7979吗哪暖心 · 文/蔡欣仪
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Love that Satisfies the Soul
Manna’s Warmth · Written by CSG
Sabah, Sandakan Abba Love Revival Center (ALRC), one of HISTEAM 7979 Care Station is situated at an industrial zone which is close to a hill. Living at the hills are some poor families that ALRC arduously make effort to care for. Rev. Jackson of ALRC shared: “In order to deliver food aid to the recipients, we either have to climb uphill or walk downhill and sometimes we need to carry heavy load while walking on dense forest’s trails.” Despite all these obstacles, Rev. Jackson did not choose to retreat but instead continue to strive forward, because he believes, in this end time, only Abba Father’s love can satisfies people’s soul; only Abba Father’s love can mend poor families broken souls.
Houses on the hills.
| We only have one request
More than 10 years ago, Rev. Jackson’s often had a thought came to his mind, whenever there is disaster, different charity organisations would flow in to help. However, where is the cross of salvation? He was prompted to start caring ministry, wanted to help the needy, and let them experience God’s love.
A fire disaster became the ignition for Rev. Jackson to start caring ministry. A native came to him in the middle of the night asking for help. That fire had destroyed the house of 6 Christian households in the village. In just one night, 29 persons lost their accommodation. Once Rev. Jackson aware of their predicament, he quickly called up few brothers and sisters for old clothes, he also spent some money to buy them some non-perishable food.
When the aid arrived, those disaster victims make one request: “We still have one request, can you give us 6 Christians households one Indonesian’s language bible each? We can’t worship without a bible”. When Rev. Jackson and his church members heard this, they were so moved by it. After a disaster, they were left with nothing, yet they didn’t asked for material, they only asked for a bible. Thereafter, Rev. Jackson bought them some bibles.
“More than 10 years ago, we were not a church yet, we were operating as a center, that encouraged Christians around us to gather here for worship.” Initially, Rev. Jackson started the center by faith based on the vision he received, turned the place into a place of worship, minister and pray for those in need. Occasionally, he would organised evangelistic meeting and invited external speakers to preach and blessed the community.
| Jesus can help them
Since the establishment of this church, they had been caring for the welfare of children from poor families, mostly children of single parent or orphans. The church does not only provides homework guidance and provide life coaching, they also taught them other languages. As of today, there are as many as 60 children brought up in such manner.
Year 2019, the church joined HISTEAM 7979 and set up 7979 Care Station with the intention to start Under Privilege Children Companionship Class. However, out of sudden the outbreak of COVID-19 virus in Malaysia, followed by phases of MCO, has delayed the opening of Companionship Class. Praise the Lord, caring operation did not stop. During pandemic, the poor families’ life had gone from bad to worse. In the month of July year 2020, in the midst of pandemic, the church launched Manna Food Bank ministry. Through Manna Food Bank ministry, they are able to walk into the lives of the poor, to care and to accompany them through those critical period.
Every delivery of Manna Food Bag is an opportunity for Rev. Jackson to build relationship with the recipients. Through listening, sharing and prayers, they have managed to build close relationship which is as close as family members with the recipients. These families always look forward to the bimonthly delivery of Manna Food Bag. It is not just because of the Manna Food Bags, instead more of the company and the encouragement, which have brought hope to their lives. Although, many recipients are nonbelievers, but they knew only Jesus can help them in such times.
“Even though they are very poor, yet they always served me food.” Rev. Jackson shared this with hearts full of gladness and thankfulness. Whenever Rev. Jackson pay visit to them, they will prepare some food and gave or served him home grown chilies or fruits that they had reserved for him.
Last year, under pandemic attacked, the church chose few families that were seriously hit to apply for Manna Food Bank. With the bimonthly Manna Food Bags and a brother who is in restaurant business passed leftover food to Rev. Jackson to be distributed among the poor families, they finally managed to weather through those difficult times.
