Love in Action
Then on November 24, representatives of the Taipei County Social Affairs Bureau, the Taipei County Volunteer Service Association and The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association held a simple but solemn inauguration ceremony at the County Hall in Banciao. During the ceremony, Director Yang Su-duan of the Social Affairs Bureau said, “The last bathing truck served the homeless people for six years. Superficially, it’s a vehicle that provides bathing facilities, but in reality it’s a bridge through which social and volunteer workers interact with and extend concern to the underprivileged, letting our homeless friends feel that society loves and cares about them.” Thus, with its steaming hot water, the Love Ocean vehicle began its mission to extend humanitarian care and concern to Taipei County’s less fortunate residents, making manifest the love of Supreme Master Ching Hai and Her disciples. Director Huang of the Volunteer Association happily expressed her wholehearted gratitude to the Supreme Master for Her loving contribution, which allows the area’s underprivileged to bathe in the warmth of a loving ocean in the cold of winter. "Today, our homeless friends feel especially happy in body and mind after having a haircut and bath, and putting on new clothes and shoes. Your loving understanding and concern have given them a bright and hopeful future," she added.
Bureau Director Yang then presented a “Plaque of Gratitude” to The Supreme Master Ching Hai International Association and boarded the Love Ocean vehicle with an initiate to turn on the hot water as part of the formal inauguration, after which many people lined up to enjoy the service. Among them was a middle-aged woman who took a hot bath and said “thank you” repeatedly with tears in her eyes. Also, after receiving a haircut, a bath and new clothes, a middle-aged man happily declared, “I feel very comfortable and relaxed now,” and everyone present was touched by their happiness.
The fellow practitioners who participated in the Love Ocean vehicle inaugural ceremony could feel the infinite love and blessing that Master transmitted to Taipei County’s less fortunate citizens, kindling in them hope for a brighter future, cleansing them of their past karma and giving them new lives in the sea of love! Thus, despite being busy with the great matters of the universe, Master continues to attend to the needs of individual sentient beings everywhere, and all Her disciples are deeply touched by Her selfless compassion and immense love. ♥