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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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