Kovan SCC members mingling with the adoptees of Church of St. Stephen. Photo by Kovan SCC
HE TOLD THEM another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and perch in its branches.” (Mt 13:31-32)
Are we like the man who plants the mustard seed? What efforts do I make to bring about God’s kingdom in my community and in the world around me?
Members of the Kovan Small Christian Community (SCC) certainly try to do their part. Hilda Yeo, one of the long time members report:
“Every six weeks, we meet up with some elderly from Church of St. Stephen and provide them with a simple breakfast that usually consists of home cooked porridge, cakes, soon kuey and hot beverages. We also present them with a goodie bag. The main objective is to befriend and interact with these elderly, some of whom are staying alone. Not all are Catholics. This breakfast is hosted at the Canossaville Children Home.”
Katherine Lim, another member of the Kovan SCC shows how opportunities to evangelise arise in the course of their outreach: “I recall that during one of the breakfast sessions, one of the adoptees came up to me and asked me to pray for her on the spot – for her eye problem. We have been mingling with the adoptees for the past one-and-a-half years and we have never really “preached” our faith to them but just serving them a simple meal and befriending them.”
Is your SCC doing its part to bring the love of Christ to others, especially those who do not know Him? It’s not difficult. Just invite some non-Catholic friends in the neighbourhood to some of the SCC gatherings, especially when the group is celebrating a festival. Visit them in times of sickness or bereavement and offer help as a group when you see a need. Your kindness will speak volumes, and at the appropriate time, you let it be known that the love you have shown is a reflection of Jesus’ love. This way your SCC will be the catalyst to bring about the Kingdom of God in your neighbourhood.
By Celestine Snodgrass