Jackie and Jamie’s African blog 3

Because Jesus would…

Thanks again for your prayers and kind messages. It has not been a rock’n roll, adrenaline packed ride today. It has been a day of presentations, and stories of people the charity have helped, and tried to help, despite hostility, and violence.

We had the great fortune of meeting George Snyman the founder of the Hands at Work charity. His gospel driven passion and heart felt need to help the poorest, and the most vulnerable was infectious. It has been more introspective day of deeper contemplation, understanding and inspiration.

At the core was the notion that if we as Christians are truly God loving and Gospel believing; and if we believe that Jesus, Emanuel, walked this earth, healed the sick, cured the lame… why then do we fail to serve each other with the same grace of favour? Why do we too often-pass someone in need? Do we hope someone else is better equipped to help them? In our hearts we know it is wrong, yet societal influences, the endless rush of day, and sometimes fear stop us. We often feel guilty, but why do we do it again the next time, and the time after that?

Whether it is a stranger on the street, someone from church or our local community, what more can we be doing to help those in need? The simple measure is to ask yourself:

What would Jesus do?

The answer is relatively simple. Jesus would stop to help the needy, and cure the sick. It is without question. Love, compassion, looking after others, it is at the heart of the Gospel. In this situation perhaps it is simple, because Jesus would.

For a lot us we try, and hopefully succeed. But, can we do more? Do we lose heart? Can we keep fighting the good fight? The bible says:

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭6:9‬ ‭NIV‬‬

For reflection:

When the widow put in two coins as her offering, it would have seemed a very small gift compared with what other people were giving. But Jesus said:

Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put more into the treasury than all the others. They all gave out of their wealth; but she, out of her poverty, put in everything – all she had to live on.’

(Mark 12: 43-44 NIV).

This is the way of Africa. So many people give so much from their poverty to support others. Whilst those with more sometimes give something, but relatively little, and certainly not enough in relation to the size of the need.

Whilst money is needed, recognition of the issues, and committing to help solve and support them is more important in many ways. Giving of ourselves and our time, is precious to many charities. Our skills, prayers, love and kindness is invaluable to them. It supports not just the vulnerable, but also it is morale boosting support to the charity workers on the ground.

What must and can each of us do to help others?

On that thought, I’ll sign off for the day.

May God bless you.

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