急难故事 · 文/慧欣
Embracing Storm and Tidal Waves
A Story of Crisis Intervention · Written by Tang
Wei Kiat’s feet had been swollen for quite a while, and he felt tired easily. He thought he would be well after resting and did not think of seeing a doctor. But his wife was worried and insisted him to see a doctor. Only after much persuasion, he'd finally willing to take a day off and went to the hospital for a check-up.
After running a series of tests, the doctor’s diagnosis was Wei Kiat had kidney and heart problems and only surgery can save his life. When he learnt about his health condition and the huge operation cost, he felt worried and anxious. He was just a blue-collar worker working in a factory. Furthermore, he was the only breadwinner of the family.
Due to frequent follow-ups and pre-surgery treatments, Wei Kiat was summoned by the factory’s management to resign voluntarily. The news was a bolt from the blue, adding to the hardship of the family of six. Bro. Heng Ai Siang from Pusat Baptis Shalom 7979 Holistic Care Station, a friend of Wei Kiat, told the church about Wei Kiat’s need.
After the first house visitation, the church confirmed it was a genuine case, and decided to apply for 4 issuances of 7979 Crisis Intervention Fund’s aid on behalf of Wei Kiat as living allowance. During this period of difficult times, the church’s brothers and sisters accompanied them and showed their concern by their action. They called and visited them frequently. Some even baked healthy grain bread or bought non-perishable food for them at their own expense.
Even though Wei Kiat’s health was deteriorating and in an unemployed state were undeniable facts, yet they found a new way out. His wife worked part-time at a noodle stall and his two elder daughters take care of their younger siblings. The family crisis has brought their relationship closer, be it husband and wife relationship, parent-children relationship or siblings relationship.
After the operation, he slowly recovered and was able to live a normal life. In order to get a new job, Wei Kiat, who was a keen learner, took up the challenge and learned to brew coffee. Now every morning, he is in charge of brewing coffee for customers at the coffee shop. As his income has dropped considerably, the family is showing signs of a moderate food shortage. Knowing the problems of this family, the church decided to continue to help this family by applying the 7979 Manna Food Bank’s aid.
In the midst of hardship, Wei Kiat and his family showed resilience. They are thankful that this church, Pusat Baptis Shalom, had reached out to them and helped them through the most difficult time. He thanked them for their prayers, assistance and visitations, which had made them feel being cared for, loved and accepted.
“This illness has led us, who are not related by blood, to come to know each other. Thank you.” He thanked all the volunteers who came to visit him. During one of those visits, they shared with him and his family the booklet “Blessing at Your Door Steps: A New Attitude”, on how to face difficulties with the right mindset. Through the booklet, the volunteers taught them to calmly accept things that cannot be changed, and boldly change things that can be changed.
As long as you know how to renew your mind, blessings will come to you even if the storm is strong.