Helping the Orang Asli community

Pope Francis once said that there is no love without works of charity. Service towards our brothers and sisters springs from a heart that loves.

Mar 14, 2019

By Bernard Anthony
Pope Francis once said that there is no love without works of charity. Service towards our brothers and sisters springs from a heart that loves.

In answering that call as baptised and sent, a group of Catholics from the Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur went on a mission on March 2, 2019, to Perkampungan Orang Asli Kg Chang, near Bidor, Perak to meet 90 Orang Asli in Gereja Bonda Maria which is situated in the village.

A Prayer Session in Bahasa Malaysia was held and Kak Junaida, the Orang Asli leader of the Catholics at the village, together with Jabamalai, the lay leader from the Chapel of St Joseph in Bidor, led the prayers. This was followed by a reflection on ‘Doa’ or Prayer, where the Orang Asli Catholics were reminded of the importance of praying daily. Through prayers, we are actually communicating with God. Fifty five Rosaries were later distributed to them to cultivate the good habit of praying. “By regularly praying, we can deepen our faith life, as the Lord hears us when we turn to Him in prayer.”

The Outreach programme, organised in conjunction with the Extraordinary Missionary Year 2019, was to bring God’s love and show our genuine concern for the marginalised in society.

Various activities were held to bring joy and the love of Christ to the Orang Asli. The children joined in the outdoor games. Forty prizes in the Lucky draws were given, which delighted the Orang Asli. Later all were feted to lunch. The event ended with a Closing Prayer for the Orang Asli Community, that their faith will deepen and that they will grow closer to the Lord.

Approximately 500kg of provisions were also distributed to the Orang Asli poor, including to the non-Catholics.

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