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She is Longing for a Change
Written by Tang Hoi Xin
Rani (pseudonym) is an Indian woman who suffers from Schizophreniform Disorder (a type of Schizophrenia) and Depression. Since she was sick, she has been forced to give up her daughter for adoption and ended up sheltered under her married nephew. Sheltered under other’s roof was surely an unpleasant experience, other than the fact that she at least had a roof over her head to sleep and rest, Rani had to cope with her nephew’s mood and every day she would live in fear and trembling.
Although Rani lives at her nephew’s house, she still has to prepare meals herself. Since she is unable to work due to her mental problems, it is quite common that she just can’t produce three meals a day. Whenever she was short of money, she would go to the Holistic Care Station at LCM Kajang Lutheran Church, hoping to convince the pastor to give her some pocket money. As a result of her illness, her arms and legs often shook uncontrollably, as if she were dancing with her hands. Most members of the congregation knew her, and occasionally Rev. Ling would take her out to eat, she would eat one meal and pack another as her next meal.
After a while, when Rev. Ling learnt more about Rani’s situation and became concerned about her inconsistent daily three meals, he saw the need to deal with this condition. So, on behalf of Rani, Rev. Ling applied for the 7979 Manna Food Bags for her. One of the distinctive features of the 7979 Manna Food Bank is “Home Delivery and Holistic Care.” After several visitations, Rani’s basic needs were met. Rev. Ling also got to know Rani’s nephew and his wife.
Rani’s nephew had drinking problem and the couple had frequent arguments. Under Rev. Ling’s guidance, the nephew began to get rid of his drinking problem and his wife also stopped yelling at him. In order to provide a better life for their children, his wife started working too. The family gradually built up a stable financial base, which indirectly improved the family’s relationship.
In the past, Rani often requested her pastor to pray for a change in her life. Today, she is experiencing those changes in her life, and she is very joyful and content about it. A food bag filled with food for supplementary purposes can also ease the burden of life for the underprivileged. A willing heart that disregards the colour of the aid recipients, can bring blessings to the least of these.
Note: The 7979 Manna Food Bags were set up to provide food assistance to underprivileged families, to care for and accompany them in their daily lives.