I read the following one day in my quiet time.
“For he will rescue the poor who cry out and the afflicted who have no helper. He will have pity on the poor and helpless and save the lives of the poor. He will redeem them… for their lives arepreciousin his sight. (Psalms 72:12-14)
As believers, we are ambassadors for Christ. (1Corinthians 5:20). We are God’s agents to rescuing the poor and pointing them to Christ who can redeem them. This is what should keep us focused in all that we do; as we go and give to accomplish God’s work.
God has another word for all of us related to work. Lessons are best learned along life’s paths. Lynn, age 18, was spending the day with us. It was hot. He wanted to hang out in the house and play video games. I had work to do outside. I told him he could sit on the porch and read or play his video games. Or, he could help me with my task. (I was trying to assembly a complicated exercise machine.) After a few minutes, Lynn came over to help me. He was very helpful and we were able to get the XL Total Gym assembled.
I told him that I would give him $10 when I sold it. We spent about 30 minutes once he started helping me. (Not bad pay for half hour of work). Some generous friends gave this piece of equipment for me to sell. After I sold it they donated 100% of the proceeds to our ministry. It sold in about two weeks. I gave Lynn his $10. He spent it in about two minutes. Can you take me to the Dollar Store? To his credit, he bought an eyeglasses repair kit along with necessary junk food.
I’m helping friends sell things they don’t want or need. And they are donating 10% – 100% of the proceeds to our work. This is their way of helping us help others in our community.
We also met n Pigeon Forge with nearly 30 family members to celebrate my parents 60th Wedding Anniversary. June belongs to Priscilla’s family. We will travel to Cancun for her nephew’s wedding. July we will be traveling to the inner city area of Garfield in Chicago with a group of high school students.
From there we plan to travel to Michigan and spend about two weeks visiting family and friends. Many of you from Michigan have faithfully supported our work from the beginning.
Priscilla and I wish to thank all of you for your support.