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HEARTBEAT : OUTREACH & SOCIAL CONCERNS

SOWING SEEDS OF LOVE A Small Group at Faith sows into the lives of the residents at their adopted block, and reaps wonderful results. By Chwa Wei Jie & Harrison Teo

The Outreach & Social Concerns Ministry at Faith intentionally engages the surrounding residents through meaningful programmes, such as, Adopt-A-Block (AAB), Adopt-A-Family (AAF) and God of Love Delivery (G.O.L.D.). Church members, together with their Small Groups (SG), are encouraged to build bridges and befriend the residents and to render help where needed. Here is a story of one Small Group whose lives were impacted through their outreach efforts.

In Ephesians 2:10 (NIV), Paul says that when we are created in Christ, our purpose is to do the good works that God has prepared for us to do. Our Small Group, Hum Yu, has been involved in the Adopt-aBlock campaign for a few years now and our adopted block is Block 82 Commonwealth Close. The residents are mainly elderly, although there are younger families as well. Initially, we struggled a lot due to language barriers and generational differences because we could not fully identify with their issues. Nevertheless, we continued to sow into the residents’ lives and over time, began to reap positive results.

Reaping In Joy One such resident is Uncle Wang and his wife. Our initial meeting was met with bitterness and sadness. But over time, we saw God’s hand at work in the lives of these elderly folk as they witnessed the goodness of God through our continuous acts of love. JANUARY 2019 . FAITHLINK

We found out about their financial struggles and health problems. Both had mobility issues and daily activities were a chore. They could not support themselves as finding a job was next to impossible. We referred them to FaithActs, a community service centre, and they looked into their situation and arranged financial assistance. FaithActs also recommended some renovation works to increase accessibility and improve their living conditions. After a few visits, followed by the renovation works and cleaning up of the flat, our greatest joy was hearing that this family wanted to visit Faith. Their willingness to visit the church in spite of mobility challenges was a sign of their faith and thankfulness. Yet God makes the impossible possible and faith accelerates this possibility. God’s plan does not stop without making Himself known. Through this experience, we praise God for using us as His channel of love to Uncle Wang and his wife Chwa Wei Jie and Harrison Teo are members of Hum Yu Small Group.

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Faithlink (January 2019)  

Faithlink is the magazine of Faith Methodist Church, published 3 times a year for internal circulation within the congregation of Faith and...

Faithlink (January 2019)  

Faithlink is the magazine of Faith Methodist Church, published 3 times a year for internal circulation within the congregation of Faith and...

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