5 young adults envisioned giving some of the elderly in the vicinity of our church a more blessed Chinese New Year this year. We crafted out an idea, rallied youths and young adults to come alongside either in gifting food packs or giving out food packs, and the plan came to pass yesterday evening when 21 young adults came together to give out the packs that we’ve gathered.
We didn’t think that there would be many people who would gift, but we managed to gather close to 30 packs! (didn’t manage to get the exact number) Thank God! And we also didn’t think that there would be more than 10 people coming to give out the packs, but God is good! He provided us with 21 which was a pretty good number! And at about 6, it started to pour but thank God the rain stopped when we were setting out 🙂
So we gathered at church for a short briefing and prayer before we set out to give out the packs to the elderly. We went in groups of 3-4 to give out the packs to elderly who were living in the rental blocks near to our church.
We started out at about 8pm and came back together at about 9.30pm. We shared experiences when we gathered back and it was amazing that the elderly were open and receptive to us. Some of us even had the opportunity to spend some time sitting in their humble home to talk to them and pray with them. It warmed our hearts to see and know that they were blessed even with the little that we could give.
There were two highlights for me:
1) The uncle whom we caught coming out of his house to look at us even after we passed his house after giving the pack to him and talked to him for awhile.
2) The uncle who said “WAH! This toilet paper is good quality wan leh! We always go buy we know the price wan.. this one expensive wan!”
When we were going round to share our experiences, I was reminded of the YAYP retreat, when we went to the slumps in Indonesia to visit families and pray with them. The Lord opened my eyes to see the similarities between that in Indonesia and what we did yesterday evening. The slumps are equivalent to the rental houses in our context. And missions can start right where we are. Missions can take place wherever there’s need.
Lord, open our eyes to see the needs right where we are, open our hearts to feel what You feel about the brokenness right where we are. Lord, use us wherever we are to meet the needs of the least of these, that You may be glorified wherever we are.