How time flies… … 2018 comes to an amazing end for Grace Mission. What we have set out in the beginning of the year, have come to fruition.
Our heartfelt thanks to Salem Chapel, Marine Parade Christian Centre, Churches, vegetable adopters, prayer partners, volunteers, fellow colleagues, friends and family for without your unconditional support, GM will not be able to move on so smoothly!
Allow us to share with you some of the work progression for year 2018:-)
1) Hydroponics Farm
One of our visions with Onesimus Garden, Salem Chapel is to feed the world. GM is at our best in increasing our production over the years. We have succeeded given the limited land space:
Year 2016 – 3,304.82 kg
Year 2017 – 4,145.90 kg with an increase of 20.3% from previous year.
Year 2018 – 6,882.50 kg with an increase of 39.8% from previous year.
GM has consistently increased in the production of vegetables over the years. We thank God for the bountiful harvest. We plan to increase our production next year without the increase of floor area.
b) Farming Therapy
We have students from Cerebral Palsy Alliance Singapore (CPAS) trying out hydroponics farming. The students were very receptive and within their managing capacity. The school has also decided to blend hydroponics farming into the lesson curriculum.
Besides having Autistic youths, we have also received quite a number of youths that is having some behavioural issues with their parents and school in regards to the usage of hand phones.
c) Technical Transfer
GM was invited to Ipoh, Perak Malaysia to provide assistance in the set up a growing plot for the Kindergarten so that the young toddlers and children can experience farming and nature studies.
d) A local company in Ang Mo Kio also set up an indoor farming system using LED lights to produce vegetables. GM has the privilege to help and provide consultancy in the set up process and witness the first harvest.
2) Stand Up Paddling (SUP)
For youths that do not like farming or not suitable for farming, GM provides an alternative route, that is through our sea sports therapy called “Sports Bring Healing”. Thanks to Constant Wind for the utmost collaboration and provision of a sport kiosk. The sport kiosk is situated in a beautiful open space where a library cum counselling room was built.
Some 40 ASD youths have tried SUP. They embraced the activity with enthusiasm. We look forward to 2019 for another round of SUP where youths are not only train and build to be more independent but confident in facing their life journey through the sport programs!
In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
3) Sanctuary of Grace (SOG – a guest home for unwanted pregnancies and teen pregnancy crisis)
Right in the heart of a HDB flat at Yishun, a lovely couple, Ros and Nic have their hands full. They have 5 babies residing with them at the present moment(at this point of writing). SOG has been caring for the rejected young girls and women going through difficulties from their early stages of pregnancies to child birth. Similarly their babies are rejected even when they are in the mother’s womb. We thank God for this mission and opening the doors of our home for them. May God bless and keep Ros and Nic and the pregnant ladies as well!
4) GM Fellowship
From Pastor Andrew:
“Every Sunday at 8.00 am, we gather for a time of sharing and fellowship, follow by a time of prayers and worship. We are always joyful just praising and adoring God for all that He has given us. Many of us come to the fellowship, may not be church based or have already gone for another service but would like to do something different rather than the normal Sunday service are gathered here at Mad Fitness Marketing. It is a Gym. We are a Gym Church. We reach out to our friends and relatives to come and enjoy what God have given us – FRIENDSHIP. You are all welcome to join us for a time of fellowship and gym work out!”
5) AG Elderly Day Care Centre, Loboc, Phillippines
“AG Elderly Day Care Centre has made a huge milestone this year. It is our honor and pride to have opened another branch on the 2nd quarter of 2018 which is located in Santa Cruz, Dagohoy. Demographically, the town of Dagohoy is about 30 km from Loboc where the first branch was established. We aim to provide basic care to the senior citizens of the area, encompassing total well-being making them physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually healthy. It is our goal to nurture them to be self-reliant individuals through our programs such as exercise gardening and out-of-town trips. The best is yet to come for AG Elderly Day Care for 2019 as we are planning to build a nursing care home in this place. We have started outsourcing for funds and we hope to get more sponsors for this vision to push through with God’s blessing. Many things have happened to us this year because of the continuous support and encouragement from Pastor Andrew and his wife Grace Choo, we are able to accomplished our goals and looking forward to 2019.”