THE SMILES ON THEIR FACES ARE OUR MOTIVATION FOR SERVING TRANSLATED BY DAWN LIM
Our partner Gospel Mission Church Kuala Kurau got to know this 80-year-old couple, Uncle Jong (pseudonym) and his wife during the Caroling in 2020. During the visit, the church volunteers found out that Uncle Jong and his wife were too old to work. Over the years, they only relied on social welfare. His wife suffered a stroke 8 years ago that left her paralyzed. She not only needs to use adult diapers daily, but also needs the help of a caregiver when taking shower. All these need money, and because of the pandemic, their children could only give them allowance irregularly. But this allowance is insufficient to pay for their urgent needs. Initially, the church contributed to their daily expenses and adult diapers but the church could not afford it in the long term. Therefore, the church applied for the 7979 Manna Food Bag on their behalf, so that Uncle Jong and his wife could get adequate provisions.
During the pandemic, the church volunteers had to firstly obtain an inter-district travel permit from the police station before they could distribute the Manna Food Bag. Although Uncle Jong lives in a remote village, the volunteers do not find it inconvenient. Every time Uncle Jong receives a large box of adult diapers, he responded with a happy smile and this smile has become the motivation to the volunteers. Besides distributing Manna Food Bag, the volunteers also cross district once a week to visit them. They sing, pray, and share the gospel with Uncle Jong. However, at the time when the pandemic got worse, almost every household in the village was infected and the volunteers were unable to visit temporarily. Uncle Jong couldn’t access the internet as he is using an old mobile phone, so the volunteers called him constantly during that time. Also, a church member living nearby Uncle Jong often cycled to Uncle Jong’s house to ensure that they were well and safe. The relationship and trust established over time have encouraged Uncle Jong to take the initiative to call the volunteers to share about their daily life and request prayers. The volunteers were gratified that Uncle Jong has the opportunity to hear the gospel, accepted Christ as his personal saviour and has been baptised. The volunteers’ constant care not only brought timely aid to Uncle Jong, but it also brought God’s gift of eternal life.