Looking forward to the spiritual growth after sowing the seeds TRANSLATED BY DAWN LIM
Uncle Chen (pseudonym) and his wife have a 34 years old son who is a slow learner. Due to old age, both Uncle Chen and his wife were unable to work. Although his only son was slow in his studies, he was fortunate enough to be employed by a factory owner as a technician assistant, earning a living on a daily wage of RM30.
The volunteers at Sandakan Baptist Church 7979 Holistic Care Station are non-Chinese, so they can only communicate with Uncle Chen's family in Malay. Uncle Chen was illiterate and the family was not fluent in Malay, so they could not really communicate with the volunteers. But whenever the volunteers dropped by to deliver the Manna Food bag, they could always feel their love for life in the smiles of Uncle Chen and his wife. Even though life was not easy, they still wore a smile on their faces. Sadly, Uncle Chen passed away a few months ago. He is survived by his wife and only son. Fortunately, they are in the Manna Food Bag program. Although the head of the family is now gone, the church's company and food supply will not be interrupted.
The increasingly severe pandemic has repeatedly hindered the volunteers’ effort. Finally, during the most recent visit, Chinese volunteers who were fluent in Hakka had the opportunity to join in the visit. They communicated in Hakka and were able to have an in-depth conversation. During the brief and simple conversation, Uncle Chen's wife and son were willing to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior. Apart from guiding them in prayer, the volunteers were feeling grateful and could not stop praising the Lord. Although Uncle Chen has passed away, the surviving members of his family have become the motivation for the volunteers. The story is not over yet. What await the volunteers in future are the language breakthrough and follow-up work. The seeds have been sown, and we await their spiritual growth with great anticipation.