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Recently, there was a video went viral, it was about a university lecturer interrogating a student why did he still uses mobile phone instead of computer for classes. When he realised the student family’s financial condition was bad, he sarcastically suggested that his sister should sell off her gold necklace to buy a computer for him. The teacher went even further and said that in his schooling years, he never sits with students of B40 group (low income group), because he claimed that they were always distracted and cannot focus….
There is a popular saying that “Opportunity always gives to those who are ready.” However, not everyone can get ready by themselves! Getting an opportunity is even tougher. Are we supposed to keep a distance from them? Or be the person who gives others opportunity?
While our reporters interviewed 2 primary schools in Batu Pahat and Ipoh to gather information on the effect of pandemic towards students, they also took the opportunity to interviewed local 7979 Companionship Class teachers to get a clearer picture of the situation. Other than this, they also sought advises from assistant lecturer Dr. Crendy Tan of Child Developmental Psychology, to have a deeper understanding of students’ needs and situation.
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Teacher Liew pointed out: “Although most of the students attended online classes, but the submission of homework rate was very low.” Teacher Chong added: “Even for students who performed well in physical class, sometimes didn’t hand in their homework too.”
Teacher Tu said: “Students gotten used to attend classes from home, which is more relaxing and less homework, therefore it is common phenomena to see students became lazier when they are back to school environment.” Teacher Choo continued on to share: “Some students’ family backgrounds are more complicated, their parents are too occupied with finding livelihood for the family, thus they neglected their children’s education. In addition, students having difficulties to focus on studies, therefore they seriously need someone to be concerned of their studies.”
Assistant Principal Lee recalled some under privileged families’ condition and expressed: “Students from families who are financially lacking, their families’ condition became worse when they have to be equip with full set of computer gadget or purchasing a mobile phone to attend online classes, plus the high data consumption, all these caused tremendous pressure to many parents. It was worse for parents who are worrying of losing their jobs or business becoming bad.” Thankfully, the school helped them to apply for subsidies for computer gadgets to attend online classes, they also gave some food supplies to families in difficulties.
“There was a family, the father passed away due to cancer, their mother is a Vietnamese, the student did not attend classes for weeks. So my school’s principal assigned me to help them to set up a full set of computer with necessary gadget to attend online classes. Later, I noticed that their internet data used up very quickly, after some probing, then only we realised that they used it to watch Vietnamese drama!” Teacher Loo shared humorously some of her interesting experience in helping students with mix feelings of upset and uncomprehend.
“No wonder they took 4 hours to complete 2 homework!” Ipoh Elim Gospel Hall Companionship Class Teacher Qian Wen shared, she had encountered a student who attended online class while watching You Tube. There was another case, where the student shared with Teacher Jie Zhi that he doesn’t do any other thing while classes on, but he can only focus for a while, then his mind get strayed away very quickly.
Teacher Wong expressed that her school did intervened into a case of a female student who had make online bad friend, this incident caught the school and parents’ attention. Dr. Tan responded: “Children need to express their emotion and feelings appropriately, if their feelings or emotions being suppressed for too long, then they may turn out to be in the two extreme expressions of either apathy or too enthusiastic.”
The influence of enticing virtual world brought by internet cannot be ignored. When a primary student who still lack of discipline owns a mobile phone that can access to internet, and without adult supervision, that can be disastrous.
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Dr. Tan reminded: “As students have less opportunities to ask and answer questions in an online class setting, interaction is also lacking, these leads to great disadvantage and slowing down of their growth in speech foundation and development.”
Nevertheless, Teacher Jie Zhi expressed that online class is not all bad, it definitely benefiting students who do poorly in school in two major ways. As their homework became lesser, students are not required to hand in homework on the following day. Thus, Companionship Class’s teachers were able to teach the students according to individual progress and ensured that they fully understand the lesson before moving on. In the past two years, students and teachers had the privilege to learn and teach at their own pace, they don’t have to rush to catch up with the mass.
Teachers play very important role in school, other than they need to cultivate the students from young to have habits of setting up goals and direction, they also have to help them to be responsible and civic minded. Assistant Principal Lee who had 18 years teaching experience shared this. She added on to say: “We should not assess a student just base on their grades, it has to be more diversify, such as art, skills and character. Currently, Chinese primary school no longer use grades in class arrangement, our main consideration is to avoid using grades to label a student. Every student has his or her own strengths and weaknesses, by guiding them, their potential can be better developed.”
