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yvonnefoong
20-12-2006, 09:24 PM
A charity Christmas dinner is to be held this Saturday at Grand BlueWave Hotel, Shah Alam. Event proceeds go to support the children of Sechem Home. Diners will be treated to a night filled with stage performances by the children and youths of my church, Grace Assembly Of God.

<b>Guest performance by Liang, winner of the Best Newcomer title, 2006 MET10 Awards organised by Hitz.FM.</b>

Iím selling off the last 10 tickets (one table). If you havenít any plans come 23rd December 2006, 7:30pm, consider joining us for dinner. All in the name of charity.

Interested? SMS me at 016-3786873 with your name and number of tickets you wish to buy. Payment Collect-On-Delivery at Subang Parade.

<b>Event Details</b>
Venue: Grand Bluewave Hotel (http://www.bluewavehotels.com/) (5 star)
Persiaran Perbandaran, Seksyen 14, 40000 Shah Alam, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia <a href="http://www.bluewavehotels.com/location-kessas.htm">MAP</a>
Date: 23rd December 2006
Time: 7:30pm
Drress Code: Semi-formal or smart casual
Ticket Price: RM70 per head
In support of: Sechem Home


More about Sechem Home

http://www.yvonnefoong.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2006/12/sechemkids1.jpg

http://www.yvonnefoong.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2006/12/sechemkids2.jpg

SHECHEM HOME is the pilot project of Grace Church, Shah Alam, for the neglected, abused, abandoned and orphaned. Since opening its door in June 1999 with just three children, Sechem Home sets out to provide love and care to the underprivileged in society. There are currently 17 children under our roof, ranging from 4 to 17 years old.

Aims & Objectives:

- To provide shelter, food, clothing, education and tender love for neglected, abused, abandoned and orphaned children.
- To provide Godly, homelike atmosphere, where children can comfortably call their own.
- To provide parental love and to cultivate brotherhood among the children, equipping them well toward adulthood.
- To be responsible for the development and reconstruction of the childrenís lives in 5 areas:
a. Spiritually
b. Socially
c. Physically
d. Emotionally
e. Intellectually.

kpc
20-12-2006, 09:41 PM
Are all the children Christians?

yvonnefoong
20-12-2006, 09:54 PM
Hi KPC. The children are taught Christian principles in the home, shaping them to be well-behaved, kindhearted individuals. As for being Chrstian or not, it is always up to us to decide at any point in life. We do not force.

kpc
20-12-2006, 10:11 PM
Why are the children only taught Christian principles? What about other religion's principles?
Shouldn't the children be given equal opportunity to learn or embrace other religions of their choice while still under the care of the home?

Pretzels
20-12-2006, 10:25 PM
Yadaday. Do they teach you christianity at the chinese temple or mosque? KPC if you are not helping in any way just zip it and SHUDDAP!

Flynn
20-12-2006, 10:28 PM
I guess it's because the orphanage is started by a church and run accordingly to what they think would be best for the children's overall welfare. If it were started by a buddhist temple or a mosque, I'd suppose the children would also be taught and guided by the religious principles of those religions. Same as drug rehab centres. The important thing is that someone/some parties cared enough to take on the responsibility for the lost and rejected of society.

My two cents.

kpc
20-12-2006, 10:33 PM
If you go to a Hindu temple, you can always leave anytime you want.
But these children, they have no choice. They can't leave the home anytime soon.
Please help give these children more religious freedom.

yvonnefoong
20-12-2006, 10:42 PM
KPC, this is my personal opinion, but teaching one to be morally correct in accordance to the bible is NOT an act of prohibiting them from embracing other religions. When the children grow up, they will be mentally capable of making their own decision.

Besides being an orphanage, Sechem Home is also a shelter for children placed under our care by their parents due to financial constraint. These parents come to us by choice.

Also, I believe in this mission, providing food, care, and shelter to the needy is most important.

kwchang
20-12-2006, 10:49 PM
I am sorry KPC, you are out of line.
This is not a debate or discussion on freedom of choice. As stated earlier, they are not forced to be Christians. However, since it is run by a Christian organisation, obviously you would expect them to be given Christian values.

You could always start a non-religious shelter home for the unfortunate kids and we will salute you for that but please do not question the ways an organisation chose to contribute in the best way known to them. Look at it positively, the home is imparting good moral values to the kids and giving them a perspective on live which they would not have gotten otherwise.

kpc
20-12-2006, 10:49 PM
When the children grow up, they will be mentally capable of making their own decision.

Dear Yvonne,

Does this mean that the children are allowed to embrace other religions only after they are grown up and left the Home?

yvonnefoong
20-12-2006, 10:55 PM
No, KPC, it does not mean so.

Flynn
20-12-2006, 11:03 PM
Are you suggesting, kpc, that ANY organisation, private or otherwise, which chooses to start an orphanage also has on staff a host of experts on EVERY religion known to man (to be fair to all religions and to the children, as you say), to daily inculcate the toddlers with the theological intricacies of different sets of beliefs? If adults cannot even agree on the fundamentals (one god vs many, one saviour vs no saviour, idol vs no image, etc), why in heaven's name would you want to confuse the children at such young ages? Like Yvonne says, providing food, care, and shelter to the needy is most important. And like Chang says, start your own non-religious or multi-religious orphanage and we will salute you.

tesdniMa
20-12-2006, 11:08 PM
KPC is just that .. a KayPohChee. No need to entertain him.. let him start a welfare home of his own before people like Yvonne need answer him.

kwchang
20-12-2006, 11:16 PM
We have been suckered by KPC to deviate from the topic.
Let us get back in line and not entertain any deviations.

mykern
21-12-2006, 06:53 AM
What a wonderful promo for a christmas event has been turned sour by kpc. pardon me, but if the children were raised in a muslim home, they would all be muslim and given muslim names ...

sabaidee ..

Sugarfree
21-12-2006, 08:30 AM
kpc is a pain in the you-know-where. one of life's little inconveniences. just ignore him.

gnehkgnep
21-12-2006, 08:35 AM
Kindly do your bit for charity and avoid side-tracking..... :)
Tq for your goodwill and a Merry Christmas..... :)

May GOD bless you for your generosity.....

Regards,
ah piah

starrnorth
22-12-2006, 02:54 AM
being an orphan home, charity and so on, I wonder whether there is an avenue for applying for government assistance ?