The Chaplaincy and St Martin’s Church rejoice in the “outreach” ministry to the migrant labour workers that God has entrusted to us. We can only say with the Psalmist that because of this ministry, God causes us to sing a new song of praise to Him every day (Psalm 33:2, Ps 96:1, Ps 144:9, Ps 149:1). Invariably every morning we have the opportunity to minister to the poorest of the poor; in their sickness we take them to the hospital, when they are hungry and thirsty we meet their needs; when it becomes difficult for them to sleep, shivering with cold, we provide them with warm clothes; when they are in trouble with their visas, we meet the concerned authorities and help sort out their issues – more often than not we get their respective embassies involved; when they feel lonely, when fear and anxiety grips them and when they feel helpless, we strengthen them with the word of God and teach them to pray to our heavenly Father. Every day we sense a feeling of fulfilment as we are reminded of Matthew 25:31-46 and we hear Jesus saying to us:
‘Truly I tell you, just as you did to one of the least of these, who are members of my family, you did it to me.’ (Matt 25:40)
Arulraj and Sadiq Daniel are Chaplaincy church workers for the migrant labour ministry amongst men. Both of them have the call of God and are a gift from God to us. They minister day and night, carrying the burden of the migrant labour men and giving of themselves unreservedly to the work of the ministry.