Teacher Hong, a teacher who had taught for over 20 years in a Chinese primary school in Ipoh shared to us: “It is an accomplishment for us to be able to shape a student. They heard too many negative voices, so whenever the students shown some progress, I’ll praise them exaggeratedly.” Teacher Hong herself was originated from an under privilege family, back then she was doing not very well in school. But in her standard 6 years, she met a good teacher who gave her an opportunity which had totally transformed her life. Now, she wishes to be this type of teacher too, she hopes that the children will remember there was a teacher who praised them when no one acknowledges them.
| Create a Learning Space
Gereja Ern Tian, Batu Pahat Companionship Class’s teacher said: “During MCO period, when the children remained at home, they kept on eating, so costs a lot. But when the children attend Companionship Class, their lunch and tea break are being taken care of, this has reduced their parents’ household expenses, especially for those families that have many children. Sometimes, kind hearted brothers and sisters will share with the children some special delicacies to bless them too.”
“There was one student who shared with me, that he will played mobile game from the moment he wakes up till at night.” Teacher Jie Zhi shared frustratingly. Thankfully, when the school and Companionship Class resumed physical classes, he returned to being eager in learning, he even informed the teacher which subject he needs to put in extra efforts. Teacher Qian Wen shared with thankful heart: “Now, they are in their learning prime age, if they don’t learn now, then it’ll be a waste of time which will be a pity.” The teaches are aware that the time they can spend with the children is very limited, therefore they think that it is important for the children to build strong foundation and cultivate good habit in their primary school years.
Teacher Jie Zhi told us, when brothers and sisters in their church saw that the children can spend hours focusing on their homework, they wanted their children to join Companionship Class too, but they were rejected based on unfulfilled requirement. Dr. Tan emphasised: “Peers social interaction is very important, children learn from interacting and observing others.” Therefore, when a child does not have self-discipline to learn, then they need to be confined in a space together with other students to learn, I belief good learning habit will be easier to build with the addition of teacher’s company and guidance.
7979 Under Privilege Children Companionship Class programme is a place of preparing opportunities to children. HISTEAM has been promoting this programme since our first trial in year 2012 until now. Under Privilege Children Companionship Class programme provides homework guidance, life coaching and family care.
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1. All the primary school teachers’ names are pseudonym.
2. However all the names of Companionship Class teachers are their real name.
“有个学生告诉我，他从早上起来就玩电动直到晚上。” 洁芝老师无奈地告诉我们。但当学校和陪读班恢复实体课后，他又开始积极学习了，并且还会主动告知老师自己在哪个科目上需要多加强。倩雯老师更是感慨万分地说：“他们现在正是读书的年龄，如果现在不读书就是浪费时间，太可惜了。” 老师们晓得能陪伴学生的时间相当有限，因此认为小学时期就需要打好根基和建立好习惯。
注： 1. 华小老师一律以匿姓称呼 2. 陪读班老师则使用真名
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“Many youths are rebellious ….”, “Many children became delinquent when they enter secondary school …”
Have you heard of these kind of comments before, or spoke of such statements too, or you are the “rebellious child” that others were referring to?
Children ranging from 13 to 18 years old, in their secondary school years, are in the stage of exploring themselves and the outside world. Although, they have their own thinking, but still not completely mature and independent, they are curious of the world, like to go out and explore. This is the moment, that the parents think that their children become “disobedient” or “delinquent and rebellious”.
【When A Child Grew Up】
Ipoh Elim Gospel Hall 7979 Holistic Care Station has been running primary school children Companionship Class for nine years, they had accompanied many under privilege children completed their primary school education. The teachers worked hard not only in teaching but also in preparing good foundation for character building. After they graduated from primary schools, they have less contact with each other. In order to prevent this precious relationship from fading away, the teachers will gather these children to meet once a month to catch-up with each other. Then, the teachers discovered that most of them do not have proper learning environment at home, there were too many temptations that distract them from focusing in their studies. In year 2021, Elim Companionship Class decided to open a secondary school Companionship Class, give them a proper learning space to do their homework and revision.
