Cornerstone Heart

Providing physical aid and spiritual
health in times of need

Cornerstone

Heart

Providing physical aid and spiritual
health in times of need

HeART (Humanitarian Aid Relief Team) is a group of volunteers who are sent out to provide basic healthcare and aid relief in normal circumstances and in times of need. Each year, we try to send out at least 2 teams into the nations to give the needy basic healthcare.

Our mission is to support the affiliated works to Cornerstone in the nations by reaching out to the community. This programme was birthed from sending relief teams during the 2004 tsunami that hit Sri Lanka. Since then, we have sent numerous teams over the years to the different Southeast-Asian countries to provide relief and aid.

Heart’s Journey (Extract)
By Alvin How

Back in 2008, a few of us were tasked to set up a Disaster Relief Team with the purpose of providing medical relief/health care to our affiliated and network churches around the region. It was also during that season that we witnessed many natural disasters hitting different parts of Southeast Asia. Over the years, the team has redefined our objectives and renamed ourselves as Cornerstone’s Humanitarian Aid Relief Team (Heart) to operate during peace time with the aim of using the medical and dental platform to reach out to many different communities under our affiliated and network churches.

In 2011, the Heart embarked on their first exposure trip to Yayasan Pondok Hayat, Surabaya, a Christian organisation in Indonesia that reaches out to unwed mothers, orphans and villagers in the slum. In a span of three days, we recorded a total of about 800 people being treated at the different makeshift clinics set up at the grounds of Pondok Hayat’s ministries. Apart from the medical outreach, the team also had the privilege of visiting homes to pray for people and minister to unwed mothers.

Over the years, the team has expanded. In 2016, 3 different medical and dental teams went to countries like Indonesia, Philippines and India to provide basic medical health care and dental care. I had the privilege of leading 2 medical and dental teams, one to Philippines as part of the Bless Santiago Project and another to India. Personally, I felt the Bless Santiago Project was a breakthrough for the Heart programme. In total, 4 doctors, 1 chiropractor, 4 dentists, 4 nurses and 20 volunteers were involved in running the medical and dental outreaches.

To date, the Heart programme has organised about 12 medical/dental trips reaching out to at least 7,000 people who were in need of medical/dental assistance, both locally and overseas. I believe this is only the beginning. Apart from doing good works, our heart is to see people from different nations experiencing the love and touch of God. Quoting our Senior Pastor Yang, “all must pray, many must give and some must go.” I am calling all of us to be co-labourers with the Lord for the harvest that is awaiting us.

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