Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Don't Marginalize Them

What bring more joy then spending time with those who need care and love during festive season? I'm not talking about orphanages or old folks homes. Last week my wife and I decided to spend a meaningful evening with a bunch of ex-drug-addicts.

My wife made some puddings, I ordered two barrels of KFC and 4 large pizzas, and off we went to the rehab centre together with a few church members. The yummy goodies had definitely brought much joy to the inmates and us alike.

We got to know each other, spent time chatting with them and cared for their emotional needs.

We had even sang a few songs of praises together, and played some funny but enjoyable games. It was a great way to break the ice.



They may be drug addicts, but they are under recovery and rehabilitation. These people need a lot of encouragement and care. Probably those were the things that were lacking in their life when they got hooked to the drugs. People tried to marginalize them, some to the extend of refusing them job after they had gone through rehab. In the end, many of them were jobless, and got hooked up to the drugs again. Sad isn't it?

However, these bunch of friends in this particular rehab are different. They were taught and equipped with new skills during their rehab program. Many of them got graduated, and were able to survive using the skills they'd learnt.

We were glad to be able to spend time with these brothers. The gathering had opened up our eyes and had better understanding about their problems and emotional struggles. So friends, don't marginalize them. Care for them instead.

16 comments:

eQbalzack said...

lama juga tunggu josh update blog...

busy raya lagi ke??

Anak Jawa said...

kdg2 manusia terlupa utk memberi peluang kedua...

Josh said...

[eQ] Sorry eQ, Josh sibuk sangat kebelakangan ni. Busy raya? taklah.

[AJ] A'ah. They deserve second chance. Ada yang jadi tauke besar dah sekarang, dan bebas dari dadah. Kita yang buat Josh gembira.

Catz said...

seronok tgk u all buat amal bakti...
sure mereka gembira kan...

nazzman ibrahim said...

best kalau dapat buat keja amal mcm ni

PUTUBAMBU said...

let them rebuild their life..

just hope for the best...

Josh said...

[Catz] A'ah, they'll were very happy. Sebab jarang ada yang 'berani' melawat diaorang, lebih-lebih lagi musim perayaan.

[Nazz] Ya Nazz, pengalaman yang amat berharga bagi Josh dan kerja amal yang amat bermakna.

[Putu] Betul tu. let them rebuild their life, but with our help and encouragements.

:: NbC :: said...

baguslah program mcm ni.. hmmm tp mentaliti masyarakat kita masih prejudice dgn these people..

(errr saw Calvin here.. )

Anak Jawa said...

bila pulak Josh nk buat lawatan smbil blaja kat umah AJ? jgn lupa bawak kfc gak yer...

azizi said...

second chance.
it does matter.
but, still many us - are too judgemental. Pathetic!
Proud of Josh. Kudos to you!
.....
small things make a BIG difference.
have faith it that. I do. ;-)

* errr nak pizza jugak! .....

Josh said...

[Pinky] Yah, lots of prejudice.
O, Calvin, yah he joined us that day.

[AJ] Josh buat rombongan 60 pelajar gi melawat rumah AJ, boleh? Apa yg boleh dipelajari kat rumah AJ? Penginapan disediakan tak?
Basi ler KFC tu kalo bawak.

[Azizi] Yup, small things make a big difference! Erm... bukan ker Pizza kat SITU lagi sedap?? Kirim 1, extra cheese ye.

PUTUBAMBU said...

AJ...ape ni? program lawatan ke rumah AJ jek.. rumah akak pun ok gak..

boleh buat gathering by the pool.. pot luck..

bawak puding tu byk2 sikit ye Josh..

time & date : to be confirmed (hehe..)

~BlueApple~ said...

hey..
1st step into ur page,
me read the n3, really proud too see ur xtvt, not many people can see it as gud activity...

nway the credit should goes to ur family..

Josh said...

[Putu] Gathering by the pool???? I LIKE that!!!! Bila? Bila? Bila?

[Blue Apple] Welcome to my blog! thanks for the compliments.

rerama salju said...

Tahniah Josh,
Mulia sungguh hati Josh and wife,as for me,With Allah permit,semua orang I boleh get along,tapi dengan drug addicts,I belum lagi la Josh,masih ada satu feeling(negative) dalam diri ni,mcamana nak ubah tu Josh???

Josh said...

[rerama] thanks my friend.
I used to be like you too, afraid that these people might have diseases, or do some thing bad to us... and the actually fact is, all they need is attention and care. It's difficult but we try our best.