Members of missionary group A Call to Share (ACTS) visited Myanmar, Cambodia and the Philippines in November and December to serve the needy in these countries.
From Dec 9-16, an ACTS team visited the Infant Jesus (IJ) Centre in Yangon, Myanmar, and three homes run by Salesian nuns at Pyin Oo Lwin, Anisakan and Chanthagon.
The IJ Centre conducts courses for trainee teachers while the homes provide shelter and education to girls of various age groups.
Apart from academic studies, the nuns also provide religious education and values formation to the girls, who come from poor families in various states.
During their visit, the ACTS team conducted Catechesis of the Good Shepherd sessions and art activities for the teacher trainees and girls. Donations were also given to the homes.
The team also met with the Catholic Medical Commission of Yangon to explore possibilities for future mission involvement.
From Dec 8-16, 350 ACTS members visited Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and reached out to students at Don Bosco mission schools and needy people in an outlying village.
The ACTS team comprised medical and dental students, trained doctors and dentists, students from the University of Western Australia, and parishioners from several Singapore churches.
They tended to HIV patients, organised project work for students from kindergarten to vocational level, packed gifts, and conducted restoration and painting work.
A team of seven participants had earlier spent a week in Battambang, Cambodia, from Nov 11-17.
The team of three Catholics and four non-Catholics shared motivational stories with the Cambodians, gave away goodie bags, taught modern dance and sang with kindergarten kids.
The team also witnessed the blessing of a grotto by Msgr Enrique Figaredo, Apostolic Prefect of Battambang. The grotto was funded by a Singaporean couple and designed and supervised by four other Singaporeans.
From Dec 2-9, 37 ACTS members visited Pampanga, north of Manila, to work with the indigenous Aetas villagers.
While one group helped to paint a 180 sq-m community hall, another group played games with students, and told stories and taught handicraft to elementary classes from the Aetas school.
Food items, old clothing, used handbags, stationery and table lamps were given to families.
In another trip to the Philippines, from Dec 11-14, 10 ACTS members conducted classes for business and electronics students from the Laura Vicuna Technological Centre in Manila and helped paint the school.
ACTS is an initiative of the Church of Our Lady Queen of Peace in Singapore. It began in 2007 when a group of parishioners wanted to share the joy of Christmas with others less fortunate.
ACTS aims to share its experience of Christ and its skills and resources with needy people overseas.