6 Jan 2013 by Mindy Oon-
Established in 1996 by Pastor James and Pastor Suba Wilson, Pusat Jagaan Diamond Ayer Tawar is a home and shelter for needy and orphaned children and youth that is funded by the goodwill of Malaysian citizens. The children here come from various backgrounds, and at the moment there are 25 children from various backgrounds.
According to James, “Pusat Jagaan Diamond aims to provide shelter and foster children or youths from unhealthy and troubled backgrounds, as well as provide care and love for those who are in need and/or orphaned. Another vision that this home has is to provide guidance to the children through education, skill-based workshops, counseling, motivation and stability”. It is the hope of the home to have its own bakery and workshop to teach such skills to the children.
Psalm 139:13-16 says:
For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.
Each and every child has been created unique, and every child can succeed if given a chance.
The monthly budget to maintain the home is about RM12000, and annual operation costs can run up to RM150 000 per year. With the increased living costs, there is great need to make sure that there are enough funds for the children. However, each and every child is special in God’s eyes, and through much faith-filled prayer, Pusat Jagaan Diamond is now in the midst of building its own hostel for the children. A fund raising dinner will be held on the 15th of January 2013 at Ah Hing Restaurant, Sitiawan.
Besides physical needs, Pusat Jagaan Diamond also gives care to the emotional and spiritual needs of the children. Through prayer, love and nurturing care, these children are given hope, security and a sense of belonging.
There are many ways to help care for the children at Pusat Jagaan Diamond. One doesn’t have to adopt the children to help; volunteering time, donating everyday resources and providing financial aid will help pave the way for each child to realize his or her dream. Those who wish to help can call 056724572 for more information.