by James TC Wong

JUNE 13, MIRI – Three Small Groups from Grace Methodist Church (GMC) pooled their culinary skills to serve Curtin University undergraduates nourishing chicken soup at Senadin Methodist Preaching Centre (SMPC) last night.

The centre was packed with more than 130 people turning up for the Chicken Soup, also affectionately called the Love Soup.

Chicken soup, traditionally served in Chinese families, is known to enhance mental alertness and energy.

Pastor-in-charge Rev. Tiong Huong Ong welcomed everyone and thanked the GMC members for their love-in-action.

The good shepherd also commended the commitment and care from the GMC members for SMPC during the past years.

“In fact, at the beginning of this semester, they already requested for the two ‘Love Soup’ dates to be fixed this year. Knowing the different backgrounds of these brothers and sisters-in-Christ makes us even more appreciative of the time, money and effort they have put in for this evening’s program,” praised Rev. Tiong as he noted the presence of a serving GMC hearing-impaired couple.

Penangite Khor See Joo said that she enjoyed the chicken soup. “It’s my first time experiencing such a wonderful event and I thank all who have served us,” said the Year One Engineering student.

“Thank you for the soup with full of love. I felt like I have returned to my home, having dinner and chit-chatting with my family members. Most importantly, the soup was cooked with love. It made me miss home and Mom’s cooking so much. Again thank you very much,” said Darren Gan (Year 1, Chemical Engineering) from Ipoh.

Barbara Ruran (Year 1, Accounting and Entrepreneurship), from Limbang was visibly touched by the love shown. Quoting 1 John 4:19, Ruran said love is a powerful thing. “Love soup reminds me of Christmas day. Crowded but you enjoy eating together. It really fascinates me seeing people sharing soup with one another. This happiness tickles my heart and I’m awed by the love shown by the aunties and uncles who cooked the soup.”

“The love soup event was conducted splendidly and on time. The variety of soups were brewed with love and we were spoiled with overwhelming choices that I didn’t have a chance to try every soup! What an amazing gathering!” said Jacky Chew (Year 1, Petroleum Engineering) from Muar, Johor.

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Before the event closed with a group photo-taking, one of the GMC members received a sweet surprise when he was presented with a belated birthday Japanese cheese cake home-baked by Rev. Tiong’s wife, Wang Siew Ling.

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