600 people will die every two hours from starvation. 75% of those deaths are children. I just was in fellowship with my brothers and sisters from 10-3. That’s 5 hours! That means 1,500 people around the world died this morning as myself and roughly 500 people sat in our air conditioned building worshipping,eating lunch,and then worshiping again. If the statistics are correct that means if I was in a different position in life myself all the people in the sugar grove/Covington Meeting house would be dead. Not only us but several congregations in the area would of been wiped out too. The difference I see in the reality of the statistic and the hypothetical scenario of my mind is we know Christ. Do those that will die as I type this know Christ? Let’s take a step further maybe He isn’t their personal savior but have they even had opportunity to feel His love or will they die never even knowing what love is?
Honestly my concern isn’t whether or not someone is going to die or not. I’m not being harsh. It is sad for someone to die senselessly so don’t twist my words,please. However where the true tragedy really comes in and what I care about is people feeling Jesus’s love through us. Then only then can they begin to figuratively move in the direction of claiming Christ as their savior. They may still die ( or maybe not!) here on earth yet they will truly begin to live eternally.
So as I sat in church today listening to a minister tell the children to clean up their plates because we are to be good stewards of what we have. Although I don’t disagree with him I often feel like what the church needs is direct ways to be informed of how to help the needy and share the gospel. So many times because of where the church came from I hear tip toeing around. I’m not implying that happened today. I instantly begin to think “ok he said be good steward and help our neighbors anywhere and everywhere. I know so many are doing amazing work here for the kingdoms sake. However are there some who don’t know where the need is and would like some resources for their time and money?”.
I have come up with a small list of places I personally have found to meet our goals as kingdom Christians to share truth and meet the physical needs of our neighbors. I’ll mark (*) any that meet physical needs only that I still feel a good place to direct our stewardship.
1.) Vision Beyond Borders
2.)Voice of the martyrs
3.) Live Team
4.) Partners in hope* in Troy
5.)Lincoln Community Center in Troy * http://www.lcctroy.com
6.) Health Partners free clinic *
7.) Mission Avation Fellowship https://www.maf.org/
8.) I won’t post information but we do have several people in our fellowships that are in various areas spreading the truth. I’m sure they could use support so they can in return meet the needs around them.
Sometimes being a good steward is more than simply providing financially yet that can and is a blessing when you do physically need something. However there are vast opportunities to partner in prayer for the salvation of the dying world too!
Street light Christian Ministries is a great example of using prayers to the best of their ability. I’d be happy to give you more information if you want it.
Anyway I hope this will inspire you to help others with the goal of their salvation at the front of your mind.
Much love,Pilgrim Nicci
PS. Just a suggestion maybe around the Sunday dinner table let’s stop having discussions about politics,gender issues,and the man at the grocery store with tattoos. Let’s have productive conversations about how we can be the light and live to the lost and dying! Let’s find solutions instead of complaining about what we don’t appreciate. A scornful eye and the act of avoidance won’t feed the hungry physically or spiritually. A kind soul that reaches in love to give bread and living water is what will show you have something worth taking!
This is a note to myself as well. Much love.