With the pandemic going into its second year, healthcare workers were put under immense pressure to keep up with the changing healthcare situations and demands.
In our Healthcare ministry, we minister among some 50 healthcare workers, including doctors, nurses, medical social workers, dentists and allied health professionals in hospitals and GP clinics. Some of them were managing COVID-19 cases directly, and most had to handle heavier workloads due to the pandemic.
Gathering over Zoom, the groups provided emotional and spiritual support for one another. Junior doctors also had opportunities to meet senior doctors for end-of-posting chats where the latter shared more information about their medical expertise and how to make their work more meaningful. Some also join other Cru ministries that meet their needs based on phase of life, such as WOW MOM (for mothers), FamilyLife (for couples), and facilitating the Foundations leadership course for other healthcare professionals.
Besides healthcare workers, taxi and private hire drivers were also greatly affected by the pandemic. After the successful outreach to the community in December 2020 through the distribution of care packs and coating of antimicrobial solution for their vehicles, we undertook a similar outreach in July 2021. This time, we partnered with Agape Christian Centre for a “Bless the Drivers” project. Even though we could not carry out the planned cleaning and coating of taxis due to safe distancing restrictions, we were able to distribute 27 gift packs to the community.
Mr Wong, Chairman of JB-Singapore Taxi Association was extremely touched by the initiative. As borders between Singapore and Malaysia had closed, a group of drivers lost a lot of business and had to learn to navigate the Singapore roads from scratch. He shares in Chinese, “德士司机们谢谢你们的关心和爱心。更多谢你们的礼物。” (Translation: “We are thankful for your care and love. Thank you, especially, for the gifts.”)
Happy taxi drivers with their gift packs.
As she breathed her last, Mandy’s mother told her, “Don’t cry for me.” So Mandy did just that. Growing up, Mandy was taught that “It’s a weakness to show emotions; we should thank God in every circumstance.” As she battled to suppress her grief, things took a toll on her.
We are now seeing more mid-career people join as full-time staff. This shift creates a wider pool of experience and perspectives among the staff family, which is helpful in propelling our work toward new, fresh directions to be more effective in changing times.
While our name was changed in 2013 to Cru Singapore, reaching the next generation remains a key focus of our work. What has changed though, is that our target audience has grown beyond campus.
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