Love In Action

Master is always deeply concerned when disasters occur in any part of the world. Upon hearing news of such events, She immediately provides financial assistance and sends relief teams. Through such efforts, Her unconditional love and support are conveyed to those affected, thus reducing their suffering while helping them to rebuild their lives.

In recognition of the selfless actions of governments, organizations and relief workers around the globe, Master expresses Her gratitude as follows: "Thank you, all the international help that brings care and necessities to afflicted victims. Thank you all the relief workers for taking time and forsaking your own comfort, even traveling great distance on unfavorable roads and conditions to bring love and assistance to people in a time of need. May Heaven bless you abundantly for your generosity and noble sacrifice."

2017年12月12日, 週二

    Hopeful Tent City in New Jersey, USA

    By New Jersey Relief Team (Originally in English)

    In 2007, the Superior Court of New Jersey endorsed the use of a four-acre parcel of public land in Lakewood, New Jersey for the construction of Tent City, a community of homeless and/or low-income individuals. Started by Pastor Steve Brigham, who is also in charge of day-to-day operations, Tent City was designed to provide shelter to those still in need after other local facilities became filled to capacity.

    Upon hearing of this thoughtful initiative, Supreme Master Ching Hai lovingly responded and and requested our local Association members provide assistance to Tent City. Master contributed US$4,157.70 for reimbursement for supplies purchased by our Association members for the project.

    A team of our Association members from New Jersey contacted Pastor Steve on December 8, 2012, and conveyed Master’s message of compassion and concern. Thankful for Master’s unconditional and timely help, Pastor Steve provided a list of urgently needed supplies for the shelter’s 80 occupants. These included six cast-iron stoves, a wheelbarrow, 20 solar garden lights and 80 warm jackets.

    Pastor Steve also spoke of Tent City’s planned improvements, including structures called “building pods” that would provide the residents with more comfortable accommodations. These pods, which are more energy-efficient than tents as they prevent heat loss in cold winters, have foundations made of wood from trees uprooted by storms and donated by a tree-service company.

    On December 15, a pre-Christmas buffet of delicious plant-based dishes prepared by our Association members was delivered to Tent City. Everyone cheerfully partook in the delicious feast, with many expressing their interest in veganism. After the meal, hooded jackets were distributed to the residents, and the people of Tent City expressed their gratitude for the warmth, kindness and love. Upon Pastor Steve’s subsequent request, another three wheelbarrows and a 220-volt generator were contributed to meet the facility’s immediate needs.

    Our Association members are deeply grateful to Master for Her love, compassion, and generosity. We also thankful to the Superior Court of New Jersey for providing this space to shelter and care for homeless individuals, and to Pastor Steve and his staff for their tireless work on behalf of Tent City’s residents.

    For more information on Pastor Brigham and Tent City, please access: http://tentcitynj.org

     

    Expenditures by Supreme Master Ching Hai
    for Cold Weather Relief Work in New Jersey, USA

    Description Amount (USD) Receipt
    Hooded jackets, wheel barrows, stoves, a generator, solar garden lights and cords 3,771.55 A
    Vegan food, drinking water and a banner 386.15 B
    Total US$4,157.70

    Throughout the relief operation, the team members paid for their own transportation, food and accommodations.