Imphal: The second wave of the pandemic has brought about some of the most distressing tragedies across the country, but it has also brought about some of the most heartening stories of people going the extra mile to help complete strangers. A young Christian missionary couple from Manipur’s Ukhrul district in New Delhi is a lovely and heartwarming example of people who have devoted themselves to helping people.

Shangshim Shatsang and his wife Ramreiwon Shatsang from Huishu village in the Ukhrul district, and currently residing in the national capital, have been at the forefront by providing free hot meals, buying medicines and groceries, cleaning homes of patients and families of the Tangkhul community living in Delhi and struggling during this crisis.

Speaking to EastMojo, Shangshim informed that they are rendering their services to those home isolation patients and who need help under the COVID-19 volunteer initiated by the Tangkhul Church, Delhi (TCD).

This young couple and other members of the TCD are saving the lives of those who are struggling in the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. They have already reached out to over 100 persons from their community who are infected with the virus for over a week.

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“Initially, when the first second wave was reported, one of our Church home missionaries was infected with the virus. Later, our pastor and his whole family contracted the virus. And since my family stays close to these residents, we took the initiative and helped them out,” said Shangshim, who works as a home missionary at the TCD.

However, as the wave triggered intensely, many Church members were infected with the virus. “That is how we came up with the COVID-19 volunteer under the TCD,” he added.

On Tuesday, armed with a PPE suit, the Ukhrul couple, without fearing the ‘invisible enemy’ cleaned one of the COVID-19 patient’s homes in the city.

“Since the patient stays alone, we were worried about her well-being and how she must have been managing the house. So, I, and my wife, decided to clean her house, including the toilet and bathroom. We also found that the veggies stored in the fridge were all rotten, so we removed it and stocked it up with fresh vegetables,” said Shangshim.

“It is not easy to venture out and helping the victims during this difficult time as we also have a family at home. But God continues to protect and help us,” added Shangshim.

TCD’s COVID-19 volunteers offer free hot meals, medicine, oxygen, and groceries to those in need of assistance. For prayer support and any other emergencies, the helpline numbers are 7289983638/9654537749.

As informed by the Ukhrul couple, oxygen cylinders was sponsored by one of the families in the US. However, due to the acute shortage of oxygen cylinders available in the market, they are yet to stock up the cylinders.

At least 10,000 people from the Tangkhul community live in Delhi for educational purposes and other reasons. 

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