急难故事 · 文/慧欣
早前，祥哥因为中风造成行动不便，无法胜任工作而失去经济来源。自此，老俩口每个月仅靠女儿寄回来的RM 600 偿还屋租和水电费。女儿单靠马来西亚教育文凭的学历在吉隆坡工作，也过艰辛的生活。
教会不只动用教会关怀基金，每个月津贴RM 100以支付祥哥家的水电费；蔡美莉长老也联系扶轮社，介入祥哥，解决粮食短缺问题：每个月可获得RM 300的食品采购津贴。第一次采购食品那天，他开开心心前往饮料架，把大马国民饮料——美禄放入购物篮内。祥哥藏不住的笑容，深深牵动志工的心。
Love Can Be Passed On
A Story of Crisis Intervention · Written by Tang
For many under privilege families, 2021 has been an unbearable year, and the pandemic had led us to experience a serious economic downturn. Through Crisis Intervention Fund, 7979 Holistic Care Relief Network had accompanied many under privilege families in the community during this difficult period. Brother Xiang is one of the aid recipients.
Earlier on, Brother Xiang lost his income source due to a stroke that resulted in mobility impairment and thus no longer fit for work. Since then, the old couple could only rely on the RM600 sent to them by their daughter to pay their monthly house rental and utility bills. Actually, their daughter who works in Kuala Lumpur with only SPM qualification was also living a difficult life.
When Brother Xiang heard that he could apply for aid from Crisis Intervention Fund at the 7979 Holistic Care Station (Christian Praise Church), he immediately took action. He went to the church and told someone of his predicament, hoping that the church would help. Initially, Brother Xiang went to the church with pure intention of just seeking for financial aid, yet he was intrigued to learned more about Christian’s faith during the service. On the same day, after the church learned about Brother Xiang's situation, they decided to apply for Crisis Intervention aid fund for him, so to lessen Brother Xiang's daughter huge financial burden.
The church not only allotted RM100 every month from their Caring Fund to help Brother Xiang to cover his utilities bills. Elder Mary Chua also referred him to Rotary Club to settle their food supplies issue by applying for the RM300 monthly food voucher benefit. On the first day of sundry marketing, he went to the beverage rack happily and placed Milo, the popular Malaysian drink into his shopping cart. The smile appeared on Bro. Xiang’s face which he could not withhold had touched the hearts of the volunteers.
On one occasion, when Elder Chua and volunteers visited Brother Xiang at his home. Brother Xiang shared that there was a time he was so down because he had lost a lot due to the stroke. At one point he even felt that he had lost his direction in life and wanted to end his life by committing suicide. Fortunately, he came to the church during those difficult time. Brother Xiang used to be very grumpy, almost every day he and his wife would get into arguments, and the couple had been quarreling for 30 years. Now, Brother Xiang has established the habit of reading the Bible daily and it has improved his anger management, as a result the couple's relationship has greatly improved.
A few months later, Brother Xiang came to know an aging friend of his, had no one to turn to, was living on a monthly allowance from government welfare department only and he had even defaulted on his hospital bills. He introduced his friend to the church and applied for the 7979 Crisis Intervention Aid Fund to enable him to walk through these difficult time. Brother Xiang's friend was also being comforted in spirit by accepting this newly found faith.
Love can be passed on, just like brother Xiang who passed on the love to his friend.