“Whenever the children graduated from primary school, we always felt what a pity it is that we can’t accompany them in their secondary school years, we were worried that they will go astray and led into wrong path …” Teacher Qian Wen of Elim Companionship Class shared. Other than to provide a proper learning space, more importantly, they started this Companionship Class in hoping that the children in their process of exploring themselves and the world, the teachers can accompany and guide them so that they will be a better person.
Accompany According to the Needs of Their Age
“Secondary school students are different from primary school students, they have developed their own thinking and mind set.” Elim Gospel Hall’s Volunteer Manager Jie Zhi shared that secondary school children are in an awkward stage of their lives, where they are no more a child, yet they are also not a complete adult too. Although they perceived themselves as an adult, but they are yet to be fully mature. Thus, children at this stage, their relationship with family’s members are usually strain. But when they come to Companionship Class, they’ll pour out their heart to the teachers as these teachers had been accompanying them since young, a deep and trusting relationship had already developed. They can talk about anything from their studies to family and even love relationship. The teachers do not only teach them homework, but also guide them to think and lead them to correct values. Thankfully the children are willing to share their hearts with these teachers, hence the teachers are able to correct any mistakes in time.
“We only hope that they will have good characters, cultivate them to be responsible, as long as they are hardworking, honest, responsible in future they will not become a parasite in our society.” The last sentence spoken by Teacher Jie Zhi had been ringing in my ears.
【Let the Children Learn to Face Their Future】
In our younger days, all of us must have written essay entitled “My Ambition”, irrespective of the occupation, be it “teacher”, “doctor”, “scientist”, “astronauts” etc., these are all direction for our growing years, it points us to the goal that we should work hard on. No matter, later did we achieve our goal, we still had a beautiful dream.
Looking at present days, many children’ dreams are “snatch” by technology. Advance technologies and over flowing of information become hindrance for children to think about their future, instead they become indulge in entertainment. Besides this, they are usually being pressurised by their studies and grades, study for the sake of pursuing excellent result. The children gradually losing their curiosity in learning, “sense of direction” and “sense of urgency”.
In 2021, Malaysia Education Ministry announced the abolishment of Std. Six Student Verification Examination (UPSR), in order to let children to learn and develop in a more diversify and balance manner, not emphasising on grades alone. In the long run, the abolishment of UPSR brings more benefits than harms. However, it is not fair for those students that are facing examination. An assistant principal who has been in education field for 18 years shared with us: “When UPSR was abolished, the school has to assess the student based on their daily learning performance, but these two years of frequent online classes had made the assessment became a tough challenge.”
What About Our Future
Apart from this, assistant principal also mentioned, that the school will conduct a counselling survey for the student before they move to secondary school to understand their emotional status. “Children nowadays are too ‘happy go lucky’, they are unable to handle challenges they encounter and lack of sense of urgency. They never think and don’t know what they want to be in the future. For these children who do not have any direction in life, teachers can guide them and prevent them from mixing with bad companies.
At the same time, Teacher C shared openly, that she worries that children will choose to quit secondary school because of unfamiliar language environment. “Many teachers’ feedback, they are worry that many secondary students from Chinese primary school will quit school due to they are unable to grasp BM language or bad character due to poor learning”. Under privilege children are more likely to be so, the resources and information that they received are already lacking, if they engage with bad companies then they can easily stray into the wrong path.
Youth’s perception of black and white boundaries is still not very clear, in their journey of exploring this world, they need someone to guide them. Elim Secondary School Companionship Class’s student Wei Choong (pseudonym) did shared with Companionship Class’s teachers, that during their online class, only a few students attended classes, and he is the only one hand in homework. “Wei Choong attends Companionship Class since young, he has built up a good character, he is aware of his responsibility as a student to attend classes and complete his homework, even when others did not do their homework, he finished his homework whole heartedly.” Teacher Jie Zhi shared, hopefully their character can be shaped during secondary school years and guide them when they are lost. Grades are not the priority, but good character determines their future.
【Are they considered as good students, when they fail to catch-up in their studies?】
If you do not study hard in Standard 6, how would you go through secondary school?”, or “Until now, you still cannot memorise the multiplication table, what can you do in the future?” Companionship Class Teacher Lim advises Xiao Kang (pseudonym) unremittingly.
Xiao Kang stood and listened quietly over there while shedding his tears. From that moment on, Xiao Kang’s attitude started to change.
