Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Sponsored Power Series 1st Follow Up

The Team did a great job! :> I asked each team to come up with their own activity for the follow-ups and this was awesome! So much love and so much fun!

Bites of Delights

Pure magic! We took the children from 3 Homes to see the show and they absolutely loved it!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Solid plans

Can't sleep yet... Mind is too full thinking, worrying (a bit!), planning...

Going back tomorrow - cutting short hols - to be with the orphanage kids attending a show for free tomorrow. Sponsoring bus transport for one of the excellent organizations that really helps underprivileged kids in a poor neighbourhood to attend the show.

Also, the dance class fees for two special girls whom I'm sponsoring has gone up to about RM500+ a month as they continue on further in their training... In my heart I truly believe that God has a very special role for them as they are both passionate in serving God in dance.

Sponsorship fees for my two girls in the Philippines has also increased to accommodate the college expenses of the older girl.

One of the girls in the YLD programme needs sponsorship for living expenses as she does a vocational course.

The Dana Belia funds have finished... And from here on we give the kids in AV what we can and seek for funds.

I've been wondering what to do next year. I've just newly linked up with PS The Children and been accepted as a volunteer... Finally on the journey towards my dream of serving children and teens who've been sexually abused. But I confess, I'm wondering where to slot them in!

I'm supposed to continue my Masters in Counselling next year... more expense and a lot of time. I'm supposed to apply for audit licence with all the studying that entails. I have one more exam to complete in tax. I'm definitely quitting AW Foundation... Whilst I love the work, I can't give 100% anymore, and I'll never serve somewhere I don't give 100% in. This is not including work!!

I feel like pulling back from some of the volunteer work and start focusing on my own work, because I see how important jobs are and how many I can help by just offering them work, and also focussing on setting up small businesses that those who are not highly qualified, especially my kids, can work.

Now which do I give up, and how?

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Love and forgiveness

I just came back from my dad's cousin's husband's funeral (I know! A mouthful!)

I call my Dad's cousin 'Auntie R'. She has always impressed me by being a fierce, determined, loyal 'Dragon' lady. Some years back, my dad heard from another relative that Auntie R's husband had run away from financial problems and that Auntie R was struggling.

My dad being the warm, generous man that he is, offered her a job in our firm and really gave her the freedom to do whatever she liked whilst earning a salary enuff to support herself and her two children.

I remember Auntie R telling us that because of this, from the time my little cousin C was 12 years old, just finishing primary school, she went out to work to earn spending money. Imagine, such a little kid!

Over the years, we'd hear from Auntie R about her husband, whom she refused to divorce and still heard from once in awhile. Auntie R was the one who earned the money for the family, and I heard that her husband didn't have much contact with his kids.

My fierce little cousin proved to be a replica of her mom, and is very successful for such a pint-sized little girl in England.

Recently, Auntie R's husband had cancer. And she took care of him throughout his illness, which really boggled me. This was the man who had run out on her, leaving her destitute and struggling to survive.

Today, I attended the funeral. And I was amazed. My Auntie shared the good memories of when her husband had been there for her. My little cousin cried as she shared the memories of her dad's advice; his kindness and compassion.

I could not help remembering all the times when he had NOT been there for them... Not been a father or a husband to them.

It was a lesson in love and forgiveness that I'll not easily forget.