Tissue’s Missions Fund (18 May to 12 August)

Update posted by Zixiu Liaw On Jul 24, 2017

21 July 1:30am

Just lay down on bed and I was hearing gunshots being fired somewhere nearby.

Living in this uncertainty of safety is what is unknown to me. I never know if it is ok or not. It might be the rifle being fired from the Safari nearby? Or the guy, criminal, that was hunted down by the crowds protesting @ the township we experience earlier this morning.

I was just editing and adding music into the video we're doing here for Butterfly, a non-profit org, taking care of orphans below 6yrs old, plus she is doing so much MORE! - Look out for updates on where to watch the video when it's up!

You can check out Butterfly Change For Children Facebook page to support and help them in anyway you can!

So much ministry work I see and experience over the past few months that goes almost unnoticed in a big country like Africa. It is really hard and tough.

Labourers are indeed few.

And how many would lay down their upscale life for a simple and almost scavenging life?

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Update posted by Zixiu Liaw On Jul 19, 2017

13 July 9pm


This is the face that I remembered; when we were told to share our favorite/best moment on the island.

This little girl from Antanantsoa village, in the region of Androy, left an impression in my heart. It amazing to me that there is this connection through our eyes.

"Our eyes are the windows to our soul.", they say, and for me, I agree very much.

Clothe in dust and dirt on clothes that must have been worn for days, loose, untamed and not braided hair unlike the rest. I recalled the moment when we got to this village, she caught my attention.

As time passes while we film and all, I notice she looks at me too, like secretly looking from her side. Even though we never spoke, it felt like she was speaking right into my heart with her eyes.

We had a special connection.

Somehow while we were all walking to the baobab tree, it felt natural that we held hands. Her hands felt like a layer of dust was on it too.

The whole time she held on to my hands tightly, till at one point she was hugging unto my legs coz I had to use my hands for the camera.

This is my special moment, it touched my heart.

She is very special to me.

And at this very moment, I know that she is also very special to God.

Just like how she is very special to me, that is how we, everyone of us, are very special to God.

We might feel so insignificant, unnoticed or even unknown.

God know us and loves us.

No matter where we are or where we come from, or what we've been through, what mess we're in, wherever we are at good or bad.

He knows and still loves us.

“You know when I sit down or stand up. You know my thoughts even when I’m far away. You see me when I travel and when I rest at home. You know everything I do. You know what I am going to say even before I say it, Lord. You go before me and follow me. You place your hand of blessing on my head.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭139:2-5‬ ‭NLT‬‬

What a timely reminder of my verses for 2017.

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Update posted by Zixiu Liaw On Jul 14, 2017

21 June 2017 7:45am

It's our 3rd day in Fort Dauphin, Madagascar, it's our flight day = leaving. 😢

There's barely much tourist here, a hard place to get to with the road conditions.

As I watch the 3(Drew, Rebecca & Kotie) ran out into the ocean, I remember the song Oceans. So I started playing it on my phone as I'm typing this. They have already pass the break of waves(where it crashes). I managed to did it yesterday too! Out of breath and almost drowned is how I would call it. Thank God I'm still alive to experienced AND see all of His creations. I have my coffee with me.

The sound of the oceans is drowning the "Oceans". I can barely hear the lyrics. How can I stand in the deep oceans? Thinking back about how tough it was to get pass the breaking waves and to be floating somehow in fear of more crashing waves. I managed to hold out for awhile without the crazy waves and just float and catch my breath. But once that's done, it seems like the waves are coming in again, and we need to go deeper into the oceans. I was fearful.

How can 1 have faith at such difficult times like these?

We have to go deeper. Yes. Deeper. I need to search up the science of how the waves start forming into crashes, to know more about His creation. But from where I'm seated and looking at the waves, the shallower you're at, the more crashes(challenges). Is that why people always says "dig deeper"?

The deeper you go, you will not be standing on solid ground, but on solid faith! "My faith will stand", I will rest in the "embrace" of Your waves so my faith will rise. "I'll keep my eyes above the waves" from Your vantage point, so I will not fear.

