Chinese New Year in Singapore is never complete without tossing the prosperity salad, commonly known as yu sheng. On Saturday, 23 February 2013, 56 servers from New Creation Church’s Outreach and Chinese Ministries treated a group of 82 elderly residents from Lion Befrienders, Ghim Moh Seniors Activity Centre (SAC) to a scrumptious eight-course lunch and yu sheng.
Auspicious words and words of blessings were spoken when the yu sheng was tossed to usher in the New Year. The fun factor went up a notch for the elderly as they playfully competed with each other to toss the salad as high as possible. They were also entertained by volunteers from our Chinese Ministry who shared the festive cheer by singing familiar Chinese songs.
Beneficiaries from Ghim Moh SAC tossing yu sheng
at the lunch event.
One of the beneficiaries, 77-year-old Mdm Jing Xiu Ki, was very touched by the generosity of the church and the volunteers. She explained that it was the first time she has eaten a sea bass and she felt extremely blessed. She later joined Deacon Matthew Kang, our Church Council Chairman and several elderly residents on stage for an impromptu song performance of Little Umbrella.
Deacon Matthew led a group of elderly participants and our volunteer
in an impromptu song item — Little Umbrella
Many of our volunteers who served at the event felt privileged to be part of this meaningful activity where they could be the hands and feet of Jesus, bringing gifts, laughter and His love to the elderly.
For Aaron, 31, an usher from Royal Service Ministry, it was his first time volunteering at an event organised by our Outreach ministry. Though he was not fluent in the Chinese language, he chose to take the step of faith, trusting that God would use him to reach out to the elderly. Towards the end of the day, Aaron was pleasantly surprised when an elderly gentleman who did not respond to him during lunch, finally spoke to him and asked for his name.
“He finally talked to me!” exclaimed Aaron. “When he bade goodbye, I sensed genuine gratefulness in his eyes. I felt so blessed!”
Delighted beneficiaries receiving gifts from our church volunteers.
The afternoon ended on a festive note in line with the season’s spirit of giving as our volunteers handed each elderly resident a goody bag containing items such as a table gift, an ang pao and a Polaroid photograph bearing sweet memories of the joyous event .