Mission / OA Ministry
by Rev Wong Fong Yang
The recent trip to Orang Asli villages was the response to the word of God and the leading of the Holy Spirit. The gospel of Luke shows us that Jesus has a heart for the poor, the blind, the lame and the crippled. These are the marginalized people in the society. Their needs are often overlooked.
Jesus once told his host: “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they will invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.” (Luke 14:12-14). Jesus told the parable of the Great Banquet to show that God’s kingdom is for these people. In the parable, the master ordered his servant to go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame. His gospel is really good news for the poor.
My contact with the two pastors who have been helping the Orang Asli was not a chance encounter. God led me to them and I felt that God is already at work in their ministry among the Orang Asli. CDPC decided to rent a wooden house for their work. We have also committed financially to build a fishpond so that the Orang Asli could have additional income through the rearing and selling of fish. The long-term goal is also to bring in literacy work for them. Hence the building of a school is top priority.
Twenty of us from CDPC made the trip to 3 Orang Asli villages. We brought along foodstuff to share with the poor community. We are learning how to bring about community transformation. It is a small step in sharing our resources with the poor.