不因家境贫穷而吝啬，不因善小而不为 Don't be stingy because of poverty, don't fail to do good no matter how petty the deed
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吗哪手记 · 文/Ashton
Don't be stingy because of poverty, don't fail to do good no matter how petty the deed
Written by Ashton
More than a year ago, volunteers from Penang Chinese Methodist Church (Madras Lane) 7979 Holistic Care Station met Ben (pseudonym) and his family through a friend. That was still in the period under MCO, Ben had no job to carry out, and the church started to intervene with Manna Food Bag. Although recently most of the industries had been allowed to resume their operations but Ben still cannot work due to his swollen feet since few months ago. Besides, because of the nature of contract job, the company assigned few job to him occasionally with reasons of age issue and physical condition, and thus he lost many job opportunities.
Ben is a nearly seventy-year old maintenance worker. His wife often suffers from sudden cramps in her hands and it causes her unable to work. Ben and his wife have 2 sons. The eldest son became a monk in Taiwan and never came back. The youngest son, Jay (pseudonym), is a disabled person and needs to wear diapers all the time because he is unable to control the urge to urinate. Although Jay is disabled, he is grateful that he has a job as a warehouse manager. Therefore, he works hard to support the whole family.
They are not rich, but they have a generous heart. When their relatives encounter financial difficulties, they resolutely lend a helping hand and often bring food to help. In a recent visit, the volunteers found that there was an old folk at their home. After understanding the situation, they found that it was an elderly man, in his 80s, who was recently found in the village, with no fixed living place. Ben opened a small space at the back of his house for him to live in, shared the prepared food with him and took care of his all meals.
Even though there are so many challenges, they are still positively facing their life. Therefore, the church helps as much as they can, like introducing some maintenance jobs to Ben. In addition, the volunteers also appreciate Jay’s working attitude. Although he is physically handicapped, he still works hard and earnestly. Jay was very happy particularly when he had the opportunity to work overtime in the past few months. The most important thing is that Ben’s family has never been stingy although they have a poor family background. Instead, they are willingly to share what they have, which is really commendable. This is the most impressive thing about their family.