Working With Forgotten Communities
Hi everyone! My name is Lydia and I am currently working as a digital marketing executive in World Vision Singapore. World Vision is a Christian humanitarian aid organisation that aims to alleviate poverty around the world, serving people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
Many do not know it, but my decision to work in World Vision was highly influenced by what I have been taught and exposed to when I was in NTU Christian Fellowship (CF), and for that, I am very grateful.
Through Bible study sessions and fellowship nights, CF has showed me the lack of justice and righteousness in the world today. In my final year, we studied the book of Amos, and we drew many parallels from Amos’ times with ours now. The Israelites then were ignoring the poor, allowing injustice to happen in the land. The Lord detested their worship because it was disconnected from how they treated the poor and vulnerable around them. Isn’t it just too similar to how we live our lives today?
When we pray the Lord’s prayer, we ask for His Kingdom to come and His will be done on earth as it is in heaven. As God’s people, we participate in this by reflecting justice and righteousness, and bringing God’s mercy and compassion to communities. I’m glad that my job at World Vision gives me a chance to help communities that have yet to experience Him.
Aside from raising funds and awareness among the public, my job allows me to share with my peers my faith and convictions. I get to encourage them to show mercy and empathy to the less fortunate as well! When my friends ask me about my job, my sharing would usually end with “Why don’t you sponsor a child with World Vision?” It’s not about meeting a fundraising target, nor is it about showing my boss how dedicated I am to my job, but it is because I truly believe in the sharing of our wealth and our love – to show Christ’s love to the millions of children who have not heard of Him before.
Written by Lydia Lim
Lydia graduated from NTU in 2017.