Remember this–a farmer who plants only a few seeds will get a small crop. But the one who plants generously will get a generous crop. You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.” And God will generously provide all you need. Then you will always have everything you need and plenty left over to share with others. As the Scriptures say, “They share freely and give generously to the poor. Their good deeds will be remembered forever.” For God is the one who provides seed for the farmer and then bread to eat. In the same way, he will provide and increase your resources and then produce a great harvest of generosity in you. Yes, you will be enriched in every way so that you can always be generous. And when we take your gifts to those who need them, they will thank God. 2 Corinthians 9:6-11.
Next month, most of us who make our homes in the United States will gather round our dining room table to partake of a spectacular feast. The tantalizing aroma of yeast mingles with the spicy scent of cinnamon and cloves, igniting our taste buds. Oyster stuffing, candied yams, mashed potatoes smothered in gravy, casseroles, and desserts surround a Tom turkey roasted golden brown. A smorgasbord of deliciousness just waiting to be devoured.
We eat until our stomachs will hold no more; until we are nearly bursting at the seems and look a little like Winnie The Pooh. With our bellies round and full…grogginess sets in and we may decide on an afternoon nap, or perhaps, to watch a game of football on the big screen. No, worries, about what we will be eating tomorrow or next week, it has already been decided: turkey soup, turkey casserole, turkey pot pie, turkey and noodles, turkey and dumplings, turkey…
With such abundance, it may be difficult to believe that the United Nations estimates 780 million people in the world are hungry, but this is exactly what they report. This equates to nearly one in eight people.
World Food Program (WFP) reports that, “hunger kills more people in a year than AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis combined.” WFP also reports, “poor nutrition causes nearly half (45%) of deaths in children under five–3.1 million children each year.
Luke tells us when much is given, much is required. When someone has been given much, much will be required in return; and when someone has been entrusted with much even more will be required. Luke 12:48b. Perhaps, much has been given, so that, we might share with those in need. We might be part of God’s plan to feed those in need…we might be the hands and feet of God and bring glory to His name.
Syria is in desperate need of our help. It is on the verge of complete collapse. Over four million people have fled Syria to escape being murdered. Tens of thousands have lost everything. They are facing hunger, starvation, disease, violence, and exploitation. They are fearful–they have watched loved ones killed right before their eyes–and they are running out of hope.
Neighboring countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt who are taking in refugees are quickly running out of resources and tensions, due to overcrowding, are on the rise.
The majority of unreached refugees (70%) who live outside the tent cities in abandoned buildings or make-shift shelters, do not have access to any kind of aid.
Babies are being born in tents. They are malnourished and are unable to nurse, because their mother’s suffer from starvation.
Children wonder hungry down dusty streets.
We have an opportunity to show the love of Christ to the Syrian people. We can be the hands and feet of Jesus.
We need to act quickly! Time is crucial, many nonprofit and international relief agencies are leaving Syria. Which means food will be running out and panic will set in…leading to riots, violence, and further loss of life.
If you want to show the love of Christ to the Syrian people, you can go to http://www.Worldhelp.net/syria/ to donate today.
A gift of $20 is enough to provide food and medicine for a refugee child for one month.
A gift of $120 will provide food and medicine for six refugee children for one month.
A gift of $1,200 will provide food and medicine for 60 refugee children for one month.
Let’s be the blessing, Kasey