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I Found My Place Of Belonging

Theresa Shares About Her Journey In Singapore And How She Came To Find Her Place Of Belonging.  I first came to Singapore in 1982 for my studies. I came alone, not knowing anyone from here. Coming from a big family, I was the eldest of ten. My family was close-knit and my parents always taught us to look out for one another. Thus, from a close-knit family, it was natural that I sought out a place of belonging in Singapore. Seeking Out Friends and A Place Of Belonging. To make more friends, I joined several singing and choral groups. These…

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Moved To Pray For Others
Ignatius, second from right; spending time with migrant workers at the Bread Basket Programme with parishioners from St Mary of the Angels.

Moved To Pray For Others

Ignatius Shares About The Power of Prayer. I’m always moved by the suffering of others.  I always try to put myself in the other persons shoes and try to understand their pain and sorrow.  I too have gone through some periods of pain in my life. During such periods, others have stopped, listened and loved.  Moved with Compassion. So why was I moved to feel for them?  While the reason for suffering is different, I think the feeling that the other feels is often the same.  That longing for peace, understanding and compassion.  The desire to be understood by the other person and to be loved. …

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Looking at the needs of others

Daniel Yeo recounts how his eyes were open to look beyond himself and his needs. I grew up during a period of Singapore where things were quite comfortable, and I was ignorant of the poverty that existed.  Living in my own vacuum I was more concerned about my own life, career and ambitions.   All this began to change after the sudden passing of my mum. I began to ask questions on the purpose of my life and God.  Come and See... With the support of a friend, I joined the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) process to know more about God.   I learnt concepts about unconditional love, being the Good Samaritan and loving my neighbour as myself…

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Recognising My Fears and Being Free

Esther Chia shares about her experience of fear and prejudice towards migrants and her realisation after that.  I used to think that the news was not very helpful. It focused a lot on the bad news and only on the bad things that migrants do. But what about me? I found myself generally prejudiced towards migrant workers and to those who are different from me. I used to avoid them. The migrants were invisible to me and I did not acknowledge their existence. It had been a long while since I have taken the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT), and I…

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Open My Heart

ESTHER CHIA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ACMI SHARES HER JOURNEY IN ACMI I was the ideal Catholic who ticked all the boxes. I attended mass every Sunday, served in a ministry in my parish and contributed weekly to the offertory at masses. I was comfortable and believed that what I was doing in my faith was enough. However, I started feeling this tugging in my heart that I could give more of myself and my time to others. The opportunity arose when I was invited to interview for the role as Executive Director at ACMI. I was offered the role but was…

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“I’m on a learning journey too”

Kwek, 68 began his journey at ACMI in 2017. He volunteered as a befriender trainer, assisted the English classes and soon took on a English trainer role for Comprehension English. Prior to ACMI, Kwek worked a corporate job in a multi-national company for 40 over years. Kwek worked a corporate job in a multi-national company for 40 over years After retiring, he was looking out for things to do to make full use of his time. “My kids have all grown up and with all this time in my hands, I was looking out for a place where I could…

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More than a domestic worker

In 2006, Emelia, 47 had to undergo a cornea transplant after scarring her cornea while cooking. The scarring caused her to lose her sight in one eye temporarily. Supported by her employer, she was able to undergo a cornea transplant and regain her sight. Although being temporarily blind in one eye, Emelia found a renewed sense of purpose and meaning to her life. “After my transplant, a priest told me not to be sad about my situation. Instead, he said that God had given my sight back and I should strive to be a light to others.” Emelia remarked. Before…

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Be a Befriender today!

Have we stopped for a moment to remember the people and events in our lives that we are thankful for? Have we counted the blessings that we have received from God and others today? Take a moment, ponder, remember. Even through the difficulties and troubles in life, there is so much we can be grateful for. For the roof over our heads, love and warmth of family and friends or even the skills we have. As we remember the blessings we have, can we share that with others? We don't have to do great things, we can bless others through…

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The Long Journey of Foreign Spouses

The dream of every bride is to have the perfect groom, and the happy-ever-after ending to her search for a family of her own, and maybe, a fairy-tale wedding. Too many couples will be quick to correct that hopeful vision, and fortifying their relationship as soon as the new home, the little ones, and changing jobs happen all at once. For the young women who marry Singapore men and come from South-east Asian countries like Vietnam and the Philippines, many of them are prepared to leave their home countries also in search of better prospects for their future. Their story…

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Savings and Dreams

One of the universal aims among support groups for foreign domestic workers is for them to be empowered through learning financial and entrepreneurial skills to improve their socio-economic situation by the time they complete their contracts and return to their home country. “Our income is not enough,” Joyce said, “We just have money to send home to our children and families, and month by month, there is not enough to save.” Mrs Laura Teo, an employer with two domestic helpers, noted similarly, “My helper sometimes has requests from the family from time to time which wipes out her own savings…

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