Special Speaker: Mrs Kim Lang Khalil
On Sunday, a much-loved member of our congregation, Kim Lang Khalil, shared about the work of HCSA.
Formerly known as Highpoint Community Services Association, HCSA Community Services was started in 1996 as a halfway house for recovering drug addicts and ex-offenders by members of our Church. Today, the work has expanded to include HCSA HIGHPOINT, which works with ex-offenders, and HCSA DAYSPRING, which works with teenage girls undergoing duress as well as single parents.
Kim Lang, who serves as the Director of DaySpring (and who also served as one of our pastoral team for many years), shared about her journey of working with the teenage girls in the Residential Treatment Centre as well as the new SPIN programme (Single Parents INformed, INvolved and INcluded). I was especially moved by her discovery of how virtually all of the girls who have come through the RTC have experienced what it means to live “in the shadow of death.” The trauma and abuse that they have experienced moves them towards destructive behaviours including self-harm and thoughts of suicide.
As she spoke about what God is doing through the work of DaySpring and of the need for volunteers who can befriend and be caregivers, I was reminded of something that happened to me several years ago. Early one morning as I was beginning to wake up, I heard something unforgettable. In a semi-dream, I heard the cries of hundreds, maybe thousands of people who were suffering and in need of help. The voices were desperate and anguished and as I awoke I was both moved and troubled. With no idea of what this was or what it meant, I asked God to help me understand what I had heard.
The answer came a few days later as I was reading the book of Exodus which tells about the Children of Israel and their enslavement in the land of Egypt. The words of Chapter 2 verses 23-25 arrested me:
Years passed, and the king of Egypt died. But the Israelites continued to groan under their burden of slavery. They cried out for help, and their cry rose up to God. God heard their groaning, and he remembered his covenant promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. He looked down on the people of Israel and knew it was time to act.
These words helped me understand that there is a sound that reaches God’s ears and moves His heart every moment of every day: the cries of the hurting, the oppressed and the hopeless. For me, that sound only lasted a few moments but I have never forgotten it. I know that the work of HCSA is one of God’s answers to that cry and I am grateful for the 8+ years that I have served there.
The needs are many but the workers are few. I want to ask you to ask God what you can do. There are many ways to serve and your engagement can make a big difference! Below are some links and information that may help you take a step towards someone in need. I encourage you to be part of God’s answer. He is looking for someone to send and it might just be you!
Hearing the call,