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭121:1-8‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Amen.

Lord, I will lift up my eyes to You.

Even when tough times come, I will trust in You. Take me deeper so my faith will grow. Let me not loose sight of you and of what You want to do in my life. I will fix my eyes on you. There's so many times I fail, I can't do it on my own, but You lead me please. Not let my pride or self-sufficiency ever take control. I do have fears, but let faith(even as small as a mustard seed) rule over it.

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Update posted by Zixiu Liaw On Jul 09, 2017

27 June

It's a crazy "loza be" (dangerous in Malagasy) but stunning ride in the kombi.

The narrow and windy road passing small towns, hills and mountains. On 1 side I see the sunlight lit up the beautiful and gorgeous sceneries, on the other, the light breaking through the whispery and mystical clouds.

We started our journey @ 5:30am, and it's 7:30am now. 6hrs more to go.


I saw a house seating in the middle of nowhere and it reminds me of my road trips in the west side of the world. It's the same beauty, same nature, same God. The Same Love. 😌

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Update posted by Zixiu Liaw On Jul 02, 2017

My Testimony was on OM Africa Facebook - Media Trek Testimony

Here's my full write up:-

Ambovombe: there's dust, dirt, and a different kind of culture and mindset that I am not used to. I wonder where is God in all of this. Coming from clean and green Singapore, where we have everything we need with no lack, I struggled to find the answer.

Experiencing and capturing missions work through my lens was what I came here for, and yes I can say now that I've seen the works in this part of the world. It is in the hands of the people of God, and we really have to put our faith in action.

I utterly respect and admire two particular ladies, Farah and Herimanina, plus other workers and even the villagers. They are His hands and His feet, bringing His glory wherever they go. We all need to do likewise.

1 Cor 10:31

So whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do it for the glory of God.

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Update posted by Zixiu Liaw On Jun 27, 2017

We are currently two-third our journey to Mahajanga, in the town of Maevatanana.

I had the time and I had this riding on my mind, so I'll do this FOOD post (also specially dedicated to my baby sister, Wing wing), as a true Singaporean! I MISS home cooked food the most! Other than AL the hawker food we have.

Well, I've ate so much since the start of my trip, I began to wonder if I will ever loose weight. Well, before I started, I had thoughts about myself either loosing weight or gaining weight. Just the usual regular weight cautious Singaporean girl, who is a foodie!

But boy, the verdict... I guess/hope I'm the same - You tell me when I'm back in Singapore?!?!

In South Africa, where we started @ the base camp, we are basically FED! With international food that the MDT(Mission Discipleship Training - 6 months) teams there cook. We also did our share of kitchen rotation duties.

Then when we had training, all the MDT teams are gone for outreach. So we prepared and cooked our own meals. Early mornings and long days = Lotsa Coffee!

We then started with our 1st few projects @ Meetse. That's when we were also FED, ate out once and again self cooked.


MADAGASCAR = RICE is a MUST

They are not kidding when they say that rice is a must in their meals. We had so much rice...

Rice = Carbs = Fat

So in the south, Ambovembe, they fed us!

It's not just rice rice, but also rice cake, bread, fried dough, cassava and Lots of BANANAS!

So now you see how? How can I loose weight?!?! Gosh...

Back in the capital, Antananarivo. We "try" to be healthier, check out our lovely breakfast SPREAD. 😅


Oh wells... What can I say...

I'm a true Foodie! 😍

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Update posted by Zixiu Liaw On Jun 25, 2017

17 June 2017

Betioky Village, 12:15pm

We were all seated under the blazing sun just minutes after riding here in a truck during the pouring rain.


My "lambahoany" (traditional skirt) was flapping in the cool and strong wind. The colors of these traditional clothing makes the setting so perfect, reflecting the beauty of God's creation. Some, mostly men, are seated under the shade of the biggest tree in the field, which is hard to miss. The rest of the women, little ones and the "vazaha" (our nicknames as the foreigners/boss) were scattered around on the dry, grassy and sandy area. God's people sharing testimonies; His goodness and miracles in their lives.

