i-Kasih Community Outreach Admin December 23, 2014 Community outreach, Grace Methodist Church, Social Concerns Ministry One for the album – church members and Pastors taking a group pic. by James TC Wong Dec 20, Miri – In this season of joy and giving, Grace Methodist Church has joined Mei Ann Methodist Church, Hwai En Methodist Church and Gereja Methodist Tudan in distributing food packs to the less-privileged families. The food pack, consisting of Milo, rice, cooking oil and sugar were presented to 120 families residing in the Tudan Resettlement, Permyjaya, Batu Satu Kuala Baram and Kg. Pasir Lutong. To aptly name the community project, “i-Kasih” was ingeniously coined from the English word ‘I’ and Bahasa Malaysia ‘Kasih’ which literally means, “I Love”. A demographic study reveals there are 20,000 residents within a 10 km radius of Tudan, Permyjaya, Kuala Baram and Kg. Pasir mostly of the Iban race. Many are vulnerable families who find it difficult to cope with the increasing costs in daily livelihood. Two families residing at Kg. Pasir Lutong receiving the food packs from Methodist members. “With this ‘i-Kasih’ outreach project, we wish to bless needy families in a small way. Through this, we hope Methodist churches can befriend beneficiaries and their families through future church-engagement events like the pre-Christmas Celebration to be held in Gereja Methodist Tudan (GMT) on Dec 21,” said Chia Kah Pheng, the Chairman for Social Concerns Ministry at Grace Methodist Church. “Christmas is the season to share our love with the needy and to give them hope in the darkness. United as Methodists, we uphold our Social Principles to stand together with the poor and under-privileged group,” said Wong Kung Kui, the project organizer and Chairman of Gereja Methodist Tudan.