Grandma was once a physically fit and outgoing person. She could drive and she spent her entire day taking care of the whole family. However, pressures in life and the numerous lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic had caused the once positive and cheerful Grandma to have suicidal thought occasionally.
The 70 years old Grandma was a hawker and the long hours of standing at work has left her with sore knees. Her knee pain, her children’s and grandchildren’s problems, coupled with the unstable income of her son living with her had caused Grandma to be physically and mentally exhausted. In order to make a living, her son was often not at home. She was always confined at home as the knee pain has caused her to give up driving. Like most elderly people, Grandma feared loneliness. Since she didn’t want to bother her children, the troubled Grandma has no one to turn to when she needed to pour out her misery.
Thankfully, 7979 Manna Food Bank has helped her out of her predicament. Other than the Manna food bag, what Grandma looked forward to the most was the volunteers’ visit. The volunteers were so willing to accompany her and spend their time listening to her stories. Grandma was always overwhelmed by emotion and shed some tears as she shared her story. The volunteers could not hold back their tears as they listened to Grandma recounting how she courageously went through the hardship in life.
Two years have passed in the blink of an eye and Grandma has become more enlightened and cherishes her life even more. With the encouragement of the volunteers, Grandma has learned to do some simple exercises to ease her knee pain. It was a delight to know that Grandma has finally had the courage to accept Jesus Christ as the Lord of her life. She got rid of all the idols at home and is now enjoying a life full of joy through prayers and listening to recitation of the Scriptures. Grandma’s personal transformation has led to her son’s growing trust in God. This was the first family to receive the food aid and care provided by the 7979 Holistic Care Station of Bukit Mertajam Gospel Center. After being a recipient of the Manna food aid for two years, this family has since "graduated" from the Manna Food Bank. They hope the Manna food bag can also be a blessing to other families in need.