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Faith in Action is to Love Thy Neighbour

Updated: Mar 11, 2021

"Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food.  If one of you says to them,'"Go in peace; keep warm and well fed," but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. 'Go in peace;a keep warm and well fed,' but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead."

- James 2:15-17

Since the outbreak of COVID-19, my heart ached when I saw how the low-income families, elderly and street sleepers were badly impacted by the pandemic on news reports because of their lack of resources.  At the same time, I was grateful to those who were working tirelessly to fight the coronavirus at the frontline like health care workers as well as our street cleaners.  Although I kept praying for them for God’s strength and protection, which seemed to be the only thing we could possibly do when we were virtually grounded, I felt deeply that it’s not enough.


I was studying the book of James then.  James 2:15-17 captured me and I prayed to God for boldness and opportunities to put my faith into action – to serve the needy in physical ways.


God listened to my prayer very quickly.  He led me to participate in the Street Cleaners Outreach at Hope of the City to help distribute masks and hand sanitizers to street cleaners at Yee Kuk Street Refuse Station in April.  My husband and son accompanied me during the first visit.  It was a joyful one and not as hard as we thought.  We had a great time chatting with cleaners there and got to express our care and appreciation to them.  I joined the visit again two weeks later and it was heart-warming to see that they remembered us.


We had a great time chatting with cleaners there and got to express our care and appreciation to them. I joined the visit again two weeks later and it was heart-warming to see that they remembered us