Monday, July 4, 2011
In practical terms, Christians have the greatest opportunity to make an impact right now on our society. With economic problems and joblessness growing, we can participate in a variety of ministries that help those with special needs. Our small community has a Christian food pantry and clothing center to help people in need. In addition, a new ministry has just come into being in our town called Samaritan's Touch which will provide free medical care to those unable to get health insurance or qualify for state run programs but whose income does not allow them to seek care. This is also a Christian ministry outreach to our community. Various churches have prison ministries that take the "Good News" to those incarcerated as well as nursing home outreaches which provide visitation to those in nursing homes. The possibilities for involvement are endless.
Personally, our family was greatly blessed when a church sponsored a special dinner to raise funds to assist with the medical expenses of our grandson. No one will ever know how much it means to have fellow believers reach out and touch a family. Hosting dinners to raise funds to assist people in need, working in a soup kitchen, volunteering to give a ride to a person who needs to go to the doctor, volunteering to work at a pregnancy crisis center, or preparing meals for those who have had surgery are just some of the ways we can extend the love of Christ to those with special needs. By doing this, we are a witness to our community, our county, our state and our nation. We are also fulfilling the call of our Lord to cherish life at all stages and in every situation. Who better than the church to go out and touch the lives of others with the love of Christ?
I welcome your thoughts and comments. Please feel free to leave them here as encouragement.