20080712 Tzu Chi Flood Relief in Lawrenceville, IL and Spencer, IN

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Volunteering in Lawrenceville, IL & Spencer, OH
by 钟应心 Christine Ing Xin Choong

After volunteering in both Lawrenceville and Spencer, I learned to cooperate with other tzu chi members. Every one of us has our own responsibility and we carried out our jobs systematically, thus making the whole process faster and smoother. Next, from interacting with the flood victims, I learned how to understand other people’s suffering, and how to console people. It’s very important for the people to know that they are still strangers from all over the world who still care about them. This remind me to appreciate my life I am leading now. I also learned to give compassions and love to others, as love is a circle, you give your love to others today, and the love will return to you one day in the future.

在Lawrenceville 和Spenser 当义工的时候, 我学会了分工合作。
每一个慈济会员都 尊守自己的岗位, 幸勤的执行各自的任务。
这使得分派过程能顺畅的进行。

除此之外,在于感恩者沟通 的时候,我还学会了了解别人的痛苦,
和怎样有效地与感恩者沟通,让他们知道这个世界还有希望,
还有从世界各地的陌生人在关怀他们与爱他们。

我学会了见苦知福, 不会随便对我现在的生活感到有所不满。
最后,让我获益良多的是我学会了给与爱与关怀。
爱与关怀本身是一个完美的圆圈, 今天你把爱与关怀给与需要的人,
总有一天,那份无私的爱与关怀将会送回给你。

美國印地安那与伊力诺州水患賑災
Illinois and Indiana States Flood Relief

by Youning Lee

這是我生平中第一次與災民面對面接觸。美國近期災禍連連,
我一直以為因美國是富裕之國,想必人民遭受天災時也應該會比較幸運些。
聽了災民訴說他們的遭遇時,才深深感到再強再富有也好,
如果長期無明累積了種種業力,瞬間的天災也能輕易把人間天堂化為人間地獄。
有些災民失去了家園,被迫住在卡車里。有些老人因兒女住在外而一個人重建家園,
這種種的悲劇,想了都令人心酸與心疼。我盡我所能,給予他們愛與關懷,
一方面在旁為他們打氣,希望他們可以繼續勇敢地捱過這一關。
當時的場面相當動人,大愛洋溢在空中,志工們雪中送炭與無所求的付出,
把許多災民們都感動成了淚人。這是個美麗的畫面,我也深深被打動,
為眾生付出的意念更為堅定。

This was my first ever face-to-face encounter experience with the victims. There were too many natural disasters happening lately in the States. I used to have the misconceptions that being in a rich country like the USA, the natural disasters victims would also be luckier for the many aids they could get. After listening to their incidents, I realized that no matter how rich and strong a country is, due to ignorance and the cumulative negative karma, any natural disaster could easily turn a heaven on earth into hell in a blink of an eye. Some victims had lost their home and had to live in truck for weeks. Some elders lived alone, lost their homes and had to rebuild their homes from scratch again on their own. Upon seeing their difficulties, I could not help to feel the unbearable pain. I tried my best to give them love and care, while emotionally assured them that this was going to end and it was going to be fine, hoping that they would continue to get on with their lives courageously.   When great love still prevailed at hard times and when volunteers rendered their warmest care, love and help without asking anything in return, many victims were deeply touched to tears. This was a really beautiful scene. As a young volunteer, I was deeply touched and was even more determined to contribute my life to help the people in need.

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