Commitment to serve God and His Church
Ina Sim (right) works at the Archdiocesan Commission for Families (ACF). This archdiocesan body helps married couples and families work through their struggles, to build happy Christ-centred marriages and families.
It’s been two years since I started working for ACF. I am responsible for providing administrative support. I came to learn of this job when I happened to meet the previous executive director who told me about the opportunity. As the mission of evangelising families resonates deeply with me, I was immediately interested.
In my work here, I meet a lot of people who struggle with their marriages. Many couples who walk through our doors struggle with personal and family issues, and also issues relating to the Church teachings. So the challenge is in sharing with them God’s infinite love and mercy, helping them to realise that the Lord wants them to be happy, to save them and their marriages.
I believe that prayer is very important in every aspect of life. Since I started working at ACF, I have learnt that praying together is very important. In praying together, we unite as one and become a family. Struggles are a part of life. Without prayer, it will feel like there is no hope in the midst of our difficulties. However, when we pray, we take comfort in knowing that Jesus is always with us, that our hope is in Him and not in anyone or anything else.
Once, I was praying in the adoration room, a lady started crying. Initially, I was hesitant to approach her, but when I was about to leave after my prayers, we happened to make eye contact. I decided to talk to her, and she shared her personal and marital struggles with me. We prayed together. To this day, I continue to journey with her.
From that experience, I learned how powerful prayer is, and it showed me that everything I do here at ACF is an opportunity to spread the Gospel. My work is guided by these treasured words from Mother Teresa, “Don’t let anyone whom you meet leave unhappy” and “Always do small things with great love”.
Ultimately, working in the Church is not just an occupation, but a vocation. It is a commitment to serve God and His Church. I am truly thankful that I have wonderful colleagues – we pray and share our struggles together as a community. Through them, I can see that this is truly the path that the Lord has called me to, and it is a journey that has brought me closer to Him.