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急难故事 · 文/慧欣
How are you Doing Lately?
A Story of Crisis Intervention · Written by Tang
Sister Teo is a single mother, because she worked in a night club, over the years, she received a lot of harsh and negative comments from her neighbours.
The recent pandemic, not only affected her work, her son was also suspended from his job. So out of sudden, this family lost their income. She being someone who had very little social support, the pressure she was taking increased tremendously by days, when her house’s electricity and water supply would be cut off anytime and a consistent red reminder letters from bank for unpaid monthly car loan. The pressure became so burdensome until she suffered from insomnia, and she still had no one to talk to. Then, one day, a Christian neighbour greeted her with, “Sister, how are you and your son doing lately?” Finally, sister Teo found a pair of willing ears to share her problems with.
What she didn’t expected was not long after that, she received a phone call from Rev. Chang of Kluang Baptist Community Centre’s 7979 Holistic Care Station. He told her that their church was hoping that they can help her and accompany her during this difficult time, they will issue two times crisis intervention aid of RM600 each for her. When she hung off the phone, her can no longer hold her tears, at her most difficult time, the church had extended their helping hands.
Very soon, together with the first crisis intervention aid, Rev. Chang and a few volunteers made a house call and brought some non-perishable food for her. Due to pandemic, Rev. Chang together with the volunteers, sister Teo and her son each held a booklet of 《Blessing at your Doorsteps》in their hands. She could sense and felt the differences in the way the church served people compared to other religious groups, not only that the church care for their aid recipient’s physical needs, but also their emotional and spiritual needs. With encouragement from the church, sister Teo decided to leave her nightclub’s job, and by action make a change for her son.
But she doesn’t have much skills, what can she do? Not only she begun to look out for job, Rev. Chang and the volunteers also helped her to look out for job vacancies. God’s abundant grace comes beyond expectation when one day, while taking his lunch, Rev. Chang greeted the noodle store’s boss as usual showing concern by asking how was his health lately. He found out that the boss planned to retire and was looking for someone to take over his business. That was a great opportunity, so Rev. Chang introduced sister Teo to this boss, and they agreed that sister Teo would take over the business. So, sister Teo became the boss and started her own business.
Now, sister Teo’s business is growing steadily and she has another two plans in mind. Firstly, open up another branch for her son to run. Secondly, within her capability, helps others who are in need. She never forgets, that all these are possible because of God’s grace.