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Saturday, May 31, 2014

Immersed in Love

I gazed in reticence at the group of students aged 12- 16 praying for little kids. The scene was almost surreal but then it was really happening. Most of them were either kneeling to level with little kids or hugging them with closed eyes praying sincerely. I was so moved that I found myself in tears while continuously clicking the camera.

To give up a Saturday of going to movies or playing favorite video games may not be so appealing to most kids. But then, our students subserviently left the comfort of their homes for ministry.

It would’ve been just another day of going to a place where less fortunate people reside but apparently, God has better plans when the students gave more than cookie goodies but wholeheartedly offered themselves for service.

I’ve seen how most of them hugged kids they’ve just met. I’ve seen how they simply gave in to the joy of playing with kids they barely even knew the names. I’ve seen how they prayed sincerely for them oblivious of what they were wearing or how they looked. I’ve seen how they gave what they brought with joyful faces. I’ve seen how each one was engaged in poignant moment of love.

What seemed to be more surreal probably was hearing the students say that we should do it more often and that they had too much fun.

Being immersed in this kind of situation always reminds me how most people can have so little but seem to be happier. The exultant faces of the kids there is a great reminder that contentment is and will always be found in the heart. Yes, we were so exhausted but we were blessed beyond words. As what the other kid said, ‘One day, I will be back and play with them again. Maybe once I have work I can help them also’. That statement of a fourth grader probably sums up our purpose of going there.
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