At The New Charis Mission (TNCM) our overseas exchange programmes are service learning projects targeted to benefit the less fortunate in other cultures and countries.
The fact that our exchange programmes take place elsewhere is significant, because the distractions and comforts you normally live with are temporarily replaced with new experiences. Confronting new surroundings and situations can be quite a challenge, both physically and mentally.
The exchange programmes are learning processes for the participants. Participants learn in the aspect of adapting to foreign cultures and in the aspect of gaining the courage in sharing their life experiences with others. They are exposed to environments and experiences that Singapore cannot offer. Through these exchange programmes we hence aim to widen the perception of our clients undergoing our residential programme and thus increase their knowledge and improve their perception on life.
Although an overseas exchange programme is rewarding to the people participating, the mission itself is to benefit others out there in the communities overseas. Participants of the programme offer the little they can give through various acts of service. These acts of service might be simple. For instance, sharing of life-transformation stories that could encourage the foreign prisoners and their families. Simple as they seem, in the sense that it is not a typical community service project like building a house, these forms of encouragement go a long way.
Other acts of service that TNCM has embarked on through the overseas exchange programmes are running a funfair for an orphanage in China, setting up a Halfway House in Indonesia, serving in Indonesia’s Prisons and early this year, our director, Mr Don Wong and a staff were invited to Curacao to speak with the Prime Minister about how TNCM is run. These are but a few of the many overseas exchange programmes TNCM has embarked on.
To date, teams have been sent to various countries such as China, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Laos and Thailand, helping the children, drug addicts, prisoners and their family.