Besides this, due to the grace of God, last year the church received an offering from Sarawak. The church used this fund to buy some non-perishable food distributed to more than 150 households, among these households are some illegal foreign workers.
| As long as God provides, offerings flow in, the church will continue to serve
Brothers and sisters in church are mainly recipients of Manna Food Bags who then accepted Christ and joined the church, therefore majority of the church members are of poor families. They live at the hillside, they have no transportation to come to church, so they depend on church brothers and sisters to fetch and send them back. “If the church has a gospel van, it would be able to transport church members to and from church as well as safely transporting the children of Companionship Class.” Rev. Jackson said this hopefully.
May the church continue to raise the banner of God’s love in this community. Just as their church’s name: let the community be able to experience the love of Abba Father. At the same time, continue to expand their ministry, so that more will be blessed. “Hope that our church can become the spiritual ‘specialist hospital’ for this community” bringing hope to them, complete this end time harvest through God’s hand. Let God’s revival come upon this Kingdom, individual life and families.” Rev. Jackson expressed. Do God’s work with a heart to serve, live by faith. As long as God provides, offerings flow in, the church will continue to serve. Because God can turn nothing into something, turn the poor into rich.
7979吗哪暖心 · 文/蔡欣仪
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The light at the end of the tunnel
Manna Warm Stories · Written by CSG
| The story of Yuezhu
While I was busy preparing lunch today, my husband lay paralyzed at home, unable to move. My house was a mess, and without peace. There was nothing I could do with three kids throwing things around the house.
Three years ago, the support of my family collapsed instantly when my husband became paralyzed into a vegetative state. I quit my job and concentrate on taking care of my husband at home. Every day, I am busy with all kinds of housework and my children. Thankfully, my relatives are willing to support us to meet the basic expenses of our family.
In the past, I was so busy with my work that I neglected to teach my children, and now they are rebellious. Not only are they mischievous, they often don't do their homework and have become problematic students at school. Sadly, I am not well educated, so I do not know what to do with them.
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In 2019, a Chinese primary school provided a list of students who needed study accompaniment to Abba Love Revival Center, one of our 7979 Holistic Care Stations. So, the church co-workers visited all the children on the list, and Yuezue's children happened to be in the list. During the visit, the church heard Yuezue’s desperate cry, therefore applied 7979 Manna Food Bank for her to help her family. The church got to know them better as and when they delivered Manna Food Bags to them. The church becomes Yuezue's spiritual support, and the relationship between the child and the church has gradually become closer.
Manna Food Bags July Distribution
| Don’t understand is not equivalent to naughty
Yuezhu's three children are nine-year-old Zhiwei (pseudonym), seven-year-old Ziting (pseudonym) and four-year-old Zhihong (pseudonym).
The church saw that these children need adult’s company and guidance. When Companionship Class’s opening kept on delayed by the pandemic, the church still hopes that the children able to have companion and guidance in their study, so they decided to take Zhiwei to the church, in order for Pastor and Co-workers to teach him with his school work.
In the journey of accompany, the church got to know Zhiwei better and found out that he was not such a disobedient "naughty boy" as others have said. Zhiwei just didn't understand a lot of things and didn’t know how to finish his homework. Later, when the pandemic situation in Sabah became severe, the Control Order was enforced again, Pastor ending up teaching children online through video conferencing software.
Seeing the transformation of their brother, Ziting and Zhihong started to do their homework on their own initiative. They were also eager to attend church’s Companionship Class because there is always someone available to accompany, teach and encourage them. Pastor agreed to their request and offered to take them to Companionship Class whenever possible as long as they are obedient.