Xiao Kang started to study hard, he used one week to memorised multiplication table, he watched intensely and put in effort to learn those videos that send to him by Teacher Lim, his BM spelling had also improved tremendously from 0 points to 60 -70 points.
Xiao Kang’s improvement gained teacher’s praise, and without his notice his hunger for knowledge has increased gradually.
This year Xiao Kang enter secondary school, although he failed in his BM subject so has to attend remove (transition) class, yet he no longer run away from learning, instead he takes initiative in asking questions and seeking assistance, these really comforted Companionship Class teachers.
Xiao Kang is Gereja Ern Tian Batu Pahat’s Agape Companionship Class’s student, this year he has just entered secondary school. He joined Companionship Class when he was in his standard 4, after graduated from primary school, the Companionship Class teachers still care for him. During the school holidays before he entered secondary school, he joined homework guidance classes organised by Companionship Class, the teachers also helped him with his secondary school applications. Teacher Hannah of Agape Companionship Class shared frankly, that she herself was a remove (transition) class’s student as well, thus she naturally inclined to help them. She expressed that secondary school’s teachers always send messages in BM, she finds it not easy to understand those messages, it is definitely more difficult for Xiao Kang who just entered secondary school.
Struggle in between Two Polar of Surviving and Learning
Compare with others, journey of pursuing education for children of under privilege families is always full of obstacles. Students who are poorer in studies cannot catch-up with their studies due to factors such as no proper learning environment and parents’ negligent. Collided with pandemic, the whole nation entered into an era of “Online Lesson” mode, they ended up caught in between two polar. “We don’t even have enough money for food, how can we spend extra for online lesson facilities!” Parent of one of the Companionship Class student told the teacher, when the issue of surviving appears before learning, they can only choose the option to survive.
Actually all the children wish to study well, but due to lacking of proper learning environment, they failed to catch-up with other students. Elim Gospel Hall’s Teacher Jie Zhi shared that the children of secondary school Companionship Class returned and joined Companionship Class on their own initiatives, because at home alone, they can’t find the motivation to study. Children usually have the desire to learn, but if they can’t find a proper environment to learn, it does not only affect their learning progress, it can also cause them to forgo their education. Secondary school Companionship Class can provide them with a learning environment, where a class of students gather together to complete their homework and do their revision, this is much better than studying hard alone.
同一时间，另一位C老师也向我们坦言，担心孩子因为语言环境而排斥不去学校。“中学老师常反馈说，华小的学生上了中学无法掌握国语。我担心他们会因此辍学，或因学习不好而品行学坏。”弱势贫穷家庭的孩子更是如此，他们获得的资源与资讯本就不多，若遇上 “坏朋友” 将很容易误入歧途。
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Kang Jun’s (pseudonym) parents divorced since he was very young, he lives with his grandparents, aunties and sister. In Kang Jun’s primary school years, his daily leisure was lingering at the cybercafé. Every day, after school he would dumped his school bag at home, without doing any homework and out he went cycling away.
One day, his grandmother got to know of Elim Gospel Hall 7979 Holistic Care Station’s Companionship Class from his cousin sister, she decided to let Kang Jun joined this class, hoping that he would study well, no more wandering around or lingering at cybercafé.
『An “Angry Boy” with his Fist』
Kang Jun was in his standard 5, when he first joined Companionship Class.
Initially, he did not take his studies seriously, so when the teachers requested him to finish his homework, he couldn’t take it, he responded with his clenched fists, he was clenching his knuckles so hard until it turned white, he was actually trying hard to hold his temper and stayed composed while feeling that he was being treated unfairly. Ever since then, he was named as a “Feisty Boy”.
Later, when Kang Jun mingle with Companionship Class students for quite some time, he noticed that all the children finished their homework on their own initiatives, this automatically alienated him as he didn’t have any interest in doing his homework, slowly lonely feeling driven him to join the rest of the class and started to do his homework as well.
Other than homework, his character also causing headaches to the teachers. Due to his bad choice of friends, Kang Jun’s character inevitably influenced by their bad tempers and bad habit of speaking foul words.
“The Bible says, we use our mouth to praise God, at the same time use it to speak foul words to curse others, do you think that is appropriate?” Whenever Teacher Jie Zhi heard he used foul words, she would use this method to correct him. Gradually, Kang Jun stopped speaking foul words, because he knew that was something that displeases God.
