Shatin Farm

Luke 9:13: "You give them something to eat"

The Five Two Workout

In the wake of Covid 19 in Hong Kong, and the succession of island-wide measures enacted to slow the spread of the virus, we have seen the vulnerable among us further exposed.

The Five-Two Workout is our response to the changes brought about by the current crisis, and in particular for the poor. Whilst the admonishment in pandemic times has been, rightly, to create distance and retreat to the safety of homes, we have felt that there are some of us who ought instead to advance toward those for whom there is no safety.

With surgical masks already a highly sought-after, and often over-priced resource around HK, we have been bringing masks and hand sanitizers to those who have not been able to buy enough, or any. We have found, ironically, that government sanitization workers in particular seem to lack a sufficient supply of these.

Apart from basic personal protection equipment, we are also bringing different types of food packs, as well as other relief measures, to those who are feeling the economic impact of a general slow down in the city. These include low-income families who have suddenly lost a source of income, often living in sub-legal housing, McRefugees who are now unable to sit in at McDonalds overnight, and street sleepers who now face increased vulnerability to disease and dispossession.

The closure of public sporting facilities has inadvertently meant the loss of a place to take a shower for street sleepers, who normally depend on these amenities, provided free of charge. With showers built in place for just this purpose, we started inviting those in need to come to our factory space and use them. This week, someone who had a shower at our factory also ended up receiving Jesus, deciding to quit drugs, and moving in with us to start a new life with Jesus.

The Five-Two Workout has, best of all, provided ample opportunity for members of our different congregations to join in the work of reaching the needy. From walking up and down 8-storey tenements and stepping into public refuse collection points, to packing face masks and food packs, plus everything in between, our congregations have been a part of it everyday- together, giving them something to eat.