It was just a typical afternoon and I was travelling by MRT to City Hall station. The train was as usual packed with passengers, some resting and some on their smartphones. At a stop, two teenagers in school uniform boarded the train. They immediately caught my attention with their entrance due to their loud voices. As I observed their actions and conversation, I came to realise that they were from a special needs school.
Soon the train came to another stop and a couple with a crying toddler entered. Held in his mother’s arm, the crying toddler was unconsolable despite the mother’s attempt to pacify him. A teenage boy immediately took out his smartphone and turn on a YouTube children’s music video while another teenage boy danced along with the song to entertain the crying boy. Amazingly, just a simple gesture of compassion based on instinct was all it took to help calm the crying toddler.
Jesus makes a difference in people’s lives and so must we. In Mark 7:31-37, the miracle story of the healing of a deaf and mute man was recorded; 35 “And his ears were opened, his tongue was released, and he spoke plainly.” The deaf and mute man’s life was completely changed because of Jesus’ act of kindness and goodness. With that he was transformed into a new person with a new start in life.
What is the key to being kind and good? In Proverbs 4:1- 4, we need to be attentive to God’s instruction, to demonstrate Christlikeness and to proclaim the good news of Jesus to BCK children and families. In John 15:5 “……abides in me and I in him,……bears much fruit. In Galatians 5:16 & 25 – “walk by the Spirit ……live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit” so that we may grow and mature from being a sinner full of self to being a saint full of the Spirit , and in Jesus’ name effectively and powerfully reach out and spread the good news to others. We all have a role in ‘caring’ for each other.
Faithfulness involves CHOOSING obedience based on our trust in God. This year, BCK staff have been actively involved in many events to evangelise BCK children and families. We also took part in BC church events, such as Easter celebration and BC Picnic. Our home visitation is also a platform to allow BCK staff and BC members to interact and be connected with BCK parents and families. The monthly singspiration on every 1st Friday of the month from February to August were great opportunities for BCK staff and BC members to evangelise to parents, grandparents and guardians. This year, there is an increase of BCK families participating in the monthly singspiration and BC’s church picnic.
The Lord is with us. Let us be a channel of God’s kindness and goodness to the people around us.
May God prosper the work of BCK as we seek to be His salt and light in this kindergarten.
Mrs Patsy Loy