Seed of God fearing had slowly sprouted in his heart.
『I hope I can enter into secondary school』
Close to the end of school term, Companionship Class children had to fill up a feedback form, stated down what they had gained and in which area that they had grown in that one whole year.
“Stop behaving badly”, “more focus”, “temper gone down a lot”, “the teachers had cared for me and assisted me” and etc., these are all the feedbacks that Kang Jun wrote down on his form of what he gained and which area he had grown. He, who in the past used to neglect his homework to the extent of impossible to complete, but now his wish was to be able to enter into secondary school, this had really comforted the teachers. Although Kang Jun result didn’t show any significant improvement, but now he realised how important it is to study, therefore he put more effort into it in Companionship Class.
Two years passed by very quickly, Kang Jun graduated from primary school. Because he failed his BM subject, therefore he had to go to remove (transition) class, however he still continued on with the Companionship Class. After he entered into Form 1, he can no longer joined Companionship Class as it clashed with his afternoon schooling session.
Teacher Jie Zhi didn’t want to let this 3 years relationship from faded away, so she insisted to gather those children who are in secondary school for fellowship, Kang Jun was one of them. From their sharing, the teachers discovered that Kang Jun had mixed with friends who doesn’t like studying, speak foul words, like to hang out at the cybercafé to play online game, Kang Jun’s character is again being affected.
During that period of time, Kang Jun always went home very late, to the extent that his grandmother had to cycle everywhere looking for him. His grandmother felt frustrated, she ended up seeking help from Companionship Class’s teachers.
Thankfully, although Kang Jun seems to be very rebellious, yet he was teachable.
“Kang Jun, I know that you wanted to go out to play with your friends, but you should not stay outside later than midnight. This kind of behaviour really worries your grandmother.” Teacher Jie Zhi talked patiently to him when she found him.
Later, Kang Jun promised that he would be back before 6p.m., so that his family members will not get worried. Meanwhile, he promised to attend the church’s weekly fellowship, compare to cybercafé, his grandmother felt more assuring that he is willing to go to church.
『He had grown up unknowingly』
Few years later, he had moved up to morning session, meanwhile the church had also started Secondary School Companionship Class. Once again, the teacher invited Kang Jun to return to Companionship Class, but he refused, not because he was playful, but on the ground that he was worried about his grandparents, they had been suffering from backache, as they are selling herbal tea which was very labour intensive, he needed to stay at home to help them, and accompanied his grandfather in transporting the herbal tea. All the teachers felt that Kang Jun had suddenly grown up, even though they thought what a pity that he was unable to attend the Companionship Class, but his filial actions were more meaningful than anything else.
In year 2021, Kang Jun turned 18, he was baptised in church and became the first Companionship Class student that received baptism. He just completed his SPM examination, although we know that his result might not be what we are hoping for, and his learning ability is consider a little slow, but best of all Kang Jun is willing to learn and accept all kinds of challenges.
“Our living environment might not be like what we are hoping for, if the environment can’t be change, then we can only choose to adapt.” This is what Teacher Jie Zhi taught Kang Jun. The ability to adapt is very important, if the environment doesn’t change, then we have to learn to adapt, that is the only way to survive.
Kang Jun is about to enter into the society, he hopes to learn some repairing hands on skill for a living. “Hope that he’ll not turn out to be a parasite in our society, as long as he can self-sustain, that is already a great contribution to the society.” Teacher Jie Zhi spoke honestly, everyone has different ability, if we can live a proper life in our circle of life, then the equilibrium of our society will not be broken.
Lastly, Teacher Jie Zhi offer a blessing to Kang Jun: “Hope that he’ll continue to fear God, as long as he fears God, then all the things he does will be good.” Actually, this is a wish that all Companionship Class teachers have for every Companionship Class student.
“With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.
Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be.”
- 雅各书3:9-10 -
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Flooded houses were gravely in need of repairs. Stained wall due to inundation, submerged electrical items, furnitures and fittings, transportation vehicles that could not be removed in time, replacement of internal and external power sockets, all these involved substantial cost. However, we must understand not every disaster hit families have the financial means to rebuild their houses. Especially the extreme poverty group or under privilege group, this reparing cost was a huge burden to them. If after they had exhausted all their resources, and they still weren’t able to come up with any sum of money for repairing work, then they could only choose to live carefully in a hazardous surrounding of short circuited wire, sharp points or loose parts while avoiding themselves from getting injured. Due to the facts that these families will need more external resources, therefore, the local churches become a good channel for resource circulation.