God is saying: "I am here with these people. My presence is here with them, every single one." My heart is moved and touched as I'm seated here. The words from Deuteronomy‬ being preached by Freemaann (disciple doing his practical work).


‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭6:4-5‬ ‭NIV‬‬

“Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.”

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Update posted by Zixiu Liaw On Jun 25, 2017

15 June 2017

We went into the village of Taviramongy. The strangest and most bizarre thing happened to me today in the village. I unintentionally offended some of the villagers when I said I lost my phone and went into a frantic search only to realize that I had left it with Kotie earlier. After we were done with all the interviews, I was told that I had to make a formal public apology, ending it with a dance. I quickly and humbly took to verbalizing my sorries and what I didn't mean to do. However, the hard part was the dance, and I had to get my teammates and Fahra to do it with me! But everything was lifted up as we danced the "tribal" dance (a welcoming dance they did for us when we arrived). It definitely broke the tension. It's a way to appease them and to leave with no hard feelings. Apologizing with a dance? Checked!


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Update posted by Zixiu Liaw On Jun 22, 2017

13 June 2017

Salama('Hello' in Malagasy) to all you who have given and blessed me for this Media Trek I'm on!

I'm here in the south of Madagascar, region of Androy, a place where cactus grow as fences, where drought and dusty meets.

As I'm typing this, I do not have any network to be sending this message.(When you received this I would already be back in Antananarivo, main city in Madagascar.)

We got here by a mini-bus, 5hrs+ of grueling, bumpy & rough roads.


I cannot imagine how it would be if I would have to stay here for another week. Utter respect & admiration to the 2 women missionaries here whom have work the grounds faithfully and unconditionally. A heart that just wants to answer to God's call, to love and serve the people here.

We are covering 3 stories here:-

1. Perla (Women's ministry)

2. Villages Ministries

3. Culture (Aspect of a Missionary life)

It hasn't been easy as poverty and filth are a norm here. Hard to comprehend how scarce water is with the dirt and dust that fills the air, I just want to wash up but every time and I have to rethink how I can use less water. Culture is also something to deal with, women are not valued here, and yet we see these 2 women laying their lives down here.

I'm struggling to see God's hand at work, but I know God is still in control. I can only be thankful and grateful for all that He has done so far.

I really want to see God's glory revealed so evidently that people here will know that it is Him and Him alone that can make this possible. May the videos we produce be able to magnify His glory, impact and inspire more people.

Pray for us but more so for Madagascar.


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Update posted by Zixiu Liaw On May 21, 2017

Blessed is the word to be used for such a time as this.

I am doing very well here. I have to testify of 1 very amazing thing, is that our team of 6 that met all for the 1st time really bonded and have great unity. It will be great on the field when we start doing actual video productions.

As of now, we've had our orientation, gotten to know each other better and adapted pretty well~ It gets really cold at night here, can drop to about 7/8 degrees celcius, no heaters in the room~

It's night 4 here! We went for a little hike today, and boy was it tough for me. I'm not sure if it's the altitude or the heat, or it's just me not physically fit enough(after not working out for months)... But I almost fainted... I seriously heard my heart ponding and my breathing was LOUD... and I was light headed. It was horrible... BUT I have the most amazing team mates! I caused us to have to stop before reaching the top, not once, but twice/thrice? I feel bad... Well regardless, one of them said 'It's not the destination, it's all about the journey.' WOW... just wow... And here goes the famous saying, "If you want to go fast, you go alone, if you want to go far, you do it together." It really encourages me and I am truly thankful to God for such a great & cool team here. No mountain will be too big/difficult when you have people along side with the same mind and spirit.

We will start on training next week. And I will be out of reach, as they are restricting our phones use(cut us out from the world). It's good, we will all stay focus then! Till then~


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