Tuesday, 21 December 2021
Title: Getting Your Hands And Knees Dirty
By: Shaun Ling
Text: Proverbs 19:17

“Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed

I have often admired Christians who do not just proclaim their faith but actually flash out their faith in their ministry, working tirelessly and sacrificially. They are indeed my heroes and heroines.

I have been on the board of Malaysian Care for over 15 years now; this past weekend we said farewell to Wong Young Soon – son of our very own Aunty Betty Wong – as executive director of Malaysian Care. He had served with the Orang Asli throughout his young adult life, up until he was appointed executive director a good 8 years ago. All in all, he had given 29 years of his life for the ministry of Malaysian Care.

My wife and I have seen Young Soon and his wife Pat at work in Kampar. They faced numerous challenges but continue to serve faithfully. I bet Young Soon can write his memoirs of the work he had pioneered and see its fruits today.

Another lady formerly with Malaysian Care that my wife and I are good friends with is LJ. LJ has also served with poor communities for the best part of her life. She had started a tuition centre with her sister and today runs it with good facilities, operating at very low rates. Each time my wife and I talk to her, the first question we ask her is often, “Are you paying yourselves?”. I told her she needed to raise the fees but her response is always, “Shaun, then the kids cannot afford it and they won’t come.”

LJ does her ministry out of love for the children. She has only good intentions to provide the best quality education for these children. Her vision is not to stinge on the quality of her teachers, the facilities and the equipment. She is another heroine in the eyes of me and my wife. Thankfully, she has had so many people who understand her ministry and who are willing to help her, like her Hindu landlord. He waived the rental to the centre during the pandemic and had only recently accepted a small fraction of the rental. PBC had also sponsored laptops for her centre and gave the kids in her centre food aid and the 1000 Smiles goodie bags.

I share the above as I hope it will encourage you to get your hands and knees dirty for the Lord. There are many heroes and heroines in PBC; often these people don’t see themselves as such, but believe me, they are truly gems in our church.

I had thought I would write this final devotion on something expository and more theologically spiritual; and then I figured that what can be more spiritual than relating true stories of 2 people in our circle who are willing to get their hands and knees dirty. May the good Lord grant them good health and bless them richly.

Prayer

Lord, we are truly thankful for Your providence to us. Without You, our lives are meaningless. Give us this day, and every day, the desire to serve You. Yes, Lord, we face challenges everyday but help us to lift ourselves up above the challenges that we may see what You have called us to be in Your Kingdom. Thank You for the many people in our midst that You have raised to be salt and light in the communities that we live in. Amen.

班底浸信教会
每日灵粮
星期二, 2021年12月21日
标题:亲自动手参与
作者:林世勋执事
翻译:黄蒙晶姐妹
经文:箴言19:17

“怜悯贫穷的就是借给耶和华,他的善行耶和华必偿还。”
我常常敬佩那些不仅仅宣扬自己信仰的基督徒,而且还不辞劳苦及无私地献身于事工,同时在事奉中活出信仰。他们确实是我心目中的英雄。
我已经在马来西亚基督徒关怀协会任职超过15年了;上周末,我们与马来西亚基督徒关怀协会的执行董事Wong Young Soon告别了 – 他是我们黄阿姨(Aunty Betty Wong)的儿子。在他年轻力壮的岁月里,他一直为原住民服务,直到八年前被任命为执行董事。总括而言,他为马来西亚基督徒关怀协会奉献了29年的岁月。
我和妻子曾在金宝遇见Young Soon和他的妻子Pat。他们面临着许多挑战,但仍然忠心地服事。我敢肯定Young Soon很快就能写下他所开创的事工回忆录,并在今天看到它的成果。
另一位女士LJ也是马来西亚基督徒关怀协会一员,她是我和妻子的好朋友。LJ一生中最美好的时光也在为贫困社区服务。她和姐姐一起开办了一所补习中心。如今,该中心设施完善,而且收费低廉。每次我和妻子和她交谈,我们问她的第一道问题常常是:“你们自己垫付吗?”我告诉她需要提高学费,但她的回答总是:“Shaun,那孩子们就负担不起,他们也不会来了。”
LJ的事工是出于对孩子们的爱,她纯粹是想为这些孩子提供最优质的教育。她的愿景并非吝啬于教师、设施和设备的质量。她是我和妻子眼中的另一位女英雄。感恩的是,她有很多理解她的事工并愿意帮助她的人,比如她的印裔房东。在新冠肺炎大流行期间,他免收该中心的租金,直至最近才接收了一小部分的租金。班底浸信教会还为她的中心赞助了手提电脑,并为中心的孩子们提供了食品援助和1000个微笑图示的恩物袋。
我希望藉着上述所分享的来鼓励您为主亲身动手参与事工。班底浸信会里有很多男女英雄人物;通常这些人并不这样认为,但相信我,他们是我们教会真正的珍宝。
我原以为自己会在这最后一次的每日灵粮里写一些解释性的、更具神学属灵的事情;然而我想了想,还有什么比讲述我们圈子里两位愿意为主而亲身动手作善工的真实故事更为属灵呢。愿仁慈的主赐予他们健康和丰盛的祝福。
祷告
主啊,我们真的感谢祢的眷顾。没有祢,我们的生命毫无意义。赐给我们今天和每一天都渴慕来事奉祢。是的主,我们每天都面对挑战,但请帮助我们振作起来,并超越挑战,好让我们看见祢呼召我们在祢的国度里要成为什么样的人。感谢祢在我们中间孕育了许多人,使他们成为我们所居住社区中的盐和光。阿门。