The earth was once a paradise where peace and harmony reigned; a place where man and God walked in perfect communion. Man was created to be dependent upon God as a loving Father. When God’s children choose to seek independence, unity was lost, a division was placed between man and God. Sin invaded paradise–tainted man and earth–resulting in death of communion, death of paradise, and death of mankind.
Our sin-saturated world has carnage on every corner. Lives blooded and beaten, children orphaned, and man inventing ways to harm, maim, and destroy one another. Pain and despair are splashed across the news for all to see.
As our eyes scan the globe–we see needs in Africa, Asia, Haiti, Brazil, India, Philippines every country, every continent in the world–impoverishment, oppression, conflict, disease, and injustice. It’s overwhelming–the need–it seems daunting too much for one person to make a difference. Satan would like us to believe it’s hopeless. Just switch off the television–forget what we saw– bury our head in the sand and give up–end of story. But we dare not, because “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. ” Philippians 4:13. We can’t do anything but Christ can.
So where do we start? On our knees–seeking God’s direction. He will direct our course. Start where you are, perhaps, in your own backyard or just down the street or maybe one town over. Trust God! He will show you.
My family and I had the privilege of being part of a project called “Collecting Hope”–collecting hygiene products for the homeless.
Last spring I was reading a mother’s blog describing how she and her children gathered hygiene products, placed them in bags, and handed them out to the homeless. Simple–a way to help in my corner of the world–and a way for my family to be the hands and feet of God. If we want our children to have a servant’s heart we have to give them opportunities to serve.
The following is a list of items we included in our bags: toothbrush, toothpaste, hand lotion, soap, wash cloth, granola bars, chapstick, candy, McDonald’s gift cards, duct tape, tic tacs, deodorant, gum, and a sprinkle of hope.
We used gallon sized zip lock bags to place our hygiene products in–nothing fancy. We keep several bags in our van–whenever we see someone in need we hand them a bag.
We took the idea a step further and shared it with our pastor. Over the Lent season our entire church ran a project–Collecting Hope–where we collected hygiene products which we used to assemble 200 bags for the homeless–our church family took the bags to distribute throughout our community.
Church members have been tracking me down to share their experiences–one with tears, all with smiles and excitement in their voices. We think we are helping them but in reality they are helping us.