In some areas where we served, it was so cold, and we slept outside every night. Thankfully, we had these feather sleeping bags that kept us warm during the night.
I can’t imagine what it would have been like to sleep outside at night without even a blanket! Believe it or not, that’s the situation for tens of thousands of people on the streets in Asia.
I think the Lord gives each of us opportunities on our journey to reach out to others in some way, whether it’s giving someone a blanket, some food or simply a kind word. He wants us to be the hands that show His love in these very practical ways.
God is all-powerful, and we can think that God “doesn’t need me.” But all throughout Scripture, there are so many examples of God using people to accomplish His purposes. God needed Noah to build the ark. He needed Abraham to start a nation and Moses to deliver His people. He needed people to build the tabernacle, to rule, to judge, to fight.
And God has not changed the way He works. He needs us, too. We are part of God’s plan in reaching out to those around us who are suffering. We need to be careful not to assume that He is unable to use us and expect Him to choose someone else. No, He has called us.
It’s easy to feel like we don’t have the power, influence or resources to make a real difference individually. But we must remember that we are part of a body: The hands do one job; the head does another job; and the ears, nose, tongue and little toes each do another.
It doesn’t matter what size part we have to play. We must open our hearts and become involved in the needs of others, whether it’s reaching out to a homeless person on the side of the road or one of the millions of people … who are desperate for water. And as a team working together, we can see great things accomplished.
Thank you for standing side-by-side with us and with our brothers and sisters on the field. Through our efforts, God has already transformed countless lives through His love. May we continue to stand as one body in Christ, bringing His hope to those who so desperately need it. May the Lord bless you!