Updated: Mar 11, 2021
Ko porpor (granny) is 84 years old living alone in a public housing estate. Volunteers like Elaine have been visiting her monthly for over four years now. Porpor has no immediate family or relatives living in Hong Kong. Her brother is living in China while her daughter and grandchildren lives in the UK.
Six months into our visitation, we developed a habit of praying together with Ko porpor during every visit. Last year, we started to read simple bible stories too. But when we visited again the following month, it would seem that she had forgotten about the stories we have told her, but we thought we would continue to share the good news whenever she felt comfortable to receive it.
In December 2019, Ko porpor needed to undergo a heart surgery to implant an aortic valve and she was very anxious about it. While her daughter was wrapping things up in the UK before flying over to Hong Kong, our group mate, Kylie would go to various health check-ups with Ko porpor leading up to the date of the surgery.
The day before her final pre-operation check-up, she was very worried and almost wanted to cancel the operation. So I offered to pray with her on the phone. I told her that God is with her. Without much faith I asked “Do you believe in God?” I thought she would give me her usual standard answer that she has been repeating for over three years which is “I don't know.” However, she gave me a big resounding YES! She even said, every night she would talk to God before she sleeps. “I don’t know how to pray, I just talk to Him.” she said. She then further clarifies “It is God, Jesus, who I talk to”. I was overwhelmed with joy and felt privileged to witness this elderly’s child-like faith to “talk” to Jesus.