CHC’s JAMs and Filipino service members had a fun day out to celebrate Passover and the Filipino National Day.
City Harvest Church’s Fillipino service members celebrated the Passover this year with members from the JAMs (Jesus for All Minds) service on Apr 26 at Labrador Park. About 90 participants turned up for the event which was held by the sea. It was a day of double celebration, however, as the Filipinos were also commemorating their National Day that weekend.
The JAMs ministry, which serves the intellectually challenged in the local community, arranged for 13 buses to bring the JAMs members to the location. In addition, 26 CHC volunteers were involved to provide extra support and supervision.
Excitement was in the air as the Filipino members, who arrived earlier, greeted their new friends warmly. After a session of ice-breakers, the day’s event kicked into full gear with an inter-team puzzle game. It was heartwarming to see the participants making new friends and working with each other to solve the puzzle.
After the first game came a rousing cheer session, with each participant jubilantly exercising their vocal cords. There was another game, which sent everyone running around on a treasure hunt despite the hot weather; each team was required to look for their own country flag.
With the sea breeze in their hair and sun in their faces, the group settled down for snacks during a break. “I am so happy that I can be here. Everyone welcomes me. Jesus loves me. This place is awesome. I like the ocean,” says Veronica, 36, who has been a JAMs member for three years.
After a group-photo taking session, smiles abounded as the group piled back into the buses at 12.30pm. Many new friendships had been forged, and it was heartwarming to see the Filippino community and the JAMs members being kind, friendly, and generous in showing their love for each other.