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The Migrant Ministry of the Church of the Good Shepherd ran a baking class for a small group of interested refugee mothers.
The class was conducted by a certified baker, Milagro, a Canadian expat working in Malaysia and a fellow parishioner. The class saw Milagro teaching five
Myanmarese mothers who have never baked in their lives. “Only rich people in Myanmar have the chance to bake,” said Martha Jar Eing, a mother of one, who has been waiting for resettlement for the last 10 years.
In a span of seven hours, the ladies were taught how to bake a plain cake for icing, a chocolate cake and cup cakes.
The women were very happy to be given the opportunity to learn a new skill. “I am very happy today to be able to learn to bake and have my children accompany me. It is a totally different experience for me,” said Julia Jahpalu, a mother of two, with a twinkle in her eye. Julia has been in Malaysia for nine years waiting for resettlement and this is the first time she has been invited to learn a new skill.
“The teacher is so warm, kind and generous in sharing, ” said Lucy Hkawn Ja, a mother of three. “I am grateful to the Migrant Ministry and to Milagro for this experience to learn in the company of my fellow women.”
Mary Nhkang, a mother of two, also expressed her gratitude and said, “Today is the best day of my life. And I look forward to the next baking class!” as she savoured the smell of freshly baked cakes from the oven.
Milagro echoed the rest of the women and said that it was an amazing experience for her. She liked the interest shown by these women. “These ladies definitely have talent. They have never baked before in their lives, and to be able to learn it in a day, speaks of the talent hidden within them.” She encouraged the women to use their new skills to improve their lives.
As in the parable, she shared that God has given each of us a talent that we should use to multiply and enrich our own lives.
At the end of the lesson, the women were presented with certificates. They also took home the cakes that they had baked.
The lessons will continue on a regular basis, to provide the women the opportunity to upgrade their skills. “I would like to learn Chinese cooking also,” quipped Martha.