What?!?! Is it already March 2014? Stop the world! I’m not yet done with 2013!
Here is my third and final installment post of the series entitled “NUKWIDLS” or “Now U Know What I Did Last Summer” (cause a fourth installment post so late into 2014 would be a tad too much).
In NUKWILDS 1, I shared with you that I have been helping out in a toddlers’ playgroup and acting as chief story-teller. In NUKWIDLS 2, I boasted about surviving the experience of tramping up and down hills for the ‘fun’ of it.
The word for NUKWIDLS 3 is “Kenosis”. I have been helping out at Kenosis. “Kenosis” is derived from a Greek word that means “to be emptied” and is used in reference to Jesus Christ setting aside His glory as God to take on the form of a human and the role of a servant (see Philippians 2: 3-7 below).
3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.
5 In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:
6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;7 rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very natureof a servant, being made in human likeness.
(Philippians 2: 3-7 NIV)
The same passage urges us all to emulate the Lord Jesus and be a servant of others; always looking out for the interest of others. This is the spirit of Kenosis.
And so after God had touched the lives of drug addicts Richard Lee, Bob Leong and Elvie Ho and freed them from their dependency on drugs, He also placed in their hearts the call to reach out to other drug addicts, street people and the marginalised. Thus they came together and started Kenosis Home in 2001 which provides a faith based rehabilitation program for its residents.
The Kenosis ministry has been blessed by God and they expanded their activities to also providing training and jobs for those that have been successfully rehabilitated to help them return into society. They now run 7 homes.
If you live in the Klang Valley area and in need of any of the services listed below, consider calling Kenosis Home. You can get your needs met while helping some of the rehabilitated drug addicts find their feet again.
1. Home or office moving
3. Renovation works/welding
4. Lorry transport services
Kenosis Home also reaches out to the street people and the needy through a number of feeding programs. It is at one of these feeding sites in the Brickfields area of Kuala Lumpur that I have spent sometime helping out this last summer.
The food is prepared by the residents of one of the homes and together with other volunteers, our task is to help serve food and drinks to those who walk in off the street.
The feeding program which is held every Saturday typically serves about 120-140 people. Those who come include drug addicts, the homeless, the blind and others in financial need. I am particularly moved when I see desperate parents bringing their young children to the feeding; sometimes the child is clinging tightly to a dirty and bedraggled stuffed toy as if it is his/her most valuable possession. All are welcome to the table irrespective of race or religion.
Apart from the food, there is some singing led by volunteers and after the meal, a free clinic is made available for all those with medical needs. However, more than a few wait at the clinic just to get a weekly dose of human contact and care.
Many of the volunteers have been faithfully coming every week for years to do this service, often forgoing public holidays, family gatherings and other personal agendas because they know how important the feeding is to those who come.
The experience has been a humbling one – a reminder of just how blessed I am with what I have and a realization that “there but the grace of God go I”. Though I have just gotten started, I hope to follow the example of the veterans and keep faith with these people; following Jesus’ example of compassion and self emptying or Kenosis. It’s a privilege to be able to do this service.