The Peninsular Great Flood in Dec. 2021, had caused estimated loss of RM2 billion. The pandemic was not totally over yet, and Peninsular was hit with a great flood, it was a calamity followed by another. The first two weeks after the flood, our first phase of disaster response focused mainly on cleaning, aiming to assist the flood victim to resume their normal routine as soon as possible. 7979 worked together with local churches at 6 disaster zones, mobilised 918 volunteers, cleaned 187 civilian houses, 5 schools and a kindergarten, 19 shops, 3 church buildings and 1 old folks home.
Immediately after that, 7979 launched a Flood Assistance Aid for churches to help families that were in critical needs. Through 8 local churches, 7979 had assisted 290 families, these monetary aid had enabled the disaster victims to buy the necessity. Besides this, a few churches in Klang had also come together to apply for Manna Food Bags to be given to 156 indigemous households. Flood Assistance Aid became a timely support to the local churches to enable them to show concern to their disaster victims.
- Home is Refuge for Everyone -
7979 Home Rebuilding Plan and Flood Assistance Aid were launched together. The churches would evaluate the need of home rebuilding for under privilege families such as low income households, single parent families or families with disables bodies. Assistance provided such as purchasing of needed materials for rebuilding, repair and repaint of walls, roof or the house structure, purchase of electrical items and furniture. Up untill April, through Grace Charismatic Fellowship, Full Gospel Mission Centre Jelebu, Bentong Gospel Hall, Gospel to the Poor and FaithWorks, there were 42 households benefited from this effort.
- Rainbow that Appears after the Rain -
Children who experienced major disaster also suffered losses as great as the adult. Their much loved school bags, books, stationaries, toys and etc. went missing or broken due to the flood. Actually a child is more vulnerable compare to adult, because they do not know how to express themselves or manage their emotion, therefore they fall under our major concern group as well.
SRJK(C) Khe Beng which located in the vicinity of Taman Sri Muda also had 195 students from disaster hit families. Through the Parents and Teachers Society, other than Popular Book Store’s voucher that allowed them to buy anything that they want, 7979 also gave a quality hygiene pack to each child to educate them on the knowledge of Risk Reduction and Prevention.
- For Me, the Flood is a Blessing in Disguise -
This flood had led Bentong Gospel Hall to Mdm. Jin. Half a year before the flood, Mdm. Jin had lost her spouse, her son returned to the city to work after the funerral, she was left alone in their old house.
This old wooden house was very spacious, to a lonely senior citizen the house seems to be bigger. When the flood hit, the gushing 5 feet flood water had destroyed the house’s wooden floor, walls and furniture, it also swept away small electrical items. Bentong Gospel Hall assisted Mdm. Jin to apply for Flood Assistance Aid for immediate relief.
Seeing her neighbours already started to rebuild their homes, she however had to live very cautiously, because her house’s wooden flooring has protruded from its surface which became hazardrous, matters bacame worse when mold started to grow on wooden wall and flooring, door frame also became deformed, structure starting to pose threat. Due to this big scale of house damage, the subsidies she received from political party was not suffice to do all the required repair work, her son’s meager income was also not able to cover much, therefore she had to put all the repair work on hold.
Thankfully, Bentong Gospel Hall extended their hand to Mdm. Jin through 7979 Home Rebuilding Plan, her problem of insufficient fund for house repairing was solved. Now, she has a renovated house with cement floor and walls, and new white ceiling, which is clean and safe to live. It will be able to withstand another big flood in future. Her neighbours also admired and praised for the major overhaul of her house.
Mdm. Jin shared with Deacon Abel of Bentong Gospel Hall, she said: “For me, the flood is a blessing in disguise”, she continued on to say: “I want to use this big kichen wisely, I welcome you all come here to organise your cell group meetings. If you are willing, welcome to use this house for meal gatherings as often as you want.”
Although Mdm. Jin’s son is seldom by her side, although her house had gone through a great flood, but from this flood of blessing in disguise, she gained a “new house”, joy and frienship.
