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Our call to the Least of These

By Chad Mattingly in Church Life on September 28, 2018

“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
Matthew 25:40

It might surprise you, but on a regular basis desperate individuals call the church office or walk through our doors in need of help. Though their needs vary from rental or utility assistance, to money for medication, gas or food, I always encourage our staff to find a way to say, “Yes.” That is what people in need yearn to hear. “Yes… someone cares. Yes, you are not alone. Yes, we will help.” It is my firm belief when we are loving our neighbors, we are loving our Savior.

Saying yes does not mean that we can meet every need, assist with every bill or fill every empty tank. Saying yes often means we will give our neighbor in need some time, listen to their story and pray for God’s peace and provision. It might mean connecting them to the right community service organization or social worker. Often, our response to those in need is to say “yes,” and then look around to survey what we have to share from the resources entrusted to us.

Lorellye and the youth group decided to gather helpful items to fill gift bags for our neighbors in need. These bags will contain hygiene items, small clothing items, snacks and water. We hope these bags can serve as symbols of our love for our neighbors. I cannot think of a better project to teach our students about poverty and Jesus’ call to love and share with the least of these.

And you know what… time and time again when we say “yes” and share from what we have, our resources are miraculously replenished. In fact, in the past few months we received donations from Alternatives Gifts International in the amount of $1500 to help fund our Feed My Lambs ministry. Then, this week we received another check from Black River Center for Learning in the amount of $2,000 to help in our continued response to those effected by Hurricane Harvey. What generous gifts designated to bless our neighbors in need!

And you church are a huge part of that blessing. The work that is done in and through Kingwood Christian Church in our community and beyond, is just incredible. There is no way that I can list all of the wonderful ministry leaders, but you know who you are! Thanks for actually living into our value statement of being a community of faith, practicing love, not judgment.

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