Life in 40 Stories

Read about the lives that have been touched by MWS

Life in 40 Stories

Read about the lives that have been touched by MWS

Dr Patrick Kee

MWS Chairperson (1989-1991, 1993-1997)
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June Cheong

Sunshine Group (MWS volunteer group since 1981)
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Chan Kum Kit

MWS Chairperson (2001-2005)
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Dr. Patrick Kee

PIONEER

Walking through the MWS Girls' Residence at St George’s Lane reminded me of those days when these dormitories were wards - one for the men, the other for the women. I remember spending my Saturdays here, seeing the elderly sick and attending to them.

Once, when we were doing our rounds in the ward, there was this elderly lady. She was blind and confused, and shouting. She shouted even louder when the nurses tried to calm her down. When I came to her bed, I told her in a soft voice that I am a doctor, and I held her hand gently. She immediately turned into a sweet old lady. This taught me an important lesson, that we need to ‘enter the world’ of the elderly who are confused.

From caring for the elderly sick at the Methodist Home for the Aged Sick, I was led to care for the dying in my vocation as a doctor. Caring for the elderly sick and dying is not a one way street. The elderly sick and the dying have been my teachers - inspiring and teaching me how to grow old and to face death with the grace of God, in order to live life more fully.

Dr. Patrick Kee, MWS Chairperson (1989-1991, 1993-1997)

June Cheong

PIONEER

God loves the elderly, and we wanted to show them they are not alone. So back then, I simply got a few friends together, sang and played music to bring joy to the elderly at the Methodist Home for the Aged at Whampoa. After that, we began to reach out and befriend the elderly at MWS Bethany Nursing Home.

I recall a resident who was highly critical and did not always get on well with others. But we continued to be patient with her, loved her as God had commanded us to, and showed her how to accept love from others. The Bethany team was also very dedicated in their care for her. 20 years on, this resident told us she wanted to get baptised. We were overjoyed! This really showed us that God’s love can overcome all obstacles. Praise the Lord!

Tan Ee Leng, MWS Chairperson (2005-2007)

Chan Kum Kit

PIONEER

I can still recall that moment when I was asked if I would volunteer with MWS. It felt natural to say Yes. Like many of us then, I volunteered with the skills and professional experience I had and I was an accountant. At that time, volunteers handled a lot of the services at MWS, be it at the Methodist Home for the Aged Sick or the Family Service Centres, or others. It was all hands on deck. Volunteers were indeed the bedrock of MWS then, and we were so thankful. Today we are blessed with many professional staff at all levels and that has helped us expand our scope of services. I can see the work going from strength to strength. But more than ever, I hope more volunteers will come forward to touch the lives of the many more beneficiaries.

Chan Kum Kit, MWS Chairperson (2001-2005)

David Wong

PIONEER

I have always been a firm believer in MWS' role as an enabler of the Church, to activate God's call for us to love others. And this includes showing love to volunteers and staff too, not just our beneficiaries. I was very moved by how the foreign staff in MWS gave their all, and treated MWS and our beneficiaries like their family. That's truly what loving all means, that our staff can find a home away from their homeland.

David Wong, MWS Chairperson (2011-2015)

Tan Ee Leng

PIONEER

'What can I do, I am only a businesswoman?' I had asked at first. It turned out that my experience in corporate governance was very helpful, as the charity sector battled scandals and intense public scrutiny during those years. Thinking back, I can only say my appointment as Chairperson was a divine opportunity as my faith was very much strengthened through my journey with MWS. As much as I hope to have empowered our beneficiaries, I feel I have gained so much more than I have been able to give.

Tan Ee Leng, MWS Chairperson (2005-2007)

Amy Wong

Donor

I’ve always felt assured donating to MWS because I trust MWS; it’s part of the Methodist group. During my father’s last days, I recall desperately looking for help with palliative care. When I contacted MWS, the care team from Agape Methodist Hospice (now known as MWS Home Hospice) was extremely forthcoming. No questions asked; they just came and took care of my father. My sister was particularly impressed and appreciative, and saw how Christians step in when the need calls.

Amy Wong, MWS Donor since 2002

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