Pat: Volunteering Service Justifies Self-worth
The first time I connected with Sadi Patrick Makangila (Pat for short), I texted him my Chinese name. Considering he was a Congolese man, I added pinyin to my name because the character “xian” is not often available in our daily life.
“Does xian of fengxian (dedication) need to be romanized?” As soon as my message was sent out, Pat replied me with this question. I suddenly felt that I had underestimated his Chinese. I was a little embarrassed and quickly apologized for it. How could I suspect that a person who has been volunteering in Wuhan, China for nearly five years would not know the word “xian” (dedication), a word stamped into the volunteering spirit?
Being a doctoral student, Pat is now the leader of the International Students’ Volunteer Team of Central China Normal University. He came to Wuhan from his native country of Congo (DRC) for further studies. When he first arrived in Wuhan, Pat could neither speak Chinese, nor adapt to the Wuhan climate, often feeling depressed and helpless. Later, his roommate recommended him to join the International Students’ Volunteer Team. Pat felt better after participating in activities and communicating with others.
The volunteer team consists of international students from dozens of countries. It is the uniform hats, vests and volunteering service that pool them together. “We’re all the same, and each of us can make the world better,” Pat said. “We’re a small world and we’re all sisters and brothers.”
Lei Feng is a household name in China. He was an ordinary soldier who was willing to help others when he was alive. Mao Zedong once wrote, “Learn from Comrade Lei Feng,” and called on all citizens to learn from him. However, it is not easy to serve the people as wholeheartedly as
Sadi Patrick Makangila, leader of the CCNU International Students’ Volunteer Team 华中师范大学洋雷锋志愿队总队长帕特