“See a need, Fill a need”
Although this is the idea of most inventions, it can also be applied to living life, especially as a Christian! I went to a youth work conference a few years ago and in one seminar, they asked us to work in pairs, discussing what the issues were in the town where we lived/worked. It is pointless creating a youth ministry based on helping binge drinkers when you have more problems with graffiti or gang culture! I sat with a teenager who came to the conference with me, both of us knew that where we come from, the main issue for young people is alcohol and having things to do at night when their parents let them out and are not bothered about what they are doing/feel helpless to stop them going out!
When I moved to a new home with my wife and children, we found it was perfect place for our family, it has a large garden and lovely neighbours, but we also were very conscious that the estate we moved into, wasn’t an utopia, but that there was a lot of people “in need“. We quickly knew that God had put us there for a reason and we were given a prophecy about “packages being given out“. My wife and I are not rich, we do not have a stash of money or vast physical resources. But we have since realised what we do have, we are able to use to bless others, it may not mean much to us, but to someone in need, it means a great deal!
My wife got involved with a lady wanting to set up a charitable organisation, although events occurred outside of our control, that particular door shut, but through that beginning, my wife has since been able to support many families in need. We are sure that God is a part of it, because there has been at least one occasion, where someone has contacted her saying “I need help!“, she sat there thinking “we will do what we can but we dont have much in the storage!“, then someone else has turned up at our door, with all the items which the first family/individual would need! I am reminded of missionaries like C.T. Studd who went to China or ran orphanages, with the faith and reliance on God, that I can only admire!
If we act like Rodney Copperbottom, who instead of throwing his hands up at the way his “world” was becoming, he decided “no i am gonna do what i can, see a need, fill a need!” We are not all rich, we are not all highly intelligent, we do not all have huge homes, but what we do have we should be willing to share to bless others!
Before money and the super rich became a major part of this world, people used to barter or make mutual arrangements, “i will give you a goat or do … if you will give me...” We have all become greedy and selfish, I try not to be but I am conscious that my time or resources are not readily offered to the direction of God or even my family but I cannot help but look around and see how outrageous and selfish others are: –
- Sick relative in hospital and you have no intention to see them
- Child in hospital and all you want to talk about is your problems
- Your relative is starving and not able to afford food and all you can think about is how wronged you feel by them!
- Putting your desire to have a good time over the needs of your children
- individual members of a church overworked and the response you give to being asked to help is “How dare you ask me? i am too busy!“
In Today’s climate there is a need for:-
- more information, about what support is out there, what you may be entitled to, who can give you good advice.
- families to get enough food for the parents to be able to work and/or support their family, not to mention for the children to be able to study well and not be too hungry to be able to concentrate in lessons!
There are a growing number of food banks and ethical saving organizations but there also seems to be a lot of new companies taking advantage of the poor making them get into more debt!
My wife and I are only a couple of people, but already we have received support, been able to give assistance and ensure at least ten homes had what they needed to get through a hard time in their lives.
I pray that everyone who needs help will find it, but this is reliant on the “people of God” to respond to his call and not ignore the cries of the widowed, the orphaned, the hungry, the homeless and the oppressed!