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急难故事 · 文/蔡欣仪
NOT ALONE, EVEN AWAY FROM HOME
STORY FROM FAMILY CRISIS INTERVENTION PROGRAMME · WRITTEN BY CSG
“Mummy, I want to eat Maggi!” Shirley’s daughter requested in pampering manner .
Shirley, a single mother, left her hometown for a living in Kepong, Selangor with her daughter. Her main concern in raising her daughter is to ensure she has enough food to eat. Whenever her daughter ask for Maggi, she will not hesitate to provide.
Shirley suffers from uterine fibroids causing her prone to fatigue and unable to work for long hours. Hence, she could only do some part time cleaning job to sustain the family.
Two years of pandemic greatly impacted her, as she was left with only one job as a part-time cleaner with little income, they struggle to survive. Finally, on Christmas eve last year, Shirley came to know about 7979 Holistic Network via the website and she called up for help.
Very soon, volunteers from 7979 Holistic Station, Gereja Christian Grace Kepong visited her. Having been away from home, she hardly has anyone visiting her here, she was really happy to welcome them. After a brief interview, the volunteers decided to assist her to apply for the 7979 Crisis Intervention Fund.
During the subsequent follow-up visits, Rev Tan brought along a few church sisters. They have similar experience like Shirley, so she gets along with them easily. This new acquaintance and companionship brings much comfort to Shirley. Shirley decided to accept Jesus as her personal saviour during the second visitation.
Apart from helping her to apply for 7979 assistance, the church volunteers also teach her how to pray and read the Bible, and also share with her the importance of balanced diet for her daughter. Rev Tan even bought her organic millets, so that they can eat healthily. After 3 months of assistance via the 7979 Crisis Intervention fund, the church continued to help this family using the church fund, so that they can carry on with their life without hardships.
7979 volunteers also show concerns to Shirley’s daughter during the home visitations. Spending time to play simple games and doing DIY jewellery with her. They also educate and guide her on the side effects of frequent consumption of instant noodle. She heeded the advice and reduce her consumption of Maggi from 4 to 5 times a week to once a week. Until the recent Chinese New Year, she has stopped eating Maggi noodles!
Because of the care from the church, this single mother began to feel the warmth and start to connect with others in the community. We hope that in time to come, she will be more open, stronger and willing to share her experience to encourage those who suffers the same fate. Shirley, don’t give up !
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