A protracted battle in care ministry TRANSLATED BY DAWN LIM
Aunt Joey (pseudonym) lives alone in a sparsely furnished small house. The few pieces of furniture seem sufficient, but at the same time inexpressibly feel somewhat lacking. Aunt Joey is a widow who has few expressions on her face. The volunteers believed this is one of the symptoms of depression. Volunteers from Basel Christian Church Kota Kinabalu 7979 Holistic Care Station often find it hard to communicate with her effectively as she is not good at expressing herself and does not have much body language. The volunteers often couldn’t assess her mood or read her thoughts.
Aunt Joey’s cognitive condition is getting worse, but her passion for going out remains undiminished. On one occasion she forgot about her appointment with the volunteers who were going to her home to deliver the Manna Food Bag. She was in the supermarket when the volunteers were at her door. She asked the volunteers to make a trip to the supermarket and fetch her home. Aunt Joey also often suffers from hallucinations— visual and auditory— due to her depression, causing her to have insufficient sleep and sunken eyes. The volunteers often encouraged Aunt Joey to pray and read the Bible. They even bought her a pair of reading glasses to help her overcome this external obstacle. "This is just an everyday item. What we can do is to try our best to meet the basic needs of Aunt Joey and make up for her other needs according to our abilities," the volunteers said.
Aunt Joey’s various problems did give the volunteers a headache, but they did not deter the volunteers. After delivering the Manna Food Bag to her several times, the volunteers were able to carefully assess Aunt Joey’s situation and believed that she really needed assistance, because they found that there were not many social welfare which could help her. The distribution of the Manna Food Bag is imperative, and it will be a protracted effort.
Most of the Manna Food Bag’s recipients are facing a similar situation. This is a common problem faced by the families visited by the volunteers. In view of this problem, the volunteers are even more convinced that long-term care and substantial assistance are needed to help the families live a happy and full filling life.