Ah Tee (pseudonym) is the lady boss of a restaurant. She is busy all day long as she need to manage the restaurant business and provide catering service at the same time. One day, Ah Tee got to know the struggles of some Indonesian migrants through social media. The migrants lost their jobs during the pandemic and they were starving. Hence, two organizations called for help, hoping that someone would provide food for them. (Seeing this as an opportunity, Ah Tee immediately contacts the two organizations because she believes that Christians should contribute to the society actively). Ah Tee who always think that as a Christian, she should actively contribute to the society, quickly seize this opportunity and responded by contacting the two organizations. She decided to respond to the needs of the migrant families with her husband and two sisters from church, where they bought 200 packets of rice, Indo Mee instant noodle packs and biscuits, hoping to be able to support the migrant families to walk through this hardship.
“The pandemic had caused many people to be unemployed, but we’re thankful that we are still working and have income. This pandemic had affected everyone somehow or another, hence we should not only be taking care of ourselves,” Ah Tee told her staffs in the restaurant. Ah Tee and the staffs pack the foods happily together. Afterwards, the two organizations helped to send the food packs into the hands of migrant families.
“I didn’t do much actually. I always tell my children that what’s most important is to be the blessing of others so that the name of our Lord will be glorified,” says Ah Tee. Her sharing was really touching. These unseen silent services had blessed 130 Indonesian migrant families, prevented them from starving during this pandemic and let their stomach be filled. What is more important is, the Christians and churches see their responsibilities when there is a need from the under privilege group; they are willing to reach out their hands to help, and allowing people to see and feel the love of God.
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.” (John 13:34-35) Even though Ah Tee do not know these migrants; even though she could not send the food pack to the families by herself due to busy workload, but she did her part within her capacity to live out the life of a disciple. As she walks her talk, she is influencing her family, children and staffs to join her in serving the need of others and spreading love. Her deliberate action of spending time for others, and bearing others need in mind, shows her gratitude to the Lord and the over flowing of life that is being filled with God’s love.
“Thank you!” Although this beneficiary does not know Ah Tee, but she tried to reach her just to thank her through text message. Hence, a prompting out of love to act should not be ignored for we do not know a decision that seems easy-peasy could be the blessing of others; the light in the darkness and the hope in the hopelessness. If we are grateful, for sure we will always be ready to be the vessel of God, make use of God’s given gifts, talents, abilities and resources to serve others. Even if it is just listening and accompanying, as long as we are willing to turn our prompting into action, then it will bring hope to others. Just like 7979 that sees the need of the underprivileged families in various communities, where they setup Manna Food Bank, worked with local churches to send food and daily supplies to the families in need to walk with them through this critical time and valley of darkness regardless of their racial background. Henceforth, the gospel could spread to people of different races and tribes, especially to the marginalized communities.
And you, are you willing to be the blessing of others in little things?