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2005

Aceh & Nias Indonesia 3rd

Trip n a ri nita a m u H

Building homes, rebuilding lives On December 26, 2004, a massive earthquake occurred

As the team visited orphanages, they worked with the

under the Indian Ocean just off the coast of Indonesia.

children interacting with them and teaching them simple

The quake, measuring a 9.0 magnitude created a series

things. More importantly they shared their love and

of tsunamis that caused great destruction and loss of life.

attention with the children that needed it.

Trinity Christian Centre responded swiftly by raising funds, sending teams and praying for the many affected ones.

One of the villagers was deeply touched by Trinity’s efforts. He said, “The medical aid given by other humanitarian

Trinity’s social arm, Care and Community Services (CCSS)

organisations are usually air-dropped. But you gave us

worked with Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs)

something irreplaceable and unforgettable – the

operating in the Aceh Province and Nias Island off the

human touch – by interacting with our sick, praying for

coast in Sumatra. Together, on 15 May 2005, ‘CLUB Hope’

us and playing with our children.”

– an acronym for ‘Come Let Us Build’ Hope – was also set up to ensure that the long-term needs of the people of

As the team reflected upon this visit, a Trinitarian who

Aceh and Nias were met. ‘CLUB Hope’ teams operated

was greatly blessed shared, “Although the time spent

medical clinics, built homes, distributed food and

there was short, the relationship built with the children

conducted children’s programmes.

was precious. I could tell that our presence had made an impact on the children’s lives. I had a few teenage

The team also saw the need to travel to Nias Island

kids asking me to

as not much medical aid was available or sent to the

walk them to school

remote parts of the Island, though inhabitants there

every morning and

were greatly affected by the tsunami. The first two

younger kids calling

Missions Impact Teams to the island treated 600

me ‘father’. When I

patients, conducted programmes for 620 children

first saw a number

and ministered to 2,800 people who attended the

of kids with skin

celebration services in different locations. The team

problems, I became

prayed for those who needed healing as well. God’s

a little unwilling to

hand was certainly upon the

shake their hands or

team as they witnessed more

touch them. I was reminded

than 200 visible miraculous

right there about the story

healings taking place!

of Jesus and the leper. I learnt from the kids the

In all, a total of 180 Trinitarians

simplicity of life and how to

went on 20 CLUB Hope trips.

be contented. I have learnt

Their physical presence there

how to touch lives and I am

will demonstrate the love of

touched in return.”

God in a very tangible way.

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