Giving is one of the best feelings in the world. It’s like creating a content that resonates with your audience. The simple act of kindness of giving something to someone can inspire the receiver to go out and touch another person’s heart through giving, too.
Also, we feel something inexplicably satisfying whenever we see people unwrap their present with bright eyes and pure amazement. Their smile and happiness are things money or any material item can’t buy
At the same time, we find great fulfillment in giving back to the world around us. We feel an innate desire to help those who are less fortunate than us. Our ability to share our blessings makes life more meaningful.
The purpose and the act of giving
In the bible, Jesus shows us the tangible expression of love and compassion for the poor, hungry, sick, broken hearted, outcast, oppressed and imprisoned. And for the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA), doing a community service to those who don’t have much is their response to Jesus challenge.
So, before 2017 bid its final goodbye, members of Phitsanulok Seventh Day Adventist together with the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) Central Church in Saraburi, agreed to hold an outreach activity to welcome 2018 with love and sympathy for the needy. They wanted to share their blessings – hoping to inspire other people to do the same.
Dwane Sobrevega, a member of their community who has a friendly nature and the one responsible for opening new doors for their community services, made contact with the people of Ban Tapapyuai, a village in Samngao District in Tak that has its own language.
Sobrevega befriended his students and the people in the village, which later gave them opportunity to visit Ban Tapapyuay to conduct the outreach activity.
The gift-giving was held on 1 January 2018. People in the village – both young and old – gathered together and experienced the joy of giving.
“The kids sang a ‘Thank You” song in Thai, and they were very happy bringing their plastic bags loaded with clothing, toys and educational supplies. Mothers went home smiling carrying their bags. After distributing the pamphlets, some asked on how did we print those in Thai language. We told them that the church has a big printing press in Bangkok. They were all happy,” SDA member Edencita Olaer told Pinoy Legacy.
Annual community service
Phitsanulok SDA members have been conducting community service every year since the group was formed. They have been visiting orphanages, home for the destitute, teaching kids in the village and distributing used clothes and other goods to different tribes.
“Every year, we usually look for a place where we can hold an outreach. It is a nice feeling when you give; for it is in giving that we receive”, Ms. Olaer said.
The first outreach activity was in Ban Jideeko, Maesot in Tak province on January 1, 2016. The recipients were the Hmong tribe who speak a different language. They spent their year end in Maesot and did the giving of clothes and household goods and Christian pamphlets on the first day of 2016.
The second one was in Khlong Lan, Kampaengpet on November 12, 2016. This was done with the SDA friends in Prangkathai Church. The village people has its own kind of language too. They gave used clothing and house hold goods such as oil, sardines, noodles, body soap and others. (This place was recommended by SDA in Prankhatai, Kampaengpet)
Giving should be our way of giving back to all the blessings we receive every day. It is through giving that we enrich and perpetuate both our own lives and the lives of others. How fulfilling it is knowing you have made a tangible difference in the lives of other people. Remember, earthly possessions are not true wealth. Leading a fulfilling life is.
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