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 give back and serve the community.”
A change of heart
Kwek had no religion when he began volunteering at ACMI, “My wife and children are all Catholics, but I was the stubborn one and just never got around to becoming a Catholic.” Kwek joked.
However, all that changed for him in 2018 when Kwek decided to join the RCIA process. “I am an inquisitive person and wanted to learn more about the Catholic faith and the teachings of Jesus.”
“What Would Jesus Do?” or “What Would I Do?”
His journey led him to reflect on his past experiences. On one of the sessions, Kwek shared about a time where he had encountered a difficult situation at work which left him unsure of what to do. However, the facilitator of the group asked him “What would Jesus do?”.
It stunned him for a moment but Kwek remarked “It changed my perspective, as back then I never asked that question, it was more of what should I do? But now knowing about Jesus and his teachings, I now know that I can depend on God to be part of my decision-making process.”
“I now know that I can depend on God to be part of my decision-making process”
Kwek, now Peter, got baptized to the Catholic faith in Easter this year. “I’m still on a learning journey and continue to discover my faith each day. I’m certainly no Saint yet.” Kwek quipped.
As for his ministry at ACMI, Kwek continues to journey with the FDWs who come for his English Comprehension course.
They ask questions and are not afraid to make mistakes
Each Sunday, he patiently guides them and encourages them to speak English in class so that they can practice. He also provides life advice to them as and when the opportunity arises.
“I’m impressed by their enthusiasm and hunger to learn. They ask questions and are not afraid to make mistakes.”
“I want to empower them to be a better version of themselves and open their minds to believe that they can eventually return home and build a better future for themselves and their families.”
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