Reflections on Project Love Bishan
Ministry Report by Timothy Ong
Following the rise in unlinked cases in the community, news that Singapore would be entering yet another month of stricter measures (i.e. Phase 2 – Heightened Alert) was announced quickly after, on 14 May. It felt like I was thrown into yet another round of lament and despair. Reading reports from India and other parts of the world helped me to re-evaluate my perspective. Why was I grumbling when others out there were suffering more severe effects of this pandemic?
The Food Aid distribution held during last year’s Circuit Breaker paved the way for our collaboration with Bishan CC again this year! We were able to draw on past experiences and things moved along quickly right from our very first meeting. Starting from obtaining the necessary approvals, to the purchasing of household items, arranging for delivery, packing them into bags, recruiting and assigning our volunteers to the respective households. God guided and led us as a team every step of the way. We thank God for each and every one of the 65 Zion Bishan volunteers who rose to the occasion to help in the packing and distribution of these care packs. We also partnered with 18 Residents Committee volunteers to reach a total of 91 households of the elderly and vulnerable in Bishan and Sin Ming. Praise God!
It was heart-warming to witness various parts of the body of Zion Bishan coming together; volunteers (both from ME and English services) as well as our Living Room staff who put in many hours into preparing the fresh non-halal and vegetarian snacks for the residents. These projects and efforts were made possible through the fostering of relationships with our community partners. Join us in praying that more opportunities to serve our neighbours would come so that we can be Christ’s hands and feet in extending friendship and love to our community in these difficult times.