Overseas Humanitarian Foundation Course 4
The course is CHARIS' interactive and collaborative course, covering the fundamentals of Overseas Humanitarian Missionary Works, including Catholic Social Teachings.
The Overseas Humanitarian Foundation Course is a face-to-face learning experience that allows participants to explore their lives’ faith journeys and answer the call to be living missionary disciples.
The course comprises four (4) modules and two (2) member organisation sharing/testimonies.
Module 1: Is There A Christian Way to Be on A Mission?
"You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind. And love your neighbour as yourself." - Mark 12:30-31
Rev Fr David Garcia, OP
A society that wants to develop healthily must practice the principle of solidarity. This principle tells us that we should take responsibility for each other and stand in solidarity with those who need help the most, especially the poor and disadvantaged.
The Church always shown a special concern for the poor, and in recent documents she refers to this concern as a “preferential option for the poor”.
“The preferential option for the poor should be reaﬃrmed in all its force.” (St John Paul II, Puebla 1979 in Compendium of the Social Doctrine of the Church #182)
Module 2: Awakening - Come and See
Imagine Jesus asking us: “What do you want me to do for you?” The blind man said to him, “My teacher, let me see again.” - Mark 10:51
Director of Catholic Architectural Guild (CAG)
Like Bartimaeus the blind man, perhaps we should all answer... Let me see again! If you feel a tugging in your heart or an interest developing in social mission, come and see.
Perhaps you have not yet identified God’s will for your life. Get closer to God, search your heart’s desires, and seek the Lord to elucidate His plans for you.
Peng Beng will speak on how the hearts of lay missionaries may be stirred and awakened when God the Father calls them to serve in overseas missionary work. Be inspired by the missionary saints and learn about how we can be transformed by their lives and walks with Christ.
Module 3: Answering the Call - Love in Action
"Here I am. Send me." – Isaiah 6:8
Committee Member of A Call To Share (ACTS)
Answering God’s call is something that we all strive to do. To be Christ-like to all we meet and serve - bringing His light not just to those in Singapore but also to our brothers and sisters overseas.
Even though there are many different varieties of overseas missions, all can be challenging. There are many aspects to consider, many things to plan for and inadvertently, problems to deal with.
Listen to Christopher’s sharing on how ACTS has organised overseas missions. Besides gaining insights on the nuts and bolts to consider when going on such missions, the session will help shed light on how we can differentiate ourselves from non-Catholic organisations who go on similar mission trips.
Module 4: Overseas Humanitarian Mission - Regulations and Guidelines
"Obey the government, for God is the One who has put it there. There is no government anywhere that God has not placed in power. So those who refuse to obey the law of the land are refusing to obey God, and punishment will follow." – Romans 13:1-2
Board Member of CHARIS, and Chairperson of Volunteers & Outreach Committee
CHARIS is committed to maintaining high standards of corporate governance. Governance in the charity sector refers to the systems and processes for managing the direction, effectiveness, supervision and accountability of an organisation. High standards of corporate governance are necessary to ensure CHARIS operates ethically and responsibly, and so the organisation’s mission to love and serve our neighbours is fully realised.
Antony will discuss the regulations and guidelines that are applicable for overseas humanitarian missions, highlighting fundraising legal framework and other aspects of regulations and guidelines established by the State laws and Commissioner of Charities.
Let the Little Children Come
“I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me; and the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in.” - Galatians 2:20
Ryan Aw Yong
Epiphany set out in 2004 to bring Christ’s love to the Riau islands through our English programme. In the process we found ourselves transformed by the love of Christ emanating from our fellow volunteers, the Riau community and most of all, from the children. At every turn, we encountered amazing evidence of God’s hand at work to help us overcome obstacles, smoothen out conflicts and strengthen bonds in our teaching teams. Due to COVID19, we had to pause our missions however, we will be restarting again in 2023.
HEAR FROM PAST PARTICIPANTS
" An impactful and inspiring session for me. I was very encouraged by all the speakers, that despite their fears, in faith and trust they said ‘YES’. This ‘yes’ opened up a beautiful missionary journey which in turn has impacted so many lives."
- Anne Goswami
"I’m very inspired by the individuals who shared their journeys on how they have gone about carrying out their humanitarian work. They have walked by faith, not by sight, like the blind man, giving up their burdens to God and letting God lead the way. It’s such a wonderful sharing session."
- Genevieve S. Liaw
"The overall session was very intriguing. It has definitely opened my perspective about answering God’s call and preparing oneself for missionary work, be it overseas or in Singapore."
- Christelyn Pereira