30th July 2018 was a memorable day for me. That was the day I joined other sisters and lay mission partners as participants of the “Learn English in an International Community” program organized by the Good Shepherd Sisters at Restful Waters, Singapore. Front row (L to R): Ms Melina Ong (Singapore), Ms Maryann Yong (Korea), Sr Afrida Sri Maryani (Indonesia), Sr Thilini Rupasinghe (Sri Lanka), Sr Nilusha Kiriwella (Sri Lanka) Back row (L to R): Ms Veronica Kim (Korea), Sr Lucy Chia (Singapore), Ms Selestina Sendiri (Indonesia), Sr Sumaira Yousaf (Pakistan), Sr Francesca Do Thi Thai (Vietnam), Sr Chrishanthi Basil (Sri Lanka), Ms Morene Sim (Singapore) I arrived in Singapore on 29th July with many thoughts and concerns on my mind. However, the warm welcome of Sr. Lucy Chia and Melina wiped away all the doubts and fears I had. I felt at home. We were nine in the group from different Asian countries, namely, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Indonesia,
“What touched me most is the vibrancy of the sisters in doing what they do. Though the sector may have limited resources, you are all very rich in your heart with compassion and zeal. You are all very sincere and ready for action for Good Shepherd Mission. For example, when we said we wanted to bring peanut brittle back to Singapore, sisters readily agreed without hesitation. You want your stories to be heard, and we could feel the passion for the mission in each one. Despite your busyness you went all out to see to our comfort. Nothing seems too difficult for you to carry out as I experience the exuberance of love and joy of the community.” Sr Lucy Chia Mr Roger Tan, Sr Lucy Chia, Sr Jacinta Duong, Ms Melina Ong, Ms Cecilia Lim, Ms Morene Sim “I have always been concerned about the water our students and sisters drink every day. It was our wish to have good water to drink whenever we felt thirsty. Good
“You must come!”. That was the urgent plea from Sr Jacinta Duong of Vietnam Sector.
Jacinta’s sharing of the yellowish and sour water which 300 children and the sisters have
been consuming over the past 10 years moved us. The drinking water was pumped from a bore hole located in Binh Hung Hoa cemetery area in Ho Chi Minh (HCM) city. We did not hesitate to answer this call to ‘come’, and bring potable water to Tan Son Nhi Elementary Charity School, a school run by the Good Shepherd Sisters since 2009.
“Beautiful Africa! Oh my God, how I love it!” St Mary Euphrasia
What joy it was to be in Angola to witness the inauguration of the Sr Susan Marie Chia Training Centre held on 15 August 2017.
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Though the programme is named “Learning English”, it was far more than that. Yes, we were given a very useful text book on English Grammar and there were different trained and qualified teachers to give us lessons using the text book, but we as a group, we felt the teachers were not merely English teachers.
On 10th and 11th February 2017, a group of 42 sisters, staff, volunteers and friends gathered in Good Shepherd Place
Following the success of the first Learn English in an International Community held in June/July 2015, a second run was
As part of raising awareness of International Orange Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women and Girls, Restful Waters
In August, Restful Waters responded to ACE Seniors’ (Active, Contributive, Engaged Seniors) call for more volunteers to bring National Day