This year, the three siblings became serious in their studies and always completed their school work on their own initiative. Even Ziting, she often WhatsApp pastor whenever she encounters difficulty in her homework. The children all appear to have some changes and grow up, the mother could see that, they have changed from naughty, trouble-making children into obedient children who will do their homework voluntarily. Yuezhu has no worries for them now and therefore could concentrate on taking care of her husband.
| I'm glad to be able to chat with you
Yuezhu's paralyzed vegetative husband could only move his eyes. Every time when Pastor delivered Manna Food bag to them, he always prayed for him, he responded and even uttered some sound. At the same time, the church applied for him the Alpro Foundation's Metabolic Basic nutritional milk powder. After receiving adequate nutrition, Yuezhu's husband's complexion improved significantly, and his previous constipation problem was also alleviated. Yuezhu was very grateful for the sponsorship of nutritional milk powder because she has no income and cannot afford to buy formula milk powder.
Yuezhu is very grateful for Manna Food Bank who provided food bags, that had taken away all her worries for food supplies; at the same time, the formula milk powder had also given her husband adequate nutrition, and lastly the children had become obedient and sensible. "Our relationship is like a family", the Pastor emphasized repeatedly, he felt relief and shared "The kids text us from time to time. Whenever we deliver Manna Food Bag, they always can't wait to see us, chat with us and share what they have experienced in the past two months."
| The light at the end of the tunnel
The ongoing Pandemic has undoubtedly made the situation worse for Yuezhu’s family. When Manna Food Bags delivery ended after one year of every two months 1 bag delivery, the church will file another application for her. In the face of danger, the church did not gave up on Yuezhu’s family, instead they have resolutely accompanied her family at this period of time, as if they were walking through the darkest tunnel together, believing that the light is at the end. Such assistance is not only external assistance, but also the greatest spiritual support.
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月珠那瘫痪成植物人的丈夫，只能转动双眼。每次派发吗哪包时，牧师为他祷告，他都有反应，甚至发出声音。同时教会为他申请Alpro大专基金会（Alpro Foundation）的Metabolic Basic营养奶粉。摄取充足营养后，月珠丈夫的气色明显改善，以往便秘的问题也得到缓解。月珠很感恩能获得营养奶粉的资助，因为自己没有收入，没有能力购买配方奶粉。
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Grace of Sprouting Shoot
Manna Warm Stories · Written by CSG
Late at night, Zhang Wei (pseudonym) just off from work, he was walking on the dark hilly bushy trail head home. Crescent moon in the sky illuminate the road before him like a street light.
Finally reached home, it was a little wooden shack with 2 rooms. The house was given by a relative to Zhang Wei and his family of seven members. When he reached home, his wife and all his children were sitting down at the dining table having their dinner. Zhang Wei took a quick bath, change and sat down together with them for dinner.
Zhang Wei was a lorry driver, he fed his family with this income. However, an accident broken the simple happiness they enjoyed. Due to his hand injury, he can no longer drive lorry, thus he lost his job.
Life was never easy. This untoward accident had made their lives turn worse. Despite all these, he still would not give up on earning some income to support the family livelihood. Therefore, they resorted to selling herbal tea. Every morning, they’ll prepare 30 units of herbal tea to sell at nearby factories. If they managed to sell all their herbal tea, then they’ll be able to earn a sale of RM60 for the day.
One day, someone visited their home, the visitor claimed that he is the pastor of Abba Love Revival Centre, one of 7979 Holistic Care Station. In their conversation, the church began to understand Zhang Wei’s family situation, they later helped him to apply for 7979 Manna Food Bank food aid. Never in Zhang Wei’s thought, one visitation can turn things around for his family, it was like a tiny shoot, sprout from the soil, brought hope to the family.
Zhang Wei recalled the first visitation, pastor suddenly expressed that he wanted to pray for his injured hand, he didn’t decline his offer. Amazingly, after pastor prayer, his long injured painful hand no longer in pain, he can even raise up his hand, his family was overjoyed with this outcome.
In March 2020, COVID-19 became widespread, MCO had to be implemented. Zhang Wei’s family livelihood again is under threat. Fortunately, the church timely delivery of Manna Food Bag, the big bag of non-perishable food in Zhang Wei’s eyes is like a gift from Heaven.
Time flies, by these time, Zhang Wei had received 2 to 3 bags of Manna Food Bag. On every visitation, the church volunteers will chat and pray for them without fail.
