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吗哪手记 · 文/7979同工
There is No Other Option Available
September’s Distribution, just in time for Mid-Autumn Festival, volunteers from Kuantan Christian Church 7979 Holistic Care Station delivered Manna food bags happily to all the aid recipients. We had mooncakes for this batch of delivery, intended to create some warmth to the aid recipients, instead we uncovered a sad story...
Hao (pseudonym) was the bread winner of his family of two sons and a wife. Few years ago, he was incapacitated due to diabetes, thus unable to work. His wife has to work two jobs to make ends meet. During the pandemic, the wife lost one of her part-time job, and thus lost an income. The Hao family immediately fell into financial difficulties again. The arrival of Manna food bag has greatly lightened the burden of the Hao family.
"Come, please cross check the supplies in the manna food bag, we have rice, oil, biscuits... And, for this batch we have moon cakes! Hey, Hao, you have diabetes, can you take moon cakes?"
"Yeah! Actually, I can’t take it, but I still eat it. Because when there is no other food left, but only mooncakes given by others, I have to eat it to fill up my stomach."
"This shouldn’t be the way, you have diabetes and should follow strict diet."
"I can't help it. My wife is not at home and when she comes home it’ll too late. Sometimes when there is free packed food distribution in the neighbourhood, I will also go and collect it."
Due to the fact that Hao’s wife had to leave the house to work outside and thus couldn't prepare food for him, he ended up had to eat whatever food that is available. Henceforth, Hao's illness gradually deteriorated, his feet festered day by day, and he also began to show signs of retinopathy. His two still schooling sons are unable to take care of him as well. Hao’s life began to have many inconveniences. His wife is also very busy with her work as her salary is hourly based, so she hopes to work longer hours to increase her income.
Distributing manna bags may seem simple, but how many people are willing to listen patiently and understand the real difficulties and challenges in Hao's life? Though the regular visits and care of volunteers may not solve their problems, but when there is someone to talk to, they no longer feel so lonely. If we ever come across other's unhealthy eating habits, let us try to understand the reasons behind, try to care for them and comfort them instead. Often, it’s not that they do not love themselves or being indulgence, it is just because they don’t have any other option.