- 家，每个人的避难所 -
7979家园重建计划与水灾援助金同时启动。教会经过评估，介入经济弱势的低收入户、单亲或有身心障碍病患的家庭家园重建的需要。其援助项目包括购买重建所需材料、修缮与粉刷墙壁和屋顶或房子架构、采购家电和家具。截至4月，透过Grace Charismatic Fellowship、日叻务全备福音布道中心Full Gospel Mission Centre Jelebu、文冬福音堂Bentong Gospel Hall、Gospel to the Poor、FaithWorks，已经有42户弱势家庭受惠。
- 雨后，彩虹将要绽放 -
- 这场水灾，我因祸得福 -
虽然马来西亚于4月1日开始把冠病过渡到地方性流行病（Endemic）的阶段，部分社区安全隔离屋将结束运作，不过7979服务热线 010-7979 919 将继续服务。
为了让孩子们更快恢复学习状态，7979重启“雨后彩虹”计划，与MBS World合作以购物券模式赠送文具和书籍等。关丹长老会荣恩堂为达士华小的受灾家庭申请水灾援助金，476户受灾家庭，学前班到2 年级共177位学生，各有RM30的购物券；3年级到6年级班的 277位学生，各得RM50的购物券。恰好MBS World靠近学校，学生放学就可以顺路去购买喜欢的玩具、文具、运动器材和书籍等。
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Before my March sabbatical leave was over, I was moved to visit the faces that appeared in my personal prayers. I drove alone in this journey of north Peninsula. How this trip came about? I really can’t figure it out either. After crossing the East-West Highway to East Coast and approaching 2,000 kilometers mileage, I found that the people I had deliberately visited all the way were friends who were on the verge of death, suffering from terminal diseases or receiving hospice care. All the way, I listened to their stories of how they had fight against stubborn diseases, or how they had to make adjustment in lives in order to cope with issues of life and death, I was glad the I had obeyed to the prompting of Holy Spirit to visit them, otherwise I’ll miss those golden moments of heart-to-heart sharing and in return my sharing with them the "chicken soup for the soul".
On my way back, when I reflected and reorganised my thought on friends and co-workers’ journey of tears and grace, it's not hard to notice that these warriors of life have some (or at least one) angels by their side. These angels can be spouses, children, relatives, or not blood related friends like pastor, CG member, medical worker, or even a food deliverer who shows up regularly. Perhaps these angels may not know that, their presence and companies, the time they spent which they took effort to arrange, had left a mark of grace in the lives of those who were battling with illnesses. All these seemingly insignificant actions such as offering meals, hospital visits, praying and caring for patients after vomiting have deeply touched my friends who have walked through the valley of the shadow of death. I believe that these acts of kindness and silent company also touched Abba Father in heaven!
During this trip, I inadvertently invited several teachers who participated in the 7979 after-school Companionship Class to dinner. As they casually talked about the time they spent with the children, I noticed that their eyes were full of love, and sparkle with tears. They told me that they still keep in touch with those children who had graduated and left the class for secondary school. They shared their children's transformation from no interest in learning to study hard, from profanity to humility and politeness, from being afraid to dream to dare to talk about "their future is not a dream". There was one Companionship Class teacher, he even told me that last year he visited a community of refugees that hit by a flood, when he saw how helpless those children were, he immediately had a vision to set up a cross-cultural Companionship Class. In 2022, the BM version of Companionship Class was indeed born.
Working together with partner churches since 2012, HISTEAM has entered its 10th year of launching of Companionship Class for under privileged children. The initial intention was hoping that urban grassroots families who could not afford to send their children to tuition centers could send their children to nearby 7979 Holistic Care Station. These under privileged families were not only financially stretched, but also do not have the time to accompany and guide their children in their studies, as they live from hand to mouth. The two years of lockdown and movement control caused by this long pandemic did not hold us from accompanying the under privileged children. Many Companionship Classes also switch to online class in line with the lockdown SOP. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude and respect to all the volunteers who have taken on the role of teacher for Companionship Class. Thank you for your years of quiet dedication and company. For this decade, you have benefited thousands of children and their families. God will remember!
Behold, how beautiful and good are the footsteps that accompany!
Heavenly Father! Whether I'm at the highs or the lows,
Thank you for being there and staying with me all the time.
Holy Spirit please empowers me to do the same for those you have led to me.