Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Action for Life has reached the sunny shores of Malaysia. After a brief pause at Port Dickson, the team was generously hosted in local families in Petaling Jaya. Going where previous AfL teams have gone, the team had its first interaction with the Stella Maris school.

Action for Life has reached the sunny shores of Malaysia. After a brief pause at Port Dickson, the team was generously hosted in local families in Petaling Jaya. Going where previous AfL teams have gone, the team had its first interaction with the Stella Maris school.

Looking at the theme of Identity and Relationship, AfL challenged the students to reflect on their own families. Kicked off by the chaos skit, a fun look at what we are like on the surface as opposed to what is going on deep inside us, the students were asked to look at their own masks and images. Tam (Vietnam) shared her story about being ashamed of her identity as the daughter of a farmer. Only when Tam was able to accept who she was and apologies to her father could she find the freedom she wanted.

Mushtaq (India) opened his heart to the students about his relationship with his father and family. When he was at university, he had misused the funds his father had entrusted to him which lead to a bad relationship with his family. Only when Mushtaq took the courage to admit to what he had done, and make amends for his mistakes, did a new spirit came into the family.

AfL also got stuck into some practical work around Akasha. With skilled teamwork the group swang into action putting down newspapers, cleaning walls and taping windows closed. Then with brushes in hand and white paint in buckets, they attacked the walls. No one knows who won the battle: the wall seemed to have as much paint on it as we did. Fortunately the team was revived with tea and biscuits.