Although Manna Food Bags can somehow provide their family with some extra food, however it is still not sufficient for a family of 7 members, therefore they often resorted to having plain rice with soya sauce, an imbalance diet to sustain their hunger. On one of the house visitation, the volunteers discovered their dire state. The church responded by providing them with some pack food on and off, it comes with meat and vegetable, finally the children are able to enjoy healthy and balance meal.
Zhang Wei and his family felt the love and care of the church towards them, they give thanks to God for the support and company of the church.
Manna Food Bag delivery per family only lasts for 1 year, but the church helped Zhang Wei to apply for another year extension. In this difficult period of time, the church chose to continue to hold Zhang Wei’s hands to weather through all difficulties ahead together. After the pandemic, when Zhang Wei and his family embark onto another journey, they’ll surely discover new opportunity.
This is a real life story of an aid recipient of Manna Food Bank from Abba Love Revival Centre.
Within this year itself, the aid recipient had experienced a lot. Under the care and company of the church and pastor, they managed to stay strong. On one incident, it was a matter of life and death of the aid recipient’s wife, he desperately prayed to Jesus: “Jesus, I don’t know who you are, but I beg you to safe my wife.” Jesus responded to his prayer, and healed his wife. He experienced God’s miracle personally, thus he accepted Jesus and led his whole family to Christ.
“The children learned how to pray from church, they prayed whenever their parents went out to sell herbal tea, they’ll prayed prayers as simple and innocent like: ‘Jesus, please help us quickly sell off all the herbal tea.’ These prayers had led our aid recipient to experience God’s grace and blessing.” Pastor shared that on one occasion, a kind soul had paid RM50 for 5 cups of herbal tea, whereas on another occasion, a customer paid RM200 and bought all the remaining 10 cups of herbal tea so that they may go home early.
Whenever the aid recipient arrived the industrial area where the church located to sell their herbal tea, they’ll definitely take the effort to enter the church and greet pastor. Aid recipient’s house does not have wifi facility, during MCO they can’t attend church service, thus whenever they see pastor they’ll surely asked when can they attend their church physical service. Their desire to learn and grow really moves and comforted the pastor.
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White Flag No Longer Need To Be Raise
Together We Go & Save · Written by Rev. Andrew Wong
Rampant MCOs did not effectively controlled the pandemic, and it had resulted confirm cases increase in numbers. The heavy blow from pandemic had caused increasing number of people to reach dead end in their lives. The leaders in authority seem to be unaware of grassroots suffering, delayed aid had caused many lives to be in dire straits. Recently, many even had chosen to end their own lives.
Few months ago, some Malaysian started to “self rescue” by raising white flags. Since when, white flag that reflect surrender became a sign of seeking help from hunger? I have mix feelings over this issue, on one side I am thankful for many Malaysians who are so willing to extend assistance to those in need. However, on the other hand, me as a social worker understand that food aid is only a temporary relief, it does not address the root caused. In fact, in order to successfully assist families in crisis to come out of their predicament, we need to have a more holistic strategies to strengthen aid recipients’ living skills. In the process of accompanying, follow up and accountability are tests on our sincerity to do our best.
The state of hardship differs from cases, in order to better understand the whole issue, we must dig deeper to find the complex root causes, and address the issues accordingly. If we want to bring radical changes to crisis hit families, then we cannot satisfy at just providing basic living necessities. Instead, we must extend our concern to their emotion and financial management aspects, as well as providing social support, and quench their spiritual thirst by providing spiritual water. Yahweh’s banner does not solely satisfy people living requirements. God uses His children to provide long term company, unconditional and competent services. Thus allow our neighbours in crisis to experience God, finally able to leap and overcome victoriously!
| Christ still in control victoriously
The waving of white flags had stirred up much negative thoughts, the seemingly no ending pandemic had caused us to question our lives: Could the pandemic struck me down? All the effort I had put in thus far is it going down the drain? Is it really Satan has successfully stole, killed and destroyed through this pandemic? The non-believers had been affected by this gloomy cloud, but we as Christians should be able to see the silver lining behind the cloud. God’s children must firmly believe Christ is sitting on the throne, the final victory belongs to us.
