Trip to East Timor - Report by Grace Leota

My initial thought when I received a confirmation that my application had been approved for the mission trip to East Timor was absolute shock. When one of the elders of my church suggested to me that I apply for this trip, I did it with a sense of doubt thinking that there was no chance that I’d get this opportunity, but there really never is any harm in trying. And what do you know; a few weeks later it was a done deal.

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Trip to East Timor - Report by Vila Wu

Prior to the trip to East Timor, my knowledge about the country was from ASCM friends who went there in 2012 and 2013. My friends were shocked to hear that I was going to East Timor, as their perceptions of the country were that it is both impoverished and dangerous. After two weeks there, I think it is a country with countless gifts and huge potential.

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About the Australian Student Christian Movement

The Australian Student Christian Movement (ASCM) is an ecumenical movement of tertiary students, university faculty and senior friends with a history in Australia dating back over a hundred years. It is an affiliate movement of the World Student Christian Federation (WSCF), an international federation of over 100 national movements spanning six WSCF regions: Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and Caribbean, Middle East and North America.

In 2004 the General Assembly of WSCF affirmed the following statement as the guiding vision of the federation:

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