There are about a thousand excuses we can come up with to avoid serving those who really need it. Sometimes, our excuses are even tied to our service in other areas. But our activity on Wednesdays for the last 4 months have not only made an impact on our neighborhood, but they have changed us. Serving those in need in our neighborhood is a priority for us. We can never be "too busy" for them.
Read this testimony from our very own, Deborah Nava who had the opportunity yesterday to serve one of our neighbors who family has been hit by catastrophe after catastrophe for the past few years. Few people have extended a hand to help them and you can see the affects this has had on this precious family. We are thankful to the Lord for the opportunity to help in the ways we are able!
I was a little warm and light headed as I reached down and was overwhelmed by the stench of feces and urine all around. I uncovered spoiled food and broken toys between the soiled sheets on the bed. I had to stop for a moment and really take it in. This was not in India or the Philippines or even across town. That was right here in Hopewell.
It made me think a lot about the responsibility of 'kings'- to take care of the social, mental and physical well being of their people. And it is clear that America's king is doing nothing to help this family. Their environment was unfit for health in every way. I know our government's systems fail people everyday. But this was astounding.
God gives us his spirit to animate us, to be a source of good and light and hope. I know that without all the fancy titles I can do more to help this situation simply because I am connected to the one who gives life. I am the greatest resource. I believe that. But that means nothing if I don't get to work. My feelings and criticisms will fade away if I don't "feel it, (so) you can taste it" and get involved in the labor it is to love people and bring them closer to the life and light that is in us, in Christ. We have that hope and I urge you to continue to see yourselves as those ambassadors of God's Kingdom. It is the best gift we can give others. Take that thought with you everywhere you go, it will change the world a little bit at a time.