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Wednesday, 18 September 2013 00:00

Housewives Empowered by Great Love

Written by  By Yen Yu Chu, Melaka / Translated by Hew Kwee Heong

The ceremony of lighting up the candles signify that everyone' heart is lit up and will continue to spread goodness in schools.【Photograph by Hong Geok Hui】

After attending the 16 lessons of Great Love (Da Ai) Mothers' Nurturing Class at Tzu Chi Melaka, 12 participants became members of the promotional team of the Great Love Mothers' Nurturing Class. They are to go to schools and tell Jing-Si stories to students, as well as, lead teachers to adopt the Jing-Si Teaching Method.


The Closing Ceremony for the 2013 Great Love Mothers' Nurturing Class was held on September 18. Relatives and friends of the participants were also invited to attend the ceremony held at Tzu Chi Melaka's International Hall.

The ceremony began with participants presenting a sign-language performance of Tzu Chi's song, "Gratitude". A video clip on the Great Love Mothers' Nurturing Class Promotional Team was then screened to give the guests an in-depth understanding of the work and responsibility of the Promotional Team.

In December 2004, a group of Great Love Mothers from Taiwan came to Tzu Chi Melaka to hold a camp on "Jing-Si Aphorism Teaching Method". Then in 2005, Tzu Chi Melaka started its first Great Love Mothers' Nurturing Class. After completing the Class, some students started their story-telling sessions in Pay Fong Primary 2. Once a week, these Great Love Mothers would utilize the 10-15 minutes before the start of class to tell Jing-Si stories to the students through sketches or puppet shows and so on.

Since its establishment 9 years ago, the number of Great Love Mothers and the schools they covered have increased to 120 and 10 respectively to-date.

Passing on the light

At the ceremony, 12 new promotional team members received the candles from their seniors to signify their taking over of the team's responsibilities. They then went to the floor to light up the candles held by their classmates to signify that their hearts have all been lit up and they are inspired to continue spreading goodness in schools.

A graduate of the pioneer class, Chua Yih Tan (Dharma name: Tzu Ru) remarked that she saw hope in this batch of graduands. She said, "There are many talents in this batch of graduands. Our society today has many problems, and our children are growing up in an environment lacking in love. Parents themselves also do not know how to educate their children. Therefore, we need more Great Love Mothers to join the teachers in educating our children."

The power of sign language

Graduand Huang Xiao Yan said she had been looking for a good method of educating her children. When she learnt about the Great Love Mothers' Nurturing Class, she decided to give it a try. She was happy with her decision. She used to punish her children, resulting in a very poor relationship between them. However, from the many ideas she gained from the lessons and sharing in the Class, she hopes to improve on her relationship with her children henceforth.

Xiao Yan loves the sign language she learnt in the class. She realized that when she practised sign language at home, her children would come near her and do the signs together with her. She thinks sign language is good for the children as it helps train the children to be focused.

Graduand Lai Hui Xian's cousin is a Great Love Mother. She said she joined the class to learn how to have obedient children like her cousin. She realized she was too strict and demanding, and that had brought great stress on her and her children. After watching a movie about a mother who lost her child, she thought she should be happy that her children are healthy. She has learnt to give her children more freedom to arrange their activities after school. To her surprise, her children are doing better in school after that.

Hui Xian thanked the promotional team for designing so many interesting and inspiring lessons for them. She also learnt many new things in the Class including making video clips. She said the Jing-Si Aphorisms she learnt in the Class had opened her mind and she is so much happier now. The aphorisms can serve as guidelines in our daily-life.

Life becomes so much better after making this move

Great Love Mothers, Gao Zhen Qing and Guo Wei Ting, were pleased to have made the decision to go to schools and teach Jing-Si Aphorisms to the students. They said the more children they interacted with, the more urgent they felt about sharing what they had learnt in the class with more children and parents.

Before joining the Class, Wei Ting felt unfulfilled as she only concentrated on her family matters. Her husband, who was present at the Closing Ceremony said, "My wife used to have a lot of negative thoughts and was a little depressed. Now, she is a totally different person. The Great Love Mothers' Class had taught her to think positively, and she also gained her self-confidence through telling stories in schools."



Every graduand was moved to tears. At the same time, they were also very happy that they had found the way to become good mothers and good wives, as well as, contribute to purifying minds.

Every sharing by the participants was very touching. Great Love Mothers' Group Leader, Yeow Siow Leng (Dharma name: Tzu Yu) said, "This batch of graduands are special! I see hope and the power of love in them."

 

Lai Hui Xian (left) was grateful to senior member, Pang Wan Ying (right), for her guidance. She was proud that she is capable of producing a video clip.【Photograph by Yen Yu Chu】 Great Love Mothers' Group Leader, Yeow Siow Leng (standing) was deeply moved by the commitment she witnessed in the new members.【Photograph by Hong Geok Hui】

Lai Hui Xian (left) was grateful to senior member, Pang Wan Ying (right), for her guidance. She was proud that she is capable of producing a video clip.【Photograph by Yen Yu Chu】

Great Love Mothers' Group Leader, Yeow Siow Leng (standing) was deeply moved by the commitment she witnessed in the new members.【Photograph by Hong Geok Hui】
Huang Xia Yan (1st right, kneeling) loves sign language very much. She said sign language has brought her closer to her children and vice versa.【Photograph by Hong Geok Hui】 Guo Wei Ting (left) found the purpose of life after joining Great Love Mothers' Group. 【Photograph by Hong Geok Hui】

Huang Xia Yan (1st right, kneeling) loves sign language very much. She said sign language has brought her closer to her children and vice versa.【Photograph by Hong Geok Hui】

Guo Wei Ting (left) found the purpose of life after joining Great Love Mothers' Group. 【Photograph by Hong Geok Hui】

 

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