YAC celebrated GYD 2019 on the afternoon of March 16 in our community–Soi 92, Charansanitwong Road, Bang-O, Bangphlad, Bangkok. For this year, the theme is “Adopt”.
Adopt a Nursing Home
We chose to adopt Yanhee Nursing Home which is very near our church and we have been considering a regular visitation to this place.
Our elderly friends smiled as they received the flowers, books and as the wonderful music filled their ears.
Some of them just need assistance with their activities of daily living and some of them are really sick. Because of this, they are happy to receive visitors.
Here is a wonderful quotation:
Many feel that it would be a great privilege to visit the scenes of Christ’s life on earth, to walk where He trod, to look upon the lakeside which He loved to teach, and the hills and valleys on which His eyes so often rested. But we need not go to Nazareth, to Capernaum, or to Bethany, in order to walk in the steps of Jesus. We shall find His footprints beside the sick bed, in the hovels of poverty, in the crowded alleys of the great city, and in every place where there are human hearts in need of consolation. In doing as Jesus did on earth, we shall walk in His steps.The Desire of Ages, p. 640
When we reach out to those in need, we are tracing the divine footprints.
Adopt a Patient……
We divided ourselves into groups as singing bands on some of the rooms at Yanhee International Hospital. We offered to give songs to patients who gave their consent and we prayed for them.
We were blessed to see the delight on their faces.
…and Nurses too
One of the unexpected twists of this endeavor is our singing ministry to the nurses and staff in the nurses’ station. We didn’t plan about this originally but Sis. Dimple Toledanes suggested that we will offer songs to the nurses and staff. We sang one Thai song and one English song “People Need the Lord”.
After that, the translator told us that the nurses and staff were very happy because it was their first time to experience a serenade and they didn’t expect that we would also care for them. Also, they liked the songs a lot. Healthcare workers need care too. They suffer from compassion fatigue as they give care to patients.
Adopt a Community
We originally planned to have our clean-up drive around our church. On the last minute, the plan changed and we moved it to Soi 95 where the market is located.
So far we had good feed backs from the Thai people who were wondering why we are doing community service. We hoped and prayed that we left a positive impact in the community.
After our activity, we had our sundown worship and our elder reflected and told us that Jesus reached the people where they are—in the sickbed, in the markets etc. It was a wonderful reminder for us that reaching people means that we should meet them where they are and what transpired today is a reminder of that principle.
Christ ministered to people’s needs before inviting them to follow Him. Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Savior mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence.The Ministry of Healing, p 143
We praise God for the privilege of serving Him through this event. Please pray for Yanhee Adventist Church as we plan to continually minister to the needs of our community and introduce them to our Savior.
Special thanks to Bro. Reggie Petallo and Bro. Rangel Buisa for the pictures.
Nell Grace Cablinda is the editor of Yanhee Adventist Church blog and Head of Church Media Ministry and Technology Department.