为母则强 Motherhood made her strong
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急难故事 · 文/慧欣
Motherhood made her strong
A Story of Crisis Intervention · Written by Tang
That was the day when Ah Oin’s (pseudonym) life collapsed. Her husband left her and their 3 children with unsettled debts while he fled with their money. Each time when the phone rang, it would trigger a huge psychological pressure to Ah Qin and her three children, fearing that it would be another call to collect debts and demand for an explanation. She could only apologise in tears again and again as she had no idea what had happen.
But the turbulent waves of life did not stop, even after Ah Qin found a job. Her landlord no longer had mercy for her, she owed too many months of rental. She was ordered to move out as soon as possible. That was three weeks after she lost contact with her husband. This is one of the families being followed up by Ipoh Elim Gospel Hall 7979 Holistic Care Station.
Church’s volunteers accompanied and calmed Ah Qin's frightened heart. After much thoughts, Ah Qin moved to another house with much cheaper rental. The new house is empty, but Ah Qin determined to work hard and hence she took up more cleaning jobs. Despite the low income, she tried her very best to cover their family’s expenses, so that her children’s lives will be stable once again, and come out of the pit of darkness.
Looking at the empty house, the volunteers saw the opportunity to serve. They started a fundraising project in church to furnish the house with necessary electrical appliances and furniture. In very short time, fridge, sofa, beds, pillows, fans, tables, chairs, cooking utensils, cabinets were sent to the house one after another. At the meantime, the church’s volunteers also helped her to apply for Family Crisis Intervention Fund, an aid of RM300 per month over four months, to meet her urgent need.
Ah Qin was truly grateful to the church’s volunteers when she held the money in her hand, she promised to work harder. She said she would not give up for the sake of her three children and would continue to move on with her life. The volunteers shared with them the “Blessing at Your Doorstep”, they were very willing to make changes and adjustments in their lives. In fact, there are still ups and downs in their lives, such as Ah Qin later found her husband was being unfaithful to their marriage, her child was admitted to hospital due to virus infection, and when her husband came back to ask for money, which brought havocs to the family. The church’s volunteers not only stand by them and guided them through with God’s word, but also prayed together with them. They were being invited to cell group meeting and different activities too. Now, they are willing to face the difficulties of life with strength from God. Meanwhile, Ah Qin cleaning jobs was also increased in demand.
Motherhood makes her strong, with proper guidance, even this little woman is able to ride the wave of life, and live independently with her three children.
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