感谢神！ 短短5天的服务，我们的医疗团队很用心地服务了315位病人。辅导团队透过团体辅导共帮助了51位中小学生及成人。 神也让我们透过教导与康乐游戏服侍了将近150位青少年人。最令我们欣慰的是，当我们专注成为基督的手脚去服侍灾民，神却让我们所接触的灾民及志愿人员一手经历神的爱。我们小心奕奕地将一些安抚人心的圣诗唱给灾民听，甚至将有神或主的字眼改为爱。但伟大的神仍然透过诗歌动行善工，尤其是《云上太阳》这首歌。许多孩子跟着我们哼唱时，大部分旁观的灾民都掉下眼泪。 帐篷学校的校长，李老师在我们回国两个星期后捎来电邮：“黄老师很奇怪,一个从不信仰基督的普通志愿者女孩,现在怎么开始相信了呢？是<<云上太阳>>这首歌让我开始迷恋上了基督的世界。更巧的是, 神透过几位优秀的基督信徒志愿者，引领着我。。。”我们惊讶欢呼神在患难中的拯救。的确，栽种有时，收割也有时。
神的时间与命定实在精准。去年祷告后决定与<慨施>成为策略伙伴，用两年的时间向大马华人教会推动回应灾难的醒觉与装备。万万没想到， 动员与回应灾难竟然走在我们已经规划好在七月时举办的培训以先。 <全人>是战战兢兢地回应五月这两场突如其来的灾难，毕竟我们成立至今的脚步仍未站稳。希望教会在期许<全人>有更多更具体对灾难回应行动的同时，也在祷告中记念我们的小信，并在财力人力上补助我们的缺欠。
Last May two major disasters which stirred the world struck on after another. The newly established HISTEAM could barely cope with the consequences. Within 7 days of our fund raising effort for the Myanmar cyclone, the 512 Sichuan earth quake broke out. Entrusted by CREST, we begun raising funds from Malaysian Chinese churches for the Sichuan earthquake relief work on May 26. RM228,345.95 was raised in two months, and a medical relief team of 10 was formed. The first Malaysian Chinese Churches Relief team departed for Sichuan on June 9, with the goal of bringing hope and God’s healing to the victims through our relief work.
Being there at the earthquake stricken area, we witnessed the aftermath of the devastation, as well as the faces of the villagers who were gripped by grief and sorrow. For the next 6 days, as the team provided extensive medical treatment and counseling service, we also conducted programs like teaching sessions and motivational talks at the temporary school in tents. Several victims were in tears during the counseling sessions. Through our hugs and words of comfort, the Holy Spirit comforted the victims and gave them hope.
Praise the Lord! With His mercy, medical team served 315 patients during the 6 days visit. The counseling team managed to help 51 primary students and adults. We have also served 150 youth through games, motivational talk and teaching.
The most comfort thing was, as we focused to be the hands and legs of Jesus to serve the disaster victims, God on the other hand was working in their heart, and allowed volunteers to experience Him first handedly. We had carefully chosen and sang some songs to comfort the victim and even changed the lyrics like ‘Lord’ and ‘God’ to ‘love’. Despite this our great God is able to use these songs for His wonderful work, especially one Chinese song literally translated as “The sun above the clouds”. When the children sang along, many bystanders couldn’t hold their tears. The principal of the school we served, Madam Lee, wrote an email after two week we were back to Malaysia: “Mr. Wong, it is really weird, one ordinary female volunteer who never believe in Christ has started to believe in Him! It was the song ‘The sun above the clouds’ that attracted me to the Christ’s world. Coincidently, God uses some exceptional Christian volunteers to lead me …” We really trilled and shouted with joy at how God saved people through disaster. Truly, there is time for sowing, there is also time for harvesting.
God’s timing and planning is so accurate. Last year after some praying and searching, we decided to invite CREST as our strategic partner for two years, to bring awareness and equip Chinese speaking Churches to respond to disaster. Never in our mind that we have to mobilize and lead a disaster relief team or raise fund before pre-planned July Disaster Relief Training. HISTEAM really responded to the two disasters that occurred in May with fear and trembling, given the fact that we are still very new and not steady yet. Meanwhile, Churches expecting HISTEAM to respond more frequently and concretely, we hope that you’ll be praying for us for stronger faith and also assist us in our financial lacking.