This Lent, Barre as a group volunteered at Willing Hearts, a local Soup Kitchen that prepares and delivers food to the needy and marginalized.
By Fionna Wee
Many in the group have wanted to travel to Kontum to be a part of our mission team serving the community there. Yet many have not been able to. This Lent, in the spirit of the season, we decided to take our volunteering spirit to a local charity – Willing Hearts.
A group of us gathered in the sweltering heat to wash, cut, peel, carry and pack vegetables over three hours. It was not only hard work but also a very humbling experience. There was a big group gathered in the preparation area but a humongous task lay ahead in the amount of vegetables that needed to be ready for use the next day before we left. Somehow the experience was not just getting the job done but it made me think of the people who would enjoy the fruits of our labour and those who had graciously and generously volunteered their time and their goods. Many in the group were young and came with friends. People of all races and religions helped.
In the current global situation where we often hear and see heartbreaking news in the media, the coming together of people to help the needy and marginalised in a simple kitchen set-up is heart warming.
The opportunity to be part of the well-run soup kitchen was a timely reminder for me of the good in all people. A humbling, grateful and thankful experience. How apt and timely for Easter.