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不要小看自己那一点小小的付出!

「我觉得身为一个助养人,应该常写信给助养童。我探访美撒良的时候,看到孩子收到助养人的信是有多么开心。所以我也常鼓励其他助养人写信给助养童,哪怕是短短的几句话。这些信件和话语是可以让孩子更勇敢成长的动力。」Emily Teoh非常恳切且真挚地这么说。

2014年,Emily偕同外甥女参加了美撒良亲子探访之旅。在这趟旅程中,Emily有机会看到社区小孩的日常生活。Emily说,「世界宣明会推行的发展计划真的帮了他们很多」。比如说,喝水这件事对马来西亚人来说,是再简单自然不过了;当她看到美撒良的小孩竟然很「享受」饮用干净的水,这让她心里受到了震撼! Emily赞赏当地的世界宣明会同工和社区居民维持着良好的关系。社区居民得到了任何好东西会和其他人一起共享,不会只想着独自占有。

出发之前,Emliy就开始对在城市成长的外甥女做心理建设。她让孩子知道贫弱社区的环境条件可能和城市并不相若,即使到时候心里会觉得不舒适,也要努力调适自己的心态,并入乡随俗。到了美撒良,外甥女很快的就和当地孩子打成一片,不费吹灰之力地融入了当地人的生活节奏。这趟旅程也让外甥女成长了许多,如今她懂得更加体恤别人的处境。

平时,助养人和助养童不太容易有机会面对面接触,因此信件通讯成为了他们之间建立关系的重要途径。在美撒良的时候,当地同工告诉Emily,孩子们会为着收到助养人的礼物或信件而非常开心。这让Emily确信助养人写信给助养童的重要,这个行动的意义非常重大。Emily说她之前曾因为一些缘故而错过了助养孩子的生日,心里感到愧疚。然而,她还是把生日礼物寄去,也持续与孩子保持联系。这个行动是助养人付出关心的表现,收到礼物和信件的孩子也会受到莫大的鼓励,孩子们会有更大信心与动力去面对生活种种。

Emily除了是儿童助养人,也是世界宣明会的志工。她定时来到世界宣明会的办公室协助处理一些琐碎工作,她说这样可以帮助我们同工节省许多时间,而我们也可以专注在更重要的工作上。而在巡展担任志工的时候,Emily发现接触人群并不是件容易的事,她学会了放下自我,更有耐心地去面对参观巡展的人们。

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Emily最后这么告诉我们:「认真说来,65令吉不是个很大的数目。一点点付出,就可以带来大大的收获,帮助到别人,也令更多人受惠。」

助人为善带来的快乐是用物质难以衡量的。儿童助养计划为孩子创造希望,也让整个社区走上实现梦想的道路。你愿意出一份力守护他们的梦想吗?鼓励你加入儿童助养人行列:https://www.worldvision.com.my/ch/sponsor-a-child

Your small sacrifice can bring about a big change!

By Emily Teoh
World Vision Child Sponsor and Volunteer

“I feel that as a child sponsor, I should write regularly to my sponsored child. When I visited Mae Sariang ADP, I noticed how much joy these letters brought to the children. That’s why I always try to convince other child sponsors to correspond with their sponsored child. These letters of encouragement will help the children grow up confidently and with courage”, said Emily earnestly.

In 2014, Emily and her niece took part in the Mae Sariang sponsor & child visit. Emily had the opportunity to see for herself the day to day lives of the children. Emily said, “The World Vision Area Development Programme has helped a lot of people. For example, drinking water is such a normal and simple thing for Malaysians; and when I see the children of Mae Sariang thoroughly enjoying clean
drinking water, the contrast caused such distress for me. Emily praised the World Vision staff and community for maintaining a good community, with a sense of people coming together to share good things rather than just doing their own thing.

Before embarking, Emily mentally prepared her city-bred niece. She explained that the situation of the village would not be comparable to the life she knew, that she might feel some discomfort, and that she would need to watch her actions and thoughts. At Mae Sariang, her niece quickly made friends with the local girls, effortlessly learning to fit in with them. She saw her niece growing in maturity by learning compassion for people who are different.

Under normal circumstances, a child sponsor and a sponsored child would not have the opportunity to meet face to face. This is why corresponding through letters is important. In Mae Sariang,  the World Vision staff told Emily that sponsored children who received presents or letters are extremely thankful. This made Emily realise how important letters are to sponsored children. Emily said that she felt guilty for missing her sponsored child’s birthday. However, she decided to send a birthday gift anyway to continue building the relationship. A sponsor’s acts of care through gifts and letters are meant to encourage the sponsored child and allow her to build confidence.

Other than being a child sponsor, Emily is also a World Vision volunteer. She regularly helps at the World Vision office with administrative tasks, allowing World Vision staff to save a fair amount of time and focus on other more important tasks. When she volunteers at roadshows, she realises that explaining sponsorship to a crowd is not an easy task. She has had to learn to be more patient with the people that she meets.

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In Emily’s own words: “Frankly, RM65 is not a large amount. Every bit forked out will reap a larger outcome. Helping others with what we have will bring much impact to those in need.”

The joy of giving is immeasurable. The child sponsorship programme brings hope for children while also paving the way for communities to fulfill their potential. Would you be interested to bring hope to those in need? Do take part in the child sponsorship programme today : https://www.worldvision.com.my/sponsor-a-child