急难故事 · 文/慧欣
Now I am Able to Help Others
A Story of Crisis Intervention · Written by Tang
Before MCO, he wore suit and had a F&B business in KL’s Prime Area;
Before MCO, he was surrounded with friends, as he always be there when they needed him, he firmly believed that his friends will also do the same. He believed that the business that he built would withstood the test of time. He never thought that all this would lost to invisible virus – coronavirus.
Although he used up all monies that he earned to struggle through the worst of the pandemic. Yet after the pandemic, the business still didn’t recover. He tried everything to save it, but it still ended in failure. When the restaurant closed, he was in so much pain as his years of hard work were completely ruined.
He was exhausted physically and mentally when he went back to Bukit Mertajam, Penang, where he grew up, from Kuala Lumpur with only RM600 remained. Even though he had quickly pull himself together, seriously looking for a job, and even lowered his job expectation, but it was still to no avail. Soon, he was in an unprecedented predicament. He was so hungry that even the foreign workers living next door couldn't bear it, and gave him a plate of rice noodles and instant noodles to satisfy his hunger.
His depressed heart needed comfort. At this time, his girlfriend who was far away in China reminded him that he could search nearby for a church. So, he went to Bukit Mertajam St Andrew Presbyterian Church.
Since Alan is still new in the church, the usher arranged for Alan a volunteer of similar age to sit next to him, so as to help Alan familiarize himself with the worship process of the church. After the meeting, the volunteer learned from Alan that he hadn't eaten rice for two weeks. As an experienced social care volunteer, he could see from Alan's malnourished appearance that his statement was true. Hence, he quickly obtained the consent of the pastor and the volunteer manager of the church, and used the charity fund of the church to buy fresh food and daily necessities for Alan.
The next day, Pastor Phang Kok Hing of the church got to know of Alan's difficulty and decided to apply emergency aid fund for him. During home visitation, he found out more about Alan's difficulties. It turned out that Alan's residence was not only in disrepair, but he didn't even have a refrigerator, a common household appliance. He even had to walk in and out because his car insurance had expired and he had no money to refuel. Thank God that the church's rescue action was not only fast, but the brothers and sisters in the church, after learning about Alan's needs, took the initiative to keep an eye on any job vacancies for Alan and send him second-hand furniture and electrical appliances. The church also paid the road tax and insurance for Aaron's car.
Now, Alan is working with a stable income. He thanks the church for helping him in time of need and regarded them as role models. Alan, who was constantly in hunger, now often helps others. He happily told pastor and those volunteers who helped him before,
"Now I am able to help others too".