Psalm 60:4 “But for those who fear You, You have raised a banner to be unfurled against the bow.” This pandemic has made many Malaysians suffers. But, God fearing Children of God should carry His banner of love and spread His love to various cities and villages. White flag bearer had experienced shock, depression and some are even bonded by spirit of death, they need to listen to the victory songs that sing by Christians who raise the flag of truth. As army of God, let us put our hopes and actions on the Word of God, by His truth and unwavering promises, we proclaim the comfort that gave to us through Jesus’s punishment, healing that come through the strokes that he bore and lastly the hope that arises out of His resurrection.
| March on and Serve in Adversity
As early as 4 years ago, 7979 Holistic Care and Relief Network launched “Manna Food Bank”. As 7979 trained volunteers relentlessly let love move about within their cities and discovered within the city itself, there are many poverty or crisis strike households. Majority of them are single parent families, stay alone elderly or jobless individual. In the past 2 years, Manna Food Bank aid recipients increase tremendously. In year 2018, 7979 mobilized partner churches in 2 major cities to start this ministry. As at today, this ministry has expanded to 8 cities throughout Malaysia, started with 89 households to over 550 households presently.
Under pandemic, we and 7979 partner churches joint effort to serve the huge “Pandemic Victims”. Trained volunteers faced various challenges during MCO, yet they determinedly march on amidst adversity in Jesus’s name, continued to follow up on the needs of crisis hit families. They wished to provide a holistic care to every aid recipient, sending one manna food bag to them once every bimonthly for 1 year period.
| A unite cord pleases Abba Father’s
I hereby earnestly call out in Jesus’s name to all Malaysian Chinese speaking churches to walk together with HISTEAM, fully utilise 7979 programs and resources available, together we serve crisis hit families around us. 3 strands “Church, HISTEAM and Resources from Community” bind together as one cord, will become a wonderful testimony of unity for God. The day for us to serve are getting shorter, yet the needs in this end time are urgent and real. If permissible, let’s not stop at superficial networking, but let us all strive to maintain the unity in Spirit; to ensure no duplication of precious resources, while working hard to be the good steward of kindness. So that we will no longer lonely in this difficult pilgrim of serving. We can share the Kingdom resources, while providing competent services, to please Abba Father!
I innocently believe, as long as God’s children are willing to march out to save in Jesus’s name, our God will meet all our needs according to the riches of His glory in Christ Jesus. Amen!
If you wish more crisis hit families that raised white flag lift up their heads high instead of “surrender” as a result of Christians’ early intervention, then please respond to our urgent needs in love:
1. Commit Yourself to Full Time Ministry, respond to the current needs
We welcome you to contact our HR Dept. Head Sis. Seng Mei Huey at (+6012-6858118), please come and join us to become a missionary in Mercy Mission.
2. Wish to launch Manna Food Bank ministry in the city you reside in
Join 7979 Holistic Care and Relief Network and become our partner church, welcome to contact Pr. Pysong at +6012-6858118.
3. Wish to offer your five loaves and 2 fish to feed the mass of 5 thousand
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诗篇60：4节 “你把旌旗赐给敬畏你的人，可以为真理扬起来”。 这场瘟疫导致大马子民伤痕累累、苦不堪言；敬畏神的子民需要以爱为旗，将基督的爱遍布各城各乡。举白旗者因瘟疫受到惊吓、沮丧，甚至被死亡的灵牢牢捆绑，他们需要听到基督徒以真理扬起的凯歌。身为基督的精兵，让我们以神的话语成为盼望缘由与行动的根据，用真理与神不变的应许，来宣告基督受刑罚带来的安慰、基督受鞭伤带来的医治、基督复活带来的盼望。
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