In Penang, 63-year old pastor David Barnabas and his wife, Esther, have been rescuing kids off streets and broken homes for the past 15 years. Together, they opened Crystal Family Home, a non-profit voluntary welfare organisation to provide free residential care for children from dysfunctional/broken families.
Helping these defenceless children has become David’s mission in life as he too was once on the streets 30 years ago. He now strives to give these children food, shelter, and education. For the past 23 years, he has been running the Faithful City Church in Bandar Baru Ayer Itam, where he is also the pastor.
Founded in 2009, the couple have taken in 13 children between the ages of five and 10. The house is located in Reservoire Garden, Ayer Itam.
“Ours is not an institutionalised home but we show love and kindness to these children that they may not get at their own homes,” explains David.
They have four simple missions in running the house:
to raise these children in a healthy family environment with house parents who can nurture, love and provide guidance;
to assist and care for them by giving individual attention to each child and their particular problems and needs with loving helpers;
to give them a holistic upbringing and education; and
to help them become useful citizens.
Two former children under their care from the house have now grown up and set out on their own. One of them, upon completion of his diploma course, has returned to the house to help David and Esther with the running of the house, and is one of the six volunteers at the home. The other has graduated from a local university and is now a lecturer.
The couple also have two children of their own, who are now grown and living with their own families. Since then, David and Esther have taken it upon themselves to care for these children.
David is currently looking to move into a bigger house to accommodate more children, and is looking at a property in Happy Valley, Terubong.
“We can’t afford two homes, although there are many children out there who need our help. But our aim remains – to help as many as we can and give them a decent childhood,” he says.
Many people always talk about wanting to do good deeds and helping people, but how many actually do the deeds? Kudos to David and Esther!
Feeding the homeless
Also in Penang, two years ago, a chicken rice restaurant owner had placed a fully stocked fridge to feed the homeless. He had noticed many homeless people coming to the alley behind his shop to look for scraps to eat. Seeing this moved him and he decided to do something about it.
The fridge, which was placed near Layer Gene Cafe in Raja Uda, Butterworth, was open from 8.30am to 11pm every day. While he rented the fridge for RM120 a month, the café paid for the electricity bill.
The fridge was always stocked with sandwiches, cakes, mineral water and packet drinks so the homeless will always have something to eat that’s easily accessible. The restaurant owner had also refrained from including pork dishes in the fridge.
Unfortunately, just four months after introducing this community fridge, it was discovered that greedy people were taking all the food inside the fridge. They had taken enough food that could have fed at least a hundred people.
In response to this, the opening hours of the fridge were changed to 9am to 5pm and people had to request access from the person in charge of the fridge.
However, the fridge was then destroyed overnight by some people who tried to break open the doors.
Sadly, this act of kindness was not allowed to last as long as it could have.
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