It was the 18th of January. I received a text message from one of the Muslim leaders. Her request was, “Can your church members please kindly help Siham. She is a widow. Her husband died during the March 15, 2019 Mosque shooting attack. She is selling her house and is planning to move to a new place. It is very difficult for her to do things by herself. Also, would it be possible to have some ladies come and stay with Siham and her daughter while they pack up to move?” Siham and her daughter needed emotional support.

I shared this request on our Garden City Fellowship Messenger Community Group. It didn’t take long to put together an amazing team of volunteers who were willing to cross religious and cultural barriers to help Siham. We all went and helped in washing her windows, weeding her vegetable garden, and trimming hedges. Siham prepared a nice lunch and we all had a great time of fellowship as well.

The next day Siham sent me this message: “Salam Younis. A big thanks to you and your amazing team.  I couldn’t have done it without your help. Appreciated that you all have become part of my journey. May God bless you and your team. Amen.” She further wrote, “GCF ladies were amazing helpers and did a great job. We couldn’t have done it without your help. Thanks again and our move went well and thank God. God bless you, your loved ones and all your team.”

Our GCF team was also acknowledged on their community Facebook page. Each of the team members were hugely blessed and they were very grateful and happy for the opportunity of helping the widow. There is a Chinese saying that goes: “If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody.”

We cannot undermine the profoundness of this Chinese saying, but even more powerful and profound is the Word of God. Apostle Paul in his letter to Hebrews 13:16 writes, “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.” I praise God for the GCF (Garden City Fellowship) church community who were willing to sacrifice their time to serve God by helping Siham.

– Pr Younis Masih, Garden City Fellowship Church Pastor