Stop and Smell the Flowers!

Our invite for our Singapore Botanic Gardens outing for the senior residents of Pearl’s Hill Care Home on 23 September 2017 is out!  Save the date!

Stop and Smell the Flowers Invite 8Sept2017

Don’t hurry.  Don’t worry.  You’re only here for a short visit.  So don’t forget to stop and smell the roses.” – Walter Hagen

Acts29 Retreat (Feeding the 5000) Photos (2014)

Pres+Ivy managed to click a few photos during the retreat.  Nice to share stories with wonderful people!

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Pres+Ivy with Sherlyn, Iggi, Moses, Sylvester, Celesther, Ramz, Ligna, Marian, Daniel, Maureen, and Eva


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Sherlyn briefing us before we do the Cosmic Walk

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Pres+Ivy with Fr David Garcia


We did the Cosmic Walk under this magical moonlight!


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Sharing our fave parables in the bible with the group and playing Musical Chair


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Last group photo before heading off – we missed you Daniel, Maureen, and Ramz!


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The Madonna, the photo bomber (kidding!)!  Seriously, this is our favourite shot!


LIVE. If you live, God will live with you.  If you refuse to run his risks, He’ll retreat to that distant heaven and be merely a subject for philosophical speculation.”  – Paulo Coelho




Broadening the Mission Talk by Sherlyn Khong of Acts29 (2014)

Theresa G of M3 invited us to attend this talk by Sherlyn K of Acts29 sponsored by CHARIS in March 2014.  Pres and I came straight from work to catch this event so the talk has started when we arrived.  Only thing we knew about Acts29 back then was that it’s one of those CHARIS groups doing mission trips and immersion programmes.

Sherlyn Kong CHARIS Talk April2014
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First question that would always come to mind when attending charity talks like this is how can we help?  Then speaker Sherlyn K to our surprise started talking about familiar stuff like Filipino names, terms, and places.  Who would have thought this charity group’s focus is on sending Filipino kids belonging from families in dumpsites to school?

It suddenly hit us:  We should definitely join and support them in their cause!

Sherlyn K mentioned about their problems with the children’s birth registration and instantly I thought to hook her up with VERified, a group formed by friends from law school that provides services regarding problematic birth, marriage, and death certificates for possible assistance.  At the end of the talk, Pres and I came up to Sherlyn K to introduce ourselves and asked if we could help them in ways we can.

I was telling her I stayed for four years in a university very near the Payatas dumpsite where Acts29 has a formation centre for the children they send to school and I have not once been there!  What they’re doing is simply remarkable!

Education is probably the most important gift one can give to these children and their families.  This could be their only ticket to escape the poverty trap.  Acts29 is helping them realize this.


We rise by lifting others.” – Robert Ingersoll