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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