Heeding to the margins of society
On 18th November 2018, in conjunction with World Day of the Poor, the BEC of St Anthony from Good Shepherd Church, Setapak organised an outreach programme to migrants, living in the fringes of society, more than 100kms away from the city.
This outreach is also part of the annual Advent almsgiving that the BEC has been practicing. Advent is a time of giving and sharing with the lesser fortunate. And that sharing is not limited to those whom we know and care. It is also for the person whom we have never met and those who need a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on.
The BEC members along with other well-wishers responded to the needs of the migrant community of more than 60 families living and working in farms in Banting. These migrants fled their homes and native land for an uncertain future, here in Malaysia.
Hundreds of bags of rice, bottles of oil, trays of eggs, cartons of chocolate malt drinks and many more rations were purchased to support to the migrants in the spirit of Christ love for the poor and marginalised. Bundles of soft toys were also presented to the kids to bring some advance Christmas cheer to them.Children and adults alike who visited the farm were humbled by the experience and was in awe of the simplistic living conditions of these migrants. A sense of thankfulness for the basic necessities we have and gratitude for many life’s blessings that we take for granted emerged as a discussion topic over dinner later that night.
Oh, that today you would listen to His voice, harden not your hearts!
By Charmaine Amanda
Seeing the migrants living in the farm with the animals all around, reminded me of jesus being born in the manger. this christmas will be special for me as i was able to share my toys and books with the poor children.
Sophia Joyce Raymond
it was a very humbling experience that has made me reflect more on gratitude especially with the upcoming advent season.
Jessica Anne Doss, 16
words cannot describe the joy i felt when i saw the faces of gratefulness and happiness amongst the migrants. connecting with them and creating a sense of belonging with the community at large proved that our outreach effort is worth the while.
Angela Wen, BEC St. Anthony Leader