I rarely make videos that I am proud of. Normally, it is really easy to make a video. You go to a function, you shoot, come back, edit, upload and that’s it.
But this is one of those rare videos that I feel all fuzzy and proud making it. Proud not because of my skills but how things just flow naturally.
Three months back, I was asked by our choir master, Julie to sing for the mass. I wanted to but I also wanted to attend Malaysiakini’s second Penang batch of citizen journalism course. So, I had missed the choir somehow. If I had spend every Sunday practising for the choir, I wouldn’t have forego it last Saturday to shoot the video.
Then, there is the ‘I am such a scaredy cat’ of asking people for permission. I need to be prodded to do so. Someone from a Catholic online news called me from Bangkok (grins at F.C) to cover the story. It means just taking photos and writing an article. But I am an opportunist. So, I asked permission from my boss (well, sort of) in Malaysiakini to cover the story.
After that, more hurdles because I need to ask more permission. From my parish priest, the Bishop and also the nuns.
That’s not the end of it. The two persons I interviewed don’t speak English and it is awfully hard for me to use certain terms like volunteer, program, feeling (in Mandarin). And the hardest part is when the gentleman somehow felt touched with my visit and he poured out his emotions to me.
I tell you, it is not easy to plonk my camera in front of them, hold their hands when they seem so sad, assure them of God’s Words (they are Catholics) and talk Yehsou in Hokkien and Mandarin.
When I watched my own video, I know it is only the Lord that could get a person like me to talk like that. It is the Lord’s Word. One nun whispered in my ears…God has sent you.
Yes, thank you, Lord. I am proud of myself. Because I have believed that I can do all things through You who strengthened me.
I hope all of you will watch. It is not religious at all. But if you find it in your heart to do something, please approach charitable homes in your area and see how you can help. In the Little Sisters of the Poor, they are looking for all sorts of people with all sorts of skills. They asked me if I want to gather news and read to the residents there. Or I can share God’s Words with them. I choose not to. Because I am only good at holding people’s hands, hugging them and talk a lot. I will pray for pastoral care service.