老师再次相信你 Teacher Believes in You Again
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爱陪读 · 文/秀仪
最近明威脚踝受伤肿了起来，走路一瘸一拐，非常痛苦。但是，他仍然坚持每天去上学和参与陪读班。有一天，老师因腰伤不能搬重物，随口叫了明威帮忙。他即使脚痛，不能正常走路，仍然以他最快的速度，冲去把那沉重的箱子搬到老师指定的位子上，嘴巴还不断念叨着， “老师不要紧，我可以的。” 看到一个鲁莽的小生命因着耶稣的爱，慢慢地改变自己，老师的心中流出一股暖流。
Teacher Believes in You Again
7979 Guide & Care · Written by Sow Yee
“Mummy, where are you going? I want to follow too!” In between half dream and half awake, Meng Wei seemed to see his mother closing the door and going away. Awake from his nap with cold sweat, his tears streaked out from his closed eyes. He woke up, opened his eyes, and slowly sat up from the sofa. A rhythmic sound of chopping vegetables came from the kitchen, the grey-haired grandma was busy in the kitchen, and murmured to himself, "Grandma is here, grandma is here". He patted his chest and comforted himself.
To Meng Wei, his mother was the vaguest memory, nonetheless, his wounded heart aches ever so often. His dad was in prison, and his Indian mum left with three other kids, leaving only Meng Wei in his aged grandma’s care. Even though his father had already been released from prison, he seldom came home and worked outstation all year long for a small wage. He stayed only for a few days every time he was home, and most of the time Meng Wei can only see him come home in haste and leave the house again. His old-aged grandma sustained the household expenses by selling off the wasted paper she picked up on the roadside. His auntie would occasionally help to take care of Meng Wei as well.
When Meng Wei was in Standard One, the family was in financial difficulty, so the teacher referred him to Companion Class of Agape Community Church 7979 Holistic Station Seremban. Meng Wei’s dark-coloured skin often made him a laughing stock among the children, “Nigger, nigger! Here comes the nigger.” The crowd in the corridor, the loud and clear public opinion, Meng Wei lowered his head unconsciously as he walked out from the toilet. “What have I done wrong? Why would people call me in such?” With the long-term malicious criticism of him by his family and others, his inferior heart had turned him into an angry beast who wanted to break free from the cage, which made him often get along with others with anger, hurt the friendship between friends, and pushed people further and further away.
There was a change in attitude as time went on after Meng Wei joined the Companion Class. He began to know how to get along with people and communicate with others. As he entered Standard 4, due to extra-curricular activities in school, he had to leave the Companion Class. Slowly, the teacher also drifted away with him. “Pastor, I am Meng Wei’s auntie. Lately, he has been fighting with others in school, and I just met the principal. Now, he even wants to beat his grandma. Pastor, what should I do? He was a good boy when he was in the Companion Class. We are very scared.” The pastor was left in shock after answering the call.
Although he was occupied, the pastor still visited them the next day and asked them about what had happened so far. “Next month, we will let Meng Wei come back to Companion Class.” All the teachers went into sudden silence and looked at the pastor. The person in charge worried that Meng Wei will disturb the class, yet out of mercy, the pastor still decided to let him come back. Looking at Meng Wei, who is big in size, hot-tempered and bad attitude, no one in the class was willing to accept him. He also always likes to fight and disturb others in class. The teacher was afraid to stop him, worried to be hurt one day.
After two months in the Companion Class, everyone sees a great change in him. He became humble and temper restrained. He could get along well and mixed with others. The teacher's love and tolerance for him made his wounded heart come alive again, and he also thought about what he could do to repay the teacher.
Recently, Meng Wei’s ankle was injured and swollen. He had to limp when he walked, it was very painful. However, he still insisted on going to school and coming to companion class. One day, the teacher was unable to lift heavy objects due to a back injury and called Meng Wei unconsciously for help. Even if his leg was in pain as he could not walk properly, he still came to help at the fastest speed possible and moved the heavy box to the place appointed and keep saying, “Never mind, teacher. I can do it.” Seeing a reckless little life slowly transforming because of the love of Jesus, the teacher felt so warm in her heart.
Looking at Meng Wei's precocious face, the teacher said, “I know that you had been aggrieved since childhood, but do not be upset, the pastors and teachers in the Companion Class love you very much. Our father in heaven also loves you very much! I know you are stronger and braver than other children! Hope that you can study hard and be an obedient child, take care of grandma at home, and help the teacher to take care of the younger one in school, in the Companion Class, and in Sunday School. Keep it up!”
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