[ ‘SHARE’ Nov-Dec 2012 – Care for Children ~ ‘Join Hands Join Hearts’ ] EDITORIAL
Amongst different poverty relief works, children’s ministry often receive the most attention. Innocent smiles warm our hearts, and their predicament moves us to lend a helping hand.
In this issue of SHARE, we will look at our children’s ministry through the eyes of supporters, frontline workers, backstage project officers and children-beneficiaries of ‘Join Hands Join Hearts’ Children Ministry Scheme, listening to what they have learned and what are important to the children.
In this perverse and unjust generation, many believers are searching for directions in life. Among them are ‘Join Hands Join Hearts’ supporters, Chris, Mr. and Mrs. Wong, as well as Kenneth and his wife who participate in the ‘Visit Low-Income Families’ programme. They show us how to live out our faith and slowly change the world by starting with doing little things ourselves.
From the first ten chapters of the Book of Numbers, Fung Ceefoong, our Administration Officer, shares how we may find order in the midst of CEDAR’s hectic schedules and focus solely on God.
A ministry matters not in its scale and glamour, each project should simply be our faithful response to our belief.
[ ‘SHARE’ Nov-Dec 2012 – Care for Children ~ ‘Join Hands Join Hearts’ ] TAKING ACTION
After completing CEDAR’s course on poverty relief, my wife and I decided to put theory into practice and joined a programme of visiting grass-root low-income families. And there was no stopping once we started.
I remember we were clueless on our first visit; we were anxious to make conversation with the family while noting their needs to report to MKKFA Chan Hing Social Service Centre. But God had already prepared they way for us: Mr. Lam was very talkative. We chatted on topics from the economy to parenting; his wife and mine hit it off with each other almost immediately and their two boys were jolly lads and warmed my heart when the older one insisted on giving me their only ice lolly.
Gradually, we stopped ‘making visits’ and started ‘building relationships’. The programme has bonded two unrelated families and now we are friends. It may seem impossible in a cold and distant society like ours but it happened naturally in the Lord. When we learn to love, we are loved at the same time.
Disasters, conflicts and injustices occur every day – which individual, group or even nation can change the situation? Are we building a better kingdom? Rather than taking the trouble to hold high-level meetings, we can start with ourselves, to love and care for the people around us. Then our world will be very different.
We will love, because He loved us first No matter what, we’ll choose to stay together So we will smile and we’ll forgive For Your love will bring us heaven on earth *
In 2009, CEDAR and Mong Kok Kai Fong Association Ltd. Chan Hing Social Service Centre jointly launched the ‘Walk in Love – Visit Low-Income Families Programme’, to show loving care and build friendships through regular visits. The programme has already gone through three phases with over 40 participants visiting 20 families. Kenneth is one of the participants along with his wife.