The taste that has never been tasted Written by sis Tan Yen (Volunteer)/ Translated by Dawn Lim
Is there anyone who have not tried ham before? In the era of abundant supplies, I think everyone must have tasted ham before, except for them...
The launch of 7979 ministry gave us the opportunity to know the group of people in our society who live in extreme poverty. After the Manna Food Bag was distributed that day, our pastor was still thinking about them on the way home. Therefore, together with a few sisters in Christ, we pooled some money together to purchase some groceries for them.
Before the visit, the pastor and I dropped by the supermarket. He wanted to buy 20 packets of dry noodles. One may wonder why he bought so many packets of dry noodles. He climbed onto the rack and emptied the shelf of dry noodles. I was taken aback, with many questions in my mind. After buying the dry noodles, our pastor wanted to buy ham. At that time, we couldn’t find any ham in the supermarket. We went around the supermarket a few times, but there was still no trace of ham. Our pastor refused to give up, so we headed to a nearby Cold Storage. I couldn't help but to wonder: Why must we get the ham? This question kept circling in my mind until I came to this sister's house and after a brief conversation the truth finally came to light.
It turned out that she ate ham once when she was 12 years old and she had not eaten any ham since then. Of course, her children have never tasted it. To her, the taste of ham was unforgettable and she longed for her children to have the opportunity to taste it.
Stepping into the living room, we saw a wooden sofa without cushions. There were a few empty boxes stacked up on the sofa. This sofa and a square table encircled a bed. It turned out that this was her second son's sleeping area.
She is a single mother who has three sons. The eldest is hyperactive while her second son is an introvert. Dry noodles and rice are the only food that can satisfy their hunger. The family needs eight pieces of dry noodles a day and consumes about five kilograms of white rice in five days. She was embarrassed to admit that she is now reluctant to let others know of their needs, as she was once teased when she disclosed their needs to others; and the donors also disappeared thereafter. Her frankness and honesty made me even more worried.
Families living in abject poverty such as this are all around us. Do we continue to ignore their needs? Or are we, who are blessed and affluent, indifferent to their plight? Let’s take actions together; we can also share our blessings with others and live out the love of Christ in every corner of the world.
Postscript of 7979: This single mother lives with her three sons. Her job as a caregiver was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and her life has become a struggle. She came across 7979 Manna Food Bank on the internet a year ago. She took down the contact number and was hesitant to make the call. A few months ago, with the encouragement of his son, she mustered the courage and finally made the called for help. After taking over the case, Misi Baptist Taman Cempaka Ipoh 7979 Holistic Care Station delivered a Manna Food bag to her home in respond to their needs, along with a lot of other foodstuff which the volunteers bought and paid for out of their own pocket. The above is the journal of the volunteers after the visit.