How the pandemic is impacting the marginalised

The recent online forum Latte With Jesus, with Fr Bernard Hyacinth of Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD) and Pastor Alexa Ho of the PJ Evangelical Free Church (PJEFC), focused on COVID-19 Impacting the Marginalised.

May 31, 2020

KUALA LUMPUR: The recent online forum  Latte With Jesus, with Fr Bernard Hyacinth of Archdiocesan Office for Human Development (AOHD) and Pastor Alexa Ho of the PJ Evangelical Free Church (PJEFC), focused on  COVID-19 Impacting the Marginalised.

The moderator, Eric Bryan of Community Action Network Malaysia (CAN), set the scene of the enhanced role of the Church in providing service to the unfortunate in this pandemic scenario in Malaysia, especially in dealing with poor communities and the mar ginalised, such as migrants and refugees.

The discussion hammered home the point that as Church we need to work to resolve issues both at the microscopic scale as well as the higher policy level scale. Impact on employment for the poor was a serious concern, but both speakers reaffirmed that there are always ways to help the marginalised despite the current situation.

“While we do work with the poor, it should not be paternalistic. The idea of leaving no one behind (one of the SDG goals) should be  kept in mind to focus on getting the poor out of their current situation, which must include long term support for  education and job opportunities in order to ensure the marginalised can move towards more independence in their economic choice”, said Fr Bernard.

Pastor Alexa challenged the church and youth to be actively involved also at the governmental policies decision making levels intentionally, that may influence change in direction on how regulations work in Malaysia. We can not be blind about it”.

As Christians, we are called to continue  evangelisation during this pandemic. The speakers affirmed this: that evangelisation continues as we engage with the poor and take action during this time. “How do we love our neighbour? Our faith cannot be kept private! It cannot be kept for ourselves. It must be for all”, Pastor Alexa proclaimed emphatically. And what better way than to “stop our xenophobic thoughts against the migrants and refugees? It is against our faith. They are humans like us”, said Fr Bernard.

Let’s walk our faith and take the action needed for all during this difficult COVID-19 period.

View this and other Latte With Jesus forums at: https://www.facebook.com/CANMalaysia/

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