spirit of unity down to East Timor, we can break the warring spirit that is so prevalent in this nation. This also marks the significance that for the very first time, many Singaporean churches are working together, in doing missions in ET."
Warring Spirit: There are all kinds of conflicts among the Christian church leaders in ET. There is a fear of members stealing from the catholic churches.
Prayer Prompters: Pray that the workers and missionaries here will carry the right spirit which is the spirit of unity
Village Visiting: The missionary kids are rather lonely while their parents are doing their work locally and the missionaries here are really contributing and touching the lives of the local communities, slowly, but surely! :)
Cocoon Educational Project: There is a strong intercessory support behind this Cocoon education project, that if we were to look at it on what this project has achieved in 2.5 years, the response is great but its all through the building of relationships. It is important to start understanding and learning more on the culture of ET, which includes learning the language. Don't expect to get the project going in 1 year, get immersed in the culture in that 1 year.
Pray for more favor upon ET, as many companies who come here to decide to do some work here, tend to fall off some way or another due to unfavorable conditions.
A sharing account from Susan, on her working experience with the Singaporeans, was that we're more focused on our activities, task orientated than on our attitude. One should be spending more time with the locals and lavishing your time on them rather than just delivering goals or KPIs (Key Performance Indexes).
We should be spending more time on understanding the culture and history of the nation and the people, which could be the reason why Singaporeans are being called to this place, to learn more from the locals, on relationships. As one ministers here, one should try to be more relational as compared to our abilities or task orientated. (meritocracy)
In any cases, the team will be staying up at Uncle Kim Chye's @ Liquica from tomorrow night onwards. Internet access will be rather limited, or otherwise good as nothing. So we'll just be posting our return dates information and flight details. =D